Dave Rapson

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“I’ve been playing classical music all of my life and was looking for a teacher who would bridge the gap to playing jazz as efficiently and enjoyably as possible. It’s not an easy switch – so much to learn… and un-learn. When I heard that one of the top young jazz performers in Sacramento had initially trained as a classical pianist, I was thrilled. Brenden has been the perfect teacher for this transition. From the very first lesson it was clear that he has a well-constructed pedagogical plan — a mix of theory, technique, listening, and just messing around (“jamming” is probably a generous description of my current improv abilities). Bottom line is that I’m having a great time and making steady progress. Brenden is laid back and an absolute master at conveying the material. He explains musical concepts with amazing clarity, and when words aren’t up to the task, he just demonstrates. For me it’s a long-term project. I have a busy career that only allows a limited time for practice, so I really appreciate Brenden’s patience. I’m sure he’s excellent for students of all types and levels; but if you’re trying to make the classical-jazz transition, don’t bother looking any further. You won’t find anyone better.”

-Dave Rapson 1 year

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