Jaxon Williams

Jaxon W.

Glendale, CA
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Jaxon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2002

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Jaxon the Guitarist: I am a Doctoral Guitar Major at USC studying classical guitar. I have been playing the guitar for 19 years and teaching for 10. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country, and other styles of guitar. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I was the Oregon State champion in their guitar competition for both 2005 and 2006 and won 4th prize at the Sierra Nevada International Classical Guitar Competition 2014. I have played concerts all over the United States as well as in Spain and Mexico. As a performer of other styles I have played in many bands and have won high school battle of the bands competitions and recently placed 2nd in BYU's battle of the bands 2011. I was a regional finalist in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition as well.

Jaxon the Teacher: I really love spreading the knowledge I've learned over the years about the guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and everything music related to my students. I find a huge sense of fulfillment in seeing my students understand and enjoy learning and making beautiful music. I have a high level of knowledge and skills that I am very willing to use to teach students from the most beginner to the most advanced. Former students of mine have achieved lofty goals ranging from making it into a music program at the college level to winning their school's talent show to being accepted into their school's jazz band.

*** Lesson Details ***
My curriculum is based around YOU. I push my students hard, but I make sure they're always having fun and enjoying playing. I like to get my students playing real songs as fast as possible so they can see results immediately and get excited!

Note: I am trained and specialized in teaching children fingerstyle guitar. I have taught hundreds of kids in schools, privately, and in groups over the last two years. The method I use is proven to give kids the best possible start to music and maximize their potential. If you have children and you want them to learn good technique and music principles through guitar, you don't want to look any further, I promise.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have stools, music stands, and an amp here so all you need to bring is your guitar!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment.
Student must have their own guitar and amp if they play electric.
I do have guitars available for rental.

*** Specialties ***
-Children's fingerstyle guitar
-Proficient in Suzuki method
-Specialist in classical guitar, though proficient up to highly advanced in any guitar style (blues, rock, country, jazz, pop, etc)
-Also very experienced teaching songwriting and music performance

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Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2016 - Present
USC

Teach private lessons and classes to USC guitarists.

Lead Guitar Master Teacher
Jul 2014 - Present
Aspen Music Festival and School

Work with Aspen Music Festival and Lead Guitar program to start classical guitar programs in school in Aspen, CO and surrounding areas. I also teach the teachers in the valley how to effectively teach classical guitar to kids. In addition to Aspen, I travel to other states working with Lead Guitar to do the same thing.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2013 - May 2014
ASU

Taught guitar to Undergraduate Music Majors at ASU. Received a full tuition scholarship to do so.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, Guitar Performance
Aug 2016 - Present
University of Southern California
Master's of Music, Guitar Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Arizona State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

DPS Fingerprint Clearance Certified
Jan 2014
Arizona DPS

Have been background checked and fingerprint cleared.

Awards

1st Prize Winner, Pacific International Guitar Competition
Feb 2017
Pacific International Guitar Festival and Competition
2nd Prize, San Francisco Bay International Guitar Competition
Nov 2016
Classical Guitar Gala West
3rd prize, Sierra International Guitar Competition
Jul 2016
Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition
Fulbright Scholarship Winner
Aug 2015
Fulbright Association
4th Prize, Sierra International Guitar Competition
Jul 2014
Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition
1st Prize, Oregon State Classical Guitar Competition
Apr 2006
Oregon State Activities Association

Photos & Videos

Video of pianist Jake Justice and myself playing our own arrangement of Carol of the Bells for classical guitar and piano
This is a recent video of me playing a modern classical piece by Andrew York.
This is a recent video of me performing a piece originally written for keyboard but arranged by me for guitar.
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18 Reviews

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Phillip S. Aug 6, 2017
Flamenco Guitar · Online

Very great teacher! Extremely knowledgable on traditional and nouveau flamenco techniques. Appears very committed to the student and willing to spend time out of the sessions to make instructional videos on the material for the student to practice with. Very friendly as well!

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Alan P. Apr 25, 2017
Classical Guitar · In home

Very good instructor. Excellent communication skills and very talented. My first lesson he did a very good job of refreshing my memory as someone who has been out of the music world for 13 years. Look forward to more sessions with JW.

Charles R. Apr 2, 2017
Guitar · Online

Excellent instruction. Great fundamentals. Happy that the instruction platform works so well.

Derek K. Mar 12, 2017
Guitar · Online

Jaxon is amazing. This is exactly the structure I was looking for in a guitar teacher.

David Mar 1, 2017
Music Theory · Online

I am extremely happy with my first five lessons. I feel that my instruction is individualized well to my short term goals, which is to develop a solid theoretical foundation that enables me to understand compositional approaches and methodologies and prepare me to create my own compositions and arrangements. Currently the format of our lesson is to analyze/discuss a piece in detail with a compositional or arrangement exercise to reinforce the main techniques of the piece. (which is reviewed at the subsequent lesson). The exchange of ideas (as well as the exercises) have resulted in me learning something fun and interesting every single lesson. I highly recommend Jaxon as a music theory instructor.

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John Jan 15, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Jaxon is the most motivating as well as competent and friendly guitar teacher my 16-year-old son has ever had, and he has had two previous guitars teachers that were very good.
As a professional in the music industry in Hollywood for a very long time, I can assure you that Jaxon is extremely versatile and knowledgeable in all styles of guitar performance, be it classical, electric rock or blues, and I"m sure many more acoustic guitar styles that I have not heard him demonstrate.
Take it from a music professional......you can't go wrong in having Jaxon teach you or anyone in your family.

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David Jan 12, 2017
Music Theory · Online

Kylie H. Nov 17, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

Initially, I received the quintessential guitar lessons, complete with classical guitar exercises. I then developed an affinity for classical guitar, but I couldn’t journey further into the style because my training was limited. I can happily say that I have not only been able to overcome my plateau but also found the teacher who can shape me into the guitarist I aspire to be. I’m being taught via video chat but the lessons are nothing short of insightful. Your dedication as a student with Jaxon will take you far. Take the first lesson and you’ll see!

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Aelita A. Sep 30, 2016
Guitar · In home

One word to sum up my first lesson: FANTASTIC. He's absolutely amazing and super talented!!

Murat Sep 28, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online

Great instructor! Moving at a logical and achievable pace. Very enjoyable, I can see the improvement.

Karla A. Jun 10, 2015
Flamenco Guitar · In studio

Awesome personality! Has a great way of explaining things to help you learn. Fun to work with.

Peter D. May 23, 2015
Guitar · In home

Jaxon has been awesome teacher. He knows what he is talking about and can actually teach it in simple way.

Nicole D. Jan 8, 2015
Guitar · In home

Jaxon is a wonderful instructor and very patient. I highly recommend him!!

Loreto S. Jan 3, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

What I've seen from Jaxon after a few lessons is that he is very attentive to detail and takes his craft seriously. He focuses on fundamentals and watches your technique carefully and makes sure to correct them when he sees you drift back into bad habits. He is very personable and flexible as well. I would highly recommend without reservations.

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Cameron R. Aug 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio

It goes without saying that Jaxon is an outstanding teacher - I think that anyone who studies with him would agree. Both Jaxon's verbal instruction and his playing demonstrations are clear and well articulated. His ability to select interesting repertoire seems limitless, for even an advanced student such as myself. He will guide you with techniques and tips while also keeping in consideration your own interests and goals.

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Eric H. Jul 18, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio

I started playing the classical guitar for just fun years ago, and lived in such remote areas that finding a teacher was impossible. As fortune had it, I moved to Tempe and hooked up with Jaxon through TakeLessons.com. He's a great instructor that is patient and won't ever make you feel bad about not having time to practice. He didn't immediately show off his amazing guitar playing ability, but instead directed all his attention at me, the student. His flexible teaching style helped me translate the music knowledge I already had onto the classical guitar. If you follow his methods, you'll be amazed at how fast you improve! I would highly recommend Jaxon to anyone even remotely thinking about playing classical guitar music.

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Dean B. Feb 28, 2014
Flamenco Guitar ·

BEST GUITAR TEACHER EVER!!

I have been playing neuvo flamenco for several years and I have had several guitar instructors. None of them come close to Jaxon. Most of my teachers were very good guitar players but not great at teaching - Jaxon is not only a great guitarist but a fantastic teacher. He has the ability to look at every aspect of my guitar playing (technique,posture, composition, etc) and greatly improve it. I highly recommend him to any level of guitarist. He will make you a better guitarist!

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Joel B. Apr 18, 2013
Flamenco Guitar ·

Great teacher!

I have been taking flamenco guitar lessons with Jaxon for a few months now. I am a beginner to flamenco, and had some technique challenges up front. He is amazing on guitar, and is able to watch my techniques and find the sticking points. It feels good to know that I'm getting it right early on, so that I don't develop bad habits. Highly recommend him.

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