Our Instructors

Landon Mattox

Landon Mattox: Acoustic or Electric Guitar, Ukulele and Bass. He teaches the guitar and ukulele classes at Kapi’olani 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.

Melanie Maier
Melanie Maier
Melanie Maier

Hans Fahling

Hans Fahling: Acoustic or Electric Guitar and Ukulele. 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”).

Melanie Maier

Scott Shafer

Scott Shafer: Drum Set and Percussion. Scott is a teacher with over 32 years experience, Scott is considered by many a ‘chameleon’ of music, he’s able to adapt to many styles convincingly. Receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston he’s been a highly sought after musician since returning home to the islands. His work experience is extensive to say the least. His theatre work includes Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Song and Dance as well as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His spectrum of ensemble work includes but is not limited to : Sean Naa’au, (reggae), Naleo Pilimehana, (island contemporary), Hula Joe and the Hutjumpers (swing, jump swing), Jazz Hawaii Big Band, Bad Mojo, Resistors (hard rock, classic rock), Gilbert Batangan quartet (bepop, modern jazz) as well as tribute shows : Stars in Concert and Blue Hawaii, playing the music of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Little Richard, Elton John, and The Blues Brothers. Currently working with Hawaii’s hottest R&B/Soul band Eight-0-Eight, 16th Ave. Jazz Quartet, The Fat Cats Blues Band, and folk music with The Art of Whimsey not to mention countless freelance work, it is evident the broad stroke of his passion. Scott has been teaching for over 20 years and he pride’s himself on recognizing an individuals learning strengths to help design each lesson to utilize those strength to their fullest. Scott strives to tailor lessons to each students’ needs and goals. He is proficient in all styles of music and after covering basic fundamentals students can customize lessons to learn music that they want to learn while also focusing on developing proper technique to help reach their goals quickly and efficiently while being provided with the basic skills and study materials they need to be successful.

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
Melanie Maier

Benjamin Perry

Benjamin Perry: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Upright Bass, Piano, Acoustic or Electric guitar, Ukulele, Drum Set and Mandolin. Benjamin first taught at the British School of Bahrain, then Umoja Music School, a US non-profit in Tanzania, and taught privately in Spain and 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
Melanie Maier

Emiko George-Perry

Emiko George-Perry: Voice Emiko does lessons uniquely tailored to each of her students. She also plays guitar and violin. Whether you’re interested in singing pop music, jazz, blues, vocal technique, performance preparation or something else, finding what sparks passion for each individual student is an integral part of Emiko’s teaching philosophy. Since moving to Honolulu in 2018, Emiko has performed regularly at many popular venues such as Maui Brewing Co. and Duke’s Waikiki.

Emiko was fortunate enough to grow up in a musical household where both parents were also music educators and started music lessons at age two. After discovering her own passion for vocal performance and music education she traveled, taught, and performed in New Orleans, and Arusha, Tanzania. Emiko has 5 years experience working with all ages, from young children just beginning to develop an interest in music to adults who want to try something new. Having worked as a music educator in a variety of capacities, Emiko’s experience includes early childhood development, classroom instruction, musical theatre, choir direction, and private instruction.

Melanie Maier
Melanie Maier

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