Masters, Randy

Masters, Randy

Education and Background

Randy Masters received his BA in Interrelations of Music and Film from UC Santa Cruz. He has done extensive post-graduate studies in Music, Sacred Geometry, Acoustics, and Alternative Healing Methods. Randy has also studied music with Roger Adams and Henry Mancini.

Randy has been a professional musician since 1964. He has played with Tito Puente’s Latin Jazz All-stars, Cal Tjader, Charlie Byrd, Lou Harrison, Batucaje (Brazil), Tocara (Mexico), Ashwin Batish (India), Hedzoleh Soundz (Ghana, Africa), Samba Ngo (Belgian Congo), O.J. Ekemode (Nigeria), Bob Brozman, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Ruth Brown (Jazz Blues vocalist), Bobby Darin, and Randy Masters Multi-national Band.

Randy has been an active composer since 1966, writing hundreds of pieces for theatre, films, and recording groups in diverse styles, including classical jazz and world music. His instruments include trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, guitar, piano and percussion.

Randy was formerly a lecturer in jazz and composition, Head of Jazz Studies, and an Artist-in-Residence at UC Santa Cruz. He also taught at San Jose State University, Foothill, DeAnza, and West Valley Jr. Colleges over a period of 10 years. He has taught jazz piano, trumpet, and guitar since 1968, both privately and at major universities. He was the recipient of two NEA grants in composition, jazz studies, and world music. Currently Randy teaches Music and Consciousness at California Institute of Psychoacoustics in San Francisco.

Teaching Philosophy

“I treat each student as a holistic individual who is seeking to grow as a musician and on a personal development level. I focus on the knowledge of varied musical styles, including jazz, classical, world music, and music theory, harmony, arranging, repertoire, and in developing communication skills. Each student’s course of study is based on desired goals, skill level, personal interest, requirements of each idiom and what I perceive as a student’s soul development and expression. Study material is developed for each student as well as taken from the repertoire of each idiom, including special materials developed over a 38-year teaching career. I specialize in all styles of jazz, popular, blues and world music styles, as well as composition.