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Edmund Mendelssohn (M.A.) is currently a PhD Candidate in Music History and Literature at UC Berkeley. He has been teaching music for over ten years, privately and at the college level. After attending Berklee College of Music in 2007, Edmund graduated from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music in New York in 2012 (B.Mus, Magna Cum Laude), where he majored in Music Performance. Edmund recently earned his M.A. in Musicology at UC Berkeley, where his current studies include music history and criticism, music theory, and aesthetics with Mary Ann Smart, Nicholas Mathew, and James Davies; anthropology and social theory with Paul Rabinow; and critical theory with Ramona Naddaff. 

 While in New York, Edmund had the privilege to perform with jazz luminaries John Abercrombie, Erik Alexander, and Ambrose Akinmusire. Edmund has composed music in jazz, classical, and popular idioms, and has studied composition and improvisation with world-renowned teachers including Hal Galper, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, and Jon Faddis. Since returning to California, Edmund has also performed with Joe Gilman, Jeff Clayton, and many others.

Edmund Mendelssohn's teaching method is adaptable to each student’s interests and skill level. His previous students have ranged in age from 4 to 75, of all styles, and many have pursued conservatory study as well as professional performance.

Edmund currently travels between Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his studies and teaching. Lessons are available in the Bay Area and in the greater Sacramento area, including Davis, Roseville, Rocklin, and Lincoln.

Contact Edmund to schedule a lesson. Pricing upon request.


Piano         Guitar        Acoustic and Electric Bass        Music Theory       Jazz Improvisation                    Composition and Arranging


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