Who are we?

At tonebase, we have a firm belief that knowledge is meant to be shared. The passing down of information from one generation to the next is the only way a culture can continue to develop and grow.

Nowhere is this more true than in music. Without a great teacher, students at every skill level cannot progress sufficiently. That is why it is crucial for all students to have access to the best instructors possible through every stage of their musical development.

Making knowledge accessible

Unfortunately, for too long, the knowledge of the world's greatest musicians has been accessible to only a select few - those with the necessary talent and funds to attend the most elite universities and conservatories.

At tonebase, our mission is to change that standard by democratizing high-level music education around the world. By combining music, passion, and technology, we aim to build the go-to resource for anyone learning an instrument anywhere.

Meet the team

The people of tonebase

We're a passionate group of musicians, coders, and Lakers fans looking for awesome people to help us redefine online music education. If you're interested in joining us on this journey, take a look at our current open positions!
Abhi Nayar - Co-founder at tonebase
Abhi Nayar
Abhi is the Technical Lead and a Co-founder at tonebase. You can find him in a hoodie, with his headphones turned on to country music and socked feet resting in some (incredibly comfortable) Nike sandals.
Chris Garwood - Co-founder at tonebase
Chris Garwood
Chris, one of the guitar guys, is in charge of marketing and customer service which means he's watched every single lesson and has learned literally everything there is to know about the classical guitar. Too bad he has that long-term memory problem...
Igor Lichtmann - Co-founder at tonebase
Igor Licthmann
Igor does content strategy and artist relations at tonebase. When not lifting and exploring California's craft beer scene (which goes together quite well) Igor's a retired death metal player turned classical guitarist.
Erin Young - Head of Guitar at tonebase
Erin Young
Head of Guitar
A native of Northern California, Erin manages Guitar Operations at tonebase. She is a classical guitarist who stumbled into early music during her Masters and has been happily strumming a baroque guitar ever since. When she isn’t working or playing guitar, you can usually find Erin playing board games or at a brewery (or playing board games at a brewery).
Ben Laude - Head of Piano at tonebase
Ben Laude
Head of Piano
Ben is the Head of Product, Piano at tonebase. When he’s not making movies with pianists, he’s trying to be one himself. In his leisure time, he enjoys experimenting with low forms of humor, long speculative conversations about the fate of human society, and watching the NBA.
Sean Mulholland - Head of Production at tonebase
Sean Mulholland
Head of Production
As Head of Production, Sean handles video production and editing. He started learning about camera equipment because he wanted to take better pictures of his dogs. Now he oversees hundreds of hours of content creation every month, none of which is dog related.
Patrick Finazzo - FullStack Engineer at tonebase
Patrick Finazzo
Full-Stack Developer
Patrick is a software engineer with a strong passion for music. He discovered his passion for programming while attending Berklee College of Music, where he studied Electronic Production and Design and Music Business. Patrick is also an avid classical guitarist, cellist, pianist, and electronic musician. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, and drinking coffee.
Liz Dollmeyer - Product Designer at tonebase
Liz Dollmeyer
Product Designer
Liz is the first product designer at tonebase. She is skilled in user research, copywriting, user experience design, and user testing. With over five years of experience working with users, she understands their importance to product development.
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Philip Engle
Philip specializes in post-production/ cinematography. Philip’s editing work is represented in social media, feature films and music videos. His focus is in social media marketing and campaign strategy development.
Ethan Chilton - Peripheral Content Lead at tonebase
Ethan Chilton
Peripheral Content Lead
A native of California’s Central Valley, Ethan is a Los Angeles-based musician and composer, primarily of jazz music, with a passion for improving access to high quality music education. While his life’s purpose is to make danceable, genre-busting music, he divides his time between developing peripheral content for tonebase, studying astrophysics, and figuring out what would happen to all of tonebase’s content were it to fall inside a black hole.
Jenny Xu - Legal & Partnerships At tonebase
Legal & Partnerships
Jenny handles legal, financial and partnership matters at tonebase. She is the mother of an adorable but highly undisciplined husky. She usually takes too long of a lunch break because her dog needs a walk and also possibly a single packet of string cheese for his afternoon snacks. When she finally gets back to the office, she’s busy coordinating music licensing contracts and negotiating sponsorship deals.
Trevor Bumgarner -  Content Delivery Manager At tonebase
Trevor Bumgarner
Content Delivery Manager
Trevor is the Content Delivery Manager at tonebase. His passion is managing delivery content. Despite an extensive and expensive career in music, he spends most of his time listening to people talk on podcasts.
Jerry Feng - Head Of Marketing At tonebase
Jerry Feng
Head of Marketing
Jerry is the Head of Marketing at tonebase, focusing on creative campaigns and user acquisition.

He has a cat named Chadwick.
Spencer Lanoue - Head Of Growth At tonebase
Spencer Lanoue
Head of Growth
Spencer loves building products and growing businesses. His primary focus for the last few years has been growth and customer acquisition. But he's a builder at heart, and cares about the entire product experience. Not just whether people will use/buy it, but also the core value it’s bringing to customers, how it works, and what it looks like.
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Rodrigo Pontes
Ex Front-End Developer
Rodrigo was a front-end developer at tonebase prior to pursuing several entrepreneurial ventures and his next adventure. He helped build many of the foundations of the platform and for that we are grateful.

Muito obrigado a todos, beijos e abraços!

Join our Team

Love education, music, creativity, or impact? Interested in joining a fast-paced, high-growth seed-stage startup?

We'd love to have you join our team. tonebase is based in Los Angeles, and works with contractors, videographers, artists and designers + developers around the world.

If you think you'd be a good fit we'd love to hear from you, even if a relevant positioned isn't listed below. Shoot us an email anytime at team@tonebase.co.

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