Meet Your Performing Arts Teachers
We are so pleased to have a dynamic Performing Arts program at Rio Vista Middle School. Music Directors’ office hours are school days 8:30-9:30 and 3:45-4:15 at Rio Vista, and other times by appointment.
-Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, California State University, Northridge
-Credential work completed through University of California, Santa Barbara
-Single-Subject in Music (K-12), State of California, completed August 2004
-Professional Clear Credential, State of California, completed June 2006
-Initial Teaching License (Music k-12), State of Oregon, completed August 2007
16 years of teaching in public schools - Los Angeles USD, Carpinteria USD, Portland Public Schools, Ventura USD, and the Rio School District.
I try to teach and instruct the “whole” student. My students strive to learn up to the national Music standards for grades 6-8 and they also learn important life skills along the way. In my classes I stress skills and qualities such as team work, responsibility, respect, honor, and civility. I try and prepare my students, to the best of my ability, for the university and college experience. I hope that after my students graduate from my program they will go out into the “real world” and put into practice what they learned in my classes… how to be musically expressive and how to be a productive and responsible member of society.
• Concert Choir, Piano/Guitar, Exploring Music & Glee Club
• B.A. & M.A. Vocal Performance/Opera & Music, SF Conservatory of Music
I am a professional singer, church choir director, and private music teacher. I want my students to embrace their love for music & performance!
• Professional actress, acting teacher and coach
• Modeling, voice-over, commercials, theater, leading roles in film & TV
• Movies include BETTER OFF DEAD, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.
• Taught acting & improvisation to students K-12 for over 15 years.
Steve Sunnarborg graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steve was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steve has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steve is recording and performing with the Rivera-Sunnarborg Guitar-Violin duo and the Steve Sunnarborg Project. In addition to performing, Steve is an artist in residence for the Rio School District in Oxnard, CA. He also teaches at Guitar Planet and is the Owner/Operator of the Ventura Guitar Academy. Steve was also the head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and has taught guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.