Masashi (Masa) Nakamura

Masashi (Masa) N.

El Cajon, CA
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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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  • Background Checked
  • Speaks Japanese, English, French
  • Teaches students 5 and up

Reviews (6)

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Bob Feb 21, 2019
Piano · In studio

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!

Tyler O. Aug 24, 2017
Piano · In home

Being the first lesson, I had an instant connection and a really great lesson!
He makes learning fun.

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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Lesson Details


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.



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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

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