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Popular Music Recording Teachers Near San Jose

Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Gary O.

San Jose, CA
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Samuel C.

Santa Clara, CA
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Christopher J. San Jose, CA

About Me

I began my musical journey in 6th grade, where i picked up the saxophone at Dartmouth Middle School. After 4 years of Saxophone, I began Trumpet in 10th grade. I immediately fell in love with the trumpet and began studying Jazz intensely. I began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and starting taking private trumpet lessons. I studied enough trumpet to earn a Musical Excellence scholarship when I was accepted at San Jose State University, where I am currently. I am currently a certified teacher with, and a freelance musician in San Jose.

*** Lesson Details ***
Aside from performing, I love teaching. I have been teaching since 2009, and run a private music studio of around 30 students. My students and their parents enjoy my lessons, and have always been pleased with the results. I have had students invited to Carnegie Hall, regularly placed in Honors Ensembles, and place Superior in CMEA band festivals. You can schedule lessons by enrolling with me personally here.

I expect that the student have the materials I assign him or her for that week. I expect the student to look at the material and practice it. I do not expect the student to learn it completely or master it in one week, but I do hope for progress. Come prepared with a pencil and something to hold all your music (like a folder or notebook).

Soon after lessons begin, sign of improvement will be clear. My students take very well to my instruction, and show sign of improvement in their bands. All of my students are currently placed in advanced bands.

I can teach Trumpet, Songwriting and Music Theory at professional levels. I teach Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Bass (upright and electric), Violin and Viola for beginners.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many commonly used instruments
Thousands of pages of music
Homework and scholastic supplies
Professional recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
Many commonly used instruments
Thousands of pages of music
Homework and scholastic supplies
Professional recording equipment..

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the Jazz genre. I am professionally trained in Classical music as well. I can teach both genres for students playing instruments a typical public Orchestra or Band. I teach beginning or higher for most instruments and musical skills.

Gary O. San Jose, CA

About Me


Gary is a trumpet player and educator originally from Reno, NV. He graduated with a MA in Jazz Studies under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington at San Jose State University in 2014. Gary has studied jazz and classical trumpet privately with Jeff Lewis, Dr. Kathryn Adduci, and Tim Wilson during his residency at SJSU. Gary will complete his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music Education in 2015.

Most recently, Gary has been teaching instrumental music with San Jose Jazz in their project Progressions, a music program helping elementary kids in at-risk schools receive quality music education. Inspired by the Venezuelan music program El Sistema, Progressions works with students of low socioeconomic backgrounds who are at the highest risk for gang violence and drop out in their communities. During the summers, Gary is actively involved as the Technical Director and the Assistant Camp Manager with the San Jose Jazz Summer Jazz Camp.

Gary has served as Band Director at St. Leo the Great Catholic School in San Jose, CA, running recruitment and education in a 4th-7th grade instrumental music teaching trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, and saxophone.

He also works for the Alum Rock Jazz Program based in San Jose, CA. Under the direction of Tim Spacek, Gary can be found running live sound and instructing elementary and middle school students in San Jose during the school year and their three week summer camp.

Previously, Gary has been a part-time instructor at Leigh High School in Campbell, CA as a Visual Technician and Brass Caption for their marching band and assistant with their jazz ensemble. Gary has also served as a interim staff member of the Sacramento Mandarins as a brass technician for the 2012 season, for their field show Prophecy.

Aside from his teaching and University studies, Gary has played with a variety of music ensembles, professional music groups, and commercial music productions, including:

-All About Theatre (Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, Honk!, The Drowsy Chaperone,)
-Santa Cruz High School (Once Upon A Mattress, The Wedding Singer)
-Scott'€™s Valley Performing Arts (Annie Get Your Gun)
-The King's Academy (Where's Charlie?, Hello Dolly)
-Woodside Priory School (Fiddler On The Roof)
-CMT of Santa Clara (Suessical-The Musical)
-The Lyratones
-The 7th St. Big Band
-New World Ape
-Jason Bond and the Committee


I believe that my broad experience will help connect learning, passion, and fun with future students taking instruction from me. There is no single way to learn music and play trumpet. Music is a lifetime journey of discovery...I am just here to help you on your way.

--- Specialties ---

Gary is predominantly a Brass Specialist, with an emphasis on Trumpet, although he is able to give lessons on all brass instruments.

Lessons are also available on Piano through Intermediate level players, followed by a long list of other topics on the teachers profile.

Gary is also an avid recording engineer for both studio and live sound. Students wishing to learn how to record music or work in these fields will benefit from a professional home studio and access to portable devices for live recording and field work.

-------Mission for Lessons -------

My mission for lessons with my students is personal growth and musical development. Everyone learns differently; I aim to develop my students where they are strongest and help strengthen their weaknesses. Most of all, I aim to have FUN learning music!

I assess my students from the beginning and develop a lesson plan suited best for them, whether you are just learning music, playing for fun, or aiming to get ready for High School or College literature.

Lessons are suited for AGES 6+, with ALL RANGES of experience, including BEGINNING STUDENTS.

All styles of literature can be explored, from Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, Latin, and more.

Coverage of High School, Middle School, and Beginning Band literature is standard in my lessons. Most lessons utilize tested method books for each students specific study. Alternate music involving Marching Band, Jazz Band, or Concert Band is also available during lessons.

---General Lesson Curriculum---

Lessons for Beginners, ages 6+

-Introduction to the instrument and learning how to play.
-Learning notes and fingerings.
-Tone production (instrumental teaching).
-Learning to read music, in both Treble and Bass clef.
-Basic Music Theory.
-Enjoying music and HAVING FUN!

Lessons for Intermediate Players (based on skill level)

-Continued development of tone production (instrumental teaching).
-Technique development with articulation, slurring, and finger technique (instrumental teaching).
-Continued development of music reading skills.
-Exploration of the 12 major and 12 minor keys.
-Development of Music Theory skills appropriate to age and level of schooling.

Lessons for Advanced Players (based on skill level)

-Advanced development of Brass studies, through High School Level and Collegiate repertoire and pedagogy.
-Lessons in Advanced music theory at A.P. High School & Collegiate level. *
-Composition, Arranging, and Music Production. *
-Jazz Theory and Improvisation lessons. *

*Private instruction specifically designed for Advanced Studies
topics are also available.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Students choosing to study with me in my personal studio have access to a quiet, easily accessible study space. Everything a student need to start right away is available, the student just brings their instrument.

---Recording Studio---
JBL 4300 Series Speakers
Focusrite Sapphire PRO 40
Logic Pro

A nice, 88-key piano is available for piano lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***

Gary travels with a very wide variety of music for lessons, covering every angle of musicianship.

Students can expect to read and see a variety of music from many different composers and publishers.

Workbooks will be recommended upon first lesson with instructor and supplemental materials will be provided and suggested upon subsequent lessons.

Samuel C. Santa Clara, CA

About Me

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in History and Music, I spent several years touring and recording with artists on the East Coast, teaching as many as 20 private lessons a week, and learning to play tabla (Indian hand drums) to keep my own musical education alive and moving forward. I have a passion for music of all kinds, and specifically for drums and percussion. As a result of my diverse tastes, I have quite an eclectic performance background. Over the last decade I have performed with rock and metal bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, various independent singers and songwriters, musical theater productions, African drum ensembles, and even played tabla for a contemporary dance company back in Virginia.

Recently my girlfriend and I relocated to California so she could pursue a job at a local hospital. I love the change of scenery and love teaching in this area. There are few things in this world that give me as much joy as working with students who are genuinely motivated and passionate about improving, both as musicians and as people.

Sam S.

Morgan Hill, CA
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Marwan S.

San Jose, CA
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susan J.

Mountain View, CA
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Sam S. Morgan Hill, CA

About Me

Morgan Hill native Sam Sotelo has been playing drums for over the past forty years and is well versed in all styles of music. He studied percussion/drumset with Ralph Hardimon, Dan Sabanovich, Gary Hess, Taka Numazawa, Wally Schnalle, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Joey Heredia; African drumming with Kobla Ladzekpo and Joe Caploe; Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin percussion with Luca Brandoli, Changuito and the great Tito Puente. He spent most of his career in the Los Angeles music community doing sidelining work in film and has worked recording sessions with various artists such as the Yellowjackets. Along with this, he has also worked in Post Audio Production for Film/Television and the Web. Currently, he plays out in the South Bay and Santa Cruz areas with Michelle Pollace’s Latin Jazz Trio, classic rock band WredHorse, and Neo-Soul Artist Monica Marquis.

Marwan S. San Jose, CA

About Me

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano at the age of 3, and started writing music at the age of 6.

susan J. Mountain View, CA

About Me

I started teaching because I have a passion for teaching, as well as helping students reach their true potential. I not only teach the students looking to learn their craft, but also those looking to better their ability. My goal is to impart my knowledge and love of music, theater and speech to all of my students.

I have been a professional Actress, Show Singer, Commercial Voice-Over Artist and Teacher for the past 25 years in the Bay Area. I have a BA in Theater Arts from University of Minnesota, as well as from San Jose State University. I have studied Theater, Dance, Music, and Mime at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. I have 30 units in "Early Childhood and Development" from DeAnza College in San Jose, CA.

I am also a member of the AFTRA, SAG and EQUITY unions.

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