Jacob Gilmore has been surrounded by music from a young age. At the age of 7, he picked up a guitar for the first time. In his early teens however, he started playing the drums, which quickly became his instrument of choice. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a Minor in Electronic Music from UC Santa Cruz, Jacob has played in a wide variety of ensembles, including jazz combos, indie rock bands (most notably Water Color Weekend), metal bands, and funk/hip-hop groups. While he mainly performs as a drum set player, he loves to use his skills on guitar, bass, and piano to write and record his own music. Outside of music, Jacob loves to explore the outdoors, yet also has a love for video games.
Tommy Toy, Co-Founder
A former advertising executive, Tommy escaped the corporate world to pursue his life-long mission: To inspire people to play music. WOW! Music Studios represents the union of his passions for entrepreneurialism, music and social change.
Tommy graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and developed marketing programs and campaigns for a variety of Fortune 500 companies for 15 years before starting WOW! Music Studios with his wife and college sweetheart, Emily Siskin-Toy.
Emily Siskin-Toy, Co-Founder
Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and oversees all of WOW! Music Studios’ operations. She spent six years in Los Angeles working as a writer and editor for several film and television magazines before returning to Mill Valley where she was raised.
Building a business in her old stomping grounds that focuses on teaching children goes hand in hand with some of Emily’s other life-long passions: Playing guitar and writing/publishing children’s books.
WOW! Music Studios was founded in 2005 by husband-and-wife team, Tommy Toy and Emily Siskin-Toy, who wanted to create a totally unique music education experience for people of all ages interested in playing music.
WOW! Music Studios’ mission is to inspire people to express themselves musically and create positive cultural change through music and music education.
Rebel Alliance beware! Also known as “The Imperial March” and “Darth Vader’s Theme”, this is the unforgettable song from the Star Wars movies.
The classic tune from “The Sound of Music,” this video teaches the main melody of “Do-Re-Mi”.