Amilcar Cruz

Amilcar C.

Camarillo, CA
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About

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Amilcar delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2000

Greetings! I'm a professional guitarist, composer, music teacher and recording artist. I have an associates degree in composition from Montgomery College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Along with teaching guitar lessons, I've been performing with other musicians and my own award winning band all over the U.S. and internationally since 2000.

My training in a diverse group of styles including classical, Latin (salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, bossa nova, Gypsy Kings), flamenco, jazz, blues and rock have left me uniquely qualified as a performer. It has allowed me to share the stage with a diverse group of notable musicians and international pop stars such as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and the Imperials, Luis Enrique, Jerry Rivera, Nestor Torres, David Pabon, Fonseca, Scott Ambush and Chuck Redd. In addition, my band has released three LPs since 2007 that garnered positive reviews and awards along with placements on TV shows such as "Chelsea Lately" and NBC's "Smash".

My teaching philosophy is to make learning fun, easy and rewarding...and I've gotten some pretty great results! I've had the pleasure of seeing some of my former students play on nationally televised late night shows, hear their songs on the radio, see them billed on big music festivals such as Firefly and SXSW, get accepted into competitive music programs and start their own successful music teaching businesses.

Lessons are offered online or in your home or mine in the Camarillo, CA area. Beginning students will have songs to play right away and will see steady weekly progress with chords and single note riffs and melodies. Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated so that I can assess their strengths and weaknesses so that I can guide them to achieving their musical goals. It's always a kick to watch students play things that they thought they could never play!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to helping you become the guitar player you want to be!

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Experience

Private Guitar Instructor
Jan 2000 - Present
Self

Providing private guitar instruction in a friendly and professional manner to students of all ages and levels in
their homes, via video and at my home studio.
Teaching classical, flamenco, jazz, blues and rock guitar styles.
Additional instruction in music reading, ear training, music theory, improvisation and composition.

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Group Guitar Instructor
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation

Taught 2 groups of children from ages 6-14 the skills and techniques of how to play beginner's guitar.
Supervised playtimes and assisted with distributing meals.
Assisted with note reading and rhythm exercises.
Prepared children for a successful end of camp recital.

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Guitar Instructor
Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
Middle C Music – Washington, DC

Responsible for creating lessons that met the needs of each student.
Encouraged students to select books and merchandise from the store
Taught beginning and intermediate guitar to students from the ages of 6 to adult

Guitar Instructor
Aug 2000 - Apr 2002
The Guitar Gallery – Washington, DC

Provided guitar instruction to students of varying age and skill levels.
Built rapport with students and family members.
Created and distributed invoices to clients to foster timely payment.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2001 - Jun 2001
Guitar Center Inc. – Rockville, MD

Taught basic guitar and note reading.
Responsible for customizing each lesson plan around the needs of the students.
Often made contact with students' parents to explain the lessons and the progress of each student.

Education

AA Music Composition
Sep 2008 - May 2011
Montgomery College Rockville, MD
BA Latin American Literature
Sep 1997 - May 2000
University of MD

Languages

Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Best Latin Duo/Group
Jan 2015
Washington Area Music Association
Best Latin Duo/Group
Jan 2014
Washington Area Music Association
Best Latin Duo/Group
Jan 2013
Washington Area Music Association
Best Latin Duo/Group
Jan 2012
Washington Area Music Association
Best Latin Recording
Jan 2011
Washington Area Music Association

3 Reviews

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john Dec 6, 2018
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Amilcar is a very focused and professional teacher. He is also very enthusiastic and makes you want to learn. Another teacher had told me I couldn't possibly learn Flamenco guitar but Amilcar said absolutely you can. Now, four years later I'm deep into it and playing fairly complex pieces. I believe he is quite a guitarist in many different musical styles as well. Big fan of Amilcar!

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Bruce Dec 6, 2018
Guitar · Online

I’ve taken lessons from many teachers and Amilcar is the best I’ve ever had! Patient and great attention to detail! Well worth your time!

Frank Dec 5, 2018
Guitar · Online

Amilcar can teach different styles and is able to help me with whatever I'm working on (classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, etc.) . His online lessons are great! He demonstrates and records a track. I play with the track and he gives guidance. Then after the lesson I have the recorded track to practice with. Pretty sweet.

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