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Lessons offered by CJ
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Classical Guitar
Levels
  • For children

Guitar Instructor trained through the Bruce Hornsby's Creative American Music program at University of Miami offering guitar lessons to students of all levels in Los Angeles

Methodology

I teach all skill levels, and I cover a broad scope of disciplines, depending on the skill level of the student, from technique intensive guitar-specific things (basic technique to specialized, i.e. arpeggios, fingerstyle) to music theory application, songwriting/composition aid, improvisation, reading etc. Everybody is different and has different needs in their respective musical journeys and I'm always sensitive to that when I assign work. My only requirement is that my students show up eager to play music!

Background

I've been a performing artist for 17 years, and in many different scenarios, having also played with artists like Bruce Hornsby, Steve Miller, and Eddie Vedder among others. I also went through Bruce Hornsby's Creative American Music program at UMiami, so I'm well versed in pretty much any popular style over the last few decades

Here are some credentials:
- 17 years playing experience, on tour and in the studio; 10 years teaching experience
- Performance credits include: Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller, Brendon Small, Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Jon Anderson
- Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, majoring in Media Writing and Production, under the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Songwriting program.
- School of Rock graduate; also Music Director/Head guitar instructor for the Burbank School of Rock
- Fluent in most popular genres of the last 50 years (blues, R&B, folk, rock, pop, etc.) and can coach students in their desired musical direction
- Guitar is my main instrument, but I am also available to teach bass and mandolin
- For more info, Google /Youtube CJ Tywoniak

Rates

Transportation Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $50/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $225
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $450

Details

Cancellation Policy

Being that we're all subject to unpredictability of life circumstances, I understand if any of my students need to cancel for any reason, however, I require a 24 hr. window for any and all cancellations out of curtesy to my own ever-evolving schedule. Please notify me via text or email.

If paying on a lesson-by-lesson basis:
Cancellation at/before 24 hrs. of scheduled appt. will not result in a charge and can be rescheduled at
your convenience.

Cancellation after the window will be charged upon the next lesson, unless a makeup is scheduled
before then

If paying on a monthly/bi-monthly:
Any cancellation will be considered a lesson credit, subject to reschedule at your convenience, though
24 hr. notice would be much appreciated!



Lessons offered by CJ
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music Reading
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Classical Guitar
Levels
  • For children

CJ's resume

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
DECEMBER 2016
ZEPPELIN BOWL, FEATURING GENE WEEN AND SCOTT IAN
At the Brooklyn Bowl – playing several Led Zeppelin songs
MAY 2016
PUDDLE OF MUDD, FILL-IN SHOW AT ST. LOUIS, MI
Called last minute due to an issue with the regular band members at the time – learned the set overnight and flew the next morning.

JANUARY – AUGUST 2015
EVOL WALKS TOURING, MAINSTAGE AT WOODSTOCK POLAND
1 month tour of Europe (around a mainstage performance at Woodstock Poland, opening for BLS and Shaggy); 4 month AUS tour and 2 week West Coast tour.

2015 – PRESENT
WORSHIP SERVICE
Gospel R&B improvised services in several churches throughout Central LA (Bellflower, First Love, etc.)
April 2011-May2012: Classic rock/pop music for Homestead City Church, FL

SEPTEMBER 2008
FESTIVAL MIAMI, WITH STEVE MILLER AND BRUCE HORNSBY

APRIL 2010
BRENDON SMALL TOUR, W/ SOR ALLSTARS

APRIL 2007
JON ANDERSON TOUR, W/ SOR ALLSTARS

FEBRUARY 2006
ADRIAN BELEW TOUR, W/ SOR ALLSTARS

TV/FILM (IMDB PROFILE)

JUNE – JULY 2011
ROCK OF AGES (FILM), “DREW’S LEAD GUITARIST”
15 hour set days, w/ direct interaction with director and lead actors in performance simulations for the scene.

2003 – 2005
ROCK SCHOOL (DOCUMENTARY), 9.14 PRODUCTIONS
On the film’s press junket, I performed with Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, Stewart Copeland, and Marky Ramone

APRIL 2010
VH1’S SOBER HOUSE
Performed with Ace Frehley (KISS), Steve Adler (Guns n’ Roses), Mike Starr (Alice in Chains), and Kyle Gas (Tenacious D)

2004
MTV’S TRL
Solo guitar performance

TEACHING

2007 – PRESENT
FREELANCE INSTRUCTOR
One-on-one lessons as well as several seminars on theory and technique applied to guitar

2007 – 2014
SCHOOL OF ROCK, GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
2007 – 2012: Downingtown, PA
2013 – 2016: Burbank, CA

MAY 2014 – APRIL 2016
BURBANK SCHOOL OF ROCK, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Curated season shows, acted as show director in addition to teaching duties

EDUCATION
MAY 2012
BACHELOR OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Learned under the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Songwriting Program
Maj. Media Writing and Production

SKILLS
• Fluent in most popular styles – rock, R&B, soul, bluegrass, jazz, top 40
• Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, bass, drums and banjo (5 string)
• Extensive touring and performing experience • Logic and Protools – home recording capability
• Finale, Sibelius
• Photoshop, Final Cut Pro
• Collaborative and active participant in songwriting and arranging in group settings

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