Drum & Guitar Instructor
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.
Guitarist and music teacher Daniel Yarritu has been teaching and performing throughout the Bay Area and abroad since 1995. Trained in classical guitar and equally proficient in jazz, rock and popular styles, he’s been in demand as a teacher for both beginning and advanced musicians and as a performer. He has held a regular gig with Favored Nations recording artist and guitar virtuoso James Robinson at Cascal in Mountain View, CA since 2004 and has appeared solo and with various ensembles in San Jose at the City Hall opening gala, the Center for the Performing Arts (with Kathleen Battle and the SJSU Choraliers, the Civic Center (with pop/opera group Il Divo and Orchestra) and Le Petit Trianon and headlined the 2004 Monterey First Night Festival with the Unknown Jeromes. As a member of the James Robinson group he has also opened for Lee Ritenour in Livermore, CA for Guitar Player Live and for Keiko Matsui in Los Banos, CA. He recently was filmed playing guitar for an episode of “Total Divas” for television in Big Sur Park in CA in 2013.
Daniel received his early lessons in piano from the South Bay School of Music. His early lessons in guitar came from his sister Linda and he then moved to studying with James Robinson, Bahraam Behroozi (SJSU), Ken Schoeder, Pepe Haro (Spain), Antonio Calogero (Italy) and Peppino D’Agostino (Italy). He studied briefly in France with Belgian guitarist Johan Fostier and Argentinean guitarist Silvina Lopez. He has also performed in master classes with Lily Afshar, Denis Azabagic, Martha Masters and flutist Jill Felber and has participated in numerous classes with other instrumentalists at SJSU. Daniel graduated from Independence High School in San Jose and received his degree in English Literature with Honors at San Jose State University in 2004.
Daniel has taught for the South Bay School of Music and Independence High School and currently continues to teach guitar privately, for the San Jose Youth Symphony’s Music Matters program, at the Leffler academy, and we are now excited to welcome Daniel to the Tavan Music Academy family!