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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:

    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





    -Int Jazz Band, Tues. before school and Wed. at lunch

    -Adv Jazz Band, Wednesday (8:00- 8:30), Friday (8:00- 8:30)
    -Beginning Band, Wednesday (2:15- 3:15)                                                                                                                            

    -Beginning Guitar, 2b

    -Advanced Guitar, 3b

    - Intermediate Band, 1a

    - Advanced Band, 5b

    - Music Technology (section 1), 2a

    -Music Technology (section 2), 4a

    -Music Technology (section 3), 6a

    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.  
    • Vintage Clip Art - Antique Musical Printers Ornaments - The Graphics ...

    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.


    10/30/2018- Advanced Jazz Band at the Seahorse in Sausalito (6:30 pm)


    12/10/2018- Winter Concert, Bands at 7:30 p.m./Guitar at 6 p.m., Methodist Church


    12/13/2018- Intermediate Jazz Band at the Seahorse in Sausalito (6:30 pm)


    1/18/2019- CMEA JAZZ FESTIVAL, Sonoma State University, Intermediate Jazz Band 2 p.m., Advanced Jazz Band 3:30 p.m., parent drivers


    1/30, 2/1, 2/2- Marin County Honor Band, invitation only


    3/2/19- CMEA Band Festival at Piner H.S. in Santa Rosa, parent drivers

    Advanced Band- 9:00 AM warm-up, 9:30 performance

    Intermediate Band- 11:30 AM warm-up, 12:00 PM performance


    4/26/2019- Discovery Kingdom Band Tour, Advanced Band and Advanced Jazz Band, all day! bus


    5/2/19- Kiddo Day, Advanced Guitar Ensemble, 8 am


    5/13- Scholarship Audition, see me for additional info


    5/21/19- Jazz Bands at Seahorse, 6:00 pm, band shirts


    5/27/2019- Memorial Day Parade, Jazz Combo


    TBA- Scholarship Auditions, 3-6 pm, see me for additional info


    6/6- Intermediate Band attends SF Symphony open rehearsal and tours SF Conservatory of Music, all day, bus


    6/10/2019- All Bands/ Guitar Spring Concert, Methodist Church

    Guitar- 5:30 call (meet at the church) and 6 pm performance

    Bands- 6:45 call (meet at the band room) and 7:30 pm performance


    • Colorful Musical Notes - Free Clip Art 


    6/7, Marin Country Mart (Bill Belasco Quintet, trombone, sax, piano, bass, drums), 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, 6 pm, FREE!


    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) (http://ww.sausalitoseahorse.com/calendar.html)
    Throckmorton Theater (http://throckmortontheatre.org/)- another GREAT local venue that features world-class live music.
    Blue Note Napa (http://www.bluenotenapa.com/) 
    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

    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:
    I encourage all students who are interested in taking private lessons to call me to get a list of private teachers in the area.

    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, (tylergraves@gmail.com) 

    Bill Holmes, 415-924-1282

    Doug Morton, 510-917-9179

    Mark Nemoyten, 415-596-1741

    Nick Knoles,  nktrumpet@yahoo.com


    Tetsuya Endo, 415-521-6471, endot93728@gmail.com

    Max Perkoff, (perkoff.max@gmail.com)

    Trevor Bjorklund, (trevorbjorklund@gmail.com)

    Kevin Porter, 415-269-0933

    French Horn  

    Katie Dennis (katedennis360@mac.com)