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.
I've been teaching music for 15 yrs on guitar, piano, bass, cello and bass. My students have ranged from from 5yrs to 75yrs of age. I have seen many student go on to join orchestras, bands, broadway shows or simply continued their education to a university or college. Being able to read music profeciently has given me the opportunity to teach off many method books but like to use Alfred Method, Mel Bay and Frederick Noad Method books. I teach many styles ranging from classical, jazz & blues, rock, contemporary and pop. I do stress and recommend all my students to learn how to read music and usually by our second or third lesson they will playing simple songs. I am here to help you make music!
Knowing that you are looking for a instructor to teach you music puts a smile on my face. You see, music has been a part of my life since the age of 3. Some of my first memories are of me accompanying my father at home with his rehearsals or just singing together to have fun as a family. I believe music is a gift that unites people together bringing out our deepest emotions that words cannot express. At the age of 5 I received an organ and from that point on I embarked on a long life journey to indulge and learn more about music. In elementary, junior high and high school I was involved in an
y subject dealing with music. I joined school choirs, orchestras, bands, marching bands, jazz bands, musicals you name it. While enjoying all school music activities I was selected to join in honor county and state orchestras and choirs. In junior high and high school I was selected to play for the Junior Pacific Symphony Orchestra, received scholarships to music summer camps, and was selected musician of the year. In college my quest continued with the Orange Coast College Orchestra, Praise Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard University Orchestra as well as guitar ensembles and college choir groups. I've also taken private lessons from Dr. Art David (Julliard graduate) in stand up bass as well as David Black (Pacific Symphony Orchestra) and classical guitar with Richard Glenn and David Murray. I've been teaching now for 15 years in guitar, classical guitar, bass guitar, stand up bass,cello, piano and voice ranging from 5 yr old to 65 yr old. My styles of music range from classical, jazz, rock, blues and contemporary. At this point I'm enjoying playing and singing in my church choir and worship team as well as teaching my two kids the joys of music. I hope you truly enjoy the joy of learning music whether it be through me or another teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher I require all students to set time aside to practice. For without it, it is only wasting your time, your money and my time. I don't expect a total dedication to it but I do want to see some effort put into it. A little practice can go a long way and the more you do it, the faster you will progress and the more you will enjoy it. We will first start off with what you want out of music and the level you are at and go from there. Student can bring their own music either thru tabs, music sheet or just by ear but one thing I do expect is a student to learn how to read music notation. We will go thru the regular warm up exercises, material practiced during the week and any new music for the following week. Correct techniques in how to hold your instrument or voice procedures will be addressed. Music theory will also be part of the lesson as well as ear training. At the end of either 3 to 6 months you will have learned the basics of music and will be playing songs for you or someone else to enjoy. I will make it a total relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere but some dedication has to put on the students' part.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated music room, guitar both classical and electric, piano, cello, upright bass and electric bass guitar
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my own instrument. I can also provide music stand, small amplifier if needed and music material for the first few lesson until student provides for him/her self. Student must have own instrument.
*** Specialties *** My way of teaching would have to be that they must learn how to read music while learning how to play an instrument.
Sirena August 25, 2015
I have been taking piano lessons for quite some time now, but Mr. Omar has taught me foundational skills that I never learned before. He has filled "gaps" in my 'Music Theory' and helps me make sense of it all. He is very patient with me, and encourages me to keep trying. I don't feel as stressed or pressured as I did with previous music teachers. I think he is very kind & fun, and I highly recommend him.
Michael August 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Mr. Omar has been my music instructor for over a year. I have learned so much! I can now play the acoustic guitar and am now starting with electric as well. I am 12 years old, and I am comfortable playing guitar in front of others. He is fun and very encouraging, and I recommend him.
Mike & Sylvia August 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Omar is a great music teacher! We love that he is able to come to our home for lessons, plus he is flexible when we have to reschedule due to doctors appointments. He is very knowledgeable & talented in different instruments. He is currently giving our daughter piano lessons and our son guitar lessons once a week. They enjoy his patient, fun, and low key style vs feeling pressured or nervous. Our children are learning so much from him and feel confident in their new skills -enough to perform in front of others. His prices are very reasonable, and we feel very blessed to have him as our children's music instructor. We highly recommend him!
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
tips 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!
Ellen Schippert July 3, 2015
Online Verified Student
Alex is an excellent teacher. While he is a very accomplished musician he communicates in ways I can understand as a beginner. He quickly identifies areas I need to work on and both shows and tells me how to do that. He encourages questions as well as creativity that builds on the basics. He makes good use of the lesson time and is very encouraging. I can easily take what I learn in the lesson and practice it on my own. I look forward to my next lesson!
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...
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
Kevin H. August 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
William is a wonderful guitar teacher. He is very patient and knowledgeable. He works well with our 14 year old. We would highly recommend him!
Trisha B. August 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We absolutely love William. He is so good with our granddaughter. She looks forward to each lesson.
julie S. August 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
6 years college classical guitar experience. Many performances and recording projects. This style of guitar is one of my expertise.
I started taking guitar lessons at 12 years old. At 17 I began studying classical guitar. To prepare for musical studies in college I began advanced theory and composition lessons with Dr. Simon Andrews at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music. I decided to stay near home for college and I was admitted and graduated from Millersville University in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Music Performance. I auditioned at the University of Redlands here in Redlands, CA, and in 2012 I began my Master in Music degree at the U of R. My experience with music at the University of Redlands was phenomenal. I studied
classical and jazz guitar, assisted in guitar ensemble rehearsals, sang in the University Choir, and did extensive research of 20th century music. I now attend Claremont Graduate University pursuing my PhD in Musicology while performing and teaching guitar all over the IE and beyond. Check out my bandcamp page: (kennycotich.bandcamp.com) and my Facebook page: (facebook.com/kennycotich).
Rene M. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Learning from Kenny has been an awesome experience. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in both a variety of singing and guitar styles, but his down-to-earth personality creates a really comfortable environment. I've never been a singer in any shape or form, so the stress-free atmosphere has been key to me opening up and becoming confident in my ability. I've only been taking lessons for a couple months now and can already hear a huge difference in the pitch and strength of my singing. With the guitar, our focus has been learning music theory and correct playing positions. Before the lessons I had been playing guitar for a while, but I still feel like I've learned more in the past two months then I have in the past few years. I'm really looking forward to starting the new year with this teacher, and moving closer to my goal of being a singer/songwriter.
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jorge
"Excellent teacher! He is helping me with tempo and have taught me new ways of playing the guitar. He cares about hands position in the guitar in order to
play the guitar in a comfortable and efficient way. Also, he tells you what you are doing wrong in a very subtle way. You can tell he really enjoys teaching people how to play guitar remembering the basics and showing anyone can play guitar with practice, dedication and passion."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Tod
"We couldn't be happier with Michael. His passion and expertise are what you'd want from a teacher (clarinet + guitar), but beyond this, he's a kind, patie
nt man who really took the effort to reach my son outside of just the lesson. This made a huge difference when it comes to keeping my son engaged.
Considering lessons? Go with Michael."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Katrina
"Last year, I took beginner Classical Guitar Lessons from Emmanuel and he was so helpful. He taught me tricks on how to remember the notes and frets. He
also taught me a Weezer Song which inspired me to keep on playing with the strings and cords. Thank you for all the help!"
Honolulu, HI teacher:
Review by Audie
"I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Michelle
"Joel has been an EXCELLENT teacher! He is perceptive and very good at reading his student. He knows how to make them feel comfortable with whatever level
they are at. He is extremely patient and encouraging. Joel knows how to inspire his students. The time in the lesson flies by quickly and the student walks out feeling very good about their progress, anxious to practice what they have learned and looking forward to the next lesson."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Blake
"Best teacher I've had to date. Patient, articulate, prepared, and extremely knowledgeable. I progressed more in 6 months with Dylan than I had in the 4
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Omar
"Stefano is a phenomenal young guitar teacher with excellent rates for private lessons.
I must say that since my son, Richard (12 years old) started ta
king classes with Stefano, he has learned to play the guitar properly. As a trumpet player and High School teacher of 18 years myself, I wanted to my son to not only play chords (which is how many guitar teachers teach) but also to play classical music as well as rock and most importantly to learn to read musical notes. My son is very happy to be taking classes with Stefano, to the the extent that he looks forward for the next class as opposed to other teachers he has had in the past. Stefano's professionalism, ethics, and kindness are superb. He is a natural teacher with teaching skills that will go very far as a guitar instructor while making students feel comfortable while learning. He has an eye to catch all the kinds of mistakes my son makes, whether they are from sitting, holding the guitar to actually playing. He is patient, always taking his time and follows up with an emails with the lessons covered and even with suggestions for my son to follow up with during practices. I could not be happier with Stefano as my son's guitar teacher . We are so are so fortunate to have found this young man through takelessons.com. The suggestions from takelessons.com counselor were on point!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Teresa
"Paulo is an amazing teacher, and can easily adapt to any situation. He is very talented, very comprehensive, patient and kind. He always thinks on differe
nt ways to get the best of you in every lesson."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by John
"I have known John Demas for more than 30 years; he is an excellent guitarist, world-class on the Greek bouzouki, and a terrific teacher. For anyone within
the greater Tampa Bay area, he is probably the best choice for a teacher."