Meet our guitar instructors
Dave has been a teacher in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He studied classical guitar with Jim Bertram at CSU Hayward, where he studied for his music degree. He has co-led his rock band, Attila & Dave Project (ADP), for many years, recording three albums with the group, and touring through the U.S.No stranger to various styles of music, he is comfortable in just about any musical genre. “I love to play music.” Dave is also the piano tuner/technician, and guitar repairman at the CV School.
Joey began his music career in Atlanta playing and recording with several prominent bands, including members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level, and the Glenn Phillips Bands. Since arriving in the Bay Area in 1991, he has performed almost every concievable genre of music from Soukous to Samba-Reggae, Blues to Bluegrass.
He is best known in the Bay Area for a slew of projects with guitarist Chris Rossbach and a 13 year association with fusion band The Bartron Tyler Group.
Currently Joey plays bass with BMA nominated singer Paula Harris & the Beasts of Blues, rock outfit "Winterland" and has launched a solo career as an interpreter (and fledgling composer) of science and skeptical songs via "The Skeptic's Jukebox".
Joey's early musical influences were Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Allman Brothers, Yes and Todd Rundgren. At some point, the music of Frank Zappa became very important to him. As of late, he enjoys everything from Bela Bartok to King Crimson to Emmylou Harris to Bill Laswell to Pat Metheny. He would like to also mention Mike Keneally, Miles Davis, Bill Frisell, Steve Tibbetts, The Meters and Umphrey's McGee.
Some of the amazing musicians he has had the pleasure of recording and/or performing with include Alana Davis, Hershel Yatovich, Will Ray, Celso Alberti, Mike Vanderhule, Mumblefinger, Chris Rossbach, Ronny Crawford, Paolo Baldi, Danny Montgomery, Huge., Taylor P. Collins, Simon Russell, Billy Johnson, Scott Matthews, Tommy Bradford, Will Russ Jr., James Armstrong, Ken Harrill, John Caban, Drew Youngs, Ron E. Beck, Jack Chernos, Bryant Mills, Terry Hiatt, Mike Emerson, Garth Webber and Nir Z.
He has taught bass and guitar since 1994 at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.Joey runs a production studio called The Tomato Farm in Palo Alto. He drinks a lot of coffee and eats a lot of vegetables. His extra-musical interests include his bicycle, physics, cosmology and cooking.
Jason Bolich is a musician and actor who has been teaching in the Bay Area for over a decade. While he got a late start in music, only beginning to play at the age of 16, he has dedicated his life to performing and helping other students learn. He began playing in various bands as soon as he started playing, and has not stopped since. The bands range in style from punk, jazz, alternative rock, and even Irish folk.
Outside of performing with his bands, he is also at home in the studio, either producing or tracking the instruments himself. He went to San Francisco State University for the Music & Recording Industry program, and has been fortunate enough to work in such studios as Fantasy Studios and Sharkbite Studio.
Jason is also a theater teacher, working with the Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy. With teaching both music and theater, he likes to promote creativity for the student. While he has a student playing songs or exercises, he will also prompt the student to try new ways of using the new knowledge the student has. As a songwriter himself, he wants his students to be able to develop their own sound and style of playing that is uniquely them.
Kyle Reinhart has been teaching guitar for about 6 years. He has played in several groups playing Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Metal all over the Bay Area and in Los Angeles. He is currently the lead guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the bands “Vivifyd” and “Cosmic Sans”. He teaches both Electric and Acoustic guitar for any genre, level, or age. He is also working on a music major at Los Positas College in music composition for Classical and Jazz.