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, creators, and coffee 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
Co-Founder
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
Co-Founder
Chris is CMO and a Co-Founder at tonebase. When he’s not playing guitar or running the tonebase marketing team, he enjoys being active outdoors. Hiking, skiing, camping, running… you name it!
Igor Lichtmann - Co-founder at tonebase
Igor Licthmann
Co-Founder
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
MIRCEA GOGONCEA
Head of Guitar
Mircea is a guitarist from Europe. Prior to becoming Head of Guitar at tonebase, he helped create the Live and Community departments. A professional musician since a very young age, he loves to travel the world and learn new languages.
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.
Liz Dollmeyer - Product Designer at tonebase
ASHLEY LUCERO
Head of Customer Success
Ashley is Head of Customer Success at tonebase; she also hosts for tonebase Live! As a music professional she works as a guitarist, composer, and educator. Outside of music she is a painter and a writer, and enjoys gardening, cooking, training animals, and the outdoors.
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Philip Engle
Production/Editing
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.
Jenny Xu - Legal & Partnerships At tonebase
Ryan Alexander
Marketing Manager
Ryan is the Marketing Manager at tonebase. He's based in Ashland, Oregon where he graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Marketing and a minor in music. When not helping out on the marketing team, Ryan enjoys running competitively and studying classical guitar.
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.
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Daniel Williams
Front-End Developer
Daniel is a front-end developer at tonebase. With overlapping passions for design and software, he's interested in building a cooler internet. If he's not putting pixels together and making them come to life on the web, he's probably reading, designing clothes, or moseying in Red Dead 2. Else he's in the bleachers at an A's game.
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Yasmine Riachi
Product Designer
Yasmine is tonebase's product designer with a passion for understanding the why and how of the user's journey. Outside of work, she enjoys building guitars, CAD, camping, and traveling. It's important to note that liking her dog is a personality trait for her.
Jerry Feng - Head Of Marketing At tonebase
Matthew Lamm
Webflow Designer/Developer
Matthew is a designer and developer. He has a passion developing and tinkering with systems, which has led to an interest in the design and philosophy of games. In his free time, you can find him reading the plots of horror movies he is intrigued by but way too scared to watch. He works hard to provide a rich and fulfilling life for his two cats.
Trevor Bumgarner -  Content Delivery Manager At tonebase
Trevor Bumgarner
Head of Post-Production
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.
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.
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Martin Zimny
Head of Live & Community
Martin is Head of Live and Community at tonebase. Being a professionally trained classical guitarist and sound & video engineer, his whole world revolves around music. The only time he hits the "stop record" button is for good food, preferably Japanese!
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Dominic Cheli
Piano Live Director
Dominic is the Live Director of tonebase piano! While performing and streaming to the tonebase community are his favorite activities, he also loves to be grilling steak on a fire, or training for Ironman Triathlons!
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Noah Hester
Piano Content Manager
Noah is an AMAZING team member and has been working so hard he hasn't had time to write a bio, so this is the placeholder in the meantime ;)
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Christian Cruz
Guitar Content Manager
Christian Cruz is an LA native composer and guitarist. He reviews videos, engraves scores and musical examples for the tonebase guitar platform. Otherwise he spends his time drinking music, cooking beer and writing food.
Spencer Lanoue - Head Of Growth At tonebase
Marek Orszulik
Guitar Enrichment Creator
Marek is Guitar Enrichment Creator at tonebase. Currently based in Edmonton, AB, he is an active guitarist and teacher with a particular affinity for contemporary music. When not absorbed in all things guitar, he likes to escape to the Rocky Mountains, or sit down with a good book and a cup of tea.
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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