I have been teaching elementary / middle school band for the past 13 years. In my experience, I have found that taking a play-based approach to music education, helps young beginners remain engaged and excited throughout their lessons and home practice. In lessons, I custom, teaching materials which have been proven to accelerate the process of learning to read music, and am familiar with popular band methods used by school band directors. I look forward to working in partnership with both you and your child!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in young beginning music students and emergent readers. I like to create play-based lesson plans that align with student goals, and provide customized materials that are tailored to each student's individual progress. I have taught elementary school music and beginning band for the past 13 years, and have provided reading intervention in a 1:1 setting for 8 years.
Blake N. October 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson was awesome!!!
Colin D. September 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Off to a great start!!
Tara & Emma D. September 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
From Seattle to the Baltimore/Washington DC area, and now San Diego, Ariana has been teaching woodwinds to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Ariana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego and both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from the Peabody Institute of the John’s Hopkins University. She began her musical career on alto saxophone in her elementary school beginning band, and quickly added flute and clarinet to her practice. As a performer she is experienced in classical, jazz, and theater, appearing at numerous venues and
festivals around the US and in Europe. Along with performing, Ariana is truly passionate about teaching and sharing music. The encouraging, nurturing technique of her former teachers strongly influences her approach to pedagogy.
Alexandria P. June 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
"“You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." - John W. Coltrane
Adrián Terrazas-González: Born on October 17, 1975, and raised in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, Adrian Terrazas-González grew up surrounded by the traditional music of Central America from Danzón, Boleros and Rumba, to Son and Mambo. Terrazas-González began developing his musical ability starting at the age of eleven. He was inclined to play the flute and the tenor saxophone with an understanding of classical music and a distinct attraction to jazz, and five years later chose to take on the clarinet. His grandmother, a "Danzón Nut" according to Terrazas-González, urged her grandson in that dir
ection, but the young player was adamant towards a newfound paragon for himself: Hubert Laws.
2001 was a year that would have a profound impact on Terrazas-González’s music. While pursuing Sociology and Music Studies at The University of Texas, El Paso, he learned more about the transmission of these ideas and theories through music. In an effort to track the development of marked philosophical and spiritual traditions observed by ancient cultures, Terrazas-González arranged to meet, learn, and creatively collaborate with musicians involved with traditions originating from West Africa. One of his primary interests was the Yoruba tradition (predominantly out of Western Nigeria), the ancient African religion underlying Santeria (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Candombl (Baha, Brazil), Vodun (Haiti), and Cu Taan (México).
In May 2002 Terrazas-González was diagnosed with Cancer that spread to his stomach and abdomen, treatments included surgery and extensive radiation treatment to the stomach and abdomen. In 2004, he was declared cancer free and in the same year he joined the band The Mars Volta as a full-flesh member.
THE MARS VOLTA In 2004 Terrazas-González joined The Mars Volta recording the studio album, “Frances the Mute”, and continues to work with the band (as a full-fledged member) on subsequent albums (“Live Scabdates” 2005, “Amputechture” 2006, “The Bedlam in Goliath” 2008) and all of The Mars Volta side projects (movie scores, DVD‘s, etc.). The Mars Volta is comprised of guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, bassist John Alderete, guitarist Paul Hinojos-González, drummer Thomas Pridgen, percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, and keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. Through his work with The Mars Volta, Terrazas-González went on to earn his first Grammy Award in 2008 for the “Best Rock Performance” category with the song "Wax Simulacra". Working with The Mars Volta has enabled Terrazas-González to gain further exposure as a multi-instrumentalist, particularly in Europe.
Television performances of The Mars Volta include (but not limited to): The Henry Rollins Show, The Tonight Show with David Letterman, and The BBC.
THE STUDIO/TOURING MUSICIAN Terrazas-González’s solid performance and versatility have allowed him many opportunities to collaborate with a vast array of professionals worldwide. Terrazas-González has shared the stage and/or recorded with the likes of Larry Harlow, Antonio Sánchez, Bob Sheppard, Edwin Livingston, Erik A. Unsworth, Dr. Willy Hill, Dr. Donald G. Wilkinson, Damo Suzuki, Lenny Castro, Money Mark Nishita, Los Lobos, EMI Gospel Artist Smokie Norful, Lisa Papineau (Big Sir), Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet/Group (Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo 2007, music scoring for the Guillermo Arriaga Jordan and Jorge Hernández Aldana film on El Búfalo de la Noche on La Neta Films/Naco Films performed by The Mars Volta), Hans Glawishing, John Beasley, Brian Lynch, Shaila Dúrcal, John Frusciante, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Ken Schalk, Juliette Lewis, Nuriya Michan, Deantoni Parks, Candiria, The Memorials, Trevor Hall, Oscar Stagnaro, Billy Ray Cyrus, David "FuZe" Fiuczynski and Freedom Bremner of Screaming Headless Torsos, Pete Escobedo, Oskar Cartaya, Hadrien Feraud, and Luis Conte, Jack Costanzo among others.
Terrazas-González’s professional involvement with the music industry has continued to develop under his own publishing and record label, EL REGIMEN Music BMI, leading T.R.A.M. and as a led member of one of the strongest lineups in improvisational music TRANSIENT. This dignified and prolific musician collaborates with an eclectic number of international musicians, tours internationally on an intense and annual schedule, all the while teaching workshops to numerous school districts and universities around the globe. Terrazas-Gonzalez has also had the great honor of being featured on 2014's Channel 22 México and Channel 22 International.
T.R.A.M. It's extremely rare to come across a band that flips the script of conventionality, throwing caution to the wind. The debut effort from T.R.A.M. (Terrazas Reyes Abasi Moore) does just that, while blazing a trail of creativity quick to turn heads throughout the world. This unit will easily be referred to by many as a “Super Group”. However, the members of this dynamic unit aren't in this for any reason other than to use it as a platform to further express their art without limitations or any preconceived notions.
T.R.A.M. is comprised of such renowned and musically proficient artists as Adrián Terrazas-González (The Mars Volta) on saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, and Eric Moore II (Suicidal Tendencies) on drums. This is a group of likeminded individuals that are naturally gifted with the collaboration of their unique talents resulting in something truly amazing. Their much anticipated debut album, “Lingua Franca”, was released February 2012 through Sumerian Records.
“Tosin Abasi and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend, Raanen Bozzio (Terry Bozzio's son), summer of 2010. This meeting also served as my first introduction to Animals As Leaders and Javier Reyes. Since then, Abasi, Reyes, and I have developed a great relationship. We got together almost every day to try out ideas, and after a month we had already formulated a majority of the record. At this point we contacted Eric Moore, an incredible drummer and the most joyful person to be around, and soon everything we had envisioned rhythmically came together on our first meeting/recording session (at the Farias Productions Studios) on what is now T.R.A.M… I never know how people will respond to our music, I just never know! My goal is to try to instill a strong feeling or energy in people and I feel that collectively we achieved this goal tenfold with this new project. We all have a great enthusiasm and desire to perform this material live and see this band further develop. We look forward to hearing what you all think of it.”
Adrián Terrazas-González TRANSIENT A concept ensemble with its roots in west coast music, TRANSIENT performs original music inspired by the tradition of Chamber Music and Contemporary Jazz on today's world. This genuine ensemble led by flautist Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (The Mars Volta, and T.R.A.M.), followed by cellist Artyom Manukyan (Peter Erskine and The Joe Zawinul's Syndicate), and on the drums the powerful young lion Tim "Figg" Newton, brings a collection of original compositions written as a story line of work of solid experimental material and improvisation. Translating the live performance into the world of sound.
TRANSIENT exists as a unique new voice comprised of some of creative music's fearless players on the globe.
Zephyr A. November 10, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
Adrián and I have now played together many times, and each time I have learned something new about myself. Interacting musically with Adrian has allowed me to expand my compositional horizon, and my understanding of the geography of my own instrument.
Adrián's experience and creativity is unparalleled by nearly anyone you will find in his field, especially when one considers his versatility as a woodwind doubler (sax, flute, clarinet, etc.) in genres including classical, jazz, experimental rock, and traditional mexican folk music.
If you are so lucky to have the opportunity, I would strongly recommend you study with Adrián.
-Zephyr Avalon, Bassist
Chelsea S. November 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Adrian has been giving my son saxophone lessons and we couldn't be happier. My son is new to the instrument and is progressing very well. Adrian is professional, on time and my son is enjoying his lessons. I highly recommend him.
Daniel D. October 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm a beginning-intermediate piano student and been looking to improve my playing abilities and comprehension. Adrián was able to quickly evaluate my needs and devise a lesson plan to keep me focused. He is very fun, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Adrián as your instructor.
I specialize in Jazz Saxophone, but also am very fluent and familiar with the classical world as well. One huge plus that my saxophone students have is that I can accompany them on piano. This makes lessons in jazz improvisation much more effective. I focus on fundamental skills such as sight reading, technique, jazz and classical theory, improvisation and composition. I also make recordings for my students on request. I have worked with multiple wind ensembles and jazz bands in the past, and can help polish up ensemble music.
Joey specializes in music lessons for piano, saxophone, composition, and production. He teaches all levels and ages. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies and saxophone performance from UC Irvine, and has a Master of Music degree in Composition from San Diego State University. He has been teaching music lessons for 10 years for all ages, and has been playing the saxophone and piano for 17 and 18 years respectively. Joey also produces and composes electro-acoustic music. All students will have opportunities to get professional recordings of their music. Joey records, mixes, a
nd produces music on request. Joey has a very adaptable approach when he teaches. He understands that all students have very different learning styles and are interested in various musical avenues. His broad range of musical training allows his students to learn many styles and genres of music while honing their craft as an instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist, or all of the above.
Nina October 8, 2015
Joey has been teaching piano to our now 8 and 11 yo boys for more than a year. Although my kids aren't musical per say and don't tend to practice during the week, thanks to Joey their piano skills are impressive! Without ignoring the theory, Joey was able to adapt his teaching style to their personalities and has taught them to play their favorite songs. My younger son was so excited to to learn Fall out Boy's "Centuries" he would run to the piano to practice! Both boys are clearly proud of their accomplishments and love to show them off to their friends. Thank you Joey!
Daniel T. October 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
It is too early to make a conclusion about Joey's teaching style after just one lesson. But I love the way he communicated with my son, the way he explained thing and encouraged my son. He is very passionate about the instrument and the music. I hope we will be able to work out the schedule for our future lessons.
Sue July 2, 2015
We have been incredibly pleased with Joey. He teaches (and motivates) both of my young children who have completely different learning styles. Joey understands and adapts to them at each lesson. He sets consistent goals and expectations for progress each week but never loses sight of the concept that learning should be joyful. My kids have never protested that they have to take piano lessons and I attribute this to the fact that they really like working with Joey.
The lessons will be specifically tailored to the individual student’s strengths, skills, ambitions, and interests. For beginners, the focus of most of the lessons will be on music fundamentals, embouchure, tone production, posture, technique, reading, and other essential elements. For intermediate and more advanced students, I will continue to build on the student’s prior experience and knowledge of the instrument and repertoire and introduce them to more advance concepts. My primary focus for the last 15 years has been on jazz saxophone, but I also have training and experience playing classical music and a ton of experience playing saxophone in a variety of different rock bands.
Hello everyone! My name is Gabriel and I have over 25 years experience playing music, and my goal here is to pass on the knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years so that you too can have an exciting and enriching experience playing music. I have a Masters Degree from San Diego State University in Jazz Performance and I specialize in the baritone and tenor saxophones. Additionally, I also play alto sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and guitar. I teach students of all levels; beginning to advanced. With my students, the lessons will be specifically tailored to the individual student’s stre
ngths, ambitions, and interests. I specialize in jazz performance and improvisation, but I am well versed in a multitude of styles including classical, rock, funk, progressive, latin jazz, salsa, and others. In addition to teaching music performance, I can provide instruction in music theory, composition, and arranging.
Larry October 21, 2015
Gabriel is a fantastic teacher and a brilliant musician! Everyone loves this guy! I stronlgy recommend him as an instructor for saxophone!!!
Jordan M. October 20, 2015
Gabriel is a very talented woodwind performer. I've seen him play many times in big bands and funk bands and he sounds great. He has a deep knowledge of saxophones, flute, and clarinet. He is a very passionate musician.
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ena's passion for music, her instruments, and passing along her knowledge to others was evident from my first lesson with her more than two years ago. She pushes me when I need to be pushed, but knows how to respect my needs. I have had several music teachers over the years, but can honestly say that Lena has taught me the most about my instrument, genre of music I am aspiring to learn, and, most importantly, myself as a musician. I am very grateful to have found her."
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"Top notch teacher.
Norman is an excellent teacher. I have been with him for just over a month now and I have came leaps and bounds. It's my first instrum
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Tampa, FL teacher:
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Sean is a passionate, energetic and empathic instructor with an amazing mix of both theoretical knowledge and real-life
Sean adapted the lessons to my skills level and challenged me to try out new techniques and expanded my musical horizons.
I can see how my saxophone playing skills have developed throughout our lessons and can't wait to get back home to show my friends and family all the new stuff I learned."
Chicago, IL teacher:
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lso exacting. My son was motivated to meet the high expectations, and was given the feeling that he was working on something important. Artem also traveled to our home, which made a big difference for me. I would highly recommend Artem."
Portland, OR teacher:
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Los Angeles, CA teacher:
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th the saxophone he suggested. Overall Martin is friendly and easy to work with. He comes to my house which is very good for me and he is punctual. He listens to what direction I want to go and never pushes to do what I am not interested in. The lessons are at my pace and I never feel any pressure. I am learning quickly and am enjoying the lessons."
New York, NY teacher:
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"Bought two weeks of daily lessons, they were so awesome I m buying more!!
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