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Levels Taught: Beginner - Intermediate

120 Button Piano Style Accordion with Stradella Bass. If you only have a button accordion, chromatic or diatonic, lessons with me would still be helpful but I would not be using the same type of accordion. You also do not need a 120 button bass accordion; 24, 32, 60, 72 will will also work just fine - you will just have less range available.

About Jared J.

Background Check: Last verified 06/17/2013
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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and I love music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 5 years and have had experience with children as young as 5 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A status that allows you to learn whatever you want on your instrument by yourself, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

I have had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician'€™s Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has given me an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally I have taken a great deal of classes in California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program, where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more effective at my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

I am also part of Takelessons Skype lessons program (lessons that take place on the internet via Skype) for those looking for a more convenient or affordable way to take music lessons from home.

*** Lesson Details ***
Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

And... all this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, 2 5-string banjos, a 4-string tenor banjo, a ukulele and 2 electric basses.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, cello (a full size), electric bass, a banjo, an amp, cords and the occasional pick to students (sorry no spare mandolin or ukulele). I would only require an outlet and room to practice in; if the student could bring a pick that would be fantastic as well! I can also bring acoustic guitars if an outlet is unavailable and if that is in fact the kind of guitar the student wants to learn.

For piano students, it is best that they have their own piano or keyboard at their home; if the student is unable to obtain a piano for the first few lessons I do have a mobile keyboard but would require a fair amount of setting up.

*** Specialties ***
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.

Beginning to Advanced - Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo, Tenor Banjo, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lapsteel guitar, Slide guitar.

I also teach the beginning and advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.

Photos and Videos

Condensed Original Song called "Lotus Pedals" featuring myself playing a variety of instruments I teach. Enjoy!


Music Teacher Oct 2012 - Present
Burbank Music Academy

Teach private music lessons on a variety of instruments.

Music Teacher Jun 2012 - Present
Alhambra School of Music

Teach private music lessons on a variety of instruments.

Volunteer Music Instructor Sep 2009 - Dec 2013
Alhambra High School

Taught a self-created and self-promoted after school program. Taught music, improvisation and how to play as a group/band.


Bachelor of Arts in History Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
California State University Long Beach
Associates Degree (General/Music) Jul 2007 - Jun 2009
Pasadena City College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect teacher for any level Jared finds where you are skill wise and teaches you from there. I know some basic music theory but there are many holes in my knowledge - He is very good at figuring out exactly what I know and what I need to practice still so I feel accomplished at the end of every lesson and don't waste any time getting to know my instrument. I highly recommend taking lessons with Jared. I'm having a blast! February 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by good experience Jared is a perfect teacher! He is patient, nice, accommodating and never scolds when you dont get practice in. He nicely just trys to get you back on track with what you have done at that point and moves you forward at the same time. He is interested in what you want.. moves at your speed yet pushes you a little and he genuinely listens to you when you talk. He is open and will share experiences also from his life to help you and make learning fun. Great teacher!! December 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Balance Jared has been teaching my 11 year old son Guitar and for almost 2 years now. Watching him in action and seeing how much my son loved it, inspired me to pick up the Bass Guitar and have Jared teach me as well. Jared has a wonderful way of making the entire experience both fun and rewarding. He has a wonderful way of communicating with my son and keeps his interest while they learn. I couldn't speak more highly of Jared and would highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone of any age, he's simply fantastic! November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent instructor I had no prior musical experience and Jared is excellent at catering to my background while still pushing me with weekly exercises and songs to practice. He makes sure we cover subjects I'm interested in and works out many songs I request to learn as our lesson for the day. He has a wide range of knowledge and is super flexible with scheduling and communication. I'd recommend him to anyone wanting to learn more about their instrument and I look forward to taking more lessons from him! November 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Teacher! I've been taking Cello lesson for a few months and I have to say I don't regret my choice of picking Jared for teacher. He's an easy going & fun teacher. He's also very patient, it's perfect for a beginner. November 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jared is the best! I've been taking cello and ukelele lessons from Jared and I could not recommend him more highly. Not only is he incredibly patient and supportive, but he's got a fun, easy-going demeanor. He's so knowledgeable and passionate about music that he's really able to incorporate that into his lessons and tailor them to music that I'm interested in. He's very encouraging and pushes me beyond what I think I'm capable of doing. I could not be happier with my lessons. I very much recommend Jared to anybody of any age or ability. November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jared rocks I've been studying with Jared for about half a year now and its been a really enjoyable experience. Jared sets a pace of learning that suits me very well. He's able to distill a large amount of information in a simple and easy to understand way. I appreciate that he some how knows how much to push me so that I can really put into practice what he just explained to me. I highly recommend Jared if your looking for a music teacher. November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great! My cello lessons with Jared are great! I always look forward to them. He's very patient and encouraging, and he's really good at listening to my specific music goals and tailoring lessons to help me :) I really appreciate it. Thank you! November 3, 2013