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.
*** Lesson Details ***
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.