"Daniel Roest played three hours of superb guitar music for an art gallery opening I hosted last night (the night before Mother’s Day) in Isleton, CA. He has an amazing repertoire and is a guitar master. It was a balmy night, with the doors flung open, so passersby could hear him as well. I know that people were drawn in to see the retrospective of my mother’s work by his accomplished playing. Some knew him by reputation—some not—but at one point, people took a seat on the sofa or found a chair and sat spellbound. Daniel enhanced the evening with varied and wonderful music, skillfully played. I feel very fortunate." —Sally Ooms, Owner, F & Main Gallery in Isleton, CA. Spring 2017
Sarah F has submitted the following review for Gig ID #2563847:
"Daniel was a great choice for our event! He showed up right on time, had all the equipment he needed, was very accommodating to our requests, and was fantastic! He was a huge hit at the party, great music, perfect for the mood, and would definitely work with him again. Our clients loved the music he played, so much some may have joined in singing! Thanks again Daniel!" — September 2016, Peak Financial Freedom Group Client Ratings
Sarah gave you the following star ratings based on your service at their event (1=lowest, 5=highest):
Gig 2552458 - submitted by Courtney B "Daniel was a great fit for our event. He arrived early and played beautifully."
— Courtney Ballance, California Crime and Intelligence Analysts Association, September 2016
"Daniel is a professional artist and one should never have a worry about hiring him for any event. We had requested classical guitar. His talent and song choices exceeded our expectations. He blended in with our guests and they enjoyed his welcoming conversation and style. We would definitely hire Daniel again with no reservations. He brought us his love of music and shared it with all of us on this very special day! We couldn't have asked for more..... :o) Thank you Daniel for your beautiful gift to us....Debi, Al, Danielle & Tristan" — Debi Quartaroli, Kenwood Inn and Spa, September 2016
"Daniel Roest was kind enough to bring me out to Northern California recently as he often does with many fine artists. He is a true feather in the cap for any community he touches and is a prime example of how the arts are destined to live on through individuals like him who are willing to selflessly give their time and effort to promote music through education and performances. Professional, organized and easy to work with, Daniel is a terrific player and relaxed performer. I look forward to working with him again in the future." —Richard Gilewitz, — Roest-Gilewitz Tour August 2016
"It was a true pleasure having Daniel play at our wedding. He added the perfect ambiance to our reception, setting the mood for a lovely, easy and connecting evening. All of our guests left feeling relaxed, connected and happy and I can largely accredit that to Daniel's wonderful presence. [5 stars on all counts]" — Jenna Gregoriou, Sausalito, July 2016
"On a scale of 1 to 5 (1=lowest, 5=highest), how would you rate your overall satisfaction with Daniel Roest? Score: 5 Additional Comments: Daniel's classic guitar music is elegant, subtle and soothing. For a dinner party it was perfect.” — Chris Moffitt, Sacramento, July 2016
Lyle L has submitted the following review for Gig ID #2502530: "Lots of positive comments from attendees about how much they enjoyed the music. Daniel is extremely talented." Lyle LaBeaud, June 2016
"We booked Daniel to play our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Our venue was very small and intimate and Daniel's playing fit the venue perfectly. Daniel met with us prior to gather all the details about both the ceremony and our requests. He was very helpful with song selection, and the impromptu selections he played during the cocktail hour were great. If you are looking for a solid classical guitar player for your event, Daniel is your guy."
— Brennan Rector, Sacramento, CA, May 2016
“Last night I had the pleasure of working with Daniel Roest and Francesca Anderson. They were very well received by our residents; recipients of a well deserved standing ovation. Some of the comments I heard as residents left the theater were: “A very lovely evening.” “We had a wonderful time, I hope they will return.” “That was great, we need more classical music concerts.” “A wonderful, wonderful evening.” “Delightful.” “We had a great time, it went by quickly.” The event was successful. I would definitely recommend Daniel and Francesca, if you are looking for a great evening of entertainment.” — Deborah Meyer, Entertainment Coordinator, Sun City Lincoln Hills, August 2014
"I attended this show last Tuesday and thought it was great. The music was wonderful and the performers [Daniel and Francesca] were very informative. I hope that you are planning to bring them back again. I know of several people, because of trips and illness, missed the show and are also hoping to see it in the future. Thank you for providing us with great local talent.” —Sun City Lincoln Hills Resident, August 2014
"Daniel, to say that your performance with Francesca was the highlight of our Evening Classical Guitar Concert Series would be an understatement. From your first piece to the last the audience was captivated and enthralled. Your incredible musicality and subtle shaping of melody and harmony weaved a performance not to be forgotten anytime soon." — Robert Mathews, producer, Yuba College Evening Classical Guitar Concert Series. June 2013
"Daniel was great for our wedding. We had a small ceremony with a cocktail hour immediately following. He played the ceremony music and music for the cocktail hour. Our requests for ceremony music were unfamiliar to him, but he took the time to learn them, and even brought an extra guitar for tuning for one of the pieces. And he played everything beautifully! He was pleasant, professional and accommodating, and everyone loved the music. What a talent." — Megan B, Rutheford, CA
"Daniel: I loved your performance... You are so calm and you have a wonderful way of connecting with your audience, and your music is amazing. I listened to your beautiful CD on the way home... I loved it, Daniel. You are truly an artist....thank you for sharing your projects with me! Your playing goes way beyond the technical realm, and into the soul." — Catherine Altamura, Santa Rosa
"Please extend my appreciation to Francesca for today's smooth, golden-toned flute music. You are an excellent musical ensemble and I will recommend you whenever I can." — Brad Slocum [Westminster Presbyterian Church Music At Noon Director] Jan. 2013
"Daniel, what a wonderful evening. Both you and Francesca were a hit with everyone. Some of the comments I received were: 'The evening went too fast. I was mesmerized by the music.' 'This is what we moved here for. The music along with the education was brilliant.'
You raised the bar very high for the next performance. I can't thank you enough for creating a program that I had only envisioned. I will pass you name along to a few other associations that I know of. I will look into all three of your recommendations.
Again, thank you and Francesca for giving us such a soulful evening." — Richard Garcia, Club Los Maganos, Brentwood, CA. January 2013
"Daniel was superb. We intend to invite him to other events in the future. " — Joseph Taylor, October, 2013
[With Cellist Susan Lamb Cook] "Dear Susan and Daniel, Your musical performance was certainly the highlight of our Royal Evening Tea!
Dressed so elegantly, you and your performance personified the meaning of "royal" to our celebration!! All of our guests exclaimed their delight and gratitude for your performance. In such an intimate setting, we all felt the passion and power of your music! The pieces you selected for both sets were magnificent and truly left a memorable impression on everyone.....a beautiful beginning to the holidays! Jim and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your gift to us.....round trip drive to EDH, practice for the performance, and sharing your extraordinary talent at our little Christmas gathering! Wishing all the blessings of the season to you and your families! With heartfelt gratitude," — Mary and Jim, El Dorado Hills, CA
“Daniel is a master guitar professional with great insight for selecting appropriate music for all occasions. He is also well versed in ceremony design and is very committed to make your ceremony or reception memorable for both participants and guests. His guitar music is exquisite.” —Chuck and Marsha Snodgrass, Granite Bay, May 2012
"I am a little late in telling you this but I thought the performances on September 25th were some of the best I have ever seen. The music choices were wonderful." — Janice Kuykendall, October 2013
"Daniel is a highly professional and excellent musician. His guitar playing brought a special ambiance to the outdoor party setting and all my guests were favorably impressed with his talent and repertoire. I would definitely hire him again. Even when he wasn't playing he had his own recorded music playing on an excellent sound system. Thank you for a perfect match!" — Miriam Green, September 2013
"Dear Daniel, Thank you for the gift of you and your music today! You are amazing... Please extend my appreciation to Francesca for today's smooth, golden-toned flute music. You are an excellent musical ensemble and I will recommend you whenever I can."
—Your fan, Brad Slocum [Director, Westminster Presbyterian Church Music At Noon Program] 1/9/13
“Dear Daniel, Thank you so much for your performance at our wedding in Hakone Gardens. An entire crowd of professional musicians, and you wowed them all. The number of comments I received about your playing were too numerous to count, and they were all variations on a theme: 'Where did you find him? He's absolutely fantastic!' You were so professional and helpful and so easy to work with - not to mention patient... that I felt absolutely no stress about music after talking with you the first time. I'll happily recommend you whenever I can. Please accept the enclosed as an extra token of our appreciation. We're so grateful for your talents and professionalism. Thank to you, our wedding was a wonderful memory we'll treasure forever. Thank you again!” — Yuhri Hirata
"Dear Daniel, Thank you for playing at our wedding. You are very talented and the music sounded great! Thank you for celebrating our special day with us!" —Jessica and Nick Almond 10/23/12
"Daniel and Francesca performed at Petroglyphe Gallery for our Sunday Summer Fine Arts Concert Series. The duo presents a wonderful selection of classical music with enlightening introductions before each piece. The audience, comprised of all ages, was impressed with their musical talent as well as their charm and humor. We look forward to another fine performance!" —Marisa Chaffey, Denise & Roger Ebbett, Petroglyphe Gallery, Mokelumne Hill, CA 8/6/12
“Daniel, Bravo for a wonderful performance yesterday. You and all your friends sounded just perfect. [A man] sitting behind me commented on Francesca’s solo Syrinx, 'The most beautiful flute solo I’ve ever heard!' I couldn’t disagree with that at all. Warmest Regards,” —Jim Banach4/6/11 “Daniel Roest's concert in our home was, quite simply, a delight. His playing was elegant and lovely, and his stage presence was friendly, casual and charming. A number of guests insisted that he be invited back for an encore performance.” —David Thomas,3/26/11 “Dear Mr. Roest, I was lucky enough to be present for your Mt. Hamilton performance last evening. Your skill and interpretations were endlessly impressive. I enjoyed every piece, and their variety. I look forward to the next chance to hear you, and in the meantime will have to content myself with your recordings. I just ordered Great Guitars. Thanks for a memorable evening.” —Sincerely, Matthew Scott8/29/10 “Very, very nice - many people have recorded this [Leyenda], and this is one of the best. You do a great job on this. Many people would be well served to watch this and see how this piece should be played. All the Best ” —Guitarist and composer-arranger Allan Alexander, Tucson, AZ, 3/14/11
“Mendocino received a great gift on Saturday with Daniel Roest's concert in the Theater at the Mendocino Art Center. Daniel is one of the great treasures in the contemporary scene of Classical Guitar. With his great heart, technique, engaging wit, along with a thorough knowledge of the history of the Classical Guitar, Daniel has that rare ability to embrace the audience and create a unity of emotion with his listeners.
When he played Philip Rosheger's Serenade, and Agustín Barrios' Una Limosna por le Amor de Dios, there was not a dry eye in the room. Likewise, when he played the Asturias by Albeniz, and the Caçique by the Brazilian composer, Attilio Bernardini, great passion was aroused, and you could feel joy and excitement in the audience. With Daniel's very unique repertoire, ranging from his own compositions, traditional Classical Guitar repertoire, to pieces dedicated to Daniel and his son, Craig, along with his great humor, Daniel Roest is one of the great Artists of our time. His concert received standing ovations. If you get the opportunity to hear Daniel, you will be moved by his most expressive and masterful playing. It will enrich your life.”—Robert Burns8/23/10
“What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Daniel Roest and Francesca Anderson enthralled me with their beautiful performance. Accomplished is understated—informative is obvious; music to soothe the soul—absolutely. Experience this duo for yourself.” —Regina Maduell, Folsom Public Library, July 2009
“Dear Daniel, Thank you for providing beautiful music for our events! You are the best! Thanks! Judy + DVG Team”
—Judy Collinsworth, David Girard Vineyards, Placerville 1/6/10
“The performance of Daniel Roest at the  Sierra [Nevada] Guitar Festival was delightful, fulfilling emotionally and filled with great understanding for the music. The presentation of the program was very informative and educational, and his playing was full with love, joy and purity for the art of the guitar.”—Vasil Chekardzhikov, Member of Triada Guitar Trio, Coordinator of the Guitar Program at OCHSA in Orange County, CA, USA “I was very glad to have Daniel Roest in the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series. His performance was very well received, ending in an explosive standing ovation. His program was fun and entertaining, which would be great for any audience.”— William Jenks, Owner
“Congratulations on a very nice event yesterday! The audience that filled the room seemed completely engaged in your performance. Your music background presentation and entertaining stories were very informative and well stated. That blended well with your playing. I especially enjoyed your own composition and the Barrios. The flute/guitar duet was a treat.” — Harold Sexton, Sacramento Guitar Society
“Your performance at the Senior First Friday program was fantastic. The response from the audience has been extremely positive, and many people asked for more music programming at the library. Your professional skills and love of music was very clearly conveyed to the audience. The attendance for the program was our highest ever (96); so we look forward to more collaboration and music promotion with you in the future new library.”
— Diane Knight, Library Manager, Folsom Public Library
“As promised, I am forwarding this email to you with Daniel Roest's contact information attached. Be sure to check out his website at 'www.danielguitar.com.' Daniel was referred to me by Judy Collingsworth at David Girard Vineyards and has many performances at wineries on his resume. He was a fantastic addition to our party and I highly recommend him.” — Alan Courtney, Courtney Family Vineyards and Private Winery, Placerville, CA
“Classical Guitarist Daniel Roest is a consummate artist and performer. He is also a dedicated and highly skilled teacher. I have had the pleasure of hearing his work on more than one occasion and very much appreciate the artistry of Daniel's fine interpretive and playing abilities.”
“Daniel - We have received nothing but rave reviews of your performance from our guests. They loved it. Thank you for working with me to plan our unique music choices. I only wish I could've been up there to listen to more! The day was perfect and we truly thank you for your professionalism and amazing talent!”—Erika Rominger & Tim Long “Daniel, I am long overdue in flattering you...... I purchased the above CD at the Tapestry Arts this past fall and have been meaning to tell you how "soothing" and comforting it has been in many ways, esp. as I am driving along. Yesterday I had my 8 and 6 year old granddaughters with me (went to a Wildlife Refuge program on OWLS; just great!) and as one of your selections was playing, I pointed up to Mt. Hamilton (which they already know about) when they asked me if you were famous. Told them you were "so good" that you performed there! (now, try to get your hat back on) I especially appreciate your rendition of Barrios' Julia Florida. Good music soothes my soul. KUDOs to you!” — Kammy Rose, South Bay Guitar Society
“Hi Daniel, Both Regina and I thought the concert you so graciously provided Sunday was a wonderful experience for our library patrons. We were so pleased with the very large turnout. We counted over 90 people in attendance! Many of those attendees shared with us how much they enjoyed your performance. You have a relaxed, warm and engaging style that really connected with the audience. I’m sure I speak for many when I say your performance was thoroughly entertaining, inspiring and just plain fun! Daniel, thanks again for your gift of time and talent. It truly was a special afternoon for the Folsom Library; we appreciate your contribution to the arts and our community. All the best,”
— Debbie Centi, Library Technician, Folsom Public Library
“Daniel Roest's concert was the highlight of the year for our Senior First Friday programs. The audience was delighted and enthralled and asked for Daniel to return next year! His relaxed manner and conversational style with information between the pieces was wonderful!”
— Susan Covington, Library Programs, Folsom Public Library “After reading your writing I am more excited than ever to have you teach my students. Your teaching is the most inclusive of the essential details I've seen to date.”— Gordon Rowland, GuitarWork "Daniel gave a workshop for us last year and will be back by popular demand. Daniel is a performer, educator, author and gentleman; masterful on all counts. I have hosted no guest who was more helpful to my students, or charming to the GuitarWork audience.”— Gordon Rowland, GuitarWork “Hi Daniel, My name is James Brodie, and I attended your performance last Thursday [1/7/10] at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda. I really enjoyed it: your great playing, your banter with the audience, and your overall relaxed and approachable style - what a contrast with the overly stiff and stylized classical guitar performances which are all too common! Thanks, again, for the great show!” — James Brodie, jbclassicaldreams “Hi Daniel, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed hearing you at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda last week [1/7/10]. I am an amateur acoustic guitarist who was so inspired by your performance that I just purchased a classical guitar and I am now working on my first classical charts beginning with 'Sounds of Bells'. Thank you for the inspiration.”—Phil Olow, San Jose, CA
“Daniel, Just a quick thanks for your participation in our event last night. I have heard nothing but glorious reviews. Your amazing talent added to the overall experience and helped to make the event a huge success! Thank you!” — Heather Farr, Microsoft
"Daniel, The event was a huge success and we thank you sincerely for your delightful contribution to the conviviality and elegance of the celebration. It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to work with you again on future events. Thank you again,” — Dan Downey, Marketing Coordinator, ANOVA Architects, Inc.
“Dear Daniel, I am writing to tell you how impressed we were with your performance at our September 25th wedding at Thomas Fogarty Winery. You far exceeded our expectations (which were already high after hearing your impeccable playing on tape!) Your music set the tone and created the perfect mood we wanted for the reception. You selected just the right tunes at the right times to make everyone feel comfortable. Every time we saw you playing, you really seemed to be enjoying what you were doing. We especially appreciated your staying around to play at the beginning of dinner as it helped to set the mood for everyone as they sat down at their tables with friends and family. We really enjoyed working with you. We were totally impressed with your professionalism and would definitely recommend you!” — Jennifer Jorgensen and Tim Metz
“I have happily recommended Daniel Roest’s talents for many years. His attention to detail, his professionalism, and above all his gift with the guitar make him a valuable asset for any gathering. Daniel has consistently provided an incredible ambiance for our events. Many brides have floated down the aisle to his beautiful music. When Daniel is here, we know it will be done right!” —Brooke Greene, Events Coordinator, Nestldown and Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards
“Besides providing us with the perfect musical background ambiance for our event, Daniel was incredibly personable in his interaction with our guests. He provided continuous music throughout the event with the addition of his CDs during his breaks. Daniel was amazingly easy to work with and very low maintenance, which is a blessing in the world of an event planner.” —Denise R. Samuel, Director of Sales and Marketing, Jarvis Winery, Napa
“Daniel, universally, Karen, myself and our guests thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed your playing at our ceremony and reception. You were perfect in every way for our event. Karen expresses her regrets for not being able to get to you to say good-bye and thank you. We want you to use us as a reference and invite you always to stop by our home for a glass of wine. Warm Regards,” —Amos & Karen Olson “Daniel, Thank you for the beautiful ceremony music on our wedding day. To this day our family and friends are commenting on how great the music was. I just remember walking out and everything was so peaceful and serene. The music truly made the ceremony just as we had imagined. Thanks again for the beautiful music.”— Louis and Cicely Moore “Dear Daniel, I wanted to write you a note to let you know how pleased everyone was with your music! It was absolutely perfect and I couldn't have been happier. Scott and I had a wonderful afternoon. Thank you for helping make it so.”— Linda McVea “Daniel, Thank you for a wonderful performance! Jim and I would like to thank you both for playing at our wedding. Your music added that perfect touch to the event - we couldn't have been more pleased.”— Jane and Jim Lomas “Dear Daniel, Thank you for your musical contribution at our wedding. The music was lovely, and you dealt with our moments of confusion well! You truly helped to make our day very special, and we hope you enjoyed your time with us. We will recommend you whenever given the chance.” “Daniel, Thank you for being a part of our wedding. The music you played so beautifully will always be in our memories.”— Steve and Tana Perotin “Dear Daniel, Several people have asked about you already. Thank you again. You added brilliantly to the evening.”— Marge Anderson “Daniel, Thanks for being the 'mood' at what turned out to be a perfect wedding. We'll give you any referrals we can - we were so pleased. Thanks again!”— Debra and David Neimira
“Daniel, Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special. We had really hoped we could book you when we heard you at our friend's wedding. I'm glad it worked out. Thanks for all your help.”
“Dear Daniel and Marion, just wanted to thank you for your performance at the wedding. It was outstanding and quite a few people commented on it. Thank you for being there - you helped make the day a special one.. Best regards,”— Jeff Hyman “...the music was beautiful during the ceremony, especially the Ave Maria. Thank you for taking the trouble to put it together for us. Although I didn't get to hear the prelude music myself, several guests came up to me and said how much they liked it. We also really appreciate how well the music was timed with the rest of the ceremony without any input from myself. It was truly professionally done and with as much as I had to coordinate that day, the fact that you worked with the priest (I assume) on your own to get the timing right was a great help! Thanks once again from both of us!”— Rebecca Ballesteros "Dear Daniel and Susan [Winsberg], Thank you so much for playing at our wedding November 14th! The music was wonderful, and it was exactly what we were looking for. Many of our guests commented on your music, so we know it was enjoyed by all! Sincerely, — Richard Johnson 11/16/98
“Thank you so kindly for your wonderful job of entertaining last Saturday night at my garden party. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening so much - thanks to you.” — Georgina Blair
“BRAVO! An artist, a polished performer with a sense of drama, a keen sense of musical content... most satisfying in every way... What a pleasure!”
—San Jose City College Music Department
"Yea, thanks again Daniel for putting on such a great show! By the way, you sound great. Listened to your 'Leyenda' on YouTube. Very relaxed,
clear tone, and great dynamics. I've always envied people like you who can be so relaxed on stage. Thanks for all you do!"
—Dave Kear, GuitarPlayerNails.com
Great Guitars! CD
5 out of 5 stars “Stunning performance!” "Beautifully played and very relaxing. Never heard Moorish Dance played with such emotion.” Reviewer: Eric Ayzenberg
5 out of 5 stars “Excellent music .” “This CD is a great collection of classical guitar music. I especially like the last piece-Moorish Dance. Every piece was played with great precision and skill. I highly recommend it to everyone.” Reviewer: Don Chiu
5 out of 5 stars “Highly Recommended. Musical, joyful and intimate.” “A highly enjoyable musical experience is presented here on Great Guitars!, Mr. Roest’s first album. The songs are all great, but the best part is how they are performed. Rather than just presenting selections intended only to show off a performer’s technique as seems common today, Mr. Roest has instead focused on musicality. As a result, there is a unique smoothness and flow to each piece, which leads to greater musical pleasure. There is also an underlying joyfulness that I found quite uplifting. The sound quality is topnotch, giving a feeling of intimacy and aliveness. I highly recommend this CD.”
Reviewer: David Pardee
5 out of 5 stars “Beautifully played and recorded guitar music." "Great Guitars is a beautifully recoded Latin tinged set by Bay Area guitarist Daniel Roest. Daniel picks some of the favorites of the guitar repertoire and plays them with nuance and style. The recording is crystal clear and allows Daniel's musicality to shine through. This disc would be a good introduction to the world of classical guitar as well as a welcome addition to any classical guitar aficianado's collection."
Reviewer: Guy Cantwell, Cabrillo College Guitar Program, Aptos, CA
5 out of 5 stars "Great Guitars" "Very good music. I'm learning classical guitar and would like very much to have the music. So much of classical guitar that we hear today, especially that by contemporiary composers is not as melodic as all of the music on this CD." Reviewer: Roy Wallace
"That CD [Great Guitars!] is our new favorite for just pure, relaxing music!" - Jim and Sandie Banach, Folsom, CA
Private teacher or College Faculty Evaluations / Recommendations
Reviewed in the Classroom
"One of the finest teachers in the whole North State" — Stu Herreid, Proprietor, The Strum Shop, Roseville
I like Daniel's teaching style, I understand the guitar better than I did before I started his classes. Thank you Daniel and Christine! — Lana Sullivan
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is in recommendation of Mr. Daniel Roest. Mr. Roest has been teaching at CSU, Stanislaus since 1992. During his tenure he has taught basic and intermediate class guitar and our applied studio area.
...Mr. Roest has been a dedicated and hardworking faculty member. He has shown a great deal of personal interest in the development of our students. Daniel has displayed great patience in working with students, especially those who are at an early stage of development.
As a performer, Mr. Roest has shown great artistry. He has had a distinguished performance career throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Roest has been active in several guitar societies and has hosted performances by visiting artists to help promote his program.
I feel that Daniel Roest has the work ethic and superior musicianship to make him an asset to your program. If I can be any future assistance, please feel free to call me at (209) 667-3421.
Edward C. Harris, Chair
Department of music
California State University, Stanislaus
What a wonderful presentation you did this afternoon for the Applied Music class! Your playing was beautiful, and the information you offered the students was so direct, honest, and I'm sure, helpful. As I've said, it was really nice to have the opportunity to meet you in person and to hear you play and watch you teach!
Elizabeth Barkley, Dean
Fine Arts Division
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
"I liked the way you performed "Greensleeves" and asked the students to tell you where you were by following along with the music. You inspired students to work on future selections by performing them in class. Your playing was fluid and articulate. You are a well rehearsed performer!
"As the hour progressed, you became more animated, and in my opinion, more commanding of the subject matter. As you stood up to guide them through various exercises, your eye contact and control were that of a more seasoned and gifted educator.
"Your presentation was very clear. The organization of the hour was evident. You are very knowledgeable with the subject matter and deliver your lessons well., It was obvious that your class admires your technical skills greatly and I feel confident that you are an important asset to the Music Department."
— Janis Stevenson, Faculty Evaluator, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California
[Opening remarks by Evaluator Roger Letson] Dan Roest has been instructing Guitar classes in the District for many years. His assignment at De Anza is the Saturday class in Beginning Guitar. He has come to us with very good recommendations and credentials and his work is of a very high standard. His professionalism is shown in his positive attitude toward the class he teaches. He maintains a high degree of visibility on the community through performances at several well-known venues and special events.
[Class observed teaching evaluation] Dan Roest is extremely organized in his preparation of materials for his class. The course information sheet is complete with grading and attendance policies, objectives, and a schedule for student preparation. This class period started on time and continued without a moment of wasted time. This is a 3-hour class, and I was present for the second hour. A short break was given for the third hour.
Throughout the entire class period, the instructor involved his students with secondary questioning procedures and follow-up discussion. A thorough explanation of each new guitar hand position was presented, followed by class drill on the exercise. Mr. Roest was insistent on a manageable tempo for accuracy. his presentation included not only the introduction of the material, but also a performance demonstration of the correct interpretation. A brief discussion of frets, fingering, and tablature was also given. He obviously knows his subject very well, and he relates it effectively through good communication devices and his performance.
Mr. Roest's ability as an instructor is evidenced through the maintained interest of his students. He delivers the material with notable confidence and a manner that is user-friendly. His delivery format involves introduction f new material through reading of music, examples through demonstration, and performance of accurate stylistic interpretation. He allows for student questions, and encourages student response. Showing thorough preparation, his presentation includes a good organization of material, which gives the students a solid basis in beginning guitar.
Mr. Roest maintains an excellent rapport with the class and a good sense of humor. His attitude toward his teaching assignment is very positive, and his background as a professional guitarist is evident in performance skills. He exhibits confidence and cordiality, which promotes a positive student response. He has shown a strong loyalty to the De Anza College Creative Arts Division It is a pleasure to have Mr. Roest on our staff.
— Roger Letson, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Private Instruction Comments
You have been such an outstanding teacher for Matthew, and we have enjoyed coming to your house over the last 4-5 years. Matthew, Troy and I have such great respect and admiration for your talent, as well as your teaching style, etc., and appreciate the time and effort you have given to him and us. Thank you, again, for helping Matthew pursue his musical interests. We are forever grateful for all that you have done... You are the best!!!— Cheryl Dun, Folsom, CA
Note of appreciation: "in the years we have the gift to live, we meet many people... MANY... But, just a few that we will remember forever.
Every time you share with Karen your talent, you are taking the place of those few people that SHE will remember forever... and every time that she makes me cry by listening to the sweet sound of her guitar, or watching her tiny little fingers move so fast that it is impossible to believe, she reminds us that you are one of those few people that WE will remember forever...
Thank you for every note and every sound... Sincerely, Nico and Tami Kacevas [Folsom]
"After reading your writing I am more excited than ever to have you teach my students. Your teaching is the most inclusive of the essential details I've see to date." — Gordon Rowland, GuitarWork
Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful guitar lessons you are teaching Prateek - I see a marked difference in his guitar playing as well as general focusing abilities. Many thanks for nurturing his guitar playing skills - we all love the way you teach!"
Monika Sane, Folsom, CA
"We've been with you for several years and I have been so pleased with your teaching. You are a patient, kind and talented man., Thank you for everything!!!
...My best, Stacy" — Stacy Thompson, Folsom, CA
I really wanted to thank you for all of your encouragement and support of Adara. You are a great teacher - thank you!! She is really enjoying learning the guitar, and I am learning a lot too. Also, this evening we put in the DVD and Adara is really working hard on the whole thing and especially the B A G change. Thank you so much for all of your patience!! Have a great rest of your week!! Thanks again, Sarah"— Sarah Lix, Folsom, CA
" Hey Daniel, I really appreciated the thought of showing me the audio sample on your page! After practicing on my guitar today for about an hour it was rather pleasant to listen to the masterpiece performed at its best. I noticed through out the way you played it, your tremelo was as smooth as water from begining to the end. I also took care in noticing the great amount of precision yet, flowing texture, elegantly emphasizing the tones. My father and I did applaud a lot. I studied the sheet '"Take Control of the Expression Dials on your Guitar" you passed out to the students in your masterclass from a while ago and I find it so useful! I really examined it and without it I probably would be struggling a lot more than I am now. Thank you for thinking of me. - Esma"
POSITIVE REVIEW - FROM SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN ARTS COMMISSION ARTIST RESIDENCY INSTITUTE
Observer: Chelsea Hunt, Arts Education Training and Partnerships Associate, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Session: 6/18/08, Folsom Public Library "Musical Expression Workshop for Teens"
Daniel, your lesson was very well thought out and executed. The students all responded with intrigue and respect. Using the continuum line to demonstrate concepts and vocabulary words throughout your entire lesson was incredibly effective. The students understood it, kept referring to the vocab words on the wall and responded on many different levels to the visuals you provided. The exercise in which you had them gradually increase their volume was effective and fun. The students were all engaged and determined. There were moments in which there could have been more student involvement as opposed to sitting and listening such as your question and answer and the exercise in which you passed out words and asked the students to place you on the line. What if you asked the students to stand up and stand on the line themselves? Also, there were some questions that you posed such as “How loud is your world…is it louder than it used to be? You didn’t give the students very much time to ponder this or answer the question. This may be a great point in which to have them brainstorm in small groups for just a couple minutes to involve more students in the act of generating ideas for this topic before you posed the question and explained your thoughts on it. Overall though, your distribution of information and examples were all very clear and thoughtful.
A. Excite element of the lesson: The artist captures the attention of the student. Does the Excite element incorporate the art form?
I apologize for being late…I turned on the wrong Natoma street….(the first one) and that is why I was late. But, I entered the room and you were speaking of a musician, so I just assumed you had played them something as your excite?
B. Delivery of Facts or Directions: The students receive information from the artist. What is the information? How clear are the directions?
Your directions were very clear. Your visuals and examples played on your own instrument were all very constructive. Everything flowed very nicely, your delivery of facts to your student involvement.
C. Performance or Presentation: The artist demonstrates a professional level of the art form. How does this occur?
Yes, you demonstrated on your own instrument often and spoke about your musical history in relation to several topics (one of them being hearing loss…which I think was a very subtle way of sharing your own experiences with it while warning the students about damaging their own ears). You also interjected personal philosophies and your own experience with listening to the world around you. It was enlightening and a great way to open the minds of the students to the sounds around them that they may not pay attention to.
D. Question-and-Answer: The artist asks and responds to questions. What are the purposes of the questions? How effectively are questions phrased?
Your questions were phrased well. I did notice that you didn’t give the students much time to answer them. In a couple situations you answered them yourself. See above opening comments for suggestions. There were also moments in which you asked the students to define a vocabulary word. In these moments you did allow the students to respond and they knew the answer.
E. Discussion, Brainstorming, or Review: The artist helps students explore, elaborate on, or re-visit information or procedures.
All of your activities helped the students explore and elaborate on the topics of the lesson. There were also several points in which you reviewed something discussed last class. See above comments for brainstorming ideas. In your lesson plan you had written that you would do a paired sharing activity (Learning Activity #5). This paired sharing is a great idea for increasing student involvement and personal expression and would balance out the amount of listening versus doing for the students.
F. Modeling: The artist demonstrates an action or activity while students observe.
Yes, you modeled the concepts throughout the lesson on your own instrument and in your description of things. Students love to hear about the professional life of an artist. You demonstrated that very well in your discussion of yourself in a band and at the end when you brought up the articles you are writing.
G. Participation I: The artist leads students in an arts activity.
Your engage activities were very well scaffolded into your main activities. Again, the main activity of gradually increasing the volume from student to student on different instruments was very effective in helping grasp the concept of levels and how much that can vary from instrument to instrument. The students loved it! Your reaction to the student with the electric guitar was also fun…
H. Participation II: The artist supervises, circulates, or observes as students work independently on an arts activity.
The activity placing emotions on the line between pppp and ffff was very effective. See above comments about student involvement. I also enjoyed your comments about personal style and playing passionately.
End Element: Your end element was a nice way to close class and well scaffolded into the lesson’s concepts.