Tuba teachers

Richard Frazier

Available for lessons on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Richard Frazier, upright bass teacher

Richard Frazier is acknowledged as a master teacher of all of the instruments of the orchestral string family and enjoys making music and teaching the violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, and tuba. Richard Frazier was on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Oregon. Before accepting a position as a special resource for the Visual and Performing Arts with the San Francisco Unified School District, he created an award-winning music program at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco. His string pedagogy textbook “Starting Without the Books” has received a general round of applause from string teachers everywhere.

He has appeared throughout the country as a conductor/composer, adjudicator, clinician, coach, and performer. His former students number in the thousands and enjoy vital, music-filled lives performing in community orchestras and bands, chamber music groups, military ensembles, and professional orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In 1978, Mr. Frazier founded a brass quintet, Chicago Chamber Brass, with which he performed throughout the country and abroad for fifteen years, and produced recordings that are still prized by brass players worldwide.


Dick Leland

Available for lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

Dick Leland, tuba teacher

Dick has taught Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, French horn, Baritone horn, etc. for 45 years. He has been a professional musician since 1959 and could write a book on all the vocal artists, orchestras, show bands, jazz bands and small groups he has played with, such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nelson Riddle's Orchestra and the Oakland Symphony. He also played and recorded with many Bay Area Rock, and Pop groups. His teaching methods are a physical approach to strong tone, endurance attacks in high and low range and basics and advanced studies.