Tim Burke is a professional drummer and instructor, having received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from San Jose State University in 2014. He has 15 years of performance experience and a large repertoire in Rock, Blues, and Jazz with shows varying from restaurants corners to weddings to the main stage. In addition to performing, Tim teaches drumming and music to students of all levels. Lessons include chart reading, technique, independence, and playing with recorded music. Tim takes great pride in professionalism and dependability.
After years of training with classical guitarist Julio Reyes and being tutored by many classic rock gurus Lindy has made the list of “2016 Top 5 Female Guitarists to Follow” on Instagram, as well as the Riffwars 2016 Female Guitarist Hall of Fame nominee. Lindy has toured from CA to NYC in a variety of bands ranging from world music to classic rock.
Lindy’s specialty is classic rock, but she is well versed in acoustic styles as well as classical guitar. Learning guitar is a very personal thing, and she treats each student as an individual. Her teaching style is very encouraging, engaging, and individualized. Each student gets their own curriculum depending on where their interests lie.
Some of the most popular lessons Lindy offers are modern acoustic guitar (ie: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran), reading notation/tabs, repertoire, and tips/tricks for stage performing. She also offers specialty techniques, like advanced soloing (tapping, bends, speed licks) ear training, pedals/gear, and teaching note-for-note famous solos, such as Santana’s Black Magic Woman or Brian May’s solo from Queen’s, Killer Queen, or any other classic rock song you might want to learn.
Benett is an applied music instructor and music technology producer with an undergraduate degree in applied music (Classical guitar) and a Master of Arts in music from San Jose State University. He has experience teaching at a variety of learning institutions, from private studios, workshops, such as The South Bay Guitar Society outreach concerts and at DeAnza and Foothill colleges. Empowering students of all ages to find and developed their musical mind and artistic expression has been his life’s work.
He teaches several undergraduate music courses including Introduction to Classical guitar, Acoustic guitar techniques, Jazz Blues and Popular guitar, Introduction to Electronic Music and Recording Arts. At Tavan Music Academy, he teaches all ages and levels of ukulele, electric/acoustic guitar and bass. He strives to support the needs of individual learners by developing coursework that instills strong fundamentals and encourages creativity.
Felix Amirian is an experienced world-smooth jazz guitarist and pianist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born to an Armenian father and an Assyrian mother in a town along the coast of the Caspian Sea. When Felix was 14, a friend handed him a guitar . He had never held one before, but took to it immediately. The instrument was quite weathered and had only two strings. . It was with those two strings that he played an old Armenian melody.
Soon word got back to his parents that Felix had a special affinity for the instrument.Shortly thereafter, at his mother’s insistence, his father bought him his first guitar. This was the turning point that would carve the path to his career as a professional musician.
One and a half years later, his parents sent him to College in Cambridge, England, to further his studies in music, where he refined his skills with a foundation in classical guitar . In 1984, Felix was given the opportunity to go to Germany, where he delved into piano and guitar, learned music theory, and took on studies in jazz. He played in various bands in the Black Forest towns of Calw and Nagold in black forest, Germany, where he was able to freely develop his playing style. In 1988, he moved to Nashville, TN, to widen his opportunities in music.. There he played with local musicians further refining his style and developed a deep love for jazz . The year 1992 took him to the San Francisco, Bay Area, a place known for its cultural diversity and its rich musical heritage.
Felix continues to woo Bay Area audiences with Brazilian-Bossa Nova – Smooth Jazz pieces, contemporary covers, Spanish, and jazz standards at clubs, restaurants, and special events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area .