Gary Breitbard Music

Gary Breitbard Music

About Gary Breitbard Music

I have a long musical history, starting with classical piano as a child. I took up folk guitar in college, and then banjo and fiddle during the folk revival of the 60's. I was inspired by the Berkeley Folk Music Festival which took place during that era and which brought to the West Coast some of the great traditional musicians of the 20th Century, such as Tommy Jarrell, Roscoe Holcomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Sam and Kirk McGee and countless others.

What differentiates us

All of my teaching is based on the traditional aural method. I teach phrase by phrase until some level of learning takes place. The entire piece is then put on a cassette tape for home study. I also provide a written copy of the piece for reference purposes. No memorization is ever required in this method. You learn the pieces by heart as you go. Reading music is a very useful skill, but it's not part of my teaching method. You should not be staring at a piece of paper while you play; your brain power becomes used up doing visual processing. Little is left over for listening to the music, paying attention to your instrument, your hands and arms, and your body rhythm. The eyes should be used to make visual contact with the instructor or with the audience when you're performing.

Palo Alto,
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Business Hours:
By appointment only

Yelp Reviews (3) Yelp

I've been taking accordion lessons for about 9 months now with Gary. He is a great guy, a teacher with a sense of humor, and generous with his tim... read more

Gary and Jena put on a great show and play their parts with authenticity, whatever style of music they are playing. Very engaging to the audience ... read more

Gary is an excellent teacher and a wonderful performer. I have been taking buttton accordion lessons from him for a short while and have had so mu... read more

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