About Brandon Johnson
Brandon discovered his passion for music at the age of ten years old. After picking up the guitar, he taught himself tunes by Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. By middle school and high school, he fell in love with bands and solo artists such as Metallica, Slipknot, RUSH, John Petrucci, and Steve Morse.
After graduating high school, Brandon attended Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and learned from his mentors Bennett Friedman and Mark Anderman. At this school, Brandon took classes in ear-training, music theory, jazz improvisation, jazz arranging, and piano. After graduating from SRJC in 2013 and receiving his associate’s degree in Humanities, Brandon attended Sonoma State University from 2014-2016 with a focus in Jazz Studies for his bachelor's degree. He learned from professors Doug Leibinger, Randy Vincent, and Kasey Knudsen. In addition, he received classical guitar lessons from Eric Caballo. Finally, Brandon attended California State University Long Beach from 2016-2018 and received his master's degree in Jazz Studies while studying under Jeff Jarvis, Jimmy Emerzian, Michael Higgins, and Ray Briggs.
Brandon has a strong love for music and continues to practice every day. Although he takes music seriously, he enjoys making it fun for his students. Brandon teaches all ages groups and is open to teaching music theory, ear-training, composition and sight-reading, and how to play guitar in multiple genres such as classical guitar, pop, metal, jazz, and many other styles.