Malia began playing clarinet when she was 8 years old with an after school band program in Fremont, CA. She continued playing throughout Jr. High, and in High School where she also played saxophone and percussion. She was heavily involved in the music program including marching, symphonic, and jazz bands as well as musicals and winter percussion.
Malia graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 from CSU East Bay with a B.A. in Music. Throughout college she participated in many ensembles including wind symphony, percussion ensemble, singing society and chamber winds. She studied with Diane Maltester during her time at East Bay and prior to that studied with another Allegro Music teacher Joel Jaffe. She's been teaching at Allegro since 2011.
Malia is excited to work with students of all ages and to pass along her knowledge and passion for music.
Mr. Jaffe began playing clarinet in the fourth grade and saxophone in junior high. He holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet from Cal State University, Hayward. While a student at Indiana University, he studied clarinet with noted player James Campbell and played with Lionel Hampton, Donald O’Connor, and Natalie Cole, among others.
Joel started teaching clarinet and saxophone at Allegro Music in 1998, and he can teach styles from classical chamber music to jazz and Klezmer. In addition to teaching at Allegro, Joel is a freelance musician performing around the Bay Area and is a frequent soloist with Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
Jeff Prinz has been teaching at Allegro Music for over 10 years. An accomplished saxophone and clarinet player, Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Cal State University, East Bay. He plays a variety of styles, ranging from classical to jazz and rock. In addition to his teaching duties, Jeff is a freelance musician. Some of his notable recordings are two Grammy-nominated CDs with late jazz vocalist Rosemary Clooney, as a member of Big Kahuna.
Upon his discovery of John Coltrane's masterpiece "A Love Supreme", Tim was drawn into the wonders of the jazz idiom at a young age. During his junior year in high school, Tim was mentored by acclaimed bay area saxophonist and educator Dann Zinn. In the spring of 2015, Tim graduated from USC Thornton School of Music where he received a scholarship to study with the world-renowned jazz recording artist Bob Sheppard. During his college years, Tim was a member of the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra directed by Bob Mintzer in addition to the USC Honors Combo directed by Jason Goldman.
At the age of 22, Tim has already had professional appearances with jazz luminaries such as Kenny Burrell, Tootie Heath, Russell Ferrante, among many others. Tim has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Blue Whale, Catalina Bar and Grill, Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, and internationally in Taiwan. Tim now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he is an active jazz artist, educator, composer and is preparing to release his debut album in the upcoming future.