Platt Thompson Music Lessons

Platt Thompson Music Lessons

5.0 (1)

About this pro

I have years of experience with dozens of students and that's backed up by a world class music education from Berklee College of Music. I'm flexible with travelling to the student and I also provide lessons over Skype or Facetime.

My favorite thing is the moment right before a student is able to play something perfectly. They're inches away from it, but in that moment they realize that they're about to do something that they thought was impossible just a few minutes, hours, or days ago.

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Van Nuys, CA 91401
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  • Daniel Salato

    Platt has been incredibly patient with me as we've slowly developed my guitar-playing skills. I've had four lessons so far and plan to continue taking lessons from him on a regular basis. Platt has easily been the best instructor out of several others I've had in the past. In short, I gave 5 stars because not only does he have incredible expertise in guitar and music in general, his rates are absolutely fair affordable, and he genuinely seems excited to teach and help me connect the knowledge in ways I had never even thought to do. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I always identify the direction the student wants to go in before moving forward. This might seem obvious, but I find that too many teachers start pushing scales and theory on students before showing them how to play real music.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where I played and studied with some of the best instructors in the world, including David Tronzo and Ritchie Hart (George Benson).

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in Boise, Idaho, where I mostly taught kids aged 8-14 and adults. Once I started college in Boston, MA, I taught college-age students and young adults.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students from a wide range of ages (elementary school to middle age), experience (just starting out up to a decade of experience), and interests (R&B, rock, country, neo soul, multitonic bebop jazz, etc).

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

During the summer of 2017 I was fortunate enough to work with Performing Arts Workshops (voted best summer camp in Los Angeles by LA Parent Magazine) teaching guitar to kids aged 7-12.