Our instructors represent a broad spectrum of Bay Area music professionals, and reflect the diversity of the region through both their personal backgrounds and their musical interests. They bring to YPI a passionate understanding of the role of music in our lives, and a desire to pass along the joy of making music to a new generation.
Leela is a long time Bay Area music teacher and children's advocate. A graduate of Vassar College and The Parsons School of Design (New York Campus), Leela has been playing music and singing since she could walk and talk. She founded YPI in 2000 to provide a fun, hands-on learning environment for Bay Area young musicians who love to perform. She lives in Belvedere and is an avid photographer.
Bryan Dyer is a professional musician with almost 20 years of professional experience. He's a versatile multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has performed many styles of music from classical and avant-garde to rock, jazz and blues. His talents are in a high demand as he performs with as many as 8 different groups at a time. Music has taken Bryan around the world to several different countries including Japan, Switzerland & Jamaica and alongside such artist as Al Green, Michael McDonald and Bonnie Raitt. Some of the groups he currently performs with include SoVoSo, Slammin All-Body Band, Chelle! and Friends, Rankin' Scroo & Ginger and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir.
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Miles Schon is a talented musician and songwriter who hails from a rich background in rock-n-roll. He is very modest about his background, playing down the fact that his father is one of the great American guitarists (Neal Schon, one of the founding members of the legendary rock band Journey), still he is rooted and grounded in the music his father turned him on to. Citing Jeff Beck as his all time favorite, he grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana and Eric Clapton. He describes his sound as “progressive hard rock with blues and pop/R&b mixed into one…” and when questioned about his comparisons to his father, he replies, “I’ve heard [the comparisons] my whole life. I just pay attention to what I sound like and what I try to do.”…” I’m working on my own style”.
Miles played sports most of his life, but a knee injury sidelined him during his stint as a football player at Novato High School in California. Though he had started learning to play when he was 13, after the knee injury, he really started to get into guitar. He is self taught and accomplished in his own right, teaching music to local middle school kids while writing and recording songs for his EP “Wild Ride” with friend and collegue Will Champlin. He performs to packed houses around the Bay Area several times a week. Given that his father was already a famous guitar player, he often thought he should do something else, “I still have thoughts about that,” he has said. “At the same time, you have to do what makes you happy. And that makes me happy.”