Masashi (Masa) Nakamura
El Cajon, CA
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Masashi (Masa) Nakamura

Masashi (Masa) N.

El Cajon, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students can expect to learn and understand the fundamentals of music, incorporating new concepts in a step-by-step manner.

About Masashi (Masa) N.

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 ***
Students obviously are not expected to bring a piano but if you are taking guitar/bass, do bring one.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and amplifiers and cables if applicable. 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, rock/pop, jazz.
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.

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Bob
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As a first time piano student at age 70, I find Masa. very patient with me. He encourages me to understand music theory as well as playing. I enjoy the lessons very much, even after 15 months!

Posted Feb 21, 2019
Tyler O.
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Being the first lesson, I had an instant connection and a really great lesson!
He makes learning fun.

Posted Aug 24, 2017
Miranda D.
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Great lesson

Posted Sep 21, 2016
Rylee
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Masa is great. I think he will provide the structure, while having a bit of fun, that my daughter needs.

Posted Jul 30, 2016
Octavia P.
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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.

Posted Aug 14, 2015
michael S.

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)

Posted Sep 24, 2012

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Experience

Pianist
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.

Education

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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Japanese

Professional Proficiency

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