Creative Arts & Music Center
6210 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay, CA 95746   (916)791-6407
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Music Teachers & Lessons




Music Lessons are scheduled by appointment with an individual music teacher. A trial lesson is recommended (one-time fee of $33) to ensure a good fit.

Tuition: $132/month for four 30-minute private lessons

Lessons are available in Piano, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Classical Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Recorder, Bassoon, Voice,  and Song-writing,



Also music classes for the younger child who is not yet ready for private lessons. 

Kindermusik with Miss Tiffany for Babies, ages 6 mos-18 mos., Thursday 9-9:45 a.m., $70 (includes Kindermusik @ home access).
Come play with your baby in a musical environment, learn songs to do at home, watch them enjoy the feeling and sound and rhythm of music.


Mommy & Me Music & Art, ages 18  mos.-3 years, Thursday 10-11:30 a.m. or 11-12:30 p.m., $98 (+ $10 for Kindermusik @ home access)
Spend 45 minutes in Kindermusik with Miss Tiffany, followed by 15 minutes of free play and snack, then 30 minutes of art!

Kindermusik with Miss Tiffany for Preschoolers, ages 3-5 years, Monday, 1-1:45 p.m., $70 (includes Kindermusik @ home access)
Specially designed for preschool children, who we know thrive on pretend play, this independent class (without a parent participating) includes songs, stories, instrument play and more to nurture your child's budding creativity. 

Classes can be joined at any time. 

Piano and Guitar

Tim Williams

Ages 5-teen


Tim Williams, aka The Piano Man, has been playing music since fourth grade, and after a stint as a high school English teacher in Roseville, turned it into a career. He has performed in bands since the early 90s, including current groups The Hopheadz and Mad Music Love.
But for the past 12 years, he has been best known as THE local musician for youngsters as The Piano Man. Many preschools in the area have had him perform for students on a monthly basis since the early 2000s. In fact, he has been a regular performer at the Art Center for over a decade, and we have finally convinced him to teach private lessons here as well. 

The Piano Man has released five albums (Aloha--2003, Add a Little Sugar--2004, Like a Penguin--2006, Schoolyard Rhymes For Modern Times--2008, Monkey Feet--2011), and plans to release a new album this year. Tim is also recording an album of adult tunes. 

Tim's teaching style is fun and low-key--he often greets students with, "Hey, wanna go make some music?" He is also extremely kid-friendly and good with all ages: can joke with a 5-year-old, talk pop music with a 12-year-old, and rap about the San Francisco Giants with...well, everyone.

In addition to fans and students, Tim is also the proud father of three children: Jacob (22), Molly (19) and Livi. (17).


Piano, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Song-Writing & Sound Recording


Derek Martinez

Ages 5-Adult


Derek actively performs with The Shades of Gray (lead guitar), Blue Surround (vocals, guitar and bass) and the Zoo Human Project (songwriter, vocals and guitar). He also plays percussion for many singer-songwriters and hip-hop poe
ts locally. His discogrpahy includes(solo album), "Acoustiversions" (solo EP), "Innominata" and "Naissance" (with the Zoo Human Project), and he recently finished recording "To Be Determined" (with The Shades of Gray). His extensive sound recording experience spans both music and film--doing location recording, music supervision and post-production (ADR, foley, audio effects, dialog editing and mixing) for several movies produced in Los Angeles. 


Derek earned his bachelor's degree at the USC Thornton School of Music and has 9 years of teaching experience; he began teaching here in the summer of 2010. His fun and light approach to music inspires kids to have fun while learning. Music lessons emphasize theory and technique, and Derek includes music of his students' choosing, tailored to their skill level. Recording students learn about miking, recording, editing and mixing while working on real music projects. 


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
 


Piano, Guitar, Voice, Song-Writing

Jennifer Martinez

Ages 5-Adult


Jen has over 15 years combined experience in music education and performance, including a bachelor's degree from USC. A Los Angeles native, she was the head music teacher at several private schools throughout Southern California--where she taught general music, concert choir, classical piano and rock guitar. She also organized school-wide field trips to radio stations, recording studios and popular music venues, such as the Hollywood Bowl.

Her work as an educator complemented her performance career as well. She released four albums and toured the U.S. extensively for several years. She won "Best Female Vocalist" in a Las Vegas TV competition "StarCaster Live!" (2006) ,"Best Acoustic Artist" in a regional showcase "Sacramento Acoustic Slam" (2009), "Program's Best Music Video" at the Sacramento Music & Film Festival (2010), and made the list for "Best Female Musicians" by CBS Sacramento (2013).

Jen has been with the Art Center for six years, and was formerly the studio's head music teacher--before giving birth to Baby Noah! Now balancing motherhood and her love of music, she teaches part-time. 

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 



Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drum

Justin Purtill

Ages 8-Adult


A graduate of the Berklee college of Music (Bachelor's degree) and the New England Conservatory of Music (Master's), Justin has more than 15 years of teaching experience in the Midwest, East Coast and--most recently--the Bay Area. He has performed, recorded and toured nationally and internationally as an instrumentalist, and as a singer/songwriter. He produced and released four CDs of original music: Permanent Mystery (2003), Raw (2006), Outside Today (2009), Sore Eyes for Sight (2010). 

He teaches all ages and ability levels, and has extensive experience coaching student ensembles, clinics and master classes. Justin also offers a flexible, creative teaching style tailored to the musical interests of each student, and incorporates Jazz, Rock, Funk, Folk, Pop and Classical genres, with emphasis on technique, theory skills, ear training and musicality. 

Justin and his wife have recently moved to this area to be nearer her parents in Grass Valley.

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday


Voice, Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Guitar & Piano


Keir MacMillan

Ages 5-Adult
  

Keir has worked for over 25 years as a professional singer and musician in a variety of genres.  His musical theatre experience includes professional dinner theatre in Atlanta, Newport Beach, and Colorado Springs.  He sang for three years with the twice Grammy-nominated vocal group, The L.A. Jazz Choir.  Keir was a vocal performance major in college, studying first at Cal State Fullerton before finishing up at Colorado Christian University, where he later became the director of vocal jazz ensembles. Throughout his performing career, Keir has consistently maintained a roster of private music students. He teaches a variety of musical styles in a comprehensive method that includes sight reading, ear training, performance techniques, basic theory, and more. It also includes having fun!

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday


Piano, Flute, Recorder, Classical Guitar

Astrid Boehm

Ages 5- adult



Astrid holds Music Teaching and Performance degrees from the University of Vienna, Austria, as well as a Psychology degree from San Francisco State University. She performed as a bassoonist in numerous orchestras in Vienna and was a member of several Chamber Music Ensembles. Astrid has 13 years of experience teaching students from ages 5 to adult, and a total of 23 years experience working with children on a professional level.

As a classically trained musician, Astrid approaches music from a traditional point of view, but with a lot of flexibility when it comes to musical styles. Students will learn to read music, and will also be taught rhythm, music styles and music history. Astrid considers these building blocks the foundation for musical expression, regardless of music taste and preference. 

Astrid is also a professional musician and plays keyboard, bassoon and baritone saxophone in pit orchestras for music theatre productions in Sacramento: most recently, Cats, White Christmas and Music Man with River City Theatre Company and Light in the Piazza for Green Valley Theatre. 

Lastly, her 11-year-old son Lukas can often be seen taking an art class, a voice lesson or doing homework in the Art Center waiting room.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday









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