Erick Bolivar

Erick B.

North Hollywood, CA

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Erick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
June 2003

*** Lesson Details ***
I have 15 years of music teaching experience and I have learned how to explain what seems "complicated" in the most effective and simple manner. My philosophy is that music must make us happy. We have to enjoy the process of learning, practicing, and performing music. It it's not fun it's not going to work for the student or the audience. I keep an inner child alive whenever I play and teach because it is my way to channel the purest feelings through my fingers and my instrument.
I learned classical music with teachers in music conservatories parallel to my own "by ear method" playing dozens of pop songs from the radio. That means that I am very flexible when it comes to teaching methods. I am happy teaching popular songs along with what's called "the traditional piano books." I'm not a purist. I love Beethoven's music as much as Maroon 5's music. It's all beautiful to me. I can teach piano, guitar, music theory, music recording and production, and composition.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright 48" acoustic piano PETROF.
Yamaha P-60 88 weighted keys digital piano
Takamene steal string acoustic guitar
Takamene nylon string classical guitar
Gibson Les Paul electric guitar
G&L electric guitar
iMac Pro


*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and pop music. I use various methods such as Bastien, Thompson, Czerny, Hanon, as well as ear training, and playing by ear approach, and always tailor my lessons to my students.

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Experience

Composer
Apr 2011 - Present
B. Way Publishing

I've composed several large catalogs of music for many different TV shows, as well as licensed numerous songs to different films.

Music Teacher
Feb 2010 - Present
Private Music School

I've taught piano and guitar to students ages 5-16 located in Eagle Rock. It's been a pleasure watching my students grow and evolve, many of which have stayed with me for the five consecutive years that I've been there. It's exciting to watch my students discover their musical voices and abilities.

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Composer/Orchestrator
Jul 2008 - Present
Renacer Entertainment, INC

I've had the pleasure to work as a composer and orchestrator for the multifaceted production company, Renacer Entertainment, based here in Los Angeles.

General Music Work Summary
Jan 2002 - Present
Erick B. Co.

I've had the fortune to have worked in various musical areas such as live performances, recordings, production and composition. I have composed music for TV shows, short films, and documentaries. I love classical music as much as I love pop, rock, jazz, and electronics.
I have an associate in arts from Miami Dade College, a bachelors in music from Florida International University, studies in film scoring and music production from Berklee College of Music online, and many hours of private instruction from orchestrators, composers, pianists, and music producers. I have also performed pop, rock, and Latin music in parties, restaurants, festivals in front of 10,000 people as well as for the bartender and the door man and 3 strangers. I love music and every experience is unique. When I'm not working in music I'm watching comedy and eating pizza.

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Music Teacher
Jan 2010 - Sep 2012
A Place Called Home

I had the pleasure of working as Music Teacher for the non-profit organization, A Place Called Home, in South Central Los Angeles. I taught private and group lessons in piano, guitar, music theory, and also conducted/led several music ensembles. It was a very gratifying experience to provide musical education to underprivileged youth in the area and seeing how powerful music is in the many ways that it has changed their lives.

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Education

Bachelor's of Arts in Music
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Florida International University
Associates in Arts
Aug 2002 - Apr 2005
Miami Dade College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Nominated for Best Music
May 2013
Madrid International Music Festival

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.
Mar 2002

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Teaching at A Place Called Home

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With my students

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A Place Called Home, group keyboard class

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8 year old rock and roller

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Music Theory time. 8 year old student.

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With my students

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Group guitar and music theory class at A Place Called Home

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Playing piano, guitar, and singing
Live Performance
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