I'm an Oakland based musician, composer and producer with over 40 years of experience in both live and recording environments. I offer lessons on piano, bass guitar and 6 string guitar. I have studied classical piano from the age of 7 and have played guitar and bass since the age of 15. I can offer a solid foundation of technique and reading but also like to emphasize that, most importantly, playing music should be fun and fulfilling.
The most fun thing about teaching is tailoring an individual lesson plan for each student. Working with students to figure out what they'd like to achieve through music is a priority. Whether it's playing in a band/ensemble, solo or at home to relax I can help the student get there. I am comfortable teaching a variety of styles and levels and understand that not everyone wants to play professionally but if they do, that's great too. Music should be fun with little accomplishments along the way.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First we determine the student's skill level and which musical genre they'd like to pursue. This helps to develop an efficient lesson plan moving forward.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelor of Arts Music, San Francisco State University.
Over 40 years of piano, guitar and bass performance experience.
Formal training in piano performance, music theory, composition and orchestration.
Extensive knowledge of classical, jazz and popular music styles and literature.
Participated in several performance tours across the US.
Extensive production experience as performer and producer.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Typically lessons are $30 for half hour lessons and $50 for 1 hour lessons. Travel costs may be included as a flat fee depending on the distance.