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Nicholas Weinbach

Nicholas W.

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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and was introduced to jazz music by my father from a very young age. While a student at U.C. Berkeley, I played saxophone in the university wind and jazz ensembles, and, during my third year of college, I studied in Lyon, France, where I would sing in jazz clubs and play sax on the Rhone river. I've composed music for many different genres from jazz to rock to pop to classical and more. I even wrote and produced my own musical that had a month-long run in San Francisco in 2013. I'm also the lead singer/song-writer and guitarist of an indie pop band based in Brooklyn, NY. We're called Little Person and have recorded and released two EPs that have received considerable press and glowing reviews. I also release live music videos every Friday with my twin brother, Max. We usually cover oldies tunes or jazz standards. Check em out online!

Throughout all these endeavors, I've continued to play saxophone, guitar, and piano, sing, write, record, and teach music. I offer lessons that are molded to the student's interests and skill level. Depending on the kind of music the student enjoys will determine how I lead the lesson. I also enjoy introducing my students to different genres of music and artists that they may have not heard in the past. Overall, I'm pretty down-to-earth. Depending on your experience, with my lessons, you'll learn to read music, train your ear, sight read, and properly play the instrument and we'll eventually delve into a deeper understanding of music theory. I try not to be too earnest and strict because I think it's important for the student to have fun. I take a youthful approach to teaching: I attempt to find common ground with the student and relate to them on some level that might not even have to do with music (although relating on a musical level is obviously preferred). Under my guidance, students often actively pursue their desire to further their musical studies. And, more importantly, they have fun doing so. Playing and writing music is fun, and it should be taught and learned that way.

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  • Speaks french, english
  • Bachelors Degree in Comparative Literature with Minors in Music and in Theater from University of California, Berkeley
  • Awarded UOEAP Scholarship from Universitywide Office of Education Abroad Program

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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner

Many years of playing and teaching acoustic guitar. I offer lessons that are molded to the student's interests and skill level. Depending on the kind of music the student enjoys will determine how I lead the lesson. I also enjoy introducing my students to different genres of music and artists that they may have not heard in the past. Overall, I'm pretty down-to-earth. Depending on your experience, with my lessons, you'll learn to read music, train your ear, and properly play the instrument and we'll eventually delve into a deeper understanding of music theory. I try not to be too earnest and strict because I think it's important for the student to have fun. I take a youthful approach to teaching: I attempt to find common ground with the student and relate to them on some level that might not even have to do with music (although relating on a musical level is obviously preferred). Under my guidance, students often actively pursue their desire to further their musical studies. And, more importantly, they have fun doing so. Playing music is fun, and it should be taught and learned that way.

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Experience

Tutor
Aug 2016 - Present

Varsity Tutors

Tutored kids and adults in music theory, French, English, and essay writing.

Music and Comedy Variety Act
Dec 2013 - Present

Max & Nicky

I perform regularly as one half of a neo-retro comedy and music variety act called Max & Nicky. We have opened for popular acts, including Reggie Watts, DJ Douggpound, and Brent Weinbach. We also host a monthly show in the East Village called 'Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky'. Past guests include Sarah Silverman, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Roy Wood, Jr., Ronny Chieng, Aparna Nancherla, and many more. We've also performed at the renowned comedy festival San Francisco Sketchfest.

Musician
Oct 2013 - Present

Little Person

I'm the lead singer/songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist for a 60s/80s - influenced indie pop band called Little Person (kind of like the Beach Boys meets The Smiths) (https://soundcloud.com/little-person). Have opened up for popular bands like Said the Whale, Foxtails Brigade, and some members of the Counting Crows. Have released two EPs ('Little Person EP' in 2014 and 'I Feel Fine' in 2017) and a single, "I'm Happy to Be with You", in 2018.

Composer, Singer, Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Lyricist
Aug 2010 - Feb 2013

Made in China: An Original Musical by Nicholas Weinbach

Wrote, directed, produced, starred in, and wrote and orchestrated the music for an original musical called 'Made in China'. Month-long run at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco. Write-ups in SF Chronicle and SF Weekly and more.

Substitute Teacher
Mar 2011 - Jun 2012

Emery Unified School District

Improved communication and teaching capabilities by educating classrooms full of students in subjects ranging from Music to English to mathematics in all grade levels, Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

DJ, Production and Engineer Assistant, Music Library Assistant
Aug 2006 - Jun 2010

KALX 90.7 FM

• Developed useful public speaking skills by broadcasting voice over radio airwaves. - Expanded my knowledge of music in a wide variety of genres. - Started learning live music production.


Education

Bachelors Degree in Comparative Literature with Minors in Music and in Theater
Aug 2006 - May 2010

University of California, Berkeley


Languages

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

french

Limited Proficiency


Awards

Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship
Aug 2008

University of California, Berkeley

Koshland Memorial Scholarship
Aug 2008

University of California, Berkeley

UOEAP Scholarship
Aug 2008

Universitywide Office of Education Abroad Program

Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant
Aug 2006

FAFSA


Affiliations

BMI
Sep 2014
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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