Who We Are
Jon Bernson (Urban Music Program Founder)
Jon began working with youth in his Oakland Teach for America post in 1995. After two years, he moved across the bay to found the Urban Music Program (UMP) at the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center in San Francisco. Initially a DJ Club for middle school students, UMP has grown into a full audio program for people of all ages. During that time, Bernson has written and released his own music under several names including Ray’s Vast Basement, Window Twins, THEMAYS and most notably Exray’s, whose music can be heard in David Fincher’s 2011 blockbuster, The Social Network. He is a founding member of the Howells Transmitter art collective and has written scores for more than a dozen plays and independent films.
:: Instructors ::
BORIS CORONADO (eyeofbhorus)
Boris Coronado began his musical journey as a student in the UMP back in 2002 at A.P.Giannini Middle School in San Francisco. After graduation, he became an UMP instructor and has been working there ever since. He is also a founding member of Children of the Funk (a DJ/Production crew that also includes DJ Chill Will and DJ Yelir) and THEMAYS (which is comprised of fellow UMP overlords Will Telgemeier, Michael Falsetto-Mapp and Jon Bernson).
WILL TELGEMEIER (Chill Will)
DJ Chill Will was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He has been a member of the UMP since 1998 and has been an instructor since 2006. He appeared in the Hip-Hop documentary Scratch in 2001, and is a founding member of several musical projects, including THEMAYS (a collective of dronologist/beat makers) and the DJ production crew, Children of the Funk. He performs regularly at clubs, parties & other events. Check him out alongside DJ’s Bhorus, Yelir, and Beats Me at The Showdown every third Saturday of the month for ‘Mother Funk’ as well as The Riptide every 2nd and 4th Thursday for ‘Ladies Night.’
MICHAEL FALSETTO-MAPP (Diversify/D-3PO)
Michael became an instructor for the UMP middle school program in 2006, and is now piloting UMP’s new DJ Club at Ulloa Elementary School. He was a resident DJ of KUSF’s acclaimed Hip-Hop radio show Beatsauce alongside J-Boogie, Wisdom and Raw B. In 2008, with fellow DJ’s E Da Boss, Cyclyst, B Maj, and Spinnerty, Michael started Grown Kids Radio. He is a founding member of THEMAYS, a collective of dronologist/beat makers (comprised of UMP alumni, students and fellow instructors) and is one half of the band Exray’s, whose music appeared in David Fincher’s 2011 film, The Social Network. In addition to making beats and producing music, Michael has made several music videos, including a one for the Exray’s song ‘Hesitation,’ which premiered on Spin.com.
:: Alumni ::
RILEY LARGENT (Yelir)
COREY LARGENT (Oncore)
EVAN SMITH (O’Keefe)
SARAH MA (Ess One)
KIRBY CHOY (Choyce)
CORY STEIN (Giraffing for Canada)
DANNELL PROM (DJ 2Fresh)