JohnJohn Reynolds, D.M.A.
Jazz Studies
Music Department Chair

“Dr. Reynolds is one of the premier educators in the country,” (Wynton Marsalis, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize Winner).  Since 2012, Dr. Reynolds has taught and served as Music Department Chair at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.  In 2015, he launched the Jazz Studies program has led it to national prominence.  In addition, he is a highly sought trumpeter in Southern California, adept in performing many styles of music.  John earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California as well as degrees from San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University.

John performs frequently with his own groups, the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra and the John Reynolds Jazz Quintet.  He is often contracted as a freelance trumpeter in Southern California. In the Jazz world, John has performed with John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Graham Dechter, Rickey Woodard, Jackie Ryan, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Gilbert Castellanos, Marshall Hawkins and many others.  Other groups with which he has performed include the San Diego Symphony, Westwind Brass, Millennia Consort and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.  As an active part of the San Diego music community, he can be seen performing frequently in both Jazz and Classical venues.  John has held adjunct music positions at Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently adjunct faculty at Grossmont College, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble.

Here is a recent article posted regarding Dr. Reynolds’ teaching at SCPA.

John is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, the Musicians Association of San Diego County Local 325, Jazz Education Network and the College Music Society.


Andrew Bearden
Choral Studies, Music Theory
Andrew Bearden has an extensive background in both vocal and instrumental music.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degreeand a teaching credential from San Diego State University, and is currently completing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, also at SDSU.  Andrew has taught music in San Diego for more than fifteen years, and in addition to being an educator, Andrew is also a performer, composer, and arranger of choral and instrumental music.

Matt Quiroz
Wind Studies
Matthew Quiroz has been a music educator for eighteen years.  Throughout his career he has taught Band, Orchestra, directed musicals, MusicTheory, and AP Music Theory.  He has taught beginners as well as experienced players.  He received his degree in Music Education from San Diego State University.  Professionally, he has performed with bands, orchestras, pit orchestras in musicals, jazz bands, rocks bands, and has worked as a freelance musician in recording studios.

Tamara Paige

Orchestral Studies

“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”
-Rita Pierson

Ms. Tamara Paige has been a music educator in the San Diego area for nearly 18 years directing a wide range performance ensembles and creating collaborative experiences within the community.  Ten of those years were spent here at SDSCPA where Paige taught and directed several award winning ensembles and served as orchestra, jazz and band director from 2001-2012. She then worked at Francis Parker School where she built a robust strings program for students grades 3-12. Tamara was also instrumental in establishing a new music program at the Academy of Our Lady Of Peace where she served as choral and instrumental director. She is honored to return SDSCPA this year as strings and orchestral studies director for both Middle and High School students.  Her music programs over the years celebrated for its professional level of performance, have received top honors and national recognition and have sent scores of students onto successful college and professional musical careers.

Tamara’s own passion and energy for teaching and learning has led to many highlights her career including Site Teacher of the Year at SCPA in 2007. In 06’ and 09’ she was awarded the California Music Educators Association’s “Orchestra Educator of the Year” and in 2010 was guest conductor for San Diego Unified School District’s first Middle School Honor Orchestra.  She conducted an all-student pit orchestra for the San Diego Repertory Theater’s professional productions of Hairspray: The Musical (2010) and Tommy (2011).  Both productions won the prestigious Craig Noel Award in several categories including “Outstanding Musical” and Tommy received “Best Musical Direction”.

Ms.. Paige also had a unique opportunity to serve as Master Teacher for the Point Loma String Project, a program designed for Point Loma Nazarene University Music Majors seeking to gain real hands-on experience teaching elementary aged children.  Under her mentorship, aspiring teachers were able to work weekly with nearly 100 students. Tamara’s commitment to serving the community also led her work with the California Youth Conservatory Theater by joining and recruiting young musicians from all over San Diego County to perform in several of their Productions. Their production of Les Miserables was awarded San Diego Bravo Award’s  “Best Musical Production” (2013). At home, Tamara likes to spend quality time with her family, work out,  catch up on her favorite Netflix series and hang out with her fur and lizard babies Pebbles and Vader.

A recent article about Ms. Paige in the San Diego reader here: