Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The next Beginning Guitar Class will start soon.

The 4-week session costs $59.99. There is a special price of $99.99 for 2 members from the same family (siblings, parent/child, grandparent/grandchild). The instructor is Carlos Guadarrama. Click here for more information. Click here to watch a short 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 Bertrand’s 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.

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.

We 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.

Osvaldo de Leon has joined the teaching staff at Bronstein Music School as a piano and voice teacher. He began to study piano from an early age and has performed in Mexico and US as an accompanist, chamber musician,  soloist and with orchestra. His interests include opera, having performed with several renowned opera singers, as well as producing and directing opera. Recently, he completed his master’s degree in piano performance and chamber music at San Francisco State University. As a singer Osvaldo has a wide range of experiences in professional choruses in Mexico including the solo part of Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Also, from 2000 to 2003 was the conductor of the Coro de Monterrey having as part of his responsibilities individual coaching with the members of the chorus.

Osvaldo has been teaching for 12 years and works wonderfully well with students age 5 and up. His teaching style relies on discipline, patience and a good dose of humor. He strongly believes that bringing a sense of fun to the lessons enhances the learning experience and although his emphasis is in classical music, he enjoys and promotes the performance of all sorts of genres. Osvaldo is fluent both in Spanish and English.



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Denis Harper has joined the teaching staff at Bronstein Music School as an oboe and English horn teacher. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University. He also attended the Master of Music program at Boston University. He is a working musician, serving as the principal oboe with the Modesto Symphony since 1991, and as co-principal oboe and second/assistant principal oboe/English horn of the Oakland East Bay Symphony since 1996. He has also performed with many other orchestras.

Denis also has a strong background in teaching. He has been an oboe instructor at California State University, Stanislaus since 2000, and previously taught oboe at U.C. Santa Cruz and music at San Diego State University.

Denis has also appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall, and with the Modesto Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Haifa Symphony (Israel).

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Bronstein Music voice teacher, Alexandra Sessler, has an amazing story to tell. In May she had surgery to remove a golf-ball sized tumor from her neck, the result of papillary thyroid carcinoma. The surgery went well and Alex recovered quickly. So quickly, in fact, that she was able to sing the lead role in West Edge Opera’s production of Puccini’s classic, “La bohème.” The S.F. Examiner wrote a feature article about her. Click here to read the article. Congratulations to Alex on all fronts.