SHERMAN BAKER - GUITAR   Sherman started out teaching guitar in 2002 at Fifth String Music in East Sacramento. He has also taught children and adults at the West Sacramento Community Center and currently works in the after school program at Theodore Judah Elementary. He is comfortable teaching students of all ages and backgrounds and specializes in the folk/rock/pop and electronic genres. In addition to guitar he sings, plays piano, writes and produces his own music currently under the moniker Dahlia Fiend. 

SHERMAN BAKER - GUITAR

Sherman started out teaching guitar in 2002 at Fifth String Music in East Sacramento. He has also taught children and adults at the West Sacramento Community Center and currently works in the after school program at Theodore Judah Elementary. He is comfortable teaching students of all ages and backgrounds and specializes in the folk/rock/pop and electronic genres. In addition to guitar he sings, plays piano, writes and produces his own music currently under the moniker Dahlia Fiend. 

  RICHIE SMITH - GUITAR/BASS   Richie Smith has been playing guitar for 20 years though he began tinkering with various musical instruments around the house as far back as he can remember.  He is self-taught and began exploring advanced chord theory during his teen years. Through that study he gained proficiency in composing and live performance, which he’s gone on to do in numerous bands through the years. These bands include James Cavern, Life in 24 Frames, and his own project Trophii with co-writer Lindsey Pavao.  Richie also enjoys studio session work as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.  As an instructor he provides his students with the tools necessary to access their unique creative strengths when playing the guitar.  He is a chameleon of a guitarist who enjoys a variety of musical genres. He’s well suited to getting beginners going with solid fundamentals and aiding intermediate to advanced players with expanding their theoretical understanding.  Developing creativity, proficiency, and most importantly, fostering enjoyment are his greatest strengths as a teacher.   

RICHIE SMITH - GUITAR/BASS

Richie Smith has been playing guitar for 20 years though he began tinkering with various musical instruments around the house as far back as he can remember.  He is self-taught and began exploring advanced chord theory during his teen years. Through that study he gained proficiency in composing and live performance, which he’s gone on to do in numerous bands through the years. These bands include James Cavern, Life in 24 Frames, and his own project Trophii with co-writer Lindsey Pavao.  Richie also enjoys studio session work as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.  As an instructor he provides his students with the tools necessary to access their unique creative strengths when playing the guitar.  He is a chameleon of a guitarist who enjoys a variety of musical genres. He’s well suited to getting beginners going with solid fundamentals and aiding intermediate to advanced players with expanding their theoretical understanding.  Developing creativity, proficiency, and most importantly, fostering enjoyment are his greatest strengths as a teacher.

 

  CHRISTIAN MIDTHUN - DRUMS   Christian Midthun began playing drums at the age of 12 and studied with numerous instructors. His last destination was the drum lab where he studied under Mike Johnston. After a year of lessons he was offered the position to teach and he never looked back. Around the same time he joined a band called ‘The Reel’ where he really began to shape his playing. Though he had taken hundreds of lessons he truly credits lead singer Cameron Stymeist for helping him become the great ‘pocket’ player he is. He found his love and strength to be serving the song and helping bring it to life. He has also played and recorded with James Cavern(Soul/R&B) as well as a band called “Trophii”(dark, psychedelic dream pop) led by duo Lindsey Pavao and Richie Smith.  

CHRISTIAN MIDTHUN - DRUMS

Christian Midthun began playing drums at the age of 12 and studied with numerous instructors. His last destination was the drum lab where he studied under Mike Johnston. After a year of lessons he was offered the position to teach and he never looked back. Around the same time he joined a band called ‘The Reel’ where he really began to shape his playing. Though he had taken hundreds of lessons he truly credits lead singer Cameron Stymeist for helping him become the great ‘pocket’ player he is. He found his love and strength to be serving the song and helping bring it to life. He has also played and recorded with James Cavern(Soul/R&B) as well as a band called “Trophii”(dark, psychedelic dream pop) led by duo Lindsey Pavao and Richie Smith.