David Sherman (director, piano, sax, theory) is an American international educator with 20 years of music teaching experience across five countries and four continents. With an MA in Education and IB DP Music Training, he has had exposure to many styles of music pedagogy, and has adapted his teaching techniques accordingly. Fluent in Spanish and able to teach several instruments, Mr. Sherman is currently in charge of day-to-day operations of the school and its website.
Carlos Cush (drums, percussion, solfeggio), a nationally-recognized percussionist in Guatemala, was a founding teacher at the inception of Atitlan Music School, and has been a pillar of our educational community. He toured in the Los Angeles area in the late 70s, and came back to Guatemala in the 80s, where he has been involved in many projects over the years. In 2015, Cush was invited to premiere a song titled VAMOS PATRIA CAMINANDO with the Guatemalan Symphony Orchestra, Guatemalan National choir, Concert marimba and Marimba de Bellas Artes.
Ronald Barillas Mendez (guitar, bass, theory) is one of the best Guatemalan jazz guitarists under 30. Originally from Quetzaltenango, Ronald received diplomas from the International Jazz Camps in Guatemala in 2016 and 2017, as well as being an active member of the Guatemala Big Band. Ronald has been a music technician as well as a teacher, and he has taught at several academies in Guatemala. Ronald specializes in advanced students.
Oscar Borja (piano, voice, flute) is another versatile young Guatemalan musician who currently fronts the band Pana Play. He has won several awards locally for his voice. With two little ones of his own, Oscar’s specialty is teaching beginners, with whom he has an excellent rapport. Mr. Borja joined our staff in 2014.
Zenon Schafer (secretary, ukulele) is a local of Panajachel, and comes from a family of artists. He grew up and went to high school in Panajachel. He speaks 3 languages fluently (German, Spanish, and English), and taught English and German at a small school in Panajachel in 2013. Zenon is the founder of an intentional community project called El Castillo, near Panajachel.