MICHELLE VALENZUELA ORNEST
Michelle Valenzuela Ornest is the founder of MV Music Studio! She has been singing and writing music since the age of 12 and has been teaching voice and piano lessons for over 15 years. After earning her undergraduate degree in Music at California State University, Northridge followed by post-grad studies at UCLA she started her work as a demo singer and songwriter for film & television licensing companies such as APM, Sonoton and Pop Machine. In 2015 she released a self-produced EP of all original music and continues to write her own music, co-write with other artists, and work as a session singer. In 2019 she released a country pop album called "Bitter Pill" which received a significant amount of radio play in FM stations throughout Southern California. She was featured on several music magazines including a review on Music Connection and an interview on Country Thang Daily. Her cover of "Folsom Prison Blues" has gained thousands of views on combined social platforms and has also received a significant amount of radio play.
Michelle is passionate about sharing her love of music with all her students! From the young beginner to the advanced singer-songwriter, Michelle knows how to make lesson fun and challenging at the same time!
Matt Lau’s musical journey began in the world of classical music at age 9, when he picked up the viola. He found a love for the craft, classically trained for years under the steady hands of seasoned pros. However, lurking in the background was a call from the contemporary, as a love for the guitar dominated his interest. Matt has over ten years of self-taught guitar experience, and is a touring musician in a Torrance-based rock band. With his band Joker’s Hand, he has performed in venues from coffee shop open mics to legendary LA clubs to outdoor festival stages. They’ve also had their songs “Gold Rush” and “Hijacked” chart at #1 on the World Famous KROQ’s Locals Only radio show following the release of their debut self-titled EP in March 2020. Matt also has experience with music licensing for film & television, doing composition work with the likes of Noise Refinery Inc and Sound Manipulations Inc under the blanket of APM Music.
A lifelong student of music, Matt is eager to teach guitar students of all skill levels in a variety of genres, from pop and country to rock and metal. Matt can also teach ukulele, viola, voice, piano and songwriting.