Our Teachers

                Raffia Thomas
                 Voice & Piano
                 (School Director)

Raffia is an R&B Soul/Jazz Artist who has performed with recording artists such as Christina Aguilera,Toni Braxton, Blake Shelton, The Jacksons, Bastille, and many more! Visit www.raffiamusic.co (not .com)  for more info on Raffia!


Raffia is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Raffia also has experience teaching in both public and private institutions. Her professional experience and success, combined with her love for teaching, has given her an outlet to share the gift of music with others. Schedule your lesson with Raffia today!

                 C.C. Thomas Jr.

  Bass Guitar/ Music Production & Engineering

                 (Co- RMS School Director)

C.C. Thomas Jr. is a professional musician who has worked in the music industry for over 35 years. He has a vast amount of experience in many different areas of the music business such as production, arranging, programming, editing, mixing, composing, sound design and live performance. C.C. is an Emmy nominated songwriter and is currently the musical director for Diana Ross in addition to several other local and regional artists in the Los Angeles area. His primary instrument is bass guitar. C.C. is the co-founder of Sound Vision Entertainment Inc., which is a music production company that provides studio recording, production and engineering services to recording artists and musicians. 

                  David Cowan
              Drum/Ensemble Instructor


David “Young Professor” Cowan

Mr. Cowan is a professional drummer and music educator with 24 years of

teaching experience! Before relocating to Los Angeles, David taught at the 

prestigious Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. He also volunteered as a

 mentor for young musicians in the Boston area, by way of the Berklee-sponsored 

City Music Saturday School. Many of David's students have gone on to enjoy successful

careers in music, and education as well as many other fields. Also, David’s students 

have performed with Beyonce, Israel & New Breed, Lady Gaga, Marcus

Miller, Everclear, Challi 2na, Kiki Wyatt, Bobby V, Joe and many other well-known



As a performer, the Young Professor (as he is known by many) leads his

own band Phunk Organic Society and has worked with a vast number of artists

and bands including Brian McKnight, Lalah Hathaway, The Fifth Dimension,

Frank McComb, Les McCann, and The Boston Pops Orchestra, to name a few.

He is also a composer in his own right, and has written for film and television.


"As a teacher, I aim to show the student how much music they actually, already

know, in order to make connections to new material. Like other languages, we

learn music through our experiences with it. We hear things and then we repeat

what we hear until we are eventually speaking our own thoughts and ideas. But,

the most important part is that MUSIC IS FUN! I want every person to walk away

from my classes and performances with that feeling.”

               Christi Lao
         Voice & Gutiar Teacher

"Christi Lao was born and raised in Lomita, California and has been singing all of her life. At age 13, she began playing guitar, writing music, and performing in her high schools musical theater program. Christi is currently a student in the Jazz Program at El Camino College. She has sung with groups such as Hedgehog Swing, the Big Butter Jazz Band, and the El Camino Chorale Ensemble. In addition to Jazz, Christi sings most styles including R&B, pop, hip hop, rock, folk, and oldies.
Playing the guitar has been a lifelong endeavor for Christi and is her choice method of accompaniment for solo gigs. She would be an ideal guitar teacher for any beginner interested in playing while they sing. She works well with people of all ages including children. Christi is always working to further her own skills and musical career and can be seen playing various gigs in Long Beach and Los Angeles. She is committed to helping her students succeed and learn in a way that is both fun and straightforward."

             Srimal De Mel
                Piano Instructor

Srimal de Mel is a professional musician from Torrance, California. His primary instrument is piano. As a composer and producer, he is better known as “Dynamic De Mel” with three albums to his name. He has performed across the nation, including appearances at the Reno Jazz festival, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, and the Central Avenue Jazz festival. He is currently a Jazz Studies major at Cal State Fullerton. Srimal’s approach to teaching is straightforward and optimized. He can teach piano at any style and level. His studies in the Jazz, Pop, and Classical idioms are backed up by over a decade of experience. Srimal performs regularly around the South Bay with various bands. As a student himself, Srimal loves to teach and share his knowledge with others.

         Garett Dahl
                   Sound Engineer

Garett Dahl is an experienced audio engineer specializing in live and studio recording and mixing. He is based in the greater Los Angeles area and has a music degree from Cal State University Long Beach. Being that he is experienced as both an engineer and a saxophonist he inherently understands the needs of performers as well as the processes and mixing techniques required to produce high quality sound.

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