Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

53 Reviews
San Diego, CA

About Brandon B.

Background check: Last verified 11/10/2014
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Brandon teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: 3 days ago
Average response time: 5 hours


What do Britney Spears and Beethoven have in common?

They're both pop music! One just happens to be 200 years old.

Berklee College of Music graduate from Boston, MA with a passion for all genres, though mainly popular music. For me, music has always been about having fun and doing what feels natural, and I try to pass this on to my students.

In all seriousness, if it's not fun, why do it?

I'm super laid back, but I refuse to let you spend your money, or someone else's, on lessons like it's going out of style. I believe that the more fun you have with music, the more you'll want to play, and as a result, the better a musician you will become.

*** Lesson Details ***
Together, we will create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve. In this way, we can both easily identify areas where you are excelling, as well as struggling.

Every student has a different motivation for taking lessons. Whether you simply want to show off for that special someone or you're trying to get into an elite music school, it is my objective to get you there with a smile on your face.

Want to learn the top ten guitar solos of all time? And nothing else? Just say so!
Want to learn piano theory until you're dizzy? We can do that too!
Always wanted to play drums but think you're too uncoordinated? No such thing!

Or, maybe you're already a polished musician lacking the theory to get into a top notch music school - no matter what your motivation may be, together we can make it happen.

You don't have to listen to a specific type of music to be a real musician. Yes, believe it or not, Britney Spears is a musician too! We'll work on the types of music YOU enjoy, not the stuff your parents, friends, or coworkers consider 'good' music.

Whether you want to learn Justin Bieber or Rachmaninoff, it's cool with me - believe it or not, the two have something in common...don't believe me? I'll prove it!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in online music lessons. I have an extensive background in computers and technology, and incorporate a lot of unique tools to my online lessons to greatly improve the user's experience, such as multiple camera angles; picture-in-picture views; displaying sheet music on your screen and being able to highlight, point, and change pages for you; as well as interactive games similar to Rock Band that I control on my end as the student participates on their end.

Musical styles I cover are mainly pop, pop/rock, rock, hard rock, metal, classic rock, and classical.

Photos and Videos

How to play "Stay" by Rihanna on piano.


Music Instructor Jan 2004 - Present

I've been teaching music lessons for over eleven years. Part-time for the first eight years and full-time for the past four.


BA Professional Music Sep 2003 - Jun 2008
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor Professional Music Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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53 Reviews on Brandon B.

Sam S. Feb 28, 2015
Guitar · Online
I've known Brandon for almost four years and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar. I was self-taught for about five years and relied heavily on YouTube and other free online resources. While some of the free stuff online was good, you get what you pay for. I found myself hitting a plateau and not getting any better, that's when I met Brandon.

I actually met Brandon at an open mic and was super impressed by his ability to play just about anything on command! I later asked him if he was just born that way and he explained there are actually tricks to being able to figure out almost any song be ear. Flash forward a few years and I can happily say that I'm now able to do that too, thanks to Brandon.

If your goal is to become a better guitar player, a better musician, or to be able to play by ear, you have to take lessons with this guy! His approach is very simple yet highly effective. I'd be amazed if someone isn't able to learn how to play by ear using his methods.

Rachel S. Feb 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon has been giving drum lessons to my special needs son, Lucas (8 years old). He has been incredibly patient about building a relationship with Lucas and fabulously effective about teaching him drum skills even though my son is very prone to shut down due to anxiety and stress when learning anything new. Brandon has been awesome for my son! I would highly recommend Brandon to any other parents with special needs children.
Shanna H. Feb 23, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I'll have to admit I was skeptical about any kind of online teacher format for learning guitar but after experiencing it with Brandon I think I actually prefer it now. He is an extremely knowledgeable teacher who can get down in the nitty gritty of theory but explains everything in simple and direct terms. He is what I would describe as "chill", doesn't force you to do anything you don't want to, and definitely uses your input to direct his lesson plans. He'll take you in any direction you want to go and will make sure that you're getting what you want out of his lessons! If you're looking to learn guitar in any way, shape, or form, I highly recommend that you work with Brandon.
Maybritt H. Feb 13, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Brandon got me playing and enjoying the piano again after a 15+ year break. He is patient, kind and a brilliant musician. I definitely recommend him to anyone, at any skill level.
Max H. Feb 13, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Book this guy without hesitation.

Before beginning I had reservations about an online piano lesson format, but he dispelled them immediately. Every lesson is engaging, informative, and - most importantly - productive. Excellent approach and truly tailors his lessons to the subjects that you're interested in exploring.

Highly recommended.
Christine S. Feb 12, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
My daughter has been studying acoustic guitar with Brandon for almost a year and she absolutely loves it!

She's played a handful of instruments with various teachers, but never really seemed to get into it. I have to hand it to Brandon for getting her so excited and interested, she was never like this with our previous instructors.

My favorite part is that I don't have to drive across town anymore or clean up before the instructor comes over! Incredibly convenient!
Chris C. Feb 2, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Wow. Just wow. Never realized music was so simple! Wish I'd bumped into Brandon sooner!
Bob M. Jan 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
If you or someone you know would like to learn how to play piano but find the whole concept rather intimidating, Brandon is the perfect instructor to help put your mind at ease and show you how to benefit from his experience and knowledge of music theory to learn quickly and have a great time in the process. He is attentive, insightful, and knows how to balance the right amount of coaching at all the right times to match your goals and personal preferences.

One thing that really stands out about Brandon is how far he goes to make sure that you are getting value from your entire lesson; it shows respect and caring for his students which makes me respect him even more. He is an ideal piano instructor in my book!
Adrien P. Jan 29, 2015
Guitar · Online
I really enjoy Brandon's approach toward guitar and what he can do through Google Hangouts. Not having to leave the house is also a huge plus!!!

He uses a good mix of theory and practical ear training, so it's not just drills and boring exercises. He's also ridiculously good at figuring out songs on the fly lol!

I definitely recommend taking a lesson with him. There's a money back guarantee, so why not!?
Debbie C. Jan 23, 2015
Songwriting · Online
I've been a professional musician for over 30 years. I've recorded and gigged at some of the most famous studios and venues around the world. I actually found Brandon through a mutual friend in Nashville about a year ago. I expressed to my friend (a big producer) that I was feeling stuck with my songwriting. After decades of playing, I felt I'd hit a wall. It just so happened that one of the bands at Black Bird Studios who was also friends of the producer had a friend who apparently was a pretty popular music teacher who had attended Berklee with a few of his band mates. He put us in touch and we started working on songwriting over Google Hangouts (which I'd never used before). I admit I wasn't sure about the whole idea of taking a lesson over the internet, much less with someone so much younger than me. Well, I guess there's a reason for everything! Brandon has completely opened up a new way of thinking and understanding music. He's shown me songwriting tricks that frankly I'm astonished nobody has ever showed me before. Perhaps the best part is that I'm able to keep up with our sessions while on the road, since we meet online twice a week. Really excited about some of the tunes we've been working on for the next album!!!