Josh Ryan

Josh R.

Crestline, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar was my first instrument, the one that set me off on my musical journey, and guitar lessons were what helped me develop my passion for music. My goal now is to inspire a love for music in others and guide those who are seeking a career in music. I am a patient teacher well versed in classic rock, pop, blues, acoustic, metal, funk, and r&b. I also teach jazz and classical guitar, and can prepare those planning to attend college for music. In lessons we will develop a personalized lesson plan that best suits your goals, whether you’d like to learn your favorite song or prepare an audition/jury piece. Music theory will be incorporated as it pertains to your overall goal, and music lessons will center around tablature as well as lead sheets, playing by ear, and traditional music notation. Concepts like the circle of fifths, chord progressions, scale theory, improvisation, and transposition will all be covered. Included in the cost of lessons are all printed materials, play along tracks, online resources, as well as guitar tech services. If you have any questions or requests let me know and I will make sure to answer and/or accommodate!
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Josh delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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I am a Composer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Bassist, and Keyboard/Synth player. My passion is modern music and art with a focus on excellence and attention to detail. I love music of all genres from old to modern, high class to low brow, and seek to instill a similar appreciation in my students. Encouraging pupils to achieve and create new goals is my passion.

My educational background is split between the composition of music and the study of music technology, allowing for a broader range of study should the student desire. Recipient of BA in Music Composition and BA in Music Technology, Cum Laude.

I have been playing and teaching for the past 10 years and can guide students through their own musical journey. I can teach students to read/write music and pursue the study of music with academic rigor, to learn how to create contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

Currently I play bass guitar in a modern Jazz/Neo-Soul band where we perform original songs as well as arrangements of "jazz standards", improvise in response to various prompts, graphic scores, art pieces, and perform for community events.

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Audio Technician
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
CSU San Bernardino

Audio, Visual, and Stage Technician for the Performing Arts Hall. Coordinated audio and visual feeds for diverse productions from single mic setups to Opera, Orchestra, and Symphonic Band concerts. Pro tools, lighting, and mixing experience. Rigging expert.

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Bachelor of Arts Music Technology
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Cal State University San Bernardino
Bachelor of Arts Music Composition
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Cal State University San Bernardino
Associate of Science Commercial Music
Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
Chaffey College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos


A recently composed jazz/funk tune with my group Half Past.
Buchla 200e. In spring 2018 I premiered a wordless opera which featured this instrument as the main character.
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3 Reviews

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Shane H. Nov 28, 2018
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

Ive really enjoyed my experiences with Josh. He is well versed in all styles of composition and specializes in more modern avant-garde styles. Our lessons in modern counterpoint have really improved my harmonizations skills and expanded what I thought was capable for chords in a band setting.(i.e. jazz big band, concert band, orchestra, etc.)

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Kaitlynn Nov 28, 2018
Arrangement and Composition · In home

Josh R. is extremely helpful and intuitive. He was extremely helpful during my time with him. He is hard working, dependable and creative. I would definitely recommend him!

Ben Nov 28, 2018
Arrangement and Composition · In home

Instructor really knows his music history and theory! Can’t wait to sign up for more composition lessons.

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