Instructor and Co-founder Nick O'Donnell has been singing and playing music for as long as he can remember - beginning with recorder and violin, and 8 years spent in various choirs. He took on the guitar at the ripe age of 18, immediately joined a rock band, and hasn't looked back.
He studied with a couple top Los Angeles studio guitarists while cutting his teeth in the LA rock scene, and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from PSU (graduating Summa Cum Laude).
Nick has been teaching guitar (and banjo, violin and piano) since 2005, in both private and group instruction. You can find him most weekends playing in the House Band at Tony Starlight's Showroom in Portland playing a range of tunes from Dean Martin to Guns n' Roses, or in Vancouver's own The Pearls, joining in on their vocals-driven, gritty Americana sound.
When not teaching or gigging, you can probably find Nick making up silly songs with his 2 young sons.
Leah Hinchcliff is an accomplished performer and teacher and has been playing the bass and guitar and piano for over 25 years. She teaches lessons and coaches jazz combos to the cool kids at Portland Public Schools. She teaches bass, guitar, piano and ukulele at her private home studio and with the eclectic and exciting teaching staff at Beacock Music. She is agraduate of Portland State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance on Bass. Leah graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) and was also the recipient of a Laurel Scholarship for professionalism and leadership. She has studied with Andre St. James, Glen Moore, Dan Schulte, Jeff Leonard, Charley Gray and Darrell Grant.
You can find Leah on stage with The Quadraphonnes and around town with some of the NW's finest musicians.