James is a recent graduate who received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in education at Cal Poly Pomona. While at Cal Poly Pomona he was the Director of the Bronco Pep Band, a student conductor for the Concert Band, and also performed with many ensembles including the Jazz Band, Latin/Salsa Band, and the Songwriter Showcase.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back person that believes in the philosophy of "Learn by doing". To me mistakes are not to be shunned but are to be reflected upon in order to improve and develop.
Students will learn to be patient when playing
music as all things take time. Rome was not built in a day. My students will learn to be versatile musicians with knowledge in theory and musicianship.
After spending time with me students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of music theory and be capable of sight reading basic material. More advanced students will be able to improvise using scales and be able to master the fundamentals of their instrument or their voice.
*** Specialties *** Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Songwriting, Brass Instruments
Wayne L. November 28, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Great Music Teacher!
James is teaching my daughter how to play the guitar. I'm really pleased with the progress my daughter is making as a result of James' teaching. He knows his guitar and many other facets of music! He is also patient and can properly explain concepts in a way that is easily understood. When it was time for my daughter to buy her own guitar and accessories, James was very helpful with recommendations. He is very professional and has a friendly personality. His influence in my daughter's life has heightened her enthusiasm for both playing the guitar and music in general.
Christina R. September 7, 2012 Verified Student
James R. has Great teaching skills, very knowledgeable and friendly.
My son is 8yrs. old. He has taken 3 classes thus far. He is very excited and motivated after each class taught by James R. He is thrilled to show us what he has learned. He leaves each class with a positive attitude. Well worth every penny.
marisol V. August 27, 2012
Piano Verified Student
James is an excellent teacher. My daughter has been taking piano lessons from James and she has learned so much in just a few months. He has great communication skills and has a gift for teaching. I have recommend him and I will continue to recommend him to other future music students.
In the classical guitar lesson sequence, we will first focus on basic techniques such as holding the instrument (yes, believe it or not it is different for classical), hand position, and finger fluidity. We will also work on sight reading, scales, and etudes.
I am a composer living in Redlands, CA. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Music in composition at the University of Redlands. Prior to this, I received my Bachelors in Music at the University of SC (that's right, the "other" USC). There, I studied classical guitar under Christopher Berg and composition under John Fitz Rogers. I've been teaching guitar, audio engineering, and composition for 3 years. I have also tutored music theory.
Sara J. July 15, 2014
Sean is the music theory graduate assistant at the University of Redlands and is extremely knowledgeable about the subject. He is also a great composer and plays multiple instruments. I would highly recommend him as a music teacher or tutor.
Trained and educated (MM) in Russia and USA, over 20 years experience in teaching. Individual approach to the course development based on student personality, goals, skills.
Major instruments are piano, classical guitar, accordion. Student must have own instrument and desire to learn!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe many of my students enjoy my class and are able to achieve a higher skill level because I make it a point to personally motivate them. I give them personalized goals to reach and/or tailored practice techniques.Based on response, I may offer words of encouragement or tip
s such as how to ease sore muscles or an alternative way to execute a technique they are finding extra difficult.
I make it a point to not just teach music grammar and/or fundamentals of music, but to include the importance of the sound of music strategies to enhance their skill development.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Clavinova, piano Classical guitar "Takamine" Accordion "Gullietti"
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional Russian School all styles and genres. Levels: beginner through advanced!
Celine V. June 1, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated guitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth.
Dede R. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Alex is wonderfulâ¦he has such a feeling for music and being sure his pupils learn properlyâ¦one important thing that impressed meâ¦he asked me a very good question, "do you want to learn easily or do you want to struggle learning?"â¦I have long nails and he explained when hitting the keys, it is very difficult to hold the wrist and hit the key properlyâ¦.so I have filed my nails downâ¦LOLâ¦.because I want to learn piano easily and most importantly learn the proper etiquette when playing.. He is a great teacher..and he teaches with passion...
Dede R. December 10, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Love of Music
Had my first lesson with Alex and it was great. He started out showing me what the different symbols mean and the notes. I am so glad he is teaching me how to read music, its very important. Its all very basic now but feel with knowledge of the basics it will help me understand future lessons easilyâ¦..looking forward to my next lessonâ¦..in the meantime, drawing the Cleff, Notes and Staffs to be sure I understand, per his instructionsâ¦Love it!
Take classical guitar lessons with me and you learn proper sitting position, fingerpicking technique and how to read music notation. Advanced students will work on building repertoire and performance practice.
I am a guitarist, composer and teacher specializing in classical guitar and Latin American music. I have loved music for all of my life and my primary expression of that love is playing guitar. I currently teach private guitar lessons, lecture at San Bernardino Valley College and work as a freelance performer in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area.
I began my study of music at the age of thirteen when I taught myself how to play folk, rock and blues guitar. Though, to be honest, I didn't just teach myself. I had many friends who played guitar who would show me songs or correct mi
stakes in the songs I had learned from the internet. I remember thinking that music had a special ability to bring people together, and I became determined to understand what exactly it was that gave music that power. I began my formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I studied guitar, music appreciation and music theory. In 2002 I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.
I majored in classical guitar at the UC Santa Cruz, but I also pursued a variety of other musical interests including Balinese Gamelan, jazz improvisation and North Indian classical music. It was fascinating to learn how different cultures thought of music and how participating in music is so often linked with the formation of community. I also learned a lot about the history of Western music. I studied the lute and performed the works of Scarlatti, Bach and Handel with the UC Santa Cruz Early Music Consort. I also was a member of the UC Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which performed experimental contemporary music. I loved performing with all the different ensembles and becoming familiar with music from different times in history and different places in the world. In 2004, during my last year of college, I began working as a freelance guitar instructor in Santa Cruz.
In April of 2005 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance performer and guitar teacher. I studied guitar with Dr. Emre Sabuncuoglu at the Los Angeles Guitar Academy and eventually became an associate instructor there. At that time, I was also teaching guitar, piano and songwriting at a studio called All Access Musician located in the San Fernando Valley.
In Fall of 2007 I began working towards my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at Riverside. While at Riverside, I studied and performed the music of the Peruvian Andes, early lute music and Brazilian choro. I had always loved Latin American music, but this was the first time I had been regularly performing it with large ensembles. The rhythm, the dance and the singing of Andean music captivated me in a way I never thought it could. I also began to recognize the rhythmic complexity of all Brazilian music at this time and became very interested in choro, samba and bossa nova.
During my time at UC Riverside I was awarded three fellowships from the Gluck Fellows Program, which allowed me to give free public concerts and lectures in schools, libraries and assisted living homes. It gave me great joy to see children in the community fascinated with the music I performed for them and actually being interested in hearing about 16th century Germany or the Peruvian Andes. After two wonderful and painstaking years, I received my Masters of Music in December of 2009.
Currently I work as a freelance classical guitarist for weddings, receptions and festivals. My classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. I am a founding member of Kusisqa: The Riverside Andean Music Ensemble. We performed for hundreds of people at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival. I also collaborate with many local musicians performing nueva cancion, jazz, classical music and original compositions.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that playing an instrument should be a source of joy in one's life. Playing music is one of the most enriching experiences life has to offer. Every single person on this Earth has the inherent skills necessary to play music, but learning how to express yourself with an instrument is no simple task. It requires a great deal of discipline, focus and intent to realize the music that you want to play. But fear not: YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Too often people think of music as something genetic, that you are either predisposed to be a good musician or you aren't. I know from personal experience that this is simply not true. All great musicians became great because they have the discipline, focus and intent to realize the music they want to play. My lessons are designed to give you the skills necessary to make the music YOU want to.
I recognize that every musician is an individual and I want to help you express your individuality through music. Everyone has their own style and tastes, especially when it comes to the music they like and want to make. Whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll (or classical, or emo, or metal, or grunge...) I can help you make the music you want to. I will help you establish your musical goals and set you on a path towards achieving them.
You also must realize that in order to achieve your musical goals, there are some important fundamentals you need to know. For instance, it is vital that a musician be able to physically manipulate their instrument efficiently and effortlessly. Other skills like knowing how to tune and care for your instrument, how to count rhythms and how to practice music are absolutely crucial for you to be successful in reaching your personal musical goals. My first goal as your teacher is to help you master these fundamentals so you have the skills to learn the music YOU want to.
I have taught literally hundreds of students of all ages over the past six years and my students have a very high success rate. Most of my students play in a recital within the first three months of lessons. All of my students who have been studying with me for more than six months have learned dozens of songs and many have begun performing at open mics, concerts and festivals.
Within the first month of lessons you will be able to play simple songs like Skip to My Lou, Amazing Grace or You Are My Sunshine. You will learn to read music notation, which will give you the ability to look-up and learn songs from the internet. By the second month of lessons you will have mastered the basics and progress to more advanced songs! By the third month you will have solid technique, strong music reading skills and you will start choose the songs you want to learn!
My advanced students, usually those who have been studying with me for six months or more, will choose songs they would like to work on. At this stage I often begin to cover special topics with my students depending on their particular musical interests. Some examples of special topics I've worked on with my students are music theory, ear training, harmony singing, composition, songwriting and preparation for the collegiate study of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, 88-key weighted and graded keyboard, guitar tuner, metronome, music stands, various percussion and wind instruments
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, guitar tuner, metronome, music stand
*** Specialties *** classical guitar, Latin American music, composition, music theory
Nichole A. January 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
He's upbeat and professional as well as multi-talented.
Trisha B. October 26, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My grand daughter feels so comfortable with William. She loves going to her lessons
Seth May 14, 2014
Extremely helpful, informative, and overall Great feedback. 5 stars for sure
My name is Sean B. I teach all styles of guitar. I mainly focus on the general basics of the guitar while exploring different styles that utilize those techniques. Each lesson is tailored to each student's level and needs.
I have an Associates of Arts in Music from Mt. San Jacinto Community College and I'm currently in the process of obtaining my Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance with an emphasis in classical guitar from Cal State San Bernardino.
I look forward in meeting you, Sean
Robert D. July 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Sean is always on time for the lessons and is very polite. He is very knowledgeable about playing guitar and guides you through the lessons.
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Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Celine
"Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated g
uitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Jose
"Classical Guitar with Raymond is the best
I have been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for almost two years. I have enjoyed the lessons tremendously an
d have improved my playing. Raymond is a very patient teacher and is able to effectively communicate his ideas on how I can improve."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
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Review by Anthony
"KJ is a great teacher to work with any skill level. From teaching the core of the instrument to polishing up a piece for a concert, KJ can provide the in
struction to help you get the most out of your instrument."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Paul
"Been a student of Josh's for a few months now and feel very fortunate to have found him. His attention to detail, continuity between sessions, and obviou
s broad knowledge base are a few of the elements making this a very rewarding learning experience. I am learning to read music, understand music theory, and develop technique. I have very much looked forward to each lesson which Josh takes the time and effort to build upon with clear assignments and follow up. Josh is highly personable, professional and supportive. I highly recommend Josh."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Alex is a great teacher! He is very knowledgeable and friendly when it comes to the lessons. Alex also helps make things fun which keeps my little one eng