Richard Cozzi

Richard C.

Irvine, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Learn drum technique for all styles. Rock beats and fills, Jazz drumming and more.

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Richard delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 1983

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 - Banjo - Amplifiers - Piano - 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.

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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.

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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


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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Photos & Videos

Laguna Canyon Winery Gig

Bakersfield Jazz Festival

FIve Year old Tony
Gig Photo

Fort Lauderdale Gig

L-5 Guitar


The Great Django Reinhardt

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29 Reviews

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Averie S. May 29, 2019
Ukulele · In home

Richard was great! Looking forward to more lessons for my daughter!

Adrienne Apr 3, 2019
Ukulele · In studio

We are 2 beginners taking the class together. We have taken 3 lessons. Rich is teaching us finger strengthening exercises, chords and notes which we can use to play songs, and encouraging us to find melodies using just the strings. The lesson flies by and already we can see our improvement. Last summer I tried to teach myself using YouTube and I have learned so much more in 3 weeks than I learned all summer. He is upbeat and positive. I would recommend him as a ukulele teacher.

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Joseph Mar 6, 2019
Guitar · In studio

The teacher is very professional. It is a great first less for my son.

Russell M. Nov 23, 2018
Flamenco Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson!! Lots to learn.. Rich is very patient and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next lesson.

Mike O. Nov 20, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Just two lessons down, with 8 to go. Richard makes learning fun. His approach to teaching makes learning notes and chords easy. I can't wait until the next class.

Jade X. Jul 18, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

Excellent first lesson!

shelly Feb 22, 2018
Banjo · In studio

very patient and knows his stuff.

Sylvia Nov 9, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Richard was terrific. Patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! I look forward to continuing to work with him!

Linda P. Nov 6, 2017
Ukulele · In home

This was the best music lesson I’ve had thanks to Richard. He made it fun and easy. I get nervous of being a slow learner but he wasn’t phased and made it fit my learning ability

Jim L. Jul 22, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Richard has the knowledge and communication skills needed to be a very good teacher, and he is.

Russell Jul 1, 2017
Drum · In studio

My son always look forward to next lesson. Richard is amazing.

steve May 24, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Informative, friendly, patient and knowledgeable.

Mac Mar 18, 2017
Blues Guitar · In studio

It is fun to learn basics with Richard. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Carol Feb 3, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Very talented guy and so experienced!!!

Candace B. Sep 19, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Fun very patient instructor

Rick Sep 17, 2016
Banjo · In home

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.

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Nicole Aug 19, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Richard is a great teacher, very friendly and nice and knowledgeable. Highly recommend! Thanks TakeLessons.

Scott S. Jul 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very informative, but teaches at a great pace to make sure you understand the material

David S. May 23, 2016
Banjo · In home

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

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

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

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.

Quannah D. Aug 25, 2015
Banjo · In studio

5 star EASY!!! Richard was a great teacher. I was a beginner Adult who didn't even know how to tune the thing before having lessons with Richard. Super patient to begin with and he really knows his stuff. Now I'm able to play a couple songs and take what he gave me and build from there. I would highly recommend him for anyone.

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David Z. Jul 3, 2014
Banjo · In home

Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable

Rob H. May 7, 2014
Classical Guitar ·

Professional and patient with kids!

Mr. Richard, as we call him, has been fantastic with my 7 year old son. His early recommendations maximized my son's guitar interaction and the visible (audible?) progress being made actively encourages practice at home.

Mr. Richard is able to give simplified homework that my son can understand. As opposed to "practice for 20 minutes per day", Mr. Richard was able to identify what works with my son's personality and established practice criteria that was much more effective.

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Cristina I. Mar 11, 2014
Drum ·

Great lessons

I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time.

Brett F. Feb 21, 2014
Drum ·

Developing passion for music

Richard is doing a wonderful job at developing a passion for musical instruments with my 6 year old son!

Kristopher (Kris) M. May 4, 2013
Banjo ·

Excellent First Day

Thank you Richard for a first day's great experience. Hope it will continue with your new Banjo

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