Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Carlos Guadarrama, a teacher at Bronstein Music, announced that the next beginning guitar class will meet on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. in the big room. Check with our staff for the starting date of the next 4-week session. This class costs $59.99. There is a special price of $99.99 for 2 members from the same family (siblings, parent/child, grandparent/grandchild). Click here to watch a YouTube video about the class.

Waylon Hicks has joined the staff at Bronstein Music, working in the store and teaching sax and clarinet lessons. Waylon comes to us by way of San Diego where he worked at Bertrans Music, one of the top music stores in Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, and has performed and studied with some top names in the music industry, including Dave Brubeck, Bobby Watson, Christian McBride. Dr. Don DaGrade, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Bruce Paulson, Bob McChesney, Bill Cunliffe, Doc Severinsen, Ed Shaughnessy, Jeff Hamilton, Arturo Sandoval, and Steve Allen. The next time you’re in the store, say hi to Waylon.

Ali Zarrin, Santoor master and new Bronstein Music School faculty member, will present a workshop and solo performance on the Persian traditional instrument of Santoor. The date is Saturday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. in the big room at Bronstein Music. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Seating is limited to 30, so you are advised to get tickets early. Check with our staff for more information.

GG Amos has joined the faculty at Bronstein Music School. She has been performing since age 5, playing guitar since age 10. So over the course of 46 years she's mastered rhythm and lead guitar, having played many American styles of music, from Folk to Country, Rock to Soul, Jazz to Blues (her specialty), as well as Pop and various Latin styles. Since 2001 GG has taught students from age 7 through 65 how to achieve their own goals on guitar. And now, she teaches at Bronstein Music School. Click here for more information.

Yuri Kye recently joined the Bronstein Music School faculty as a violin and viola teacher. Yuri is an active freelance violinist, chamber musician, and teacher. Born in South Korea, Yuri began piano at age 5 and later violin at the age of 11. Soon thereafter she began winning regional and state competitions, including first prize on violin and viola at the Idaho State Solo Competition in 2002 and 2003. Her credits are many and you can click here to read more about them. Yuri performs across the country at venues large and small, from concert halls to cafes, presenting an eclectic mix of repertoire. Yuri resides in Oakland and maintains a busy studio of over thirty students.


Mike Haughey has joined the faculty at Bronstein Music School. Mike teaches beginning through advanced piano students. Specialized areas of teaching include sight reading, technique, keyboard harmony for performers / songwriters, improvisation, learning how to play lead sheets, and popular style arrangements.


Mike is an experienced musician who has played in clubs, restaurants, concerts, festivals, and cruise ships. He is an experienced pianist who also plays organ, electric piano, as well as analog and digital synthesizer. Styles include Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Brazilian music. Mike has attended San Jose State University, College of San Mateo, and City College of San Francisco. Areas of study include performance, arranging/composition, electronic music, and recording arts. Click here for more information.

Who are these happy people? That’s Alexandra Sessler (front, left), a voice teacher at Bronstein Music School, and a group of her talented students, all of whom did extremely well at a recent voice competition. The event was sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The students include Sophia Edwards, Rachel Larsen, Katrina Dennis Mautner, Peter Dennis (winner of the competition’s grand prize), and Eric Levintow. Because of their great performances, several of these folks are eligible to participate in the NATS regional auditions in Las Vegas.

We just read an interesting article entitled Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians. The article, written by Katrina Schwartz of KQED on April 11, 2014, describes a research project that was done at Johns Hopkins University. The researchers studied jazz musicians playing a plastic keyboard while in an MRI machine. They found that the brain switches modes between rote playing and improvising. One of their conclusions is that “creativity isn’t an unknowable, mystical quality. It can be developed.” This has huge implications for music education. We recommend reading the article. Click here for the link.