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Music can inspire creativity and growth; it can evoke tranquillity and joy. This was the case for Cindy W. who began playing the piano at the age of ten and within a couple of years studied composers such as Debussy, Liszt, Bach, and Chopin. While only in junior high, she started teaching piano, rapidly gaining teaching and business experience. She held annual recitals giving the students an opportunity to perform for their parents and peers in a public setting.
Cindy studied music for over twenty years with Rachel Perez-Hayes, a graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and was considered gifted and talented with perfect pitch recognition. Her background in music coupled with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology has enabled her to create unique lesson plans for each student focusing on individual strength and ability. Cindy has performed in concerts, weddings, parties, churches, and school functions. Her entire life has been enriched with music and it is her passion to promote the arts to young minds as well as adults.
Drum, Piano, Violin, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola
I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, Ukulele, Banjo, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype and Google Helpouts with Take Lessons as well.
I received my Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University in 2008. During the course of my degree I had a special focus on classical guitar and composition, but completed a program certifying teachers for band, orchestra, choir, and general music from kindergarten to high school. I also received my Level 1 Orff certification (music education for small children) from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.
Acting, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
My name is Brian C. and I've been featured in the Berkeley Folklore Archive for songwriting! I am a creative person who is adept on any number of musical instruments. While I don't play them all, I would certainly like too. I have a music degree and i would love to teach your student anything from how to read staves, notes or tabs to free improvisation and songwriting. While I read and write music proficiently, I believe all practice, made up or from a book develops your ear and improves your skill. What can I teach you to make you enjoy music more thoroughly?
I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.
I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).
Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
Gary is a trumpet player and educator originally from Reno, NV. He graduated with a BM in Jazz Studies under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington at San Jose State University in 2012. 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 Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and the Bachelor's in Music Education program this Spring.
Most recently, Gary has begun a teaching position with San Jose Jazz in their project Progressions, a for-free 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 dropping out of school. Gary is the Band Director at St. Leo the Great Catholic School in San Jose, CA. Here he is in charge of recruitment and education in a 4th-7th grade instrumental music teaching trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, and saxophone. He recently served as Teaching Associate at SJSU for the 2013 Fall semester teaching beginning Jazz Improvisation. Since 2012, Gary has worked with San Jose Jazz 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 with 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 with a variety of music ensembles. He has spent time playing musicals with 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. 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 and Brass Quintet. 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, touring around the Bay Area playing a diverse spectrum of bars, night clubs, and music venues.
"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."