Jared Jenkins

Jared J.

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Burbank, CA
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Jared teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: June 2008
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I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 5 years and have had experience with children as young as 5 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A status that allows you to learn whatever you want on your instrument by yourself, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

I have had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has given me an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally I have taken a great deal of classes in California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program, where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more effective at my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

I am also part of Takelessons Skype lessons program (lessons that take place on the internet via Skype) for those looking for a more convenient or affordable way to take music lessons from home.

*** Lesson Details ***
Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

And... all this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, 2 5-string banjos, a 4-string tenor banjo, a ukulele, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, cello (a full size), electric bass, a banjo, an amp, an accordion, cords and the occasional pick to students (sorry no spare mandolin or ukulele). I would only require an outlet and room to practice in; if the student could bring a pick that would be fantastic as well! I can also bring acoustic guitars if an outlet is unavailable and if that is in fact the kind of guitar the student wants to learn.

For piano students, it is best that they have their own piano or keyboard at their home; if the student is unable to obtain a piano for the first few lessons I do have a mobile keyboard but would require a fair amount of setting up.

*** Specialties ***
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.

Beginning to Advanced - Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo, Tenor Banjo (4 String), Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lapsteel guitar (6 String C6 Tuning), Slide guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar (10 String E9 Tuning).

I also teach the beginning and advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.

Photos and Videos

Condensed Original Song called "Lotus Pedals" featuring myself playing a variety of instruments I teach. Enjoy!


Music Teacher Oct 2012 - Present
Private Music Academy

Teach private music lessons on a variety of instruments.

Music Teacher Jun 2012 - Present
School of Music

Teach private music lessons on a variety of instruments.

Volunteer Music Instructor Sep 2009 - Sep 2014
Alhambra High School

Taught a self-created and self-promoted after school program. Taught music, improvisation and how to play as a group/band.


Bachelor of Arts in History Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
California State University Long Beach
Associates Degree (General/Music) Jul 2007 - Jun 2009
Pasadena City College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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49 Reviews on Jared J.

Suzie R. Jul 23, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Very flexible with scheduling concerns. My daughter really enjoys her lessons so far!
Abigail G. Jul 22, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Teaching my 6 y/o ukulele..first time instrument. ..Jared extremely patient and kind..my daughter thoroughly LOVED her first lesson because of Jared
John C. Jul 14, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Jared as really made a positive contribution to my son's music education. First, let me say that he is very professional in his work ethic. He is always on time, plans the lessons; and when I asked for an evaluation for how my son's lessons were progressing he gave me a well thought out and thoughtful report. My son enjoys his lessons and appreciates the way that Jared talks to him when he is giving instructions and suggestions.

I feel my money is being well spent on my son's lessons. Jared is my son's first teacher after taking a year break from the cello after a very bad year long experience with a cello teacher at a music store--where my money and son's time was totally wasted. The lesson I learned from that experience was that when looking for a teacher find one that cares about what the student is learning and their goals; rather then the teacher's resume with regard to their educational background and not really caring about the student. I feel Jared is trying to make sure that my son learns and enjoys the cello.

My son is 13 years old; and as a thirteen year old boy he sometimes needs to be reminded to stay focused and Jared speaks to him respectfully to stay on point. (I should say my son likes to think he is funny at times). My son also likes taking his lesson online.

I would definitely recommend Jared as a cello teacher.
Mike K. Jun 30, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a beginner. Jared is very patient and takes his time to make sure that I understand, which is very much appreciated. Fun, too!
Amber B. Jun 14, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
First lesson went really well! So excited to get started!
Riley H. Jun 9, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher!! We are already seeing tons of progress. Easy to work with and great with young adults.
Gary F. Jun 8, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
My 15 year old son has just started lessons with Jared. Had a couple of scheduling issues and Jared was more than willing to accommodate us. My son seems to enjoy the classes with him. Wasn't sure about the online lessons at first, but it's like they are in the room with you. So works really well for us.
Sten W. Jun 7, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Jared is great! He's very professional, and knows his stuff. He started me at my level, and was super patient with me. Highly recommended!
Jay Katz Jun 2, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Good teacher, very attentive and positive. He knows how to use Skype to provide online lessons seamlessly - no different than taking a lesson in person.
Brenda P. Jun 1, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
I took banjo lessons from Jared for about a year, and can't leave without sharing what a great teacher he is. I had only planned to take a lesson or two, to help me get started. But I learned so much from him every single time, I just couldn't stop! He's very knowledgeable, shares stories and background as well as music theory and techniques, he's friendly and fun, very professional and very patient. In short, I learned a LOT and had fun doing it, what more could you ask for?