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Derek Martinez

Piano / Guitar / Bass / Drums / Song-Writing / Rock Ensembles

Monday - Friday

Derek actively performs with The Shades of Gray (lead guitar), Blue Surround (vocals, guitar and bass) and the Zoo Human Project (songwriter, vocals and guitar). He also plays percussion for many singer-songwriters and hip-hop poets locally. His discogrpahy includes(solo album), "Acoustiversions" (solo EP), "Innominata" and "Naissance" (with the Zoo Human Project), and he recently finished recording "To Be Determined" (with The Shades of Gray). His extensive sound recording experience spans both music and film--doing location recording, music supervision and post-production (ADR, foley, audio effects, dialog editing and mixing) for several movies produced in Los Angeles. 


Derek earned his bachelor's degree at the USC Thornton School of Music and has 9 years of teaching experience; he began teaching here in the summer of 2010. His fun and light approach to music inspires kids to have fun while learning. Music lessons emphasize theory and technique, and Derek includes music of his students' choosing, tailored to their skill level. Recording students learn about miking, recording, editing and mixing while working on real music projects.