Guitar, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Math, Chemistry, Elementary Math, Geometry, Mandolin, Math, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Songwriting, Trigonometry
Extensive musical training, including thirteen years of jazz and classical guitar performance and theory, coupled with real-life experience as a studio and touring guitarist offers me a unique approach to music instruction focused on your individual goals and needs. Along with private music instruction, math tutoring is also available for those struggling in many levels, ranging from Algebra through Calculus. SAT and AP experience along with collegiate studies in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, we can work together to overcome your learning struggles.
Guitar, Music Recording
Hi! My name is Mike and I am 23 years old. I have been playing guitar now for about 10 years. I am a national touring guitar player in the band Letters From The Fire. You can hear us at facebook.com/lettersfromthefire or lettersfromthefire.net. We recently returned from a national tour with Fuel and 12 Stones. I have been on 4 major national tours and have played every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.
I currently teach lesson in the South Bay Area, CA. My focus has been producing and song writing for film and television. I have taken it upon my self, as a product of the local music scene, to give back and help out younger bands get to the next level in the way they conduct themselves as musicians and in their songwriting.
I am also working with Ben Moody (ex. Evanescence) on score pieces for several movies. Music is my life and its everything I do.
I can't wait to get to know you, Lets rock out!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
Hello, my name is Chris. I am currently a Jazz Studies major at San Jose State University. I began my musical journey at Dartmouth Middle School. I played saxophone, and was only mildly interested in music. I stayed in music in high school, but remained only mildly interested until my Sophomore year. I discovered the trumpet and began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and became obsessed with jazz and mastering the trumpet. In just 2 short years, I had studied enough trumpet to travel South America with the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra. After my South American tour, I decided to teach privately and share my talents with the world. I won a scholarship to San Jose State for music excellence in 2009, and joined the Spartan Marching Band. While in this prestigious organization I performed in Olympic Stadiums, Disneyland, and all over San Jose. I am currently working toward a Bachelor of Music with a dual emphasis in Music Education and Jazz Studies from San Jose State. I work for TakeLessons.com, and Manzana Music.
In addition to in person lessons, I teach online. Online lessons use Skype, which provides students with a convenient opportunity to get high quality music lessons. I have personally received lessons online from the highest level of professionals. I recommend online lessons to anyone who is not able to attend in person lessons, or prefers the convenience of online lessons.
Music Recording, Music Theory
I hold a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton California, where I studied piano and music theory. Since then I have been performing and playing piano in clubs and restaurants as a soloist, as a member of small groups, and as a one man orchestra using computer assisted accompaniment. I play a huge variety of musical styles from Bach to Beatles, jazz, pops, standards, and originals.
Also a computer engineer, I have worked in the field of digital audio and video recording technology for some well known Silicon Valley companies such as Adaptec, Roxio, and Stryker. I have my own digital recording studio in my home and I have made many recordings of myself, as well as having composed many piano pieces, concertos and symphonies.
I teach Sequencing Engineering to musicians and pianists who are interested in composing or
recording their piano performances.
. Most professional pianist today use sequencing recording to record their CD release.
. Sequencing recordings are better sounding than any analog or digital recording, the editing tools are
far more powerful, the technology is much easier to learn and the cost is pennies on the dollars over
purchasing expensive analog or digital recording equipment or hiring a studio.
I can set up your equipment for you, show you what equipment you need, and teach you
how to compose symphonies, piano concertos, small or large compositions, and, he can teach you
how to record sequence your own compositions or musical performances.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion
I love to play drums, I love to teach drums, I love to talk about drums and drumming.
I have been a student and a teacher of drumming for over 35 years now, and i learn something new every day.
I have played in many bands, and play in many bands now mostly ranging in styles from Hard rock to Gospel and everything in between. I am the on staff drummer for Evergreen Valley Church, Church On The Hill and St Catherines Church. I also sub for Holy Spirit, Central Church, and a number of others.
Currently play drums for OTR (KFOX 2009 Last band Standing Winner and 2010 runner up),
Gundacker Project (original music) and Sugar Jane (Amercana, hiphop. folksy)
Worked with Ronnie Montrose 2010-2011
Played for Israel Houghton @ EVC 2012
I have 3 albums to my credit as well
My teachers..Steve Mitchell, Bob Cooper, Prairie Prince, Richard Peterson (Tympani) as well as all the clinics I attended with Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Smith and hundreds of others.
Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
Gary Ortega is a trumpet player and educator originally from Reno, NV. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington at San Jose State University in 2012. Gary has studied jazz and classical trumpet with Jeff Lewis, Tim Wilson, and Dr. Kathryn Adduci during his residency at SJSU. His musical college ensemble involvement has included the SJSU Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, the SJSU Jazz Combos, and the University Brass Ensemble. Gary has shared the stage with such greats as Mike Williams, Jamie Davis, Mike Olmos, Steffen Kuehn, Andy Martin, Allen Vizzutti, Mundell Lowe, and Sam Burtis. Prior to his enrollment at SJSU, Gary completed his A.A in Music at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA, studying Jazz under the direction of Ray Brown and performing in the ensembles directed by Jon Nordgren. He also studied at the University of Nevada-Reno prior to his studies in California.
Most recently, Gary has been appointed Band Director at St. Leo the Great Catholic School in San Jose, CA. Here he is in charge of recruitment and education in a 3rd-8th grade instrumental music program teaching trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, and saxophone. He will also be serving as a Teaching Associate at SJSU for the 2013 Fall semester teaching beginning Jazz Improvisation. Since 2012, Gary has worked with San Jose Jazz as their Assistant Camp Manager and Technical Director for their Summer Jazz Camp. His active involvement includes community outreach, enrollment, and administrative assistance. He is also the sound engineer for the Alum Rock Jazz Program based in San Jose, CA, under the direction of Tim Spacek, running live sound and set-up for large and small jazz ensembles for elementary and middle school students in San Jose. 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 in the orchestra for All About Theatre, a tot-thru-teen acting company in Santa Cruz, CA. He has also performed with Santa Cruz High School, Scott’s Valley Performing Arts, The King's Academy, and CMT of Santa Clara. Past shows include: Where's Charlie?, Hello Dolly, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Honk!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Once Upon A Mattress, The Wedding Singer, and Suessical-The Musical. He has been the trumpeter for the Afro-latin funk ensemble, New World Ape, as well as the neo-motown soul band, Jason Bond and The Committee. He has toured around the Bay Area with the two groups playing a diverse spectrum of bars, night clubs, and music venues.
Gary will complete his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies and the Bachelor's in Music Education program this spring. he expects to enter the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program at San Jose State University in the fall of 2014. He is currently leading his own jazz quartet, The Identity Crisis. This modern jazz quartet plays a variety of jazz idioms as well as original music composed by the bandleader himself. Music, photos, and video can be found on his website.
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