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

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


OUr teachers


Matthew D. Pinck

Music Director, Rock Band Teacher & Instructor for Guitar,  Bass, Vocals & Piano

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

After School Music Teacher, Rock Band Teacher & Instructor for Piano & Saxophone

Sarah has been playing saxophone for well over ten 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. She has now been with us for four years, and is adored by the students.

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. 


Cameron Escovedo

Drum Instructor

Cameron started playing drums at a very young age. He has been surrounded by music his whole life, starting with his father who is also a professional drummer! Cameron studied music all through high school in Marching, Concert, and Jazz Band. He is now studying Music at Cabrillo College playing in every ensemble available, studying Music Theory and Piano. Outside of school Cameron plays drums for many different bands, musicals, and recording sessions around Santa Cruz and the Bay Area. His main band "The Inciters" just finished recording and went on a European Tour in July 2015 and 2016!

Cameron's teaching methods revolve around teaching his students the important skills they need to know in order to be the best players they can be, while making sure that the students are also learning everything they want to learn! He exposes his students to amazing professional drummers of the past and present.  Making sure his students are always having fun and learning is his first priority!

Cameron Escovedo is Endorsed by Impressions Cymbals & Regal Tip Sticks.


Damon Orion

Guitar, Bass & Piano Instructor

Damon Orion is a guitar, bass and piano 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.