Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

44 Reviews
San Diego, CA

About Brandon B.

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Brandon teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: 2 days ago
Average response time: 5 hours


What do Britney Spears and Beethoven have in common?

They're both pop music! One just happens to be 200 years old.

Berklee College of Music graduate from Boston, MA with a passion for all genres, though mainly popular music. For me, music has always been about having fun and doing what feels natural, and I try to pass this on to my students.

In all seriousness, if it's not fun, why do it?

I'm super laid back, but I refuse to let you spend your money, or someone else's, on lessons like it's going out of style. I believe that the more fun you have with music, the more you'll want to play, and as a result, the better a musician you will become.

*** Lesson Details ***
Together, we will create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve. In this way, we can both easily identify areas where you are excelling, as well as struggling.

Every student has a different motivation for taking lessons. Whether you simply want to show off for that special someone or you're trying to get into an elite music school, it is my objective to get you there with a smile on your face.

Want to learn the top ten guitar solos of all time? And nothing else? Just say so!
Want to learn piano theory until you're dizzy? We can do that too!
Always wanted to play drums but think you're too uncoordinated? No such thing!

Or, maybe you're already a polished musician lacking the theory to get into a top notch music school - no matter what your motivation may be, together we can make it happen.

You don't have to listen to a specific type of music to be a real musician. Yes, believe it or not, Britney Spears is a musician too! We'll work on the types of music YOU enjoy, not the stuff your parents, friends, or coworkers consider 'good' music.

Whether you want to learn Justin Bieber or Rachmaninoff, it's cool with me - believe it or not, the two have something in common...don't believe me? I'll prove it!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in online music lessons. I have an extensive background in computers and technology, and incorporate a lot of unique tools to my online lessons to greatly improve the user's experience, such as multiple camera angles; picture-in-picture views; displaying sheet music on your screen and being able to highlight, point, and change pages for you; as well as interactive games similar to Rock Band that I control on my end as the student participates on their end.

Musical styles I cover are mainly pop, pop/rock, rock, hard rock, metal, classic rock, and classical.

Photos and Videos

How to play "Stay" by Rihanna on piano.


Music Instructor Jan 2004 - Present

I've been teaching music lessons for over eleven years. Part-time for the first eight years and full-time for the past four.


BA Professional Music Sep 2003 - Jun 2008
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor Professional Music Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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44 Reviews on Brandon B.

Debbie C. Jan 23, 2015
Songwriting · Online
I've been a professional musician for over 30 years. I've recorded and gigged at some of the most famous studios and venues around the world. I actually found Brandon through a mutual friend in Nashville about a year ago. I expressed to my friend (a big producer) that I was feeling stuck with my songwriting. After decades of playing, I felt I'd hit a wall. It just so happened that one of the bands at Black Bird Studios who was also friends of the producer had a friend who apparently was a pretty popular music teacher who had attended Berklee with a few of his band mates. He put us in touch and we started working on songwriting over Google Hangouts (which I'd never used before). I admit I wasn't sure about the whole idea of taking a lesson over the internet, much less with someone so much younger than me. Well, I guess there's a reason for everything! Brandon has completely opened up a new way of thinking and understanding music. He's shown me songwriting tricks that frankly I'm astonished nobody has ever showed me before. Perhaps the best part is that I'm able to keep up with our sessions while on the road, since we meet online twice a week. Really excited about some of the tunes we've been working on for the next album!!!
Brad T. Jan 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
I've only been taking lessons with Brandon for a couple months but he quickly became my favorite teacher. Having taken guitar lessons with four different instructors over the past six years, I think that says a lot.
han Y. Dec 10, 2014
Piano · Online
Like lessons very much. He very nice guy, very patient !!
Chris F. Nov 29, 2014
Guitar · Online
I've been taking lessons with Brandon for a couple years. When I started, I had already taken lessons with several other instructors while in NYC. It had been my dream to enroll at Berklee College of Music in Boston for guitar. I'll be attending this February and contribute Brandon with making it all possible. He helped me prep for my audition and test out of several classes - which in itself paid for our lessons these past two years! Easy going guy who really cares about you. Definitely recommend Brandon to anyone trying to get into a music school!
DJ K. Aug 18, 2014
Guitar · Online
I've done guitar with Brandon for a long time and I really think he is a great teacher. He has helped with my solos and I think about music very differently as a result of our lessons.
Steve P. Aug 14, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I would highly recommend Brandon as a guitar instructor. He is extremely knowledgeable about music and explains things to make them easy to understand. What’s also great is the organization. Many instructors have no plan on how to get you to be able to play alone. They just teach you random skills. Brandon has an outline and every week updates it on what was learned and what the next step will be. He also has a good knowledge of technology and is able to bring up split screens to show you music or the piano to help explain things.
Don H. Aug 13, 2014
Guitar · Online
For as long as I've known Brandon, he has always been a passionate musician and teacher.

His online lessons truly take learning to the next level. I can't imagine someone wanting to take a normal lesson after taking online lessons with Brandon for the past year and a half.
Chris C. Jul 31, 2014
Piano · Online
"Best instructor ever" sounds about right lol! I've been taking piano lessons with Brandon for about 4 years. He's a super cool guy and I always look forward to our lessons. I'm pretty sure he plays just about everything.

If you're thinking of taking a music lesson, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking lessons with BRANDON!
Jason May 14, 2014
Brandon was really nice , he explaned everything with examples , so that makes it easier to understand
Marsha May 14, 2014
He taught me a lot of things I didn't already know and gave me some really REALLY helpful advice. I'd definitely recommend this helpout to anyone learning guitar. A thousand times better than just watching videos on YouTube.

Thanks Brandon, Appreciate it!