Gabriel Bolanos

Gabriel B.

Long Beach, CA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a composer of solo, chamber and orchestra music with a PhD in music theory and composition from UC Davis. I have taught tonal and post-tonal theory at the university level, and believe strongly in applying theoretical concepts to performance, composition and analysis.
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Gabriel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

Hey, I'm Gabriel! I've been playing guitar for over 20 years, and have a PhD in music composition. I write crazy modern experimental music for classical ensembles, but also enjoy playing blues, rock and flamenco guitar.


Visiting US Fulbright Scholar
Jul 2016 - Jul 2017
UPOLI Conservatory of Music

I helped design a new guitar curriculum, taught composition, theory, music history and electronic music. I also wrote and conducted a new 30-minute piece for orchestra.

Associate Instructor, Teaching Assistant
Sep 2010 - May 2015
UC Davis Department of Music

At UC Davis I taught music theory, history, ear-training, history of rock and history of film music.


PhD in Music Theory and Composition
Sep 2010 - May 2015
UC Davis
BA in Music
Aug 2003 - Jun 2007
Columbia University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Embryonic Journey by Jorma Kaukonen, on a Republic Resonator Guitar
Ouroboros Miniatures for guitar duo. Composed and performed by Gabriel Bolaños. Choreography by Frame Dance.
Phase- original composition for guitar duo.
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