Aaron De La Rosa

Aaron D.

San Diego, CA

About Aaron D.

Background check: Last verified 10/19/2016
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Aaron teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 2002
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile!

To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and Dominic Castillo, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, who was a student of Jerry's as well. After studying under these talented musicians, I went on to pursue my education in music and received my BA in Music from San Jose State University in 2004. I started teaching music privately during my time with Jerry and Dominic and continued to teach during college up until the present, and have taught hundreds of students since. I now live in San Diego where I teach, work as a freelance musician, and play in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kickstomp outfit Quel Bordel!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couches, table and TV, music stand, student can borrow instrument for first lesson, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, and reggae. I studied jazz in college so I also have extensive knowledge of jazz theory.

Photos and Videos

Clawhammer arrangement of "Wildwood Flower"


Guitar/Bass Teacher

Aug 2014 - Present
School of Rock - Encinitas, CA

Teach private guitar/bass lessons to students ranging in ages 5 to 75 years old.

Guitar/Bass Teacher

Jul 2005 - Jun 2010
California Keyboards - Bakersfield, CA

Taught private guitar/bass lessons to students ranging in ages 5 to 75 years old.

Guitar/Bass Teacher

Jun 2000 - Jan 2002
Coelho Academy of Music - Santa Maria, CA

Taught private guitar/bass lessons to students ranging in ages 5 to 75 years old.


BA - Music (Jazz Studies)

Jan 2002 - May 2004
San Jose State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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33 Reviews on Aaron D.

Terran T. Aug 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Fantastic experience!! I feel like my excitement was only increased by Aaron's attitude and ease in instruction! He made the lesson approachable and relaxed while learning the overall basics! Great time, I can't wait for my next lesson!
Christian J. Jul 27, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor! My son is high functioning autistic and I don't think we could have gotten anyone better. My dad was the one who found thus website and chose this instructor. I am so grateful!
Stacy Jun 14, 2016
Banjo · In studio
I have no experience at all with music, let alone a banjo and am so very glad I found Aaron for a teacher. He took the time in the beginning to discuss my expectations and goals and has been very patient with me. He is a very knowledgeable musician and I look forward to my lessons. It is my pleasure to be his student.
Alex May 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron is a fantastic music teacher. He takes the time to personally taylor the lessons to your preference and style, he patiently squashes bad habits and makes the most of the lesson time. I whole heartedly recommend him.
Rollin May 10, 2016
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Excellent instructor. Easy to follow, even for a complete novice such as myself.
Logan & Evan C. May 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My two teenage boys really enjoy Aaron's lessons and are having great success. He has a great methodical approach to learning that both makes sense, is easy to follow and practice, and is effective. The boys have fun and enjoy his patience and how he reviews what was learned and practiced from previous lessons.
KENDRICK T. Apr 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son looks forward to lessons every week with Aaron. Thanks for sharing your talent.
Abby Apr 7, 2016
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and looks forward to future lessons.
Lee C. Mar 12, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Aaron is very personable and flexible. Highly recommend.
Liam O. Nov 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron does a great job working with my 7-year old son. He is very encouraging and packs a lot into a 30 minute lesson.
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