Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Ukulele

Banjo Teachers
Bass (electric) Teachers
Guitar (acoustic) Teachers
Guitar (electric) Teachers
Mandolin Teachers
Ukulele Teachers

Banjo Teachers


SANDY BRASSARD (2006), banjo, guitar, (acoustic, electric), bass, ukulele, and mandolin. Sandy was the first female guitarist to win a full scholarship in Classical Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1983. She has since traveled extensively in Europe and South and Central America studying local folk music styles. Sandy is in a trio that performs originals. She performs on four CDs currently available, the most recent a solo guitar album of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music. Her experiences include teaching in the senior program through the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and leading the Spanish choir at Mission Dolores Church. Sandy’s love for teaching spans all age groups and includes music performance, composition, theory, history and just plain having fun. Sandy is proficient in Spanish.
Mission District Branch

ERIK PEARSON (2002), guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo and ukulele. Erik graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Music Composition. He has played and recorded in bands since 1990, written chamber music for local choreographers, and performs with internationally known storyteller Diane Ferlatte. The styles he teaches range from old time folk music, singer-songwriters to free-improv jazz-rock. Most recent projects include: Sonya Hunter, Mushroom, Crooked Jades, Nearly Beloved, and Billy Talbot.
Mission District Branch

 

Bass (electric) Teachers

SANDY BRASSARD (2006), banjo, guitar, (acoustic, electric), bass, ukulele, and mandolin. Sandy was the first female guitarist to win a full scholarship in Classical Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1983. She has since traveled extensively in Europe and South and Central America studying local folk music styles. Sandy is in a trio that performs originals. She performs on four CDs currently available, the most recent a solo guitar album of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music. Her experiences include teaching in the senior program through the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and leading the Spanish choir at Mission Dolores Church. Sandy’s love for teaching spans all age groups and includes music performance, composition, theory, history and just plain having fun. Sandy is proficient in Spanish.
Mission District Branch

MARK KENNEDY (1987), Bass, Guitar. B.A., Castleton College; Ringling School of Art, Berklee School of Music. Private lessons with Dave Cobb, Principal Bassist with Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Music Director, composer for The Pickle Family Circus, Make* a* Circus and Miracle Theatre. Composer on Academy Award winning film Clowning Around . Mark has played on numerous recordings including Susan Chen’s Harris Nights, and For a While . In 2009 Mark released a c.d.of original tunes entitled Audrey Does Kennedy . www.kennedymusicstudio.com
Mission District Branch

 

Scott O'DaySCOTT O’DAY (2014), bass, guitar. Scott received a Bachelor’s of Music in guitar performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Music in guitar performance from San Francisco State University. He attended La Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires. Scott has travelled the world to learn flamenco, tango and other folk music. He grew up in North Carolina playing blues and folk. Scott directs and performs regularly with his various tango ensemble projects. He has toured the United States with tango dance bands and is active throughout the country as a musician in the tango dance community. Scott is proficient in French and Spanish. More information can be found at www.scottoday.com.Richmond District Branch

ERIK PEARSON (2002), guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo and ukulele. Erik studied Music Composition and Cultural Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He has played and recorded in many bands, written chamber music for local choreographers, and performs with internationally known storyteller Diane Ferlatte. The styles he teaches range from old time folk music and singer-songwriters to free-improv jazz-rock. Most recent projects include: The Evie Ladin Band, Crooked Jades, Nearly Beloved, Sonya Hunter, Mushroom, and Billy Talbot.
Mission District Branch



RICHARD SAUNDERS (1999), bass (acoustic, electric). Played with Country Joe and the Fish, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Pickle Family Circus, and SF Mime Troupe. Recorded with Country Joe and the Fish, The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band and Jessica Williams.
Mission District Branch

Guitar (acoustic) Teachers

SANDY BRASSARD  (2006). banjo, guitar, (acoustic, electric), bass, ukulele, and mandolin. Sandy was the first female guitarist to win a full scholarship in Classical Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1983. She has since traveled extensively in Europe and South and Central America studying local folk music styles. Sandy is in a trio that performs originals. She performs on four CDs currently available, the most recent a solo guitar album of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music. Her experiences include teaching in the senior program through the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and leading the Spanish choir at Mission Dolores Church. Sandy’s love for teaching spans all age groups and includes music performance, composition, theory, history and just plain having fun. Sandy is proficient in Spanish.
Mission District Branch


LARRY DUNN
(2004), guitar (acoustic, electric), songwriting. Larry studied with Dale Brunner (Johnny Smith) and Jackie King (Willie Nelson). He signed with/recorded for Warner Bros., Rounder, and Rhino record companies. Larry has written, recorded, and produced 6 indie CDs. As a published songwriter he has had music placed in film and television, MUZAK, Pandora, and been recorded by other artists and included on compilation CDs. Larry has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn, Four Tops, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power, Dr. John, Stylistics, Robben Ford and John Lee Hooker, among many others. He has worked with Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Steve Cropper, John Oates and Eddie Money. He teaches flat pick and finger picking in many styles including; blues, rock, jazz, r&b, folk, bluegrass, and country. Teaching privately for over 20 years he has worked with beginning to advanced students of all ages. Lessons are tailored to each student’s needs and can include notated studies of: scales, licks, arpeggios, chord inversions, theory, solo transcriptions, and songs. Also, he teaches/coaches songwriting. Has recently written and taught two comprehensive songwriting courses, ‘Songwriting Fundamentals’ and ‘Lyric Writing: the Language of Lyric’. www.larrydunnmusic.net Mission District Branch

SCOTT FEICHTER (2015), guitar (acoustic, electric). Currently Scott performs with French baritone Laurent Fourgo in his Vintage Juke Box Orchestra big band and the acoustic band Hit Waves Unplugged. He happened upon Community Music Center in 2012 and was fortunate to be a part of the last years of the Cuban and Flamenco Ensemble with Chus Alonso, performing at his farewell concert as a member of Potingue. Prior to his studies at CMC Scott had been an active presence in the “Gypsy Jazz” scene, which emphasizes the music of Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. He studied classical guitar at Indiana University Fort Wayne and jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston on the road to graduating with a BA in Liberal Arts, minoring in Music, Psychology, and Anthropolgy. For information please visit www.continentalbreakfastclub.com. Mission District Branch


PATRICK GREENE (2001), guitar (acoustic, electric).Patrick Greene received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music and Jazz Performance from Sonoma State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Marquette University. His teachers include: Randy Vincent, Sid Jacobs, Anthony Peterson. Patrick has performed locally since 1994; currently with Patrick Greene Trio and Swoop Unit. He produced first CD in 2001 and teaches jazz, blues, funk, and rock guitar privately. He is currently the co-leader of the JazzMasters Workshop ensemble with Eddie Marshall.  Mission District Branch

PEPE JACOBO (1995), guitar (acoustic and electric), percussion (drum set and Latin).  Pepe Jacobo received his Diploma in Music from the University of Costa Rica. He has studied with Stewart Mars, taken private classes with Antoni Saroni, Pete Magadini and many others. Pepe creates and performs original music on guitar and percussion. His teaching emphasizes the mathematics of time signatures, music therapy, scales, chords, open tones and fun.
Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

MARK KENNEDY (1987), Bass, Guitar. B.A., Castleton College; Ringling School of Art, Berklee School of Music. Private lessons with Dave Cobb, Principal Bassist with Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Music Director, composer for The Pickle Family Circus, Make* a* Circus and Miracle Theatre. Composer on Academy Award winning film Clowning Around . Mark has played on numerous recordings including Susan Chen’s Harris Nights, and For a While . In 2009 Mark released a c.d.of original tunes entitled Audrey Does Kennedy. www.kennedymusicstudio.com
Mission District Branch

JONO KORNFELD (2000),composition, ear training, guitar, piano, sight singing, theory, theory/musicianship group classes. MA in Composition and post-graduate music study, SFSU; BA, English, University of Rochester, NY. Composition/theory studies with Ronald Caltabiano, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Richard Festinger at SFSU, and with Michael Czajkowski at the 2001 Aspen Music Festival. Jazz and classical piano studies with Adam Domash. Author, Music Theory and Notation for Intelligent Beginners. On the faculty at SFSU and also teaches privately. www.jkornfeld.net
Mission and Richmond District Branches


WILLIAM LUDAN
(2000), guitar (acoustic). BM and MM, SFSU. Performed locally as soloist and chamber musician. Performed in master classes for renowned artists Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Manuel Barrueco, Abel Carlevaro, David Leisner, Michael Lorimer, David Russell and George Sakellariou. Studied ensemble performance with the Alexander String Quartet. Performed for live radio broadcasts and works with other instrumentalists. Also speaks Japanese.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

Scott O'DaySCOTT O’DAY (2014), bass, guitar. Scott received a Bachelor’s of Music in guitar performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Music in guitar performance from San Francisco State University. He attended La Escuela de Musica Popular de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires. Scott has travelled the world to learn flamenco, tango and other folk music. He grew up in North Carolina playing blues and folk. Scott directs and performs regularly with his various tango ensemble projects. He has toured the United States with tango dance bands and is active throughout the country as a musician in the tango dance community. Scott is proficient in French and Spanish. More information can be found at www.scottoday.com.
Richmond District Branch

ERIK PEARSON (2002), guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo and ukulele. Erik studied Music Composition and Cultural Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He has played and recorded in many bands, written chamber music for local choreographers, and performs with internationally known storyteller Diane Ferlatte. The styles he teaches range from old time folk music and singer-songwriters to free-improv jazz-rock. Most recent projects include: The Evie Ladin Band, Crooked Jades, Nearly Beloved, Sonya Hunter, Mushroom, and Billy Talbot.
Mission District Branch

 

MARCELO PUIG (2010), Classical, Acoustic, and Electric Guitar. MarceloPuig  grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he studied classical guitar at the Manuel de Falla Music Conservatory as a child. He then began playing American and Latin American pop music, Folk, Rock and Blues in his teen years. As an adult, he discovered Brazilian music and jazz and then once he moved to the Bay Area, Argentine Tango music. Marcelo is an active local performer with over 20 years of teaching experience in soloing, accompanying, and singing popular music, as well as chords, rhythms, progressions, scales, patterns, chops, licks, and tips for improvising. Visit Marcelo’s website:  www.tengotango.com
Mission District Branch


TODD W. SWENSON (1992), guitar (acoustic, electric). Studied at Hartt Music School, Boston University. Bandleader and freelance performing and recording artist (rhythm and blues, jazz, country, rock and original compositions). Currently with Big Bang Beat, The Soul Delights, Trainwreck, A Classic Duo with William Fiege, Sonic Strut, Woody Vermiere Band. Performed in the past with Mary Wells, Jules Broussard, Percy Sledge, Bette LaVette, Roger McGuinn and many others. Taught privately for 30 years as well as guitar classes at UCSF for 10 years.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

Guitar (electric) Teachers

SANDY BRASSARD (2006). banjo, guitar, (acoustic, electric), bass, ukulele, and mandolin. Sandy was the first female guitarist to win a full scholarship in Classical Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1983. She has since traveled extensively in Europe and South and Central America studying local folk music styles. Sandy is in a trio that performs originals. She performs on four CDs currently available, the most recent a solo guitar album of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music. Her experiences include teaching in the senior program through the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and leading the Spanish choir at Mission Dolores Church. Sandy’s love for teaching spans all age groups and includes music performance, composition, theory, history and just plain having fun. Sandy is proficient in Spanish.
Mission District Branch

LARRY DUNN (2004) guitar (acoustic, electric), songwriting. Larry studied with Dale Brunner (Johnny Smith) and Jackie King (Willie Nelson). He signed with/recorded for Warner Bros., Rounder, and Rhino record companies. Larry has written, recorded, and produced 6 indie CDs. As a published songwriter he has had music placed in film and television, MUZAK, Pandora, and been recorded by other artists and included on compilation CDs. Larry has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn, Four Tops, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power, Dr. John, Stylistics, Robben Ford and John Lee Hooker, among many others. He has worked with Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, Steve Cropper, John Oates and Eddie Money. He teaches flat pick and finger picking in many styles including; blues, rock, jazz, r&b, folk, bluegrass, and country. Teaching privately for over 20 years he has worked with beginning to advanced students of all ages. Lessons are tailored to each student’s needs and can include notated studies of: scales, licks, arpeggios, chord inversions, theory, solo transcriptions, and songs. Also, he teaches/coaches songwriting. Has recently written and taught two comprehensive songwriting courses, ‘Songwriting Fundamentals’ and ‘Lyric Writing: the Language of Lyric’. www.larrydunnmusic.net Mission District Branch

PATRICK GREENE (2001), guitar (acoustic, electric).
Patrick Greene received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music and Jazz Performance from Sonoma State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Marquette University. His teachers include: Randy Vincent, Sid Jacobs, Anthony Peterson. Patrick has performed locally since 1994; currently with Patrick Greene Trio and Swoop Unit. He produced first CD in 2001 and teaches jazz, blues, funk, and rock guitar privately. He is currently the co-leader of the JazzMasters Workshop ensemble with Eddie Marshall.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

PEPE JACOBO (1995), guitar (acoustic and electric), percussion (drum set and Latin).  Pepe Jacobo received his Diploma in Music from the University of Costa Rica. He has studied with Stewart Mars, taken private classes with Antoni Saroni, Pete Magadini and many others. Pepe creates and performs original music on guitar and percussion. His teaching emphasizes the mathematics of time signatures, music therapy, scales, chords, open tones and fun.
Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

MARK KENNEDY (1987), Bass, Guitar. B.A., Castleton College; Ringling School of Art, Berklee School of Music. Private lessons with Dave Cobb, Principal Bassist with Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Music Director, composer for The Pickle Family Circus, Make* a* Circus and Miracle Theatre. Composer on Academy Award winning film Clowning Around . Mark has played on numerous recordings including Susan Chen’s Harris Nights, and For a While . In 2009 Mark released a c.d.of original tunes entitled Audrey Does Kennedy. www.kennedymusicstudio.com
Mission District Branch

ERIK PEARSON (2002), guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo and ukulele. Erik studied Music Composition and Cultural Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He has played and recorded in many bands, written chamber music for local choreographers, and performs with internationally known storyteller Diane Ferlatte. The styles he teaches
range from old time folk music and singer-songwriters to free-improv jazz-rock. Most recent projects include: The Evie Ladin Band, Crooked Jades, Nearly Beloved, Sonya Hunter, Mushroom, and Billy Talbot.
Mission District Branch


MARCELO PUIG (2010), Classical, Acoustic, and Electric Guitar. MarceloPuig  grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he studied classical guitar at the Manuel de Falla Music Conservatory as a child. He then began playing American and Latin American pop music, Folk, Rock and Blues in his teen years. As an adult, he discovered Brazilian music and jazz and then once he moved to the Bay Area, Argentine Tango music. Marcelo is an active local performer with over 20 years of teaching experience in soloing, accompanying, and singing popular music, as well as chords, rhythms, progressions, scales, patterns, chops, licks, and tips for improvising. Visit Marcelo’s website:  www.tengotango.com
Mission District Branch

TODD W. SWENSON (1992), guitar (acoustic, electric). Studied at Hartt Music School, Boston University. Bandleader and freelance performing and recording artist (rhythm and blues, jazz, country, rock and original compositions). Currently with Big Bang Beat, The Soul Delights, Trainwreck, A Classic Duo with William Fiege, Sonic Strut, Woody Vermiere Band. Performed in the past with Mary Wells, Jules Broussard, Percy Sledge, Bette LaVette, Roger McGuinn and many others. Taught privately for 30 years as well as guitar classes at UCSF for 10 years.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

Mandolin Teacher

SANDY BRASSARD (2006), banjo, guitar, (acoustic, electric), bass, ukulele, and mandolin. Sandy was the first female guitarist to win a full scholarship in Classical Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1983. She has since traveled extensively in Europe and South and Central America studying local folk music styles. Sandy is in a trio that performs originals. She performs on four CDs currently available, the most recent a solo guitar album of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music. Her experiences include teaching in the senior program through the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and leading the Spanish choir at Mission Dolores Church. Sandy’s love for teaching spans all age groups and includes music performance, composition, theory, history and just plain having fun. Sandy is proficient in Spanish.
Mission District Branch

Ukulele Teachers (beginners only)

SANDY BRASSARD (2006), banjo, guitar, (acoustic, electric), bass, ukulele, and mandolin. Sandy was the first female guitarist to win a full scholarship in Classical Guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1983. She has since traveled extensively in Europe and South and Central America studying local folk music styles. Sandy is in a trio that performs originals. She performs on four CDs currently available, the most recent a solo guitar album of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music. Her experiences include teaching in the senior program through the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and leading the Spanish choir at Mission Dolores Church. Sandy’s love for teaching spans all age groups and includes music performance, composition, theory, history and just plain having fun. Sandy is proficient in Spanish.
Mission District Branch

ERIK PEARSON (2002), guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo and ukulele. Erik studied Music Composition and Cultural Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He has played and recorded in many bands, written chamber music for local choreographers, and performs with internationally known storyteller Diane Ferlatte. The styles he teaches range from old time folk music and singer-songwriters to free-improv jazz-rock. Most recent projects include: The Evie Ladin Band, Crooked Jades, Nearly Beloved, Sonya Hunter, Mushroom, and Billy Talbot.
Mission District Branch