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I am a recent alumniÂ of Sonoma State University, where I earned both a Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Saxophone Studies, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies. I have seven years experience studying classical piano, as well as eleven years experience playing saxophone. I teach lessons to students of all ages, and love to convey my passion for music to others! I believe in the importance of all aspects of musicianship, including theory, performance, technique, ear training, history, and listening practice. To be a great musician, one must learn from the greats, and studying them is absolutely crucial to artistic growth!
Noted individuals I have performed with include Dr. Jason Robinson, Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White, Charles Mcpherson, Daniel Jackson, Ryder Davidson, Ian Tordella, Anthony Davis, Danny Weller, Rob Thorsen, Ellen Weller, The Amalgamated Ska, Mitch Thomas, Kasey Knudsen, and many others.
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Given that no two students are the same, my lessons incorporate a personalized approach, geared to the goals of each individual student!
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Jazz, Reggae, Ska, and Funk! I consider myself very well-versed on jazz music history, and believe that in order to play jazz music, one must learn from the jazz lineage! I make sure to give all my students listening assignments so that they may find themselves more acquainted with this wonderful American art form.
I mainly teach music. However, I also offer academic tutoring as well.
I teach all levels of clarinet, flute, piccolo, and saxophone. I also offer beginning piano to those who just want to learn!
Music Experience: Concert Band, Marching Band, Musical Theatre, Music Performance, Music Theory, Assistant Music Director for Local Middle Schools, Music Tutor
Education: Studied at Berklee College of Music, San Diego Miramar College, and San Diego Mesa College, Currently studying to become a music major in performance and education
About Me: I have been performing music for 11 years. I have been teaching since 2012. I am passionate about music and I love to inspire others who share a love for music. I have studied the varieties of student learning styles to adjust teaching methods to best fit every student. I believe in creating a comfortable and respectful relationship between teacher and student. I also like to provide additional material for students to succeed and open them to opportunities to pursue music, whether music be a hobby or a potential career path. I believe in having fun while working hard. Music is meant to be enjoyed whether you listen to it or create it. If you want to challenge yourself and have fun while creating great experiences, I would love the opportunity to create music with you. :)
I also tutor in a variety of Math and English classes.
If you have questions for me personally you can check out my website to learn more or email me.
I was originally trained on Saxophone, Voice and basic piano skills at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. My professional experience has been working as a traveling house band for the Ted Allen Agency in Chicago as well as numerous types of classic rock, fusion rock, jazz, jazz standards and fusion jazz and wedding bands. I'm currently studying at Miracosta Community College to complete my music degree to advance to a 4 year University in Music Education. I have been requested to play baritone sax in the Miracosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) and also play with the Collective a smaller jazz ensemble taught by Steve Torok.
Hello, my name is Travis and I teach in-home saxophone lessons to a wide variety of ability levels ranging from beginner to advanced. I have a tailored approach to teaching that allows students to reach their goals and continue far beyond them.
Areas I specialize in include:
-College Audition Preparation
I am a recent graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in K-12 Music Education. I have worked as a professional musician in Pittsburgh, San Diego and throughout various parts of West Virginia. I have performed in a number different styles ranging from jazz to hip-hop, rock and funk in bands along the East Coast. I have a passion for sharing the gift of music and would love to assist you in meeting your goals
Hello! My name is Sean H and I am very passionate about music, and about helping my students accomplish their musical goals. I have been teaching for a little over a year and also have experience as a section leader and band leader. I have received several musical awards, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and I am currently studying music education at San Diego State University.
As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader, I have experience in many different aspects of music that I pass along to my students. I give lessons on bass guitar, saxophone, and clarinet. In addition to this, I offer songwriting and theory lessons.
Adrián Terrazas-González: Born on October 17, 1975, and raised in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez grew up surrounded by the traditional music of Central America from Danzón, Boleros and Rumba, to Son and Mambo. Terrazas-González began developing his musical ability starting at the age of eleven. He was inclined to play the tenor saxophone and the flute with an understanding of classical music and a distinct attraction to jazz, and five years later chose to take on the clarinet. His grandmother, a "Danzón Nut" according to Terrazas-González, urged her grandson in that direction, but the young player was adamant towards a newfound paragon for himself: John W. Coltrane.
2001 was a year that would have a profound impact on Terrazas-González’s music. While pursuing Sociology and Music Studies at The University of Texas, El Paso, he learned more about the transmission of these ideas and theories through music. In an effort to track the development of marked philosophical and spiritual traditions observed by ancient cultures, Terrazas-González arranged to meet, learn, and creatively collaborate with musicians involved with traditions originating from West Africa. One of his primary interests was the Yoruba tradition (predominantly out of Western Nigeria), the ancient African religion underlying Santeria (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Candombl (Baha, Brazil), Vodun (Haiti), and Cu Taan (México).
THE MARS VOLTA
In 2004 Terrazas-González joined The Mars Volta recording the studio album, “Frances the Mute”, and continues to work with the band (as a full-fledged member) on subsequent albums (“Live Scabdates” 2005, “Amputechture” 2006, “The Bedlam in Goliath” 2008) and all of The Mars Volta side projects (movie scores, DVD‘s, etc.). The Mars Volta is comprised of guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, bassist John Alderete, guitarist Paul Hinojos-González, drummer Thomas Pridgen, percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, and keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens.
Through his work with The Mars Volta, Terrazas-González went on to earn his first Grammy Award in 2008 for the “Best Rock Performance” category with the song "Wax Simulacra". Working with The Mars Volta has enabled Terrazas-González to gain further exposure as a multi-instrumentalist, particularly in Europe.
Television performances of The Mars Volta include (but not limited to): The Henry Rollins Show, The Tonight Show with David Letterman, and The BBC.
THE STUDIO/TOURING MUSICIAN
Terrazas-González’s solid performance and versatility have allowed him many opportunities to collaborate with a vast array of professionals worldwide. Terrazas-González has shared the stage and/or recorded with the likes of Larry Harlow, Antonio Sánchez, Bob Sheppard, Edwin Livingston, Erik A. Unsworth, Dr. Willy Hill, Dr. Donald G. Wilkinson, Damo Suzuki, Lenny Castro, Money Mark Nishita, Los Lobos, EMI Gospel Artist Smokie Norful, Lisa Papineau (Big Sir), Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet/Group (Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo 2007, music scoring for the Guillermo Arriaga Jordan and Jorge Hernández Aldana film on El Búfalo de la Noche on La Neta Films/Naco Films performed by The Mars Volta), Hans Glawishing, John Beasley, Brian Lynch, Shaila Dúrcal, John Frusciante, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Ken Schalk, Juliette Lewis, Nuriya Michan, Deantoni Parks, Candiria, The Memorials, Trevor Hall, Oscar Stagnaro, Billy Ray Cyrus, David "Fuze" Fiuczynski and Freedom Bremner of Screaming Headless Torsos, Pete Escobedo, Oskar Cartaya, Hadrien Feraud, and Luis Conte among others.
Terrazas-González’s professional involvement with the music industry has continued to develop under his own publishing and record label, EL REGIMEN Music BMI, leading T.R.A.M. and as a full flesh member of one of the strongest lineups in funk music The Earful. This dignified and prolific musician collaborates with an eclectic number of international musicians, tours internationally on an intense and annual schedule, all the while teaching workshops to numerous school districts and universities around the world.
It's extremely rare to come across a band that flips the script of conventionality, throwing caution to the wind. The debut effort from T.R.A.M. (Terrazas Reyes Abasi Moore) does just that, while blazing a trail of creativity quick to turn heads throughout the world. This unit will easily be referred to by many as a “Super Group”. However, the members of this dynamic unit aren't in this for any reason other than to use it as a platform to further express their art without limitations or any preconceived notions.
T.R.A.M. is comprised of such renowned and musically proficient artists as Adrián Terrazas-González (The Mars Volta) on saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, and Eric Moore II (Suicidal Tendencies) on drums. This is a group of likeminded individuals that are naturally gifted with the collaboration of their unique talents resulting in something truly amazing. Their much anticipated debut album, “Lingua Franca”, was released February 2012 through Sumarian Records.
“Tosin Abasi and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend, Raanen Bozzio (Terry Bozzio's son), summer of 2010. This meeting also served as my first introduction to Animals As Leaders and Javier Reyes. Since then, Abasi, Reyes, and I have developed a great relationship. We got together almost every day to try out ideas, and after a month we had already formulated a majority of the record. At this point we contacted Eric Moore, an incredible drummer and the most joyful person to be around, and soon everything we had envisioned rhythmically came together on our first meeting/recording session (at the Farias Productions Studios) on what is now T.R.A.M…
I never know how people will respond to our music, I just never know! My goal is to try to instill a strong feeling or energy in people and I feel that collectively we achieved this goal tenfold with this new project. We all have a great enthusiasm and desire to perform this material live and see this band further develop. We look forward to hearing what you all think of it.”
Adrián Terrazas-González TRANSIENT
A concept ensemble with its roots in west coast music, TRANSIENT performs original music inspired by the tradition of Jazz and Chamber Music on today's world. This genuine ensemble led by saxophonist Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (The Mars Volta, T.R.A.M. and The Earful) followed by cellist Artyom Manukyan (Peter Erskine and Draco Rosa), trumpeter Mike Cottone (Everette Harp, and Rick Braun), and on the drums the powerful young lion Tim "Figg" Newton, brings a collection of original compositions written as a story line of work of solid experimental material and improvisation. Translating the live performance into the world of sound,
TRANSIENT exists as a unique new voice comprised of some of creative music's fearless players on the globe.
The Adrián Terrazas-González Quartet
"Cu Taan (2009)." - INDI-O Music Award Nominee 2009
The Mars Volta
"Frances The Mute (2005)."
"El Bufalo de la Noche - Soundtrack/Music Score (2007)."
"The Bedlam in Goliath - LP (2008)." - Grammy Award Winner 2008
The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group
"Omar Rodriguez (2005)."
"Please Heat This Eventually (2007)."
"Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007)."
"Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch (2007)."
"The Apocalypse Inside of An Orange (2007)."
"Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) (2007)."
"Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus (2008)."
"Old Money (2008)."
"Woman Gives Birth To Tomato (2013)."
Alavaz Relxib Cirdec
"The Special 12 Singles Series - Single (2005)."
"Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer (2006)."
Song(s): Cause That Shit's Too Evil (And She's Just A Gangsta Bitch) and I Lie Down
"Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare (2008)."
"El Rey Del Camino (2010)." - INDI-O Music Award Winner 2010
"El Hombre de la Camara (2010)." - INDI-O Music Award Winner 2010
T.R.A.M. (Band Leader)
"Lingua Franca (2012)." Sumerian Records - #2 iTunes Jazz Charts 2012
"Everything Everytime Everywhere (2011)."
Song: Different Hunger ("The Change-Up" Movie Soundtrack)
Written by Trevor Hall, Jimmy Messer; Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company;
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
BG5 (The Beach Girl5)
"Rock Mafia Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2012)."
Song(s): Kids r Ok
Song(s): Mr. Entitled (Arranger and performer).
Le James Davey
"Vol 1: Le Processus (2012)."
Song(s): Un Mouvement - La Catalyse, and Trois Mouvement - Humilité
"Default Jazz (2014)."
Billy Ray Cyrus
"Change My Mind (2012)."
Song(s): Change My Mind
"Three separate releases (2013)."
Song(s): R136a1 (Intro), and En Tus Ojos
Los Random (Argentina)
Song(s): Mee Changó
(yet to be titled 2014).
“Giant MKT/Rising Pulse Records 2014 (7 inch Single Release).”
Song(s): Invaders by Iron Maiden
“Sitting in the Fire (2014).”
Song: Apparition (horn arrangement and performance)
SOUNDTRACKS AND MOVIE SCORES
"Radio Serva/Movie Music Score by Adrián Terrazas-González © 2009 EL REGIMEN Music BMI.
A movie by Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani and Marcello Fois (November, 2010)."
El Tercer Sendero
A film by Jimmy Cohen and Erik Majzner, Music Elements by Adrián Terrazas-González
© 2014 EL REGIMEN Music BMI
EL REGIMEN Music President Creative Music Movement,
Founding Member Sheet Music & Recordings
EL REGIMEN Music BMI President Music Publishing
“Adrián Terrazas-González performs exclusively on Henri Selmer Paris Saxophones and Clarinets.”
Henri Selmer Paris.
Artist Relations Coordinator
J. Michael Holmes, Director of Marketing - Saxophones
office: +1(574) 523-0634
“Adrián Terrazas-González is M-Audio Artist and AVID Artist.”
José Reveles González
Artist Director (Avid/M-Audio)
(+52 1 55) 5507-8146
“Adrián Terrazas-González plays González Reeds.”
Rio Negro 2240 Guaymallen
Mendoza, República Argentina
(+54 1 54) 528-0834
“Adrián Terrazas-González is a ZOOM and Hartke Artist.”
Samson Technologies Corp.â€¨45 Gilpin Avenue, Suite 100â€¨Hauppauge, NY 11788
Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Soprano Saxophone
Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Alto Saxophone
Selmer 1947 Super Balanced Action Tenor Saxophone
Selmer 1972 Series 10G Clarinet
Selmer 1970 Series A Bass Clarinet
Yamaha Professional Flutes
Selmer Super Session G Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece
Selmer Super Session E Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Selmer Soloist H Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Otto Link New York 7* Tenor Saxophone/The Mars Volta Setup
Clark W. Fobes San Francisco Clarinet Custom Mouthpiece 4L
Clark W. Fobes San Francisco Bass Clarinet Custom Mouthpiece
González Reeds (All Saxophones and Clarinets)
Francois Louis Ultimate Ligature for all Saxophones and Clarinets
De Jacques Neck Straps
Mackie Stage Back Line for (T.R.A.M.)
Effects Pedals Stage/Studio (The Mars Volta)
Ernie Ball WAH
BOSS PS-5 Super Shifter
BOSS RC-2 Loop Station
BOSS RE-20 Space Echo
W-2 Maestro Woodwind Effects Box
MXR Phase 90
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
DigiTech JamMan Looper Performance Loop Pedal
TECH 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
Samson AirLine 77 UHF Wind Instrument System
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