Rodrigo Rodriguez Diaz
Long Beach, CA
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Rodrigo Rodriguez Diaz

Rodrigo R.

Long Beach, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Vihuela, Guitar, Guitarrón.

About Rodrigo R.

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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23 Reviews
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Rodrigo was flexible with my crazy schedule and was always willing to go the extra mile. I have really developed a true love now for the accordion thanks to him.

Posted Aug 17, 2021
Connor Bulakites
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Rodrigo is very knowledgeable and helpful—he helped make many concepts clear to me in only a few lessons. I am excited to practice and continue to improve my playing!

Posted Mar 11, 2021
Mariano S.
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Great first lessons

Posted Jan 27, 2021
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Rodrigo is an excellent instructor! He explains everything thoroughly and makes the accordion less intimidating to play.

Posted Jan 21, 2021
Barbara Judd
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I have been taking accordion lessons from Rodrigo for about 6 months. I had never been successful playing a couple of instruments from long ago. I have now made great progress from Rodrigo's instructions. He helps me understand music theory, reading music, simplifying music, and how to charge my musical working memory. I have long been a collector of music. This is the first time I've felt progress and success.

Posted Jan 16, 2021
Scott ..
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My lessons with Rodrigo were great! He certainly has a solid knowledge about music and how to play it. He’s a nice guy. Very friendly.

Posted Dec 29, 2020
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I am so happy to have this opportunity to review Rodrigo Rodríguez. I have learned so much with him over the several years that I have been studying with him! He has totally transformed my guitar playing and has helped me to achieve my specific goals which are: To learn to play rhythmically with my right hand, to learn the fretboard better so that I can play more advanced songs, and to learn the repertoire of Spanish language music. He is so knowledgeable and talented! I have learned styles and songs from him from many different countries - Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico. In addition to all of that, he is a first rate human being who I feel fortunate to know! So, do yourself a favor and take lessons from him. He is a great teacher!

Posted Sep 4, 2020
Barbara Judd
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Rodrigo is a patient teacher who is a great musician. I have only had one lesson with him, but believe I will make good progress in learning the cajun accordion.

Posted Sep 4, 2020
Daniel M.
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He takes time to explain everything and looking forward to the next lesson

Posted Sep 4, 2020
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My son is a BEGINNER beginner. Rodrigo is a very nice guy and seems to know his stuff very well. I would give him 5 stars but I don't think he realized that my son needed the basic, basic 1st lesson (i.e. how to hold the instrument). We've only attended one session so this is fully based on that one lesson. I'm sure he'll adjust his teaching from here on out.

Posted May 22, 2019
Rosa Rodriguez
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Mr. Rodrigo is a professional, respectful and super patient instructor. I could not made a better choice. I am looking forward to my next class @

Posted May 22, 2018
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Rodrigo is a great teacher, not only an expert musician, but he shares all his knowledge.

Posted Oct 26, 2017
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Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.

Posted Jul 24, 2017
Warren Croft
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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!

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Earnest G.
Profile-location-online Online

Very knowledgeable about music theory and very likeable.

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Lalo Campos
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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

Posted Nov 11, 2015
Julie Best
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Rodrigo is very musically knowledgable and has great teaching skills.

Posted Jul 17, 2015
Joshua N.
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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.

Posted Jun 7, 2015
Frank L.
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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.

Posted May 27, 2015
Kyoung K.
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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.

Posted Dec 10, 2014
isaac F.
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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!

Posted Aug 21, 2014
Olga R.
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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.

Posted Jul 25, 2014
Maria C.
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my girls are happy with their teacher.

Posted May 31, 2014

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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.


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



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Musictherapy Principles
Mar 2021

Divulgación Dinámica. Spain.

With an Excellent Calification. A course of 150 hrs. Seville, Spain. Music therapy, an allied health profession, "is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program." Music therapy is a broad field
Using Music to enhance learning in your classroom
Apr 2002

Bureau of Education and Research

Grades P-3


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


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.

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