Eric Lesko

Eric L.

Oviedo, FL
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Flamenco Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner

I typically use "The Art of Flamenco" by Juan Martin. These are great books that break down the flamenco techniques so the student can obsorb them easily. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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Eric passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Eric delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 80

Teaching since:
May 1977

Hi,

Welcome to my TL's profile!

If you're looking at this site, you're already on your way to becoming an AWESOME musician! Whether this is your first attempt at music lessons or you've been playing for a while and trying to improve your skills, I'm EXCITED about working with you. I am a professional music educator and performer that has a passion for music and teaching. I will gear each lesson to fit your musical interests and playing level, while I encourage and motivate. My goal is to use proven teaching methods and a supportive learning environment to help you realize your musical potential, as well as having FUN while doing it.


Here's some background about myself, to help you decide if I'm a good fit as your new instructor.

I come from a family of musicians. Began guitar lessons at age five as the Beatles were invading the American music scene. I grew up in New Jersey, performing in rock bands until becoming interested in classical guitar. With New York City only a short bus ride away, I spent as much time as possible in the city, studying guitar with Russian born Classical Guitarist, Dr. Alexander Bellow, and Jazz Legend "Bucky" Pizzarelli. During this time, I attended recitals of such notables as Andre Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. Being immersed in this musical scene inspired me to make music my life.

Earned a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, where I studied under the direction of guitar pedagogue, Richard Provost. While at Hartt and shortly after, I performed in numerous Master Classes for internationally acclaimed artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

I have taught guitar at the college level for over twenty years teaching on the music faculties of University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Stetson University, Bethune Cookman College, Florida Southern College, and St. Leo College. I taught private guitar lessons, class guitar, and guitar ensemble

I have appeared hundreds times at Disney and Sea World as well as other venues around Central Florida. My experience includes performing solo and in small groups. I have also performed with rock groups, stage bands, folk groups, classical ensembles, jazz combos, Broadway shows, operas, as well as solo recitals, and concerto appearances.

Throughout the years I have had many unique experiences while performing. One of my favorites being the opportunity to play the MASH theme song for Alan Alda as well as other stars in attendance at a cast party for the TV show, Win, Lose or Draw at EPCOT Center.

Although I enjoy performing, I considers teaching music to be highly gratifying. The importance of giving students a good foundation with the proper technique and performance skills cannot be underestimated. When a student can play a song from beginning to end with style and confidence you know you've given them a gift that will offer them enjoyment for the rest of their lives.



*** Studio Equipment ***
Ipad apps, music stand, instrument stands, tuner, metronome, amp, chairs,

*** Specialties ***

Fingerstyle- Classical, Fingerstyle Jazz, Folk, Celtic.

Pickstyle- Rock, Blues, Jazz.

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Experience

Owner / Music Instructor
Jan 2003 - Present
Private Studio

I am owner and Instructor at the HOUSE OF MUSIC (HOM) which has been open since 2003.

HOM works with music lovers spanning in age from the very young to senior citizens. The studio offers lessons for all styles of guitar, El. Bass, ukulele, mandolin, and banjo. (I teach all fretted string instruments. I have other instructor to teach the following) piano, violin, viola, electric bass, voice, drums, flute, etc. “We offer everything from “Bach to Rock”.

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Disney Musician
Jan 1985 - Present
Walt Disney Company

Guitarist for Disney World. Performing for Wedding Ceremonies, Cocktails, Receptions, Corporate Functions, etc.

College Guitar Instructor
Aug 1977 - Jun 1998
University of Central Florida

Private Guitar instruction, Class Guitar instruction, Guitar Ensembles


Education

Music
Jun 1978 - Jun 1979
Hart School of Music
Bachelor of Music
Sep 1973 - Jun 1977
Hartt School of Music / University of Hartford

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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Jan 2017
Gigmasters
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Jan 2016
Gigmasters
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Jan 2015
Gigmasters

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Here Comes the Sun- Fingerstyle guitar
My Music Studio where I give my lessons located at  
379 E. Broadway St., Suite 1008, Oviedo, FL 32765

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My setup for giving online lessons.

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Fingerstyle Jazz- Bossa Nova- Corcovado(Quiet Nights) by Gilberto played by Eric Lesko
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13 Reviews

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Paige Jul 24, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I would highly recommend Eric at House of Music for guitar lessons. I am after a certain style of guitar music using finger picking to play for my special needs son. I have learned that not all teachers are familiar with this style. Thankfully, Eric is great at it. He is also teaching me how to read music and not just play the chords or tab which is something I had overlooked. I am thankful he has been able to work with me and my unique set of circumstances and help me reach my goals.

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Cindi Jul 16, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric Lesko taught my son Brian guitar 18 years ago when Brian was a teenager. My son got to a point that he didn't want to practice and we were thinking about giving up the lessons. However, Eric got Brian playing whatever kind of music my son was interested in and he continued taking for a few years thereafter, completely enjoying it. When I decided to take up the guitar around eight years ago, Eric was the first and only instructor I thought of. Besides being very capable musically, he is willing to move in any direction that you want in order to keep you interested and helping you achieve your goals. He always has suggestions on ways to approach a particular piece in order to make playing fun and not frustrating. He is also well-versed in the use of technology to make playing a continuum as you gain skills, making a huge difference in being able to get more out of practice. Finally, he is conveniently located in a new facility in downtown Oviedo and he is very flexible with lesson days and times. Eric's greatest asset is that he wants the student to enjoy playing as much as he does!

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Debbie & Gavin H. Jul 15, 2019
Ukulele · In studio

Seems like a great teacher. I’m taking the lessons with my 2 grandsons. They are 6 and 8. He was very patient with them (and me). He knows his stuff. I know I can learn a lot from him.

Joseph R. Jul 15, 2019
Guitar · Online

Patient and willing to work through my own setbacks, I've gone from knowing little or nothing about guitar to practicing theory to various genres of music.

Highly recommended.

Teresa Jul 20, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Eric was very patient with me and that was important. He was also prepared and professional. I would recommend him to anyone that wants to learn to play an instrument.

Robert Jun 15, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric has answered many of my concerns regarding technique and methods; as well as, inspired me to purse continuing classical guitar. He's patient, observant, and analytical providing important correction towards my improving.

Lori Apr 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I was very pleased with my first lesson with Eric!
He is knowledgeable, yet relaxed.

Lesli White May 5, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

I found Eric on the Take Lessons website and he was the perfect choice for adult beginner mandolin lessons. He took my previous music experience into account and made my lessons enjoyable and educational. He helped me pick music for the musical styles I was interested in , as well as teaching me about music theory. Whatever musical talent level you are at, and any age, I highly recommend Eric Lesko. Thanks Eric! Lesli

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Bobae Jan 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My daughter is 8years old, beginning to play guitar.
He is patient with her and know what he's doing. We are happy with Eric's guitar lesson 👍

Trinh T. May 29, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Eric for 8 months. He is very helpful, knowledgeable, and helpful. I have been learning classical guitar and want to transition it into fingerstyle acoustic. Good mix of classical guitar book, working on interested pieces, and chords.

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Kristi O. Apr 10, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

I've had a great experience as Eric's student. He is highly knowledgeable as a guitar teacher and I have loved learning classical technique from him. And I'm kind of picky, since I already have a degree in music and am also a music teacher! He has really helped me broaden my skills as a guitarist and I can highly recommend him as a teacher for all kinds of guitar styles.

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Kevin C. Dec 18, 2014
Ukulele · In studio

Eric is a very good teacher. I have no experience in music at all and his instruction offered a nice mix of basic music knowledge and uke specific teaching. In a short time he showed me a variety of playing techniques for the uke that gives me a lot to strive for while offering exercises and instruction for me to work on that will help me steadily improve.

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Coen G. Sep 2, 2014
Banjo · In studio

Eric has been really helpful in my learning experience. My schedule requires flexibility in scheduling and Eric has been great!

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