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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, Ukulele & Strummed Instruments Department

 
Jason Lee (guitar)
Jason Lee (guitar, bass, ukulele) 

Jason
 Geunsu Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After returning to Korea, he taught private guitar lessons at Baekseok Arts University, Paekche Institute of the Arts, and Soongsil University as a lecturer. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Master’s degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar program at the University of Southern California, where he was selected to perform with the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bob Mintzer and Vince Mendoza’s combo. Both ensembles were selected to perform in the final round at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017. He studied jazz guitar with Bruce Forman as well as studio guitar with Richard Smith and Pat Kelly. He also had an opportunity to perform American Root music under Steve Trovato’s guidance. He completed his Master's degree with Pi Kappa Lambda Honors. With over 10 years of teaching experience Jason's mature and steady character makes him a very trustworthy teacher. His patience and love gives his students as sense of great encouragement.  Fluent English and Korean. 

 


Mon-Thu  
1:30-8:30pm




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. 

Wednesday 1:30pm-7:00pm (online), Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm





Pablo Quesada (voice, guitar, electric bass)Pablo Gracia Quesada (voice, guitar, electric bass) 
first picked up the guitar at the age of 13, and instantly fell in love with it and music as a whole. In the few years that followed, he earned a certificate in guitar performance online from Berklee School of Music, rose to the top of local and regional guitar and choral ensembles, and could be seen playing guitar in the pit orchestra for numerous local theater productions and wherever else they would let him. Pablo attended Cornell University, studying both Computer Science and Music, where he dove deep in the vocal music scene and the jazz program where he left a lasting impression through his work on research in modern improvisational styles and his big band arranging work becoming a part of the standard repertoire of the Cornell University Jazz Ensemble. Upon graduation, Pablo briefly joined the tech industry to support himself while he broadened his skills into other instruments and learned the art of making studio recordings once again with the help of Berklee Music Online. Nowadays, Pablo stays busy sharing his love of music with his students, nerding out on complex harmony and improvisation with whoever will listen, performing around the LA area in various settings, and working with independent artists from his home studio, employing his skills in music production and performance to help realize their vision for their music and more. He is just getting started, but Pablo is proud that the music he has contributed to as a session musician and producer has already broken a million streams on Spotify alone. Fluent in Spanish and French. Vaccinated.

Mondays 2pm-8pm


Marcelo Soares (violin)Marcelo Soares (violin, viola, guitar) 
Marcelo Soares is a classically trained violinist from Brazil who has more than twenty years of coaching and performance experience. During his extensive orchestral career, Marcelo served as the concertmaster of the Riberiao Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as a soloist with them on numerous occasions. Additionally, he was a member of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and was a Titular First Section Violin under the direction of Marin Alsop. As an international soloist, Marcelo has performed works including Romance by Antonin Dvorak, Karl Goldmark’s Concerto for Violin, and Violin Concerto no. 1 by H. Wieniawsky. In January of 2020, he won first prize in the 6th edition of the Shenzhen, China music competition. Beyond his orchestral career, Marcelo enjoys private teaching, as well as coaching students for competition; in 2009, he was invited as a guest teacher at The University of Sao Paulo. He is dedicated to helping students prepare for their auditions and develop a fervent passion for music. Fluent in Portuguese.  Vaccinated.

Tuesday 1:30am-7:30pm, Wednesday 2p-7p, Saturday 3-4:30pm 




Jeffrey Tay (piano, guitar, voice)
Jeffrey Tay (piano, guitar, voice) 
Jeffery Tay is a singer-songwriter, Independent Artist, Producer. Jeffery started learning classical piano a at the age of 10, and shortly after began learning the ukulele and guitar. He majored in vocal studies and holds a bachelor degree from Xinghai Conservatory of Music where he was awarded “outstanding graduate student.” After graduation, he signed a contract with a Chinese label to be a singer and songwriter and released two original albums between 2013-2015. Soon after, he released 4 original singles as an independent artist, producing his own music videos, one which was pitched by MTV Chinese Channel and aired for more than one year. In 2018 Jeffery moved to Los Angeles and graduated from Musician Institute with a Certificate in Independent Artistry.
He holds awards as Top 4 in “The Guangzhou Foreign Language Singer Competition” (2009); Champion of “Budweiser of China Campus singer competition”; Top 10 in Hong Kong TVB “International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship” shows (2012); Top 4 in MTV China channel ‘Aloft Star’ (2015); Top 4 in Guangdong TV ‘Live casting idols of China’ (2016) Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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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: CLOSED