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Guitar & Ukulele

One of the easiest instrument to learn is the ukulele.  It is probably the most recommended for kids ages 4-6 who have a desire to learn an instrument.  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.  We are developing video classes on How to Play the Guitar, How to Play the Ukulele, and How to Change a String. 

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

Sean Williams (guitar)
Sean Williams (guitar, bass, ukulele) 
Sean has been teaching guitar and bass for over 15 years, working with students of all ages, ability levels and styles. Sean holds a Bachelor of Music from CSU Hayward and is currently a graduate student in the Studio/Jazz Guitar program at USC's Thornton School of Music. Having also studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Sean has had the honor of learning from some of the best music educators in the world. As teacher, Sean seeks to inspire his students by encouraging their own creativity and musical interests while building a strong foundation in the fundamentals. As a music lover without regard to genre, Sean has performed in many musical settings, from straight ahead or avant-garde jazz to blues, rock, pop, funk and classical. As a leader, Sean performs regularly with his organ trio as well as various jazz ensembles. Though jazz/improvised music plays a huge part of his musical life, Sean is also involved in various rock projects, musical theater as well as work as a session musician. As a past member of one of the SF Bay Area's most working bands, Tortilla Soup, Sean performed regularly alongside members of Tower of Power and Malo. In 2011 Sean joined Berkeley, CA based Ninth Street Opus label and national touring band The Real Nasty, a high energy power trio weaving a unique rock, country, blues with a twist of modern pop sound. Sean can also be heard on SF based indy-pop group New Spell's self titled EP as well as their most recent EP entitled Of Time: Part I. Sean has had the privilege of working in several musical theater productions, most notably Ray of Light Theater’s 2009 production of The Who's rock opera Tommy which garnered six Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including nods for the band. Currently, Sean is working on composing and recording his original music as well as performing in the LA area.

Weekdays 1:30pm-8:30pm, Sunday 1:30pm-5:00pm

Ken Nagatani (guitar)
Ken Nagatani (guitar, bass, ukulele) 
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

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  • Neighborhood Music School & Store
  • 若邻音乐学校
    (626) 708-0122
  • 地址:25 S 1st Ave.
    Arcadia, CA 91006
  • 周一到周四: 1:30PM-8:30PM
    周五: 1:30PM-6:30PM
    周六: 9:00AM-5:00PM
    周日: 12pm-3:00pm