Guitar, Applied Guitar, History of Rock, Music Fundamentals, Applied Music Program Co-Coordinator
Southern Californian native Jimmy Cheesman is a musician and educator specializing
in seven-string guitar. Hehas a Master of Music from the University of Southern California,
and a Bachelor of Music from California State University of Long Beach. He began at
Santa Monica College in 2007 and became full-time faculty in the fall of 2017. Prior
to his full-time appointment to SMC, Professor Cheesman taught at Los Angeles City
College, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, and Hope International University.
Some of the diverse artist he has studied/performed with include Ron Eschete, Frank Potenza, Joe Diorio, Jody Fisher, John Prince, Kevin Tulius (LA Jazz Quartet), Paul Kreibich (Ray Charles), and Richard Carpenter, to name a few. Known for his diversity and ability to simultaneously play bass and guitar parts, Professor Cheesman maintains an active performing calendar.