Acoustic & Electric Guitar Lessons

Landon Mattox

Landon Mattox is offering lessons in Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele and Bass guitar. He teaches the guitar and ukulele classes at Kapiolani Community College and is the owner of Honolulu Music Lessons Workshop. He has been teaching guitar, ukulele and bass lessons for over 20 years and for the past 10 years right here in Honolulu. Landon has received a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He taught for 4 years at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China helping them to establish the first Jazz Studies degree program offered by that Conservatory. Also, during that time, he taught guitar at the British School of Guangzhou and Utahloy International School of Guangzhou. Since moving to Honolulu, Landon has taught Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Lessons at Easy Music Center and taught ukulele and guitar at various schools and churches around Oahu and performed at many locations for events and weddings such as Honolulu Museum of Art Art After Dark, Bishop Museum, Halekulani Hotel, Orvis Auditorium, Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Spalding House and Loulu Palm Estate.

Landon offers private lessons for guitar, ukulele and bass and about half of his students are adults and half are kids starting from age 6. Most of them are beginners, but if you have previous experience and you want to develop further, even better. Landon utilizes the most cutting edge technology, apps, multimedia, digital music resources and music notation software in order to provide students with a modern method that meets their needs immediately. If a music chart isn’t immediately available, that’s ok, we can make one, which is great, because that creates additional music resources…

Various styles is no problem and most of Landon’s students end up exploring many different styles from acoustic fingerstyle guitar, electric rock, blues and improvisation and even classical and jazz if that’s what inspires you. Landon encourages his students to develop independence, resourcefulness, creativity and all the skills they need to pursue a fulfilling musical journey for the rest of their lives. For more information about Landon or to listen to his music, please visit http://www.landonmattox.com

Hans Fahling

Hans Fahling is offering lessons in Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Guitar. Even though Hans has published two books on guitar improvisation and taught ensemble workshops for several years, he enjoys teaching great habits and beginning technique to young players. And by ‘young players’ he is referring to both children as well as beginning adults. Proper posture and good habits set the stage for a more fun and effortless playing experience. There is a ton of great literature out in the ether. But most of it targets the grown-up demographic and offers musical repertoire that often lacks appeal for children. Kids prefer to play melodies and studies that they can relate to, not Greensleeves right out of the gate. Hans uses a very well designed classical guitar series written by Jay Traylor, called “Classical Guitar for the Young” . For teaching great habits and technique, he prefers to use either the Christopher Parkening method or the series by Julio Sagreras.

Hans has earned a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance and composition, from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) after attending the Musicians Institute (GIT) in Hollywood. He initially focused on teaching and coordinating jazz ensemble workshops – at first in Seattle at the Seattle Drum School of music and later, after 2001, in Hamburg and Berlin.

Having taught extensively in private lessons as well as coordinating and teaching adult/adolescent music ensemble classes, Hans has developed a real interest in curriculum and the implementation thereof. A deep understanding of music theory from his study of music composition has helped him profoundly with writing two instructional books on music improvisation. Hans is currently working on revisions of both his books (“Introductory Studies for
the Improvising Guitarist” and “Bebop Improv Concepts”).

Benjamin Perry

Benjamin Perry offers lessons in violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, guitar and ukulele. Benjamin just recently moved to Honolulu after 10 years of teaching around the world, first at the British School of Bahrain, then Umoja Music School, a US non-profit in Tanzania, and in between, teaching privately in Spain and back in the UK where he is originally from. Benjamin is a classically trained musician, who majored in classical violin performance at the University of Southampton, UK. He was born and grew up in Belgium, learning to play violin with the Suzuki Method, but also learning any kind of music he got his hands on outside of class, from Irish folk music through his Irish grandmother, gypsy jazz from fellow Belgian born Django Reinhardt, to the string parts in the background of heavy metal songs.

While at university, he got involved in the local music scene, playing in folk bands, jazz bands, heavy rock bands, and soon noticed how friends from his classical university course were usually very shy and unwilling to perform on stage and branch out from their usual repertoire. He realized that a huge part of music was missing from the traditional classical violin class he and most of his university friends had grown up with. This was a belief that any music can be good music, and even if you are a total beginner, you have the ability to get up on stage and perform either as an individual or in a group.

From there, Benjamin started developing a teaching style that, while firmly rooted in the solid foundations that classical music and theory allow you to build upon, prioritizes the student’s vision for what kind of musician they aspire to be. He believes that versatility and having a good general knowledge of every aspect of music produces more than just well trained performers, it gives students the tools they need to become truly great musicians. With his time living and working in the Middle East and Africa, he can offer his students a unique view into world music and culture that extends beyond traditional western styles. He has years of experience teaching the Suzuki Method, the UK’s Royal School of Music exams, but also how to improvise, how to listen to your friend playing their favorite song and play along with them, how to create music with whatever instruments and people are around you.

Learning to play music is about more than just attaining proficiency on an instrument. It’s about building self-esteem, a strong work ethic, learning to effectively set and achieve goals. As a teacher, Benjamin is always making an effort to be a positive and motivational force in each of his students’ lives. He strongly believes it is his responsibility to learn as much as he can about every student that comes his way, in order to tailor his classes for individual needs. He seeks not only to teach his students to read and play classical music, but to encourage them to be all round good musicians, which involves training their ear and inviting them to bring what excites them about music to their lessons.

Melanie Maier

Jay Koseki

Jay Koseki teaches the Music Therapy class at Kapi’olani Community College and the Guitar and Hawaiian Ensembles at Punahou School and taught the Guitar and Ukulele Courses at Kapi’olani Community College for the past 5 years until this year and has been a professional musician, music instructor and practicing Music Therapist since 2008. Jay has received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Chapman University, he is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) and has also received a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Arizona State University. Jay specializes in Classical Guitar, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele and Hawaiian music of all sorts in general. Fingerstyle acoustic and classical guitar is his forte, but he is currently studying jazz guitar with Landon Mattox and Shoji Ledward and is an accomplished performer, singer-songwriter and composer.

Jay’s teaching method focuses on grounding students in a strong foundation of left and right hand technique, ear training and sight reading both tablature (tabs) and music notation and is well versed in both the classical and popular traditions, but with strong roots in Hawaiian Music.

He has been a practicing therapist from 2013-2016 at Kapi’olani Women and Children’s Medical Center providing music therapy to children in the pediatric oncology unit and bedside therapy in the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric ambulatory unit as well as at the Special Education Center of Oʻahu from 2013-2019 where he provided group music therapy for adult clients with special needs and created and implemented a music therapy program to address clients’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical goals.

Melanie Maier

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