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Summer 2014 Course Catalog

Group Lessons Private Lessons


Table of Contents Piano


Guitar and Ukulele


Suzuki Violin


Band and Orchestra




Class Instructors


Private Instructors



Piano Little Mozart I ages 4-5 With a class limit of 5, these classes are designed to introduce children to the fundamentals of piano playing in a nurturing environment. Students will be encouraged to learn basic elements such as fingerings, keys, beat/rhythm, and notation through singing and playing. Practice is required and parents/caregivers must be in attendance. Tuition: $250 (materials included) Plan ahead! Fall session of Little Mozart I starts Monday, September 8


Ode to Joy ages Teen to Adult Learn basic piano playing through an easy and relaxing class. Students will be encouraged to learn notation and appropriate theory to help develop musicality and enjoyment. Tuition: $250 (materials included) Ode to Joy Instructor: Theresa Smith 10 weeks: July 21-September 29 (no class September 1) Monday 6:00-6:45

Guitar and Ukulele Beginning Guitar ages 8 and up Intro to basic skills of playing guitar— chords, strumming, finger-picking, sight reading, and songs. Students must provide own instrument. Rentals are available at West Valley Music. Tuition: $150 (materials included)


Beginning Guitar Instructor: Tom Bockhold 6 weeks: June 21-August 2 (no class July 5) Saturday 1:00-1:45

Beginning Ukulele ages Teen to Adult Intro to basic skills of playing ukulele— chords, strumming, finger-picking, sight reading, and songs. Students must provide own instrument. Ukuleles are available for purchase at West Valley Music. Tuition: $100 (materials included) Beginning Ukulele 1 Instructor: Theresa Smith 4 weeks: June 15-July 13 (no class July 6) Sunday 2:00-2:45 Beginning Ukulele 2 Instructor: Theresa Smith 4 weeks: July 20-August 10 Sunday 2:00-2:45


Suzuki Violin Suzuki Violin 1, 2, and 3 ages 3-6 Level 1: This Pre-Twinkle introductory class focuses on building proper violin playing posture and on basic techniques such as how to hold the bow, how to hold the violin, pizzicato, and playing short songs. Through fun games, songs, and poems students learn about dynamics, rhythm, the parts of the violin and bow, and begin aurally identifying the sound of each of the violin strings. Level 2: Students learn how to play all the Twinkle Variations and Twinkle Theme, begin doing bow circles and lifts, play string changes, and continue to refine their posture. Level 3: In this class we expand our violin repertoire with songs from Suzuki Book 1. Students begin reading basic music notation, become acquainted with the history of Western music, and continue developing ear training skills. Daily practice required. Students must provide own instrument. Rentals are available at West Valley Music. Tuition: $295 (materials included)


Suzuki Level 1 (Ages 3-4) Instructor: Tracy Wu 6 weeks: June 18-July 23 (no class July 5) Wednesday 5:30-6:30 and Saturday 10:30-11:30 Suzuki Level 1 (Ages 5-6) Instructor: Tracy Wu 6 weeks: June 18-July 23 (no class July 5) Wednesday 6:30-7:30 and Saturday 11:30-12:30 Suzuki Level 2 Instructor: Tracy Wu 6 weeks: June 16-July 24 (no class July 3, 21) Monday and Thursday 5:30-6:30 Suzuki Level 3 Instructor: Tracy Wu 6 weeks: June 16-July 24 (no class July 3, 21) Monday and Thursday 6:30-7:30


Band and Orchestra Instrument Safari ages 8-12 Our most popular summer class is back! Designed for children about to enter their first year of school band or orchestra instruction, the Instrument Safari gives students a chance to try their hand at each of the instruments typically offered in elementary and middle school music programs. By the end of the session, each student should have a better idea about which instrument “fits� them the best. Tuition: $25 (materials included) Instrument Safari Instructors: Ronnie Cato and Tracey Hurley Choose one session: Saturday July 12, 19, 26 or August 2 Sunday July 13, 20, 27 or August 3 All sessions 3:00-4:30


Movie Themes Workshops ages 8-12 (1 year experience) Don’t let your instrument gather dust over the summer! Keep up your playing and build upon skills learned in the first year of school band or orchestra in a fun, week-long camp by learning and performing popular themes from movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more. Students must provide own instrument. Rentals are available from West Valley Music. Tuition: $100 (materials included) Movie Themes Workshop: Star Wars (Band) Instructor: Tracey Hurley 1 week: June 16-June 19 Monday-Thursday 10:00-10:45 Movie Themes Workshop: Frozen (Band) Instructor: Tracey Hurley 1 week: June 23-June 26 Monday-Thursday 10:00-10:45 Movie Themes Workshop: Harry Potter (Strings) Instructor: Tracey Hurley 1 week: June 30-July 3 Monday-Thursday 10:00-10:45


Areon Summer Flute Institute Junior Level ages 7-14 (1-3+ years experience) Senior Level ages 13-22 (4+ years experience) Beginner through collegiate level students are welcome to explore and develop their skill through eclectic class offerings and a core emphasis on chamber music. We provide a comprehensive approach to flute technique and musicianship while students finetune the art of flute playing, gain leadership and team building skills, and develop lasting friendships. Students must provide own instrument. Rentals are available from West Valley Music. Tuition: $370 before April 18, $395 after April 18 Merit and needs-based scholarships available West Valley Music Scholarship available Areon Summer Flute Institute Instructors: Kassey Plaha, Jill Heinke, and Sasha Launer Location: Blach Intermediate School 1 week: June 23-June 27 Monday-Friday 9:00-3:30 (after care available) For more information and to apply visit


Percussion A Percussion Discussion ages 10-14 Have you been curious about percussion instruments? This is your chance to get up close and personal with snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, triangle, shakers, and more. This class will introduce students to percussion instruments in the context of drum grooves from different parts of the world. Students will learn how to play each instrument and apply the techniques through different drum grooves that are played on a drum set or by a percussion section. Students will learn how to play as a group and improvise. This four week class will cover basic rhythm, rock/funk grooves, Afro-Cuban grooves, and Brazilian grooves. No percussion experience is required, but one year of music training (either private lessons or from school band) is required. Tuition: $100 (materials included) A Percussion Discussion Instructor: Anthony Franceschi 4 weeks: June 23-July 14 Monday 1:45-2:45


Class Instructors Tom Bockhold has been a working professional bassist in the bay area and beyond for the last thirty years. He studied music at San Jose State University as well as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Tom has 25 years of teaching experience and presently teaches bass, piano and guitar at West Valley Music in Mountain View. He is also the current bass instructor for the Kuumbwa Jazz Center Jazz camp in Santa Cruz. Tom has played and/or recorded with many of the top musicians in the bay area such as Wally Schnalle, John Worley, Smith Dobson, Murray Lowe, and Weber Iago. Ronnie Cato studied at California State University East Bay and holds a Bachelors of Music Composition and a minor in Clarinet Performance. He is a composer, singer, musician, and teacher. Ronnie has been featured in various music ensembles including Living Space, and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall. As an instructor, Ronnie has taught instrumental and vocal music for nine years. He is currently the orchestra director at Mt. Eden High School.


Angely Chen holds a Masters in Music with a Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University, Oakland CA. She is a Kindermusik Licensed Educator and has taken Suzuki Piano and Montessori Education courses. As a music educator for over a decade, Angely has taught choir and hundreds of classes (K-5) with Kodaly methodology in the Mountain View-Whisman, Cambrian, and Los Altos school districts. Anthony Franceschi has been playing the drum set and percussion since age eight. Through the years Anthony has played in big bands, jazz combos, Afro-Cuban bands, rock bands, symphonic bands, pit orchestras, and percussion ensembles, which has made for a wellrounded knowledge of playing the drum set and percussion. He studied music at San Jose State University graduating Cum Laude with Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies. While at San Jose State University Anthony played in the San Jose State University Jazz Combos under the direction of Frank Sumares and John Shifflet, the Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Wayne Wallace, and the San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington. Anthony studied classical percussion with Galen Lemmon and studied the drum set with Jason Lewis. He currently teaches and actively plays drum set around the bay area.


Tracey Hurley received her Bachelors of Music from Ohio University with an emphasis in Instrumental Music Education. Tracey’s wide range of experience includes wind ensemble, marching band, jazz band, and trumpet ensemble. Tracey enjoys music education and has more than five years of experience teaching children of all ages. Her most recent accomplishments include teaching high school trumpet lessons and conducting the Frisco Community Band Brass Choir. Deanna Said A recipient of the Sierra Arts Fund Grant, Deanna Said is a violinist and violist performing and teaching throughout the bay area. She completed her undergraduate degree at the San Francisco Conservatory, then recently completed her graduate studies at the University of Nevada-Reno as a member of the graduate quartet-inresidence, Nightingale String Quartet. Deanna has performed as a soloist with the Ruby Mountain Symphony, the UNR Symphony (as winner of UNR’s concerto competition) and was a featured soloist at the Lake Tahoe Toccata Summer Chamber Concert Series. She has also received fullscholarship to attend the prestigious Aspen Music festival.


Theresa Smith has 30 years of experience as a private music instructor (piano, voice, guitar, music theory, composition), is past faculty of CSMA in Mountain View, Sherman Clay Piano Store in Oakland, The Music School in Sunnyvale, Baldwin Piano Store in Santa Clara, and presently teaches at West Valley Music in Mountain View. Tracy Wu holds a B.M. in violin performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with a minor in anthropology as well as a M.M. in violin performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She has served as principal violist of the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra, principal 2nd violinist of the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra. Ms. Wu has been a faculty member at the American Festival for the Arts, Albany Music School, New Mozart School of Music, Klein Forest High School, and has worked with children with special needs at the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences as a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist. She is certified to teach Suzuki level 1, 2, and 3, and strongly believes in using music as a vehicle to develop articulate, well-rounded individuals.


Private Instructors All teachers manage their own schedules and payments. Please contact them directly to interview or schedule a lesson. Make sure to tell them what you are looking for to allow them to assess compatibility as well. Most will allow a trial lesson to help you look for a long term fit. Flute Laurie Benson

650-366-1748 Jill Heinke 415-786-2899 Kassey Plaha and Areon Chamber Music Institute 650-619-7344 Amelia Vitarelli 408-234-1001 Clarinet and Saxophone Ronnie Cato Maria D’Aura Mark Sowlakis

925-284-3383 650-906-6683 415-564-4936


Oboe Brenda Schuman-Post


Trumpet Jim Howseman John Worley

408-398-5447 650-968-0917

Trombone, Baritone and Tuba Craig Whitwell


Violin Ernest Kinsolving (fiddle, tin whistle, bodhran) 650-743-1280 Deanna Said (Violin/Viola) 775-233-1547 Cello Thomas Shoebotham


Bass Tom Bockhold



Piano Tom Bockhold Martan Mann Theresa Smith May Wu

831-429-2015 831-338-4986/408-234-2364 408-745-4368 408-204-2822

Guitar Tom Bockhold Scott Sorkin Jim Witzel

831-429-2015 408-445-2032 650-625-1676

Voice Wendy Waller



262 Castro Street Downtown Mountain View Between Dana and Villa 650-961-1566

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