Calvin Anderson

Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA

About Calvin A.

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Calvin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2005
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Overview

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

Experience

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
Freelance

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

Instructor

Aug 2010 - Nov 2010
Musician's Local 47

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

Education

B.A. in Music

Aug 2005 - Dec 2009
University of Southern California

General Education/Music

Aug 2003 - Jun 2005
Orange Coast College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Completion

Jul 2010
Dale Carnegie Course For Effective Communication

Awards

Scholarship for Music Composition

Jan 2010
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Scholarship for Classical Guitar

Jan 2005
Orange Coast College
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17 Reviews on Calvin A.

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Greg S. Nov 9, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Awesome. Very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend.
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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.
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Karen T. Jun 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Greer H. Jun 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Calvin was great! Super professional and excellent and fun with my 5 year old! Highly recommend!
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Theresa Payne Jun 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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
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Jean E. Aug 31, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
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.
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Maryam T. Jun 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very personable! Very compassionate about what he teaches to the kids! Recommend!
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Jay E. Jun 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
unique techniques / perspectives
best I've experienced.
highly recommend
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Daniel K. May 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Calvin is an excellent teacher and Daniel enjoys the lessons!
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Georgie S. May 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Calvin really cares about his students. He does everything he can to help you progress and reach your potential. Great teacher!
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