Brandon Buckley

Brandon B.

San Diego, CA
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Brandon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2004

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 ***
During the first lesson, we will create a clear goal and purpose for your lessons. Each lesson will be tailored to what YOU need in order to achieve your goal.

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 another degree - 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.

I teach all styles, though my interests are mainly in pop, electronic, rock/hard rock/classic rock, metal, and classical.

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PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING LESSONS:

- All students must meet at least once a week.
- Cancellations are allowed once every three months.
- Rescheduling is always allowed and requires at least 24 hours notice.
- Rescheduled lesson must occur within two weeks.

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2004 - Present
Self-employed

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

Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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96 Reviews

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Sam Nov 7, 2016
Songwriting · Online

Brandon's taught me more about how music works in just a handful of lessons than what I learned in years with other teachers.

Yang L. Oct 27, 2016
Guitar · Online

Steven Oct 26, 2016
Piano · Online

Tynan Aug 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Have been loving my lessons! Brandon is very patient and has run longer than our scheduled duration for most of our lessons, which I love. Goes out of his way to make sure everything makes sense. Cool guy!

Matt G. Aug 25, 2016
Piano · Online

I chose Brandon because of his positive reviews and all I can say is that they're spot on. Super cool guy with a ton of experience.

I was hesitant to take a music lesson online but now that I've been doing it for a while I wouldn't go back to a normal lesson.

Definitely recommend.

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Elle Aug 25, 2016
Piano · Online

My daughter has had three piano instructors and Brandon is by far her favorite! So far so good!

Tom Aug 22, 2016
Piano · Online

Incredible teacher! Brandon REALLY knows his stuff! I've learned more with him in a month than I have with my past 3 instructors over the last 2 years!!

Tom Aug 22, 2016
Piano · Online

Incredible teacher! Brandon REALLY knows his stuff! I've learned more with him in a month than I have with my past 3 instructors over the last 2 years!!

lusha Jul 14, 2016
Piano · Online

Brandon is an inspiring teacher. Great classes.

Curtis Jun 23, 2016
Guitar · Online

Been taking online lessons with Brandon for about a year. Blows away all the other teachers I've had with his knowledge of music and his teaching approach!

Sharif May 3, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Fantastic

Lori S. Mar 23, 2016
Piano · Online

Brandon was a great teacher. He is very adaptable to whatever the students needs are.

Paramita G. Feb 19, 2016
Piano · Online

I have been learning piano for a few months from Brandon. He is very knowledgeable and teaches concepts in depth. There are many aspects of music which has some amazing concepts. He takes time to unfold each of them with thorough explanations.
One of the best things I like about him is that he is open to any kind of music. I have bugged him with a few songs from Bollywood, but I get really amazed in the way he teaches the songs, the concepts behind those and how we could embellish the songs when we play it given that no other instruments are being played when we play the song. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning music.

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Henry Feb 4, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

We have been very impressed with how much our son has learned and improved in just a few lessons with Brandon!

Lauren W. Jan 19, 2016
Piano · Online

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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Eric Lee Oct 5, 2015
Classical Piano · Online

1st lesson was great. looking forward to my next one!!

Richard L. Oct 4, 2015
Piano · Online

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

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.

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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.

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

Very patient and really customizes a development plan just for you.

Nibedita D. May 27, 2015
Piano · Online

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

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

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.

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Rand S. Apr 29, 2015
Piano · Online

There is a reason Brandon is so highly rated and has so many great reviews. He is an outstanding educator! I’m a 58-year-old self-taught, intermediate-level piano player looking to get to the next level. After little more than a month of online piano lessons with Brandon I’m making great progress. He is teaching me techniques, sight-reading skills, and strengthening my understanding of music theory and song structure. All this while keeping it fun.

At first I wasn’t sure about the whole online lessons thing but now I’m convinced that online is the best way to go. First, with his help the set up was easy. Second, online lessons are incredibly convenient (no commute, no picking up the house before a visit from a teacher). Finally, Brandon takes full advantage of the technology to share sheet music, links to relevant websites, music video and audio files, etc. and uses piano graphics to illustrate what he is doing at the keyboard. He can play a passage and on your screen will appear the notes as he plays them and/or the keyboard graphic will show his key strokes. It’s brilliant!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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,
Jerry

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Christine D. Mar 10, 2015
Guitar · Online

ONLINE LESSONS ARE AWESOME!

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!

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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.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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Rachel S. Feb 26, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

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Shanna H. Feb 23, 2015
Guitar · Online

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.

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Maybritt H. Feb 13, 2015
Piano · Online

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

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.

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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!

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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

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!

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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!?

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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!!!

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Brad T. Jan 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I've only been taking lessons with Brandon for a couple months but he quickly became my favorite teacher. Having taken guitar lessons with four different instructors over the past six years, I think that says a lot.

han Y. Dec 10, 2014
Piano · Online

Like lessons very much. He very nice guy, very patient !!

Chris F. Nov 29, 2014
Guitar · Online

I've been taking lessons with Brandon for a couple years. When I started, I had already taken lessons with several other instructors while in NYC. It had been my dream to enroll at Berklee College of Music in Boston for guitar. I'll be attending this February and contribute Brandon with making it all possible. He helped me prep for my audition and test out of several classes - which in itself paid for our lessons these past two years! Easy going guy who really cares about you. Definitely recommend Brandon to anyone trying to get into a music school!

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DJ K. Aug 18, 2014
Guitar · Online

I've done guitar with Brandon for a long time and I really think he is a great teacher. He has helped with my solos and I think about music very differently as a result of our lessons.

Steve P. Aug 14, 2014
Guitar · Online

I would highly recommend Brandon as a guitar instructor. He is extremely knowledgeable about music and explains things to make them easy to understand. What’s also great is the organization. Many instructors have no plan on how to get you to be able to play alone. They just teach you random skills. Brandon has an outline and every week updates it on what was learned and what the next step will be. He also has a good knowledge of technology and is able to bring up split screens to show you music or the piano to help explain things.

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Don H. Aug 13, 2014
Guitar · Online

For as long as I've known Brandon, he has always been a passionate musician and teacher.

His online lessons truly take learning to the next level. I can't imagine someone wanting to take a normal lesson after taking online lessons with Brandon for the past year and a half.

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Chris C. Jul 31, 2014
Piano · Online

"Best instructor ever" sounds about right lol! I've been taking piano lessons with Brandon for about 4 years. He's a super cool guy and I always look forward to our lessons. I'm pretty sure he plays just about everything.

If you're thinking of taking a music lesson, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking lessons with BRANDON!

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Marsha May 14, 2014
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He taught me a lot of things I didn't already know and gave me some really REALLY helpful advice. I'd definitely recommend this helpout to anyone learning guitar. A thousand times better than just watching videos on YouTube.

Thanks Brandon, Appreciate it!

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Jason May 14, 2014
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Brandon was really nice , he explaned everything with examples , so that makes it easier to understand

Annamae May 14, 2014
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I'm loving these Lessons!!

Diane May 14, 2014
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Brandon is awesome! Easy to get along with, smart, and very capable when it comes to teaching through video chat. He uses a bunch of cameras and programs to make the session more interactive. Very cool!

Adriane May 14, 2014
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Brandon was an amazing teacher! We went over so many things and went at a great pace for learning! He explained things thoroughly and when I didn't understand something he explained it in a way I understood. I recommend this help out if you want to learn guitar!

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Jackson May 14, 2014
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Very cool! Thanks Brandon

Moriah Mar 6, 2014
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very cool guy , and helpful lesson for a beginner to music

Lemuel Mar 6, 2014
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Brandon was really helpful throughout the lesson.His take on music is to make it easy. Give it a shot.

Julianna Mar 6, 2014
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This introduction to the world of recording was excellent. Brandon precisely answered every question I've had and gave great advice on do's and don'ts.

Caridad Mar 6, 2014
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Brandon had a clever and inventive program that took my ability to recognize intervals a solid step ahead in just 1/2 hour. His attitude was very positive and I enjoyed his lesson a lot. Recommended.

Effie Mar 6, 2014
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he`s amazing nice guy , he gives you nice new exercises and tips to be perfect musician

Caryl Mar 6, 2014
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This was a very interesting and nice experience. Brandon was very friendly and a great teacher. He made the online format work very well. And I got to brush up on my major seconds and perfect fourths.
Definitely recommend it!

Gilda Mar 6, 2014
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Brandon did an excellent job explaining the basics of guitar to me! We went over the proper way I should be positioning my hand when playing chords to reduce stress on the hand and allow easy movement between chords. He also explained the difference between major and minor chords, which I never knew. In the end he was showing me how a lot of classic rock songs are just a few chords and suggested I try to play along to practice switching between chords. All in all a great experience!

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Berna Mar 6, 2014
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Review

Considering that I am not very tech-savvy, I was a bit hesitant. However, I was proven wrong! Brandon was great at tailoring the lesson to fit my musical background and was super friendly. He used a couple of cameras and shared a notepad which made me feel like it was an in-person lesson. Now, I can't wait to go home and put into practice what we covered today. I highly enjoyed the experience!

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Rosalyn Mar 6, 2014
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Review

I really enjoyed my ear training lesson with Brandon. Brandon was clear, concise, easy to understand and patient as I am a beginner. His teaching method is light but very focused and in one session I learned to recognize six different pitches by ear. Brandon also gave me some tips so I can practice on my own. I will be coming back for another lesson soon.

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Samantha W. Nov 13, 2013
Guitar ·

our favorite music teacher - and we've had a lot!

If at first you don't succeed, keep looking for a music teacher until you find one that your child loves! Nick has had six (6!) guitar teachers and Brandon is his absolute favorite. so relieved I won't be looking for a replacement! Nick enjoys his lessons and really likes Brandon's company.

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tom H. Nov 13, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

worth the price!

Its no secret that private lessons aren't cheap. I feel like I get my money worth with our online lessons. Its about the same price as having somebody come to my house but I prefer taking the lessons over the internet because I can be anywhere and I like how Brandon uses several cameras to give me a better view of the fretboard than I would get in person.

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Holly F. Nov 13, 2013
Guitar ·

My son loves his lessons!

My son has been taking guitar lessons with Brandon for only a couple of months. He has autism and requires extra attention at times. Thank goodness for Brandon!

Brandon is extremely patient and does a fantastic job keeping Chase interested and encouraged.

For those considering, I highly recommend Brandon as a music teacher.

-Holly

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UK N. Nov 12, 2013
Piano ·

Fantastic teacher

I was hesitant to take lessons from across the pond. Turns out it doesn't matter how far apart you are, you can still learn!

I tried a couple local teachers but wasn't having much success.

Brandon is extremely well spoken and laid back. He makes our sessions fun and spontaneous.

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Chris S. Nov 12, 2013
Songwriting ·

Cool guy, fun lessons!

i've been playing guitar for a few years. all my songs sounded the same. brandon has a bunch of cool tricks to make it easy to find new chords and make a song sound different all of a sudden.

i like my lessons and i prefer to take them online instead of in person. it's easier.

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billie B. Nov 9, 2013
Guitar ·

Terrific teacher & fun!

Brandon has such patience with me! He's got a sense of humor and really wants me to succeed. He makes learning fun and I can't wait for the next lesson with him. He's got a lot talent - great teacher!

Tom P. Nov 8, 2013
Piano ·

Fun, smart, and positive

Brandon has a knack for dumbing down things. We've been doing piano for a while and I can't think of a time I've been disinterested. Def recommend giving him a shot.

Tyler M. Nov 7, 2013
Piano ·

Great Teacher

Very friendly, clear explanations, extremely professional.

Emily L. Nov 7, 2013
Music Theory ·

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks!

I was skeptical to take a music theory lesson over the internet. Luckily, a colleague of mine recommended I give it a try with a teacher he'd been using for a while. Brandon quickly resolved any hesitations I had toward online lessons. He uses a variety of tools on his end to create a presentation for each lesson. It's as though I'm watching my favorite TV show or something!

If you want to get the most out of your online lessons, I would recommend giving Brandon a shot. If you aren't satisfied, and I don't know why you wouldn't be, you can always get your money back!

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Emily L. Nov 7, 2013
Guitar ·

Brandon knows his stuff!

If you're looking for someone who can make you better at guitar then look no farther!

Brandon is fun, easy going, and knows his stuff!

We've been doing online lessons for a few months. I have no idea how he does it, maybe it's magic, but he somehow turns my computer screen into a digital classroom - it's awesome.

I've recommended him to a bunch of my friends and family :)

Thanks Brandon!

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Sam J. Nov 5, 2013
Songwriting ·

Best teacher I've ever had. A+

Let me start by saying I've been taking music lessons for over ten years with various instructors. I've recently taken an interest in song writing and decided to try and find someone who could help me take my songs to the next level. I was really hesitant to take a lesson through Skype, but after about five minutes I knew I'd made the right decision!

Brandon has excellent communication skills and is able to explain things in a fun and effective manner. He might say something a first time using complex terms, but if he thinks I didn't understand him based (probably based on my facial expressions), he'll immediately repeat himself using simpler language that instantly makes sense to me! lol

So far, he's helped me write nine songs. He's also showed me a bunch of tricks to make chord selection a whole lot easier!

Definitely recommend taking a lesson with Brandon!!!

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Jackie S. Nov 5, 2013
Piano ·

Five stars!

Brandon was recommended to me by a good friend of mine. I was looking to take piano lessons again but couldn't find any teachers in my area that clicked. Brandon does lessons through Skype, which I'd never done before, but I decided to give it a try anyway.

He makes lessons fun! I had never learned any music theory before, but Brandon assured me it was worth learning. Sure enough, within a few weeks I was able to play songs by ear! Amazing!

I would recommend Brandon to anyone of any age who wants to gain a better understanding of music :)

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Kris S. Nov 5, 2013
Music Theory ·

No need for a money back guarantee!

Brandon is a great guitar and music theory teacher. He has helped me through the most difficult songs I can think of and is also very very very patient. If you feel like you shouldn't take lessons from him because it will be hard through Skype, YOU THOUGHT WRONG. Brandon is a computer whiz and knows how to do almost anything on it. Even though you see a money back guarantee sign on his home page, there is no need for one because i guarantee you're going to like him.

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Yael S. May 5, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent

He is a excellent guitar teacher. He is patient my daughter had learned more from Brandon in the last months than working with our previous guitar teacher she had for one year.
My daughter loves his lessons and I never have to remind her of the lesson for me that says a lot .

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Cody K. Mar 25, 2013
Piano ·

Piano

Brandon is very good at explaining things in a variety of ways and can make a lesson out of just about anything. I take piano lessons through skype and it has been working out great, it's very convenient, and i feel like i learn about as much as if it was in person. He is easy to work with and very knowledgeable, he can find a way to teach most anything I want to learn.

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Heather D. Mar 22, 2013
Piano ·

Brandon is a great teacher :)

My daughter who's 7 has always wanted to play the piano and I'm very glad we found Brandon through TakeLessons. She wasn't too excited when she found out her teacher was going to be a boy but right away Brandon made her feel comfortable and now she wouldn't want any other teacher. Unfortunately we weren't able to take lessons for as long as we'd like right now because of family reasons but as soon as we are able to start back up we are definitely going to give Brandon a call. He made taking lessons via Skye super easy and he's very knowledgeable about music and instruments. We definitely recommend Brandon, 2 thumbs up!

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Michael J. Dec 10, 2012
Guitar ·

Brandon is an excellent instructor with a very effective teaching approach.

My family has had various music teachers over the years and Brandon has been the best one we've had to date. He has a very good command of music theory and can translate it into effective lesson plans. My son studied guitar lessons with him and has progressed very far and has met many of the milestones we've set up for him. Brandon has a good sense for finding the right combination of teaching tools and drills that keep learning the guitar interesting yet effective. I don't think my son was ever disinterested in the lessons or the assignments given during the time between lessons. I would highly recommend Brandon for consideration as an instructor to students at any level.

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ElizabethH Jul 12, 2012
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bucket list

Really enjoying my lesson with Brandon, I like his method of introducing the basics first with excellent verbal explanations that are easy to understand . I also like his ability to via skype show me the visual techniques. As an older student it means a lot to me for him to adapt to my preferred method of learning rather than me adapting to the teacher.

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CarlieK Jun 6, 2012
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Mrs.

Brandon is GREAT!! Our son is 5 with a short attention span and Brandon is patient and kind yet keeps Jet interested and makes his lesson FUN! I highly recommend Brandon and have already recommended him and Take Lessons to moms in Jets class. Thank u so much for sending Brandon our way. :-). Carlie Kyle.

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missys Jan 11, 2012
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Davin's Piano Teacher

Brandon is one of Davin's favorite piano teachers! He may be the best one she has ever had (and she has had a few).

MarianH Dec 8, 2011
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Awesome guitar teacher!

I've recently begun taking guitar lessons with Brandon and it's been great so far! I almost skipped over Brandon because he didn't have any reviews but I was sold once I read his profile. He really caters to exactly what you want to get out of your lessons so as long as you're vocal about that then you're gonna have a blast like me! Brandon is very knowledgeable, encouraging and just a cool person to be around. He always makes the lessons fun and when it's over I'm always feeling motivated to practice. I highly recommend Brandon as a music teacher! Plus, what else do you have to lose you've got a money back guarantee, right? ;)

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