Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

San Diego, CA

About Brandon B.

Background check: Last verified 11/30/2015
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Brandon teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: 3 days ago

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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83 Reviews on Brandon B.

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Henry Feb 4, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
We have been very impressed with how much our son has learned and improved in just a few lessons with Brandon!
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Lauren W. Jan 19, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Brandon is a great instructor. He is committed to meeting you where you are and taking you to and beyond the goals you have in playing piano! He makes the information practical and does a great job of explaining concepts. Brandon always gives lesson notes so that you can refer back to what was taught throughout your weekly practice which is really helpful! Lessons are productive and fun. Brandon is very knowledgeable, great to work with and I'd recommend him to anyone!
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John Brandmeyer Jan 11, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Brandon is an amazing teacher. My son and I are both beginning musicians and we have been taking lessons with Brandon over the last few months. Brandon is extremely talented and knowledgeable when it comes to music but it’s his patients and flexibility that makes his such a great instructor.
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Tony B. Nov 30, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I've only had one lesson, but I'm excited to take more. Beyond coming across as very knowledgeable, Brandon seems to be able to convey that knowledge to his students.

Can't wait to see where practice and working with Brandon will get me.

I would definitely recommend
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Lori S. Nov 30, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Brandon is teaching both my kids after they became stagnant in regular lessons with teachers who seemed to rotate every time the wind blew. Brandon has infused a new enthusiasm in the kids and taking the lessons online is so much easier!
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R. McMahon Nov 8, 2015
Piano · Online
Garrett was very excited and motivated after his first lesson. He really felt like Brandon understood him.
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Elizabeth Oct 9, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Brandon was a great piano instrutor for my daughter. He was flexible, patient, and helpful. She would choose him again for more lessons, but needs to work on academics for this semester. Take lessons also has academic lessons that we may use. It really helps to avoid all the driving since my daughter gets home late from school. Thanks Brandon we definately loved your lessons and would recommend you.
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Billy W. Oct 8, 2015
Music Recording · Online
Verified Student
Brandon is truly a conscientious and caring teacher for anyone wanting to learn about any aspect of music. He is extremely fast and is versed in various software on on line interfaces. I highly recommend him. In addition to his charisma and professional expertise. Brandon is a wonderful person to work with.
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Roger C. Oct 7, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Over the first few (hopefully of many) lessons I've had with Brandon, I have been blown away by his preparedness, enthusiasm, and musical ability.

Brandon thrives at tailoring lessons toward each particular student. He's incredibly prepared, creating personalized practice schedules and organizing materials in a central location, both of which make practicing much more simple for someone on a busy schedule.

Furthermore, I'm very impressed with the relaxed but productive dynamic of the lessons. We get a lot done, but it feels like talking to a friend rather than an instructor. I would recommend Brandon very highly.
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Paul Ciasullo Oct 5, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Brandon is a phenomenal teacher. First off, he is amazing at the guitar, he can play literally any song on the planet. If he listens to a song, he can play it seconds later. He’s super friendly and chill and does a great job making the lesson fun. He also caters his lessons to your interests, for instance if your interested in theory he’ll cover theory, if you just want to just jam you can jam. He integrates technology into his lessons seamlessly. Couldn’t ask for a better teacher.