Richard Cozzi

Richard C.

Irvine, CA

About Richard C.

Richard teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1983
Last sign in: Yesterday


I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will experience an "original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz or other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.

Photos and Videos

Laguna Canyon Winery Gig



Jan 1985 - Present
Rich Cozzi Music

I have taught and performed on a variety of different instruments (guitar, banjo, ukulele, drums) and styles for over thirty years. Performances include the Cape Cod and Bakersfield Jazz Festivals, the Sweet & Hot Festival in Los Angeles and numerous club and private functions throughout California, New York, Florida and New England.

Music Teacher

Jan 1970 - Present
Concordia University, Tarbut V' Torah, Private Studio

Over 30 years teaching and performing experience. Performed at Music festivals, studio recordings as well as clubs and private functions.


Bachelor of Arts

Sep 1972 - Dec 1980
University of Maryland & Berklee College of Music - Boston

Bachelor's Degree

Jan 1972 - Dec 1979
University of Maryland and Berklee College of Music Boston

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Liberal Arts - Berklee College of Music

Jun 1976
University of Maryland

College degree from University of Maryland and studied at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston


Music Teachers National Association

Jan 2004

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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16 Reviews on Richard C.

Carol Feb 3, 2017
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Very talented guy and so experienced!!!
Candace B. Sep 19, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Fun very patient instructor
Rick Sep 17, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Richard gives excellent instruction and has a kind and easy going demeanor. He is proficient in the banjo and his teaching style is great. He doesn't waste time during the lesson and gives you a full an honest time of instruction. His studio is clean and inspires learning.
Nicole Aug 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Richard is a great teacher, very friendly and nice and knowledgeable. Highly recommend! Thanks TakeLessons.
Scott S. Jul 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very informative, but teaches at a great pace to make sure you understand the material
David May 23, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
This was my first lesson. Richard was very patient with me.
I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
Robert Nichols Feb 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and friendly. I was surprised at how far I got for the first lesson. Inspired me to practice and give it a go.
Lexi C. Jan 21, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
It was very nice and I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot!! Lexi
Mina Dec 14, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Richard is a great teacher
Laura L. Sep 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Patient and yet challenging. Always goes the 2nd mile to be helpful and keep things interesting while concentrating on the building blocks of later competence.
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