Saro's Guitar Lessons

Saro's Guitar Lessons

5.0 (11)
9 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

Saro Babikian is an award winning guitarist based in Los Angeles. Saro appeared in major concert halls such as the prestigious Carnegie Hall (NY), Damascus Opera House, Komitas Chamber Music House in Yerevan and others. Saro is a multiple award winner in various competitions such as the G&O Andriassian Guitar Competition, Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition and International Music Competition in Serbia. Saro appeared as a guest soloist with Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tigran Arakelyan in 2018. In 2017 he was invited to perform at the Yerevan International Guitar Festival.

   Saro holds degrees of Bachelors of Music and Master of Music from the University Of Southern California Thornton School Of Music under the instruction of Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser and Brian Head. Saro is an active educator and performer in the Los Angeles area.

He was born to Armenian parents in Damascus, Syria in 1995.

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Glendale, CA 91202
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11 Reviews

5.0

  • Aram B

    Saro is a very knowledgeable teacher. It is very easy to work with him as he understands my technical and musical problems very well and addresses them in a very helpful manner. I highly recommend taking guitar lessons with Saro.

  • Courtney Fitzgerald

    Finding Saro was such a blessing. I came to Saro as a former music major myself, looking for beginner classical guitar lessons for my son (who had already been playing cello for 3.5 years with demonstrated musical ability). We interviewed instructors for about a month and finally found Saro....You could not ask for a more capable, kind, accommodating guitar teacher. Saro brings a wealth of not only technical but also cultural musical knowledge to each lesson. (In fact, when searching for a guitar teacher, it was Saro's impressive education and performance history, including a Masters in Classical Guitar from USC/Thornton, that set him apart from the slew of your typical rock/pop guitar teachers in the L.A. area). But as soon as we met Saro at our first lesson -- and encountered his welcoming cool smile -- we knew we made the right decision in both pedigree and personality. Saro is a super cool guy who teaches all ages. And he gels especially well with kids AND their parents. He is particularly wonderful and patient with our 10-year-old son, who can be somewhat shy to talk during lessons. Saro meets him where he can reach him and makes the lessons comfortable. He also allows we parents to sit in on the lessons, to learn alongside the student. This has great benefits for reinforcing concepts during practice time at home. All in all, Saro is generous and understanding in a way that is refreshing in a young, cool (very capable) teacher. Sign up with Saro if he still has space!

  • Carey D

    Saro, really understands a students needs and skill level and develops and adapts his teaching pace and style to match that. He is patient yet constantly challenges my playing ability. My skills have grown exponentially with jus a few sessions. Great teacher for any age or skill level.

  • Levon Zeytounzian

    Saro is an amazing guitarist and teacher. He is great with students and my son improved tremendously since he started studying with Saro.


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

Assess their level, understand their goals and create plan unique for each student that fulfills their needs and goals.


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

Education University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music August 2018- May 2020 Masters of Music, Classical Guitar University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music August 2015- May 2018 Bachelors of Music, Classical Guitar Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA August 2013- June 2015 High School Diploma, CA June 2013 Certificate in Music and Guitar Performance 2003-2012 Soulhi Al Wadi Musical Conservatory; Damascus, Syria Experience Classical Guitar Instructor August 2015 - Present American International Music School, Glendale, CA Senior Recital May 2018 Thornton School of Music Student Recital Conducting April 2018 Conducted Beethoven’s 1st symphony 4th mvt with the USC Thornton Beethoven ensemble Compositions and Arrangements Arranged a set of Gomidas songs for Voice and Guitar 2018 Composed Tremolo for Classical Guitar 2018 3rd Yerevan International Guitar Festival July 2017 Guest Performer Guitar Performer January 2015 - Present Mimoda Jazz Studio, LA, CA Junior Recital November 2016 Thornton School of Music Student Recital Classical Guitar Instructor October 2014- August 2015 Lark Musical Society, Glendale, CA Instructional Services January 2015 - June 2015 Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA Music Theory and History Tutor August 2014 - June 2015 Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Charge is per lesson. Lessons vary from 30 to 60 minutes depending of the level. Fees of lessons at my studio: $30 for 30 minute lesson, $40 for 45 minutes and $50 for one hour.


How did you get started teaching?

Experience Classical Guitar Instructor August 2015 - Present American International Music School, Glendale, CA Senior Recital May 2018 Thornton School of Music Student Recital Conducting April 2018 Conducted Beethoven’s 1st symphony 4th mvt with the USC Thornton Beethoven ensemble Compositions and Arrangements Arranged a set of Gomidas songs for Voice and Guitar 2018 Composed Tremolo for Classical Guitar 2018 3rd Yerevan International Guitar Festival July 2017 Guest Performer Guitar Performer January 2015 - Present Mimoda Jazz Studio, LA, CA Junior Recital November 2016 Thornton School of Music Student Recital Classical Guitar Instructor October 2014- August 2015 Lark Musical Society, Glendale, CA Instructional Services January 2015 - June 2015 Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA Music Theory and History Tutor August 2014 - June 2015 Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA


What types of students have you worked with?

beginner to advanced. 


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