Welcome to Simpli Music! "Where Music is Alive!"
Our mission is to encourage musical development among inner city youth and diversification in the arts.
We desire to serve Bay Area residents as a resource for string orchestra and church band music instruction for both children and adults.
Loretta McBride, has over 40 years of inner city schools instruction. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a California teaching credential from Mills College. Loretta holds a Master's degree in Curriculum Design from Patten University. With 45 years as the lovely wife of James McBride, she is the proud mother of six children, and 9 grandchildren. Mrs. McBride is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and has received awards from the city of San Francisco for inner city music programs in at-risk neighborhoods. She is the chief architect of the San Lorenzo KIPP Summit Orchestra and the KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy Orchestra. Loretta was awarded the KIPP National Teacher of the Year Award in Nashville, TN. In 2013, Loretta became a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Currently, she serves as the Orchestra teacher for the KIPP Bayview Ensemble in San Francisco, Ca.
Vivian Francine Wells is a classically trained violinist and violist. Her music instruction begin at the age of 7. She started her training with the Suzuki Method at San Francisco State University under the leadership of Dr. Haderer. With tutelage from Doris Fukawa, Vivian graduated from the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare with a minor in Music from the University of California, Berkeley. Vivian Francine also studied jazz improvisation at Howard University. Her love for music education has inspired her to provide budding musicians with private students. Having shared the stage with Tramaine Hawkins and members of the Clark Sisters, she participated in a string ensemble for the Stellar Awards 2011 at the Grand Ole Pry in Nashville, TN. In 2013, Vivian Francine became a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Vivian taught a 200 piece middle school choir and orchestra for two years as music director. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral fellow at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Ca and serves as the Program Director for the The Way Church Band classes in Berkeley, Ca. Vivian is married to Massa I. Wells.