Kory Iwahashi
Northridge, CA
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Kory Iwahashi

Kory I.

Northridge, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have over 10 years of experience playing the acoustic guitar, and have played in several bands, and in numerous concerts. You can expect to learn how to play the basic chords and progressions, and learn good hand techniques to improve your playing.

In addition, we can learn any songs you want to learn, and I'll show you how to approach them to get the best results. Other techniques we may learn along the way include hammer ons and pull offs, palm muting, alternate picking, bends, slides, tapping, and soloing, depending on your skill level, and progression throughout our lessons.

I have a steel string and nylon acoustic guitar, and if you don't own one, you can use one of my guitars for the duration of the lesson.

About Kory I.

I graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Music, and have taught lessons for 10 years. I performed in Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz, and played in numerous concerts and competitions. In addition, I am a songwriter, and have written many songs for my own band, and for other clients. I also work as a freelance producer, and record/mix at my home studio, and at professional studios.

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 customized 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.

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Sal
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My 10 year old wanted to learn how to play the electric guitar. We found Kory through take lessons and hes happy we did. He has made good progress in the time hes been going. We will keep going back for more lessons. He really enjoys the lessons.

Posted Mar 22, 2021
Saul Hernandez
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If you are looking to learn how to play guitar, look no further. Kory is an excellent teacher and takes his time showing you how to break down complex skills. He is super patient I’ll tell you that forsure. Im a very slow learner and it really sucks but Kory reassured me that everyone has different paces and we shouldnt compare them. Ive definitely improved a lot with just 10 sessions.

Posted Mar 17, 2021
Jai
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Kori's awesome! Learned so much in the first lesson. Looking forward to continuing!

Posted Mar 8, 2021
Craig W.
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Very nice and relaxed environment. Kory is knowledgeable and lets his experience do more talking than his words. You can tell he has spent his life playing music and his casual approach to teaching is good for beginners like me.

Posted Jan 25, 2021
Addison B.
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My son has just had his 1st lesson and he's ecstatic, he asked when he could take his next lesson; fortunately, Kory could get him in for another lesson this week.
I'm pleased that he's excited to finally learn to play his guitar.

Posted Dec 28, 2020
Robert F.
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What a patient, knowledgeable teacher. I really forward to a music journey with him.

Posted Dec 18, 2020
Gregory
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Awesome teacher

Posted Dec 3, 2020
Maria
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Great instructor.

Posted Jun 30, 2017
Paige C.
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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

Posted May 3, 2017
Lia
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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.

Posted Apr 26, 2017
Joy S.
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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!!

Posted Mar 18, 2017
Dylan
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Have been with Kory for a little while now, great teacher! Would definitely recommend.

Posted Mar 12, 2017
Pamela
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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.

Posted Jan 27, 2017
Manuel
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great

Posted Jan 24, 2017
Rebecca
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Kory was very nice, patient and gave some good tips.

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

Posted Jan 15, 2017
Nikki
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Really knows how to guide you in the right directions

Posted Dec 12, 2016
Alley O.
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So far very happy & excited for my first 3 lessons. Kory very professional, accommodating & excellent guitar teacher.

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Tommy M.
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Excellent Teacher

Posted Nov 19, 2016
Margie T.
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Kori is a great teacher. My daughter enjoyed her lessons. He is very patient with children. I highly recommend him. Thank you Kori!

Posted Nov 17, 2016
naibo
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Kory is an excellent teacher, he would drill down every small piece by piece to you, and also very patient. Highly recommend!

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Loren M.
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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!!!

Posted Oct 17, 2016
Kyla
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Had a great experience with Kory, and am happy to continue lessons with him!

Posted Oct 1, 2016
Indy
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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.

Posted Aug 30, 2016
Stafford D.
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Seems very knowledgeable and talented. He has good patience too.

Posted Aug 15, 2016
Mart M.
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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

Posted Aug 14, 2016
Zachary R.
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Nice young man-

Appears to be quite knowledgeable. So far so good.

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Sebastian
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Kory is very patient and overall a great teacher!

Posted Jul 8, 2016
Harmit S.
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Very dedicated and Knowledgeable. Went overtime to make sure work is done.

Posted Sep 9, 2015
Nicolas I.
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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.

Posted Jun 24, 2014
Alberto A.
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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.

Posted Jun 14, 2014

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Experience

Jazz Combo
Jun 2012 - 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.

Assistant Teacher
Mar 2012 - Present

Nightingale Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School

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

Music Lessons
Jul 2011 - Present

Freelance

I have taught music lessons for over 10 years both online, and in person. Specialties include guitar, and music theory, and have also taught lessons in songwriting, recording, mixing, singing, and bass guitar. I've taught over 100 students ranging from toddlers, teens, parents, and the elderly.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018

Cal Poly Pomona

I sang 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 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.

Music Theory Tutor
Sep 2014 - Sep 2018

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.

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

Education

Music, Business Major
Aug 2013 - Jun 2018

Cal Poly Pomona

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