Chris Lee and the East Bay music academy have been an enormous influence on my playing and my life. Chris is a highly organized, professional teacher as well as a phenomenal player and even more astounding composer/theoretician. His approach to music theory, while staggeringly comprehensive, is completely accessible, and I found that his conception of theory is in many instances more concise, elegant, logical, and practical than that presented in college theory courses. Moreover, the open-minded, experimental attitude which he brings to every aspect of his instruction, from theory to technique, has taught me how to grow continually as a musician long after I stopped taking lessons, and to be effective as my own teacher. Chris Lee transformed me from a clueless teenager into a professional musician, and I have no doubt that he can do the same for any earnest student.