Ryan Heenan

Ryan H.

Newport Beach, CA

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Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
June 2002

Music and teaching are my two life passions. I have been teaching music for over 10 years and playing for over 15. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended Newport Harbor High School. Upon graduating, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied Guitar and Music Business.

After graduating from Berklee, I received my Early Childhood Teacher Certification and worked as both a preschool and toddler teacher in addition to teaching music lessons. I am experienced with all age levels from the youngest children to the oldest adults. I make learning music a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone!

*** Lesson Details ***
The ultimate goal of our lessons together is to accomplish YOUR goals. There is a reason why you are drawn to music. Maybe it's songwriting. Maybe you want to become the best guitar player in the world. Maybe you want your child to learn a skill they'll have the rest of their life. Whatever it may be, we'll work together to accomplish it...and have a lot of fun along the way!

Because every student is different, there is no one set way to teach a lesson. Each lesson will be geared specifically toward you. If your main goal is to learn songs, we will work on techniques that will build up your skill set to give you the necessary tools to learn songs. Whatever your goal is we'll find a way to get you there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
250 Square foot carpeted studio with private entrance and parking lot. Seating available for parents. There are guitars you can borrow/use

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide all equipment if necessary. I would prefer the student have amplification if they plan an electric instrument

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in all genre's on the guitar. I studied primarily jazz, fusion, and country while at Berklee but prefer playing and teaching rock and acoustic/folk music. In addition to playing I have also studied both classical and jazz theory at the highest level.

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Bachelor of Music
Sep 2003 - May 2007
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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6 Reviews

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Laura L. Oct 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Ryan is an engaging instructor whose flexible teaching style can meet the needs of students at any level. I can read music, but knew nothing about guitar. He set me up for success from the very beginning and presents enough challenge and encouragement to keep me going. He is personable, friendly, helpful. It's easy to see why he works so well with everyone, from kids to seniors!

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Connie P. Feb 12, 2014
Ukulele ·

Excellent and patient teacher!

Ryan is a very talented musician and is able to share that through his teaching. He is very articulate and patient during each lesson, which I especially appreciate. And he pays attention to what your personal goals might be and the type of music that you like. I look forward to my weekly Monday night lessons with Ryan! It gets my week off to a fun start!

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Tony S. Jan 25, 2014
Guitar ·

Ryan is the best!

I've been taking lessons from Ryan for over a year now and have nothing but good things to say about him! Always friendly and well prepared for every lesson. He is super helpful, patient and flexible in his teaching style, He makes every lesson fun and worth while. You can't go wrong!

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Sharon Z. Jul 10, 2013
Ukulele ·

Ryan is an excellent music teacher; knowledgable and patient

I am 60+ and used to play the guitar 40 years ago. I needed to learn to play 3 songs on the ukelele to get ready for a sailing trip with friends who were also learning to play the ukelele. We had 3 specific songs and Ryan helped me accomplish this goal in 4 lessons!! He helped me learn variations of different chords and strums to make it easier for me to accomplish my goals! This has been a fun experience and I would highly recommend Ryan as an excellent teacher!

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Dave O. Mar 4, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

Ryan is a great teacher,period.

I'm a senior citizen and just started taking beginning guitar lessons with Ryan. I have rather high ambitions as I would like to play both classical music and jazz on a nylon stringed classical guitar.

Ryan understands exactly what I need to know and what to teach me to reach my goals. I am confident that through his teaching, that I will achieve my objective. All it takes is study and practice on my part.

He has great communication skills and a great personality to go along with is knowledge of music theory and its application on a guitar.

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Bhupinder S. Aug 24, 2012

Excellent teacher

I started lessons just to learn a few techniques but Ryan has really made this fun and easy. I am very happy with the way he teaches and am learning more than I expected. He is easy to talk to and fun to work with.
I would recommend him to everyone.

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