“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Embodying that philosophy, Tim Cleary started playing guitar, saxophone, harmonica
and singing in his preteens and is still playing 45 years later. He has a lot of experience
to draw from, having played a wide variety of music ranging from folk, rock, blues and
pop to jazz.
Lesson plans are determined by the wants and needs of the student. Tim enjoys
having a balance of children and adults in his teaching schedule and particularly enjoys
working with adults who have always wanted to play guitar, but never got around to it or
were turned off by earlier experiences. His relaxed, easygoing teaching style helps to
ensure that you have fun and his ongoing study of the recent developments in brain
plasticity and in the power of “deliberate” practice will add much value to your lessons.
Tim graduated with Honors from The Musicians Institute (GIT) in 1993. He has also
attended seminars or had private lessons with such notables as Jim Hall, Mimi Fox,
Mick Goodrick, Mark Levine, Kai Eckhardt and John Stowell. Tim has been performing
and teaching in the Bay area since 1994.