Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

San Diego, CA

About Brandon B.

Brandon teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday


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


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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78 Reviews on Brandon B.

R. McMahon Nov 8, 2015
Piano · Online
Garrett was very excited and motivated after his first lesson. He really felt like Brandon understood him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Lee Oct 5, 2015
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
1st lesson was great. looking forward to my next one!!
Richard L. Oct 4, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Brandon was easy to understand;made the lesson fun. I felt like I accomplished something in my very first lesson.
Benjamin Heldfond Sep 24, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Brandon is the best. Look no further. Totally blows me away with his knowledge of music but makes it easy and understandable for a beginning player like myself. Makes me want to pick up my guitar every time I walk by it.
Kyle Aug 17, 2015
Music Theory · Online
I've been working mainly on Ear Training and Music Theory with Brandon. I've played drums, guitar, and piano for most of my life but never really learned any theory. We bounce around instruments and focus mainly on learning to play by ear. Brandon has shown me how playing by ear works and demonstrated how he can figure out just about any song in a matter of seconds. I'm gradually getting closer to being able to do that myself. We've been working for about ten months together and I am a HUGE fan of the online lesson format. It's just so convenient and simple, I could never see myself doing a typical lesson again - regardless of what the subject were. Highly recommend this guy, he knows his stuff.
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.