Apt 4 Music

Inspire, Educate, and Empower the Working Arts

Apt 4 Music (Aptitude for Music) is a music instructional and production organization focused on providing individuals, families, organizations, and educators from all walks access to the musical arts and education, as well as community outreach and support programs, event productions, and more!!
If you would like to be a part of our mission, please contact us for more information:

619-363-1577

info@apt4music.org

To book an appointment:

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If you would like to be a sponsor for Apt 4 Music's scholarship programs:
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Meet the directors:

Rice Enright, CEOBass, Multi-Instrumentalist
Rice Enright is an accomplished music performer, educator, producer, and technician. A multi-award winning musician, Rice has also recently been accepted to San Diego State University’s prestigious Music Business Management and Entrepreneurial program after earning two degrees in Business and Music studies from Mesa College. Rice believes that beyond being a good artist, you must have a foundation of business principles to navigate the music world and ultimately make a living in the industry. He is now dedicating his experience to educating current and future musicians. His goal is to not only prepare them for the real world side of the industry, but change their perception of how a living is made within the industry. Rice also has over 20 years of operations and project management experience, including 7 years in life science laboratories. Utilizing this experience will be an integral part of modern day “Covid” business plan, as cleanliness and safety will be paramount. Beyond his skills and education, Rice is also a loving father who has raised two children in the Pt. Loma/Ocean Beach communities, and now is on a mission to give back to the community that has supported his family, by launching Apt 4 Music.
For more information on Rice's existing works, please visit: https://www.ricemusic.net/



David "DJ" Villegas, COOGuitar, Multi-Instrumentalist
David Villegas is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator. He has been performing and teaching in the San Diego area for nearly a decade. Educated in San Luis Obispo, he spent his formative teaching years developing music programs for nonprofit organizations. All the while, he became known on the open mic scene as a guitarist and played piano for several touring acts. He later brought his aptitude for quality music curriculum to Recreational Music Center in 2016. While collaborating with some of the most outstanding music teachers, he rose to the position of Lead Group and Band Instructor. Hundreds of students per week experienced stimulating group classes, experiences, performances, and field trips planned or taught by David. Additionally, he booked concerts for all of the best young performers in Point Loma. He is currently the Junior Stage Director for the Point Loma Summer Concert Series. Whether they be serious rock bands trying to launch their careers, retirees interested in picking up the ukulele, or elementary students on a field trip to learn about the orchestra for the first time, he has the skills and experience to make music exciting for everyone!
For more information on David's existing works, please visit:https://www.musicempowered.com/


Meet some of the instructors

Scott JohnsonViolin A dynamic and passionate violinist, Scott Johnson is no stranger to the concert stage. Giving over a hundred concerts a year in various genres, ensembles, and settings, he is a consummate performer – accustomed to playing in intimate chamber music settings, orchestral concert halls, and on outdoor stages with a rock band in front of an audience of thousands.Classically trained, Scott’s first love has always been classical music, particularly of the chamber and solo variety. Aware of the constantly shifting realm of performing, he has also made a point to expand beyond the “standard repertoire,” and actively seeks out opportunities to play in many genres. He has dabbled in such styles as Mexican Mariachi, traditional Irish, American folk, as well as more popular rock and roll, and he is keenly familiar with improvisational styles.In the realm of rock and roll, he has played for the last nine years with The Fooks, a high energy (and highly entertaining) band specializing in both modern and traditional Irish music. He plays with them weekly as soloist and has recorded two studio CDs with them. Their 2013 tour of Ireland was an excellent success.Always conscious of the great and long history of his instrument, Scott is proud to be able to trace the lineage of his training, in part, to some of the great masters of the 20th century, including David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein and Leopold Auer. He strives to continue the legacy of great violin playing into the 21st century, and actively seeks out opportunities to further this end.


Kelly EissmanVocals, Piano
Kelly Strange is an accomplished singer/songwriter, vocalist, and pianist. With over 30 years of professional vocal, piano, and synth experience. Kelly joins the Apt4Music team teaching all levels of vocals, piano/keyboards, and synth. Kelly began performing vocally with her dad’s touring jazz band at a very young age before starting to front her own rock bands in her teens. As a classically and jazz trained pianist, she has over 40 years of experience behind the keys. As a means of expanding her craft, Kelly began incorporating multiple keyboards and synthesizers into her live shows and songwriting and continues to perform professionally to this day. As one of the few front-women singing and playing multi-stack synth simultaneously, Kelly offers a unique perspective and talent set to students. When not performing, she’s a professional graphic artist and creative aficionado, Mom and wife to her favorite people, avid reader, world traveler, and former horse wrangler.
Matt Giles
Piano, Multi-Instrumentalist

Matthew Giles is a multi-instrumentalist educator and performer. He has performed, produced, and mixed for artists such as Aris Weatherby (Plateau Music Records) and Dave Morris (The Voice contestant) and James Spaite. Matthew has a passion for taking his decade of experience in the music industry and giving it to students so they can stand on his shoulders. Graduating from PLNU with a BA in Music Education, he has taught at the San Diego Unified School District, private group classes, and individual students for nearly 5 years. Though classically trained, Matthew finds his groove in the arts by being creative; pushing boundaries of jazz, pop, gospel, and EDM. Through careful study of the greats and pioneers in each genre, combined with his knack for improvisation and composition, Matthew loves to find what each student enjoys most in music and teaches them accordingly.
Frank TorresAudio Engineer
Frank W. Torres is a freelance audio engineer and has been writing, recording, and engineering music for over 20 years. He possesses dual bachelor degrees in both fine arts and audio production. Frank has also engineered many live sound events and works with companies such as: House of Blues, Live Nation, The San Diego County Fair, The NAMM Museum, and The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Grammy Association to name a few.