Ian Luxton
Brooklyn, NY
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Ian Luxton

Ian L.

Brooklyn, NY
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HI guys! I'm Ian, and I would love to play music with you. I've been playing guitar since I was 10 and began giving lessons at my local guitar shop when I was 15. I love to help people deepen their understanding of and physical ability with music. Teaching is an important part of my musical life, and I learn as much from it as any of my students do. We will get to work quickly, starting by identifying your goals and fashioning a practice routine that is both appropriately challenging and suited to your life. My strength as a teacher comes from thousands of hours of professional experience. My teaching style - excited, engaged, encouraging and patient. Choose me if you're interested in any of the following: popular music of the last 70 years (all of it!); classical music; jazz & American songbook; music theory; ear training; playing with other people; recording music; writing music; singing; and the list goes on. Please let me know if you have any questions!
In 2009 I graduated from Portland State University in Portland, OR with a bachelor's in classical guitar performance. In my 20s I toured all over North America with three bands; Hockey, STRFKR, and Mimicking Birds. For the past 7 years I have lived in New York City, where I worked as a guitar teacher, studio guitarist and TV & film composer. Since September 2019 I've lived in Stockholm, Sweden, where I teach my NYC students online and write music for Epidemic Sound and Pour Le Sport Recording Company.

About Ian L.

Hello! My name is Ian, and I would love to play music with you. I've been playing guitar since I was 10 and started giving lessons at my local guitar shop in Portland, OR when I was 16. I love to help people deepen their understanding of and physical ability with music. Teaching is an important part of my life, and I learn as much from it as any of my students do.

In my experience it's important to build a good connection with students. I tend to look at lessons as a place where we get to come and work together on a really fun, interesting project. We'll start just by talking a bit about who are, what your goals are, the styles or areas of music you're interested in, and of course answering whatever questions you have. I want lessons with me to be something you look forward to every time, and see as a place where you always feel inspired, able, encouraged in your curiosity, and appropriately challenged.

My strength as a teacher comes from hundreds of hours of teaching experience (I'm 34, and I've been teaching for about 18 years). I'm also able to draw on a deep & diverse professional background in music - from being a touring guitarist in bands like Hockey, STRFKR and Mimicking Birds; transcribing classical music for guitar and performing in the Oregon Guitar Quartet and other classical ensembles; writing & producing songs for Epidemic Sound in Sweden; recording my own music in Logic Pro, and much more.

My teaching style - excited, engaged, encouraging and patient. Choose me if you're interested in any of the following: popular music of the last 70 years (all of it!); writing music; classical music; jazz & American songbook; indie music; music theory; ear training; improving your rhythm and ability to play with other musicians; improving your confidence as a musician; recording; Logic Pro X; singing; bass; drums; guitar pedals; and much more. Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll respond promptly.

In 2009 I graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance. In my 20s I toured all over North America & Europe as a guitarist in rock/pop bands. For the past 7 years I lived in New York City, where I worked as a guitar teacher, studio guitarist and wrote music for TV & commercials. Since September 2019 I've lived in Stockholm, Sweden, where I teach, record, and write music for Epidemic Sound and Pour Le Sport Recording Company.

I look forward to hearing more about you and playing together!

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Lasse
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I love taking lessons with Ian - He knows how to challenge me, and how to explain things in a way I can understand

Posted Aug 16, 2020
Benjamin Grubin
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Ian is an incredible music teacher. He has that rare combination of TOTAL mastery over all things technique and theory along with the ability to share the information in an understandable, fun and engaging way. I've been a professional musician for over 15 years and since working with Ian i've been hitting new levels of achievement. If you're looking for a teacher, it doesn't get any better.

Posted Aug 16, 2020

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Education

Bachelors of Arts, Spanish
Sep 2004 - May 2009

Portland State University

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2004 - May 2009

Portland State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Swedish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor of Music
Jun 2009

Portland State University

Awards

1st place, Oregon State Solo Competition, 2004
Apr 2004

Oregon Music Education Association / OMEA

1st place, Oregon State Solo Competition, 2003
May 2003

Oregon Music Education Association / OMEA

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