Our instructors are highly-trained and dedicated, with a mission to preserve the art of music for generations to come.
Greg has been with Darrell Leffler’s Academy of Music from the very beginning when he became Vocal Director in 1994. He earned Bachelor of Music at San Jose State University with an emphasis on Music Education. Many of his students have gone on t much bigger things; Tracy Cruz, a recording artist, Brieanne Jansen an actress in American Girl, and Thia Megia, a top ten finalist in American Idol. Greg is very much involved in his church as choir director and is very dedicated to his students.
(Guitar & Piano Instructor)
(Guitar & Piano Instructor)
Kevin has been playing guitar since 2012. He has played different genres of songs from rock, heavy metal, classical, pop, and even instrumental. To this day he still loves music and has an even greater passion to teach it to students of all ages!
Like many of our instructors, Kevin was once a student at Darrell Leffler’s Academy of Music and studied under Minh Thai. He has grown up in our music school and is now sharing the joy of music to the next generation of musicians.
(Private Piano Instructor)
(Vocal & Piano Instructor)
Minh is currently the Choir Instructor at Oak Grove High School and has taught at Darrell Leffler’s Academy of Music since 1998. Minh has earned his Bachelor of Music at San Jose State University and teaches vocal, piano and guitar lessons. He also speaks fluent Vietnamese and is the proud father of two daughters.
Minh and Darrell were classmates at San Jose State University back in 1998 and have been working side by side ever since.
Gina is a student at San Jose State University and will graduate with her BA in Child and Adolescent Development and a minor in Special Education in Spring 2019, as she strives to become a Special Education instructor. Gina has known Darrell Leffler since she was in Kindergarten. She was in his Rainbow Singers group, then she joined his group piano class from early elementary until her last years of high school. Gina loves to play piano whenever there’s one available. While taking piano with Darrell Leffler, Gina also took voice and choir classes with Greg Farbizio. First a student and now a instructors! After Gina learned piano, she noticed that it helped her to learn other instruments: guitar, ukulele, and the soprano saxophone. Besides singing and playing various instruments, Gina loves spending time with family, being involved in her Christian group at SJSU, drawing, attending concerts of various genres. Gina hopes that her students will develop curiosity for music in addition to piano skills while in her Discovery class.
Gina hopes that her students will develop the same interest in music as she did from Darrell and Greg.
(Trumpet & Guitar Instructor)