Peter Hicks
Concord, CA
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Peter Hicks

Peter H.

Concord, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach AP English Literature & Composition at Orinda Academy in Orinda, CA. I have a decade of teaching experience within various environments and demographics, including elite private schools and working with learning differences.

I also help students with SAT Prep, college guidance, and college essays.

I've published three novels called The Sleep Trilogy and also offer my services as a creative writing instructor and editor.

About Peter H.

Over the past 10 years, I've worked as a professional touring musician (singer, guitarist, pianist) for the rock band, Inside Switch. I studied piano at the Dallas, Texas School of Music. I also attended the James Madison University music program. I have played piano for 20 years and guitar for 15.

To hear my work, check out "Inside Switch" on Spotify!

I look forward to helping others acquire the creativity and confidence that can come from music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I work with all student levels and abilities.

I understand it's easy to lose drive when you're constantly drilling scales and fingering. I try to frame all of my lessons in reference to what music really is: the creation of songs. Through composition, my students won't just learn scale and chord structure, but they'll organically develop these skills while writing their own songs and building their personal portfolio.

Beginning with chord progressions and harmonies, then moving into melodies and filling up the sonic landscape of the piece. If the student feels comfortable enough to sing, then adding all the pieces to the puzzle until we have something personal and special to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

-Taylor 214ce Grand Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
-D'Angelico CS Series Grand 12-string Guitar
-D'Angelico EX-1 Series Hollowbody
-Ovation Acoustic Guitar
-Schecter C-1 Electric Guitar
-Schecter KM6 MKII
-DeArmond Thunderbird Electric Guitar
-Fractal Audio Systems AXE FX3
-Blackstar Artisan Series Tube Head and 4x12 Cabinet
-Yamaha 4-String Mango Wood Bass
-D'Angelico Soprano Ukelele

-Roland TD-30 Digital Drum Set
-Simmons DA25 Drum Amplifier

-Roland RD-2000 Digital Stage Piano
-Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitors

-Shure SM58 Vocal Mic
-V63m Condenser Studio Mic
-Yamaha Pro Mixer and PA System

-Garage Band DAW (Basic Lessons)
-ProTools DAW (Pro Songwriting Lessons)

*** Specialties ***
Piano, guitar, and songwriting. Bringing everything together to create a finished product. Not just a guitar riff, not just a chord progression, and not just a poem. Bringing lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation all together to create a polished, immersive product.


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5 Reviews
Belle R.
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The lesson was very interesting. Peter was really nice & informative. Looking forward to more lessons with him.

Posted Oct 22, 2020
Rose V.
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What I Learned From Peter.

- The voice guides the guitar if you’re more of a singer
- Repetition is key
- Practice songs that aren’t in your style to ease your way into guitar
- The power resides in strumming rhythmically
- Focus is more difficult that it seems when combining singing and guitar
- Guitar is an art in itself and itself you shouldn’t master guitar, you should be it’s friend.
- Open mics and video content are the key to more success as they expose you to criticism (good or bad)
Again, the guitar is your companion.

For any aspiring musician or any musician that needs guidance and improvement on the guitar, Peter is a great teacher.

Posted May 9, 2020
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Peter is very patient and great teaching my 9yr old son. We take father and son lessons together which has been amazing. Peter is naturally talented and plays many other instruments all in from his home studio. He is also extremely flexible and accommodating. Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Kristen R.
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Peter was great, very kind and supportive. I will definitely consider another lesson with him.

Posted Mar 3, 2020
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Great instructor with lots of patience for young excited learners!

Posted Nov 11, 2019

Photos & Videos

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May 2019 - Present

Exodeye Studios

Exodeye Studios is a vertically integrated music label. Students are developed, booked, and recorded through Exodeye to give them exposure and comprehension of the music industry. Exodeye records demos for its promising students and continues to develop them as artists as they learn to perform and evolve into professional musicians and composers.

Songwriter / Lead Singer / Guitar / Piano
Sep 2006 - Present

Inside Switch

Written, performed, recorded, and produced two studio albums with the band, Inside Switch, which have gone on to sell thousands of copies internationally. Performed at the following landmark venues: -The House of Blues (San Diego, CA & Orlando, FL) -The Roxy Theater (Hollywood) -The Key Club (Hollywood) -The Brixton (Redondo Beach, CA) -The Oceanview Club (Virginia Beach, VA)

Recording Artist
Aug 2011 - Jul 2012

Signature Sound Studios

Wrote, recorded, and produced the album Songbirds & Lions at Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, CA with Inside Switch.

Recording Artist
Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

Capricorn Studios

Wrote, recorded, and produced the album Ignite at Capricorn Studios in San Diego, CA with the band Inside Switch.


Sep 2003 - Dec 2007

James Madison University

Sep 1988 - Jul 1991

Dallas School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certification for Advanced Private Instruction in Music
Jul 2011

Kings College

Provided at the Kings College International Academy in Windermere, Florida.


DiscMakers Gold
Mar 2014



California Teachers Association
Feb 2014
Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association has become one of the strongest advocates for educators in the country. CTA includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals to make CTA the most inclusive and most powerful voice of educators in the state.
Sep 2010
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.
Sep 2010
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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