Carlos Roldan

Carlos R.

San Diego, CA

About Carlos R.

Carlos teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: April 2005
Last sign in: 3 days ago


Hello! My name is Carlos and I can't wait to have you as a student! I've been teaching private lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students discover the joy of playing an instrument, and making beautiful music! I studied music at SDSU and the New England Conservatory of music where I earned a degree in music performance in 2012. I'm an outgoing and patient teacher, and my teaching style is focused, yet relaxed. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Music Director

Mar 2007 - Present

Coordinate public health education workshops in six different Ecuadorian communities. Manage and direct the SAHLUD Music Education Program which teaches elementary music and arts classes to children. Recruitment of volunteers.


Aug 2013 - Jan 2014
Encore Music Project

Instruction and coaching of staff, overseeing the launch and teaching practices in the four Encore Project schools, ensuring effective El Sistema classroom teaching program execution, teaching and modeling El Sistema methods. Cultivation of various income sources from private foundations, individuals, corporations, and government grants. Supervision of schedule planning, evaluation of program needs, guiding teaching artists, community engagement and public relations."

Performing Artist

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012
Heart Power Performances

As a HeartPower performing artist, we program and perform concerts and educational classes to various at-risk organizations that serve youth, the mentally ill, those in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, those recovering from child abuse, and any other segment of the population that normally is not served by other music organizations.


Sistema Fellow

Aug 2013 - May 2014
New England Conservatory of Music - Boston

Music Performance

Aug 2007 - May 2011
San Diego State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Adams Project Performer’s Network

Aug 2010
San Diego State University

Paul C. Staffer Scholarship

Aug 2008
San Diego State University
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6 Reviews on Carlos R.

Ben Nov 13, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, focussed, generous, and COOL! Our son is going to learn a lot from Carlos. We are delighted!
Elaine Oct 1, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
As Carlos's colleague at New England Conservatory, I have seen him teach at programs in both the US and Venezuela. I was privileged to see many joyful students during rehearsals and lessons Carlos led, as well as hear the immense musical progress always made. Moreover, Carlos has an unparalleled commitment to and refreshing perspective on the role of music in social development. I urge any prospective student and family to seek out Carlos's mentorship.
JohnS Sep 28, 2015
Piano · In home
I've been taking lessons from Carlos for over three years. He is passionate and knowledgable and an excellent instructor. Carlos has patience and provides easy to understand instruction; yet, he is also able to provide me with the weekly challenges I need. I can't recommend him enough!
JohnS7 Apr 17, 2012
I've had three lessons with Carlos. He is very knowledgable and very patient. I feel I have learned a lot already because of his ability to analyze what I'm doing and help me focus on specific things during our sessions and for my practice between sessions. As an added bonus, he's fun!
teresab Mar 14, 2012

Carlos is passionate about music and it evident in his teaching. I have so much more of an understanding now because Carlos takes however long I need to "get it".Carlos has patience and discipline
JoanK Sep 16, 2011
Carlos is an excellent teacher and I enjoyed the two lessons I had with him - and learned quite a lot. I regret that I have to put further lessons on hold because of impending surgery and look forward to resuming lessons when I am able.
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