Lindsay Smith, Owner/Instructor (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Lindsay started her musical career when she picked up the trombone at age 10. At Long Beach City College she pursued a music degree while putting on folk and blues shows around town singing and playing guitar. Since then she has release a solo album called Hold Steady under the name Lindsay Alexis as well as an album called Follow Me Under in which she plays trombone with her group, Van Goat -a very silly swing/punk band. Combining her love of music with her experience working with kids led her to taking over the San Francisco branch of Music for Aardvarks -now expanding into Oakland! Who knows where she'll take the business next!
Derek Burle, Instructor (Birthday Parties, Events)
Derek, a Los Angeles native, grew up loving two things: science and music. He watched Bill Nye and practiced the electric guitar in equal measure. While earning a geology degree at U.C. Santa Cruz, he started cutting his teeth by performing professionally with several rock bands. After moving to the bay area with his current group, Van Goat, Derek has become a teacher of many subjects including guitar, bass, ukulele, and high school math and science. When not teaching, you can find Derek gigging, riding his bike, going to shows and playing board games.
Glenda Bates, Instructor (Birthday Parties, Events)
Glenda is a Musician-Poet-Composer-Lyricist performing in various classical, jazz, chamber, contemporary, and experimental ensembles throughout the Bay Area. She taught and designed preschool music curriculum for four years with Performing Arts Workshop, and currently teaches piano, voice, oboe, and general music lessons. Bates has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance, and is a genre bending multi-instrumentalist.
Brooke Michael Smith, Instructor (Birthday Parties, Events)
Brooke grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and has been singing, dancing, and writing music since the age of 8. In San Francisco she has played in bands, worked as an actor, and performed in musicals and cabaret acts at local venues such as Society Cabaret and Feinstein's at the Nikko. She was named San Francisco's Best New Cabaret Artist for 2016 and can be seen onstage in "Company" at Altarena Playhouse in the Spring of 2019. She's also a Mom and enjoys singing with her five year old daughter.
Erma Kyriakos, Instructor (Birthday Parties, Events)
Erma Kyriakos has been teaching music for 8 years. Her experience includes teaching full sized orchestra classes, group piano classes, and individual lessons for guitar, piano, and violin. She has her Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Florida State University with an emphasis on violin and orchestral playing. She is continually motivated to teach because of her students' enthusiasm and creativity. Erma moved to San Francisco in 2010 to not only continue her endeavors in teaching, but to also become a performing artist; performing music at venues all over the Bay Area including, Yoshi’s San Francisco, The Great American Music Hall, The Fillmore’s Poster Room, Cafe du Nord, The Swedish American Hall, the Castro Theater and The Freight and Salvage. In addition to music, she is currently attending school at CCSF to get her pre-requisites for grad school in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist one day. She also likes to surf, dance, and of course play music in groups! Erma believes that playing music with others is crucial to her enjoyment of music and is excited to begin her new chapter at Aardvarks!