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, Banjo, Mandolin 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.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, with a minor in Jazz, from California State University, Sacramento. She has several years teaching experience in the classroom as well as private lesson settings. Linda has performed with numerous jazz combos and vocal groups. She loves sharing the joy of music and watching her students succeed.
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.
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar
Dominic holds a bachelors of music degree from California State University, Sacramento. He has several years of teaching experience on a variety of instruments and styles. His education coupled with the practical working knowledge associated with "on the gig" training provides Dominic with a broad pallet of experiences to draw from when teaching music to his students. Dominic's friendly outgoing personality and experience is sure to set his students at ease.
Gabrielle is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Composition with a concentration in piano performance at Sac State. She has been playing piano since she was five and writing music since the age of twelve. As a teacher, Gabrielle understands that the student's experience with music is greatly affected by the teacher. She strives to make sure students are having fun, and improving their skills at the same time.
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
Violin, Viola, Piano
Wayland has a B.A. in Music from the University of California, Davis. His advanced skills in piano, violin, and viola peformance allow him to share his knowledge and love of music to students of all ages. Wayland is a talented instructor, with extensive experience in both individual and group ensemble settings. His kind nature allows students to feel at ease. He is atuned to each individuals learning style and taylors lessons to each student.