Raymond (Remi) Lasten
Jacksonville, FL
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Raymond (Remi) Lasten

Raymond (Remi) L.

Jacksonville, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner
You can count on quality lessons!
From day 1 you will be able to play the piano with both hands.

Method used for Piano/Keyboard:

Easiest Piano Course Complete (by: John Thompsons)
Repertoire
Chords for the Right and Left hand:
The Art of Accompanying Songs

About Raymond (Remi) L.

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

**Cancellations**
All lessons must be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice, without exception

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Dana G.
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Remi is a fantastic instructor!! He is not only extremely knowledgeable, he brings so much fun with it! I’ve learned so quickly and he is definitely the reason why! Do yourself a favor and book the lessons

Posted Sep 16, 2020
Yuyuko I.
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Awesome! I feel very confident from just my first lesson.

Posted Sep 3, 2020
Josh
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Raymond is a candid and enthusiastic teacher, and yet patient and understanding. He is a definite recommendation for aspiring students.

Posted Jul 18, 2020
Sheila Jaszlics
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He is a very patient teacher who has helped me to hear and pronounce sounds that are not native to the English language. I would recommend him to people like myself that need to master Dutch for professional purposes.

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Brianna
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I have been doing lessons with Remi for 8 months now and I have learned SO MUCH! He is a fantastic teacher and always knows how to have fun in his lessons. :)

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Michelle
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Raymond was GREAT!!! Super patient and so, so kind!!! Would highly recommend!!!

Posted May 20, 2020
Harrison
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Remi is a great teacher and has the patience with children, teens and I’m sure adults. He is organized and very structured which is ideal for my needs. Thank you Remi for all you do. The Smith Family.

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Sheila Jaszlics
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Mr. Lasten is a very patient and methodical teacher. He is polite and puntual. Every lesson is challenging. I recommend him.

Posted Mar 28, 2020
Shasha B.
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Posted Mar 26, 2020
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Posted Mar 26, 2020
B Nguyen
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My son has been taking guitar lesson with Remi for many years now. Remi is an instructor who is very attentive and caring. He knows what strength my son has and always encourages my son to play better. Remi is also very accommodating to our need. He is willing to work with our schedule since my son is a Junior and busy with his school work/project. Thank you Remi for another successful year. My son plays guitar better everyday because of you.

Posted Mar 20, 2020
Wencui C.
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Mr. Remi is an excellent teacher. He is very focused and patient. Makes learning the piano for my daughter’s challenging so they learn a lot. Mr. Remi is very encouraging and kind. My girls have started out playing very simple tunes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and now can play Fur Elise! There have been drastic changes to their level and skill of playing the piano. He pays attention to a lot of details in music so my daughters can perfect their music. My girls have been playing 4-5 years and learn rather quickly in piano thanks to Mr. Remi.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
James R Northrup
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Remi has significantly improved my guitar playing. I was stuck in a place where I wasn't sure what I should be focused on and he immediately was able to correct my technique and help me progress week after week. You can only learn so much from apps or YouTube videos. Getting weekly training has made guitar really enjoyable again.

Posted Mar 10, 2020
Robert S.
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I've been taking lessons for a few years with Remi, and he continues to be a great teacher, challenging me to improve in ways I don't expect and patiently advancing me as a guitarist. I enjoy our lessons and plan on continuing into the future.

Posted Mar 9, 2020
raven
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I absolutely love working with Remi!! Concepts are broken down and easily understood. My enthusiasm for learning and playing has only grown after each lesson.

Posted Mar 5, 2020
Dan
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Remi is great teacher. Easy going, patient, and always keeps lessons interesting and fun. I've been a student for almost a year and have had dramatic improvement.

Highly recommend!

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Melissa S.
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I have been taking lessons with Raymond for more than a few years now. Raymond makes each lesson meaningful and fun. I have continued through many ups and downs in my life. From the simplest piece to something more complex and classical, Raymond's expertise and attention to detail impart so much knowledge to me. One thing I really love is that Raymond is always encouraging no matter what, and learning guitar remains fulfilling because of his care as a teacher, and as the very special, kind person he is. You will definitely learn and enjoy if you take lessons with Raymond!

Posted Mar 4, 2020
James R Northrup
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Posted Feb 19, 2020
Wencui C.
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Posted Jan 18, 2020
Dan
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Remi is a fantastic teacher! Lessons are fun and informative. He is very patient and knowledgeable. You can tell he has a lot of experience teaching. I have made a lot of progress in a short time. I highly recommend!

Posted Dec 6, 2019
Brianna
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Remi is a great instructor! Just did my first lesson and I can’t wait to continue :)

Posted Oct 2, 2019
Sheila Jaszlics
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Very understanding!

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Jesus Medina
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Remi is outstanding teacher and mentor who has help me not just on my mechanics but also in my understanding of music and how to move from simple lyrics to create a musical peace. He style of teaching is both technical and creative to keep you entratain while you are developing the necessary skills to become a better musician. Simply a Master

Posted Jul 28, 2019
Larry E.
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Raymond has been my teacher for four years and lessons with him are enjoyable and instructive. His knowledge of music and playing both guitar and piano is expert level. He is patient, instructive and stresses precise performance from his student. The pace of learning and the home & class environment are both very comfortable. Raymond is an extremely pleasant person who can guide you to becoming a professional level musician.

Posted Jul 22, 2019
Stuart K.
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Remi is a special teacher. He shares his knowledge and offers encouragement
continuously. I look forward to each lesson.

Posted Jul 22, 2019
Robert S.
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I'm about to pass the three year mark taking lessons from Remi. He continues to be an excellent teacher, providing me with challenges that really help me leap forward in my playing. Still highly recommended.

Posted Jul 21, 2019
Tash
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Remi is very patient and kind with my 12 year old child. She is a person with a learning disability and he has made sure she is able to understand what she is doing. It seems as if he has personalized each lesson to fit how she learns, which I greatly appreciate. I highly recommend Remi!!!!

Posted Jul 21, 2019
Melissa~
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I continue to love taking guitar with Raymond, which I have been doing for more than a few years, now. He is such an insightful and encouraging teacher that each new challenge becomes something fun to learn. His approach to music as a process has helped me tackle other life goals as well, and to grow as a person. If you want to learn and ENJOY beautiful music with a warm, generous, masterful, and talented teacher, who truly cares, you will want to take lessons with Raymond!

Posted Jul 21, 2019
Boinghi Nguyen
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My son has taken guitar lesson from Remi for more than 3 years now. He really enjoys learning guitar every week. Raymond has made it fun, informative, and professional at the same time. He really cares about his students. I found him very approachable and easy to talk to. He is always willing to work with me to come up the best solution for my son. He encourages my son to do more practice by teaching him how to play his favorite songs. Raymond is the best guitar teacher and I would highly recommend.

Posted Jul 18, 2019
raven
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I have been working with Remi for almost a year and it has been an absolutely wonderful experience! With his help, I have expanded my knowledge into the world of piano while having fun at the same time. Remi is never short of a good story and incorporates his humor into the lesson. Love working with him!!

Posted Jul 18, 2019
Wencui C.
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Wonderful lessons! The teaching is excellent. My two kids are learning to play a huge number of songs including Fur Elise by Beethoven. They also have memorized songs. Mr. Remi is very focused on the lesson.

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Robert
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You can't go wrong with Remy.

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Shanae
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Remi is a blast, he makes learning fun, is able to communicate concepts clearly and has deep knowledge of music. fun time!

Posted Jul 16, 2019
Raj P.
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the best.

Posted May 17, 2019
Melody
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Definitely the best teacher. Patient and reasurring.

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Sandy
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My first lesson was great! Remi was very patient and easy to understand

Posted Apr 7, 2019
Kay O.
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Great so far

Posted Mar 23, 2019
Kamryn
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I'm very pleased . My daughter enjoyed her lesson

Posted Mar 9, 2019
Lori Vanderkamp
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Posted Mar 2, 2019
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Posted Feb 28, 2019
Caitlin
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Great first lesson! Looking forward to more...!

Posted Jan 22, 2019
Stuart K.
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Remi is a great teacher. He is patient and encouraging. His teaching methods and knowledge get the job done.

Posted Dec 10, 2018
Bill
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Very informative first lesson. It helped to address a number of technical issues I need to overcome. Thanks Remi.

Posted Dec 7, 2018
Andrew M.
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Been WIth Remi for a while now and he has been a great instructor. He has taken a difficult concept to understand and makes it far easier.

Posted Nov 27, 2018
raven
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I've been working with Remi for the past 5 months and I am absolutely enjoying myself . I've not only learned the basics and some, Remi makes learning fun! I definitely see the good results from the work I've put in

Posted Nov 26, 2018
Robert S.
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Remi continues to impress with his knowledge, teaching style, and overall fun take on teaching guitar. I have been taking lessons for a little over two years and he makes every lesson a valuable one, and keep it interesting every time. Thanks Remi!

Posted Nov 19, 2018
Paula D.
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Remi is a very patient, kind, knowledgeable, informative, and interesting teacher. I learned to play some very complex and challenging songs as well as some new guitar skills while working with him. He is most definitely several points above average!

Posted Nov 14, 2018
Kassy
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5 stars

Posted Oct 18, 2018
Stuart K.
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I have been taking lessons with Remi for about 2 years and I still keep coming back. Why? I'll tell you. He is a great teacher, he encourages, motivates, and makes every lesson fun. I look forward to my time with him.

Posted Oct 17, 2018
Paula D.
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Today I learned to play a more complicated song with more difficult chords, and I think I can play it! Remi is a great guitar teacher, instructive, knowledgeable, patient, and understanding-definitely several points above average!

Posted Sep 25, 2018
Paula D.
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Today Remi taught me some more advamced guitar skills and songs. I am making faster progress on the guitar with Remi as my instructor than I have with any other suitar teacher.

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Paula D.
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Remi is a very professional, informative, and patient teacher who is great at teaching guitar skills. I am learning to play a lot of great songs and a lot of new chords and now am beginning to learn right-hand techniques. Remi is definitely several points above average as a guitar teacher!

Posted Aug 21, 2018
raven
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I'm a beginner piano player and Remi not only assists me in understanding the fundamentals but is amazingly patient through the process. I look forward to learning so much more from him!!

Posted Aug 10, 2018
Bartholomew
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My son has is going on his 4th lesson with Remi. I was amazed with how Remi has helped him not only to play the guitar but to also read music in such a very short time. He has enjoyed the practice lessons with Remi and always looks fwd to going home and working on his lessons. Remi is very good with my teenage son and sets a very entertaining and fun mood for learning his guitar (we love his humor). I highly recommend that if you are going to choose someone to teach you or your child how to play an instrument, Remi is the perfect choice. We plan to hopefully continue our lessons with him and look fwd to seeing our son progress more.

Posted Aug 9, 2018
Maille J.
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thank you

Posted Jun 14, 2018
Lina P.
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He was very patient, and he taught me well.

Posted Jun 8, 2018
Amanda
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I thought I'd be able to teach myself the ukulele, but there is so many nuances to the process that I had missed. I like the way Remi corrected bad habits immediately and the way he simplified chord changes. Really looking forward to practicing some specific items this week and to my next lesson.

Posted May 26, 2018
Larry E.
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Raymond is a talented musician and knowledgeable instructor. He is able to instruct in a constructive way with a very comfortable and patient manner. Over four years of lessons he has always been enthusiastic about teaching. He is a joy to be with and I look forward to each lesson. Great teacher and person.

Posted Apr 24, 2018
Jesus Medina
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The best way to deThe best way to describe Remi as a teacher is dynamic and effective. This I say because Remi has an extraordinary ability to understand the student (virtues and opportunities for improvement) and uses this to create a teaching method that helps the student to exploit their skills without leaving behind the technique and efficiency required to learn to play an instrument.

Posted Apr 23, 2018
Regina
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Remi is a great, patient teacher. I’ve been taking lessons for a couple of months now and I’ m learning a lot..I would definitely recommend him..

Posted Apr 20, 2018
Paula D.
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Remi really helped me make a lot of progress with my guitar chords and pentatonic scales today, and I am now learning how to be more creative with my guitar playing so that I can improvise. Thanks, Remi!

Posted Apr 20, 2018
Rip
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Punctual and very patient.

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Wencui
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My two girls have been learning piano at Remi’s for about two and half years. I will say Remi is a great music instructor .He is always patient, kindly, professional, encouraging. Girls love his lessons.

Posted Apr 17, 2018
Shawn/Jonathan
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My son has been taking lessons from Remi for more than a year now. Remi is consistently challenging him to improve while encouraging him to love music. Remi is a wonderful instructor with both an eye and ear for detail. He can spot the way you are holding a guitar poorly and hear when you're not putting enough pressure on the strings. If you prefer using a pick, Remi has a better way to use that also, but he honestly makes a pick look more like a crutch that should be avoided when possible - this is good in my opinion. He is definitely blessed with the talents of music as well as teaching. One of our most favorite parts of each lesson is when Remi says, "Ok, now it's time to play whatever you want." - this is toward then end of the lesson, of course, just to have a little more fun after the formal part of the lesson is complete. Remi is also very patient and kind, and he loves to have fun with the music. Personally, I think a good "catch phrase" for him is as follows: "Your Remedy is Mr. Remi." I highly recommend him.

Posted Apr 17, 2018
Melissa S.
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Raymond is a wonderful instructor! He figures out my level of understanding and knowledge of musical concepts and makes it easy to improve on the guitar--even though I have very little time to practice. His patient manner and great sense of humor help me feel good about what I do on the guitar. His wisdom and kindness help me in other parts of my daily life by giving me a deeper sense of the importance of "process" for many activities, and by helping me to develop more patience for myself. He's not only a great guitar teacher, but an important person in my life, as a mentor and a friend! I highly recommend him to the beginner or more advanced student. Whatever your level of dedication, you will not be disappointed with his!

Posted Apr 17, 2018
Paula D.
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Remi is a very informative, patient, and effective guitar teacher, and I have made a lot of progress on the guitar from studying with him.

Posted Apr 13, 2018
Robert S.
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I have been taking lessons with Remi for about a year and nine months to this point. His teaching honestly just gets better and better. Every lesson is fun, and he really take a lot of pleasure in his students' progress. He thinks about where I am, week-to-week, and the week's lesson builds on that. After his many years of teaching, I'm sure that he could probably just put things on autopilot and have a few "canned" lesson plans, but he doesn't do that. He selects lessons for each student individually, constantly customizing to build on the foundations he's helped create. I have nothing but praise for this wonderful teacher, and the amazing way he brings out the musician in each of his students.

Posted Apr 13, 2018
Emily
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Now in my fourth week of ukulele lessons, I am thoroughly enjoying both learning to play the instrument and my weekly online lessons. Raymond is terrific, exceedingly likeable and encouraging. He also gives me quite a bit to practice between lessons, which keeps my hands on my instrument throughout the week. I am tremendously pleased with the decision to pursue online lessons through takelessons.com with Raymond this spring, and I expect I'll continue beyond the number of lessons I initially planned to take.

Posted Apr 13, 2018
tori
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Remi is a great teacher! He has a great sense of humor and he is very patient with me as a beginner.

Posted Mar 25, 2018
Juliann/Lil
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All is going well!!!

Posted Mar 24, 2018
Juliann
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So far, Remi has been grand! The teacher and student have learned each other's personality's very quickly. Have had just a few lessons, 45 minute session is working great for my teen daughter. She has some homework with is fine by me. Hopefully, we could do some as a family, for a student to teach what they have learned is a valuable reinforcement. Though a teen teaching her parents, we shall see. .. HA!

Posted Mar 1, 2018
Shasha B.
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My daughter is in Kindergarten and just learning to read. On the first day she knew a song to play. Remi is very kind, patient, and encouraging. He interacts so well with my 5 yr. old and makes her lessons enjoyable. He is really a great teacher. My son will be taking lessons with him also.

Posted Feb 15, 2018
Ian
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Even if you don't know one thing about music you will learn 1 song the very first day. He is very fun and knows how to transmit his knowledge to the student.

Posted Feb 15, 2018
Emily
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Remi is very patient with my daughter and does a great job of explaining and correcting. The fact that he accompanies her on the guitar is great and helps her to build confidence.

Posted Feb 11, 2018
Regina F.
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He’s very knowledgeable, a great sense of humor..He has patience with his students and very understanding if u need to reschedule..In order to get better you must practice!!

Posted Feb 8, 2018
Regina
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Ray is very understanding and patient. His instructions are clear. He’s a great teacher

Posted Feb 1, 2018
Jackie W.
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Remi is a great teacher and was a lot of fun. My daughter enjoyed her lessons.

Posted Jan 31, 2018
Paula D.
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Remi helped me learn a very difficult song today and he helped my improve the sound of my playing, Remi is a very good guitar teacher!

Posted Jan 26, 2018
Korbyn Brower
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He is very patient and understanding.

Posted Jan 20, 2018
John J.
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Excellent repoire

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Paula D.
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Today Remi taught me how to get a clearer sound on my guitar. This was VERY useful for me, so that I can sound good when I play, as I play guitar for other people sometimes. Great work, Remi! Great lesson!

Posted Dec 29, 2017
Paula D.
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Remi helped me correct the chords for some of my sings, and he REALLY helped me learn the riff for Day Tripper! I feel like I am making significant progress on the guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Posted Dec 22, 2017
Fiona K.
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My 12-year old son has been learning classical guitar and piano with Remi for over a year since we moved to the Jacksonville area. Thanks to Remi's instruction, my son's music proficiency has improved greatly. We are so glad that we found him.
Remi definitely is a music virtuoso. Not every great musician is a good music teacher, but Remi deserves both titles.

Posted Nov 12, 2017
Peter F.
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Remi is great to work with. My wife and I have taken six lessons so far and he has pushed us along at a good pace, getting new basic Dutch greetings and vocabulary day by day. We can have simple conversations and feel like we are on our way to being able to navigate the non-English speaking parts of the Netherlands. Remi has a good sense of humor, patience and provides easy to follow materials. We would recommend him to anyone wanting to begin Dutch lessons.

Posted Nov 10, 2017
Stuart K.
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Remi is one of those rare individuals who loves teaching and sharing his knowledge. I’ve been taking lessons for a year and a half and feel really good about my progress. Most importantly, he motivates, encourages, and makes practicing fun. He
challenges me at every lesson to be the best that I can be.

Posted Nov 9, 2017
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Posted Oct 31, 2017
Paula D.
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Remi is very knowledgeable and informative and patient in teaching guitar-definitely several points above average. I am learning a lot and getting my guitar chops back gradually, and I know that I will continue to improve,

Posted Oct 27, 2017
Paula D.
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Remi is an excellent guitar teacher, very helpful, very knowledgeable, very patient. I feel like I am making progress with my guitar playing. Definitely several points above average!

Posted Sep 29, 2017
Paula D.
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Excellent lesson, Remi was very informative and patient and I am very hopeful about being able to play guitar much better from this first lesson!

Posted Sep 15, 2017
Matthew
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Great guitar instructor!

Posted Sep 13, 2017
Matthew
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Great guitar instructor!

Posted Sep 13, 2017
Larry E.
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Raymond is an exceptional instructor and a talented musician very knowledgeable in music and theory. Lessons are enjoyable and build your skills at a pace that is challenging yet comfortable to the student. Each lesson is an enjoyable time I look forward to.

Posted Sep 6, 2017
Shawn/Jonathan
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My son, Jonathan, expressed interest in music last year around this time and picked up an old guitar. I started with online courses with Remi, then moved to studio courses with Remi. Studio training is better quality and worth the extra cost, and Remi works with our schedule to provide fun and challenging lessons. In less than a year, he is half way through the 2nd book, and showing interest in learning more instruments. Remi is a master at what he does and can pinpoint details in anyone's performance to challenge them to improve. I've seen it both online and in studio. Thank you, Remi, for growing my son's talent. I look forward to finishing the 2nd book and moving to the next challenge. You will not be disappointed with Remi's skill set.

Posted Sep 3, 2017
Wencui C.
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Wonderful piano teacher. So patient, kindly,and professional. My two girls love Mr. Remi's class so much!

Posted Sep 2, 2017
Andrew
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Excellent instructor!

Posted Sep 2, 2017
Melissa
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My experience with Raymond has been wonderful! I have been studying classical guitar with him for a few years and have steadily improved even though I have less time and energy to practice than I would like. Raymond teaches the process of learning music, and as I have opened up to this process, I have seen great results, not only in music, but in other aspects of my life and learning. Raymond's instincts about how to help me learn are an example of the way he goes the extra mile to tailor each student's instruction to their needs. Hearing him play is also incredibly inspiring! Along with his wonderful personality and sense of humor, these qualities keep me excited to play the guitar, and always brighten my day! I highly recommend Raymond as a teacher to anyone who loves music!

Posted Aug 26, 2017
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Posted Aug 15, 2017
Tony
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I have no musical background. Remi is patient and makes the lessons enjoyable. I am enjoying our association.

Posted Aug 14, 2017
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Jason
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Gave good advice, helped me improve things that I didn't even think of when I started to learn.

Posted Jul 22, 2017
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Posted Jul 18, 2017
Ashton W.
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Remi is very patient! This is my first time doing something like this and I am learning a lot. Remi makes it easy and fun.

Posted Jun 24, 2017
Zaskia
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Remi has been a music teacher all his live, you can appreciate it because of his knowledge and expertise. He shows you the correct way to play and love music.
All his 5 star reviews speak very loudly.

Posted May 17, 2017
JosephF
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Incredible teacher and so funny, I enjoy every minute of it. Looking forward to every class. Motivates you to practice!

Posted May 17, 2017
IanFS
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I was playing the piano the wrong way. I have learned with Raymond how to put my hands, what a difference! Great teacher, you will enjoy every class.

Posted May 17, 2017
Melody
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First day and you will end your class with a little song! You can show off since the first day. Awesome teacher!

Posted May 17, 2017
Herbert
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As a child about 5 Years hè already played Quarta a kind of ukelele. As a child I already was in love with music. We bechame friends and I learned a lot from him, that still is the basic for my music. As a child about nine years old hè already played beautiful Classic guitar music from Bach, Tarega, Alirio Diaz, bossa novas, Curacao music waltz ect. His father was also a great musicien. I always could listen for hours when hè played guitar and later also the organ! I'm so blessed that I had the oppurtunity to listen so much during my young years when hè played. Because of HIM I came in contact with classical music. In those days we didn't hear much on our little Island Curacao. For always I Will be grateful to HIM and his father Shon Toni! Thank you my dear friend for opening one of the most precious door in life for me and .....That's MUSIC!!!! THANKS

Posted May 17, 2017
Rachel
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Remi is an excellent teacher. He is patient, kind, and encouraging. I also enjoy using the books he developed. The more challenging the lessons become, the more I appreciate his patience. Thank you, Remin!

Posted May 14, 2017
Tony
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I'm one of his older (senior citizen) students. I've never had a music lesson in my life yet he has made the experience easy and fun! He is very patient. Highly recommend!

Posted May 11, 2017
William
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Mr.Raymond is a great music instructor. And I plan in the soon in the near future to return to my lessons with Mr.Raymond.

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Diksha S.
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Remi explained everything very nicely.His notes are really good and easy to understand specially if you're a beginner. And he is very patient.

Posted Apr 18, 2017
Leslie
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I have learned so much over the past couple weeks that I have been learning the Ukulele with Remi. I look forward to our lessons every single week and can't wait to learn more the next week. He is a fantastic teacher and I can't wait for many more lessons with him!!

Posted Mar 17, 2017
Noel M.
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Mr. Remi is very patient with my daughter who is a beginner with no experience. She praises her when she remembers her cords and encourages her to practice on areas she struggles with. An excellent teacher!

Posted Mar 16, 2017
Srikanth
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Best instructor ever

Posted Mar 15, 2017
Shawn
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Remi is very talented and extremely patient. He has a keen eye and ear to be able to spot the little details necessary to improve one's performance. My son has already exceeded my expectations in music talent and ability thanks to Remi and we have a lot of fun experimenting with sounds that I didn't know were even possible with a guitar. The On-Site lessons are definitely a step above in quality compared to the online lessons, and worth the extra cost. As Remi likes to say, "It's not hard. It's challenging." And I might add, "It's fun too." Looking forward to the time when the student becomes the teacher.

Posted Mar 8, 2017
William U.
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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!

Posted Feb 9, 2017
jenny D.
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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.

Posted Dec 27, 2016
Shawn
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The lesson itself was very good and challenging. The only flaw was a technical issue with the video feed.

Posted Dec 14, 2016
Jeff C.
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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!

Posted Nov 25, 2016
Fiona K.
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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.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
Jesus Medina
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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.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
Adam
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Very patient and extremely knowledgable.

Posted Nov 18, 2016
Nicole
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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!

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Jonathan
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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.

Posted Nov 17, 2016
Cyndi P.
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Excellent teacher. He makes learning a positive and happy experience. Looking forward to my next class. Thank you, Ramy.

Posted Nov 8, 2016
Rob
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I have been taking lessons with Remi for a few months now. I was initially impressed with how he tailored the lessons just for me and my particular skill level and background (I had just started learning guitar but am an experienced musician). Now that I'm a few months in, I'm even happier with his approach and the results it helps me achieve. He is patient, and always gives the impression that he is there to help me do what I want to do. His choices of material for each lesson build on the preceding ones, and because of what he's given me to learn, I've been able to learn a couple of dozen other songs outside of what I'm learning within the structure of the lessons. I highly recommend Remi for anyone learning guitar. If you put in the time, his guidance will provide that extra edge you need so move forward and play well.

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Olivia J.
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Much fun for the first lesson . It was so great!

Posted Oct 19, 2016
Lucy S.
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Very patient!

Posted Oct 11, 2016
Peter J.
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Raymond is an extraordinary teacher, very talented, very patient, makes sure u gets it and he makes learning fun. I would recommend him to anyone of any age cause he's really excellent to work with.

Posted Sep 28, 2016
Landrey S.
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Very patient...looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Sep 24, 2016
Freddie
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Good first lesson, intrigued and ready to learn more !

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Stuart K.
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I am retired and have wanted to play a musical instrument my entire life. Over the years, I took lessons on several instruments, without success. After two months of Remi's skillful and playful style of teaching, I can play a few songs and look forward to my weekly lessons. Thanks to Remi's expertise and encouragement, and my motivation, I can see myself accomplishing this life long goal.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Melissa S.
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I've been taking lessons with Raymond for a few years now and plan to keep taking them for as long as I can! Each lesson is a great experience because I learn so much. Even if I play the same piece for a few weeks, Raymond shows me a new detail, technique, or perspective related to it so I'm always stimulated and inspired to try to practice and improve. For Raymond, music is a way of life, and he expresses all of the dedication and artistry that that fact entails. I'm always in a better mood after lessons. And so glad that I decided to try lessons with Raymond!

Posted Sep 11, 2016
Mahmoud N.
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Amazing first lesson! My son loves it!! He can't wait for his next lesson!

Posted Sep 9, 2016
Larry E.
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I have been taking lessons with Raymond for about 3 years and I am very satisfied with the content and enjoyment of each lesson. Raymond is a highly skilled and experienced musician and a very patient and joyful teacher. He expands on the published course content and each lesson is directed at a specific goal or acquiring a specific skill. His location, home and lesson room are very comfortable. Given all of that, your success will depend only on your time and dedication to your playing.

Posted Sep 2, 2016
Boinghi Nguyen
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My son Tyler has been taking classical guitar lessons with Raymond for several months now and we can happily say that we have found the best guitar teacher for Tyler. Tyler has taken guitar lessons with several instructors before but Raymond's approach is very different. He is very attentive to how Tyler plays and corrects it as necessary. Tyler has improved so much. He even memorizes his music sheets and plays anytime, anywhere I ask him to. We are very happy with the results. Highly recommended Raymond for a classical guitar teacher!

Posted Aug 20, 2016
Destiny S.
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Remi is the best music teacher! Very patient and instructions are very clear and easy to learn and follow.

Posted Aug 7, 2016
Katherine V.
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I have two children taking guitar lessons with Raymond. They have been with him for several months and we have been very impressed with his teaching ability. He is very patient and encouraging and both of my children are learning at a steady pace.

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Larry
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I have been taking lessons with Raymond for about 3 years and I am very satisfied with the content and enjoyment of each lesson. Raymond is a highly skilled and experienced musician and a very patient and joyful teacher. He expands on the published course content and each lesson is directed at a specific goal or acquiring a specific skill. His location, home and lesson room are very comfortable. Given all of that, your success will depend only on your time and dedication to your playing.

Posted Jul 21, 2016
Jaeger K.
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I'm totally new to music lessons/guitar and my first lesson was a success thanks to Raymond! Very helpful and keeps me motivated!

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Robert S.
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I've taken a few lessons so far with Remi. I am a fairly musical person and started playing piano and cello when I was very young, but never picked up the guitar. Remi's approach seems to be well-tailored toward the individual. He puts things in terms I can understand and appears to use my strengths to my benefit and to give me items to practice that work on my weaknesses. Really enjoying the lessons.

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Jeff C.
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I'm 3 lessons in at this point and Remi has been excellent. He is a very personable and PATIENT teacher. As he states, his teaching style is PROCESS, rather than production.
I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from Remi!

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Alex
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Remi is AMAZING!!! Seriously.......AMAZING at teaching!!! Within several weeks I had a sound grasp on basic Dutch language - my move overseas to Belgium and subsequent weeks spent settling into local life and culture was made all the better for being able to make myself understood with the locals. Remi is patient, knowledgeable and very proficient in the art of teaching. Book a lesson - you won't be disappointed.

Posted Jul 4, 2016
Melissa
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I love taking lessons with Raymond! I have been studying classical guitar with him for about three years, and look forward to my lessons more now than when I started them. I have some musical background, but always felt stuck when taking instrumental lessons from other instructors, wondering if I would ever be able to work hard enough to truly learn an instrument well. Raymond's expertise, his kindness, sense of humor, and holistic teaching style--that reaches me on my level, rather than just telling me what to do--really shows the results of great instruction. Plus, some of Raymond's methods for learning guitar apply to other areas in life and help me work through other "challenges"! Thank you for inspiring me, Raymond!

Posted Jul 1, 2016
Shafiqur R.
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My 10 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for nearly a year. He's steadily learning from Raymond's patient, encouraging, methodical teaching style. Raymond was able to note when my son was not reading the music.and took the necessary steps to slow him down and teach him properly. I really appreciate Raymond's pedagogical insights. Because of his knowledge of the learning process and his lifetime experience of making music, Raymond is the best guitar teacher we've encountered! My wife choose him from hundreds of teacher from takelesson. We are glade that he agree to teach my son.

Posted Jun 27, 2016
jenny D.
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I've been taking ukulele lessons from Remi for about a year and a half now, and he always comes up with something new and challenging. I appreciate his patience and kindness, as well of his wonderful teaching skill and sense of humor. Makes the learning fun! Thank you Remi

Posted Jun 26, 2016
Nancy
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remi accepts my personal style of expression. he likes a complete song to be sung to him with your best abilities. gives you time to grow. each lessons introduces new music. also, makes sure any new notes introduced are know before rewriting or attempting to play. quite a variety of music and different strums. good lessons to expand your present skills on instrument and voice.!

Posted Jun 25, 2016
Wencui C.
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Mr. Remi is always patient to his student.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
Jesus Medina
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excellent class.

Posted Mar 26, 2016
Emily and Jacob S.
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Very good instructor, my two children almost 10 and 12 enjoying taking his class. Thank you Remi 😊

Posted Feb 19, 2016
Anthony C.
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I immediately felt at ease with Remi and I think positive things will now start to happen!!!!

Posted Feb 16, 2016
Meesha F.
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Remi is very patient and motivating. He has a very well trained eye to catch subtle mistakes and correct them before they become a habit. He makes learning an instrument seem so easy!

Posted Jan 21, 2016
William C.
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Mr.Raymond is a great instructor. I'm having a great learning experience .

Posted Jan 5, 2016
Helene K.
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My 10 year old son has been taking piano lessons with Raymond for nearly a year. He's steadily learning from Raymond's patient, encouraging, methodical teaching style. Raymond was able to note when my son was not reading the music.and took the necessary steps to slow him down and teach him properly. I really appreciate Raymond's pedagogical insights. Because of his knowledge of the learning process and his lifetime experience of making music, Raymond is the best piano teacher we've encountered!

Posted Jan 4, 2016
Bei Z.
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Remi is a great teacher. My son loves to take his piano lessons.

Posted Dec 28, 2015
Lisa
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Remi was very professional, patient and encouraging. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a piano instructor.

Posted Dec 26, 2015
Candido H.
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Enjoy learning from Remi. He is a well talented instructor with loads of patience and good humor. I have been taking classes with him for over a year and I feel I have progressed quite rapidly.

Posted Dec 5, 2015
Melissa S.
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I can say without any reservation that Raymond is the complete package in a teacher! Raymond brings a sense of joy to learning guitar that makes me look forward to lessons, which I always leave in a better mood than when I started. He is probably the most insightful instructor that I have ever had the pleasure to work with--in music or any other field. He understands my strengths and weaknesses and tailors his teaching to my needs and my background. While I have a fair amount of musical experience, my struggles with stress and lack of confidence could have easily led me to quit taking lessons some time ago. But Raymond has a way of instilling confidence and making learning and practicing so fun that I just can't stop playing (and I started lessons in 2012)! Hearing him play with such grace and beauty, even the simple pieces that I am attempting, provides that much more motivation. And you'll never meet a warmer and more genuine person!

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Nicola G.
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We had a great experience with Remi he was really knowledgable as well as patient with my 7 yr old who had never had lessons before.wish we lived in same town as am sure in person lessons would have been even better

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Tamela A.
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Remi has a great way of teaching beginners that makes it easy to understand. So happy to have him as a teacher!

Posted Oct 20, 2015
Sophia J.
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Nice and patient teacher

Posted Oct 10, 2015
Shafiqur R.
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very very good! Recommend!

Posted Sep 22, 2015
Nick Z.
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He was very good!

Posted Sep 20, 2015
Nancy V.
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Remi really took the time to listen to me, as I explained my experience and goals. He noticed little things that I was doing, and helped me with those, and even clapped when I finished playing. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher!

Posted Sep 16, 2015
Nancy V.
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this man listened to me play a song first and told me i was intermediate. he proceeded to look at my finger patterns of the notes on songs he will work with me. some new notes and i wrote them down to be able to play his music. he will send thru email for me for other classes. i did get one emailed song during this class and printed and added additional musical notes and he will teach me a calipso strum on this new song next class. warm person and easy to understand. i think i will be able to learn from him.

Posted Sep 16, 2015
Gene G.
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Raymond is a great teacher! Really knows how to hone in on the specific techniques that you need to improve your playing skills and become a better player. I have played before but I am learning a different style with finger picking and Raymond is very patient with me and really listens to what I want to learn. On top of that he also has a great personality which makes coming to the lessons easy.

Posted Sep 8, 2015
Valerie K.
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Remi is such a blessing to me as my first piano teacher. He is extremely patient, encouraging and at the same time he challenges me to become a better player. His knowledge of music, experience in playing and teaching is very helpful to anyone from a newbie to the more experienced artist. Don't hesitate to search any further, Remi is the only teacher you or your child would need.

Posted Aug 7, 2015
Catherine D.
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Without realizing it, I am reading notes and playing on my piano again after 43 years.
Remi is very patient and encourages with a joyful attitude.
I'm blessed.

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Helene S.
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Learning the classical guitar from Raymond has been a lesson in patience and dedication for myself. I appreciate his attention to detail, his encouragement and his methodical method. This is my first experience with a music teacher that truly understands how to teach - imparting great insight and understanding. Raymond is a master teacher!

Posted Aug 3, 2015
Jose C.
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Great teacher. Enjoys teaching and encouraging student. Plays along with student which, of course, makes the lesson much more interesting and enjoyable, particularly for "Senior" students.

Posted Jul 21, 2015
Elijah M.
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My son is 5 years old and loves music we got the best teacher Remi is great at what he does.

Posted Jul 8, 2015
Tanya J.
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Remi is a sweet and wonderful teacher. He is patient and easy going with lots of life lessons as well as music lessons. Learning new a new instrument is "never hard, just challenging and fun" as Remi always says. I have been taking Ukulele lessons with him for a few months now and am amazed at my progress. His home is very comfortable and welcoming. His wife is often near by and always friendly with a hello and kind gesture. He is also flexible with schedule changes as my work schedule can change from week to week which is helpful. I highly recommend picking up a new hobby and working with him as your mentor and teacher.

Posted Jun 19, 2015
Sonia C.
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Enjoyed my first piano instruction online!! Did not believe that it would be doable but it was. Cannot wait for my second lesson!

Posted Jun 13, 2015
Gladys T.
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I love his lessons because he's so patient! I am very happy! I want to finish all my books with him!

Posted Jun 9, 2015
Gladys T.
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Just he is the best

Posted May 29, 2015
Pranav B.
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I would highly recommend Mr. Lasten as a music instructor to anyone who wants to learn music. He is a wonderful teacher who teaches all the minute things that can help you become a better musician. I have been contemplating learning music for a long time but was initially hesitant due to my work pressure. I am glad I chose Mr. Lasten as a teacher. He is patient with me and motivates me a lot when I practice during our guitar session. I have found him to be a very pleasing personality and I really look forward to continue learning from him.

Posted Apr 25, 2015
Keenen W.
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We are so delighted with our experience with Remi. Our son began lessons when he was a fresh 6 year old. Remi had so much patience and ability to keep him focused on the keys. The progress over the last 18 months has been remarkable. My son is much more confident and no longer prone to dwell on small missteps, He plays right through them and then works to correct them. This is all due to His wonderful teacher. As an aside, it's awesome when my son really plays well and Remi picks up his guitar and accompanies the piano like a real "jam session"

Posted Apr 15, 2015
Alexandra A.
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Fantastic first lesson - I was speaking in sentences by the end of our 45 mins - albeit very simple ones - but nevertheless - I am impressed and look forward to getting closer to conversational Dutch. Top marks :-)

Posted Apr 1, 2015
Ha-My L.
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At first, I doubted that I could do a piano lesson online but Mr. Raymond erased all my doubt on the very first section with him. He is really good at what he does. I asked him a question and he answered it without any confusion. From his answers, I know he is really knowledgable in music generally, and piano specifically. He is friendly and laid-back but he will make sure you perfectly play your pieces. Take him and you will have no regret!

Posted Mar 25, 2015
Andrea T.
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Remi's great! I was a little unsure at first, being a grown woman taking up a new hobby, but he set me at ease and has challenged me appropriately. He had me figured out pretty quickly, too; and he adapted lessons to my personality, incoming skill set, and taste. He's also a delight to be around, so lessons are fun.

Posted Mar 15, 2015
jenny D.
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Remi has been a great teacher - very patient, supportive. Also has a lot of good "tricks" to help you through challenging parts of learning an instrument. I have been playing violin for years now, so I have had quite a bit of experience with music instructors, and I feel I picked an extraordinary teacher to help me with the ukulele. (Also, I have a very irregular schedule and Remi has been flexible with reschedules, which I greatly appreciate.) Thanks Remi!

Posted Mar 4, 2015
Maria S.
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I LOVE REMI! He is patient, persistent and makes this a lot of fun...Dutch is hard but sooo worth it -- thanks Remi!

Posted Feb 19, 2015
Andrew M.
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Remi Has been an excellent instructor so far! Very patient and helpful.

Posted Feb 7, 2015
Brother T.
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I have been taking organ lessons from Mr. Raymond L. for a few months now. He has been nothing but friendly and patient. He is very understanding of difficult schedules, and is very accommodating when I need to change my scheduled lesson.

Raymond L. is also an excellent teacher, requiring perfection on the practiced piece before he will allow you to move on. I appreciate this, seeing that slipshod foundations will only harm me later on. Apart from the technical books, he also assigns a variety of pieces to practice on - allowing for the practice of the different techniques, as well as keeping things fresh and interesting.

Posted Jan 23, 2015
Lesley M.
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Remi fun and really well organized and puts so many of the exercises in the context of what other answers I've given. I need to be a bit more systematic in the lessons though. For example, I vaguely recall the reflexive but I'd rather have it explained to me than suddenly having part of it in a sentence to memorize. I've been rushing. Maybe we should slow down a bit so I can get more practice in rather than trying to learn so many new things all at once. I mostly want to get comfortable speaking.

Posted Jan 10, 2015
babita M.
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I feel extremely fortunate to have found Raymond to teach my daughter piano. Prior to that, she was taking lessons at a music school for a year and was never even taught to read music. Raymond took the time to re- teach her from the ground up. With his immense patience and an incredible passion for what he does, my daughter has developed a better grasp and a greater love of piano. Raymond always have a smile on his face and creates a comfortable atmosphere in which to learn. I am grateful for his vast knowledge of music and the many years of experience he shares with so many.

Posted Jan 1, 2015
Rod P.
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I've been working with Raymond for only 2 months now. He has a very repetitive but very sensible, understandable, casual and likeably method of teaching. As a beginner, I've made tremendous advancements in my guitar etiquette and playing. He is wonderful to work with.

Posted Nov 4, 2014
Stacy C.
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Remi has been a fantastic and dependable teacher. He has been providing piano lessons for my daughter and guitar lessons for my son. Both are in tae kwon do which equates to frequent reschedules and cancellations. Remi has always been accommodating and willing to work with us to make this work. As a teacher he exhibits the patience of a saint and is willing to go through lessons repeatedly and from different angles to ensure that the student 'gets it'. I have been, and continue to be, very satisfied with Remi.

Posted Oct 31, 2014
Jennah C.
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As a new student of piano and music in general, I was hesitant to start lessons at my age but, Remi is very kind, patient and knowledgeable on the subject. He has made my training a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend him to any new students like myself. I look forward to more lessons to come.

Posted Oct 29, 2014
Alex K.
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I have been taking classical guitar lessons with Remi for about a month now and so far my experience has been very positive. Remi is an excellent musician with robust knowledge of theory and technique. His experience and background is impressive as well.

As a teacher, Remi is very patient and works with you to help you understand music theory and improve your techniques. He is focused on making his students well-rounded musicians and has a long-term view in mind with his teaching style, which I appreciate. His sessions are very casual and have a relaxed feeling.

Overall, I rate him very highly as an instructor and I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking to learn an instrument in which he has proficiency.

Posted Aug 4, 2014
Nicole, C

Review Raymond

I think he is an excellent teacher

Posted May 14, 2014
Volga Seijo

music teacher

Raymond is a talented and exceptional teacher.

Posted May 14, 2014
Melissa S.

Life Enriching

I take Skype lessons with Raymond and used to take in-person lessons before I moved out of state. Raymond is such an excellent teacher and musician that I could write a very long review. Starting from the very first lesson, he put me at ease. He knows guitar and musical theory like the back of his hand, and with a few well-chosen explanations, I am always surprised at how much I learn and how much fun it is. He has a gentle personality, a wonderful sense of musical expression, and a great sense of humor. Hearing his beautiful playing is tremendously inspiring. He is always kind and encouraging and has sparked a dedication in me that I am truly proud of.

Posted Apr 26, 2014
Valarie L.

Excellent Teacher

Raymond is a wonderful piano teacher and seems extremely knowledgeable with many other musical instruments. We love going to piano lessons every week!!

Posted Apr 5, 2014
BenjaminA

Greatest Teacher ever.

I have know Raymond for many years. As a professional and as a person
he is without equal. serious, dedicated, responsible, willing to walk the extra mile
in order to accomplish his student's goals. His wit and sense of humor makes him
not just an ordinary professor of music but an excellent friend worthy of the greatest
accolade. I am really thankful to God for having him as a teacher and friend.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
MayraB

Excellent Professor

I strongly recommend him as an excellent professor of guitar.His teaching method help me a lot in my guitar classes. He really has strong knowledge in teaching music.I had learn a lot playing the guitar from him. He is an enthusiastic professor with his students.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
JosephSeijo

Amazing Teaches

I wanted to learn guitar and I found this teacher. With his method I learned smoothly and quickly. I recommend this teacher to anyone who wants to learn an instrument. This is truly a 5 star music and instrument education.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
RamonV

Piano student

As a piano professor , he was very clear in the manner of teaching and very professional. Never was absent and always sharp with the classroom discipline. A very diversified musician which dominates few musical instruments while teaching a subject.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
HermileyT

Excellent teacher!

My experience was great. He is a very courteous and responsible person. He is also very patient. You will learn quickly. He is a very talented musician and he is very good at what he does. I highly recommend him as your first choice.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
KimV

Dedicated Teacher

Remi is an accomplished guitarist trained in the classical tradition but is also versed in modern and popular music, including Latin music. He is also a dedicated and versatile music and guitar instructor experienced in instructing from young to senior students.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
HenriM

Remi for guitar!

I have known this music teacher for some 40 plus years. First as a student of his, then as a fellow student at the conservatory of San Juan Puerto Rico and as a colleague music teacher.
What has always struck me of this person as a teacher was his patience, precision in dealing with musical difficulties when teaching and the quality of human contact that he displayed doing so. Always with humor and never losing his temper.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Jose O.

Classical Guitar with Raymond is the best

I have been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for almost two years. I have enjoyed the lessons tremendously and have improved my playing. Raymond is a very patient teacher and is able to effectively communicate his ideas on how I can improve.

Posted Nov 20, 2013
Larry E.

Raymond is a master teacher and musician

Raymond is exceptional as a teacher and musician; always patient and enjoying the experience of guiding you to become the best musician you can be. His musical experience and abilities are evident. In addition to all of these qualities he is serious and dedicated to developing your knowledge and skills through discipline and practice - always with a sense of humor and enjoyment in the music and what you both are accomplishing. Learning to become a musician with Raymond is as enjoyable as listening and dancing to music. I look forward to my class with Raymond each time.

Posted Nov 13, 2013
Alisha G.

Great with kids!

We have been with Raymond for over a year now and love him! Started out with my 4 year old son wanting to learn guitar. Every instructor we went to said he was too young. Mr. Raymond took the time to interview him and took him on as a student. My son goes to his lesson once a week and still is keeping interest and has fun playing guitar. Now 5, he has far surpassed my lack of skills. I am thinking about starting classes so I can keep up with him. Now my 7 year old daughter has started piano lessons with him right after my sons lesson and she loves it as well. Thank you for all the patience! When Mr. Raymond gets to playing that Spanish Guitar....its music to my ears!

Posted Nov 13, 2013
olga L.

Great experience

Great knowledgable teacher that will help improve your skills in music. made me a lot better guitar player

Posted Nov 10, 2013
vanessa S.

Professionalism and excellence, Mr. Lasten lives to teach music.

My son is 10 yrs old and has been taking lessons with Mr. Lasten for almost 9 months now. To enroll my son in guitar lessons with Mr. Lasten has been one of the best decisions I have made for my son's life; as a minimum, it has enriched his spirit, it has given him art, a new challenge, inspiration, confidence, and companionship for life! Mr. Lasten has guided and taught my son with professionalism, patience, love and dedication, and it reflects on the love my son has for the guitar. Mr. Lasten is an excellent professor and great human being. I highly recommend Mr. Lasten as a music professor. vsc

Posted Nov 5, 2013
Melody L.

Amazing teacher!

Funny, respectful and a very good teacher, you will be playing at least one song since the very first day. He keeps you motivated because he makes it very easy for you to learn. I wouldn't change him for any other.

Posted Nov 5, 2013
Raymond L.

One satisfied student

I took several guitar lessons with Raymond when I was younger. He is an excellent instructor and has the right amount of patience, dedication, and knowledge for proper musical education. I enjoyed learning new techniques, practice sessions, the study material, and even homework! I wish I lived closer so I could continue taking classes. Thanks!

Posted Nov 5, 2013
Janice C.

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Raymond is a great instructor. He has a lot of patience and he tries to make playing the piano fun for my son to learn.

Posted Nov 1, 2013
Carmen C.

Awesome instructor

My experience with Raymond has been fantastic.
He is a teacher among teachers! He is very dedicated and enthusiastic. I really enjoy my classes, it's a good learning experience and is fun. He was trained to be a teacher
so that is an advantage over other instructors, that know their instrument but, are not trained to be teachers.
I recommend Raymond to any one that is looking for the best!

Posted Nov 1, 2013
Bobby O.

Raymond is a great teacher.

Took lessons over twenty years ago and I wanted to take lessons again so I signed up with Take Lessons I couldn't ask for a better teacher. He is very patient and really knows guitar. I hope to take lessons with Raymond for a long time to come.

Posted May 12, 2013
Lillian D.

What a great teacher

Raymond has taken his time with my daughter Paige who is 14 and is very patient with her. He will let her know where she is slacking and also what she is doing okay. For a beginer,Paige has come a long way on only 6 lessons. Raymond has nerves of steel because I know what its like dealing with teenagers. We thank you for all of your hard work and hospitality.

Lil D.

Posted Mar 28, 2013
Melissa S.

My guitar lessons make me feel happy

It is such a joy to go to these lessons. It is like music has become an integral part of my life again. I love that Raymond finds a way of introducing a new instrument for me, while fostering the knowledge of music that I already have. One of my favorite things is playing what I have practiced and hearing him improvise something wonderful along with it!

Posted Oct 30, 2012
MarciL

Outstanding & Encouraging!

We've had a wonderful experience with Raymond! He is very encouraging and inspires my son to learn. We've had a previous teacher that made my son not want to take lessons anymore. Raymond was able to overcome that with just one lesson!

Posted Jun 22, 2012
AdamR

What an excellent choice!

Raymond's knowledge and musical sensibility are paralleled only by his candor, humor, and patience. I cannot recommend him more highly as an instructor. Every lesson has been challenging, educational, and fun!

Posted Jun 18, 2012
CindyG4

Best musical instructor ever!

Mr Raymond is very easy going and encouraging. personaly he helped me prepare for a Classical Guitar program audition. me being a beginner had no idea what i was doing. but Mr Raymond helped me by being very explanitory. and he is kinda goofy which i like cause im a bit of a dork. hope this helps you make the right decision and pick Mr Raymond to be your instructor

Posted Apr 29, 2012
SoniaR

An Excelent Instructor!

I have been playing guitar since my teen yrs and I remember my best teacher since then, I feel I have finally found the best instructor in town with a most similar method of teaching as that teacher in my teen yrs. Excelente!, good discipline and respect for the student. Which invites you to learn with the same patience, discipline, respect and gusto to come back and continue learning. Thank you!

Posted Feb 24, 2012
JoseO

Maestro Raymond is a very patient teacher. Hens able to pinpoint my weakness and is ablento find the right exercise to improve my technique. I've been self taught for many years and picked up many bad habits. I feel comfident that with Maestro Raymond guidance I will improve alot

Posted Aug 25, 2011

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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

HAVO
Jul 1972 - Aug 1973

Maria Immaculata lyceum

Languages

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.

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