Flute, Saxophone, Piano

Greg McLaughlin is Chair of the Music Department and serves as Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Sierra College. Greg holds degrees in flute performance from CSU-Sacramento (BM, 1983, MA, 1994). He has served on the faculty at Sierra College since 1991, primarily as Director of Jazz and Instrumental Studies. He has instructed many performing groups including the Jazz Ensemble and the award-winning vocal group, the Sierra College Jazz Voices. As a dedicated educator, Greg has been a private instructor in the Sacramento area since 1976. Currently, he and his wife, Nancie, own and operate McLaughlin Studios. Greg currently teaches flute, and piano at McLaughlin Studios, in addition to serving as Musical Director for McLaughlin Theatre Company, and serves as the Sierra Arts Music Festival executive producer. Greg also has been an active woodwind performer, freelancing throughout the Sacramento region for the past thirty years. Versed in both classical and popular styles, McLaughlin has performed with many diverse ensembles. A brief sampling of his performing credentials include associations with Sierra Nevada Winds, Foothill Theater Company Orchestra; Nevada County Concert Band; Sacramento Master Singers Orchestra; Camellia Symphony Orchestra; Briefcase Blues Band; Christine Bonner, Ivan Najera, and Swing City!


Betty has considerable performing and management experience in teaching bassoon. She taught in Los Angeles and the Bay Area where she is continuing her orchestral activities with the Peninsula Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony and the SF Composer’s Chamber Orchestra. Locally, she plays in chamber music groups and the Camellia Symphony in Sacramento.

Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, and Ukulele

Schell has been teaching music in Northern Cailfornia for over thirty years, specializing in rock, jazz, and blues studies. A published author as well as an experienced performer, he is one of the most popular instructors at Mclaughlin Studios. With an emphasis on theory as well as basics, Schell is able to provide lessons based upon your specific interests and individual needs.

Voice, Piano, Guitar, Clarinet, Saxophone

Jared specializes in voice education.  He is also skilled in guitar, piano, clarinet, and saxophone.  He recently completed his AA Degree in Arts and Cultures, with an emphasis in Dramatic Arts.  He has a passion for the arts, especially musical theatre, and enjoys passing on his knowledge of music and performance to his students.  Jared believes strongly that each student should learn what he or she wants to learn, and bases his teaching methods around theory and technique, while still maintaining a fun and engaging learning environment. He is extremely kind, positive, and uplifting, and strives to make sure that the needs of each student are met.


Professional musician Phillip DeTore is a reputable drummer in Northern California. He currently balances a busy performing schedule with various jazz projects including trios and big bands while continuing his dedication to music education through private instruction in the Placer County area. For the past five years, Phillip has also taught percussion for both Horizon and Vision Charter Schools.

Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder, Beginning Piano

Elizabeth holds a B.M. in clarinet performance from CSU Northridge and M.M. from LSU. She currently performs with the Capitol Chamber Players Woodwind Quintet and California Wind Orchestra. Elizabeth’s kind manner and performance experience make her perfect candidate to motivate young students to succeed.

Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone

Steve Miller is our newest addition to the amazing staff here at McLaughlin Studios!  Mr. Miller received his Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance and Theory/Composition.  He also holds a Master's of Music in Music Composition.  He has taught at many different schools and levels in our community including Sierra College, Twin Ridges Charter School, San Juan Unified School District, and Chicago Park School district.  Steve also has made a remarkable impact within the community.  He was a founder of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, 1990-1995.  


Norma received her PharmD from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy. She is an accomplished cellist, performing with multiple groups including the Bakersfield Symphony, Musica da Camera Chamber Orchestra, Bakersfield Music Theatre Orchestra, Auburn and Folsom Symphonies and many community groups throughout the years. Norma has several years of experience teaching private lessons in cello performance as well as coaching string ensembles. She loves watching her students succeed and enjoys sharing the joy of music with others

Guitar, Piano

Tyler has completed his A.A. in Music at Sierra College and is currently pursuing his B.A. in Music at California State University, Sacramento. As a self taught musician, he appreciates the importance of education and lessons to enable students of all levels reach their goals. Tyler is kind, patient and enthusiastic with all of his students, and greets everyone he meets with a huge smile. He is quickly becoming a McLaughlin Studio favorite!



Jessica is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies at CSU Sacramento. She Has several years of experience performing as a soloist, in ensembles, and other events. She also works as a vocal director at MTC. Jessica hopes to foster a love and appreciation of music with all of her students.

Voice, Trumpet, French Horn, Beginning Piano

Duane is currently pursuing his Associate's Degree in Music at Sierra College. He has several years of experience performing in different areas, ranging from musical theater, pit orchestra, and jazz band. He also works as a vocal director for our Kids and Jr. Productions at MTC. Duane's kind demeanor and friendly personality make him a great and compassionate instructor.


Talen is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at William Jessup University, with a Minor in Theatre. At WJU, he is a member of the University Choir & Orchestra and the MasterWorks Chorale. He comes with several years of experience, performing as a soloist and in numerous ensembles, from jazz, show choir, classical, gospel, and everything in between. In theatre, his credits include THE ADVENTURES OF DR. DOOLITTLE (Polynesia), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymor Krelborn), GREASE (Danny Zuko), and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Villager/Wolf/Dance Core). Talen's enthusiastic and cheerful personality bring an atmosphere of fun to each lesson. 

Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium

Tim is currently puruing his Associate's Degree in Music at Sierra College. He has several years of experience performing in educational bands, ranging from jazz, marching, and symphonic band. He is kind hearted and wants his students to succeed!

Violin, Viola

Dominic is currently pursuing his Associate's Degree in Music at Sierra College. He has been first chair violinist for multiple orchestras, including CMEA Honor Orchestra. He is dedicated to teaching and helping students discover the emotion of music and the beauty of both violin and viola.

Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Dan Heflin holds a B.M. in saxophone performance from San Jose State University. He has played in big bands, jazz ensembles, and the anime/video game Bay Area theatrical group Hideo. Prior to moving to the Sacramento region, Dan worked at Alfred Music, a Los Angeles-based publisher of music education books and resources. Dan is also an international award-winning film composer and director. Films have screened at the Nevada City Film Festival, Sacramento International Film Festival, and Germany After Dark Film Festival. As an enthusiast of music education, Dan enjoys giving back to the community including teaching as a music docent at iLearn Academy and a music/audio/video contributor to several local nonprofit projects.