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Guitar Continuing Education Faculty

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Terrence Brewer

In addition to being a first-call and in-demand bandleader, record producer, concert performer and studio musician, Terrence Brewer has established himself as one of the San Francisco Bay area’s foremost music educators. For 20 years Brewer has been a private lesson instructor, master class instructor, clinician, lecturer, music workshop facilitator, and presenter to students of all ages, skill levels, and musical styles.


A Multiple-Award Winner, in addition to being a music educator, Brewer is a first- call and in-demand bandleader, record producer, concert performer, studio musician. Brewer has produced and released 11 nationally acclaimed albums (including the latest in 2019, "Don't Worry 'Bout Me; A Tribute to Ella Fitagerald and Joe Pass") on his own record label (Strong Brew Music) he started in 2006. Those albums have had several top 15 and top 10 appearances on the national jazz charts.


Brewer has performed to multiple sold-out crowds at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, and the SFJAZZ Jazz Festival. When he's not touring regionally and nationally, he finds time to instruct/facilitate music history courses, master classes, clinics, workshops, and lecture for the likes of Stanford Jazz Workshop, SFJAZZ, The Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Blue Bear School of Music, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, CMEA (California Music Educators Association), and presenting at colleges, high schools, and middles schools throughout California including Los Medanos College, Chabot College, Santa Rosa Jr College, San Francisco University High School, Edna Brewer Middle School, the Nueva School, and many others.


“One of the most important aspects, of all music traditions, is the passing on of that tradition – educating – teaching – spreading the knowledge – its essential to the continued growth of all musical styles. For me, educating, presenting, sharing what I’ve learned and observed, continues to be an important part of my journey. I was blessed to have amazingly passionate teachers who helped shape me into the musician/educator I am today and I want to give that same love of music to as many others as I can." tbrewer@sfcm.edu

Scott Cmiel

Scott Cmiel is widely known as one of the most effective and inspirational guitar instructors in the United States.  His students have won many prestigious awards and been featured on national radio and television.  His teaching has been praised by some of the guitar world's most distinguished artists including Sergio Assad, Manuel Barrueco, the Beijing Duo, Antigoni Goni, Peter and Zoltan Katona, Martha Masters, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, Benjamin Verdery, and Andrew York.  For more information visit www.scottcmiel.com or email scott.cmiel@sfcm.edu.

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Lawrence Ferrara

M.M., B.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music; performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble; prize winner, Carmel Classic Guitar Competition; served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts; author and performer of The Student Repertoire Series for Guitar Vol. 1 and 2; solo CD of American Guitar Works on the VGo label; faculty, collegiate division SFCM, City College. larry.ferrara@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Mark Simons

A leading Bay Area guitarist and sixteen-year veteran of the groundbreaking San Francisco Guitar Quartet, Mark Simons’ natural musicality and impressive technique have long been critically acclaimed. Mark has released a critically acclaimed solo release, Blue in Green, as well as four recordings with the San Francisco Guitar Quartet. marksimons.net

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Ross Thompson

English-born composer and international concert guitarist Ross Thompson spent his childhood in Puerto Rico before moving with his family to the United States. He has been invited by a number of international festivals and schools to perform including the International Festival of Contemporary Classical Music (Lima, Peru), Leo Kestenberg Musikschule Berlin, Mozarteum of Uruguay, Seoul National University, National Conservatory of Music (Rio Gallegos, Patagonia, Argentina), Peruvian North American Cultural Institute, San Francisco Performances, San Francisco Opera, and the National Conservatory of Peru. His dedication as a professor of the guitar has earned him an honorary chair, dedicated in his name, in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. During his higher education, he completed his masters and post-graduate degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at the Royal College of Music in London. rthompson@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginning, intermediate and advanced students.