Do you play piano, guitar, percussion, or drums?

“Meet A Teacher” from The Master Musician!

C.MitchellC. Mitchell


C. Mitchell holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music/Education.  He is a credentialed teacher authorized by the California Department of Education.  Mitchell has over a decade of teaching experience as full time faculty with Inland Valley Public Schools.

As an educator, Mitchell has taught hundreds of students, ranging from very young children through adults.  He specializes in tailoring each lesson to the individual needs and interests of his students.   He likes to teach the fundamentals of music and theory, but in a fun way.   Students are encouraged to bring their favorite songs or bands on cds or Ipods and enjoy learning how to play them.  

As a performer, Mitchell has played virtually all styles of music and is a current performer.   He has been involved in recording and live shows of music ranging from World Beat to Classic Rock, Classical to Grunge, and Jazz to Hip Hop or Metal.   So, whether you want to learn to play around the house, or in a school setting, or in a band with friends, Mitchell can get you where you want to be to achieve your goals.  

Call the store to schedule a lesson @951-677-7575!

You can check out all our Lesson Instructors on our website.


Drum Roll Please…..

p308297242-3We are so excited to announce a new addition to our Music Lesson Instructors! JOHN MARIO is a name you won’t soon forget! Inland Valley Symphony has just announced that John Mario will be stepping up to the podium as it’s NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR and CONDUCTOR for the 2014-2015 season! We are so excited for him! He has also teamed up with The Master Musician to give Piano Lessons! We feel so honored! Here are many reviews of his amazing performances!

“I think it’s fair to say that many Jackie concert-goers would just rather not hear the orchestral numbers at all. However, the Marin Symphony, conducted by John Mario di Costanzo, was a powerhouse. I didn’t hear a single weak instrument or awkward passage. The concert began with Mascagni’s much-loved Intermezzo to Cavalleria Rusticana; an especially strong interpretation of this piece of music.” —Magique fan review

“The Marin Orchestra then presented an astounding interpretation of The Pirates of the Caribbean. The dynamics were flawless, the sheer presence of the orchestra irresistible. It isn’t even a particular favorite music to me, but I was still transfixed by the magic John Mario was directing.” —Magique fan review

“John Mario began Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody with a startling command of his piano. There were no dropped notes, no missed phrases, no odd tempos. The dynamics were just phenomenal all through the concert, but with this piece, John Mario as pianist shined bright, that light helping to illume the entire orchestra in a kind of controlled frenzy. Again, I feel that people who came to see only Jackie found it hard to ignore such a high level of pianism, orchestral power and majesty. Afterwards, entering the stage again, Jackie with big eyes exclaimed, “That was awesome!” —Magique fan review

421977_608684002476187_122396365_nREVIEWS FROM TRI-CITIES OPERA TENURE:
“Tri-Cities Opera concludes its season this weekend with a lush and haunting interpretation of Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. … another excellent production with a fine cast and a stunning orchestra led by John Mario Di Costanzo.” — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror

“Under John Mario Di Costanzo, the already-fine TCO orchestra never has sounded better. The playing was much tighter, cleaner and brighter than in some of the past productions I have seen. Di Costanzo’s attention to detail in every aspect of the score brought a crisper realization of Mozart’s brilliant writing for instruments and his understanding of the human voice. After a marvelous reading of the opera’s overture (the theme of which is repeated near the end of the opera), Di Costanzo, TCO’s new music and associate artistic director, was consistent throughout in guiding the musicians to realize a nearly perfect ensemble.” — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror

“Attending Tri-Cities Opera’s final dress rehearsal Wednesday (Feb. 9) for Giuseppe Verdi’s perennial favorite, La Traviata, I did not believe this production could surpass the excellence of last fall’s Cosi Fan Tutte. I was wrong. What maestro John Mario Di Costanzo has done is to, literally, transform the opera’s orchestra to such a high level of playing that it’s hard to imagine these already fine musicians could sound even better. — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror

“Di Costanzo has an innate ability to draw out the finer nuances of Verdi’s rich score, from the haunting prelude (played beautifully by the strings and brass) to his attention to detail with every soloist and choral moment. He “breathes” with his singers, giving them room for ample interpretive moments and deep artistic liberty with Verdi’s riveting music.” — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror


“Tri-Cities Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and was not disappointed. All of the principals were strong with a few standouts. No surprise here that the orchestra also was excellent under the firm hand of Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo. The overture, a signature piece, was worth the price of admission.” — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror

“As usual, maestro John Mario Di Costanzo has drilled his musicians well, and the orchestra played Puccini’s score with aplomb. His attention to detail was quite amazing especially when he asked the musicians’ to isolate each note in one section and really stress their importance. Because Puccini’s score relies on long lines, painfully haunting musical themes and often strong and isolated chords, it is imperative to play as an ensemble, and Di Costanzo is master of this.” — Tony Vilecco, Broome Arts Mirror

“Playing a grueling, non-stop score, the orchestra under Maestro John Mario Di Costanzo is to be highly commended for its rock-solid foundation for the opera.” — Lee Shepard, Broome Arts Mirror

“Even before the curtain rose, the intense opening notes in the orchestra at the Sarasota Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor crackled with energy. Conductor John Di Costanzo quickly established that his approach to this music was going to be forceful; tempos were rapid, climaxes loud. His excellent ensemble responded with brilliant clarity and detail.” — The St. Petersburg Times

“John Di Costanzo’s musical direction was every bit as suave as his matinée idol looks.” — Opera Now

“With a colorful production in Sarasota’s traditional style, young conductor John Mario di Costanzo led the orchestra with a fizzing vitality and an impressive sense of Donizetti’s comedy style.” — South Florida Review

You can check out JOHN MARIO’S BIO here! We can’t wait to get to know the musicians that are going to take advantage of John Mario’s expertise! To set up a lesson with John Mario, please call The Master Musician @951-677-7575.

Got my instrument, Check! Now what?

I hope you picked an instrument that fit the needs of your family! Glad that part is over, but now comes the whole learning how to play thing…

If your kiddo is in band, that is awesome! It’s a great place to get them playing as a group! However, we need to make sure the money we are paying for the instrument and the time invested is worth it. We love little Snooki Pie, but are we getting the bang for our buck? Giving a person an instrument and telling them to go play something, is like putting a swimsuit on your child and telling them to go swim. Drowning is a bad thing. I hope you agree. It is important for us to nurture the musical possibility in ever person, no matter what their age…ummm…that kinda makes me think I’m suppose to go start playing something…Ok, I’ll get there eventually.

Back to nurturing…there are a few basic things that every child should know: how to clean their instrument, hold it correctly, how to prevent denting, dropping, and/or completely destroying it (even though our handy repair techs got your back), and how to play a sound. All of this can be personally shown to you in The Master Musician. Even if you got your instrument from somewhere else {screeches in horror and disbelief}…just kidding…our friendly staff would be glad to go over these basics with you. I could try, but, every instrument is different and since I am new at this too, the best thing is for me to send you to the professionals.

I think we are moving in the right direction so far. Your kids are in band and now they understand the workings of their instruments. If you’re ready to spend more money on Johnny and Susie Q, please say aye and make a squinty face like you’re a pirate! LOL! ok, sorry…I’ve probably lost some of you right about now. Hang in there! When you had kids you knew all your money would disappear anyway. There is new meaning to the quote “money makes itself wings and flys away”. Ok, joking aside, your kids need LESSONS! You know why I never learned to play the flute? I had about 2 lessons. I am now successfully a wanna be flute player. So sad, I know. Band is great for kids, but when you think about how there is only one band director and all those students, it might be difficult for your child to get the individualized attention that he or she needs to start improving.

Here’s the nitty gritty. Lessons are usually once a week and can range from $25 to $30 per half hour. At The Master Musician, we have 3 lesson rooms and a waiting area for the parents with free wifi. There are 4 instructors: David Jerome (guitar, bass guitar, ukulele), David Bradley (clarinet, saxophone, oboe), Kara Wuchner (flute, piccolo), and Yaphet Jones (trumpet). They are all extremely professional and most play in bands and symphonies. Get to know them! You can check out their bio’s on our website. under Lessons. If your instrument is not listed please give the store a call because we can find someone that teaches lessons for your instrument.   951-677-7575

Here is Wiki P’s thoughts on lessons…”Music lessons are a type of formal instruction in playing a musical instrument or singing. Typically, a student taking music lessons meets a music teacher for one-on-one training sessions ranging from 30 minutes to one hour in length over a period of weeks or years. For vocal lessons, teachers show students how to sit or stand and breathe, and how to position the head, chest, and mouth for good vocal tone. For instrument lessons, teachers show students how to sit or stand with the instrument, how to hold the instrument, and how to manipulate the fingers and other body parts to produce tones and sounds from the instrument. Music teachers also assign technical exercises, musical pieces, and other activities to help the students improve their musical skills. While most music lessons are one-on-one (private), some teachers also teach groups of two to four students (semi-private lessons), and, for very basic instruction, some instruments are taught in large group lessons, such as piano and acoustic guitar. Private lessons can also take place through live video chat using webcam and Videotelephony.[1][2] “

I hope you can see the value of investing in your child’s musical endeavor. Think of the proud moments you will have when you see your baby (fyi…a baby can be a child of any age…my children are well aware of the fact that they will always be my babies…forever!!) on the field marching, or in a symphony, or maybe even one of those loud bands that are oh so different from a band band. Your kids are worth it!

Next, I will be looking into the different styles of music…should be educational!

The Master Musician