Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
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About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have 35 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!
My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and knowledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.
Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.
I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.
>>> FYI: I'm happy to come to your home if traveling to my studio in Alameda isn't convenient for you, and I cover most of the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek and (of course) my own lovely town of Alameda. As much as I love our "City by the Bay", traveling to San Francisco, Marin, or the Peninsula just isn't cost or time effective for me; I apologize to you fine folks and potential students of the West Bay! <<<
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
I have been a musician for over 20 years. I have a BA in Music & Sound Recording, and am equally comfortable in the studio as I am on the stage. I currently lead my own band which plays all original music and I have released two CDs of my own music, in addition to playing and recording with many local acts. I also write, record and produce music for TV and movies. Let's just say I wear a lot of hats.
I love music, and surround myself with it at all times. There are very few styles that I don't like or don't listen to, and I try to stay current as much as I can. I play a number of different instruments besides the ones I teach, including harmonica, piano, organ, drums and percussion. I also have been singing for as long as I can remember.
I believe anyone can be musical, even if you don't play an instrument. Music is everywhere, and we all tune into it, whether we know it or not. I hope that we can learn something about music and each other, then throw it all aside and just jam!
Singing, Music Performance
I was born in New York, then moved to overseas with my family. I have started to sing in 1983 with various choirs, in Istanbul, Turkey. I have performed with the prestigious TRT (Turkish Radio Television) Istanbul Youth Polyphonic Choir for 4 years. With the choir I had appeared on regular TV concerts, live concerts and radio recordings .I have a B.A. degree in "Advertising & Marketing Research" (emphasis on Creative Writing) from Istanbul University. I also have a teaching certificate from the University of Cambridge, CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults). I have a B.M. (Bachelors of Music) "Vocal Performance" (emphasis on Opera). I graduated from SFSU in 2005. I have performed with various ensembles, groups and choirs at SFSU since 1998. While I was at SFSU my academic success was recognized by Golden Key International Honor Society and I became a member in 2000. I taught Turkish Singing class at Mendocino Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp 2001-2005. I recently finished a pedagogy workshop at The Boston Conservatory; Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop, July 2011.
I am an active, professional solo vocalist and a voice teacher since 1999. As a voice teacher I worked with different age groups, from kids to adults. I have founded "Nazar" (a Middle Eastern Music Group) in 2000 and performed in San Francisco and Bay Area. I have performed in many different styles at different venues in San Francisco and Bay Area; such as music festivals (4th Annual Lark in the Morning/ SF, 4th of July 2010 Richmond/East Bay), De Young Museum SF/CA (January 2010 with Aswat & February 2010 with Algerian musicians) weddings, private parties, Middle Eastern Music and Dance Parties in: San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Rose, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Larkspur/ Marin County, regular restaurant performances (Cafe Istanbul /SF, Bosphorus/ Berkeley), appearances on radio shows (KKUP 2002, 2003), KPFA (2010) and many more. I have given concerts with different groups for different occasions such as; benefit concerts ,remembrance concerts (Sayyid Darwish Night 2002 San Mateo), at churches, at nursing homes and other concerts ; Open Secret Bookstore, Noe Valley Ministry, Mission Cultural Center, La Pena Cultural Center, San Francisco State University. I am a very versatile singer, I have sang in many different styles and languages (in total 33 languages) such as; Western Classical (Arias, Art Songs, Choral) (English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Latin, Russian, Finnish, Czech, Hungarian, Hebraic and Far Eastern Languages), Middle Eastern Classical (Turkish), Folk (Turkish, Armenian, Iranian, Romanian, Arabic, Tamazight, Hawaiian), Devotional Songs (Turkish), Pop, and Jazz. I have been told that I have a natural talent and stage charisma. I love to entertain. Currently I am the vocal trainer of Aswat (Bay Area Arabic Choir).
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
I've been teaching for over 10 years and I have never had more fun with it. I studied classical guitar for ten years earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in music. During my formal education I not only learned music theory, music history, ensemble playing, and composing, but more importantly I learned how to REALLY learn new things. This ability I try to pass on to my students.
Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, 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!
Music Performance, Music Theory, Trumpet
Brendan L. is a freelance trumpeter and composer in the Bay Area who performs with many well-known groups ranging in a variety of styles, from jazz to afrofunk to free jazz and everything in between. He has been teaching students of all ages privately for the last five years in both the private studio setting as well as in art academies in the Bay Area. Brendan studied jazz improvisation and composition under Myra Melford at UC Berkeley (c/o 2012). He has studied trumpet privately with Darren Johnston, John Worley, Ellen Seeling, and Jason Park.
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