Raymond (Remi) Lasten

Raymond (Remi) L.

Jacksonville, FL

About Raymond (Remi) L.

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Raymond (Remi) teaches: Females 6 to 80
Males 7 to 80
Teaching since: August 1980
Last sign in: Today

Overview

I completed musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE, with Majors in Musical Education and as a Performing Artist.
I am a qualified multilingual Music Instructor.
I have performed as a guitarist with several orchestras, musical groups, bands and as classical guitar soloist I have given numerous recitals and concerts.
I have worked as a Music Educator at the Social & Pedagogic Academic Institutes teaching pedagogic & didactic principles to teachers and at the same time I have been teaching classical and popular guitar at all levels and ages at several other music schools.
I wrote two guitar methods "MELODIC GUITAR" for beginners from 7 years of age and up, which has been translated from Papiamentu into the English and Spanish languages and "MELODIC GUITAR 2" which has been translated from Papiamentu into English.
Although my music background is classical, I play and teach popular music, which I appreciate.
Just to mention a few famous guitarists who's styles appeal to me: Carlos Santana, George Benson, Paco de Lucia, Julian Bream.
I also teach electrical and acoustic guitar, bass-guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, Venezuelan & PR cuatro, songwriting and music theory.
Music is an International language; a way to express inner feelings!
And Teaching it, is my passion!

*** Lesson Details ***
Studying with me will be more than moments of instruction and learning.
In addition to acquiring musical knowledge and technical skills, each class is really a musical experience.
The dynamic during class is focused on making music and in having fun, developing new technical skills and reaching your goals!
The Students will be constantly experimenting with various aspects of music: the Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. I will be at all moments musically accompanying the student, developing his or her musical hearing pitch, musical aesthetic values, creativity, and artistic expression.
I offer quality Music Lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Studio equipped with comfortable chairs, desk, keyboards, guitars, white board, music stands, amplifier,
Parents can sit in on lessons

*** Specialties ***
Classial, Popular and Latin Music

Photos and Videos

Vals # 3 Natalia (A. Lauro)

Experience

Music Educator & Instructor
Jan 2007 - Jan 2008
Several Companies

Remi worked as an instructor teaching pedagogic & didactic principles to teachers and at the same time teaching classical and popular guitar. at all levels and ages. In the past Remi has recorded several records with different well-known musicians. On June, 1984 Remi gave a series of guitar Master-Classes.
During 2007 and 2008 Remi had a position as a guitar, bass guitar, piano and music theory teacher in Puerto Rico

My blog articles published by Takelessons in 2015

Blog Article links:
http://takelessons.com/blog/classical-guitar-tabs-or-sheet-music
http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-lessons-for-kids-z01
http://takelessons.com/blog/7-easy-ukulele-chords-for-beginners-z10
http://takelessons.com/blog/classical-guitar-exercises-z01

Education

Two Bachelor Degrees
Aug 1975 - Jun 1980
Conservatory of Music of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Languages Spoken

Dutch
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Papiamento
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelors Degree in Music Education & Performing Art
Jun 1980
Organización Festival Casals y Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Graduated with high honors - Magna Cum Laude
in Music Education & Classical Guitar solo performing

Awards

Very High acknowledgements
Jun 1980
THE NATIONAL DEAN'S LIST OF AMERICA & AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE.

103 Reviews on Raymond (Remi) L.

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William U. Feb 9, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
Wow, i heard he was good. I felt as though we connected quickly. Even though english is not his native language, he was able to teach me and get me learning within minutes. The session was 45 minutes long but it flew by and i was already looking forward to next week's lesson. Listening to him blend his guitar over mine as i played my assignment was awesome and inspiring. If you choose remi you will NOT regret it, he is a pro!
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jenny D. Dec 27, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · Online
Very patient and understanding. I've been taking lessons for well over a year now and I learn more everyday. Raymond (Remi) always comes up with something new to keep the lessons fresh and to help keep me motivated.
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Shawn Dec 14, 2016
Verified Student · Classical Guitar · Online
The lesson itself was very good and challenging. The only flaw was a technical issue with the video feed.
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Jeff C. Nov 25, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
I've been going to Remi since June and have made great strides, mostly thanks to his patience and excellent teaching style! I have learned so much from him in 5 short months.

If you're new to guitar, I would absolutely recommend learning from Remi!
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Wane K. Nov 23, 2016
Verified Student · Classical Guitar · In home
My son had been taking lessons for 4 years in the Suzuki program. We relocated to FL and were looking for a new instructor. We found Remi after searching for classical instructors in the area. Our previous instructor talked to Remi and thought he would be a good fit for our son. The first lessons were seamless, our son felt very confortable with Remi. Our son could learned through memorization and never learned to read music except for a few notes.In the last 4 months our son has learned to read music at a higher level along with timings and rhythms. We would definitely recommend Remi to anyone wanting to learn to play guitar or learn how to play better.
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Jesus Medina Nov 23, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Master Remi is an excellent instructor with a very dynamic approach but without losing the essence of the theory and structure necessary to learn to play the piano. Very patient and versatile in its approach to teaching, which makes each section a new adventure. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new instrument.
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Adam Nov 18, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Very patient and extremely knowledgable.
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Nicole Nov 17, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Remi is very professional, but still makes lessons fun and light-hearted. I especially appreciate his need of explaining that when he critiques, it is not out of malice, but rather, out of wanting you to do your absolute best that he knows you are capable of doing. He believes in you, and that's an incredibly important trait to have being a teacher!

I love the incentives he gives, as well. This means that when you play "perfectly", he offers to accompany you with his guitar. When this happens for me, I feel like I am an accomplished pianist. I cannot wait for lessons every week. He and his wife are both absolute joys to be around in general!
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Jonathan Nov 17, 2016
Verified Student · Classical Guitar · Online
Remi was wonderful for my 9 year old son's 1st lesson. The online class is very convenient for our schedule. Although it presents a slight challenge in communication, Remi was able to easily overcome this challenge by writing on a small marker board and holding those notes up to the camera for us to see. He was very patient, and we surprisingly covered a lot of information in a short period of time. I was very impressed with Remi's ability to catch my son's technical errors while attempting to play the designated exercises that he had prepared for him. My son absorbed the introductory lesson like a sponge and can't wait until the next lesson. I am very pleased with Remi and hope to see my son improve over the next several weeks.
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Cyndi P. Nov 8, 2016
Verified Student · Ukulele · In studio
Excellent teacher. He makes learning a positive and happy experience. Looking forward to my next class. Thank you, Ramy.
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