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Regional Classical Guitar Teachers


               Orange County

Name & e-mail City Phone & web site Notes
Timur Duel Irvine (949) 939-9060

Over 15 years' experience teaching guitar in Russia, Israel and USA. Private and studio lessons in classical guitar for all levels and ages.

Payam Larijani Irvine

(949) 786-4600

(310) 435-1705 (cell)

Doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Classical Guitar Performance, Masters in Commercial Music from Cal State Los Angeles, and Bachelor's in Classical Guitar Performance from UCLA.  14 years experience teaching classical, rock/alternative, jazz/blues standards.  3-Time 1st Place Winner of Randy Rhoads Guitar Scholarship at UCLA,  OCG President.  All ages, levels, and styles.

David Grimes Huntington Beach (714) 963-8525

All levels, serious students only.

Larry Deack Garden Grove (714) 638-9485 Over twenty years' experience performing and teaching classical guitar; all levels.
Ted McKown Orange (714) 633-2990 Over twenty years' experience teaching flamenco, classical, and Latin American guitar.  All levels.  Se habla espaņol.
John Schneiderman Orange (714) 288-9250 Director of Guitar & Lute Program at UCI & IVC.  Recording Artist with Profil & Dorian Recordings. All levels & styles
David Adele Orange (714) 469-2892 MM in classical guitar performance from Cal State University, Fullerton., currently teaching guitar classes at Mt. San Antonio College and Santa Ana College. I have taught guitar in college since 1997 and have been performing professionally since 1990, I am also member of The Denali Guitar Duo. Classical only, all levels and ages.
Victor Lujan Santa Ana (714) 788-6638 Bachelor of Music in guitar performance, CSUF, member of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra.  Classical and rock guitar styles, in-home private lessons available in central Orange County, all ages welcome.
Sharan Sacks Anaheim Hills (714) 345-4538 Ten years' experience teaching beginning and intermediate basic acoustic and classical guitar to adults and children.  Santa Ana College Community Services instructor for adult and kid's guitar classes.
Richard Turner Fullerton (714) 577-8045 Thirty years teaching, including 14 in the classical guitar program at CSUF.  All ages and levels, classical, folk fingerpicking, beginning folk flatpicking.
Dmitry Koudymov Fullerton, Brea, Anaheim (714) 875-8175 Over 7 yrs. teaching experience. Offering a structured teaching environment that includes student performances, competitions, repertoire expansion, and functional musicianship. BA-CSUF, Master's-USC, Doctoral candidate at USC under Scott Tennant in classical guitar, minor in studio (jazz) guitar. All styles, levels and ages are welcome. 
Lee Zimmer Corona/Orange (951) 751-3124 Over 25 years of teaching experience.  In charge of the guitar studies programs at La Sierra and California Baptist Universities
Amy Hite Tustin/Riverside (714) 496-6395 Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from CSUF, teaching since 2003.  All ages, all levels of guitar, classical, rock, and popular styles. 

               Los Angeles County

Name & e-mail City Phone & web site Notes
David Isaacs Long Beach (562) 760-3296 MM student at CSUF with 8 years' teaching experience, all levels of classical guitar.
Michael Nigro Long Beach (562) 221-5430

Director of Classical Guitar Studies at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, classical only, all levels.

Jon Minei Torrance (310 ) 346-9818 USC grad student, studied with Bill Kanengiser, John Dearman, John Schneiderman, member of Brouwer quartet.  Classical guitar only, all levels.
Keiji Tomita West Los Angeles (310) 837-4598 Master's degree in Classical Guitar from Cal State Northridge, five years' experience teaching classical and beginning pop guitar.
Emre Sabuncuoglu Los Angeles, Pasadena (888) 524-4827 20 years of teaching experience, Master of Music from New England Conservatory, DMA from USC.  First prize winner in two international guitar competitions. Co-founded Los Angeles Guitar Academy (laguitar.com) where qualified students receive scholarships towards their musical education.  Classical and flamenco guitar instruction for all levels
Trilogy Guitars Playa del Rey (310) 305-7577 We offer lessons to beginning and intermediate students in classical, fingerstyle steel string and pop. Our goal is to provide the guitarist, whether a beginner or a seasoned professional, with the basic materials needed to be a successful musician.
Almer Imamovic Pasadena, Glendale, Los Angeles 626-434-5585

Over 15 years teaching experience, M.M. from USC studying with Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero, M.M. from Royal Welsh College with John Mills, Artist Diploma from Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Rafael Andia.  All levels welcome, private and group coaching available. 

Matthew Elgart Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, Los Angeles (626) 664-2010

Recording artist, Director of the classical guitar department at CSULA and Caltech, 30 years of teaching experience. Extensive resume of performance and recording. Awards include the National Endowment For the Arts and the California Arts Council.  Member of the Elgart/Yates Guitar Duo.

James Chiang Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights (909) 374-3687

Twenty years' teaching experience, beginners and intermediate, serious students only.

Carlos Atilano Claremont (909) 626-2227

Bachelor of Music, Boston Conservatory of Music. Composer for the classical guitar with 25 years of teaching experience Classical guitar, beginning to intermediate levels, serious students only.

Perfecto de Castro San Gabriel Valley (626) 905-3916

Classical, Flamenco, Electric Blues and Rock guitar (all levels welcome). BM in Guitar Performance and Music Education, Philippine Women's University.   Over 17 years experience teaching, performing and recording in the Philippines prior to relocating to Los Angeles Area

Brian Kwon La Crescenta/Northridge (818) 451-6161 15 years of teaching guitar at all levels and in all styles.
Kevin Greenhaw Calimesa (909) 795-1488 Bachelor of Music, University of Redlands, teaching since 1997. Classical and flamenco, all ages and levels of experience welcome.


        Last updated 7 October 2015

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