Todd Ruiz

Todd R.

Bellevue, WA

Lesson Details



Todd delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
October 2007

I have a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Cal State Northridge. I come from a background of instrumental guitar where rock, metal, classical and jazz are my specialties. I believe that music should take you on a journey and that it begins with your first lesson and your first note.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individual and are built upon the student’s needs and goals. Concepts of rhythm, theory, repertoire, technique and musicality are discussed during the lessons. Patience, encouragement and fun are stressed at all times.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons take place in a separate music room. I provide all the accessories to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide amp, music stand, Materials. Student provides the Electric/ Acoustic guitar. I have two or more steel and nylon string guitars for use.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Metal, Classical, Jazz, Flamenco.

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Bachelors of Music Classical Guitar Performance
Sep 1998 - Present
California State University Northridge
Bachelors of Music Classical Guitar Performance
Sep 1998 - Present
California State University Northridge
Bachelors of Music Classical Guitar
Sep 1998 - Jun 2001
Cal State Northridge

Photos & Videos

Student playing "A Thousand Years"


6 Reviews

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Audie M. Apr 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!

Gayathri R. Oct 29, 2014
Guitar · In home

Todd has been teaching my 14 year old son for several months now. I have to say he has kept my son's interest in the instrument and tailoring teaching to his interest perfectly. Todd is very pleasant and accommodating to my family's scheduling needs. I would recommend him highly!

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Jerelyn K. Jun 18, 2014
Guitar · In home

My daughter has been taking lessons from Tod since last December. He is patient and encouraging with her and she enjoys her lessons. He lets her pick the music she wants to play while ensuring she is learning the fundamentals of reading music.

Jyoti K. Feb 12, 2014
Guitar ·

Todd is an excellent Guitar Teacher.

My daughter has been taking Guitar lessons with Todd since last month. She is very happy with the lessons. Todd lets her chose what she wants to play and at the same time he is developing her overall and basic skills in playing the instrument, in a very encouraging and delightful way. She is certainly learning a lot, under Todd's able guidance.

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Macy F. Dec 7, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

Todd is an awesome teacher!!

My 15 year-old son started lessons with Todd a few months ago. Todd is excellent with him and Ben has learned so much, so fast. When I pick Ben up at the end of the lesson, he and Todd are in there jamming away. Todd is never rushed and always gives Ben things to work on that are appropriate for a 15 year-old. Todd asks Ben what he wants to work on. They look it up and go for it. Ben loves bass and practices every day because he enjoys it so much.

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Kurt S. May 4, 2013
Flamenco Guitar ·

Excellent teacher

I've been taking lessons with Todd for about 2 months. I'm 30 and hadn't taken guitar lessons before. I had piano lessons with many teachers growing up; some were good and some were poor. Todd is definitely a great teacher.

I didn't start as an absolute beginner and Todd has done a great job harnessing my existing skills to help me improve. I chose Todd because I'm interested in classical and flamenco. Todd is very skilled in both.

He's knowledgeable and professional and always provides a pressure-free environment where I can learn quickly. He's laid-back but never misses an opportunity to correct me if I'm doing something wrong. He adds comments on each week to keep a clear line of communication so I always know what we've done and where we're headed.

In the short time I've been with Todd, I can see a huge difference in my playing. I would definitely recommend Todd as a teacher to anyone.

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