Rodrigo Rodriguez Diaz

Rodrigo R.

Long Beach, CA
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Lesson Details

Mandolin

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
melodic and rhythmic mandolin.
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About

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

Teaching since:
September 1986

With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
Let's work together...

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed.

*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms

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Experience

Pianist
Apr 2010 - Present
Saint Lucy Church

Religious music pianist at Catholic Church.

Music director
Jul 2009 - Present
Mariachi Romanza

Not only your traditional Mariachi, but much more. We combine jazz standards, oldies, flamenco, Andes music, etc.

Music teacher
Apr 1986 - Present
Private lessons

More than 27 years of teaching experience.

Education

Associates Degree
Apr 2004 - Jun 2007
El Camino College, Torrance CA
Associates in Music
Jan 2003 - Dec 2006
El Camino College
Peruvian guitar
Mar 2001 - Mar 2002
Ciro Hurtado
Professional Technician
Jan 1992 - Mar 1994
Escuela de Música Martell

Languages

English
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Using Music to enhance learning in your classroom
Apr 2002
Bureau of Education and Research

Grades P-3

Awards

Mariachi World Record
Jul 2013
Guiness World Records
Music Faculty Scholarship
May 2006
El Camino College, Torrance CA
Music Faculty Scholarship
May 2005
El Camino College, Torrance CA
Scholastic Excellence
Apr 2005
The National Scholars Honor Society

Affiliations

National Association of Music Merchants
Nov 2010

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 1997

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.

Photos & Videos

Specifically didactic material for the ukulele player. Mexican music. Mariachi Romanza, Kala ukuleles.
in Spanish...
Photo by Rodrigo R.

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here with Lionel Richie...  a performance towards the end of 2013

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Currently working with Kala in order to make Mexican music available to ukulele students.

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Before performing with Beck. Here with his dad, who conducted a huge orquestra, David Campbell...
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12 Reviews

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Axel Oct 26, 2017
Ukulele · Online

Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.

Miguel Jul 24, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.

Warren Croft Sep 16, 2016
Accordion · In studio

Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!

Earnest G. Feb 3, 2016
Accordion · Online

Very knowledgeable about music theory and very likeable.

Lalo Campos Nov 11, 2015
Classical Guitar · Online

It was a great lesson I learned a lot and practicing looking forward to my next lesson I'm going to become a regular student

Julie Best Jul 17, 2015
Accordion · In studio

Rodrigo is very musically knowledgable and has great teaching skills.

Joshua N. Jun 7, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Rodrigo is a great instructor, super knowledgeable and an expert musician. Although he is well versed in may styles, we focus on the theory, technique and culture of the Latin forms. Rodrigo is passionate about his craft but easy going and patient. I always look forward to our sessions and highly recommend him as an instructor.

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Frank L. May 27, 2015
Accordion · Online

I had never taken lessons via Skype before, but Rodrigo really did a great job or making the lessons relevant to my interests. He was incredibly knowledgeable and flexible! I would definitely recommend him.

Kyoung K. Dec 10, 2014
Mandolin · In studio

Rodrigo is the best teacher! He has a keen understandings of main concepts of music and showed me the proper postures and fingerings of the instrument. While he was teaching me how to play the instrument, he also introduced me a various genres and styles of music.He is very knowledgeable of music theory such as chord transpositions, terminology, as well as the musical notations. He also was willing to modify the lessons to meet my needs and abilities so that I can be successful. He truly is a multi-talented teacher and very very nice one, too. Most of all, it was so fun to take lessons from him.

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isaac F. Aug 21, 2014
Accordion · In studio

I've only had three lessons with Rodrigo but so far all of them have exceeded my expectations of a music instructor. Rodrigo is a great guy and accordionist. I like how I'm learning music theory along with my instrument because it will help me if I decide to learn more instruments. Thanks Rodrigo!

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Olga R. Jul 25, 2014
Singing · In studio

My daughter has really enjoyed her lessons. We started with four lessons and hope to continue. I really appreciate that Rodrigo is bilingual and can help her learn songs in Spanish and English.

Maria C. May 31, 2014
Singing · In studio

my girls are happy with their teacher.

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