(626) 708-0122

Guitar & Ukulele

Our Guitar and Ukulele staff have extensive performance experiences and/or pedagogy degrees. Styles include classical, acoustic, rock, flamenco, and more. We offer performance opportunities in the form of at least 2 recitals per year, local street fairs and community requests, participation in rock and jazz ensembles.

Our standard curriculum includes note reading, repertoire, music theory, scales and chord progressions, and sight reading as part of their weekly lesson. We accept students on the ukulele from age 4 and above, and on the guitar from ages 7 and above, though exceptions are made in an individual basis.

Our Guitar & Bass Instructors

Perfecto De Castro (bass, guitar)
Perfecto De Castro (guitar, electric bass) 
Is a multi-awarded guitarist proficient in Classical, Flamenco and Electric Rock Guitar Styles. He is an active performer, having given concerts and recitals in Southern California, SF Bay Area, Portland OR, Chicago, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Philippines. Highly in demand as a teacher, Perfecto’s instruction involves modern methods in music theory, ear training, positioning and proper muscular movement, tone production, and sound design and manipulation. Fluent in Tagalog. www.perfdecastro.com 

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 3:30pm-8:30pm

Ken Nagatani (guitar)
Ken Nagatani (guitar) 
Received both a Master of Music and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California in 2006 as a student of William Kanengiser. While at USC, he was the recipient of the Mary Pickford Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Classical Guitar and the Jack Marshall Memorial Scholarship. Ken has been active as a teacher and performer in Los Angeles area for the past 17 years, and is currently an adjunct instructor at East Los Angeles College, Long Beach City College, and Glendale City College. 

Fri 1:30pm-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Jason Lee (guitar)
Jason Lee (guitar) 
Jason Lee (Geunsu Lee) is an award winning guitarist, composer, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Seoul, South Korea, his passion for music has taken him all over the world from Amsterdam, Netherlands to United States. Over the years, he performed music venues in Amsterdam, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Monterey. Jason completed his Bachelors in Jazz from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in May 2011, where he studied with Jesse van Ruller, Maarten Van Der Grinten, and Martijn van Iterson. In the fall of 2015, Jason began his graduate studies in Studio/Jazz Guitar at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Bruce Forman, Pat Kelley, and Adam del Monte. In the same year, he was selected to perform with the Thornton Jazz Orchestra directed by Bob Mintzer. He was later selected for Vince Mendoza’s combo, which performed as a finalist at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz festival in 2017. Jason completed his Master’s degree with Pi Kappa Lambda Honors from USC in 2017.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30-8:30pm

CONTACT US

  • Neighborhood Music School & Store
  • 若邻音乐园地
    (626) 708-0122
  • 25 S 1st Ave.
    Arcadia, CA 91006
  • Mon thru Thurs: 1:30PM-8:30PM
    Friday: 1:30PM-6:30PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Sunday: 12pm-3:00pm