OMAR GARCIA

Omar G.

Riverside, CA

About Omar G.

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OMAR teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1999
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Knowing that you are looking for a instructor to teach you music puts a smile on my face. You see, music has been a part of my life since the age of 3. Some of my first memories are of me accompanying my father at home with his rehearsals or just singing together to have fun as a family. I believe music is a gift that unites people together bringing out our deepest emotions that words cannot express. At the age of 5 I received an organ and from that point on I embarked on a long life journey to indulge and learn more about music. In elementary, junior high and high school I was involved in any subject dealing with music. I joined school choirs, orchestras, bands, marching bands, jazz bands, musicals you name it. While enjoying all school music activities I was selected to join in honor county and state orchestras and choirs. In junior high and high school I was selected to play for the Junior Pacific Symphony Orchestra, received scholarships to music summer camps, and was selected musician of the year. In college my quest continued with the Orange Coast College Orchestra, Praise Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard University Orchestra as well as guitar ensembles and college choir groups. I've also taken private lessons from Dr. Art David (Julliard graduate) in stand up bass as well as David Black (Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and classical guitar with Richard Glenn and David Murray. I've been teaching now for 15 years in guitar, classical guitar, bass guitar, stand up bass, cello, piano and voice ranging from 5 yr old to 65 yr old. My styles of music range from classical, jazz, rock, blues and contemporary. At this point I'm enjoying playing and singing in my church choir and worship team as well as teaching my two kids the joys of music. I hope you truly enjoy the joy of learning music whether it be through me or another teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I require all students to set time aside to practice. For without it, it is only wasting your time, your money and my time. I don't expect a total dedication to it but I do want to see some effort put into it. A little practice can go a long way and the more you do it, the faster you will progress and the more you will enjoy it. We will first start off with what you want out of music and the level you are at and go from there. Student can bring their own music either thru tabs, music sheet or just by ear but one thing I do expect is a student to learn how to read music notation. We will go thru the regular warm up exercises, material practiced during the week and any new music for the following week. Correct techniques in how to hold your instrument or voice procedures will be addressed. Music theory will also be part of the lesson as well as ear training. At the end of either 3 to 6 months you will have learned the basics of music and will be playing songs for you or someone else to enjoy. I will make it a total relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere but some dedication has to put on the students' part.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room, guitar both classical and electric, piano, cello, upright bass and electric bass guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument. I can also provide music stand, small amplifier if needed and music material for the first few lesson until student provides for him/her self. Student must have own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
My way of teaching would have to be that they must learn how to read music while learning how to play an instrument.

Experience

Music Teacher

Aug 2014 - Present
Musika Music School

One on one music tutor either at student's home or my studio.

Music Teacher

Jun 2002 - Aug 2006
Keynote Music School

Taught guitar and bass privately one on one
Also taught guitar classes at local elementary schools contracted to Keynotes Music School.

Music Teacher

Nov 1999 - Jul 2006
Tustin Music

Taught guitar & bass one on one. Also taught guitar as a class.

Music Teacher

Aug 1998 - Jan 2001
California Music School

Taught guitar and bass privately one on one

Education

A.A. in music

Aug 1991 - Jun 1998
Orange Coast College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

A.A. in music

Jun 2001
Orange Coast College

Awards

Best Musician of the Year 1991

Jun 1991
Santa Ana High School

Opus 9 Scholarship 1991

Jun 1991
Opus 9 School Music

Jack Ward Memorial Scholarship

Jun 1991
Santa Ana High School
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16 Reviews on Omar G.

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Cameron Jul 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The lessons are for my son and he is enjoying learning from Mr. Omar. I would recommend him as an instuctor, he's on time, courtious, and knows his stuff.
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Jeff Y. Jun 8, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Cool guy, seems to know a lot and is adaptable to the students needs
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Dilma D. May 25, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Could"nt ask for another teacher. we are 100% satisfied on the lessons for Paloma. Thank you so much Omar!!! God bless you
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Mia D. May 5, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My granddaughter actual called me to say that she really felt comfortable with Omar and she really likes him. So far so good. Thanks Omar
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Lietta B. Feb 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first singing lesson with Omar was wonderful. He is very enthusiastic and so encouraging. I look forward to next week!
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Lietta B. Feb 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first singing lesson with Omar was wonderful. He is very enthusiastic and so encouraging. I look forward to next week!
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Sara M. Feb 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter really liked him.
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Zuhayr A. Feb 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was a great lesson. We are happy with the tutor. Thanks
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Mary L. Feb 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am so grateful for finding Omar. I am learning so much about my voice and am improving continuously ! I look forward to more lessons
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Reggie L. Jan 13, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Instructor is knowledgeable and courteous.
He answered and demonstrated all of my questions. I enjoyed my lesson thoroughly.
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