Brian Rodriguez

Brian R.

Whittier, CA

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About

Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
2014

Based in Los Angeles, California, Brian is an up and coming guitarist and composer. He started playing electric guitar at the age of 13. In high school he began studying classical guitar and later went on to attend Loyola Marymount University under the instruction of Martha Masters, winner of the 2000 GFA International Solo Competition and current president of the Guitar Foundation of America. At LMU Brian took up an interest in composing for film after taking a class from film composer Charles Bernstein. Brian currently plays Rhythm/Lead guitar for the band Surface Streets. Brian is currently enrolled at the USC where he will be working toward his Masters in Classical Guitar performance. At USC Brian will be studying with Grammy award winning artists Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser from the LAGQ.

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Experience

USC Thorton School of Music Outreach Instructor
Sep 2016 - Present
University of Southern California

Teach music in schools around Los Angeles that otherwise would not have access to music education. Create thoughtful and engaging lesson plans that introduce music to young students.

Work with teachers in finding ways to incorporate music into everyday lessons.

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Festival Manager for the LMU Annual Guitar Festival
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Loyola Marymount University

In charge of set up/clean up of all tables, chairs, décor, music stands, signs, and posters.

Delegated work in an efficient way in order to minimize set up and tear down time.

In charge of all prep work such as putting together registrant badges, certificates of participation, information packets.

Delegated work in order to ensure the festival runs smoothly and without issue.

Create an enjoyable and hassle free atmosphere for all festival participants by ensuring people know exactly what events are taking place and when and where they are taking place.

Sold tickets at the university’s box office for various concerts. Keep track of ticket and CD sales.

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Education

Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance
May 2016 - Present
University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Loyola Marymount University

Languages

German
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree
May 2016
Loyola Marymount University

I have a degree in music from Loyola Marymount University where I studied with the esteemed guitarist and current president of the Guitar Foundation of America Martha Masters.

Affiliations

American String Teachers Association
Mar 2014

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Guitar Foundation of America
Sep 2013

Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

Photos & Videos

My Band Playing our newest Single
Photo by Brian R.
Photo by Brian R.
Ascension (Original Composition)
Introduction and Caprice by: Giulio Regondi
Photo by Brian R.

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Lute Suite no. 2 BWV 997 by: J.S. Bach
Photo by Brian R.

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3 Reviews

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Don Oct 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

This was my first lesson. Brian was polite and knowledgeable and was very patient with me. I'm looking forward to our next lesson. I believe with his help he will help me accomplish my goal to begin playing a guitar.

Alisna May 23, 2016
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I spent 16 years of my life on a competitive dance team, traveling all throughout California and Nevada to perform and compete in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. I have plenty of experience with professional dancers coming in to teach a Master's class, and having that 'it's so easy. Why can't you do it?' attitude, where they simple answer questions about how to do something with 'Like this. You just kind of do it.' Brian is NOT that way. For a couple of months Brian gave me lessons as part of an assignment he needed to complete for one of his music classes. I struggled a lot, but Brian always remained patient with me. He is a very good and helpful teacher, providing weekly exercises, as well as tips and tricks along the way. At the end of the semester, I performed a piece for his music class, and later had the opportunity to watch Brian play, too. He blew me away! Typically, the saying goes "Those that can't do, teach," however this is not the case with Brian; he can do both! If you're looking for a teacher that is the perfect balance between patient and challenging, Brian is the way to go!

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Sierra May 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

After hearing Brian play classical guitar at Loyola Marymount, I was in awe. Brian's passion for music inspired me to pick up the guitar and learn how to play myself. During our lessons, he believed in me even when I was feeling discouraged and he sat with me until I got a handle on the techniques. He is extremely knowledgeable and well rounded and holds his students to a high standard. He encouraged me to always do my best work and I learned so much with him. It is with the utmost respect that I recommend studying with Brian; you won't be disappointed!

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