private lessons with mason Razavi

Teaching is an art and craft that is dear to my heart just like performing and composing. While I maintain a busy teaching schedule, I have a limited number of spaces available for private students, particularly those wanting to study jazz guitar and/or composition and arranging.  - Mason

 

 Teaching Experience

10 years of private studio teaching experience

Lecturer at De Anza College 

Jazz Guitar Instructor at West Valley College 

Jazz Guitar Instructor at Mission College

Conducted private lessons, masterclasses and educational performances for South Bay Guitar Society, Vancouver Classic Guitar Society, San Jose State University, San Jose Jazz, Alum Rock High School Jazz program, and other Bay Area music schools and music programs

 

Educational performance at De Anza College - June 2015

Educational performance at De Anza College - June 2015

"Jazz For Classical Guitarists" clinic for the South Bay Guitar Society's annual "Guitar Fest" in San Jose, CA - 2013

"Jazz For Classical Guitarists" clinic for the South Bay Guitar Society's annual "Guitar Fest" in San Jose, CA - 2013

Performing with students during a clinic with the Vancouver Classic Guitar Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2013

Performing with students during a clinic with the Vancouver Classic Guitar Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Jazz Vocabulary for the Developing Student
    • Creating a practical repertoire of jazz standards
    • Learning the language of jazz through listening and transcription
    • How to apply ideas from transcription to tunes to build vocabulary
  • Solo and Duo playing
    • How to effectively accompany singers and instrumentalists
    • Strategies for unaccompanied soloing 
    • Chord melody
    • Walking bass lines + chords
  • Composition
    • Using cellular and motivic ideas to to write tunes
    • Counterpoint as a composition tool 
    • Analysis of standard repertoire for inspiration of new ideas
  • Arranging  
    • How to personalize standard tunes (writing intros/outros, reharmonization, rhythmic hits, etc)
    • Arranging for medium and large jazz ensembles
  • Demystifying Jazz and Improvisation for classical musicians and others