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  • Ukulele Lessons

    Landon Mattox

    Landon Mattox began studying ukulele as a secondary instrument and has been teaching ukulele lessons and performing professionally in Honolulu for the past 10 years. He teaches the guitar and ukulele classes at Kapiolani Community College and is the owner of Honolulu Music Lessons Workshop. Landon has received a Master’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and taught for 4 years at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China where he helped to establish the first Jazz Studies degree program offered by that conservatory. He has been teaching for the past 10 years at Easy Music Center in Honolulu and now at Honolulu Music Lessons Workshop where he teaches guitar, ukulele and bass guitar lessons.

    Landon’s ukulele lessons focus on both strumming and fingerstyle technique, the proper way to hold the instrument, and over the course of weeks, months and years, Landon’s students become grounded in the fundamentals of technique, harmony, rhythm, reading both tabs and music notation, in other words, music literacy. When a student masters these fundamental things, then they will reach a level where they can control and express themselves musically and pursue music as a true art on the ukulele. Landon’s teaching style is one of positive encouragement and patience and during the course of study with him, students will develop more self confidence, good study habits, discipline and focus if they practice only between 15-30 minutes per day. The teaching is long term results oriented and is designed to help the student to become resourceful enough to study music independently and pursue a lifelong pursuit of music.

    When you take lessons from Landon, you will be provided with the most up to date music resources in the form of digital music resources, apps, and multimedia. Technology for studying music has come a long way over the past few decades and teaching with a chair and a music stand just doesn’t cut it anymore. Online resources, computer programs and apps help the lessons and the at home practice so much, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this.

    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”).

    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.

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