Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

69 Reviews
San Diego, CA

Average response time: 3 hours

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: Yesterday

Overview

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

Online Piano Lesson

Experience

Music Instructor Jan 2004 - Present
Self-employed

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

Education

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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69 Reviews on Brandon B.

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Sarah Jul 24, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
My 9 year old daughter has been taking guitar lessons over the internet with Brandon for almost six months and loves it! Brandon is great with kids and very patient. Definitely recommend him as an instructor if you have children.
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Mike Jul 14, 2015
Piano · Online
I was skeptical to take an online music lesson, but figured I'd give it a try since there's a money back guarantee. I'm sold. The future is here. Better in every aspect.

I've been playing guitar, bass, and piano for over five years. Brandon is the most knowledgeable and professional instructor I've had to date.
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John Jun 30, 2015
Piano · Online
I am a beginner on the piano. Brandon is extremely knowledge about music and he has a patient process that has already helped me understand music in a whole new light. I have a long way to go but I feel like Brandon's teaching style is putting me on the correct path.
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Fei Xiao Jun 18, 2015
Piano · Online
In the 2 months I've been taking lessons with Brandon I've learned more than what I learned in the 6 months I had previously been taking with a different instructor. Brandon is super patient and has a lot of great methods to help you learn difficult concepts.

I took the class online and it was super easy! He's set up some crazy software that lets you see what he's playing and the notes on a staff. Love that Brandon is really chill and flexible around my schedule. He structures your lessons around what you're interested in, because let's be honest, you're not going to practice if you don't like what you're playing. I prefer this waaaay more than in person lessons now. Taking it online doesn't take away from the quality of the class at all, if anything it makes it better :)

I always look forward to our lessons. Two thumbs up!
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Jill S. Jun 10, 2015
Piano · Online
Brandon has been working with my two children ages 9 and 14 for a few months now and they absolutely love him! I love the fact that we don't have to leave the house for piano lessons. Brandon's also very flexible with rescheduling, which is fantastic because we tend to need to move things around with our hectic schedule!
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Nick Brown Jun 4, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Very patient and really customizes a development plan just for you.
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Nibedita D. May 27, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
I have taken few online piano classes from Brandon, and I am very impressed with his way of teaching. I was initially skeptical about the online learning experience, but actually I like it much better than traditional way of learning. He organizes lesson plans based on my need and wishes which makes the class interesting. Instead of being restricted to a book like in traditional way of learning, his organizes my homework's from different resources based on my goals. I enjoy using the online resources he points to for theory and notes practice. I don't have to leave home to take classes, and still I get the best experience of learning piano.
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Joe Galardi May 22, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have only had my first lesson with Brandon. I am an intermediate-level guitar player who has been searching for a mentor to take my playing and understanding of music theory and composition to the next level.

My immediate impression of Brandon is that he has an amazing depth of understanding of music and guitar. In my first 45 minute lesson, Brandon was able to assess my current knowledge and abilities and begin to build a development strategy.

His use of technology during the lesson with regard to video, communications, demonstration, and instruction was efficient and effective. He is professional and approachable. I never sensed any condescension or arrogance, as I have with one or two teachers in the past.

I cannot compare him to any others available through takelessons.com, however, I believe that he is easily better than the credentials that are listed in his profile.

I would highly recommend Brandon to anyone looking to learn to play guitar, or advance their abilities.
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Luke V. May 11, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I've been playing guitar for about eight years. I'm proficient at rhythm guitar, but recently I've been wanting to improve my lead guitar playing by learning scales, modes, etc. I looked through many internet tutorials, but none of them really helped me to understand how to get better at soloing, so I decided to try online lessons with Brandon. I was extremely skeptical at first about online lessons, but Brandon is incredibly friendly and made me feel comfortable right from the beginning. In the first lesson we identified my strengths, weaknesses, and goals for taking lessons so that he could devise a curriculum for us to follow. After each lesson he takes very detailed notes on what was accomplished during that session and what should be practiced during the week. Also, Brandon is very flexible when it comes to rescheduling. I contacted him to move a lesson, and within ten minutes we had the new lesson scheduled. Brandon made learning lead guitar a much less daunting task than it had seemed, and he also made it very enjoyable. You will not be disappointed by taking lessons with Brandon!
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Samantha S. May 1, 2015
Guitar · Online
Online lessons are the way of the future. Period.

We get so much more done in the same amount of time I've had with prior instructors that it makes me sad just thinking about how much money I wasted before I started guitar lessons online with Brandon.

I love the fact that he stores everything in the cloud, so I'm able to view assignments from my iPhone or pull up any of our materials regardless of where I am or whose computer I'm on - super convenient for someone who travels as much as I do!

Brandon is very bright, kind, easy to get along with, and overall a fun person to spend time with. You can also tell that he really wants you to succeed; he really cares that you get value from each lesson. He's also never charged me for a last minute cancellation (something I can't say about past teachers), which means a LOT to me since I'm not made of money!

It shows that Brandon loves what he does and has the best intentions for his students.

Oh, and for anyone who thinks an online lesson isn't as good as normal lessons, it's the opposite. Brandon really knows his stuff when it comes to computers and takes full advantage of it. I looked at other teachers who were offering online lessons, but after a trial with Brandon, realized that the other teachers weren't doing much beyond sitting in front of a webcam. Brandon, on the other hand, essentially takes over my screen and uses it to display sheet music, he turns the page for me, he'll explain theory using a white board complete with pictures and movies, uses multiple cameras so I can see his fretboard better than if we were in the same room, and a lot of other awesome things I'd never seen anyone else do. Check him out.