Saenz, Marcos

Saenz, Marcos

Education and Background

Marcos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and certifications in Recording Arts, Live Sound, and Digital Multimedia from Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA.

Marcos has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a bassist and guitarist, and has worked in the Bay Area with Verismo Opera, San Francisco City College’s musical theatre, Performing Arts Academy of Marin, Holy Names High School’s musical troupe and orchestra, and with various chamber, jazz, and rock groups. He also works as a recording engineer and sound technician in many settings and venues. He is currently involved in an ongoing music technology art installation called Pulsefield with Stanford technologist Brent Townsend. Marcos is also Community Relations Manager at CSMA and manages Tateuchi Hall.

Marcos has taught music in the Bay Area since 2005, and has worked in a wide variety of educational settings, including: regional director and instructor for Dayjams (National Guitar Workshop’s summer music day camp for young musicians); music instructor for the city of El Cerrito’s elementary band program; band, orchestra, and digital music for Education Through Music-Bay Area and the Diocese of Oakland; bass, guitar, and rock music classes at Step Up Music in Vallejo; guitar at New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto; and guitar class, music technology, beginning and intermediate winds and strings, AP Music Theory, and guest orchestra conductor at Holy Names High School in Oakland.

Teaching Philosophy

Marcos believes that everyone has the ability to understand and create music, and works to bring out the potential in students based on their interests and needs. He enjoys working with musicians of all ages and styles.