Meet Our Instructors

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Brandy Ruscica

Brandy is wife to Tom Ruscica, Chair of the Music Department at William Jessup University. She and Tom have 3 beautiful children; Luca, Dario and Juliana. When not teaching privately out of the studio, Brandy enjoys being her kids’ mom and is a Music Docent for Rocklin Academy.

Brandy, a graduate from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, served as district music teacher for Byron Union School District from 1998-2003. Earning “Teacher of the Year” for both 2000 & 2003, Brandy was featured in California Educator Magazine with a cover story on her practices and methods for music education. Brandy is now a private music teacher specializing in string instruments, piano, band instruments, & choir. She is a member of MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California) as well as president of the Placer branch, and Certificate of Merit instructor in cello and piano; as well as an adjunct instructor at William Jessup University. She also serves on the board of Classical Masters Music Festival as Artistic Director.



Serena began taking private violin lessons at the age of seven and quickly came to love music. Growing up, she was involved in several orchestras and ensembles. In high school, she played with the Auburn Symphony for two years and had the opportunity to perform at the Mondavi Center several times. She is a two-time Music in the Mountains Young Musicians’ Competition winner for the ensemble division. Currently, Serena studies at William Jessup University and plays in the college’s University Choir and Orchestra.



Haley Mitchell has been playing piano for 13 years and teaching for 4 under Brandy Ruscica. She loves teaching and is attending William Jessup University to study music. She will graduate and receive her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in the spring of 2020. After graduating, she plans to pursue a Masters in Piano Pedagogy and open her own in-home piano studio and musical ministry. Haley is also a member of MTAC and offers Certificate of Merit in piano. And she loves playing soccer too!



Kalyn graduated from William Jessup University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During her time at WJU, she studied voice for four years and held leadership positions in groups such as the University Choir & Orchestra, a traveling group, on-campus band as well as a Student Worker position in the Music Department Offices. Since graduating, she has been teaching voice with RuscicaMusic, and serves as the Associate Director of Worship at River City Christian Church.



Jennifer has been involved in music her entire life. She joined choir at age 8, started playing piano at age 10, and has learned many other instruments along the way. Jennifer is currently attending William Jessup University and studying to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. She is currently a member of the University Choir and Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, and Crossroads band.