Guitar Instructors

 

Steve, Guitar, beginning Piano, beginning Voice


Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Stephen moved to California in the fall of 2007.  In 2011, Stephen received his AA degree in Vocal Performance from Santa Monica College where he was awarded the E.B. Brocket Memorial (Music Faculty recommendation) in 2009 and the Applied Music Program scholarship in 2011.  He then went to transfer to UCLA in the fall of 2011 where he studied Jazz vocal performance with Michele Weir, Barbara Morrison and Ruth Price.  In 2013, Stephen graduated from UCLA's Ethnomusicology Department with a BA in Jazz voice. He has taken many courses in music/jazz theory, jazz keyboard/piano & harmonies, music history and has also participated in various performance ensembles.  In 2013, Stephen was the lead vocalist in an acapella jazz vocal ensemble, which received a Downbeat Award from the 36th Annual Student Music Awards. Although voice is his primary instrument, Stephen plays the guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums and offers beginning lessons for these instruments. 

Alex, Guitar

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Alex a senior at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, studying Classical Guitar under Christopher Parkening.  Alex started studying piano at the age of eight. At age 15, he started studying the classical guitar. In February 2014, he was a finalist at the Pacific Guitar Festival in Monrovia, CA in the chamber mixed division. He also placed Honorable Mention at the 2013 Parness Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Culver City Symphony Orchestra playing the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, and he was also a finalist in the 2013 Pacific Guitar Festival in the solo division. He has participated in masterclasses from Christopher Parkening, Andrew York, Detlev Bork, and the Ironwood Duo. In July 2013, he completed a Pepperdine Summer Music Program at Heidelberg, Germany, where he performed at Heidelberg and Hermagor, Austria. 90230 90232 90056 90045 90302 90066 90291 Watch Alex Play

 

Kyle, Guitar

At the age of 10 years old, Kyle had a religious experience after hearing J.S. Bach's "Air on the G String" for the first time.  Even at this young age, he became overwhelmingly aware of the power of music in communicating and altering the human experience.  He shortly thereafter embarked on his career as a musician with the purchase of his first violin.  After taking it to it naturally, he began to expand to other instruments.  He acquired a mandolin, then a guitar, then a ukulele, a piano, then he began singing and dabbling in every instrument he could get his hands on.  He then took his studies to the University of North Texas College of Music, where he graduated with honors, collaborating with stringed orchestras, jazz bands, choirs, popular music groups, and even an Indonesian folk music orchestra!  He spent four years living in Spain, where he released his first solo album, Unsung, and developed even further as a musician, collaborating extensively with the student and faculty body of Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia.  He developed an interest in new sounds from all ends of the world in a constant quest to integrate new styles into his repertoire.  He has now returned to the United States, ready to start making noise and share his love of music with the world.