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Full Time Faculty

Full Time Faculty 

Dr. Janelle DeStefano​

(Voice Class and Applied Voice)


Description: DeStefano,  mezzo-soprano, has a Doctorate of Musical Arts (Pi Kappa Lambda, Honors) from the University of Southern California (USC), a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College in Voice Pedagogy and Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa, College Honors) from the University of California Santa Cruz.  She has taught at USC, UC Santa Cruz, the University of San Diego and Grossmont College.  Praised for her “rich seamless voice” and “passionate delivery,” she has sung with San Diego Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Virginia and Opera Festival of New Jersey.  Recent roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Romeo in Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.  Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. DeStefano has rendered dramatic performances of works such as the Bach B-minor Mass, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Mahler's Fourth Symphony.  She recently appeared as the alto soloist for Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew with the La Jolla Symphony and can be heard as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale this December in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

  ​​​Dr. DeStefano's Website

Dr. Brian Driscoll

(Music Theory, Musicianship, Piano, Composition, and Music Appreciation)​

Brian S. Driscoll, born and raised in Ohio, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from UCLA. Dr. Driscoll began at Santa Monica College in 2008 and then joined the faculty fulltime in Fall 2014. In addition to teaching, he enjoys an eclectic musical life as pianist, organist, choral conductor, accompanist, concert series presenter, arranger, and composer. Dr. Driscoll serves on the boards of directors of the Association of Anglican Musicians and Red Door Vineyard.


Keith Fiddmont

(Jazz Studies, Jazz in American Culture, and Jazz Ensemble)

Description: specialist Frederick (Keith) Fiddmont moved to Los Angeles in 1991 after leaving the legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton to begin a two year stint with singer Rickie Lee Jones. He has recorded or performed live with such legends as Stevie Wonder, Luis Miguel, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller, James Brown, The Temptations, Jennifer Holliday, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, and B.B. King (Grammy award winning One Kind Favor), as well as gifted artists like Wayne Brady, Billy Childs, Queen Latifah, Michael Buble, and John Pizzarelli. As a freelancer, he has performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Ed Neumeister Big Band, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, and the Southeast Orchestra. He is currently featured on Phil Ranelin’s Tribe Renaissance Live! 

Keith has been a member of the award winning Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for the past twelve years. The group’s recent credits include “The Big Band Bash” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, and the Benny Golson 80th Birthday Celebration at the Kennedy Center. Keith joined the music faculty of Santa Monica College as an adjunct in 1996 and became a full-time faculty member in the Fall of 2010.  In addition to SMC, Keith has worked as the Jazz and Commercial Music Coordinator for the Orange County High School of the Arts since 2008.


Dr. David Goodman

(Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology, Online Music Appreciation)


Description: rofessor David Goodman wearing a "Got Talent" T-shirt on the beach at CarmelDescription:

In his seventeen years as a full-time faculty member of the Music Department, David Goodman has earned a reputation as one of SMC's outstanding classroom teachers and has mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to pursue successful careers in music. An accomplished composer and pianist who is conversant in a multitude of musical styles and genres, he has written works for orchestra, chorus, solo voice, jazz ensemble, brass choir, electronic media, theater and film and has received awards from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the National Orchestral Association, and Who's Who in America.


In 1975 he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College where he studied composition and piano and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Berkeley where he studied composition and conducting. He has taught in the music departments at UC Berkeley, Pomona College, and UCLA, and in 1997 was appointed to the faculty of Santa Monica College as a Professor of Theory, Composition and Music Technology. In addition to his career as a teacher he has worked in the music and film industry as a composer, conductor, session player, orchestrator, arranger, and vocal coach. In 2001 he was awarded the first SMC Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence and from 2002 to 2006 was the Music Composition Panelist and chamber music coach for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (now called NewArts).


His Canto de esperanza has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America and is included on GMCLA's Diversity CD. His scores for the PBS documentaries Reina de la selva and Darkness Into Light have been broadcast nationally and in Europe and received awards at the Houston International Film Festival. Among his other notable compositions are his Piano Quartet, commissioned by Pacific Serenades and Corsair Overture for Orchestra and Chorus, composed in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Santa Monica College.

As a pianist he has been Musical Director for The FantasticksThe Seven Deadly SinsSide By Side By Sondheim, Oswego (in collaboration with Man of La Mancha lyricist Joe Darian) and others. In the arena of contemprary music he has performed the demanding piano parts in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, Donald Martino's Notturno, George Antheil's Ballet Méchanique, and Roger Sesssions' Concertino among numerous other contemporary works. He continues to funnel his creative energies into both composing and playing a wide range of piano repertoire from classical to jazz.

In August of 2007 he was awarded his second Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence from the Santa Monica College Foundation to compose a work for chorus and orchestra that has as its central theme the issue of global and human responsibility. The culmination of this project, Prayers for the Planet, received its world premiere in June of 2011 by the SMC Concert Chorale and Los Angeles Concert Orchestra under the Direction of Dr. James Smith.


To listen to some of David Goodman's music please click on the links below:

Dolphin Dance for Orchestra​

Corsair Overture for Orchestra and Chorus

River's Edge (20th Century Fox Orchestra/David Goodman, Conductor)

Ceremonial Music for Brass (David Goodman, Conductor)                             

Canto de esperanza (Pomona College Glee Club/David Goodman, Piano)

Prelude (from Darkness Into Light)                                   

The Transformation (from Darkness Into Light)                     

The Franciscan Message (from Darkness Into Light                       

Concerto Grosso (from Darkness Into Light)                                                                         

The Atotonilco Sanctuary (from Darkness Into Light)                

La Pinaconteca (from Darkness Into Light)                               

March to Calvary (from Darkness Into Light)

Pésame (from Darkness Into Light)

Postlude (from Darkness Into Light)

Piano Quartet-Prelude

Piano Quartet-Intermezzo

Piano Quartet-Adagietto

Piano Quartet-Epilogue

Maya Angelou Songs (Calvin Remsberg, Baritone/David Goodman, Piano)

Voices In The Void (text by Michael Altman)

Caged Bird for Jazz Sextet

The Tides of Lemuria, A Symphonic Poem for Orchestra​

Prayers for the Planet


Dr. Yulia Kozlova

 (Class Piano, Applied Piano, Music Fundamentals)


Description: Kozlova is an active solo and collaborative recitalist. She has concertized in Russia, the United States and Europe. Yulia has given lecture-recitals for the College Music Society on national and regional levels. She is very active as an adjudicator and consultant to area music teachers. Yulia Kozlova received her undergraduate degree from Novgorod State College of Music, Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from The Ohio State University. Yulia has taught in the music departments at California State University, Bakersfield, Marshall University and the Ohio State University. In August of 2011 Dr. Kozlova was awarded the Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence in Music by the Santa Monica College Foundation to pursue her interest in the relationship between music and visual art.





Dr. James Martin


(Orchestra, Opera, Music Appreciation, Theory)


B.S. Pennsylvania State University, M.Mus. Indiana University, D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music


Conductor/Music Director of symphonic, opera, ballet, musical theatre orchestra, including engagements at Lincoln Center, Chicago, San Francisco. Composer and orchestrator of classical, contemporary, and popular musical styles. Founder/Artistic Director of Amara Ensemble: Professional flutist, has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra. Professor of flute CSUN, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Received awards for "Who's Who in American Teachers." Enjoys teaching students of all ages. Uses a combined humanities-related arts approach to stimulate learning.