Faculty

Tim Kobza

Assistant Professor of Practice

  • Program:
    Studio Guitar, Popular Music
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music
  • Instrument:
    Guitar


Biography

Tim Kobza is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, recording artist and music producer who divides his time between composing, producing, performing and teaching. His style ranges from rock, jazz, blues and R&B to electronic sound design. His music can be heard on TV, film and popular records ranging in style from hip hop to jazz.

Originally hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Kobza established himself as a top-tier guitarist while obtaining his undergraduate degree from the prestigious music program at North Texas State University. His decorated career as a performer has taken him around the world and he has shared the stage with artists such as C.J. Emmons of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Deborah Gibson, Modereko, James Torme, Sara Bareilles, Jon B. and the Metropolitan Master Chorale.

Teaching has always been a passion for Kobza. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from USC, he prioritized helping artists and performers realize their musical and artistic potential by imparting his unique skills onto others; skills he developed over many years of experience working in the music and entertainment industry.

As a mentor, Kobza’s ability to hone the raw talent of his students in a productive, decisive and compassionate way has consistently put his students in a position for success in the industry. Former students of Kobza’s are now writing songs that are charting, securing publishing & production deals, and performing with artists like Vampire Weekend, Katy Perry, John Legend, Troye Sivan, and King Princess, and have even gone on to be appointed by the United States Department of State to represent the country as cultural ambassadors.

A well-rounded approach to what it takes to be a working musician has been a key to Kobza’s accomplished career. He has an active performance schedule in the LA area and over 900 titles to his name as a composer in ASCAP’s catalog. Additionally, he has over 25 TV and Film credits, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Desperate Housewives, The OfficeParenthood, Taken, among others.


Professional experience

Recordings:

  • Tim Kobza 25th of December
  • Jon B
  • Modereko Modereko and Solar Igniter
  • Korrupt
  • Plus One

Compositions:

  • Angels With Angles a feature film starring Rodney Dangerfield and Frank Gorshen
  • Felicity
  • Queer Eye for The Straight Guy
  • Greatest American Hero
  • Hunter

Publications:

  • Blues Guitar Lessons, Volume 3, Alfred Publishing

Academic degrees

  • Masters Degree: USC Thornton School of Music Studio/Jazz Guitar
  • Bachelors Degree: University of North Texas in Jazz Guitar Performance