Daniel Cropp has been playing music since he was eight years old. Over the years, Daniel added more and more instruments, culminating in guitar, bass, piano, vocals, violin, and viola. He has a degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and he studied Music (Cello Performance). He also took many music theory, ear training, and piano methods courses while in college, as well as participating in the Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, 49er Chorus, The Long Beach Chorale, and various string quartets and chamber orchestras.
In addition to experience with the classical music genre, Daniel is also highly versed in rock, pop, and jazz music. He has performed as a member of various rock bands around the Long Beach area, including Project Time Lapse, Angry Truck, Maneaters, and more. Also, he writes songs and occasionally performs them at area open mics.
At Belmont, Daniel teaches students of all ages, ranging in age from 4 to adult. He also teaches a wide range of instruments, including piano, guitar, cello, violin, viola, vocals, and bass. Daniel’s teaching philosophy is student-directed; the student’s motivation is what fundamentally drives progress on his or her instrument. Consequently, he strives to keep his students interested, motivated, and eager to learn every week.