Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Ukulele, Upright Bass
As a teacher, my years of experience and study with a wide array of teachers has given me a unique perspective on the process of music making and how everyone can benefit from the act of music making. As a professional musician with a diverse background, I have years of performance and teaching experience to offer my students and to help them overcome any musical difficulties with ease.
Positions in professional orchestras I have held include Principal Bass with the Amedeus Operenensemble in Salzburg, Austria, Assistant Principal Bass with the Northern Symphony Orchestra (MN) and St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra (Redwood City, CA) as well as with the Boise Philharmonic. I am also an avid chamber musician, composer and improvisor, a founding member of the San Francisco Bass Quartet and the Argentine Tango group Tangonero. I have also worked as a session player at San Francisco's Hyde Street Studios and recently collaborated with Third Eye Blind and Jherek Bischoff.
I studied the double bass at the University of MN with Christopher Brown of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and earned my B.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Scott Pingel and Steve Tramontozzi of the San Francisco Symphony.
I have also studied electric bass with Steve Hanson, and drum set with Pete Hennig and Dan Rheinhardt.
Drum, English, Language, Music Performance, Reading
I have been drumming for 19 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area, after studying Music Performance at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA, and at California State, East Bay.
I am funny, friendly, outgoing, and I love to play drums, and have been teaching music for about 3 1/2 years now.
I tend to work mainly as a "For Hire" drummer on multiple acts including the styles of; Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop.
I currently play with STREET DRUM CORPS throughout the US/ "Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! (2012)
I have been fortunate to have toured with great acts such as The Vans Warped Tour, Rise of the Revolution, Collie Buddz, Blood and Water, The Phenomenauts, The Groovie Ghoulies, and many others in both sides of the Music Business, not to mention sharing the stage with Neon Trees, Linkin Park, Bad Religion, The Limousines, Foster the people, Filter, Snoop Dogg, Sunspot Jonz, The Grouch, Murs, Living Legends, Tech-9, Andre Nickatina, and The Hieroglyphics’ Crew.
I have had the pleasure to study with such greats as; Mylious Johnson (Pink, Nsync), to the Berklee College of Music Percussion Staff, to locals such as; Rick Alegria (Bo Diddly, Paul Williams), Dawn Richardson (4 Non-Blondes, Tracy Chapman) and Mike Vanderhule (YNT).
I like all kinds of music from Classical to Punk rock, and everything in between. Some Drummers who really inspire me are from some of my favorite bands/artists such as: No doubt, The Police, Blink-182, Sublime, Isreal and New Breed, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jimmi Hendrix, P!nk, Mental 99, Cream, SADE, Pounders!, Michael Jackson, Aretha franklin, Red Hot chili Peppers...
Sharing my craft to make others happy is what makes me happy, and drum lessons should be fun, yet challenging.
Thank you so much for stopping by my page and hope to teach you soon!
Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion
Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic designer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording studio and retail store in Livermore, CA. Anna is also the owner of Smiling Politely Presents (a production company that has produced hundreds of local shows in the Bay Area) and HellaButtons.com (a button manufacturing company that has pressed tens of thousands of buttons for bands).
Anna can currently be seen performing with many groups including: Muncie (American Rock), West Grand Blvd (Motown/R&B/Soul), Seth Chapla Band (Rock/Blues), and Jump Back (50s covers).
I love music and I love to teach! This is what I do and I bring that experience into every lesson. Both my parents are musicians(drummer and singer respectively) so growing up I was always around music. Besides teaching I have 8 years of touring and recording experience and I actively play out in the bay area. I am a positive and patient teacher and I will do my best to get the most out of my students.
Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting
Cliff started his musical career as a young boy, taking classical piano lessons from the age of 4 until the age of 12. Discouraged by the strict format of his musical education, he picked up the guitar, and vowed never to take another music lesson. However, upon entering college, Cliff enrolled in drum lessons on a whim, and he has never looked back.
After discovering this new found love for music, Cliff earned not only a degree in English, but also a BA in Music from Santa Clara University, with a concentration in both guitar and drums. While this exposed Cliff to a strong classical background that included piano proficiency, conducting, and sight-singing, he also continued to foster a love for rock, funk, blues, and other popular music. As a result, Cliff has given performances in a variety of contexts -- including jazz, classical, and popular music. Cliff currently plays lead guitar in a San Francisco metal band that is recording an EP to be released later this year.
More than a music lover, Cliff is also very passionate about education. In addition to teaching Collegiate-level aural skills classes, Cliff teaches music several different schools throughout the Bay Area, with students ranging from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Additionally, Cliff augmented his ability to teach music at the highly regarded Walden School TTI in New Hampshire earlier this year. Whether you are a beginner drummer or guitarist, or a seasoned shredder, Cliff shares your enthusiasm, and will design a lesson plan that will take you where you want to go on your musical journey (and maybe to places you never even considered before!)
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
Originally from West Virginia, Ben L. is quickly making a name for
himself within the drumming community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience. While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the “Little Big Band”, WVU’s premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles.
A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, TimAdams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, and Chuck Brown. In addition to his freelance playing and teaching schedule Ben L. is a founding member in the rock trio Abatis [ABBA-Tea], with their second record due out in July 2013.
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