Edwin Itoh

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA
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Edwin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1993

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunity to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 1993 - Present
Edwin I.

Private and group music lessons for guitar, piano, recording, ear training, composition, Logic Pro, bass guitar.

Education

B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental - Guitar
Sep 1998 - May 2002
University of Miami
High School Diploma - Jazz and Classical performance - Guitar, percussion
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
New World School of the Arts

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

DownBeat Music Award 1998
Mar 1998
DownBeat

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How to Play Nothing Else Matters by Metallica on the Guitar
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How to Play Too Close by Alex Clare on the Guitar
Mia - 1 year guitar student

76 Reviews

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Maggie L. Aug 22, 2017
Ear Training · In studio

Edwin is very knowledgeable about music. He is a very adaptive to players of all skill sets and have guided me though the basics when I was once a beginner. He provides insight to the difficult questions that I come across over the years of playing guitar. He especially helped me understand music in a much larger scale. Overall, he is a well rounded teacher that is patient and supportive with his students.

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Eric Aug 10, 2017
Banjo · Online

Lorraine D. Jun 20, 2017
Banjo · Online

does not teach left handers other then that I am sure he does well with right handers

Rene May 28, 2017
Banjo · Online

Very patient and helpful.

Lena May 25, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Kelly B. May 10, 2017
Banjo · Online

Edwin is very kind, patient and encouraging! This was my first lesson, it was an hour long and he could tell when I was struggling with a specific segment of instruction and had me try something different that allowed me to keep moving forward. I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from him!

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David G. Mar 29, 2017
Flamenco Guitar · In home

Edwin was a professional and patient teacher. He took time to correct my technique and sent me home w/ things to practice. Two thumbs up!

Matthew Mar 27, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Edwin quickly found where I needed the most help (strumming patterns), and within minutes was guiding me through progressions to help me make progress. He also gave me some lessons on notation and helped me write some progressions down so that I could practice between now and our next lesson. He listened to my goals and taught in a way that will help me meet them.

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Luca G. Feb 15, 2017
Guitar · In home

Keeps the lesson moving and is very positive with feedback.

Eric Feb 2, 2017
Banjo · Online

Good Instructor, Taught Me Alot About Tuning and The Names Of The Strings.

Kim N. Feb 1, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Nancy M. Jan 18, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Loved working with Edwin. Looking forward to more lessons with him.

Annie Jan 17, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

So far so great!

Miranda Dec 18, 2016
Ukulele · Online

My daughter enjoy very much learning with Edwin, he is encourage, charismatic and patience Teacher who makes fun to learn for his students,,, clearly He love his job!!
Thank you Edwin,

Julia A. Dec 2, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Carlos Nov 21, 2016
Guitar · Online

Wyatt Sep 3, 2016
Banjo · Online

Very pleased with Edwin. He took thel time to listen and get to know me before we got started. Easy to learn from and very patient teacher. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Jing W. Aug 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

Today was my husband and I first lesson with our teacher Ewind Itoh. He is very patient and has good teaching experience to guide us, and listen to us what we want to acomplish our dream for learning Piano and Ukulele. We were searching teacher for long time, now we are happy to ready to learn from him.

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Lucas T. Aug 8, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Edwin is Awesome!! And he was wonderful with my 5 year old. My son was a tad shy at first, but he warmed up pretty quickly. I was actually surprised he was using the pick by the time class was over! It went so well, we decided to book class twice a week instead of just once. :) We're looking forward to the next class. Thank you, Edwin!

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Lucas T. Aug 8, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Edwin is Awesome!! And he was wonderful with my 5 year old. My son was a tad shy at first, but he warmed up pretty quickly. I was actually surprised he was using the pick by the time class was over! It went so well, we decided to book class twice a week instead of just once. :) We're looking forward to the next class. Thank you, Edwin!

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Mate G. Jul 7, 2016
Piano · Online

Edwin is very patient and an excellent teacher. He provides a good structure that helps my developing my skills. It's great working with him.

Payton M. Jun 23, 2016
Banjo · Online

Edwin is just so patient and encouraging. If I'm struggling with something, he gives me different exercises to help me with it. He's an awesome instructor and Payton and I are really enjoying our lessons.

Jonathan Jun 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I left a review as many have done at the beginning of my lessons on the site's request. I studied with Edwin for about two years through Skype, and wanted to evaluate the experience after it was completed. Edwin was a very polite and skilled teacher. He taught me many new techniques and different styles of jazz guitar that stick with me still, and which I use every day in my playing. I recommend him to anyone wanting to learn more about playing jazz guitar.

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Kim N. Jun 9, 2016
Banjo · Online

My 13 year old daughter, Payton, and I enjoyed our first lesson tremendously! Edwin was so patient with both of us and explained things thoroughly yet simply enough that someone with zero experience, such as myself, wasn't overwhelmed. He politely corrected or pointed out our mistakes while letting us try to figure it out on our own. He was kind enough to let me take notes and repeat himself on an instruction if necessary. We're both already encouraged and looking forward to our next lesson next week. I would highly recommend Edwin to anyone any age regardless of their experience.

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Jack G. May 11, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Edwin very quickly identifies where you need help and sets you in the right direction using a friendly approach.

Matt Apr 12, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Edwin is seriously the best! You will not regret learning music from this professional musician!

Zant C. Apr 4, 2016
Guitar · In home

Great start! Looking forward to the next!

connie Feb 26, 2016
Guitar · Online

I am very delighted to finally pick up my guitar and want to learn. Edwin you have inspired this old lady to not only want to learn more but also tell my friends how easy and fun you made my experience thanks again

Brandt Feb 7, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

Edwin inspires, challenges, and encourages. My son couldn't be more excited about the instruction he is receiving. Thank you, Edwin!

Antonio Jan 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very patience and knowledgeable.

Emily Jan 7, 2016
Piano · Online

Edwin was very patient with my daughter. He had to start from basics as she was not sure of her self. He took his time and went over the piano keys.

Helen V. Dec 1, 2015
Guitar · In home

He is very patient and is able to adjust to the student's needs with different instruments. He's very flexible with scheduling. Definitely recommend!

John S. Nov 7, 2015
Banjo · Online

Have been taking lesson from Edwin for about a month. He has really helped me adjust to learning an instrument without any musical experience at all.
Patience of a saint, really knows what he is doing. He has come up with a way to teach me at my own pace and level of understanding, yet ever so slightly helps push me to the next lesson. My confidence stays high!
I can not recommend Edwin enough, his style of helping me learn is top notch.

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David G. Oct 12, 2015
Banjo · Online

Very patient. Great ideas. Helpful

Jackson H. Sep 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Our son is 12 years old and loves music but has never really played an instrument. His first Acoustic Guitar lesson with Edwin was great. Edwin is patient and so positive with an obvious love for teaching. Our son left very excited and practiced for a bit when he got home! Thank you Edwin!

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Chris R. Sep 24, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Great Experience!

Charlie Aug 11, 2015
Guitar · Online

Very patient and kind person. And a great communicator. A great fit for my 10-year-old son. So glad we chose Edwin.

Michael Nagy Aug 7, 2015
Ukulele · In home

For the first lesson, I couldn't have asked for much more. Edwin could pick up on what I knew and where to start with me, You can tell he has a wonderful mastery of music and convey what he's thinking so that you can understand it.

Jen K. Jul 11, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Edwin is amazing. My 5 year old is pretty distracted and stubborn. Edwin made the lesson very fun for him and he actually learned a lot in the short lesson. He was very patient. He taught him not only the instrument itself but started teaching him some rhythm and music theory as well. As soon as my son matures a little more and is ready for lessons we will definitely pick Edwin!

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Oliver K. Jul 3, 2015
Ukulele · In home

He was really patient with my reluctant 5 year old. He was happy to play special songs for him to get him interested in the instrument and the lesson.

Sidney L. Jun 11, 2015
Audio Engineering · Online

Edwin is very patient, especially when I had technical difficulties. He provided the information I needed and walked me through the process efficiently. I got a lot out of the lesson.

Janice B. Apr 5, 2015
Guitar · Online

First lesson-Edwin was easy to follow, friendly, and patient. Online seems to work good at this level.

Anna A. Feb 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Edwin is very kind and patient. He has great attention for detail and will give gentle instruction on how to make adjustments to improve your guitar playing. Edwin is a natural when it comes to music. He can hear a complicated song and know what chords/rhythm to play. He is also very knowledgeable about music theory and the technical aspects of guitar playing. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

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William H. Nov 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Edwin is extremely patient and good natured. His knowledge of music and his ear for chords is amazing. I am a beginner and within a few lessons I am playing full songs from major bands. I couldn't be happier with Edwin and will be working with him for a long time.

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Nicole K. Aug 27, 2014
Piano · Online

Edwin has been teaching my 10 year old daughter for a year. He is sooo patient. It is nice that he asks her what songs she would like to learn and it allows her to have a say in what she plays! He is a great teacher!!

Eugene May 14, 2014
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I've always wanted to learn guitar and have had one lying around for awhile. I've been on youtube to try to learn some basics, but it was great to finally get some real feedback and pointers. Edwin was very patient and helped me get some basic rhythms down. Now I've got some specific stuff to work on til my next lesson.

The live 1-on-1 lessons with awesome TakeLessons teachers are a must if you are serious about learning properly!

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Annabell May 14, 2014
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edwin was really helpful and answered all of my questions. i'll definitely recommend this helpout to my friends

Bryan C. May 12, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·

Edwin is top notch

Edwin has been teaching my son Ethan guitar for about a year and have nothing but great things to say! My son looks forward to every lesson and it's amazing how much he's progressed. Edwin is so patient and really make the lessons fun by using real songs that my son knows and enjoys playing while mixing in skill practice. He communicates very well and couldn't be more dependable. He has our highest recommendation!

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Myesha Mar 6, 2014
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as always Edwin is great and very realax when iam myself have problems in that area

Kalyn Mar 6, 2014
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Had a lesson with Edwin and he was patient and very knowledgeable about what I needed to learn! Would definitely work with him again and recommend to others!

Edgar Mar 6, 2014
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Edwin is able to teach some of the most unusual jazz progressions step by step. I look forward to applying some of the new harmonic patterns I learn to my songs.

Jennefer Mar 6, 2014
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As a beginner to guitar lessons and to studying music in general, I assumed I would use the guitar for my first ear training session. Edwin quickly explained why using a piano would be much more helpful for someone just starting out. I hummed along with the keys to try to match pitch, and he even gave me a helpful tip to identify half notes, full notes, and octaves- I think I'm going to have the Jaws Theme stuck in my head the rest of the day!

Edwin was professional, friendly, and patient. When I answered one of his questions incorrectly, he SHOWED me the difference between my answer and the correct one. That helped me get it right the next time he asked!

Thanks, Edwin!!

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Marth Mar 6, 2014
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Mr. Edwin really helped me a lot. I just need some more practice and I would be able to easily go on with learning how to play the piano more. :)

Ardelle Mar 6, 2014
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I had a great beginner piano lesson with Edwin. I knew a couple of songs already from watching others play but I wanted to dive a little deeper into how chords were structured and how to more easily figure out new songs. We covered major scales, arpeggios, minor chords, and inversions. He was very helpful and gave me some great exercises to help me remember how it all fits together. Thanks Edwin, highly recommended!

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Noella Mar 6, 2014
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Really good! Edwin was very patient, despite my lack of knowledge (and rusty english). I learned lots of stuff in so little time.

Deeann Mar 6, 2014
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Edwin is a real blast!!! : ) to learn with is easy to understand and fun God Bless

Earleen Mar 6, 2014
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Edwin was effective in answering any question I had about playing the piano. He was able to tailor his teaching to my individual needs as a student.

Wendell Mar 6, 2014
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Finally I got a hang of major and minor scale, chord and inversion! ;)

Maryanne Mar 6, 2014
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Edwin is a very cool and very easy, fun going and understanding around teacher that God has Bless him with for new students as well as intermediate

Jennine Mar 6, 2014
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had a lot of good tips to give in relation to equipment and plugins when starting to build your own recording studios. I recommend Edwin :)

Kenia Mar 6, 2014
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Very helpful! Great teacher, very patient, with great knowledge of the instrument and general musical theory and very practical insight. Cheers!

Terrence Mar 6, 2014
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Edwin is excellent - patient, attentive, using material that is interesting to both my 8 and 10 year old. Very talented !

Christene Mar 6, 2014
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I couldn't have been more stoked on my first lesson with Edwin! I've never done a live online lesson of any kind before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but to be perfectly honest I was kinda blown away at how easy it all was and how much I was able to get out of a single 30 minute lesson.

I've been playing the guitar for years and have always been able to hear what works with different chords, but with no formal music theory education I could never really put my finger on why certain chords sound better together. I also had no idea how to pick chords that work well so I can form my own chord progressions as the basis for my own songs.

Edwin asked for my background and then with only 30 minutes to spare got right down to business and helped provide me with a simple, yet powerful framework to build chord progressions that I can literally put to use today! He even had me grab my guitar and I started playing through chord progressions that I came up with in literally under a minute.

To be honest one of my main concerns was that as a self taught guitarist I'd have to go through the process of learning some dry theory before I'd get anything out of a songwriting lesson... but I was totally wrong. I left with actionable learnings that I'm excited to start using.

One of the coolest things is that I could take my time and play with what I learned for a week or so, and then as I played and came up with new questions I could easily schedule another Helpout with Edwin to get all my questions answered. No commitment... and all on my own schedule when I was ready to learn more.

I was also surprised by how quickly my lesson went and how naturally it flowed. 30 minutes went by in a flash, but it was a great way to feel things out and see if I liked it, which I did! I know I could easily fill a 60 minute lesson with Edwin as I could just feel new and exciting questions pop up in my mind as we continued through the lesson.

Thanks Edwin!! I'd give you 10 stars but looks like they limit it to 5 ;)

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Yuri Mar 6, 2014
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Edwin was awesome! He taught me how to do some rythms and too keep a good consistant beat.

stephen G. Feb 5, 2014
Piano ·

Awesome teacher!

Edwin is a great teacher. He was very patient and encouraging from the start. He has a great knowledge of different styles of music and from day one i was already learning some of my favorite songs that before i could only dream of playing. He breaks down the structure of the song very well so that i can understand what im playing which made the learning stress-free. Would highly recommend to all ages and experience!

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Jonathan K. Nov 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent teacher

Edwin was able to assess quickly my abilities and background, and offered helpful studies for me to practice right from the beginning. A great teacher!

KIRAN A. Oct 19, 2013
Guitar ·

Edwin is an Awesome Guitar Teacher !!

Edwin is really great and nice as a teacher. He has great skills in understanding what we know and what we want, and he teaches to the potential with much patience. His music ability is excellent and motivates us to learn more.
He is pleasant and makes us feel much comfortable while learning. I started of to learn guitar with zero music knowledge and in no time Edwin made me feel confident about what I learn and what I could.

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Michael G. Aug 14, 2013
Guitar ·

Definitely knows his stuff!

This guy is a pretty amazing teacher, knows his theory and can easily help you learn the fundamentals of the instrument through the upper levels. Edwin's style is especially suited to anyone trying to learn to improv from either an intuitive or theoretical viewpoint.

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Brian C. Jun 11, 2013
Guitar ·

Edwin is very kind and professional has a great musical layout for all ages

Edwin is a very friendly musician and has a awsome ear and since I my self have a hard time staying on track he does help a great deal
God Bless him

Joy V. May 22, 2013
Guitar ·

The instructor was great!

Edwin was a great teacher. He was very patient and knew the guitar well enough to teach an adult who knew nothing. I have recommended my friends and their kids.

DEBRAH C. Apr 23, 2013
Piano ·

Edwin is a patient, creative excellent teacher

Edwin took his time and talent and taught this senior to play
the harmonium first and is now teaching me the correct and
creative way to play the piano. This teacher is a 10 plus in his
ability to teach. So grateful for all the time I have been able to
devote to learning. Look forward to many more lessons.

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shayna R. Apr 16, 2013
Guitar ·

Excellent Edwin!

My husband and I took joint guitar lessons with Edwin for several months. He was outstanding! He is extremely musically literate, he can hear chords of songs you want to learn just by ear and teach them to you, he is patient and calm, he is smart and savvy, and list goes on. Our playing ability improved tremendously and Edwin always wrote out charts for us at the end of the lesson to practice in between sessions. I would highly recommend Edwin for any level of skill and any age of student. He even came to our home so we could study in the comfort of our own living room. Loved it! Thanks Edwin!!!

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Archana S. Apr 9, 2013
Piano ·

Great teacher! An impressive combination of patience, experience and knowledge!

Our son Ukki, age 7 years has been learning both piano (almost 6 months) and guitar (about a month) from Edwin. We couldnt be happier.

Not only does Edwin have great technical knowledge about the music he teaches, he also has the skills to keep a 7 year old interested and involved in the music he is learning for two hours at a stretch. He is very patient and aware of how to maximise a child's learning without creating any stress at all.

Ukki looks forward to his back to back piano and guitar classes every week! We highly recommend Edwin for both piano and guitar. Hard to find a teacher like him.

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Marion P. Apr 6, 2013
Piano ·

Fantastic....

I thoroughly enjoy my time with Edwin. He has a unique way of teaching an adult. He is patient and understanding of my needs. I am happy to have found him.

Anthony B. Mar 31, 2013
Guitar ·

Pleased

I continue to progress above even my own expectations.
No more brick walls.
I now enjoy to practice and look forward to every hour-long lesson.
He is teaching me to play my favorite songs.

Jay K. Feb 26, 2013
Guitar ·

excellent teacher

Edwin I. is a great teacher. He focuses on what you want to learn as opposed to drilling music theory and scales. While these are very important, primarily focusing on them could make it easy to lose interest in playing the instrument.

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