Calvin Anderson

Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA

About Calvin A.

Background check: Last verified 06/06/2016
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Calvin teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: February 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)

Photos and Videos

Student Recital March 2014


Guitar Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
Orange County School of The Arts

Teaching group guitar classes to both non-majors and majors

Piano Teacher
Sep 2015 - Apr 2016
Frontiers Academy

Taught students piano in 1 on 1 private lessons.

Worship Leader/Music Director
Aug 2013 - Apr 2014
King of Glory Lutheran Church

Led worship weekly with vocals, guitar and piano in addition to directing worship team and preparing/composing/arranging music for services

Guitar/Piano/Banjo Teacher
May 2012 - Mar 2014
Music Maker

Taught private lessons and group guitar classes.

Guitar Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Imperial Elementary School

Taught group guitar classes to 20+ children, leading to a group performance at the school's annual fair.

Music Copyist/Orchestrator/Arranger
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011

Worked with: Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Bublé, and Charles Aznavour

Aug 2010 - Nov 2010
Musician's Local 47

Co-led classes for professional musicians teaching how to use the Finale notation program.


B.A. in Music
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009
University of Southern California
General Education/Music
Aug 2003 - Jun 2005
Orange Coast College

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Certificate of Completion
Jul 2010
Dale Carnegie Course For Effective Communication


Scholarship for Music Composition
Jan 2010
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Scholarship for Classical Guitar
Jan 2005
Orange Coast College

18 Reviews on Calvin A.

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Grace F. Jan 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home Grace loved it! She immediately took out her banjo and started practicing as soon as Calvin left. Calvin is fantastic! He's very encouraging and nurturing and a lot of fun!
Greg S. Nov 9, 2016
· Banjo · In home Awesome. Very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend.
Glen Sep 30, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home As an older student just starting out I felt I hit the jackpot with Calvin. He worked with me to learn the music I was interested in and at the same time he taught the fundamentals. I always looked forward to our time together. He is kind, helpful, and honest. I highly recommend Calvin.
Karen T. Jun 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home Great Lesson! Looks like we can work really well together. Calvin communicates very clearly and sets up practice work in a way that is very doable.
Greer H. Jun 9, 2016
· Piano · In home Calvin was great! Super professional and excellent and fun with my 5 year old! Highly recommend!
Theresa Payne Jun 5, 2016
· Piano · In home Calvin is AWESOME. He is very patient and encouraging. My daughter loves working with Calvin. He is prompt and goes out of his way to inspire. We highly recommend Calvin
Jean E. Aug 31, 2015
· Ukulele · In home Outstanding teacher -- very patient with my wife, who is a parkinsons patient;
he demonstrates patiently, encourages her, has her tuning her ukelele and
playing chords after only three lessons. A gentle, knowledgeable force.
Maryam T. Jun 30, 2015
· Piano · In home Very personable! Very compassionate about what he teaches to the kids! Recommend!
Jay E. Jun 4, 2015
· Piano · In home unique techniques / perspectives
best I've experienced.
highly recommend
Daniel K. May 30, 2015
· Piano · In home Calvin is an excellent teacher and Daniel enjoys the lessons!
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