Meet Our Teaching Faculty

San Francisco’s Best Music Teachers & Educators


Our Team, One Commitment

Our faculty is deeply committed to teaching as a profession, dedicated to helping students meet their unique goals.

Blue Bear teachers also work as musicians, expert in their individual crafts, with significant experience in the music industry.

Teacher Bios

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Elias Mathus

Elías Mathus is a multi-instrumentalist who was born and raised in the Bay Area.  He started playing guitar and bass at eight years of age; as he got older he added drums and piano and as many other instruments as he could.  He has played at the Chapel, Bottom of the Hill, the Fillmore, and many other venues in the Bay Area.  He loves many genres of music, but he’s most known for playing metal, punk, and jazz.  Elias teaches private lessons and group classes, and is also a summer camp instructor.

Amanda VanderMeer

Amanda VanderMeer graduated with high honors from Portland Community College’s Professional Music Program and has been playing and writing music for twenty-five years, touring the globe and releasing two studio albums. Since 2006, she has taught a wide range of ages in drums, piano, vocals, music theory, and songwriting. She plays drums in her current band Deathtrap America.  Amanda teaches private lessons and band workshops and is Co-Director of our All Star Band Program.

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