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

Teaching since:
May 2005

What I Teach:
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginning Piano, Improvisation, Music Theory. Music Recording, Songwriting, Composition, Film scoring, Orchestration

About Me:
I was raised in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, California and began studying classical piano at the age of six. During my formative years, I was accepted into the citywide honor Orchestra as a clarinetist and later performed jazz guitar with the Loyala Marrymount Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Buddy Collette.

I studied Jazz Composition and Guitar Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, under the department chair and later went on to complete my studies in classical composition, ethnomusicology and theory at UC Berkeley.

I am a talented composer and arranger of orchestral and commercial music, and work in film scoring, producing and audio engineering when I'm not teaching music. My recent credits include a number of intriguing short films including “Threshold,” Directed by Rouzbeh Rakhsha. This international, art house gem received its second premier at the Cannes Short Film Festival in 2012.

"Stunning, like liquid mercury" has been the description of my guitar performance. I have performed at such well-known LA jazz venues as Billy Higgins's The World Stage, Fifth Street Dicks and the Watts Summer Festival. I also enjoy playing rock, heavy metal music funk and teach private and group lessons.

I have donated my time to teaching free guitar lessons to under-served kids and perform regularly in church worship groups.

I hold an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from WLAC and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from UC Berkeley and teach both private and group lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Beginning Piano, Improvisation, Music Theory. Music Recording, Songwriting, Composition, Film scoring, Orchestration

For beginner students I use Mel Bay and Hall Leonard books. I use Berklee's Guitar Method books for intermediate and advanced students, along with a myriad of other books and materials.

You should have your own instrument; I can supply the amplification if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2 Fender practice amps
2 Electric guitars
1 Acoustic guitar

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Experience

Music Teacher
Apr 2014 - Present
Music Land School of Music

-Instructing private lessons in guitar and ukulele to kids and adults of all ages. Participate in student recitals.

Music Teacher
Nov 2013 - Present
Galina's Music Studio

-Entrusted with instructing private and group guitar, ukulele, bass and music composition classes to kids and adults. Mentor, shape and motivate students and develop engaging, personal and inspiring lesson plans.

Music Teacher
Jul 2013 - Jun 2014
From The Heart Music

- Entrusted with teaching private and group music lessons to elementary school children at various after-school music programs throughout the South San Francisco Bay Area during the 2013-2014 school year. Mentor, shape and motivate students and develop engaging, personal and inspiring lesson plans. Facilitate and take part in student recitals and school music assemblies.

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Music Teacher/Instructor
Jul 2006 - Dec 2008
La Habra Music Center

- Entrusted with instructing private music lessons to adults and children of all ages. Coordinated lesson scheduling and contacted parents. Mentored, shaped and motivated students and developed engaging, personal and inspiring lesson plans.

Music teacher/Instructor
Sep 2005 - Dec 2008
Bellflower Music Center

- Entrusted with instructing private music lessons to adults and children of all ages. Coordinated lesson scheduling and contacted parents. Mentored, shaped and motivated students and developed engaging, personal and inspiring lesson plans.

Substitute Music Teacher
May 2005 - Jan 2006
Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts

- Entrusted with instructing private music lessons to adults and children of all ages. Mentored, shaped and motivated students and developed engaging, personal and inspiring lesson plans.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Jan 2009 - Sep 2011
University of California, Berkeley
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jan 2005 - Jun 2008
West Los Angeles College, Culver City
Audio Engineering & Film Scoring
Jan 2001 - Jan 2002
Long Beach College, Long Beach
Jazz Composition, Improvisation & Performance
Jan 1987 - Sep 1989
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA

Awards

The David and Diana Menn Prize in Performing Arts
Jun 2011
University of California Berkeley

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2000

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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