Francis Roberts

Francis R.

San Diego, CA

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Francis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2007

Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and my music has been featured on at least 7 albums. I want to make your goals accessible, and I want to help you find your sound.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love to help people get better at sounding like themselves.

During lessons from me, you can expect to play, sing, clap your hands, and become completely immersed in the music you love. Whether your goal is to perform in front of an audience, record albums, or just play for fun in your living room, I'll help you make that happen.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, seating available, street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach students who provide their own instrument. I am willing to provide a loaner guitar for the week if a student's instrument needs to be repaired or is not accessible for any reason. I also provide homework when necessary :)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching confidence in performance practices, technique, singing and playing, and good microphone habits for singing, speaking, recording, and songwriting. I teach based on student needs, and I find each student benefits from a different curriculum.

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Sep 2007 - Jun 2010


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2013

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Here's a video of me playing one of my favorite classic guitar breaks!
Acoustic version of "If Only" from my band Old Man Wizard's 2013 album Unfavorable. I'm in the middle singing and playing the acoustic guitar. Excuse the quality; I'm uploading this one to make it abundantly clear that this is real and performed in one take. Enjoy the imperfections. :)
Photo by Francis R.

Photo by Francis R.

Photo by Francis R.

Photo by Francis R.

Photo by Francis R.

Photo by Francis R.

I recorded the guitar and vocals on this album, and I wrote and arranged the songs featured on it.

19 Reviews

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Bruno L. Mar 25, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Overall awesome teacher Francis knows a lot and is very passionate for guitar, and he’s very patient!

Quinn Jan 15, 2018
Singing · In home

super cool dude, and incredibly capable teacher. Super stoked about the lesson.

Janelle E. Jan 14, 2018
Speaking Voice · In home

Francis is an incredibly personable, professional, and informative instructor. He helped me hone my speaking voice for performing spoken word poetry, and offered really tailored, constructive feedback along the way. I'm so glad that I committed to taking speaking lessons. The entire process has been positive.

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Melissa L. Dec 28, 2017
Guitar · Online

I really enjoyed taking lessons from Francis and would recommend him to anyone.

Richard C. Nov 12, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

Francis is a fantastic teacher. He is patient, extremely knowledgeable, and fun to work with, a rare combination. I joined a friend’s rock band and needed to learn how to play the bass guitar fast. I had never even played guitar before. Francis taught me the basics and got me competent on the songs we were learning. He even helped me with my singing. I now do backup and even lead on a few songs. Francis had a music degree from UCSD and can make learning as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. He also teaches music at an alternative High School. He is very flexible and a very nice person to be around. I highly recommend Francis!

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David B. Jul 20, 2017
Singing · In home

Very personable, very talented, and very patient. Great first lesson!

Kimberly Jul 10, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Francis is a great instructor! He is patient and knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things. He is also super laid back and friendly and will customize lessons based on current level. I would definitely recommend him!

John Lowe May 10, 2017

An extremely attentive and helpful coach, was able to not only assist me in developing a stronger voice but also a passion for music. Would highly recommend!

Doug Winter Aug 24, 2016
Guitar ·

Great, patient, understanding guy. If you're trying to learn guitar, this is your dude. Knows what he is talking about and is able to clearly and efficiently communicate it. Feels more like hanging out than a "lesson". Do yourself a favor and book a lesson!

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Steisha Ponczoch Apr 26, 2016
Guitar ·

Francis is VERY patient and knowledgeable so I feel like I'm definitely getting the most out of the lesson. On lesson #1 I've already learned more about technique than I've been able to pick up on my own over the last (way too) many years.

Rob Crabtree Apr 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·

I’m writing this review after having a few sessions with Francis.

First of all, Francis is an amazing guitar player. If guitar was jiu-jitsu, Francis is definitely a black belt.

Secondly, he's a very kind person and an interesting dude. I’ve enjoyed hanging out in his studio.

And lastly, I feel very confident that Francis is leading me in the right direction. I’m new to guitar but I want to play folk, be well rounded, and have a solid foundation. I can already see that foundation starting to lay itself out. I am very excited to see my progress as I continue to practice.

The sad news is that I have to take a break from guitar lessons for a while for financial reasons. But I wanted to leave review because I feel like others should know about this guy.

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Angelina Acosta Feb 25, 2016

Francis is a great instructor. He is very patient and will paint a good picture on the help and support he's teaching. I would definitely recommend him to people I know!

Ethan A. Nov 12, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online

A talented musician and caring instructor. My son is on the Autism Spectrum and really related to Francis. Francis encourages his students to lead the way with what they desire out of their lessons. So happy we found him!

Kevin M. Oct 6, 2015
Singing · In studio

my first lesson with Francis was excellent. we talked about goals for a few minutes, then got to work. It was a good vocal warmup and workout. I learned vocal exercises, as well as practicing on a song I wanted to work on. Francis is obviously a pro.

Dale C. Oct 1, 2015
Singing · In studio

Great first lesson. Helped me understand my range, projection, threw in some theory, and gave me a great base to start my development. Overall nice person and kept the lesson on track, focused,and interesting. Looking forward to more classes.

Bjoern P. Mar 8, 2015
Singing · In home

Francis has been just fantastic as my first ever singing teacher. He completely made me feel at ease, provided me with material to practice in between lessons, and is just a genuinely nice guy to be around. He provided good and intuitive help to improve my singing, and I fell I have improved lightyears in just a few weeks.

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Richard C. Nov 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home

Francis is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient and knowledgeable. My friends asked me to play bass guitar in their rock band so I needed to learn fast. Francis taught me the basics and quickly moved on to tips and tricks to help me advance. I am having a blast.

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David K. Jun 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Francis is great. Always on time, always available to chat about areas I had questions or challenges, always insightful.

Pietro C. Oct 5, 2013
Guitar ·

Amazing instructor

Francis is a true professional, his patient and extremely dedicated to teaching his love for music. His friendly demeanor inspires you create and believe in yourself as a musician.

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