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Acting, Film Acting, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Improv Acting, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Shakespearean Acting, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting
Music is the means to create a portal into our souls, so that we may see each other for who and what we are, not merely as what we do. I want to help foster those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young how to tap into their own soul portals through music so that they may find others' as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument playing, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a current Vocal Music Performance graduate student at the University of Redlands, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and professionals. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never really taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of Music and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Songwriting
Music is my life. I love music and all of its aspects and I love to teach it. The number one thing about me is that I'm patient. I have taught many students of many different age groups and with much success. My main instrument is voice and I can teach all types of singing: musical theater, pop, jazz, classical, and opera. In addition I can teach up to intermediate level piano and guitar. I can teach all the major and minor scales, chords, and progressions in addition to different types of music. I can also teach beginning drums and intermediate marching percussion.
I am also now available for online lessons for Singing and Guitar!
Bass Guitar, Guitar
So you’ve mastered Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band and you’re thinking, “how hard can the real thing be?!?”
The answer is: as easy or challenging as you want it to be… That’s the beauty of the guitar and bass. Learning a few simple chords or patterns can quickly lead to extremely satisfying results, yet ask even the most accomplished players, and they’ll tell you they’re still learning…
My name is Brian. I've been a professional musician and educator for over 20 years teaching both guitar and bass. I've been fortunate enough to play with (and learned from) some of the finest musicians around, and I look forward to sharing that knowledge with you. My goal as a teacher is to help you get to where you want to be in the shortest amount of time possible.
Let me help you on your journey and let's uncover your inner musical genius!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
As a 15 year old teen I was headed no where. I had no interests, and was failing my freshman year of high school.This is when I started playing the guitar and fell in love with music. As I studied under my dad who was a professional musician my mind started to open up. My attention span grew. My problem solving skills and comprehension improved to such a degree that my grades went up to the honor level in my sophomore year. I graduated with a 4.0 so I preach and stress the importance of learning a musical instrument.
I got into teaching only 4 years after I first picked up the guitar and immediately found that it was what I wanted to do for a living. Oh sure! Playing in bands is fun and I do play in 3 different bands at the moment, but I enjoy seeing my students grow in and with music most of all. I teach acoustic and electric guitar as well as the bass guitar and have 20 years experience as a professional musician. I have been teaching exclusively in the High Desert area for the last 16 years. I started at a music store in Apple Valley called Hi Note Music then taught at Tom's for the last 14 years. In order to better serve the area I now I have three locations in which I teach at. Rollover Beethoven's Music store in Hesperia, My church in Victorville, and my studio in Apple Valley.
Acting, Algebra, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Elementary Math, French, Guitar, Math, Piano, Pre Algebra, Singing, Spanish, Arithmetic, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, English, Flamenco Guitar, History, Improv Acting, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Reading, Shakespearean Acting, Songwriting, Theater Acting, Ukulele, Banjo
"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."
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"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."