Teacher Profile (California)


Steffen Kuehn- Regional Manager and Instructor-Contact: trumpop@hotmail.com

(All Saints School, Hayward)


German-born, Grammy Winner, composer Steffen Kuehn is one of the rising stars in today’s popular Jazz music with a unique voice that already appeals to many music lovers around the world. Many of his compositions have been used in feature films including his title to track “Trumpop” in the Miramax movie Birthday Girl starring Nicole Kidman. Steffen is also a music educator sharing his love of performance with young students. He has worked for M.U.S.E. for over 15 years and leads many of the special events in the bay area including the M.U.S.E. Honor Band which performs at events like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco, performances at Great America and holiday events at Ghirardelli Square. He loves working with young musicians and inspires them to take music seriously but with a fun and great attitude.



Tom Mitter Performance Background

Over the past 40 years, Tom’s music performance career on saxophone, clarinet and flute has taken him from the bullfight stadiums of Mexico and the top concert halls of Japan to major jazz clubs all across America. Tom has had the opportunity to perform extensively with world-class musicians like Buddy Collette, Bud Freeman, Bruce Forman and Laurel Masse of the Manhattan Transfer. He’s led bands in steady “house” engagements at The Carnelean Room atop the Bank of America Building in San Francisco and The Signature Room on the 95th floor of The John Hancock Building in Chicago. Tom has been a featured performer in concerts at The University of Illinois, Yokohama City Jazz Concerts and Indiana University East.

Tom Mitter Teaching Experience

Tom has over 40 years of teaching experience in public and private schools as well as offering private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, flute and improvisation. He’s had numerous students make the Illinois IMEA Allstate honors band (both concert and jazz.) A flute student of his for 7 years was the named the top high school flutist in Illinois. A jazz trumpet student of his was named the number one jazz high school trumpet player in the California. Tom’s students have received full college scholarships and become professional musicians.

Tom Mitter- Regional Manager for Los Angeles area and instructor

St. Pius V  Buena Park   Contact: tmitter@verizon.net

Jenna graduated from St. Mary's College with a B.A. in music.  In addition to being a music educator Jenna performs around the bay area with many groups including: the Women's Community Orchestra, the Walnut Creek Concert Band, the Klezmer Kats, Dirty Cello and in We Players production of Hamlet. Jenna is going into her 4th year with the M.U.S.E. Program. She also teaches at Moreau High school and helps with the M.U.S.E. Honor Band. She loves teaching band and working with this age group.

Playing Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet, Lisa Marie Baratta has become an established musician in the Bay Area in the last 16 years.  A graduate of UCLA, and SJSU, she has over 24 years of professional playing and teaching experience and two CD's.  She has played at numerous venues and with numerous groups including The Black Tie Orchestra, which has performed at numerous hotels, banquets, and parties in San Francisco and the Bay Area. She also has performed in Musical Theaters, including Theater Works in Mtn. View, The San Jose Stage, Western  Stage, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Pedro Square.

Lisa Marie has been teaching for M.U.S.E. for over 12 years and loves working with young musicians. Her love for music inspires her students to be the best they can be. She currently teaches at St. Clare and St. Justin in the south bay. She also teaches privately.

Lisa Marie Baratta-Contact: lisamarie@baratta.com

St. Clare and St. Justin

Jenna Brace- jbrace@live.com

Ann Tung   anntung@aol.com

Piano Teacher: All Saints School, Hayward

Ann has obtained her Master’s of Music degree from San Francisco State University. She is a classical and jazz pianist and has taught piano for quite some time. Ann is going into her 3rd year with M.U.S.E. She teaches group piano lessons to grades 2-8 at All Saints School in Hayward

Forrest Powell     forrestpowell80@yahoo.com

Band Director at Our Lady of Grace, St. Joseph Alameda, St. Philip Neri Alameda, and Holy Rosary Antioch

Forrest is a gifted Trumpet player as well as band teacher. He received his Masters in Trumpet Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Bachelors of Music in Trumpet studies at Cal State Northridge. He has had experience teaching young bands since 2007 and has done some extensive touring for a Chorus Line, How the Grinch Stole Christmas National Tour, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. This is Forrests first year with M.U.S.E. (Fall 2018).

Art Hafen <performanceart@live.com>

Band Director: St. Joseph, Pinole

A graduate of the California State University East Bay with a BA in Music, Art has been an educator since 2004. Art currently works for the Oakland School District as well as teaching group and private lessons. Art joined M.U.S.E. in the fall of 2018 and has contributed valuably to our staff.