About Us

Please see all of our teachers below.  We look forward to meeting you soon!

Team

Julie Gunvalson

Julie Gunvalson

Owner of Piano By Julie

Private Piano Instructor

Phone: 818 621-6946

Email: juliegunvalson@earthlink.net

Julie began playing piano at age 5, and was fortunate to have been born into a musical family.  Upon entering junior high, she began accompanying church services, instrumentalists and singers as well as school choirs.  She later studied piano performance at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She moved to Los Angeles in 2001 mainly to escape the cold temperatures in the midwest, and while playing gigs wherever she could get hired, began teaching piano.  Piano By Julie has been providing music lessons since, and we are so grateful to all of our wonderful students and parents for letting us show them great music!

Nikki Medlin

Nikki Medlin

Guitar Instructor

Nikki has been working with guitar students of all ages and levels for over 20 years.  An accomplished guitar player in her right, she has played with several rock and heavy metal bands since age 13.  She studied guitar and music theory at Pierce College as well as taking private lessons from professional guitar players in the San Fernando Valley.  Her guitar playing skills combined with her personality will win you over. She develops great relationships with her clients while teaching them all the great songs they want to learn.

Nicole Leyden

Nicole Leyden

Vocal Instructor

Nicole is a very enthusiastic voice teacher who provides a lot of encouragement and positive energy to all of her students.  She sings and coaches her church choir on a weekly basis and is always looking to further her musical knowledge.  She has a degree in vocal performance from Cal State, Northridge. 

Her students all leave their lessons happy, and their performances are always a big hit!

Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt

Guitar and Piano Instructor

Mike studied music at the University of Utah, and has over 25 years of teaching experience.  Mike is always in a great mood, and his students always have the most fun in their lessons!  Mike can teach you anything on the guitar or piano whether it is the basics of reading, jazz improvisation, or accompaniment skills.  If Mike is your teacher, you will never want to miss your music lesson!  Mike can also be seen playing and leading Jazz Festivals all over the San Fernando Valley.