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I offer lessons in:

  • Jazz Flute
  • Classical Flute
  • Irish Traditional Flute
  • German for Singers
  • Improvisation
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Irish Traditional Tin Whistle
  • Voice - Maritime Songs
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    Aaron CleggOffering private lessons in
    Santa Cruz, California
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    I teach saxophone, flute, wooden flute (traditional Celtic style), tin whistle, Native American flute, guitar, or voice.

    I TEACH IN THE PALO ALTO AREA ON SATURDAYS and may expand that if there is enough demand.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be born for music, while others struggle?

    This is really an illusion! 99% of the public is mentally and physically capable of playing good music, given the right instruction.

    The illusion could be caused by:

    1) Some people may have been told by teachers or parents that they don't have musical talent; since this is a belief, it can be changed... especially with positive experiences.

    2) Learning music depends on the method of practice. There are effective ways and less effective ways.

    See my blog entry to the right about PRACTICE.

    My Teaching and Performance Background

    I am a K-12 teacher (physics and music), and I also and teach private music lessons. I am part of the U.C. Berkeley music department as a teacher of special programs, Irish style wooden flute. (If you are a UC Berkeley music major, talk to your faculty adviser about getting lessons with me through the department.)

    My father taught music lessons while I was growing up, and he shared his methods with me. My teaching background has given me experience with high school, college, and elementary students. I've performed jazz saxophone in big bands and jazz combos (small bands) all through college and Celtic traditional flute music and "a capella" sea chanties almost weekly for about ten years in pubs, as well as in concerts. I've jammed with Celtic musicians such as Niall and Cillian Vallely, Paddy Keenan, Eamonn and Mick Coyne, Kevin Crawford (of Lunasa), Paul McGrattan, Peter Molloy, and others, as well as traditional vocalists Dierdre Scanlon, Barry Finn, and Jeff Warner. From 2009 to 2011 I performed with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. (Venues include the Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA; NFL game with SF 49ers; NBA Warriors game; Concert with Carlos Santana). I am currently part of a traditional Celtic band called Charmas, where I sing and play wooden flute and low whistle.
    4 postings total

    Slick way to learn tricky rhythms
    November 2, 2012
    Soul of the Music vs. Technical Circus
    May 14, 2010
    Can Practice Be Fun??? (Yes, and Effective!)
    May 14, 2010
    Amazing Student Recital Recording at UC Berkeley (Irish Wooden Flute)
    May 14, 2010
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