Additional & Guest Instructors

Pyramind Training has had the pleasure of hosting some of the biggest artists in the game and we regularly hold our well attended and respected, Elite Sessions at our ground campus in San Francisco. Below are some of our past guest speakers and our full time additional instructors. 

David Earl


Logic & Synthesis 

David is perhaps best known for his online avatar, sflogicninja, with a following of over 28,000 subscribers and over 3 million views on YouTube. Since sflogicninja’s humble beginnings in 2006, he has become a globally recognized certified trainer and expert for all matters relating to Apple’s Logic Studio.

Jerome Rossen


Game Audio

Jerome Rossen is a composer, songwriter, and professional musician. He is best known as the composer for the Happy Tree Friends. Since 2005, Jerome has scored the music for this animated internet sensation, recognized as the most-viewed web series of all time, with over 2 billion video views.


Paul Simmans


Avid Certified Trainer

In addition to the Pro Tools Expert certification, Paul has gained the Pro Tools Operator certification in Music and Post. When he’s not passing on his knowledge in Pro Tools and Game Audio in classes at Pyramind, Paul lends his skills and love of music to the control room at Loudville Studios in Sausalito as Senior Audio Engineer.

Scott Looney


Game Audio

Scott has been producing designing and teaching interactive audio for multimedia since 2005 when he first pioneered the audio curriculum for the graduate Web/New Media Department (WNM) at Academy Of Art University (AAU). He is now teaching classes in Game Audio in a number of schools throughout the area.

Steffen Franz

Music Business

Steffen has been in the music business for almost 30 years and brings his many years of experience to his current positions. For the past 18 years, Steffen has run his own independent record label, Positive Sound Massive Recordings, releasing over 20 different albums and singles over the past decade and a half. He has also produced dozens of albums for other people and has deep knowledge in both the production and label management aspects of the music business.   

Corey Denis

Music Business

Corey Denis has been pioneering digital music marketing for 15 years, utilizing everything from early ListServs & phpbb forums to social networks and MMORPGs and video games. Her first job in the music industry was with What Are Records? where she built and leveraged online street teams and podcasts to increase sales and connect with fan bases. 

Zaak Kerstetter

Ableton Live

Zaak’s current projects and expertise focus on bass heavy, soundscaped, narrative driven composition for live performance. In addition to being an electronic music producer, Zaak is a painter and fire dance performer. His background in performance and visual art make Zaak a talented facilitator and visionary for collaborative creation, which is the focus of his most current project The Zenotope Collective. 

Liam Shy

Ableton Live

Liam Shy is a dynamic and passionate audiophile, dedicated to the world of sound his entire life. His work includes being a Music Producer, DJ, Sound Designer, Live Sound Engineer, Audio Instructor and advocate for the electronic music community. Liam graduated from the Pyramind in 2009 specializing in Music Production, Sound Design, Mixing and Mastering. He has worked professionally as a Sound Designer and Composer including work on titles for the Wii and nationally broadcasted television commercials.


Taylor Elsasser


Taylor’s study of synthesis took him deep into the world of Native instruments and since he has worked on numerous projects including designing many of the sounds heard on his current collaborator and Pyramind alumni Luke Estes “Sugarbeat’s” release “Cherry Bomb”. Taylor’s passion lies in fusing glitch hop with Dubstep in aggressive mash-up’s of gritty bangers and granular robot sounds. He is also working on numerous online tutorials for Reaktor players and ensembles.

Ryan Rey

Music Theory & Piano

Ryan Rey is a composer, guitarist, and teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes music for chamber ensembles, symphonic band, orchestra, rock groups, videogames, ringtones, and film. At the age of 5, Ryan’s first instrument was a bright orange and neon green plastic toy guitar and his first recording setup was a Playschool cassette player with microphone combo.