Meet Our Music Teachers
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Jim Allen Guitar, Bass, Piano & Composition
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A. in Music)
College of San Mateo
Composer, Arranger, Performer, Producer, Radio Announcer, Author and Teacher
(Teaching music in San Carlos since 1984)
Call or email for rates
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Brian Kimmel Saxophone & Guitar
$30.00 per 1/2 hour
Growing up in a musical family Brian has been involved with and studied music from an early age. Brian has performed with groups from ensembles to big band. His goal is for students to build confidence, increase musicianship and above all have fun.
Monday and Thursday
Kristin Kunzelman Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
Kristin Kunzelman directs the band program at Central MIddle School in San Carlos. In addition, she teaches private lessons on Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone. Her primary instrument is Flute; she studied with Karla Flygare (University of Puget Sound) and Alexa Still (University of Colorado), and she began formal music training at Interlochen Arts Camp. Her degrees include a Bachelors in Music Education, a Masters in Music Education, and a minor in Jazz Studies. She loves working with her students and teaching them proper technique, musical skills, and fun music that they enjoy playing. Most of her private students study classical music, but she teaches jazz and music theory as well.
David Lapham Guitar and piano 650-533-0569
Teaching in San Carlos for over 20 years
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Brandon Robinson Guitar 415-309-9309
I was born and raised in Northern California where my earliest musical memories were of my mother singing John Denver, Paul Simon and Willie Nelson songs. Lying around the house was an old Stella guitar that was truly in the "barely playable" category with the strings about 2 inches off the fretboard. Around the age of twelve I started to show an interest in learning how to play, so my mother signed me up for private lessons with the local guitar teacher George Hanepen. By the time I was fifteen I started the inevitable garage band with friends.
After high school I studied with "Gus" Gustavson and Fred Berry at the College of San Mateo, attended as many live shows as possible and started to play jazz with friends. I then transferred to San Francisco State where I was a humanities major. After earning my undergraduate degree I was accepted into the Graduate Program in the English Department at San Francisco State but opted out, deciding that becoming a full time musician was "now or never".
Since that time, 2001, I've balanced playing/performing with teaching. The majority of my playing is with the trio I started with drummer Brandon Etzler and bassist Jason Muscat. Together we play music that is rooted in jazz but covers a broader spectrum of music that hopefully offers an honest perspective of where we come from. We play publicly and privately throughout the Bay Area . Other projects that I'm especially fond of are Dick Fregulia's Good Vibes Quintet, the Collective West Jazz Orchestra and a guitar duo with Doug Martin. My plans for the future are to launch new projects, work on original material and keep the trio working and growing.
Wednesday Friday Saturday
Jennifer Guay Flute and Piano
Music has been my passion for the past twenty years.
My background includes a B.A. in Music Education and a California Teaching Credential for grades K-12, and at the college level. I have extensive experience as a private piano and flute teacher. As an elementary classroom teacher for 15 years, I've directed and produced many music recitals for my piano and flute students. In this capacity, I designed the classroom music programs for grades K-8, including directing children's choirs, choreographing stage productions, coaching voice and providing piano accompaniment for talent shows.
Through San Carlos Parks and Recreation
FUN WITH UKULELE
The ukulele first appeared in Hawaii in the 1880’s and soon became
the favored instrument of Hawaiian Kings and Queens. By 1915 the
ukulele craze hit San Francisco. Join the current wave of ukulele
right here and now. It’s easy to learn and can be used for all kinds of
music from Hawaiian to country and jazz. This happy little
instrument makes everyone smile. Beginning — Learn to tune and
play basic chords. Sing and strum one step at a time through fun and
easy songs. (Bring your singing out of the shower.) Continuing —
If you know 3 or 4 chords and can change chords smoothly, join this
class. Add on to your chord knowledge, learn new strums and what
it takes to start and end a song. You may find yourself wearing funny
hats and Hawaiian shirts but no worries, ukulele people are fun
loving and kind. $15 lab fee for handouts payable to instructor at
first class. Instructor: Nancy Solomon (8 classes)
Violin Lessons on Friday with Pierre Dazin