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240 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310.379.6799

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Fri 11am-7pm

Sat 9am-5pm

Closed Sunday

 

 

 

 

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 John, Pat, Susan, and Carol Dietz have been successfully teaching music in the South Bay for over thirty years.

Mention their names to a friend or neighbor and bet that someone in the family or a friend of theirs has studied with one of the Dietzs’.

They all still enjoy teaching at the shop and they have also trained and added 15 other people to their staff, with instructors for almost every instrument.  You want to play drums, piano, or steel drums? Talk to Rich.  Slide guitar?  Pat can help you out.  Gotta play Over the Rainbow like IZ on uke?  Call Carrie or Joe.

Don’t wait to get started - it’s always easiest to learn it right the first time!

And, remember, the first lesson is Free.  Yep, Free!  After that it's:

$140 = Four 30 min. lessons

  $210 = Four 45 min. lessons

$280 = Four 1 hour lessons

Carrie's Group Uke Class = $20 per class (Tues Night 8:15-9:15)

Erik's Guitar Workshop = $20 per class (Wed Night 7:30-8:30)

Josh and Erik's Rock Band Classes = $140 per four classes (call Josh for times)

 

Instructors

 

John Dietz - Woodwinds   

 

John started playing guitar at the age of ten.  Once a week, he would walk to his lesson with guitar in hand and then run home and teach brother Pat everything he’d learned. By the time they reached high school, their band was playing for school dances, proms, park dances, and private parties.  They were lucky enough to hone their craft before the advent of DJs.

After high school, John left Manhattan Beach for the University of Oregon to study flute with Richard Trombley. He also beefed up his resume at this time by playing 2-3 nights a week at any coffee house, jazz club, or biker bar that would either pay or feed him.

Upon returning to Manhattan Beach, John continued his flute studies with studio flautist Art Hoberman and on his recommendation spent time in France taking classes with Munich Symphony flautist Andras Adorjan and the renowned French flautist Jean Pierre Rampal.  He studied saxophone and clarinet in L.A. with studio musician and Mike Douglas Show alumnus Vince Trombetta.

John now enjoys a full roster of students at his shop as well as performing 60-80 gigs a year on flute, sax, and steel drums.

 

Pat Dietz - Guitar, Mandolin 

 

Pat Dietz was born and raised in the South Bay and has been making music here all of his life.  At the age of nine, he began taking guitar lessons with Mrs. Bartos in Manhattan Beach, and went on to study with Brian Hartzler and Dorothy de Goede.  He has studied classical guitar with many great players, including Michael Lorimer, John Jarvie and Leo Brouwer.  He has also studied pedal steel guitar with Steve Koski, and mandolin with John Zehnder.

Over the years, Pat has played at more than six thousand private parties and corporate events.

Pat has taught guitar and mandolin lessons locally for 34 years.  In 1988, he started Dietz Brothers Music in Manhattan Beach with his brother, John.  They are now instrument dealers for Fender and Martin guitars, as well as many other instruments, books, and accessories.

 

Susan Dietz - Piano

 

Susan Dietz began her musical career in a back-road Oregon Grange Hall at the age of five. She played "Balloons" on the piano and sang April Showers accompanied by her big brother.  The wild clapping when she finished was not for her, but from relief that the recital was finally over.Thus began her life-long love of performing.

The next year her family went to see The Sound of Music and her fantasy of becoming a singer like Julie Andrews grew to worrisome size. (Knowing this has helped her husband John understand her ups and downs - when she breaks into song while asking him to take out the trash, he kindly lets her do so.)

She studied piano and voice for the next twenty years and eventually became good enough to fool quite a few people.  She studied the Robert Pace piano method and became an accredited Pace teacher herself at 18; she then studied at both the local community college and the University of Oregon; singing, acting and writing music for local theatre and even touring in a company with a grant from the Oregon Endowment for the Arts.

While in school she met her husband John and his brother Pat.  She and John did get married much to her parent’s relief and taught music lessons to earn money to study in Europe.  They studied at L’Academie d’Ete in Nice, France.  Susan studied with Mady Mesple of the Paris Opera and Jean Gireudeau of the Paris Opera Comique.

After they returned she continued teaching piano and voice and singing as the resident soloist at Wayfarer’s Chapel in Palos Verdes.  Her thirty years at the beautiful glass church could be seen as an inspiration, however it is certain that she frightened as many people as she inspired.  The congregation would look warily at the windows each time she hit a high C.

Her time with Los Angeles Master Choral, Orange County Opera Pacific, Long Beach Opera and others has convinced her that doing what others ask can take the joy out of music, so, she quit them all and happily freelances.  She can now choose more of her own repertoire as she continues to blithely go through her day teaching and performing and occasionally bursting into song for no good reason.

She would like to thank her husband and three sons for their understanding over the years.  So, here goes - Thanks guys.

 

Carol Dietz - Violin, Viola, Harp

 

Carol Dietz started playing the violin after a few years of piano lessons when she was ten years old.

There was a violin class offered at her school that met twice a week, which ultimately led to the beginning of her love for the violin, for playing in a group, and for her teacher Mrs. Brian.  Mrs. Brian was tall, fashionable, and had a beautiful position and technique on the violin.  Carol wanted to be just like her!

Ever since then Carol has loved the sound of the violin, whether played by an expert or beginner.  Thus she indulges herself in that sound twice a week at Dietz Brothers Music in private lessons and small group classes.

There is nothing that gives her more thrill than the sound of tuning violins, so come and try a class or lesson with her and learn to love the squeaks and the glorious sounds of the violin.

  

Josh Brown (Robin's man) - Guitar (Electric, Classical)

 Josh has been playing guitar for over 20 years.  He was originally instructed by Tom Ayers, a polyester-clad pusher of the San Franciso rock style.  Early practice involved under the leg shredding, behind the back riffage and enamel distorting sonic armageddon.  In time, Josh was found in the basements and alleys of Santa Cruz and Oakland, dealing electric insanity to wild eyed seekers and sages of the cult of noise.  Eventually, the first wave of ear shattering bliss gave way to the dulcet sounds of J.S. Bach and Mississippi John Hurt.  The Seeking continued but in calmer waters, under warmer skies.  The guitar strings became more supple and Josh found love, Los Angeles and Dietz Brothers Music.

Josh has been a Dietz Brothers instructor for 8 years.  He plays lead guitar in the The Goldsoundz and describes his teaching as "useful guitar."  Whether your goal is strumming and singing down by the beach or hurling face melting thunderbolts from the stage, Josh will get you to your goal without detour or confusion.  Riding on the currents of sound, guitar lessons with Josh can lead to unexpected wisdom and profound insight.  

Josh is engaged in the entire life cycle of the guitar.  A demanding player, he has sent more than one guitar to the other side.  An experienced luthier, he brought untold numbers back.  

Carrie Dietz Brown-Guitar, Uke, Banjo

 

When Carrie isn’t painting or drawing, she is teaching guitar, ukulele, and banjo at Dietz Bros. She has studied guitar with Pat Dietz since she was ten and for the last seven years has fooled around with learning the mandolin, ukulele and banjo. She loves teaching all types of music, from punk rock to classical. She also enjoys teaching techniques such as songwriting, soloing, and playing in a group. In 2012, Carrie started a ukulele class on Tuesday nights at the shop and it has really turned into a happening scene. Also in 2012, Carrie earned a B.A. in Drawing and Painting from CSULB. She and her sister Robin have played in the rockin’ original band Foot Foot since 2003.

 

Richard Schwagerl - Piano, Steel Drums, Drums


Richard Schwagerl will help you to explore the three elements of music: melody, harmony, and rhythm. He will have you delve into playing by ear, improvisation, arrangement, and leading a band, all while practicing reading, writing, theory and good technique. Rich also leads group classes, such as School Of Rock, Jazz and Blues (all instruments and vocals welcome).

Richard earned a scholarship degree from USC, toured with Lou Rawls, and composed for MTV and The Travel Channel. He patented the Drum-A-Long System, which is sold nationally, and wrote Simple Principles of Learning. He also performs regularly as the bandleader of Island Voyage. “Proud and honored to be working with the Dietz Brothers since 1981.” – RS

 

Devitt Feeley - Guitar, Bass, Mandolin

 

Devitt has been singing and playing string instruments most of his life. He started early playing string bass in the public school systems of Chicago. Along the way he taught himself guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and violin. After high school he attended the Berklee College of Music studying String Bass performance and winning contests and awards throughout these early years. He performs in innumerable genres including rock, jazz, blues, classical, country and show tunes, but his love is bluegrass. He has won the Topanga Canyon Folk Festival Competition several times. Each win highlights his talent and diversity. He won for guitar performance, mandolin performance, best back-up musician, and most recently for best band (Rockyneck Bluegrass Band) in 2009.

His television appearances have been on The Next Great American Band as mandolinist and back-up vocals for Cliff Wagner and the Old #7, on Justified with the Rockyneck Blugrass Band and on My Fair Wedding also with the Rockyneck Bluegrass Band. He has opened for Leo Kottke, IIIrd Time Out and has shared the stage with John McEuen from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He has worked at Dietz Bros Music for twenty years teaching and repairing instruments.

 

Maralynne Mann - Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Piano

 

Maralynne Mann is a freelancing oboist and instructor in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Maralynne graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University in 2003 with a degree in music performance where she studied under Leslie Reed. In 2007 she entered the master’s degree program in oboe performance at the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach where she studied under studio professional Joseph Stone, held principal positions in all ensembles and was selected to play with the University Wind Quintet. Throughout her career she has participated and performed in masterclasses with John Mack, David Weiss, Carolyn Hove and Marc Fink.

Maralynne is now a member of the wind quintet The Quintessential Winds. In 2010 they were fellows in the Chamber Music Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska and in 2011 they were selected guest artists of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska. Recently the quintet was named winners of the 2011 Beverly Hills Audition. Quintessential Winds is also featured on the Musician’s Roster of the Los Angeles Arts Commission alongside groups such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Musica Angelica.

As a performer, Maralynne plays with many of the areas regional and collegiate orchestras. Recently, she was principal oboist with the Orange County Mormon Choral Organization where she played multiple sold-out performances in Orange County’s Segerstrom Hall. Additionally, she frequents the orchestra pits of local opera and musical theater companies across Southern-California.

Maralynne is also a passionate music educator with a large studio of students. She currently teaches oboe, piano, clarinet, and flute to students who have participated in the SCSBOA “All-southern” ensembles, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra and many other youth ensembles in the Southern-California area.

 

Conor Griffin - Guitar

 

Conor was raised right here in Manhattan Beach and began learning to play guitar at age 12. Since then he’s tried his hand at everything from drums and ukelele to bass but the guitar still remains his primary passion. He’s been rockin’ the halls of Dietz Brothers for about a year now and is excited to help you learn to play. When he’s not teaching or attending classes, Conor can be found writing songs for his band Another Side, Another Story.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Miranda-Drums, Piano, Cello, and Violin

Marc Miranda is a cellist, pianist, drummer, violinist, viola player, and composer residing in the LA area.  He studied classical music from California State University Northridge with an emphasis in cello performance under the direction of Dr. Diane Roscetti. Marc has years of experience playing for orchestras and chamber groups. Marc also performs and records for a variety of different types of music such as EDM, contemporary, soundtracks, folk, rap, and rock groups. As an instructor, Marc focuses on the traditional aspects of music such as technique, theory, and reading, but also incorporates improvisation and song writing


 

 Dillon P - Guitar, Uke

  Dillon enjoys long walks on the beach and watching the sun set... but anywho. 
He's been playing the radio since he was 5. When he was 12, he picked up a guitar and has been playing non-stop ever since. His main styles of playing are Rock, Blues and Metal though he's influenced by a lot of other music as well. Dillon was raised on southern rock but was soon introduced to Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Psychedelic and everything in between. He played in the jazz band in college where he studied music theory. Originally from Maryland, Dillon's bands focused on writing original music and jamming at local clubs and private parties. He plays both acoustic and electric guitar and loves them both equally. Currently, he's writing instrumental music and singer/songwriter based material. He also teaches ukulele and plays bass and drums as well as dabbles on the piano. Dillon enjoys giving back to the music community. Seeing the light bulb flick on when teaching music is a great feeling. You can reach Dillon in the store if you have any questions about lessons or guitars in general. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Bendig-Guitar

Lauren has been involved with music since she was very young, playing piano and singing. Even though she dabbled with piano here and there, her true passion has always been playing the guitar. Lauren started taking guitar lessons at Dietz Brothers when she was nine years old with Carrie Dietz and has loved it ever since. She has always been the singer/songwriter type, yet she also loves pop, soul, and rock. Recently, Lauren graduated from Mira Costa High School where she sang in the choir for four years. During these short high school years, Lauren has performed in Carnegie Hall and toured and sang in some of the most outstanding cathedrals in France and London. (Such as Notre Dame and Windsor Castle) Lauren is currently studying to receive her degree in Music Therapy. At Dietz, Lauren is enjoying building up her clientele and feels that with each new student, her passion for music is getting stronger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blake-Guitar

 

 Blake was born with music in his veins. He started playing saxophone in middle school and branched out to playing and singing at local restaurants and cafés. His main instruments are guitar, bass, and ukulele. Blake graduated from DaVinci Design where he taught the Music Appreciation and Beginning Guitar courses. He is currently studying at UCLA Extension to become a full time teacher. With a love for soul, jazz and especially the blues, Blake can jam on anything from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Mumford and Sons. He is looking forward to helping others grow their passion for music! 

SAMMY NUNAN-Voice and Brass
Sammy Nunan is a performer, composer, producer, and instructor based in Los Angeles. His main instruments are voice and trumpet, though he also plays guitar, piano, trombone, french horn, euphonium and tuba. He studied music at Tufts University, studying voice under Patrice Williamson and trumpet under Scott Aruda. At Tufts, he was the musical director of the critically acclaimed, award winning a cappella group the Amalgamates. He has many years of experience playing trumpet in a variety of ensembles and styles including jazz, classical, musical theater, marching band, funk, hip hop, rock, and soul. His experience as a vocalist is similarly various, ranging between rock, pop, jazz, r&b, electronic, classical, opera, and musical theater. As a vocal coach, he emphasizes practical tricks and exercises for unlocking the potential of each person’s individual voice. He coaches brass students on everything from lead playing to marching technique to soloing. His instruction incorporates technique, theory, style, and improvisation.