Joan Miller - Vocal Coach
Joan has been entertaining audiences and instructing students in the Bay Area for over 30 years as a piano and voice teacher, choir director, accompanist, composer and arranger. A native of Russell, Kentucky, she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.M.E. degree in piano and voice. Joan is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and serves as President of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation. In 2014, Joan received a Jefferson Award for ‘keeping music alive’ in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.
Joan’s passion is music and her main objective in teaching is to encourage and ensure that her students are learning at a comfortable pace. She is energetic – her classes are always informative and lively – and she always uses a positive approach. One of Joan’s favorite quotes pretty much sums up this Kentucky Lady, “I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance" - e.e. cummings.
Jonathan Quezon - Voice Teacher
Hi, my name is Jon Quezon and I am a music major at Los Medanos College. I myself have privately studied contemporary vocal style for several years with Kyah Combs, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for local band known as Nova. I have also privately studied classical piano with Monica McIntyre. Currently, I am the head of sound crew and operations at Access Church in Brentwood where you can find me every Sunday and Thursday leading worship while playing keys or rhythm guitar. I love to sing and play music!
Lately, it’s become my passion to help teach children and younger students how to express themselves through music. To find their own unique sound while using proper vocal technique so that they won’t damage their voices. I also give all of my older students the opportunity to learn music theory so they can always be on the same page as their band-mates when talking about song structure or so they can sight sing with ease in choirs.
DeeDee Degering - Piano/Flute/Voice Teacher
Ms. Degering is a wonderfully soft-spoken lady who has been teaching music for 30+ years. She holds a coveted California music teaching credential, a multi subject teaching credential and has a B.A. degree in Music Education with a masters level in Orff Schulwerk Music (a process of teaching music).
Ms. Degering currently teaches private music lessons on piano, flute, and voice along with her “day job” of teaching classroom music, band, strings and chorus in public school. She also has a daughter in college. This is a very busy lady who knows her stuff!