Instruments Taught: Guitar (beginning through advanced), Acoustic & Electric Bass (beginning through advanced), Cello (beginning through advanced), Piano (beginning through advanced), Ukulele (beginning through advanced), Songwriting, Composition
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Years playing: 16+
Teaching Since: 2012
Musical Influences: Start with James Brown and Led Zeppelin and continue on to Tito Puente and Thundercat. The best shows I’ve ever seen have been Breakbot, Vulfpeck, and Antonio Sanchez.
Education: California Jazz Conservatory & West Valley College
Musical Projects: Whirl’d (hip-hop/math rock/jazz fusion), The Jurassic (funk/hip-hop), Drop Dead Sixty (Prog/Grunge), The Renegades (straight ahead soul and funk)
Key teaching concepts: Be musical! In all you do be musical. Whether it is a scale, technique exercise, or the 3rd chair part when you were hoping for lead, be musical. Think how can use this moment to become a better musician and create something pleasant to listen to?
Book/Methods Used: Suzuki Method (cello), Alfred’s (piano), Simandl Technique Book (Acoustic bass)
Teaching Days: Monday, Thursday
William Bohrer, an enthusiastic, skilled & educated multi-instrumentalist, joined the Music Time Academy Staff just as he wrapped up intensive Music studies at The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. In his years at the Jazz Conservatory, William studied under Jeff Massanari and Steve Erquiaga, also studying bass with Jeff Denson. His prior music education included studies at West Valley College with Hristo Vitchev and Neil Kelly, plus a semester focusing on Brazilian fingerstyle guitar with Hugo Wainzinger and bass lessons from Gus Kambeitz.
William enjoyed the good fortune of starting music lessons at a very young age (hint, hint, parents), so he cannot even recall a time that he did not know music – what a fantastic feeling! First playing piano at the age of 6, William next switched to cello at 9 years old. At 12 years old, he added guitar into his music practice, while still continuing cello in and out of school music programs. He later picked up the bass & ukulele on a whim (because when you already play cello, guitar & piano you’re pretty much an invincible musical superhero). When William entered college at age 17, he immediately began to play in multiple bands, which led him to also begin writing his own original music, in addition to working with vocalists to bring their songs to life.