MEET OUR COACHES

We have a fantastic team of Coaches who all have music education backgrounds, performance experience and are accomplished music teachers.  All of our Coaches at the John Henny Music Academy are employees of the studio (not independent contractors), who work together to make the student experience positive and rewarding.  Scroll down to learn more about our JHMA Coaching Staff.

JHMA COACH Darlene Yam

Coach Darlene Yam is a Senior Associate Coach here at the Music Academy.  She teaches Voice, Artist Development, Ukulele, Piano, beginner Drums, and beginner Guitar.

Darlene had the pleasure of being invited to teach a Vocal Masterclass for the National Performers Academy, where she worked with aspiring young talents. She was an acting major at Cal State Fullerton, and particularly enjoys musical theatre. She has a strong desire for helping people achieve their potential.  Outside of the Academy, Coach Darlene has been involved in worship ministry since 2009, and also choreographed for her award-winning high school show choir. She also loves animals, especially cats, and has been dubbed "the cat whisperer."

JHMA COACH Nahum Chinchilla

Coach Nahum Chinchilla teaches Piano, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Ukulele, Guitar, and Drums. He also specializes in Music Composition and helps several of our aspiring student songwriters.

Nahum is excited to share his passion and ignite your own for music and music education. He was actually discouraged from pursuing music when he was younger, but pressed forward anyway and never looked back. Despite the disadvantages he felt he had, he auditioned for the music program at Cal State Northridge and was accepted on the spot. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance and Music Composition.

JHMA COACH Gabriel Fernandez

Coach Gabriel Fernandez teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, and beginner Drums.

Gabe is a great artist, and has a passion for graphic design. He also enjoys photography, editing, sound engineering, production, and he has extensive performance experience. He and his band, Levitation Room, have toured the United States and Europe several times in the past few years, and have an extensive international following.

JHMA COACH Ilka Bradvica

Coach Ilka Bradvica teaches Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice, and Music Appreciation.

She comes from a musical family and started playing the Violin at a very young age. She has studied music for 15 years pursuing solo and ensemble performance, and has been a Violin Instructor since high school.  She loves working with kids and volunteers with the Glendora Unified School District Music Program. She is also very passionate about Special Education. Ilka is currently attending Cal Poly Pomona and working towards a Music Education Major degree with a Minor in Bio Chemistry.

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The John Henny Music Academy offers music, voice, vocal, singing, guitar, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, drums, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, tuba,  songwriting and music production lessons in Glendora, CA.

We also serve the following cities: Pasadena, Pomona, El Monte, Azusa, San Dimas, Monrovia, Upland, Arcadia,  Claremont, Sierra Madre, CA.

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