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    Cayce Carnahan- Director of Bands, Guitar, Music Technology


    Please contact me at 389-7711 (ext.# 2782) or ccarnahan@mvschools.org if you have
    any questions. For emergencies call: (510) 407-8124


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    Music advocacy and research. Please explore the following web pages!!!:

    -A collection of research that supports music education:

    -A moving short video about the benefits of studying music:

    -A PBS documentary featuring Bobby McFerrin that studies the affects of music
    on the brain:

    -Jazz rhythm and it's affects on the brain:

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    -Intermediate Jazz Band, Tues. before school and Friday at lunch (Mr. Smith)

    -Adv Jazz Band, Monday (7:50- 8:30) and Wednesday (7:50- 8:30)
    -Beginning Guitar, 2b

    -Beginning Band, Wednesday (2:15-3:15)

    -Advanced Guitar, 3b

    - Intermediate Band, 4b

    - Advanced Band, 5a

    -Wind Ensemble, 2a

    - Music Technology (section 1), 6a

    -Music Technology 2, 4a

    Beginning Band-

    Darren Smith is the director of the 5th grade band.  Please contact Darren at (dsmith@mvschools.org) if you have any questions.  I will be co-teaching the Wednesday Beginning Band practices at MVMS with Darren. 



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    Required Materials:

    Beginning Guitar- Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1/ acoustic guitar (no electrics)/ pick (1.5 mm)/ extra strings (especially 1st string E)/ capo.
    Music Technology- no materials required

    Advanced Guitar- Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 2/ same as above

    Intermediate Band-  You will need to own a copy of the Standard of Excellence book 1 and book 2 (enhanced version).  The Magic Flute should have these in stock, but you may want to call ahead. 

    Advanced Band- You will need to own a copy of the Standard of Excellence book 2 and book 3 (enhanced versions if available). The Magic Flute should have this in stock, but you may want to call ahead.
    Advanced Jazz Band- tba
    Intermediate Jazz Band- tba
    You can purchase these books from JW Pepper (800-345-6296). The Magic Flute will not have these in stock.  
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    The Calendar is Subject to Change!!! Please check back occasionally for updates.  We will wear our music dept. shirts and khaki pants to all performances.  Contact me if you need to purchase a shirt or would like to borrow one for a performance.  I also have a limited number of khaki pants to borrow.


    8/30- select Wind Ensemble students tour the elementary schools, all-day, parent drivers

    10/10- Advanced Jazz Band workshop/performance at Sonoma State University, all-day, parent drivers, 7:45am- 6:30pm

    12/10- Advanced Jazz Band and Seahorse in Sausalito, 6:30-7:00pm.  Band shirt and khaki pants

    12/18- Winter Performance, Guitar at 6 pm, Bands at 7:30, College of Marin (Kentfield Campus)

    3/27- CMEA Band Festival in Santa Rosa (Piner High School), parent carpool

    Intermediate Band, 5 pm

    Advanced Band/Wind Ensemble, 6:30

    4/22-4/26- Band Tour to Disneyland!

    4/22- Depart at Panther Time

    4/23- Film Score session in Disneyland

    4/24- Music in the Parks Festival

    4/25- Music Award Ceremony in Disneyland

    4/26- Return Home

    6/8- Spring Concert, Guitar at 6:00 pm, Bands at 7:30, MV Methodist Church




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    3/2, Crossroads Music School, 5 pm, Sweetwater, Free
    3/3, Jazz Stories (I'll be playing trumpet along with a great band of sax, piano and drums) at Pegasus Books on Solano Ave in Berkeley, 7:30 pm, FREE!
    3/8, Marin Symphony Family Concerts, 3 pm
    FAMILY CONCERT Great music for all ages! Post Concert Instrument Petting Zoo SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020 | 3 PM MARIN VETERANS' MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM Special Offer for Marin Schools and Students: Use code MARINSCHOOLS to get FREE tickets* to this performance - regular ticket prices range from $15 (youth 6-17) to $35 in Section I. *Tickets in all sections while supplies last. Does not include box office fees. 415.473.6800 OR TICKETS.MARINCENTER.ORG
    3/11- Mill Valley Philharmonic, Mt. Tam Methodist Church, 7 pm, FREE!!!
    3/15, SF Youth Orchestra, Davies Symphony Hall, 2 pm, Use promo code SFSYO2020 before choosing your seats for $15 tickets!
    3/21, Rebirth Brass Band Kids Show, 1 pm, Sweetwater
    3/21- Mnozil Brass (best brass band in the world and very funny!), UC Berkeley
    4/25, Carmina Burana!, Marin Symphony, 8 pm
    4/26, Carmina Burana, Marin Symphony, 3 pm
    3/27, Night of Blues (Redwood High Jazz and Performance Workshop Stars!), fundraiser at Mt. Tam Racquet Club, food, beverages and blues! 7-10 pm, tickets can be purchased at REDWOODHSMUSIC.ORG
    5/9, Spring Pops Concert Featuring the Music of Superheroes!, Marin Symphony, 7 pm


    Sweetwater Music Hall (Kiddo sponsor!)-  a GREAT local music venue that features live music 7 days a week (some free shows too!).  Lots of big name acts along with lesser known groups that will blow you away!  Check out their website for a complete listing (http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/calendar/) 

    Seahorse in Sausalito- a convenient and relaxed venue to catch a show and see some really talented musicians perform.  Live music 7 days a week and a great (and free!!) jam session every Tuesday at 7 pm featuring Noel Jewkes (sax) and live salsa bands every Sunday (http://ww.sausalitoseahorse.com/calendar.html). 
    Terrapin Crossraods in San Rafael- live music 7 days a week with lots of free kid-friendly family shows!
    Seahorse in Sausalito- a convenient and relaxed venue to catch a show and see some really talented musicians perform.  Live music 7 days a week and a great (and free!!) jam session every Tuesday at 7 pm featuring Noel Jewkes (sax) and live salsa bands every Sunday (http://ww.sausalitoseahorse.com/calendar.html). 
    Throckmorton Theater (http://throckmortontheatre.org/)- another GREAT local venue that features world-class live music.
    SF Jazz (https://sfjazz.org/)
    Yoshi's (http://www.yoshis.com/calendar/)
    SF Symphony
    Marin Symphony

    Music links:

    Marin Youth Symphony: This is a wonderful local youth orchestra that attracts some of the best talent in the Bay Area. It is open to advanced middle school and high school students. See the following website for more information about auditions: www.marinsymphony.org/youth/youth_orchestra.htm

    Cazadero Music Camp- a wonderful summer camp for all musicians!!  Highly recommended!!!  
    Vic Firth- A percussion website that walks you through the rudiments and has multiple videos on various techniques and styles.

    Guitar Master Class- A great resource for guitarists that includes free online lessons.

    California State Music Standards:


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    Local music stores:

    Magic Flute: San Rafael- 479-3112

    Banana's at Large- 457-7600 (guitar/bass/drums/keyboard)

    Marin Music Center: Novato- (415) 897-4131

    Bronstein's Music: South S.F.- 650-588-2502

    A+G Music: Oakland- 510-832-0381

    A Drummer's Tradition- 458-1688 (drums)

    Private Lessons
    Here's a list of GREAT local private teachers!

    James Harman (jharmanguitar@gmail.com/ 707-332-3228)
    Dave Blakey, 415-259-9824
    Vince Littleton (vincelittleton@gmail.com)
    Niels Myrner 415-419-7305
    Max Perkoff (perkoff.max@gmail.com) 
    Susan Fritz-Prey (frittersfp@gmail.com)



    Rhonda Bradetich, 208-255-9130, Rhonda@goldenflute.com



    Daniel Ferreira, ferreira.daniel.anthony@gmail.com
    Steve Bergman, 415-269-1622
    Kevin Stewart, kjstewart26@comcast.net 510.205.4198

    Kevin Stewart, kjstewart26@comcast.net 510.205.4198

    Marcia Miget, 415-457-5365



    Tyler Graves, 440-364-0770

    Bill Holmes, 415-924-1282

    Doug Morton, 510-917-9179

    Mark Nemoyten, 415-596-1741

    Nick Knoles,  nktrumpet@yahoo.com


    Max Perkoff, (perkoff.max@gmail.com)
    Tetsuya Endo, 415-521-6471, endot93728@gmail.com

    Kevin Porter, 415-269-0933


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    Katie Dennis (katedennis360@mac.com)