Erick Bolivar

Erick B.

North Hollywood, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've studied piano extensively for over 20 years and have successfully taught children and adults how to enjoy making music and develop their artistic side. My students quickly find they possess the inherent skills and critical thinking to learn, observe/self-correct, and succeed as young musicians from any starting point. Since every student has a different learning style, I make sure to include repertoire and curriculum that will make learning this musical language a fun journey.


If requested, lessons can include music notation, rhythms, technique and fundamental theory.

About Erick B.

*** 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.

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.

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.

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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