Music Lessons

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I've been a teacher for most of my life, ever since I was 19 years old and was hired to teach beginning guitar at Watson's Music in Los Angeles. For me, teaching is an art and a creative process, and a very rewarding one.

There are few things more gratifying than seeing students' eyes light up when they make a new discovery. For me, sharing my musical knowledge and experience is just as important as music itself!

I teach kids, teens and adults of all ages and levels, beginning to advanced, and specialize in:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Singing
  • Songwriting/Arranging
  • Music Theory

I teach primarily in Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad and San Marcos, California. 

My Philosophy

I take a different approach to teaching than many other instructors. I don’t take an academic “note-reading only” approach, and I also don’t believe in just teaching students a few chords so they can memorize a particular pop tune. 

While I use traditional methods in my teaching, I’ve developed my own unique systems that incorporate visual, auditory and tactile ways of learning. Reading music is great, but too often I see people get boxed in and “stuck” just replicating notes on a two-dimensional page rather than really learning to hear, feel and play music. 

I bring aspects of music theory into almost all my lessons. Some people run screaming at the words “music theory,” but it is not as complex as people think! Music theory is not rocket science. Instead, it’s like a road map to help each musician travel to new destinations. My teaching methods make music theory simple to understand and learn—just like reading a map. 

I also emphasize using good technique in playing an instrument, but again, developing speed and dexterity is only a piece of learning to play music. Understanding phrasing and rhythm and time are extremely important, too. In essence, I take a very holistic approach in my teaching. 

Finally, while my teaching methods are designed to accelerate your learning, I will also try to nudge and push and challenge you beyond your “comfort zone” so you can truly make meaningful strides toward your musical goals. Learning is not always easy! It is also a challenge, but in my opinion it’s a very worthwhile challenge and one that can and will bring you many amazing moments of joy. At least, that is what I have experienced in my own life and what I hope to share with you!

Lesson Rates

My lessons are a minimum 1 hour long because I find that is the minimum time needed for students to be able to make meaningful progress in what they’re learning and make any travel time to the lesson worthwhile. (I can offer shorter lessons for younger children.)  

My rates are:

  • 1-hour lesson: $45
  • 1.5-hour lesson: $55
  • 2-hour lesson: $65

I can come to your house, or you can come to mine. (Depending on the distance, a $10 travel fee may apply.) When giving lessons to children I require that a parent or designated caretaker age 18 or older be present.

Booking a Lesson

For more information or to schedule a lesson, please email me your name, phone number and what kinds of lessons you are interested in. I will get back to you and we can arrange a time to speak by phone. My email is

* Note: A practice guitar or bass is available for you to use the first lesson if you do not yet have an instrument.