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Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele
Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.
Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this that lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.
In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. This spring, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.
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I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!
Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.
You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder or folder, and the texts from which they would like to study.
*** Specialties ***
I have an extensive background in jazz bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.
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.
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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.
Clarinet, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Saxophone
Since learning the clarinet at the age of 12 Stefanie has been a band geek, joining the high school marching and concert bands, playing tenor sax in the jazz band, and conducting the college Pep Band. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on the clarinet at UCSD. Her background also includes the study of jazz saxophone, improvisation, and Brazilian music. Stefanie performs in her own Brazilian choro ensemble and samba drum groups among other local jazz and funk bands. Her love of Brazilian music and drumming has taken her on numerous trips to Brazil, including a recent six month musical odyssey to study and perform there. Stefanie was seen most recently on stage playing clarinet for Lamb’s Players Theatre’s Fiddler on the Roof.
Stefanie’s breadth of experience allows her to teach a wide range of styles to students of all levels. She shares her passion for music while teaching with patience and positive reinforcement. She enjoys working with students to find what inspires them. In addition to private lessons, she offers group workshops including Beginning Jazz and Brazilian Samba Drumming.
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. :)
"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."