Omar Garcia

Omar G.

Riverside, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching music for 15 yrs on guitar, piano, bass, cello and bass. My students have ranged from from 5yrs to 75yrs of age. I have seen many student go on to join orchestras, bands, broadway shows or simply continued their education to a university or college. Being able to read music profeciently has given me the opportunity to teach off many method books but like to use Alfred Method, Mel Bay and Frederick Noad Method books. I teach many styles ranging from classical, jazz & blues, rock, contemporary and pop. I do stress and recommend all my students to learn how to read music and usually by our second or third lesson they will playing simple songs. I am here to help you make music!

About Omar G.

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.

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Hank N.
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Omar was great very patient goes over as many times as it take for me to understand lesson can't wait till my next lesson to so him how much I have improved. walk out knowing I can do this what a confidence builder.

Posted Jul 20, 2020
David N.
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A great first lesson experience with Omar. Went through thr basics quickly and jumped right into learning how to play guitar and read music. Looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Feb 25, 2020
Wayne
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Omar is very relaxed and patient, which makes for a constructive environment. And he's obviously very knowledgable on the guitar.

Posted Jun 20, 2019
Evan
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My son had his first cello lesson today with Omar and really enjoyed it. Omar was friendly and knowledgeable. Looking forward to his next lesson.

Posted Jun 14, 2019
Joshua B.
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So far so good

Posted Apr 13, 2019
Ed R.
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First lesson was more of an assessment of where I am as a musician, it was a good lesson but I'm sure the next will be better. Omar is obviously a professional. Hopefully he will be able to teach me how to read music as good as he soon.

Posted Jan 30, 2019
Shayla T.
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Omar is on time and and kind at our first meeting.

Posted Dec 5, 2018
Sergio
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Very helpful. Most of all very calm and patient.

Posted Jul 15, 2017
Bill W.
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Omar is helping me with what I wanted to do. That makes him the best.

Posted Apr 14, 2017
Bill
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I thought the lesson went well, I have never taken lessons before therefore have nothing to compare to. I felt I got what I had expected out of the first lesson. Looking foreword to the next.

Posted Mar 31, 2017
Ruggero P.
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Omar is a patient and great teacher. He knows how to keep his students motivated by always trying new songs and challenges.

Posted Mar 31, 2017
Zac P.
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Great teacher. Thanks for accommodating our busy schedule!!!

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Thomas J.
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Omar was kind with my never had a lesson status said we should get started and had me making some nice sounds with the cello in no time at all

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Allen S.
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Enjoyed the session

Posted Jan 14, 2017
Cameron
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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.

Posted Jul 7, 2016
Jeff Y.
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Cool guy, seems to know a lot and is adaptable to the students needs

Posted Jun 8, 2016
Dilma D.
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Could"nt ask for another teacher. we are 100% satisfied on the lessons for Paloma. Thank you so much Omar!!! God bless you

Posted May 25, 2016
Mia D.
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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

Posted May 5, 2016
Lietta B.
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My first singing lesson with Omar was wonderful. He is very enthusiastic and so encouraging. I look forward to next week!

Posted Feb 15, 2016
Lietta B.
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My first singing lesson with Omar was wonderful. He is very enthusiastic and so encouraging. I look forward to next week!

Posted Feb 15, 2016
Sara M.
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My daughter really liked him.

Posted Feb 9, 2016
Zuhayr A.
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It was a great lesson. We are happy with the tutor. Thanks

Posted Feb 6, 2016
Mary L.
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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

Posted Feb 2, 2016
Reggie L.
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Instructor is knowledgeable and courteous.
He answered and demonstrated all of my questions. I enjoyed my lesson thoroughly.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Jonathan
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He is very friendly and really seems to know the guitar! I like his teaching style and my son does too!

Posted Nov 4, 2015
Sirena
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I have been taking piano lessons for quite some time now, but Mr. Omar has taught me foundational skills that I never learned before. He has filled "gaps" in my 'Music Theory' and helps me make sense of it all. He is very patient with me, and encourages me to keep trying. I don't feel as stressed or pressured as I did with previous music teachers. I think he is very kind & fun, and I highly recommend him.

Posted Aug 25, 2015
Michael
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Mr. Omar has been my music instructor for over a year. I have learned so much! I can now play the acoustic guitar and am now starting with electric as well. I am 12 years old, and I am comfortable playing guitar in front of others. He is fun and very encouraging, and I recommend him.

Posted Aug 25, 2015
Mike & Sylvia
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Omar is a great music teacher! We love that he is able to come to our home for lessons, plus he is flexible when we have to reschedule due to doctors appointments. He is very knowledgeable & talented in different instruments. He is currently giving our daughter piano lessons and our son guitar lessons once a week. They enjoy his patient, fun, and low key style vs feeling pressured or nervous. Our children are learning so much from him and feel confident in their new skills -enough to perform in front of others. His prices are very reasonable, and we feel very blessed to have him as our children's music instructor. We highly recommend him!

Posted Aug 25, 2015
Jasreen S.
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Real cool teacher

Posted Aug 24, 2015
Sierra
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Mr. Garcia was extreamely knowledgable in his approach to technique. A wonderful quatlity that stood out about Mr. Garcia inside and outside of the studio is his humility, which creates a safe, fun and enjoyable learning environment. He is directive yet encouraging when it comes to striving towards the standards of excellence he belives his students are capable of achieving.

Posted Jul 3, 2015

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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

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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