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Staff & Music Teachers

Art B.

Art B. I am an electric and double bass player, guitarist, vocalist, and pianist from England and now living in San Diego. Born in Mauritius, I have lived in Wales, Leeds and Bristol, making the south my base. Starting my musical endeavours on classical guitar at six years old, I drew inspiration from Classical, Pop, Folk and Classic Rock from an early age with idols such as Slash, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and more. With a burning desire to pursue music as a career I made the conscious decision to go to Leeds College of Music to study popular music. It was here that I started my career as a bass player taking influence from bassists such as Billy Sheehan, Steve Lawson and Paul McCartney. Moving to Bristol has seen me play with musicians in genres including Metal, Folk, Blues and Jazz in sessions and stand in gigs as well as being taught by bassists such as Damon Minchella (Paul Weller/Ocean Colour Scene) and Stuart Clayton (Bassline Publishing/Carl Palmer). It has also sparked my passion for the double bass and my melodic and chordal approach to my playing which, coupled with my ambient writing approach, defines my sound on the bass guitar. Graduating from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in 2015 with a 1st class honours degree, I have released two books alongside two solo bass guitar albums. Expressing myself through my music I embrace all genres, continuing to do what I love, learning something new every day.

Ben S.

Ben S. is a multi-instrumentalist who is known for performing in and around San Diego with his bands Sterner Stuff andBoon&Kiel. He has over a decade of music playing and teaching experience, and has performed around the globe, including at SXSW,Kaboo, The Kiss Kruise, and much more!

Clair A.

Clair A. is a cellist originally from Westlake, California. She began studying cello at the age of 11 and incorporated it into her lifelong pursuit of music. She was regularly engaged with local orchestras and small ensembles as a child, performing a wide variety of musical styles. She now performs as a soloist and with small ensembles throughout San Diego, and continues strive to represent a range of musical genres from classical to contemporary. Clair received her Bachelor's of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she served as principal cellist for four years. She has participated in pit orchestras for productions such as Next to Normal and Ilcappello di paglia di Firenze. She spent several years teaching classes in violin, viola, cello, and bass to classes of a varied age range. Clair looks forward to sharing her passion and excitement for music to young and aspiring musicians.

Emily E.

Emily E. I'm a vocalist with the background in vocal performance. I began singing at age 14 and haven't stopped since. For my own voice, I prefer to focus on classical and opera music but I enjoy listening and singing all genres. I'm dedicated to making sure my students sing correctly and develop healthy habits that preserve, rather than harm the voice. I am committed to improving my craft so I attend weekly acting and singing lessons. I also familiarize myself daily with Spanish, French, German, and Italian. My experience includes performing twice at Carnegie hall, with my high school and college choir. I have been a choral soloist for Mozart's "Requiem in D minor", Moore's "Hutia te rito" and the witches chorus from Verdi's "MacBeth". I have given several solo recitals featuring works by Rossini, Whitacre, Heggie, and much more. I've participated in an opera scenes class and performance in which I played the role of Fidalma in Cimarosa's "Il matrimonio segreto".

Jen

Jen has always loved music from an early age. She began playing guitar at the age of 17 and later learned multiple instruments including bass, drums and vocals. She continued her education by attending Minnesota State University for guitar performance and music industry. She has toured around the world and shared the stage with nationally acclaimed bands. She is currently playing as a solo singer songwriter and recording with artists and bands in different parts of the country. Jen's favorite thing about music is the emotion behind it and how music connects with people and her favorite thing about teaching music is seeing someone grow and develop their own unique style.

Katie K.

Katie K. is an active freelance flutist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Ms. Kim has been a prize winner of many competitions, including the 2018 Lansum International Competition and the 2018 Grossmont Scholarship Competition. As an orchestral and ensemble musician she has performed alongside the Red Note Ensemble and has made appearances as guest principal flute of the Heisenberg Ensemble in St. Andrews, Scotland. She has performed in many notable venues in Scotland, including Usher Hall and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, and the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Ms. Kim started her musical studies at the age of 8 on piano, taught by her grandmother. She started learning the flute at age 11 and has since earned a Master of Arts in Chamber Music and a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied under Richard Blake (Scottish Opera) and Ruth Morley (The Red Note Ensemble). Ms. Kim attended Oberlin Conservatory where she earned her B.M. in performance under the tutelage of Alexa Still. Katie Kim plays a much-loved Oston-Brannen flute and originally hails from sunny San Diego. When not fluting, she enjoys hiking, baking (both in the kitchen and in the sun), and watching movies with her family.

Max S

Max S. I have always been inspired by music, especially the old time rock and roll and county artists. I play and teach many different instruments such as guitar, piano drums, bass, ukulele, and voice. I began playing music at 10 years old. From an early age, I knew I wanted to perform on stage and write my own music. I play guitar/sing in my band and have played at various music venues all over San Diego such as Soma San Diego, Lestats west, Brick by Brick, and Qualcomm stadium four times opening up for the annual Cal state games. My dream is to go to Nashville and become one of the next big music artists and put a modern twist on rock and roll and country.

Why B2R?

  • Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
  • Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
  • A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
  • Everyone learns faster playing music they like
  • Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
  • Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.

B2R Curriculum

  • A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
  • Students learn faster playing music they like.
  • Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
  • Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
  • Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.