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Bass Guitar, Dance, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass
I love sharing my passion for music with my students. They describe me as a Fun, Patient, Punctual, and Organized teacher.
I hold a B.A. degrees in Music and Spanish from San Jose State University, and have 15 years experience in teaching and performing.
My musical palette encompasses Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Symphonic, Opera, Reggae, Funk, Rock, R&B.
I am very fortunate to have shared the stage with many masters in the Jazz and Afro-Cuban/Salsa scenes, notably: Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman (of Santana), Louie Romero (Hector Lavoe and Wille Colon) Wayne Wallace (Wayne Wallace Quintet) the famous salsa vocalist Tito Nieves, Cuban-born vocalist Fito Reinoso,
legendary Bolivian charango player Eddy Navia, Bolivian guitarist Gabriel Navia, Eric Rangel y su Orquesta America, Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor, and the Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
Besides music, I enjoy salsa dancing. I have been dancing for ten years and have been teaching salsa dancing for three years. I also believe in furthering my communication skills. I belong to my local public speaking Toastmaster club for 2 years. I also enjoy art very much and have been drawing as a hobby for three years.
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My first belief is that music lessons should be fun and help foster self esteem as well as self confidence in musical expression. I believe in a safe and encouraging learning environment filled with curiosity, exploration, and laughter.
During the lessons I concentrate the building blocks of musicianship as we switch off from accompanist and lead roles in the musical examples in the lesson books. I also focus on music theory by discussing chord / scale relationships and how to apply them to improvisation or composition. I also stress students be able to vocalize what they play to help with their ear-training.
I strongly believe in student performances. I prepare my students to perform in recitals, performance groups, as well as auditions and entrance exams.
Buying instruments can be very confusing. I go the extra mile to help my students buy the right instrument and accessories by accompanying them to the music store and offer my feedback. Parents and students feel they've made the right choice after careful thought goes into the purchase of their instruments.
Whether you just want to play in a band or major in music, you can learn how to enjoy playing music and build your confidence on your instrument at your own pace.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stands, Stereo System, 1/4 Inch Cables, Tuners, Method Books: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Comfortable Seating Area for Parents, Table, TV
*** Specialties ***
Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Brazilian, Rock, Classical.
Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Upright Bass
Hello! I am Swen, a musician, producer/engineer, and songwriter. I gig professionally around the Bay Area in various bands and jazz groups. I mainly gig on bass (upright and electric), but I now play drums in a garage rock/surf rock band. In addition to bass and drums, I also play and teach piano and guitar, as well as music recording/producing/engineering and music software. I can travel to your location to teach, or you can come take lessons at my studio in Oakland. Feel free to contact me to discuss your musical goals!
Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass
I recently graduated from the Master's of Music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of music. I've played with many orchestras in the bay area including the Berkeley Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Stockton Symphony, and more. In my undergrad, most of my playing was in jazz. I've toured Europe (Italy, Switzerland, and France) with a big band in 2007, and performed at Yoshi's. I began on the electric bass in high school, playing in bands and everything from the Beatles to Tool. I also picked up some electric guitar. I've taught double bass annually at La Honda Music Camp as a double bass counselor, and look forward to taking on many students and sharing what I've learned, and what I will continue to learn with them!
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I am easy to get along with, and I relate very well with students. Lessons are laid back and I tend to make a lot of jokes, but the material itself is rigorous and I expect a great deal of effort. I enjoy sharing musical philosophy, and I believe that private lessons have generally 2 main functions. 1) For the student to achieve the level of learning how to practice independently from the teacher (and discover their own musical voice), and 2) (at an advanced level) for the student to learn that specific teacher's approach to musical philosophy and that specific instrument.
My curriculum will vary greatly depending on the needs or wants of the student. For beginners, I might start with exercises/etudes to begin developing fluency or coordination. I will teach how to read music and understand the fundamental building blocks of music theory, and continue depending on the student's interest. The materials depend on the genre and instrument. For more advanced students lessons will be more focused on specific topics (advanced techniques, repertoire, excerpts, theory, auditions, philosophies, etc).
*** Studio Equipment ***
Basses (electrics and uprights), electric guitar, electric keyboard, music stand, amps, other misc. supplies.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide the instrument, music stand, and books or materials which will be discussed.
*** Specialties ***
Orchestral double bass is my highest specialty. My undergrad was mostly in jazz. The longest experience I have is in electric bass playing rock/oldies/etc. I'm well educated in music literacy and analysis.
12 years old for Upright bass lesson.
I am one of the most in-demand classical bassists in California. I actively play with 5 orchestras as a contracted member and several more as a guest. In addition to orchestral I do lots of recording sessions at Skywalker Ranch for film and video game scores. My free time Is very limited, but I am committed to teaching in addition to performing.
In my lessons I stress not just technique, but more critically, how to self-diagnose problems in one's playing. Many of my students have gone on to major universities and conservatories to pursue careers in music.
Chinese, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass
Hi. This is Jessica H. I came from a family with strong music background. My father is a successful music educator, conductor. Currently I just graduated from San Francisco conservatory of music with Masters degree. I am a very patient person who has huge passion about working with kids.I have been teaching piano over 15 years. Since I have been teaching a quite long time. I have had students who past the highest level of ABRSM exams.
"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."