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Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass
First and foremost, I am a bassist and a composer. I have composed and performed in genres including Rock, Jazz, Blues, Hard Rock, Punk, Folk, Swing, Big Band, Small Ensemble, and Orchestral. I have also spent many years studying guitar, piano, and drums.
I have been playing bass and guitar since 1996. In 2000 I went to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied upright bass and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Film Scoring. At Berklee I learned the fine art of composition, advanced jazz theory, and classical harmony.
I truly love teaching music. I will be your biggest advocate and demonstrate constant support for your musical endeavors. I have unyielding patience and will always focus on your success.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass
I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.
Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.
My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.
And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both in-person and online.
I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
I just turned 49, and have been playing electric bass and guitar since I was 14, and took up flute a few years, later, and eventually saxophone as well. I graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in classical guitar, and have been teaching guitar and electric bass for over 25 years. I'm an eclectic player who has studied and integrated many concepts from varying styles including classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, and rock, and I've developed a unique and highly effective teaching method that draws from and builds upon the CAGED system and other established successful methods. My approach to teaching emphasizes simultaneously learning musical concepts, knowledge and skills, and is a highly analytical approach that stresses simplifying, understanding, and mastering "the basics" of musical and instrument-specific knowledge and skills. I specialize in teaching ambitious and highly-motivated students who want to learn as much as they can, go as far as they can, and are prepared to commit to diligent study and practice, and I've developed a system that makes doing so as easy as possible -while utilizing the strengths and adapting to the goals of the individual student(s).
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, Ukulele, Banjo, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype and Google Helpouts with Take Lessons as well.
I received my Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University in 2008. During the course of my degree I had a special focus on classical guitar and composition, but completed a program certifying teachers for band, orchestra, choir, and general music from kindergarten to high school. I also received my Level 1 Orff certification (music education for small children) from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Harmonica, Trombone, Tuba
Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.
Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this that lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.
In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. This spring, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Alec W. has taught music lessons for over 20 years in Boston, London and Vienna. Now based in Venice, he teaches all styles, levels and ages in a friendly, relaxed environment. His experience includes 3 major deals (BMG, SONY, ZDF/ORF) and countless indie deals. His teachers include Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/ The Cure), Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Magnolia) and Kim Fowley (Kiss, Joan Jett, Van Halen, Poison, etc). Alec started with drums at the age of 5 in Boston and went on to learn clarinet, piano, singing, bass, guitar and started focusing on songwriting at the age of 22 in London. He has worked side by side with many major acts including Dinosaur Jr, Chris Rea, Erasue, H-Blockz, Haddaway, Danzig, Jon Moss and Winston Blissett. Alec loves teaching, beginners are his favorite, and continues writing and producing with local acts. Experience that allows students to have a fun-filled and informative lesson.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."