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Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting
Originally from Patterson, CA in the heart of the central valley Brian moved to San Diego to pursue an education in music-business at Point Loma Nazarene University. Prior to college Brian's passion for music started at the school band level at the age of 8 where he started on his first instrument, the saxophone. That foundation opened doors which took Brian on a South American tour playing bass at the age of 17, among other experiences. Brian was self-taught on both guitar and bass until he started studying bass under the direction of Bob Magnusson at Point Loma Nazarene University. While at Point Loma Brian had the opportunity of touring California and the southwest with Point Loma's Concert and Jazz bands playing both Sax and Bass Guitar.
Since college Brian has been playing and teaching music in and around San Diego. Some Professional Live musical experiences include playing with Justin James (Avex/Tearbridge records), John Mark Seltzer (Warner Brothers), S.A.T.O.R.I., and a live jam with Katja Rieckermann, Saxophonist for Rod Stewart, among other opportunities.
Teaching has been Brian's most rewarding gig as a musician. He has an excitement for music that is infectious and he can't help but nourish that excitement in his students. Believing that performance is one of the most rewarding and important aspects of learning an instrument Brian helps each student practice and prepare with performance in mind. Currently Brian has students that have plans of attending performance and music conservatories such as Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory.
*** Lesson Details ***
With each person being a unique individual with differing styles, tastes, and skill levels lessons are tailored for each student with their goals in mind.
"I believe in building a good musical foundation so that each student can take what they learn during our lesson and explore new music outside of our lesson. Like all art forms music is up for interpretation and I strongly encourage my students to explore what they have learned. Whether the student wants to learn Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, or Classical I have curriculum for all styles. With performance being an important and rewarding aspect of learning an instrument I set my students up for success by teaching songs that allow the student to begin performing right away, and at the same time teaching techniques that apply to each song. Music is a great experience in itself and while learning an instrument can seem quite daunting I have fun the whole way and make everything easily digestible."
*** Studio Equipment ***
If the student's instrument is either Guitar, Bass, or Sax then the student needs to bring their own instrument with them. Students do not need to bring Amplifiers with them to the studio lessons. I have a Piano for piano lessons. All students should have what is needed to aid their practice at home.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have everything that would aid their practice time when I am not there. They should have their own instrument. I require that they have their own method books. Occasionally I bring in new sheet music.
*** Specialties ***
guitar, bass, sax, beginning to intermediate piano, songwriting, music theory, sight reading
Progressive methods for Guitar and Bass. Bastien Methods for Piano. Rock, Pop, Punk, Reggae, Metal, Blues, and Classical. Some Funk, Jazz, and R&B.
Arrangement and Composition, Ear Training, Essay Writing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone
I am a recent alumni 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!
*** Specialties ***
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.
Life Coaching, Saxophone
I've been playing saxophone for over 20 years and for the past 11 years, I've been consistently playing with working bands in bars, nightclubs, festivals, and other events. I generally play mostly soul, rock, and blues, but I am well versed in jazz and (gasp) classical styles. I also double on clarinet. I'm interested in working with students that are at an intermediate or advanced level that are looking to take their performance to the next level. If you're looking to work up to playing live gigs, I'm here to help you get there.
Baroque Flute, Basic Math, Clarinet, Flute, French, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piccolo, Pre Algebra, Saxophone
Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
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 10 years. I have been teaching for 2 years. 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. :)
Clarinet, Flute, Nutrition, Saxophone, Soccer
I have been playing saxophone for over 15 years. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I enlisted as a saxophonist for the United States Marine Corps in 2010 and honorably served for 4 years. I now live in San Diego, California and music is my full time job. I also have knowledge and wisdom in the nutrition field and I very much enjoy coaching soccer!
Djembe, Piano, Saxophone, Singing
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 bands. I'm currently studying at Miracosta Community College to complete my degree to advance to a 4 year University in Music Education.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."