Genres: Pop styles, Rock, Folk, Blues
Specialties: Chords, Rhythm & Strumming, Fingerstyle, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Advanced Jazz
"Without music, life would be a mistake."
Embodying that philosophy, Tim Cleary started playing guitar, saxophone, harmonica, and singing in his preteens and is still playing 45 years later. Tim’s extensive experience as a musician has encompassed a wide array of styles including classical, folk, rock, blues, pop, and jazz.
Individual lesson plans are created for each of Tim's students in order to fulfill their particular wants and needs. Tim is very comfortable and skilled at working with both children and adults and has been very successful in working with adults who are either beginners attending to an unfulfilled passion or who are returning to music after leaving it (perhaps after being turned off by earlier experiences). Tim has a relaxed, easygoing teaching style that will ensure that you have fun, while his ongoing study of the cutting edge of practice techniques, and brain plasticity, will ensure maximal results from your lessons and practice time.
Tim’s extensive playing experience includes playing at many festivals, events, and venues either solo or with other jazz musicians. He has also performed in the highly regarded group Afro-musicology presenting educational programs for local schools demonstrating the African influence on American music and dance. Tim’s several appearances at the Montreux/Detroit jazz festival were a particular career highlight.
Tim graduated with Honors from The Musicians Institute (GIT) in 1993. He studied music theory, arranging, composition and improvisation with the esteemed Dr. Morris Lawrence, Jr. in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Tim has also studied privately or attended master classes with many notable musicians including: Jim Hall, Mimi Fox, Mick Goodrick, Mark Levine, Kai Eckhardt, and John Stowell. Tim has been performing and teaching in the Bay area since 1994.
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