Rich Kuhns InstructorRich Kuhns - Bay Area native Rich Kuhns has been a part of the music scene for more than twenty-five years.  His versatility on piano, accordion and electric keyboards has led to collaborations with Nelson Riddle, touring with Harry Belafonte, recording with Richie Cole and accompanying impressionist Frank Gorshin and Brazilian diva Elza Soares. His work has appeared in films, including Henry and June and the DVD release of Ratatouille, PBS programs including American Masters and numerous commercial spots including Burton Snowboards, Chevron and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce.

He currently performs with original jazz, blues, latin and folk ensembles throughout the Bay Area.  He teaches jazz theory classes and provides instruction for piano and accordion privately and through the Community School Of Music And Art.

Teaching Experience

Community School Of Music And Art
Mountain View, Calif.
2004 - present
Private instruction in jazz piano and accordion.  Instructor: Play And Apply Jazz Theory class and Jazz Combo classes.
College of San Mateo Jazz Department
2003 - present
Periodic advisor to CSM Big Band rhythm section coaching ensemble consistency and fluency in interpretation of swing and Latin styles.
Stanford University Jazz Department
2002 - present
Periodic advisor to student jazz combos providing coaching in ensemble cohesion and interaction/ interpretation of jazz styles and group arranging.
California Arts Council Artist In Residence
Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Calif.
2001 academic year
Development of weekly lecture demonstrations to combined music classes covering wide-ranging aspects of the music profession and of music appreciation.  Coaching of four jazz combos.
Private instructor. Menlo Park, Calif.
1986 - present
Beginning through advanced jazz keyboard performance, composition, theory and arranging instruction to private students.
Willow Oaks School. Menlo Park, Calif.
1998 academic year
Volunteer teacher’s aide in a second grade class.
Teaching Days / Hours
Gelb Music Teaching Institute where our receptionist is on duty from 2:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday - Friday (650) 365-0875.