Alan R.

Alan R.

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Austin, TX

About Alan R.

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Alan teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: June 2004
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

Alan's passion for playing guitar began at an early age and continues to this day. In addition to being an experienced performer, he has had many years of formal studies in classical, jazz, rock, blues, and more.
Alan is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he studied jazz guitar and composition with such renowned and Grammy award winning artists/composers such as Alla Elana Cohen, Mick Goodrick, Sheryl Bailey, and others.
As a passionate player and lifelong student, he understands the importance of creating an efficient curriculum tailored to each individual student's interests, age, and experience. Whatever style or level of music you want to learn, Alan is the person to go to for fun, expert lessons!

*** Lesson Details ***
As an experienced teacher, I carefully customize each student's lessons with clearly defined short and long term goals according to the student's interests. I believe in cultivating a personal connection to the instrument and together creating a steady path for improvement.

I teach beginner through advanced level guitar and I'm experienced with all age levels. I love to teach and play and I look forward to making new musical friendships!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Several guitars and amps available for use in lessons.

*** Specialties ***
My first love was blues and rock guitar, and I now specialize in Jazz guitar and performance. I also have three years of formal classical guitar training and lots of experience playing many other styles including Latin Jazz, Salsa, Pop, Classical, Fusion, etc.

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Experience

Private Instructor Aug 2010 - Present
Lonestar School of Music

Guitar and performance instruction. All ages, beginner to advanced.

Private Instructor Jul 2010 - Present
Takelessons.com

Professional Guitar Performance Jun 2010 - Present
Freelance Player

Freelance guitar performance in the central Texas area, focused in Austin. All genres including jazz, classical, blues, rock, singer-songwriter, film score improvisation, and more.
Credits:

Large Ensembles:
The Austin Jazz Band, The Vintage 15, The Vendetta Big Band, The Austin Swing Orchestra, Georgetown Palace Theatre, and more.

Combos and Small Ensembles:
The Austin Piazzolla Quintet, Small Life, Allison Thrash, Manteca Beat, Mélange, James Anderson Collective, The Crocodile Tears, and others.

Private Instructor Jun 2010 - Present
Alan Retamozo

Guitar performance, composition, music history, and songwriting classes at my home studio.

Education

Bachelor of Music May 2007 - May 2010
Berklee College of Music
Pursuit of Bachelor of Music Degree - 3 years Aug 2004 - May 2007
Texas A&M International University

Languages Spoken

Spanish Fluent / Native Proficiency
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6 Reviews on Alan R.

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ChristineP May 5, 2012
Alan is very encouraging and talented. He knows just how to keep Solly interested and motivated! Finally, a great guitar teacher. Hip, hip, hooray!
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AntonioR February 7, 2012
Alan is a great teacher and he is very especific with guitar theory also very patient.
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YanaS May 14, 2011
Super great

Wonderful instructor! My son enjoy his lessons very much. Thank you so much, dear Alan.
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EricM1 May 10, 2011
Alan is very patient and passionate about music. Very friendly and always available for any question. Recommend for every gae.
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ChrisA November 8, 2010
Great Instruction

Alan is very suited to teaching guitar. He really knows his stuff and is very willing to take the time to explain things in as much detail as you ask. He is also patient and will talk you through something you are having trouble with. He is keenly aware of what it is you wish to learn and gives you a complete overview to make sure you are on the same page. He will challenge you get to the next level. Alan is always prepared for the lessons and seems to enjoy teaching. I am very happy with the whole experience. I highly recommend Alan.
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PuneetaR July 28, 2010
My daughter started her classes with Alan recently. She is 5 years old and I am extremely pleased with what she has learnt so far. Alan is extremely patient with kids and makes the classes enjoyable. He is very comfortable while teaching her and fully comprehends that kids her age can be distracted. However, I have observed that his teaching approach keeps her thoroughly engaged on the lesson and she enjoys it. I would highly recommend Alan.