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. Inspired by his academic studies, Cliff continued his education, graduating with a Master's in Music from Boston University's prestigious music education program. Now that his studies are complete (for the time being) Cliff splits his time between recording with his San Francisco-based heavy metal band, and teaching high-school band in the East Bay.
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!)
*** Lesson Details ***
As an experienced educator, Cliff believes that music should be FUN! As a result, Cliff divides his lessons into three sections: Technique, Theory, and Repertoire. If a student wants to be the next great virtuoso, we will focus on playing techniques that foster speed, improvisational skills, and facility with the instrument.
Would you rather learn more about how music works? Then lessons can focus on sight reading, exploring groove, harmony and, melody, and examining how different rhythms and scales function in real musical situations.
Rather learn how to play some songs? Bring in any music, either notated on sheet music, or on an iPod or CD, and we'll learn how to play like your favorite musicians, or how to make the songs your own!
All students get exposure to all three of these elements, but how much is up to the student. I want to help you to become the musician that YOU want to be!
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a guitar, amplifier, a practice pad and teaching materials, such as sheet music, drum charts, and iPod, and song books. I expect students to supply their own instruments, and they are welcome to supply any material they want to learn, such as CDs, songs from their iPod, guitar tabulature or sheet music.
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