Our early childhood music instructors are outstanding vocalists and musicians with strong backgrounds in education. Our teachers share their musical talent, performance experience and love of teaching with every class.



Our teachers are professionally trained musicians who are highly qualified instrumental instructors. They are accomplished, creative individuals who want to make sure their students achieve their personal musical ambitions.


Outstanding Musical Instruction


Founder of Nightingale Music, studied Music Education, Vocal Performance, and Drama at the University of Oklahoma. She has taught choral performance at the primary level as well as teaching both voice and piano privately. Jennifer has performed in over 40 professional productions around the country and enjoys bringing her performance experience to class. Jennifer developed the Nightingale Music curriculum with an understanding that the early years of a child's life are a crucial time for creating a foundation of lifelong learning. Jennifer credits her 3 great children as her creative, musical inspiration!



A San Diego native, studied piano and music education at San Diego State University as well as at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood California. He has been playing the piano for 20 years and has taught private and group piano for over 8 years. Brett has played with numerous bands and is a freelance piano performer. He has opened for the San Diego Symphony at the Summer Pops Concert for the last 5 years in a row. Brett also composes music for television and film. Brett's extensive experience teaching children in a group setting as well as his incredible talent as a performer creates a perfect teaching style inspiring kids to love the piano. 



Nancy Ross just recently finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma! Throughout her life Nancy has performed in musicals and plays across the country! Nancy has taught music, dance, and theatre throughout the years and it brings her great joy to introduce individuals to the transformative value that music and theatre can have in our lives. She is so excited to join Nightingale Music School and continue using music to improve the lives of our little ones!



Joey Carano appreciates all styles of guitar and continually seeks out new and interesting sounds. He developed his loose style playing a variety of improvisational and jazz music. Having traveled professionally throughout North America, Great Britain, France, Russia, and Australia, Joey now performs in San Diego where he enjoys teaching and exploring new musical ideas. He is considered one of the finest guitarists in San Diego and is also a highly regarded studio musician. Joey’s combination of focused instruction, fun recognizable material and relaxed, accessible teaching style all translate into the perfect method for engaging young people to learn the guitar.



An Iowa native holds a Master's degree from UNLV and a BA from Luther College. She has performed operatic roles internationally in Rome, Italy and Graz, Austria in addition to winning various awards domestically including the James K. Huntzinger Concerto Competition, the Brudos Prize for Opera Performance, and numerous awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS.) She now performs with the San Diego Opera, Riverside Lyric Opera, and is an adjunct professor of vocal performance at Moreno Valley College. Amy loves working with the little ones and their families, sharing her talent and warmth in music class!



Has been playing music his entire life. In addition to playing piano, he plays guitar, drums, and is an accomplished singer. James attended Berklee College of Music, ultimately earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Business Management and Piano Studies. James has been teaching in the La Jolla area for the last ten years. His students range from 4 to 75 years of age. James endeavors to equip all of his students with not only the necessary tools to succeed in their personal musical ambitions, but also to develop a true love for music. In addition to teaching, James also professionally writes, records, and submits his work to be licensed for commercial use. His music has successfully made it to prime time TV and James continues to seek ways to get his music heard and enjoyed.


Tara Sampson

Tara Sampson graduated in May of 2016 from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. She moved to San Diego last October from Italy, where her husband was stationed with the Navy. She is a working actor and singer throughout the San Diego theatre community. She has always loved being around children and nannies two beautiful girls on the days she is not at Nightingale. Tara is thrilled to be teaching at Nightingale Music, sharing her talent and love for music with the youngest little music makers!



Born and raised in sunshine state of Florida, Rosie holds a bachelors in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Being immersed in music at an early age, she has performed in a variety of musical genres ranging from musical theater to more contemporary styles which has helped her become a more well rounded musician. Being a self taught acoustic guitarist, Rosie has traveled to places such Australia and several countries in the Caribbean singing and playing music as a full time musician on a professional cruise line. She currently plays around various San Diego venues and continues to broaden her musical creativity with song writing. Rosie has always loved working with children and is excited to share her passions to spark the same love and enthusiasm of music with the little ones and families of Nightingale music!



Amy is excited to be a teacher at Nightingale Music! She has been a teacher of Acting, Voice/Speech, Tap, Ballet, and Musical Theatre Dance Styles in Cincinnati, New York City, and San Diego for the past five years. She has taught at San Diego Junior Theatre, Premier Tumbling and Dance, CYT, KidVille, Loveland Stage Company and Ooh La La Dance Studio. Amy received a BFA in Musical Theatre from WSU in Ohio. She has been in many Broadway concerts and some of her favorite roles include Marian in the Music Man, Fantine in Les Miserables, and The Cat in Honk! Through teaching music, Amy believes in finding what is unique about each child and helping them develop into the best they can be by nurturing their gifts and talents.



Elly Roseberry , originally from northern California, obtained her Bachelor's degree in Indiana and Master's degree from San Diego State University, both in Vocal Performance. She has been featured in many notable musical theatre and operatic roles, including ``Princess Fred`` in Once Upon A Mattress, ``Mother`` in Amahl & the Night Visitors and ``Baba`` in Menotti's The Medium.
Elly now resides permanently in San Diego, where for the past 6 years integrated herself into the choral and teaching community as an active professional collaborator with arts organizations. Her most notable involvement has been with local ensemble SACRA/PROFANA as singer and staff administrator. Elly is thrilled to join Nightingale Music School, working with families and children to introduce the love of music into their lives. Soli deo Gloria!



Grew up in Northeastern Ohio and graduated from Youngstown State University in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts with focuses in Vocal Music and Psychology. She has been teaching group music and play classes for children in San Diego since 2012 and considers it a privilege to view all the social, cognitive, and physical development music can bring to young ones. Melanie has been performing in regional and community theater both in Ohio and San Diego since 1999, and has also helped direct and choreograph several productions in Ohio. She has been playing piano since the age of 5, and has been a church pianist as well as a choir accompanist. Melanie is also a certified massage therapist, and a certified infant massage instructor, but her passion lies in singing and bringing the joy of music to children and parents at Nightingale Music!



Julie graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor's in Visual and Performing Arts with an emphasis in Theatre. In addition to working at Nightingale Music, she's worked with after school programs Mad Science and Heartlight. Julie is also a local actress, and has performed at Legoland, Seaworld, The Dinner Detective, and singing Christmas songs with the Tinseltone Carolers. Julie is excited to join the Nightingale Music team and share her talents with the youngest music makers!


Gabriela Escalante

Gabriela is a sunny San Diego native! She has been involved in performing arts since she was 5 years old; she began acting at the age of 5 when she got the leading role in a play and at the age of 6 she began singing in her school choir. Gabriela was part of show choir competition group ``Center Stage`` throughout her high school years and performed as a soloist throughout performances. She is trilingual, fluent in French and Spanish; has also won many awards for public speaking and is currently a Film major student, pursuing Film directing. Gabriela is very happy and excited to be teaching at Nightingale Music and can't wait to share her passion for the arts with her students.


Rayanna Messina

Rayanna Messina has always had a great love and passion for music ever since she was old enough to pick up a microphone. She a self-taught pianist and guitarist with many years of operatic vocal training as well. She attended California Pacific College of the Performing Arts, where she studied music theory, dance, stage craft, child adolescence development and psychology. Rayanna also became a Young American, teaching underprivileged children the magic of music. She became a Disneyland performer and a manager for Dazzling D’s Princess Productions, performing birthday parties and events in character. During her free time, she loves to write music and play her guitar. Rayanna absolutely loves working for Nightingale because it combines two of her greatest loves, music and children.







Locations in La Jolla, South Park at Baby Garten and La Mesa at Wagner's School of Music! Contact us to find out more about classes, camp, parties and group instrumental lessons!

5631-C La Jolla Blvd,
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: 858-488-3244
8060 La Mesa Boulevard,
La Mesa, CA 91942
T: 858-488-3244
1947 30th St,
San Diego, CA 92102
T: 858-488-3244