Masashi Alex Nakamura

Masashi Alex N.

El Cajon, CA

About Masashi Alex N.

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Masashi Alex teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.

After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of understanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room f/w keyboard seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.

I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - classical and rock/pop.
Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.

Photos and Videos

Beethoven Op.2 No.1. Figured I'd play on a nicer piano while it was still fresh.


Apr 2015 - Present
Holy Spirit Anglican Church

Rehearsal Pianist
Mar 2016 - Aug 2016
(Vocal Trio)

Played parts for a quartet (and later trio) in preparation for performances.

Volunteer Singer/Guitarist/Pianist/Bassist
Oct 2013 - Jun 2014
St. Andrew's Church (Oxford, UK)

Played piano/keyboard, guitar, or bass guitar, and sang worship songs for Sunday services.
Led services and chose songs to be played.

Music Tutor
Sep 2008 - May 2010
Santa Barbara City College

Tutored music theory and aural skills individually and in small groups.


BM - Music: Professional Studies (Piano Emphasis) (cum laude)
Aug 2010 - May 2012
San Diego State University
AA - Music & Liberal Studies (Honors)
Aug 2006 - May 2009
Santa Barbara City College

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

4 Reviews on Masashi Alex N.

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Miranda D. Sep 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio Great lesson
Rylee Jul 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home Masa is great. I think he will provide the structure, while having a bit of fun, that my daughter needs.
Octavia P. Aug 14, 2015
· Piano · In home I am currently taking piano lessons from Masa and can highly recommend him as a bright, talented, sensitive, and competent teacher. With great confidence, I encourage anyone interested in piano lessons to contact Masa.
michael S. Sep 24, 2012
· Guitar · Guitar fun in El Cajon

Alex is a talented artist and teacher. You will learn more than just learning your instrument. He is very helpful and generous in giving you related information pertaining to your instrument. You can't go wrong. Want to learn guitar ? Well, call and ask about Alex. Michael Simpson (Jamul)
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