Ian Rowe

Ian R.

Oakland, CA

Lesson Details



Ian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2010

Since beginning his studies at age ten, Ian has been a prizewinner in several competitions throughout the country, and was the youngest guitarist selected to perform at Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2011. In 2014, he became the first guitarist to win the President’s Honor Competition, and had the opportunity to play in a showcase recital in Southern California, where he was given a presidential commendation. He has studied with and performed for some of the most prominent names in classical guitar, including Sharon Isbin of the Juilliard School, Yale University’s Benjamin Verdery, as well as Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University. Ian currently attends the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on a merit scholarship, where he studies with David Tanenbaum.

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Artist in Residence
Jan 2015 - Present
Berkeley Christian College

Teaching private guitar lessons and collegiate classes to students majoring in music.

Head of Guitar Department
Jul 2014 - Present
Academy of Music and Dance

Teaching private guitar and bass lessons, coordinating with the president of the school, creating curriculum.

Assistant Instructor of Guitar
Apr 2011 - Nov 2014
Community School of Music and Art

Teaching private guitar lessons to students of all ages and abilities.


Master of Music
Sep 2014 - May 2016
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2010 - May 2014
University of Redlands


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


1st Place
Feb 2016
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition
Merit Scholarship
Jun 2014
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Presidential Commendation
Mar 2013
Ralph Kuncl
Music Talent Award
Aug 2010
University of Redlands


D'Adarrio Education Collective
Jul 2016

a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.

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Photos & Videos

Practicing Joaquin Turina's "Fandanguillo."
The beginning of Domenico Scarlatti's 380th Sonata.
Photo by Ian R.

Photo by Ian R.

With Sharon Isbin at the Juilliard School

Photo by Ian R.


7 Reviews

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Tom May 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very personable, flexible and precise with his explanations.

Sydney S. Nov 30, 2015
Guitar · In home

Ian is so very patient, very relaxed & a very good instructor.

Kevin T. Sep 10, 2015
Guitar · In home

This dude is the best.

Bart O. May 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Ian was a great teacher. Patient, informative, knowledgeable, flexible and a good communicator. He's good for both practical application and music theory so I strongly recommend him.

Mitch G. Mar 30, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Ian was a great teacher with great humor with an improvisatory flow based on whatever I wanted to learn. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

Adrianna P. Dec 30, 2014
Guitar · In home

Ian is great, totally awesome. He made me feel so comfortable and was very encouraging, despite my abilities as a beginner. There is nobody else I would have rather learned from, thanks Ian!

Adrianna P. Dec 29, 2014
Guitar · In home

Ian is incredible, I mean, absolutely incredible. He made me feel comfortable and good about myself, even as someone with almost no guitar ability whatsoever. I was impressed by his guitar playing, but even more so with his ability to teach, he really is passionate about it and it shows. He tailored everything in the lessons to fit me, and I have really improved.

Thanks Ian, I couldn't have done it without you!

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