Dr. Brandon Bernstein (Founder/President) CEO & co-Founder
BRANDON BERNSTEIN is a musician, educator, entrepreneur and social activist. He’s a published author and a TED speaker. Bernstein was a professor at University of Southern California, University of Louisville, Pasadena City College, Musicians Institute, Cypress College, and Chaffey College where he lectured undergraduate and graduate students since 2003. In 2013, his debut CD But Beautiful reached #7 on the jazz radio charts nationally. In 2015, Bernstein founded the social enterprise Music Lifeboat, following his passion to make high-quality music education more accessible.
Bernstein is a founding faculty member and Board member of TREE Academy, www.treeacademy.org, where he is Musical Director and teaches Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking. Bernstein is the director of jazz for the non-profit Street Symphony, Advisory Board Member for the non-profit Harmony Project of America and on the Education Committee for The Midnight Mission where he created a music education program.
At the age of 18, Bernstein was awarded scholarships for all of his study at Berklee School of Music, Concordia University (in Montreal, Canada), The University of Louisville, and The University of Southern California where he received a Doctorate in Music in 2008 and graduated at 28 years of old.
As a musician, Brandon Bernstein has been described as “…one of the most impressive young guitarists on the scene.” (Sid Jacobs). World-renown guitarist Larry Koonse describes Brandon’s sound as “…one of the most gorgeous guitar sounds he has ever heard on record.” Brandon’s debut CD, But Beautiful, was #7 nationally on jazz radio charts in 2013.
Social Justice and working with communities is very important to Bernstein. He has performed and taught at over 100 prisons, homeless shelters, veterans groups, hospitals, after-school programs and nursing homes over the past five years. Dr. Brandon Bernstein currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles. To learn more or listen to Brandon’s music please visit www.brandonbernsteinguitar.com
Julius Preite (Founder/Artistic Director) Emmy Award Animator, Artist, Creative, Marketing, VP of FOX Animation
JULIS PREITE is the Vice President of Animation at Fox Broadcasting directing all animated print, online, and on-air ads and campaigns for Fox’s animated line up; The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill, Futurama, Bobs Burger to name a few. His artwork has graced many magazine covers including Rolling Stone, Playboy,Filter, TV Guide, Animation, and the Hollywood Reporter. He has received multiple illustration and marketing awards including the SPD SPOTS! for his Rolling Stones illustrations, the Folio Ozzie Illustration Award and various industry awards through Promax and Key Art Awards. He received Best Teaser Poster for his award-winning 2007 theatrical campaign The Simpsons Movie.
Prior to his move to Fox Broadcasting, Julius was a self-taught animator working as a layout artist on The Simpsons where he received an Emmy for his work on the show. He studied fine art illustration and painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, but quickly took to animation when The Simpsons animation studio gave him his first job after moving to Los Angeles at the age of 21.
Julius has had several successful side projects including the animated Ben Folds music video From Above, where he received a best director and best short awards. He sold Crumbsnatchers, a children’s animated show, to Sesame Workshop and The Dictator, an animated series to FOX.
Terry Carter (Founder) Musician, Educator, Entrepreneur and Author M.M. USC
TERRY CARTER is a Los Angeles-based musician, author, and entrepreneur. Some of his credits include work with Weezer, Josh Groban, and Grammy winning composer Chris Tin (Calling All Dawns/X2: X-Men United), bassist Duff McKagen (Guns n’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and producer Charles Gooden (Santana/Rolling Stones). As an entrepreneur he founded Blinky Publishing, which distributes his line of guitar instructional books and apps, Rock Like The Pros (www.rocklikethepros.com). He also a co-founder of the music educational app BandBlast. Terry received a Masters of Music from the University of Southern California in Studio/Jazz Guitar and a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University in Music Education. www.terrycarter.com
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Robin Banuelos CONTENT DEVELOPER
ROBIN BANUELOS has combined 12 years of experience as a Creative Director, Content Developer, Post-Production Designer, and Business Executive Administrator. From Los Angeles, California, her passion stems in streamlining internal company productions in addition to enhancing a company’s brand identity. Robin’s career began in art production, manufacturing, and sales. Her work has been sold in retail stores such as Z Gallerie. Next, she became an administrator and private instructor for a school that educated 18+ adults with high-functioning autism for a career in film post-production, graphic design, & animation. Students have gone on to work with Marvel Studios, Stargate, HBO, and more. At this time she discovered data science when working alongside behavioral therapists to perform assessments resulting in customized curriculum. Robin is currently pursuing her long-term career vision in machine learning studies while working alongside companies with her existing skill sets.
MANY PEOPLE WERE HELPFUL IN PRODUCTION, INCLUDING:
SCOTT LORING: CO-FOUNDER • OCHION JEWELL: CO FOUNDER CURRICULUM WRITER-COMPOSER • PAUL BERNSTEIN: VIDEO PRODUCTION • EDDIE CAMERON-DEVELOPER/PROGRAMMER • CHRIS FOGELKLOU-DEVELOPER/PROGRAMMER • ADAN LEVY-DEVELOPER/PROGRAMMER • MARGARET ROBERTSON-GAME DESIGNER • SARAH BERNSTEIN-CURRICULUM WRITER • WENDY GRIFFIN • NATHAN GRIFFIN • TIMBERLIE JAHN • SDI MEDIA • LA FILM SCHOOL