Applause Music Academy instructors are highly influential performers and pedagogues in the industry. In every lesson they teach, they convey their rich experience, knowledge and passion. They are determined to help our students learn, grow and succeed. Emphasis is placed on making lessons fun, yet instructive. Get to know our talented team below, and feel free to reach out with questions.
Dr. Tigranuhi (Tig) Arakelyan is the founder of Applause Music Academy. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from California State University, Fullerton. A native of Armenia, Dr. Arakelyan initially started her musical journey with her mother. She inherited her mother’s love and enthusiasm for teaching and has been teaching for over 20 years. Dr. Arakelyan continues to maintain a busy private studio as well as teaches piano and fundamentals of music to intellectually disabled students at Coastline Community College. Her private students have presented recitals at state and national conferences and have been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions at competition. Dr. Arakelyan’s goal is to enhance every student’s natural musical ability and to instill a lifelong love and enjoyment of music in each and every student. She makes learning fun and frequently integrates games and technology into her lessons.
Dr. Arakelyan is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). She has served as the president of CU-MTNA Collegiate Chapter. Always eager to learn and hone her teaching skills, Dr. Arakelyan continues to attend local and national conferences, masterclasses and lectures. She has been inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society – a distinction for students who demonstrate academic and artistic merit and are nominated by faculty members. She is also a member Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity and served as the Vice-president of Delta Rho Chapter in Boulder, CO.
Alyssa Mueller – Voice and Piano
Alyssa Mueller earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in General Music at Vanguard University of Southern California in 3.5 years. She sung both Alto I and Alto II in Vanguard’s Women’s Chorus. She was an avid member of Vanguard’s NAFME club during her time there. She participated in Vanguard’s New York tour in 2019 as an alumnus, with their Women’s Chorus and as a member of the Coastal Community Choir. She has been a member of various music associations throughout the past five years, including the Kodály Association of Southern California and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Alyssa is currently attending Southwest Baptist University in Missouri where she is pursuing her Master’s in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry. After completing her Master’s Degree, she intends on working at a local church as the Children’s Pastoral and Worship Director. In the meantime, she continues to take voice lessons with various vocal coaches, including Alexa Cappelli, a former participant in the vocal television competition “The Voice,” and teaches piano, voice, and ukulele at two studios in Glendora Ca.
Abigel Szilagyi – Violin and Piano
Abigel Szilagyi, performs regularly as a violin soloist and chamber musician in California and throughout the United States. As one of five winners of the prestigious 2016 VSA Young Soloist International Competition, she performed as a soloist at the Millennium Stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Abi’s list of awards and scholarships for her artistry is long and full of world-class competition, devoted hard work, and success. She has studied and performed around the globe. From the Luzerne Music Center to the Cambridge International Strings Academy in England, to Paris with Quatuor du Lac through the Lake Avenue Community Orchestra (LACO). Abi has been a part of LACO and the greater Worship and the Arts ministries at the Lake Avenue Church for many years, including many solos with the Chamber Symphony.
Abi studied with Danielle Belen at the University of Michigan School of Music. She is currently in transition to a school in the Southern California area. She plays on a violin made in 1919 by Leon Mougenot in Mirecourt, France.
Patrick Wolfe – Guitar and Piano
Patrick Wolfe graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an emphasis in Music Production. Patrick has studied and has experience in advanced music theory, performance, songwriting, arranging and recording. He has performed many times in various ensembles and bands and has learned a lot from those experiences on how to perform well while playing live.
Patrick has experience teaching guitar and piano to students of all ages and skill levels. He likes to encourage whatever it is that the student likes about music. He teaches his students solid fundamentals and technique and also gives them an opportunity to try any material that genuinely interests them. For Patrick, making sure his students are having fun while truly learning at their own pace is very important.