Alan Retamozo

Alan R.

Austin, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Includes: technique efficiency and clarity, fretboard knowledge, practice skills, reading skills, improvisation, harmony with applications for the guitar, rhythm training, jazz guitar, melodic improvisation, chord soloing, and more.

The student's interests and goals are always the priority.

About Alan R.

Alan Retamozo is an active composer-guitarist based out of Austin, TX. His extensive composition and performance experience includes appearances with: Adam Rudolph and GO Organic Orchestra, Austin New Music Co-op, Revel, New Media Art and Sound Summit (COTFG), Density 512, Liminal Sound Series, SoundSpace Series at the Blanton Museum of Art, Sonic Transmissions, and his own composer-led group, Slant Ensemble. Coming from a jazz background, his work focuses on creative group improvisation, graphic and experimental notation, and conductor-led spontaneous group composition as well as traditional systems of notation. He holds degrees in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music (BA) and the University of Texas, Butler School of Music (MM).

Alan is also a founding member of Live Oak Trio, a string trio specializing in weddings and special events based out of Austin, TX.


LESSONS
The development of fundamental music skills, such as a continuing exploration of harmony, rhythm, and listening skills, are an integral part of my approach to instrumental studies. With over 12 years of teaching experience, I have worked with students of all ages and interests. There is always more to explore, and everyone has room for improvement. Above all, my approach to teaching and personal practice is all about collaboration, exploration, and connection.

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ChristineP

Alan is very encouraging and talented. He knows just how to keep Solly interested and motivated! Finally, a great guitar teacher. Hip, hip, hooray!

Posted May 5, 2012
AntonioR

Alan is a great teacher and he is very especific with guitar theory also very patient.

Posted Feb 7, 2012
YanaS

Super great

Wonderful instructor! My son enjoy his lessons very much. Thank you so much, dear Alan.

Posted May 14, 2011
EricM1

Alan is very patient and passionate about music. Very friendly and always available for any question. Recommend for every gae.

Posted May 10, 2011
ChrisA

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.

Posted Nov 8, 2010
PuneetaR

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.

Posted Jul 28, 2010

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Experience

Guitar / Music Teacher
Jul 2010 - Present

Takelessons.com

Guitar, performance, improvisation, ear training, composition, music history, and songwriting.

Professional Guitar Performance
Jun 2010 - Present

Freelance Performer

Freelance guitar performance based out of Austin, TX. All genres including jazz, classical, blues, rock, indie, film scores, improvisation, free jazz, etc. Professional experience includes performances with Sofar Sounds, Adam Rudolph and GO Organic Orchestra, The Azmaris, The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra, Austin New Music Co-Op, Zilker Hillside Theatre Productions, Georgetown Palace Theatre, The Austin Piazzolla Quintet, The Elevation Quartet, and more.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - May 2019

The University of Texas at Austin

Teaching assistant for the Department of Jazz Studies and the Center for American Music. Taught undergraduate jazz ensembles and substituted for undergraduate jazz theory and harmony classes. Also performed in masterclasses with artists including Joe Lovano, Will Kennedy, and Johnny Vidacovich. Helped organize and facilitate visiting musicology and ethnomusicology lecturers and guest artist concerts.

Guitar, Bass, & Ukelele Teacher
Aug 2010 - Jun 2017

Lonestar School of Music

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

Guitar Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2017

Austin Music Explorations

Private guitar teacher teaching the most amazing elementary school kids!

Education

Master of Music
Sep 2017 - May 2019

The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music

Bachelor of Music
May 2007 - May 2010

Berklee College of Music

Bachelor of Music Degree
Aug 2004 - May 2007

Texas A&M International University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Graduate School Development Award Winner
Sep 2018

University of Texas College of Fine Arts

Grant Winner
Oct 2017

UT College of Fine Arts

Affiliations

Jazz Education Network
Aug 2017
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.
American Composers Forum
Aug 2017
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.
ASCAP
May 2015
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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