Vince Rillera has been immersed in the world of music his entire life. From growing up inside of a musical family, he began playing piano as early as 7 years old before starting the alto sax in 4th grade. From there it progressed to playing percussion in junior college (DVC) before finding his voice on Bass Guitar, all while pursuing his interest in production and audio engineering. In 2008 he received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in Music Education and began teaching at Rockin Robbie's East Bay music in the summer of 2009. His style of teaching is unique since he has been on both sides of the musical spectrum; from learning music by ear and performing all genres of popular music, to studying classical scores and being a member of the SFSU Orchestra, it has helped him to create a method that synchronizes both. By fusing popular music with the concepts of both classical and jazz, he provides each student with their own unique learning experience. To this day he continues to perform, produce and engineer professionally on a regular basis and hopes to continue a life full of music for many years to come.
Maria is a wonderful violinist who is extremely well rounded and a great musical role model. In addition to the traditional classical style that most teachers offer, she also plays fiddle, mariachi, pop and swing - and she loves to play and teach them all!.Like most kids Maria started playing classical violin in her school orchestra. After graduation, she continued playing the violin in various groups all around San Francisco. After a long stint with a working mariachi band, Maria moved on to other styles including Western Swing fiddle. She is currently playing professionally with a Bluegrass band called Spinning Wheel and another band called Bonafide Americana..Maria teaches students of various levels and backgrounds, from beginners to advanced students, in private or group lessons. She covers the basics quickly and thoroughly. You will learn to read music and eventually be able to pick up a music book and just play. How cool is that? Learning by ear can also be fun and very useful in your playing with other groups or attending jams. You will also learn how to improvise which is really not a big deal once you get started. Maria says, "One of the most important goals for me is to make learning fun and very enjoyable!" Call today for more information about lessons with Maria. She offers instruction on Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Banjo, Mandolin, and Guitar.
Call Maria: (925)698-1110
George Curtis Van Liew
George Curtis Van Liew started playing the Trumpet in 3rd grade. He started taking private lessons one year earlier than most schools allow students to join concert band so that when he entered 4th grade he could skip the beginning band and move right up to the intermediate level. George stayed in this grade school band through his high school years to help keep the band going. A few years later, George was offered the position as the Teacher of the band he had played in for more than 8 years. He has gone on to run music programs at four different schools around Contra Costa County and continues to teach Music and Art to students and adults. He composes music for a local high school orchestra where they commission and perform his pieces twice a year. George has also been teaching the art of Watercolor for years and is one of his favorite hobbies.
Doug earned his B.A. in Guitar Performance from California State University of the East Bay (CSUEB). Also an experienced chef, including over ten years as sous-chef at Walnut Creek's top class Italian Restaurant "Prima," Doug decided to make his part time music activities into a full time career about ten years ago. As a classical guitarist, Doug has worked and performed extensively with Gordon Rowland of www.guitarwork.com. Check Gordon's website for public performances and workshops throughout the year. Doug has maintained a long time collaboration with vocalist Tré Taylor including their current jazz quintet "Dangerous Martini." Earlier bands with Tré included, "Soul Attraction," a 10-piece R&B soul band, and "Earl Slide Ride," featuring Motown and Blues. Doug's new wife, Deborah Kuhl, (singer, songwriter, pianist), who regularly performs a repertoire of French music, borrows Doug on occasion and featured both Doug and Gordon Rowland on her CD, Carte Postale. A member of the Armando's Martinez family , Doug shows up regularly to perform at their jam nights including jazz, blues, open mic and bluegrass.
Ukulele Club is a fun, low-key way to learn the Ukulele. The Beginner Class is all about learning the basics in a no-stress, non-judgmental environment. Folks that have never played before, or might feel a little bashful about playing in front of others will feel very comfortable in this class. The Intermediate Class is full of folks who most likely went through the Beginner Class, but have mastered some key skills that made it necessary to add another class. However, we still encourage the intermediates to come to the beginner class to help be supportive. We also invite the beginners to the Intermediate class to see what's next. Both classes are included in the tuition.
Ukulele Classes - $50/month - Saturdays
- 9AM - Beginning Ukulele - Never played before? Join us!
- 10AM - Intermediate Ukulele - Bored with the 9AM Class?
**$50/month Tuition gets you access to the 9AM & 10AM Classes**
Ukulele Club Jam - $5 At the Door - Saturdays
- 11AM - Ukulele Club Jam! - All are welcome!