Scott Fitzpatrick

Scott F.

Burbank, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Depending on the interests of the student I can cover a wide variety of playing styles. However, all students learn proper left hand technique and basic musicianship (reading, ear training) as well as a composition-focused approach to music theory to get students writing their own songs quickly.
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Scott teaches



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

Teaching since:

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska where I made my living teaching music to, I moved south in search of warmer climates over 6 years ago. Utilizing a diverse musical background and a deep knowledge of theory I strive to provide my students with a unique and tailored lesson plan to help them realize their wildest musical dreams.

As a songwriter and performer for over 20 years I have worked with punk bands, jazz bands, traditional Irish folk bands, psychedelic jazz punk, and as a solo classical performer including performing with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and for the world famous Romero family during their Anchorage masterclass.

As a composer and a professional in the entertainment business I have worked for Warner Music in their engineering department for 5 years, learning the insides of the music business. Have studied under professional composers both at UCLA and privately, interned with Hans Zimmer, and am also currently assisting on a Netflix show for Dreamworks Animation.

My students can expect to learn classical technique and composition, as well as the genres that interest them the most. Let’s make music fun together!

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Freelance Music Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present
Total Music Lessons

Teaching music (guitar, piano, composition) to a variety of clients in their homes throughout Los Angeles and Anchorage, Alaska.

Oct 2016 - Nov 2016
Remote Control - Hans Zimmer

I was selected as an intern to work at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control company for a standard 6 week term. There I got to sit in with composers and engineers as they worked in many different capacities from sampling, mixing, composing, mastering, and recording - learning a lot about what it takes to create music for today's blockbuster movies.

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Video Engineer
Feb 2011 - Mar 2016
Craigman Digital - Warner Music

I worked as a mastering engineer for Warner Music's archive department through the company Craigman Digital. There I made the master versions of over 4000 music videos and concert specials for use in online distribution and archiving - including music editing mastered versions to replace audio from old archive videos that were being re-released. There I was exposed to music from all over the world and met and interacted with many of the people who work behind the scenes to make it happen.

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Music Teacher
Oct 2008 - Dec 2009
Anchorage Music and Dance Center

There I taught guitar primarily as well as piano to a wide range of students. Held bi-annual recitals and helped prepare students for high school auditions and college entrance theory exams.


Film Scoring
Aug 2015 - Oct 2016
UCLA Extension
Jan 2005 - Dec 2009
University of Alaska, Anchorage


Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Nov 2009

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.

Society of Composers and Lyricists
Sep 2009

The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

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Photos & Videos

Music video for a solo electronic piece I composed and recorded from the project AKLA.
Live performance of an arrangement I made of an old Misfits tune "She" for the psychedelic jazz band Around Midnight.
Performance of an arrangement of a song from Tales from Earthsea on classical guitar.
My dumb face

Conducting a group of 22 world class musicians in the famous East West Studios in Hollywood - in the same room Frank Sinatra recorded.

Performing for a wedding in the mountains near Big Bear
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6 Reviews

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Shelly Mar 17, 2017

Scott has such a passion, knowledge and love for music and it shows in everything he does. He is also patient and genuinely enjoys helping others fulfill their potential and reach their goals. He never ceases to amaze me.

Penny Mar 15, 2017
Music Theory · Online

Scott tutored me in music theory online and I believe it was his clear and thorough explanations of a wide range of theoretical concepts which helped me not only pass but excel in this area of my music degree. I highly recommend his tutoring services to anyone struggling in this area of music.

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Renee Mar 12, 2017
· In studio

Scott is extremely talented and passionate about music, the impact it has on people, and it's legacy.

Angie Mar 12, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · Online

Scott is a masterful teacher. He has the ability to listen and understand where his students’ learning curves are and adjust his lessons accordingly. He can teach at a level appropriate for each student and keep an interesting lesson each week. Scott is also quite creative in composing! I highly recommend him.

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Jeff Mar 12, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

A few years back I hired Scott to teach me guitar. He was awesome instructor and taught me a good base of knowledge to continue growing as a Hobbie player. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone looking for guitar lessons.

Dan Mar 12, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

If you are looking to take your playing to the next level, Scott is the perfect choice for instruction. He is a master at all things guitar and a true talent. I have played with Scott a few times now and I always leave motivated to keep practicing. His calm demeanor and easy going style, inspires confidence and his technical mastery of his instrument, will keep you coming back to learn more.

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