Our School

Be Natural Music is a music school based in Santa Cruz, California,  directed by Matthew D Pinck AKA "yoga matt."  Our school offers private music lessons, band classes, an after school music program and music camps, as well as the Real Rock Band experience. Students learn:

Basic Music Fundamentals
Classical & Jazz Theory
Rhythm Notation & Clap Counting
Tablature & Chord Recognition
Songs, Improvisation & Composition
Band Experience, Performance & Studio Recording

Music styles

Rock  |  Jazz  |  Blues  |  Classical  |  Folk  |  Funk

OUR TEACHERS FOLLOW THE TEACHING GUIDELINES SET UP BY BE NATURAL MUSIC


OUr teachers


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Matthew D. Pinck

Music Director, RRB Teacher & Instructor for Guitar,  Bass, & Vocals

Teaching Music since Sept 1998

Matthew (fondly known as "Yoga Matt") has collectively studied music since the age of five. Among his arsenal of music expertise are: guitar, vocals, composition, piano, electric bass and drums. His vast formal training has taken place in top schools, such as UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and Cabrillo, eventually earning his Bachelors in Jazz Guitar from Skidmore College in New York.

Over the years, Matt has gained much professional experience performing in Jazz and Rock bands, as well as performing solo.

Matt takes a unique and creative approach to teaching that engages students to bring out their best, learning theory as well as valuable performance techniques.

 

Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman

Music Teacher, Rock Band Teacher & Instructor for Piano, Vocals, & Saxophone

Teaching Music since 2013

Sarah has been playing saxophone for well over twelve years. She studied music at UCSC, earning a Bachelors in Community Studies with a minor in Jazz. Sarah has a special talent for working with young children, developing special rhythm exercises and games, making learning music fun. Everyone adores Sarah!

Sarah also teaches song-writing. Her creativity helps young children come up with lyrics and melodies all on their own! She guides her students through basic song-writing technique, while encouraging their creativity. 

*Sarah is also a Certified Sound Therapist


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Barbara Martin

Drum & Multi-Percussionist Instructor

Drummer and Multi-Percussionist Barbara Martin is originally from Guantanamo City, Cuba. She went to Vocational School of the Arts in Guantanamo, then Professional School of the Arts in Santa Clara and eventually attending the University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba as a Percussion Major. During her studies, she had the opportunity to perform with the Harvard Symphony Orchestra and was also the lead percussionist and Timpanist in The Santa Clara Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band for more than 9 years. She has played with various bands in Cuba playing popular and traditional music of Cuba like Rason, Ella's Son, Elizabeth and Razones, Cadencia and Alter Ego. She eventually taught percussion at the schools that she went to as a student. In 2012, she relocated to Doha, Qatar to play nightly as a percussionist and lead vocalist at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for four years. 

Upon arriving in the United States, she took on the Drummer and Lead Vocal positions in several bands performing in different genres-Jazz, Latin, Pop and Rock in bands like Catch the Groove, The Integral Latin Band, Barbara and the Boys, Bomba Jazz, Barbara Martin Group, Alma Rumbera Band, Modern Groove Experience Big Band, Martin/Soriano Duo and various solo projects.

She teaches voice and piano but is a specialist on percussion. Her primary instrument is Latin Percussion-Timbales, Congas, Bongos, Cajon Flamenco and Minor Percussion. Her formal Classical training makes her equally adapted to teaching and performing with the Vibraphone, Marimba, Xylophone and Timpani. She focuses on making music learning fun and engaging endeavor where students get to learn their favorite music, as well as get some introductions to new and exciting instruments and music genres that they may not be familiar with. Students will also learn Basic Theory, reading music notation, performance techniques and making the best out of every performance situation.


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Damon Orion

Guitar & Bass Instructor

Damon Orion is a guitar & bass instructor who specializes in rock, blues, classical, metal, folk, country and many other styles. Along with being a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, he studied music theory, classical guitar and piano at U.C. Santa Cruz. 

Damon believes that music should be a pleasure for students, not a chore. He strives to make his lessons fun while also giving his students a solid musical foundation based in proper technique and a well-rounded knowledge of scales, chords, arpeggios, etc. His lessons are tailored to the specific needs and goals of his students, whether the focus is on theory, note reading, improvisation, technique, ear training, songwriting or simply learning songs.