Theory and Musicianship

Composition
Ear Training
Sight Singing
Somatic Education for Musicians
Songwriting
Theory

Composition


ZINA BOZZAY 
(2010), piano, composition, theory, sight-singing, ear-training, Hungarian folk singing.  BM Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MA Mills College (Composition).  Zina is a professional composer, singer, pianist, music researcher, and educator.  She has a background in classical music, various types of contemporary music, and folk musics from Eastern Europe and Latin America.  She currently teaches at the Community Music Center and her private studio in San Francisco, and creates a fun, supportive, well-rounded introduction to piano, music reading, and general music skills for beginning-intermediate kids (5+) and adults.  She has also done extensive work with traditional Hungarian folk songs, which she performs around the Bay Area and teaches in private lessons, in her weekly singing circle, to professional folk singers, and to the local community.  Also speaks Spanish and Hungarian.
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

JANIS MERCER (1992), composition, ear training, piano, theory lessons, Inner City Young Musicians Program, Comprehensive Musicianship Program. BM, Composition, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MA, Composition, Mills College. Piano studies with Dady Mehta, Albertine Votapek, Bill Sorenson; composition studies with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, David Liptak. Specializes in contemporary performance practice. Studied piano with Albertine Votapek, Dady Mehta, and Bill Sorenson, and composition with David Liptak, Salvatore Martirano, and Herbert Brün. Specializes in contemporary performance practice.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

ERIK IAN WALKER (1998), composition, ear training, piano. BM, Composition, SF Conservatory of Music. Erik has been coaching students in the beginnings and finer points of improvisation for 25 years. Learning riffs, building solos, playing through changes, using your intuition. Erik performs with Music for Squares and runs his studio, WackoWorld Music. For sample piano lessons and more information, visit www.wackoworldmusic.com
Mission District Branch

 

DAVIDE VEROTTA (2002), piano, music theory, composition. Davide Verotta was born in a boring Italian town close to Milano and moved to the much more exciting San Francisco in his late twenties. He has a vast teaching experience in terms of ages, group sizes and level (ranging from beginner to post graduate students). He is devoted to individual student development combined with an emphasis on solid foundation. He studied piano at the Milano and San Francisco Conservatory, and privately with the maestro Julian White, composition at San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Davis, as well as having a parallel-track academic life in mathematics as a professor at UCSF. He is actively involved in the new music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area as a soloist, chamber player, board member and pianist with SFCCO and NACUSA SF, organizer of the Festival of Contemporary Music, founder of Irregular Resolutions. Recent compositions include works for opera, orchestra with the Berkeley Symphony, a variety of solo instruments, percussion, and various chamber ensembles, and the hour long work for piano, two violins, two marimbas and multi-percussion Il Ponte. He is recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus awards and Zellerbach foundation grants. Learn more at www.davideverotta.com.

 

Ear Training

ZINA BOZZAY (2010), piano, composition, theory, sight-singing, ear-training, Hungarian folk singing.  BM Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MA Mills College (Composition).  Zina is a professional composer, singer, pianist, music researcher, and educator.  She has a background in classical music, various types of contemporary music, and folk musics from Eastern Europe and Latin America.  She currently teaches at the Community Music Center and her private studio in San Francisco, and creates a fun, supportive, well-rounded introduction to piano, music reading, and general music skills for beginning-intermediate kids (5+) and adults.  She has also done extensive work with traditional Hungarian folk songs, which she performs around the Bay Area and teaches in private lessons, in her weekly singing circle, to professional folk singers, and to the local community.  Also speaks Spanish and Hungarian.
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

JANIS MERCER (1992), composition, ear training, piano, theory lessons, Inner City Young Musicians Program, Comprehensive Musicianship Program. BM, Composition, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MA, Composition, Mills College. Piano studies with Dady Mehta, Albertine Votapek, Bill Sorenson; composition studies with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, David Liptak. Specializes in contemporary performance practice. Studied piano with Albertine Votapek, Dady Mehta, and Bill Sorenson, and composition with David Liptak, Salvatore Martirano, and Herbert Brün. Specializes in contemporary performance practice.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

MARTHA RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR (2000), ear training, flute, piano, recorder, sight singing, voice, Flute Choir, Latin Music Vocal Workshop, Camp CMC, Mission District Young Musicians Program Project Coordinator. Martha was born and raised in Mexico City, coming to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Music at Mills College in Oakland. As both flutist and mezzosoprano, Ms. Rodriguez has toured extensively in the United States, Mexico and Europe, with Classical, Baroque and folk ensembles and orchestras, winning awards in many of the countries where she has performed. In 1995 she began her conducting career, directing various ensembles, ranging from chamber music to flute and vocal choirs to operas. Ms. Rodriguez’s diverse teaching activities at CMC include flute, voice, piano, sight-reading, Latin Vocal Workshop, MDYMP, and Summer Camp. She has become a cultural leader of the Bay Area Latino community, directing and producing the annual Mexican Christmas show La Posarela at CMC, as well as curator and musical advisor at the annual Día de los Muertos Family Concert at the San Francisco Symphony. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

ERIK IAN WALKER (1998), composition, ear training, piano. BM, Composition, SF Conservatory of Music. Erik has been coaching students in the beginnings and finer points of improvisation for 25 years. Learning riffs, building solos, playing through changes, using your intuition. Erik performs with Music for Squares and runs his studio, WackoWorld Music. For sample piano lessons and more information, visit www.wackoworldmusic.com
Mission District Branch

 

 

 

Sight Singing

DOROTHY BARNHOUSE (1974), sight singing, voice. BA, Linguistics, Harvard University; Voice and Vocal Pedagogy, Musikhochschule, Berlin; MEd, Education, Harvard University; MA, Music Theory, SFSU. Performed as mezzo-soprano soloist in Germany, Boston and the Bay Area. From 1988-1999, trained youth to teach music to children in barrios of Managua, Nicaragua. Resumed teaching at CMC in 1999. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission and Richmond District Branches

 

ZINA BOZZAY (2010), piano, composition, theory, sight-singing, ear-training, Hungarian folk singing.  BM Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MA Mills College (Composition).  Zina is a professional composer, singer, pianist, music researcher, and educator.  She has a background in classical music, various types of contemporary music, and folk musics from Eastern Europe and Latin America.  She currently teaches at the Community Music Center and her private studio in San Francisco, and creates a fun, supportive, well-rounded introduction to piano, music reading, and general music skills for beginning-intermediate kids (5+) and adults.  She has also done extensive work with traditional Hungarian folk songs, which she performs around the Bay Area and teaches in private lessons, in her weekly singing circle, to professional folk singers, and to the local community.  Also speaks Spanish and Hungarian.
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

MARTHA RODRIGUEZ-SALAZAR (2000), ear training, flute, piano, recorder, sight singing, voice, Flute Choir, Latin Music Vocal Workshop, Camp CMC, Mission District Young Musicians Program Project Coordinator. Martha was born and raised in Mexico City, coming to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Music at Mills College in Oakland. As both flutist and mezzosoprano, Ms. Rodriguez has toured extensively in the United States, Mexico and Europe, with Classical, Baroque and folk ensembles and orchestras, winning awards in many of the countries where she has performed. In 1995 she began her conducting career, directing various ensembles, ranging from chamber music to flute and vocal choirs to operas. Ms. Rodriguez’s diverse teaching activities at CMC include flute, voice, piano, sight-reading, Latin Vocal Workshop, MDYMP, and Summer Camp. She has become a cultural leader of the Bay Area Latino community, directing and producing the annual Mexican Christmas show La Posarela at CMC, as well as curator and musical advisor at the annual Día de los Muertos Family Concert at the San Francisco Symphony. Also speaks Spanish.
Mission District Branch

 

Somatic Education for Musicians

SonjaRiketSONJA RIKET (2008) Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering and Embodiment & Expression for Musicians. Sonja Riket, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist®, is a Certified Feldenkrais® and Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher. Her passion for dance and music began at age four and blossomed into a professional dance career spanning 30 years and four continents, where she performed with some of the best modern dance companies in Europe and New York City. For two decades she has been practicing and teaching somatic methods for dancers, musicians and general public of all ages. Her course “Embodiment and Expression for Musicians and Singers” in group or private lessons, offers tools for injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement. Sonja is the founder/director of the SF Somatic Wellness Program. She teaches somatically inspired Argentine Tango dance, and hosts music and dance events with professional Tango musicians. She is a humble student of the Bandoneon. www.heartofembodiment.netwww.IntimateEmbraceTango.com
Mission District Branch

Songwriting

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

 

 

Theory

ZINA BOZZAY (2010), piano, composition, theory, sight-singing, ear-training, Hungarian folk singing.  BM Oberlin Conservatory of Music, MA Mills College (Composition).  Zina is a professional composer, singer, pianist, music researcher, and educator.  She has a background in classical music, various types of contemporary music, and folk musics from Eastern Europe and Latin America.  She currently teaches at the Community Music Center and her private studio in San Francisco, and creates a fun, supportive, well-rounded introduction to piano, music reading, and general music skills for beginning-intermediate kids (5+) and adults.  She has also done extensive work with traditional Hungarian folk songs, which she performs around the Bay Area and teaches in private lessons, in her weekly singing circle, to professional folk singers, and to the local community.  Also speaks Spanish and Hungarian.
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

JANIS MERCER (1992), composition, ear training, piano, theory lessons, Inner City Young Musicians Program, Comprehensive Musicianship Program. BM, Composition, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MA, Composition, Mills College. Piano studies with Dady Mehta, Albertine Votapek, Bill Sorenson; composition studies with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, David Liptak. Specializes in contemporary performance practice. Studied piano with Albertine Votapek, Dady Mehta, and Bill Sorenson, and composition with David Liptak, Salvatore Martirano, and Herbert Brün. Specializes in contemporary performance practice.
Richmond District Branch

 

DAVIDE VEROTTA (2002), piano, music theory, composition. Davide Verotta was born in a boring Italian town close to Milano and moved to the much more exciting San Francisco in his late twenties. He has a vast teaching experience in terms of ages, group sizes and level (ranging from beginner to post graduate students). He is devoted to individual student development combined with an emphasis on solid foundation. He studied piano at the Milano and San Francisco Conservatory, and privately with the maestro Julian White, composition at San Francisco State University, and the University of California at Davis, as well as having a parallel-track academic life in mathematics as a professor at UCSF. He is actively involved in the new music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area as a soloist, chamber player, board member and pianist with SFCCO and NACUSA SF, organizer of the Festival of Contemporary Music, founder of Irregular Resolutions. Recent compositions include works for opera, orchestra with the Berkeley Symphony, a variety of solo instruments, percussion, and various chamber ensembles, and the hour long work for piano, two violins, two marimbas and multi-percussion Il Ponte. He is recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus awards and Zellerbach foundation grants. Learn more at www.davideverotta.com.

 

KATRINA WREEDE (2006), viola, violin, composition, Comprehensive Musicianship Program. Katrina Wreede, award-winning composer and violist, promotes improvisation and hands-on composition for young people. With over 30 years experience in individual and ensemble instruction and a nationwide reputation for creating compelling and inspirational classroom workshops, she thrives on developing and sharing exciting opportunities for the next generation to explore the tools they’ll need to take music forward.  Besides creating the Composing Together and My Goldfish Died-Blues for Strings programs, Wreede is founding faculty of the John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden School and is an accredited Teaching Artist for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. She has provided teacher training for American String Teachers Assoc., the Montana String Teachers Assoc., Bronxville Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and Nevada County School District.  Wreede composes for the traditional concert stage and unusual venues. She has been a professional symphony musician, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a strolling, rhinestone-studded big violinist for royalty, a student of Tango Nuevo, Persian, and Roma music and a composer and performer for chamber ensembles, orchestras, silent film, and dance. Her solo CD of original jazz and classical works, Add Viola and Stir, is heard world-wide on radio and streaming sites. More info at: http://katrinawreede.com
Mission District Branch