Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

58 Reviews
San Diego, CA

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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
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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.

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Online Piano Lesson


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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58 Reviews on Brandon B.

Mike P. Apr 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Try the online lessons with this guy, you won't regret it. Brandon knows his stuff. As a pianist and guitarist, I love how Brandon is able to translate knowledge between both instruments for me. Even though we do guitar lessons, he explains how everything also maps onto a piano, which I find incredibly valuable since most of my previous guitar teachers couldn't do this. Makes music seem downright simple.
Sam M. Apr 6, 2015
Guitar · Online
Been taking guitar with Brandon over Google Hangouts for a few months now. I wasn't sure if I'd like taking lessons online, but now I'm sold. It works really well and rescheduling is much easier. Brandon is very organized and an all around cool guy!
Crystal P. Mar 18, 2015
Guitar · Online
Got into Berklee College of Music because of this guy!!! Brandon is the man!

We've been taking online guitar lessons for about 9 months. He helped prepare me for my auditions. I also placed out of three classes which saved me nearly $10,000!! His rates are a little more than most teachers out there (though he's still half the rate of some teachers in NYC), but with Brandon you get more than what you pay for!
Jerry N. Mar 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Where do I start...

Brandon recently contacted me out of the blue via email, something along the lines of, "I think you used to be my piano teacher 20 years ago...can you leave me a review?" Without having to read much further, I immediately recalled him as a student amidst the hundreds of other students I've since had. One word: savant.

Brandon was one of, if not, the most gifted students I've ever had. Within about a year, I remember progressing from scratch to level 8 pieces by Rachmaninoff and Chopin - something unheard of for a student of his age and experience. I distinctly recall him being one of my few students who never needed to be told by his parents to practice - something that certainly stands out after 35+ years of teaching!

From what I've gathered, he's since attended Berklee College and is now teaching as well. When I knew him, he had a nurturing and supportive family, an enthusiastic personality, and an unusual ability to pick things up so much faster than my other students that I had to completely shift the way I taught. Come to think of it, he probably taught me a lot as well.

Thought it's been many years, and I can only speak of him as a student, I have only distinctly positive memories and wish him the best. You would be amidst one of the finest should you enroll in music with Brandon.

Glad our past has helped pave your future,
Christine D. Mar 10, 2015
Guitar · Online

I was extremely hesitant to take online music lessons at first. I've been taking guitar lessons at a studio or at my apartment for a few years. I took a break and decided to resume. I read a lot about online music lessons and how they're quickly gaining popularity over traditional lessons, so I figured why not!

So glad I took the plunge! Lessons are so convenient and Brandon is an amazing teacher! He really tailors to my needs and makes each lesson fun and extremely productive. We get more done in one hour of our online lessons than I'm pretty sure I ever got in two hours of my previous traditional lessons!

Definitely give online lessons with Brandon a shot - you won't regret it!
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.