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After 20 years as MA's Music Director, Bob Schleeter set out to document the experience, and champion one of his favorites causes - meaningful, student-driven music education.

Thefirst article was written for the Berklee College of Music Alumini magazine, Berklee Today, and is titled A Model for the Next Millennium.
A slightlylonger version of the article can be found in text form.

Thesecond article was written for Marin Academy's annual magazine, NEXUS, and focuses on our Advanced Jazz Ensemble's trip to Boston for the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, and seeks to illustrate the point that the magic happens when students take ownership.

MA Music Director and Instructor Bob Schleeter's website is 

MA Music InstructorDartanyan Brown has a long history of jazz and American music performance. Dart will be "on assignment" for much of the 2013-14 school year. See his website for the exciting details.


Curent coaches include Steve Riffkin (keyboards, vocal harmonies), Amber Morris (voice), Ben Isaacs (percussion) Ken Cook (keyboards and Latin Music) and Dartanyan Brown (bass and all things musical).

Other recent coaches include Richard Leiter (keyboards), Susie Davis (keyboards, vocal harmonies), Rita Lackey (vocals), Teerth Gonzalez (drums and percussion), Robbie Belgrade (drums and percussion), and Cayce Carnahan (trumpet).

Past workshop presenters include Zakir Hussain (master tabla player from North India), Tom Johnston (guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for The Doobie Brothers), Roy Rodgers (Delta blues guitar), Mel Martin, Samuka Bahia (Brazilian capoiera and samba), Edgardo Cambón (Latin percussion) Malik Khan (son of Indian sarod Master Ali Akbar Khan) and Andres Condon-Vial (Chilean singer-songwriter).

Sax greatMel Martin played with Dizzy for two years, as well as James Brown, BB King and many others

PercussionistRachael Bouch-Dimonstein graduated from the program in the mid-nineties and has made extended trips to Cuba and Spain to study. Her group, Locura is based in the East Bay.