• SECONDARY MUSIC TEACHERS

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John Harrington

School: Oakland Technical High School

Since 2008, Mr. Harrington has made his home in the Bay Area, raising a family while continuing to perform, record and teach music in OUSD at Redwood Heights Elementary School, Grass Valley Elementary School, and the OUSD Summer Jazz Camp. He has performed with Big O (OUSD Music Teacher Big Band) the SFJazz Monday Night Band, Stop Time, and Orbital Quintet. He has recently accepted the position of Director of Music at Oakland Technical High School 2020-2021. 

Mr. Harrington teaches Piano/Voice, Guitar, Mixed Orchestra Ensemble, and Advanced Jazz Band.

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BA in Ethnomusicology, Brown University; MA in Music Education, San Francisco State University

Zachary Pitt-Smith

School: Edna Brewer Middle School


Since 2007, Mr. Pitt-Smith has been teaching music at Edna Brewer Middle School, building a robust and exemplary program. Brewer's program has concert band, string orchestra and general music tracks, in addition to an after-school jazz program, Chinese Orchestra, and steel drums.  In addition he is an assistant director of the OUSD Summer Jazz Camp. He has performed with Big O (OUSD Music Teacher Big Band) and his Brazilian music projects Oakland Samba Revue and Grupo Falso Baiano.

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B.A. in guitar performance and composition from U.C.L.A.

Randy Porter

School: Roosevelt Middle School

Randy Porter grew up in Oakland, and has been an active performer for over 30 years. He has been a member of many bands, and performed on many recordings as well. His primary professional mission is to dedicate himself to teaching music in Oakland, and many of his students have gone on to perform to great acclaim.

Mr. Porter teaches band, orchestra, jazz band, guitar, rock band, and choir. In addition, Roosevelt has a comprehensive daily after school music program including chamber music, mariachi, jazz, and private and small group instruction from some of the most highly acclaimed teachers in the Bay area.

 

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Bachelor of Fine Arts, Masters in Ed (In Progess)

Andre San-Chez

School: Westlake Middle School

Mx. San-Chez has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and has been most recently seen working with Bay Area Children's Theatre on both the stage and classroom environments.

At Westlake we strive to give students the knowledge and practical skills to be a successful artist whether that's visual or performing. We also stive to mold over all better humans by teaching confidence, character, and empathy. Our classes include Visual Art, Drama, Choir, Dance, and Instrumental Music which showcases students work 3 times a year with our Winter FAN (Fine Arts Night) , Black History Month Celebration, and Spring FAN.

Last Modified on August 16, 2021