The Black Tree School Private lessons in Santa Monica, CA

Rated Excellent
Rated Excellent from 2 reviews
Part of my role as a teacher is to function like a personal trainer would, training and coaching you to get in the best possible shape you can to become a more musical and creative person. I begin with diagnosis of your different skill sets, natural and unnatural strengths, rhythmic sensitivity, ear training, cognitive and neurological skills, creative intuition, motor coordination. These are the small tools that make up the larger and more complicated act of actually playing an instrument, playing with others, and successfully communicating something with music.

My own personal teaching style is based on a combination of all the things Ive gathered and learned from all my teachers, professors, mentors and heroes, the workshops Ive attended, clinics and research and readings Ive sought out and books Ive read. Ive taken the best of Classical, Jazz, Folk and Ethnic teaching traditions and approaches and integrated ideas from Western Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, Tai Chi, Boxing, The Artists Way, The Suzuki Method, Yoga, Martial Arts, Surfing and Visualization practices.
Lessons Offered
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Violin
  • Voice
Contact Information
Contact Person Chris Murphy
Phone Number (213) 926-1721
City Santa Monica, CA
Zip Code 90403
Address 906 Washington Avenue
Key People
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
Musician/Composer/Educator/Artist Chris Murphy has been living a life of music, art and creativity for 30 years. Enjoying his 24th year as a professional performing, recording and touring musician and his 16th as a respected teacher, educator and counselor, Chris has traveled many roads on his artistic journey.
Rated Excellent (5 of 5) from 2 reviews
  Testimonial by Chris Jarecki
Chris knows how to connect with both kids and adults. His passion for the music and the instruments is apparent during his unique lessons. Our whole family has learned how to be better musicians by learning with Chris.” — Sloan Family“The only people that ever had a huge effect on my life while growing up were sports coaches. Chris is the first teacher that has ever really changed my life.
  Testimonial by Weston Pew
Chris Murphy’s enthusiasm for music is infectious. This translates into creative, thoughtful and energetic teaching. Our 16 year old son looks forward to his lessons, practices at home without reminding, and has become passionate about all kinds of music, thanks to Chris.” — Katharine DeShaw“Chris’s teaching style is as unique and compelling as the music he plays.
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