Richard Ciavarelli has over 28 years combined experience as a professional jazz pianist, composer and educator. He graduated from SDSU in 1988 with a bachelors degree in music composition and obtained his masters degree in education from National University in 1998.
As a professional musician, Mr. Ciavarelli has performed with jazz greats such as Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin and Gary Foster to name a few. He has played with many different groups throughout San Diego.
Mr. Ciavarell has written several curriculums and two unique music composition pilot programs using state-of-the-art computer technology. His extensive experience as a professionalmusician creates a unique perspective for his student’s that allows them to getinsights on what it’s like to be a real professional musician. Mr. Ciavarelli has been a teacher in the San Diego City School district for over 19 years. He started the Band, Jazz Band & Percussion programs at CPMA Middle school where he currently teaches. All his ensembles are award winning groups and have performed at such venues as Sea World and the House of Blues.
Richard is married and has two children.