Our Teachers


Jy Gronner

Founder and Director, Piano

Jy Gronner began classical studies at age six and was trained in piano in Oxford, England, and piano and conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition, Jy earned a Bachelor of Fun Arts at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College.

As a Simply Music teacher, Jy has achieved Advanced Teacher status, was named International Teacher of the Month in 2010, authored a chapter in the book A World Where Everyone Plays, presents regularly at conferences, and has authored organization-wide teacher training and student home materials.

Jy owned and operated a studio in Marin County for eight years before opening a second studio in Pacific Palisades, California, where she combines her skill as an experienced teacher of all ages with her passion for music.  She loves to be a regular witness to the almost ineffable joy experienced by students as they find new ways to express themselves emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.


Guy Clearwater

Piano, Music Production

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Guy Clearwater was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and was not only surrounded by music since his birth, but was raised on Simply Music:  Having started Simply Music piano lessons at age seven, he also plays drums and violin, produces music, and is an aspiring DJ.  
 
Guy holds the distinction of having become Simply Music's youngest teacher when he was certified at age sixteen. Now held in high esteem by the teacher community, and continuously growing in popularity among students, Guy possesses exceptional musical knowledge and a unique ability to communicate that knowledge. 
 
Guy’s passion is composing, improvising, and creating new arrangements of classical, contemporary, and blues pieces.  He loves making an active contribution to students’ discovery of their musical creativity.


Gaetano Grippo

Guitar, 'Ukulele

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Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Gaetano “Guy” Grippo began his love affair with the guitar at the age of eleven.  By the time he reached high school, he was playing in bands and learning to feed his ever-evolving musical palate -- which grew to include various rock styles, blues, jazz, and more. 

An internship in his senior year of high school led him to discover a passion -- and innate knack -- as a teacher.  After graduating from the University of Maryland, Guy taught at a music school before relocating to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, to perform, and to continue to develop his growing skills as an instructor.


Lucy Clearwater

Voice, ‘Ukulele, Guitar

Lucy Clearwater

With two musicians for parents, Lucy Clearwater has spent most of her life learning, composing, performing, and teaching music.

She has enjoyed success as an award-winning singer and songwriter (local "Idol” winner; California 1st place winner and USA second place winner (age 13): PTA's "Reflections" national songwriting contest), had numerous leading roles in professional-level musicals (including starring in a critically-acclaimed production of Les Miserables), and toured with an award-winning youth orchestra as a first violinist.

Lucy realized her natural ability to share her knowledge at a young age, formally beginning her teaching career at 13 years old.  She quickly became a sought-after instructor of voice, violin, ukulele, and guitar, eventually specializing in preparing students for auditions in musical theatre, contests, ensemble placements, etc.

Lucy recently relocated from the San Francisco area to pursue her career in LA as a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and teacher — continuing to grow her fan base and finish her first album.