Eric Lesko
Oviedo, FL
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Eric Lesko

Eric L.

Oviedo, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching guitar for 30 years. My students have gone on to play professionally, have their songs on iTunes and teach at the college level. Once I get an idea of what type of guitar you are interested in, and what style, I can develop a plan for you. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Eric L.

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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Mardell M.
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Very good teacher, very patient and understandable.

Posted Sep 16, 2020
Bob M.
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Eric is an excellent teacher! Eric explains the lessons in a manner which is very easily understood. He is also very patient, I highly recommend Eric to anyone and everyone who wants to learn the banjo/guitar!

Posted Sep 2, 2020
Lauren M.
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Posted Aug 27, 2020
Eric
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It was a very good lesson

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Casey K.
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I have wanted to play Banjo for years. Ive taken a few lessons here and there and something seemed to always get in the way. I never got very far at all other than wasting time. I started my lessons with Take Lessons 3 weeks ago. Being a novus I was kinda weary about how long it was going to take me to learn just a basic song and was nervous about being too slow and yada yada yada. I was nervous. When my 1st lesson started with Eric I felt very comfortable. There was no rush and he explained how to correct every mistake I made. (a bunch) and now by my 3rd lesson I can actually play a SONG!! Its slow mind you but its a song! Eric gives me tips on how to practice correctly and gives me assignments for the week which I love. I can practice on my own terms through the week and then come into my lesson, show what I have learned, get great lessons on how to improve and then pick up new material for the coming week. I love it!! Its lessons in my own home, no gas, no crowds and Eric is awesome. I plan on getting more and more lessons fo sho!! Thanks Eric!!

Posted Jul 6, 2020
Gary
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Outstanding first session. Eric is patient and clear with explanations. He is able to help me feel motivated and confident with working towards my goals.

Posted Jun 10, 2020
Ziliang Che
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Eric is very nice an patient, i am making solid progress under his instruction.

Posted Jun 7, 2020
Hobart
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Eric is infinitely patient. He's really attentive to detail and relaxed about it.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Rose
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I’m a non-traditional music student, so I was a little nervous starting music at such an “advanced” age. Eric makes every lesson interesting, but, more importantly, he makes them fun. We laugh a lot and I’ve learned so much in the short time I’ve been taking lessons. If he’s this good with an old lady, he must be fabulous with children. I highly recommend Eric for any aged student. Call him!

Posted May 11, 2020
Gregory S.
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Thank you Eric

Posted May 11, 2020
Neil
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Posted Apr 17, 2020
Gavin & Liam H.
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Eric is a very kind and patient teacher. I took lessons from him , as well as my 7 and 9 year old grandsons. We have all learned a lot from him. Eric is very flexible to change dates and times to meet our needs. I hate to discontinue my lessons but must due to health issues. My grandson’s have many other interests but may return to lessons at some point. I highly recommend Eric for adults and children alike.

Posted Feb 15, 2020
Matthew Feltus
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Eric is a knowledgeable, friendly and patient teacher.

Posted Sep 23, 2019
Paige
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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.

Posted Jul 24, 2019
Cindi
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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!

Posted Jul 16, 2019
Gavin & Liam H.
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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.

Posted Jul 15, 2019
Joseph R.
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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.

Posted Jul 15, 2019
Teresa
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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.

Posted Jul 20, 2017
Robert
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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.

Posted Jun 15, 2017
Lori
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I was very pleased with my first lesson with Eric!
He is knowledgeable, yet relaxed.

Posted Apr 26, 2017
Lesli White
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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

Posted May 5, 2016
Bobae
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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 👍

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Trinh T.
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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.

Posted May 29, 2015
Kristi O.
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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.

Posted Apr 10, 2015
Kevin C.
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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.

Posted Dec 18, 2014
Coen G.
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Eric has been really helpful in my learning experience. My schedule requires flexibility in scheduling and Eric has been great!

Posted Sep 2, 2014

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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”.

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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Gigmasters

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Gigmasters

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Jan 2015

Gigmasters

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