- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8 to 60
- Teaching since:
- March 1992
Raymund de la Pena has been playing music professionally for the past 32 years and was introduced to music at an early age. He started playing the piano at age 8 and shifted to the guitar a year later when he heard "yesterday"by the Beatles, the reason for the move to a different instrument was inevitable as he states "I heard some nuances and sonic ideas that the instrument wasn't giving to me and pretty much i heard that on the guitar from the get go". And so,with his fascination for music he went to get his college degree in music performance.After graduation he played gigs all over the world( jazz bars, hotel gigs,session work etc...). In 2001 ,he was given the oportunity to be the musical director of the broadway musical "RENT" in Singapore where it got rave reviews.In 2003 he went to perform on a cruise ship in europe that traveled to 20 countries as a musical director for the showband.
In 2011 he released his debut record "The Long Road Taken" independently with his group(composed of session musicians)the "RDP Project" wherein it featured all of his original compositions, describing it as :"The Long Road Taken is an amalgamation of the different facets of jazz,particularly in a quartet setting".
He has performed with Victor Jones( renown drummer) at the Zinc bar in New York and at Skippers in Newark,New Jersey.He has also performed with other Jazz artists such as Eliane Amherd ,Elin Kathleen Melgarejo,Doug Little,Mel Davis and have attended master classes by the great trumpet player Eddie Henderson,jazz great Charlie Byrd,jazz legends Ray Brown and Herb Ellis just to name a few.
Ray's playing and improvisational style is described as modern -which blends the relaxed and ductile articulation which is akin to horn players,but yet deeply grounded in the jazz tradition of swing, melody and the blues.
Degrees/training: Bachelor of Music (Major in Classical Guitar) University of the Philippines.
*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar or guitar and amplifier
*** Specialties ***
jazz and classical
I have taught students of various musical styles for the past 25 years. From some that just want to play the guitar in their living room or treat it as a hobby , to students that want to pursue a career in music.
I have been playing professionally in different musical situations from Jazz Festivals, Broadway Musicals, Session Recordings, Showband Musician on Ships etc...And have taught numerous students who have gone on to various fields of musical endeavor.I also released my debut CD in 2011 "The Long Road Taken" with my own group the RDP Project which is available in iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and 10 other digital distribution sites and my music is also played on Jango internet radio.
Raymund was very knowledgeable in music theory and guitar. Looking forward to continuing with my lessons.
Great lesson and personality!
We had a great start and instructor is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Ray is a wonder instructor. He is very humble, polite, and patient with my young daughter. Ray is very punctual and always on time. I would highly recommend Ray to any beginner guitar student!
Raymund has taught our 10 year old daughter guitar for the past year. He has been a fantastic teacher during that time.
He is patient with her, very accommodating to schedule changes, very responsive to questions, provides regular and candid feedback and has brought her from no knowledge of the guitar to being able to play full songs of her choosing.
Raymund is very knowledgeable and is able to get her motivated by allowing her to play at her pace and to play the music she enjoys.
I would highly recommend Raymund to anyone wishing to learn how to play the guitar.