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Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, ESL, Guitar, Hand Drums, Japanese, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, 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.
Philosophy of Learning
Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.
I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.
Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.
I also hold events for all my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Recital" every few months.
Adult students have a weekly "Jam Session Night" that they're welcome to come to whenever they'd like.
Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype as well as do a drop-in lesson through Google Helpouts.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)
*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
My studio is equipped with:
*Multiple Music Stands
*Vocal and instrument microphones
*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo
*Two guitar amps and a bass amp
*Various percussion including a fully equipped drum set
*An electric piano console
*A Trombone, Cornet, and Flute
*An extensive physical and virtual music library
*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to
*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Euphonium, Film Scoring, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Jazz Voice, Logic Pro Software, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
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 7th St. Big Band
-New World Ape
-Jason Bond and the Committee
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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.
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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.
JBL 4300 Series Speakers
Focusrite Sapphire PRO 40
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.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Trumpet
Peter S., a bay area native, is a professional musician, teacher, and performer. He's an active guitarist, pianist, and vocalist. He is currently the guitar player for the acclaimed local country artist Amy Gass, as well as the music director for his church in Morgan Hill, CA. He has written compositions for local churches, as well as arranged, recorded music. Peter currently resides in the bay area, with his wife and 3 children.
*** Lesson Details ***
Each student is a unique person, thus I like to cater each lesson to that person's interest as well as provide them with a strong musical foundation/education.
Various musical styles and techniques are taught, to enable the student to be a well-rounded player. Musical styles include Rock, Blues, Classical, Pop, Bluegrass, religious, etc. A variety of excellence!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are given on a upright Piano. Guitar lessons-each student must provide their own guitar, a guitar amp and bass amp is provided. Music recording of lessons is an option.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a piano to practice on and in which to give the lessons with. Guitar students must have a guitar or bass to receive lessons, I can provide a amplifier for the lesson. Music recording to aid the student is also a option.
*** Specialties ***
Experienced song-writer and guitarist for the acclaimed country artist Amy Gass. I can enable one to write and arrange their own music.
"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."