Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Beginning Guitar Class started on Saturday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m.

The cost for this 6-week class is $89.99 for one student, or $159.99 for two students from the same family (parent/child, siblings). The instructor is Carlos Guadarrama.

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.

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.

Richard Frazier has joined the teaching staff at Bronstein Music School. He 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, 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.


The Flute Choir starts on Monday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. This class is designed for high school flute players who have at least two years playing experience, with the ability to play scales up to 3 flats as well as 2 sharps. (Students who are not high school aged may audition for the group.)

The class meets on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 from October 6 through December 1. There are 3 performances scheduled for this group. The cost for this class is $250. The instructor is Gail Edwards. Click here for more information.