Kory Iwahashi

Kory I.

Granada Hills, CA
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Kory delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
November 2011

Hi, my name is Kory, and I am currently an under graduate at Cal Poly Pomona studying Music and Business.

I have been playing guitar for over 10 years, and have taught guitar to dozens of students over the last 4-5 years. I also study recording and production, and have played in Cal Poly's Jazz Combo, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Choir (For more specific info, you can check out the "experience" section of my page).

In addition, I song-write and record music with my band, "Search For Delicious," a group of close friends from High School. You can check us out on Facebook and Bandcamp, and in the videos below.

My personal philosophy to teaching is that every student is a unique individual. I always start by connecting with the student, and figuring out what interests/goals they have in mind. Then I craft a lesson plan that will help them achieve their goals, and work with their strengths and weaknesses. I practice patience and friendliness, and always do my best to inspire, motivate, and teach hard work/perseverance.

Teaching and music are both passions that I put my all into. I have experience teaching many individuals of a wide range of ages, sexes, backgrounds, and musical experience, and I can guarantee, whether you're a beginner, or a very experienced player, you will see results

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an acoustic guitar, picks, a chord, an amp. I expect the student to have either an acoustic or electric guitar to be able to practice with, but if they don't I can cover him/her.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Singing, Songwriting, Recording, Music Theory, Ear Training

Genres: Indie, Alternative, Pop, Punk, Acoustic, Rock, Surf, Metal, Jazz, Electronic, Psychedelic

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Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Sep 2016 - Present
Cal Poly Pomona

I sing Bass and Baritone in Cal Poly's Vocal Jazz Ensemble. It is a much smaller group then Concert Choir (about 10 people) and have performed songs such as "Desafinado," "The Pink Panther," and some pop songs by Bruno Mars and Pentatonix. In addition, I have been trained under professor Kendra Vuk (Vocal Jazz Director) for about two years, and have performed at several festivals including the Fullerton Jazz Festival, and the Oceanside Jazz Festival.

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Bronco Tutor
Sep 2014 - Present
Learning Resource Center

I tutored music majors in music theory I, II and III, and helped students understand chordal theory, four part harmony, and modal relationships. I also helped develop their listening skills by practicing different ear exercises that involved identifying intervals, chords, modes, and chord progressions.

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Assistant Teacher
Mar 2012 - Present
Nightingale Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School

I work with the music teacher Suzanne Jones at Nightingale Middle School (Now John F. Kennedy High School since 2016) l and teach kids how to play guitar and how to work together as a band. I also help students record projects, and currently teaching them how to record and mix in Pro Tools LE.

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Jazz Combo
Jun 2011 - Present
Cal Poly Pomona/GHCHS

I played lead/rhythm guitar and bass in my High School Jazz Band, and in Jazz Combo at Cal Poly Pomona. We played standard jazz tunes, and reinterpretations of pop and experimental songs.

Concert Choir
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Cal Poly Pomona

I was a Baritone in Cal Poly Pomona's Concert Choir. That year we sang Carmina Burana, a famous classical piece over an hour long, with over 17 different sections

Feb 2012 - Apr 2012
Academic Advantage

I worked under the No Child Left Behind organization, and drove to students homes to tutor them


Music Industries Major, Business Major
Aug 2012 - Present
Cal Poly Pomona
AP Music Theory
Aug 2008 - Jun 2012
Granada Hills Charter High School

Photos & Videos

An original acoustic song with my band. It's inspiration is a bit sad, but it demonstrates my voice and my acoustic guitar skills
This a cover of an electronic song my friends and I recorded with the help of another friend
This is a cover of a jazz song I covered in high school and showcases my technical abilities
Photo by Kory I.

My wacky band with some of my closest friends. It's a lot of fun to be honest :)

An original song by my band, I play the acoustic

23 Reviews

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Maria Jun 30, 2017
Guitar · Online

Great instructor.

Paige C. May 3, 2017
Guitar · In home

Wow! Kory is more than we expected. He is truely​ a professional. My daughter really liked him and looks forward to learning guitar. She said he has energy and is amazing. He is very easy to talk to and follow his instructions. Thank you for referring Kory to our family. We could not have found a better teacher.

Sincerely, The Clark's

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Lia Apr 26, 2017
Guitar · In home

Kory was really nice and knowledgeable and made my daughter feel comfortable when he was teaching. He is a skilled musician and a good teacher.

Joy S. Mar 18, 2017
Guitar · In studio

So enjoyed learning from Kory....he gets me....he fine tuned the lesson to the way I learn and what I want to learn...plus...he explains technical dynamics in a simple and clear manner. He made the lesson fun AND exciting...I was getting stuff that should have been taught to me a long time ago....This is gonna be fun!!

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Dylan Mar 12, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Have been with Kory for a little while now, great teacher! Would definitely recommend.

Pamela Jan 27, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

My 11-year old son is excited to have more lessons after the first one. He has been practicing for his next lesson. I give Kory 5 stars because my son's attitude is a reflection of Kory's teaching style.

Manuel Jan 24, 2017
Guitar · Online


Rebecca Jan 15, 2017
Singing · Online

Kory was very nice, patient and gave some good tips.

We had some tech. difficulty with Skype and sound issues but otherwise went well.

Nikki Dec 12, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Really knows how to guide you in the right directions

Alley O. Nov 28, 2016
Guitar · In home

So far very happy & excited for my first 3 lessons. Kory very professional, accommodating & excellent guitar teacher.

Tommy M. Nov 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Excellent Teacher

Margie T. Nov 17, 2016
Guitar · In home

Kori is a great teacher. My daughter enjoyed her lessons. He is very patient with children. I highly recommend him. Thank you Kori!

naibo Nov 17, 2016
Songwriting · In studio

Kory is an excellent teacher, he would drill down every small piece by piece to you, and also very patient. Highly recommend!

Loren M. Oct 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My son enjoyed Kory's teqching sryle and seemed excited to return for his 2nd leason.

He wants to learn more from Kory and pratice the songs he shared with him.

That's a positive!!!

Kyla Oct 1, 2016
Guitar · In home

Had a great experience with Kory, and am happy to continue lessons with him!

Indy Aug 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

After our first lesson we have so far found Kory to be exceptionally talented, flexible and intelligent. He seems to be a great fit for our 14 year old son.

Stafford D. Aug 15, 2016
Guitar · In home

Seems very knowledgeable and talented. He has good patience too.

martY M. Aug 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio

It was good . Kory was real nice . he explained what I needed to know to get me started and seem to know a lot I really enjoyed are lesson I realize it's gonna take some work . But I'm happy I choosed him I'm looking foward to are next lesson . And yes I would recommend kory

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Zachary R. Jul 20, 2016
Guitar · In home

Nice young man-

Appears to be quite knowledgeable. So far so good.

Sebastian Jul 8, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Kory is very patient and overall a great teacher!

Harmit S. Sep 9, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Very dedicated and Knowledgeable. Went overtime to make sure work is done.

Nicolas I. Jun 24, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Kory is a fantastic teacher. He explains things in a very clear way that are easy to understand. Learning is fun and exciting even when the material is complex. I highly recommend Kory as an instructor.

Alberto A. Jun 14, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Fantastic teacher. I learned music theory in about a month or so. His lessons are in-depth and interesting every time. Would recommend to a person trying to get started with music theory.

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