ABOUT US

We provide in-home, private one-on-one instruction throughout San Diego. Lessons are given weekly and year-round with holiday breaks. We offer two recitals a year at the beautiful Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad’s Dove Library and the opportunity to compete in local competitions such as the MTNA Performance Competition and the Helen B. Goodlin Festival.

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Meet the teachers

JARED NEPUTE

Piano, Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Composition, Music Theory

Jared Nepute founded the JN Music Studio in 2015 after moving to San Diego from New York City. He is a classically trained pianist, guitarist, vocalist, and composer. He received his Bachelor of Music from New York University. He has won numerous piano competitions including the AMSA World Piano Competition performing at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations. He also was cast as the lead in the National Broadway Tour of American Idiot with over 200 performances. He is a member of the MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) and has over a decade of experience teaching music privately to hundreds of students of all ages.

He currently serves as the Worship Pastor at The Gathering Church in Mira Mesa. In 2016, he married his wife, Kelsey, and they now have two children, Noa (4) & Shepherd (2) and a third on the way.

DRINIAN KING

PIANO, DRUMS, VOICE, COMPOSITION, MUSIC THEORY

Drinian King has been playing piano for well over a decade. Throughout the years he has played in recitals and completed Certificate of Merit from level 5 and in his senior year of high school he completed the Advanced level. He attended Biola University, graduating in Spring 2023 with a B.M. in Music Performance with an emphasis in Piano. In 2022 he placed 3rd in the Raymond Competition which he entered while attending the MasterWorks Music Festival in South Carolina. He has played in Masterclasses with notable teachers including Sandra Wright Shen, Dr. Wael Farouk, and Dr. Lori Rhoden. While at Biola Drinian had the privilege of studying privately under Dr. Beth Nam Pak, and Dr. Li-Shan Hung.

Drinian has been passionate about expanding his musical horizons. He joined the Biola Chorale, a nationally acclaimed ensemble, from 2021-2022, and the Biola Percussion ensemble from 2022-2023. Throughout his four years at Biola, he worked as a collaborative pianist with several vocalists. Drinian is now pursuing a career in teaching people of all ages how to play piano, incorporating theory and music history.

ALEXIS MARIN

PIANO, VOICE, MUSIC THEORY

Alexis Marin graduated from California State University of San Marcos with a degree in Music with an emphasis on Vocal Performance, and a minor in Music Technology. She has over 5 years of experience teaching voice and piano to ages 3 and up in a variety of musical genres. Alexis has been singing her entire life and has played the piano since she was 15. Sharing her love for music with others is her passion! She also has years of experience leading worship as well as directing worship teams.

Alexis currently resides in Escondido with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Delaney (1).

THOMAS ALBERT

PIANO, UKULELE, COMPOSITION, MUSIC THEORY

Thomas Albert began studying classical piano at age 9 which has led to numerous recital performances and competitions. In 2021, he placed 2nd in the CAPMT State Competition and 3rd place in the 2019 Southern California Youth Mozart Festival. He received his MTAC Certificate of Merit for Level 9 piano and was invited to perform at the 2022 MTAC State Convention. In addition to performing, he has composed several original piano solos and taught private and group piano lessons at the Wagner School of Music.

Locally, he helps lead worship throughout San Diego.

ANDREW MARIN

GUITAR, PIANO, UKULELE, DRUMS, MUSIC THEORY

Andrew Marin is a native-born San Diegan. He received his music degree at Cal State San Marcos and is a jazz-trained guitarist and composer. He has toured the West Coast with various artists and has performed at numerous events throughout San Diego.

He currently serves as a Worship Leader and Director of Worship for the Youth and Young Adults at Movement Church. In March 2020, he married his wife, Alexis. In January 2023 they welcomed their first child, Delaney, into the world.

BECKY FRIBERG

PIANO, MUSIC THEORY

Becky has been playing the piano since she was 8 years old. With a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University, Becky has enjoyed teaching children in a variety of settings for over 25 years. For the past three years, she has studied under Jared Nepute, the founder of JN Music Studio. She has also performed in many recitals. Becky currently serves regularly as a pianist on her church’s worship team. As a teacher at JN Music Studio, Becky combines her love for music and her passion for helping others grow in their own musical journeys.

BELLA ETTORE

PIANO, MUSIC THEORY

Bella began studying piano at the age of 5 and has never looked back. At a young age she fell in love with composers like Debussy, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff as well as jazz artists like Ellington and Bill Evans. Bella has experience singing and playing piano in many shows, performing in college recitals, accompanying choirs, and gigging in Jazz band and orchestra settings. Her love for music led her to Point Loma Nazarene University where she got her Bachelors in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Music while serving on one of the primary chapel worship teams. She has several years of teaching experience at the Wagner School of Music teaching group and private lessons.

Bella now serves as a Worship Leader at All People’s Church in San Diego along with her soon-to-be husband, Luke. Together they share a passion for bringing creativity and life to corporate worship and getting to be a part of what God is doing in San Diego through music. Bella loves what she does and believes that with hard work and a bit of discipline, students can achieve anything they put their mind (and fingers) to.

Amy Grover

piano, voice

Amy Grover has been passionate about music from a very young age. She began her musical journey singing, leading worship at just 13 years old, and later started playing the piano at 16. Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from San Diego Christian College and went on to complete her Master’s in Worship Arts from California Baptist University.

Throughout her career, she has served on worship teams in various local churches, leading choirs, bands, and vocal rehearsals. Amy has also led worship for retreats and participated in worship recordings through her church, Shadow Mountain Community Church. She has a deep love for teaching music and finds great fulfillment in watching her students grow and develop their talents.

Amy and her husband, Kekoa, reside in Alpine, CA, where they serve as Pastor and Worship Leader at the Alpine campus of Shadow Mountain Community Church.



Jane breckenfeld-racuya

piano, voice, guitar

Jane Breckenfeld-Racuya studied piano and voice for 7 years while growing up in her home state, Michigan. After High School Jane took her love for music and moved across the country to join a traveling performing arts group, the Young Americans. She toured around the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and England teaching kids voice, dance, and performing arts. She was also a performer in the Young Americans dinner theater for 2 summers in Northern Michigan.

Jane currently serves on the worship team at her church The Gathering, in Mira Mesa, CA. She is married to her husband Anthony, and they reside in San Diego, CA with their 6 children.

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TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR CLIENTS

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

Jared’s enthusiasm for teaching music is infectious. Because he cares so much, I am excited to make progress in my music. My parents never have to ask me to practice.

Will Mitchell

Jared’s diverse and masterful skill set has allowed me to branch out and explore various aspects of music. From singing to guitar, classical to pop, and to theory and composition he has given me the opportunity to truly grow as a musician.

Matthew Gamett

I could not be more pleased with our experience. My second grader has fallen in love with music! I would recommend to anyone looking for personable, gracious, and talented music teachers.

Shannon D

My sons have truly enjoyed learning the piano, and I believe this has so much to do with the level of teaching they are receiving from JN Music Studio! Their teacher makes building this new skill fun for them!

Justine B

JN Music Studio is a hidden gem! All the teachers are knowledgeable, professional and so kind. After setting out to learn to play the piano, I took lessons and experienced tons of patience and encouragement as I learned, it was really more enjoyable than I anticipated! Can’t recommend enough

Ali M

What to Expect

A weekly 45-minute one-on-one lesson personally curated to help you reach your musical goals.

A fun, safe environment to foster passion and creativity with a foundation of classically based training.

Inspiring teachers who are dedicated to seeing you grow in technique, theory, and performance.