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Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
Branden is a highly successful graduate in music with a concentration in composition and jazz performance, completing his degree in only three years. He is a passionate performer as well as a dedicated teacher. He was awarded Cum laude for his great academic achievement. Branden is an accomplished songwriter, composer, musician, and teacher. Originally born in Chicago, Branden is now based in San Jose area, playing random events throughout the South Bay.
Branden has been hired to play local gigs as well as a contract to tour with a jazz band. His experience in teaching guitar for the last three years has ranged from teaching elementary school classes to private lessons. He has shared the stage with Steve Tavlione and Scott Henderson.
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From past experiences teaching students ranging from 7 to 14, Branden has developed many methods in accommodating the different learning styles of students. In general, there is a very casual atmosphere that stresses learning without the strict environment of a classroom. Beginners will be comfortably eased into learning, learning some music theory as well as fundamental musicianship skills along the way. More experienced players will be taught more advanced skills, while delving more into the understanding of the music they are playing.
Students will be encouraged to learn the music that they enjoy listening to, and collaborate with the instructor in developing lesson plans. It is important to bring out the most in the student by allowing the student to feel as involved in their learning as the instructor.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Multiple guitars, two amplifiers, pedalboard, comfortable private space.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an guitar amplifier and guitar, though I generally expect the student to provide his own guitar. I also expect students to purchase their own books, though I can provide certain sheet music and supplementary supplies if necessary.
*** Specialties ***
I can play a variety of styles, though my specialty lies in the field of jazz. While I may not be the most accomplished classical player, I am still quite proficient in classical guitar also. My biggest strength is combining classical technique with jazz songs and styles.
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, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
My name is Andrew, and I've been teaching guitar for nearly seven years. Since 2006 I've been working at the Summer Rock Camp in Palo Alto, and I've served as the music director for the School of Rock in Palo Alto. I've taught everything from private lessons to group lessons at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. From teaching so many students over such a long period of time, I've realized the power that music really has. Seeing my students progress has been one of the most fulfilling things in my life.
My teaching style has an emphasis on improvisation, rhythm, and playing with other people (among other things). I've been a rock and roller my whole life, and have played in countless bands, but am also highly trained in classical and jazz music. Jazz has always had a special place in my heart, and I love to play it among other styles.
One of the biggest things that I've noticed is that many musicians may be very well-trained classically, but lack all of the essential ingredients that make them viable to just pick up and play with. As well as learning the guitar, you'll be reading out of a drum book for rhythm exercises, sight-singing (when you get more advanced), and learning theory. Oh, and of course you'll be learning songs you love and jammin' out!
In addition to all of my real-world experience, I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from USC's Thornton School of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar.
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I am a laid back guy, but that doesn't mean I won't make sure you get your practicing in! I believe that music should be fun and should be the best part of your day, but you need to learn a few things in order to really enjoy it. In other words, I don't want you to look at music as a chore, but I also want to make sure you get something of value from your lessons.
You can expect to be able to play your favorite songs and be able to go to a jam session and play with musicians you've never met before. The more you put in, the more you'll get out! I'll just be your guide.
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*** Specialties ***
No matter where you are on your musical journey, learning your first few chords or developing your career as a professional musician, I will be able to help achieve your goals.
As a Studio/Jazz Guitar major at USC, I was exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from Jazz to Rock to Classical. I specialize in Rock/Jazz/Blues, but am also very well versed in solo/fingerstyle guitar. I have played endless amounts of solo-acoustic guitar gigs. In addition, I compose electronic music and combine this with my guitar playing.
"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."