Meet Andy Huber: CMC Senior Staff Accountant

Interview: Andy Huber, CMC Senior Staff Accountant

Over the summer, we welcomed a new member to the CMC community. Andy Huber started as Senior Staff Accountant in July. Like so many staff, in addition to being a nonprofit professional, he’s also a wonderful musician. If you see Andy around the building say “Hi!”

What’s your background?
I went to school for Music Education and Acting focusing on voice, choir teaching, and conducting. While I was an undergrad, I interned at Michigan State University Community Music Center. That’s where I became familiar with the administrative side of community music schools. In the last semester of my undergrad, I student taught a middle school choir. I learned to value educators, but decided not to pursue music education as a career. I moved to New York, and after a quick stint as an intern at a classical music artist PR firm, started out as a registrar at Turtle Bay Music School in New York, which is a community music school similar to CMC. From there, I got an “on the job” education in community music organizational life. I learned business management from a colleague who mentored me, becoming the Business Manager of Turtle Bay, managing all financial, accounting and human resources functions.

How did you first come to CMC?
After being at Turtle Bay Music School for five years, I was looking forward to something new and to expand my horizons. It was an exciting step to move from New York to the Bay Area.

What are you passionate about in your work?
I’ve been a both a musician and a music student. I value paying musicians, and I like that my job is paying musicians on a regular basis. The fact that CMC is a place that provides a livelihood for musicians and is a place for people to learn music is something I take pride in.

One of the other things I feel passionately about is working at a vibrant center for people to receive a music education, when the arts often don’t exist in the classroom. Cities need a resource like CMC to provide an arts education, where it otherwise might not be accessible.

How is going so far?
After being in Michigan and then New York, the Bay Area weather is consistent, which I like. The amount of programming and assistance CMC provides says a lot about what’s at the heart of this organization. The fact that CMC works very hard to provide both quality programming and tuition assistance is great.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to jog. I love eating interesting cuisine. I live in Berkeley, which is optimal for eating out. I like to play video games. I listen to a lot of podcasts and NPR. My favorite podcasts are the Vergecast, The Brian Lehrer show on WNYC, and Spilled Milk where comedians talk about food. Very funny!

Don’t bite off more than you can chew: Practice tips from CMC faculty Erik Pearson

Erik Pearson teaches CMC students how to play guitar, banjo, and ukulele at CMC. Erik works with students of all levels and has tried and true methods of helping students to progress.

From the series: Practice Tips from Community Music Center Faculty

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Maximize your focus by developing an aware mind while practicing/playing.
  • Identify your stumbling blocks (passages, licks, transitions) and focus on those in concentrated bites.
  • Always play in a groove, in rhythm, even if it has to be very slow.
  • Work on these things and walk away for a while.
  • Don’t overwrite the progress you’ve made by trying to cram a bunch of other issues into one session.
  • Don’t be afraid of repetitions!

Bonus Tip!
Erik teaching Sugar Babe on banjo.

CMC launches neighborhood jam series at Bissap Baobab

On Tuesday October 16, CMC launched a new jams series at Bissap Baobab just around the corner from the CMC Mission Branch. Led by Eduardo Corzo with Miguel Govea, CMC students from the Charanga Ensemble, Teen Jazz Orchestra, Latin Vocal Workshop, and Jazz Ensembles participated along with other CMC faculty and staff.

The Tuesday night jam focused on Latin music with pieces that included Sabor a Mi, Philly Mambo, Blue Bossa, El Cuarto de Tula, Girl from Ipanema, Autumn Leaves, Footprints, Wave, Obsesion and more.

CMC Jams continue monthly the first and third Tuesday of the month alternating with jazz music jams led by Charlie Gurke on the first Tuesday and Latin music jams led by Eduardo Corzo on the third Tuesday.

CMC Program Director Sylvia Sherman who attended the jam had great things to say about the session, “Bissap Baobab is a fun place to gather—with great food and drink. We were happy to see folks from the neighborhood. We welcome musicians to sit in and audience members to come listen. Bring your instrument!”

The next jam is Tuesday, November 6, led by CMC Jazz Ensemble Director Charlie Gurke.

Community Music Center Music Jams at Bissap Baobab
3372 19th Street, San Francisco (between Capp and Mission Streets)
1st Tuesday – Jazz Jam with Charlie Gurke
3rd Tuesday – Latin Music Jam with Eduardo Corzo