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Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Bongo, Conga Drums, Country Singing, Didgeridoo, Djembe, DJing, Drum, Flute, Hand Drums, Marimba, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting, Trumpet, Xylophone
I have been playing drums since I was 10 years old. I loved playing drums so much that it became my life work. I was so advanced at an early age that I began giving lessons and teaching drum line when I was 13. I joined my first professional rock band at 15, and I have been playing and teaching music ever since.
I was fortunate to play in one the worlds top drum and bugle corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard, I also studied Jazz from the area's top jazz drummer, Dick Carlo, who was a student of Joe Morello. My technique is a unique combination of Jazz, Orchestral, and Rudimental styles. The luckiest part of my education was that I went to Lynbrook High School, which had the top concert band in the California. This is where I learned to play concert and orchestra music, and I learned about style, and musicianship.
By the time I should have gone to college I was so busy working as a musician and teaching that I could only go part time. I attended De Anza Jr College where I played in the Big Bands under the direction of Dr Herb Patnoe, who ran the Stan Kenton summer music camps for years. He was a great educator, and jazz musician. Latter around 1979 I studied privately with Narada Michael Walden, who played with The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Jeff Beck, and many other great Fusion bands.
This sums up my formal education. The other part of my education that I have to share with my students is 41 years of professional playing. Unlike most teachers and musicians, I have a very broad background. I played in rock 'n roll bands from 1970 to 2001. I have also played in jazz bands, casual bands, many different ethnic bands (Irish, Philippine, Portuguese, Middle Eastern, German, Mexican). I played in show bands at Marriotts Great America for 3 years, I was the principal percussionist for the San Jose Municipal Band for 14 years. From 2002 till 2011 I only played Opera, Symphony and Musical Theater in the San Francisco Bay area.
In 2005 I received my BA in Music Education from Sonoma State, and latter earned a California teachers Credential. I also have an Oregon Teachers License.
Besides drums and percussion, I have played trumpet, flute, piano, bass and guitar since I was in high school. While in college I also learned Alto Sax, Clarinet, French Horn, Trombone and Baritone. As a school teacher I am qualified to teach all of these instruments, but I have the most experience with Flute, and trumpet. I can take beginners on all of these instruments. I have also been a choir director, and musical director for the Raven Theater. I teach basic singing technique and pop, choral and Broadway styles.
During the 1990's I worked with Mark Wilson of Five Star Music fame at the Sunnyvale Guitar School. We developed a play along program for our students which includes guitar, bass and drums. I also have a Rock 'n Roll program for young bands and musicians that includes Blues and Classic Rock music.
Yea, I know it's a lot to take in. As you can see I have always been playing at a top level where ever I go. And I have done so much it is even hard for me to remember everything I have done. But what ever your needs are, I can help you achieve your goals. My experience makes my qualified to teach college percussionists, yet I am still very comfortable with beginners and very young students. I have taught in public schools for 8 years now, and I even teach kindergarten and preschool students.
Currently, I am the music teacher at M.I.T.C.H. Charter School in Tualatin. I am a percussionist with the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band. I play drum set with Blackbird (a Beatles cover band) and Jazz Drums with Dan Crothers.
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For drum students who want to play in school band and marching band, you will need to learn to read music and develop the best technique possible. This area is my specialty. Over the years I have had dozens of students make county honor band. 3 students placed first chair in California State Honor Band. One made the National Marching band, and one came in second in the world at college level jazz drum set (IAJE).
How do I do it? I have written my own books; Chops Busters for the Snare Drum, Solo Music and Progressive Reading, both for the snare drum. Complete Studies for the Drum Set (volumes I and II), The Hand Drum Hand Book and The Healing Drum. I wrote these from 1980 through 1994, when I began publishing them. I spent over a dozen years writing and rewriting, doing research and development. I think all of my award winning students validate the success of my program.
For those of you who want to play the drum set, but not take formal type of lessons, I have a program for you too. It starts with the basics of learning a little technique, then various beats on the drum set, and even some fills. Soon we start to work on playing songs. I play guitar or bass to give you that feel of playing with other musicians. We can even put you together with other students to practice songs and play with students at your level. You can also invite your friends to sign up on guitar and bass, and start your own band.
Guitar and bass students, I use all of the material from Five Star Music. there are about a dozen books and CDs to choose from. We start with the blues, which is the foundation of rock, country and jazz, and branch out out into the directions you want to go. Learn chords, melodies, and how to solo using the blues scale.
Wind instruments will use one of the popular band method books. If you already have a book or know what your school band director wants you to have, we will use that. We will also learn scales and other exercises, and songs from other sources.
Vocalists will start with basic warm up exercises and scales. We work on intonation and tone development. Songs and styles will mostly be your choice, but I might suggest some songs to help you achieve a certain goal.
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Dedicated music studio; guitar, bass, PA, piano, 5 piece drum set, vibes, hand drums, has a waiting room for parents too.
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*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Drum set; all styles of Rock Jazz, Latin. Grooves and fills and solos.
Timpani, mallet percussion, and hand drums,
For snare drum I teach the finest technique available, also reading and style.
Guitar and bass: blues, rock classics, oldies, country.
winds: school band methods
Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, ESL, Guitar, Hand Drums, Japanese, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, 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.
Philosophy of Learning
Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.
I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.
Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.
I also hold events for all my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Recital" every few months.
Adult students have a weekly "Jam Session Night" that they're welcome to come to whenever they'd like.
Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype as well as do a drop-in lesson through Google Helpouts.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)
*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
My studio is equipped with:
*Multiple Music Stands
*Vocal and instrument microphones
*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo
*Two guitar amps and a bass amp
*Various percussion including a fully equipped drum set
*An electric piano console
*A Trombone, Cornet, and Flute
*An extensive physical and virtual music library
*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to
*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Gaming, Guitar, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Test Prep, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Video Production, Viola, Violin, Web Design
Hello, my name is Chris. I am currently a Jazz Studies major at San Jose State University. I began my musical journey at Dartmouth Middle School. I played saxophone, and was only mildly interested in music. I stayed in music in high school, but remained only mildly interested until my Sophomore year. I discovered the trumpet and began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and became obsessed with jazz and mastering the trumpet. In just 2 short years, I had studied enough trumpet to travel South America with the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. After my South American tour, I decided to teach privately and share my talents with the world. I won a scholarship to San Jose State for music excellence in 2009, and joined the Spartan Marching Band. While in this prestigious organization I performed in Olympic Stadiums, Disneyland, and all over San Jose. I am currently working toward a Bachelor of Music with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies from San Jose State. I work for TakeLessons.com, and Manzana Music.
In addition to in person lessons, I teach online. Online lessons use Skype, which provides students with a convenient opportunity to get high quality music lessons. I have personally received lessons online from the highest level of professionals. I recommend online lessons to anyone who is not able to attend in person lessons, or prefers the convenience of online lessons.
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My students can expect me to be on time and prepared for every lesson every week. I will have a large selection of music and material for us to learn from every week. All our lessons will be prepared ahead of time. For every hour I spend with you, I spend two at home preparing. I will design lessons based on your weaknesses and what you want from the lessons. We will improve all your skills as a musician, and will have a well balanced lesson plan every week. In addition, I will be glad to upload videos or MP3's and e-mail them to you if you need some extra instruction while studying at home.
I expect that the student have the materials I assign him or her for that week. I expect the student to look at the material and practice it. I do not expect the student to learn it completely or master it in one week, but I do hope for progress. Come prepared with a pencil and something to hold all your music (like a folder or notebook).
Soon after lessons begin, sign of improvement will be clear. My students take very well to my instruction, and show sign of improvement in their bands. All of my students are currently placed in advanced bands.
I can teach Trumpet, Songwriting and Music Theory at professional levels. I teach Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Bass (upright and electric), Violin and Viola for beginners.
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Lessons in a private room, several music stands, piano, computer, pencils, paper.
*** Travel Equipment ***
1 trumpet to rent, books, electric pianos, pencils, paper, customized music.
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I specialize in the Jazz genre. I am professionally trained in Classical music as well. I can teach both genres for Guitar, Viola, Violin, Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone, Music Theory, and Songwriting.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Trumpet, Upright Bass
Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.
Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical piano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.
From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method under Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.
Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.
His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!
The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.
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During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.
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Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps
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Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.
Arrangement and Composition, Clarinet, Composition, Ear Training, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet
Michael (b. 1991) is a composer residing on Long Island. He is pursuing a BM in Music Education at LIU Post where he plays trumpet in the LIU Post Wind Ensemble and the LIU Post Wind Symphony. Michael currently studies composition with renowned educational composer Carl Strommen, and trumpet with Brad Siroky. Michael has had several works commissioned from him, including works for the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Brass Ensemble and the LIU Post Wind Symphony, among other community and public school ensembles.
In the summer of 2012, the LIU Post Wind Symphony took his composition "Big Sky Country" on tour to China. The work received its international premiere in Beijing, China. In early 2013, Michael acted as a composer-in-residence with the 6th Grade Band at Candlewood Middle School in Dix Hills, NY.
Michael is winner of two Awards of Merit from the Global Music Awards (2012) for his works "Big Sky Country," in the composition category, and "Inner City Sounds," in the student band category.
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Trumpet - Beginner to Advanced
French Horn - Beginner to Intermediate
Music Composition - Beginner to Advanced
Arranging - Beginner to Advanced
Orchestration - Beginner to Advanced
Music Theory - Beginner to Advanced
Ear Training - Beginner to Advanced
Piano - Beginner
Clarinet - Beginner
Trombone - Beginner
I also offer lessons on how to use Finale Music Notation Software - Beginner to Advanced
CSS, Ear Training, HTML, Music Performance, Music Theory, Trumpet
Sean became serious about trumpet at an early age. A Texas native, he spent the first years of his musical studies in Texas public schools, playing in local band programs.
At the age of 14, after being encouraged by his band director Marsha Anderson, and his primary trumpet teacher John Urness, he applied for admission to Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. He was accepted, and studied at the academy for all 4 years of high school, graduating in 2000.
While at Interlochen, he received the fine arts award for trumpet two years in a row. In 1998, he was a finalist for the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artists Competition held by the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.
Sean holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston. While at Eastman, he received the prestigious Performers Certificate award for outstanding solo performance. He also pursued two additional years of graduate studies at Arizona State University.
He also has a wide variety of performing experience. Most notably, he was co-principal trumpet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in the Kansai region of Japan from 2010-2013. He was also a member of the 2010 National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
While studying in Arizona, he performed regularly with the Phoenix Symphony. Additionally, he has appeared as an extra with the Houston Symphony, the Paragon Brass Ensemble, the New World Symphony, and the Texas Brass Ensemble.
As a teacher, he has taught privately and given masterclasses for many schools throughout Texas. While living in the Houston area, he maintained a studio of nearly 60 students. He was also a clinition for the Phoenix Youth Symphony and taught at the Kansai International Music Academy in Japan.
His primary teachers are John Urness, Brian Seitz, John Lindenau, Ed Carroll, Stanley Friedman, Jim Thompson, Jim Vassallo, and David Hickman. He also studied briefly with Armando Ghitalla and Adolf Herseth.
Besides playing trumpet, Sean enjoys riding his motorcycle and building computers and electric bicycles.
He currently resides in Plano, Texas.
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