Arnell Bertumen - Basic Guitar, Piano & Self-Healing TaiChiGong Teacher

Arnell Bertumen - Basic Guitar, Piano & Self-Healing TaiChiGong Teacher

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About this pro

Hi, I'm Arnell Bertumen your Foundational Guitar & Piano Teacher. I am also a Self-Healing TaiChiGong Coach and Trainer.

I started learning to play the Guitar when I was only about 7 years old. I was inspired by our Grandfather who played a 5-stringed Guitar and our Grandmother who played the Ukelele. As I grew older, I found out that our Father was actually an astute Guitarist. I found this out much later because he always was traveling to earn a living. So, yes, I learned the Basic Open Chords and could accompany myself singing a little bit and winging it all the way to High School with no formal music lessons. But, not only that I stopped learning beyond the Open Chords in the 1st Position, I basically stopped playing guitar after High School through my late 50’s. 

An ‘Aha’ moment for me was during a Family’s Summer Vacation in Northern California about 5 years ago. My Pianist son-in-law quizzed me about Solfege. I remember, during my College Glee Club, I learned the ‘Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do’. But, only during this trip, that I learned that these Do-Re-Mi carried the same value as the C D E F G A B C notes. To add insult to my injured pride, I also did not know that a Do-Re-Mi exist in every Chord in the Guitar.

So, I resolved to strategically stepped up my KnowHowSkills by mastering the Guitar Fretboard. Then, in the following Summer, I taught Basic Guitar to the Kids at the St John the Baptist Parish. And, I also formed a JazzBossa Nova Band for the ensuing two (2) Summer Festival of Roses at our Parish in Draper, as it’s Band Leader. I currently am a volunteer Guitar accompanists at our Choir, along with a Bassist, Drummer, and Pianist/Organist. I’m also a Band Leader of an Oldie But Goodie, called ‘D Later Men’ Band that plays old favorites 2-3 times a year. 

Two years ago, I associated with Utah Classical Guitar Society who helped inspire and challenged me to go the distance. I have since learned to read and play a few Classical music written in TABlature. Then, over 6 months ago, I started attending a Weekly Community-based Basic Classical Music Class provided by UCGS-Mundi Project where I'm slowly learning on how to Sight-read Music Notations. I’m also now a member of the UCGS Classical Guitar Orchestra. Learning Music, in its truest form, is a Process - not a Destination.

Because of my modest background in music, and the journey that I’ve been through, this allows me to relate to the needs of a new Student - have a better understanding and connection to the needs of aspiring Guitar and Piano Students, both the Young and the Young at Hearts.

CLASS DESCRIPTION - ‘Self-Healing TaiChiGong’

This is a12-week 'Self-Healing TaiChiGong’ Health & Wellness program using Tai Chi and Qi Gong as modalities. Classes are for an hour on Tuesdays or Thursdays to LEARN. Students on both Classes will meet for 2- hours on Saturdays for APPLICATION.

The program aims to help manage STRESS and conserve ENERGY for Health and Longevity. At the end of the program, Students will have learnt the Five (5) Qi Gong HEALING SOUNDS that, if practiced regularly, helps release Anger, Sadness, Depression, Fear, and Anxiety.

This program also serves as a foundational training for anyone who wants to progress and learn Tai Chi Chuan, and/or Qi Gong in the future. The program also includes a ‘Sitting Qi Gong’ that you can use and incorporate in your daily life at Home, while Driving, and at Work.

"Only by Capturing the Slowest of Motion, that you Capture the Fastest." Sifu Arnell Bertumen

ABOUT - Sifu Arnell Bertumen

Arnell Bertumen, a Power Taiji Coach, is the Founder of TaiChiME4Health. 

He teaches Meditation in Motion and Self-Healing TaiChiGong to small Groups, Retreat Attendees, and Families. One-on-One Personalized Coaching is available on special occasions only. 

He has taught Meditation in Motion to several Senior Centers around the Salt Lake County area in Utah. He is also an active participant and promoter of the annual celebration of the ‘World Tai Chi & Qi Gong’ in Utah, led by Grand Master Bill Douglas of Kansas City (MO).

Sifu Arnell has been trained and certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA), Diabetes, and Back Pain by world renowned instructor Grand Master Dr. Paul Lam of Sydney, Australia. TCA has been recognized as one of the 3 official National Exercise programs approved by CDC that helps prevent Fall among older Adults.

To make arrangements, please contact ARNELL vial email at [email protected] OR call him at 801.859-1082.

I am Passionate in sharing what I know. And, to those Students who are wise to Listen and Follow my instructions, will receive what used to be mine becoming theirs 😇.

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Draper, UT 84020
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7 Reviews


  • Bradford Johnson

    Arnell Bertumen is very knowledgeable of Eastern Philosophy and is an exceptional teacher of TaiChiGong. I very much enjoyed learning from him.

  • Charlotte Thomas

    Haven’t had any piano lessons yet but I was very impressed the way he handled speaking to me and working out the details.

  • Sindi Duricko

    Our son had a fantastic experience with Arnell’s introduction to guitar. Arnell encouraged our son with every lesson and gave him confidence to pursue his interest in music. He was always very patient and kind. His love for the guitar is evident in his teaching style. Our son is no longer able to take lessons with Arnell due to our family relocating out of state. However, the time spent with Arnell gave him the fundamental skills, a great appreciation for the guitar and wonderful memories to cherish .

  • Carolina Gonzalez

    Arnell is very professional, kind and talented, very responsible, respectful; Arnell taught my son guitar and I really appreciate all he did! 100%

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

Beginner Student MUST have its own Guitar (preferably a Nylon-stringed Classical Guitar).

The other additional optional but helpful tools to have down the line are a Metronome, an Electronic Tuner, a Foot Stool, a Capo, a Chord Book, a Music Stand, a Music a Stand alight, and a Book Binder with clear Plastic Sheets.

A Lesson could be an-Hour or Half-hour long. The 1st Lesson will cover Self-introduction, Guitar Skill Assessment, the Do-and-Dont's of Practice, 1st Lesson and the 1st Assignment given.

In the following days, at their own pace space and time, Students are expected to practice the lessons learned and assignment given for at least a total of 3-5 hours a week before the next session. What is recommended for Beginners are a short 15-30 Minute per Setting 2x a Day.

In the subsequent Lessons, students are expected to play the previous week's lesson(s) with some sense of confidence and mastery before moving to the next lesson.

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

I am a Self-Taught Music Educator. I don't have a Diploma in Music but simply a Product of my own experiences and the amount of time that I put in on Self-study, observing and learning from other Guitarists & Pianists and Music Teachers, as well as participating in Seminar-Workshops and Master Classes. 

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

$25.00 for Half-Hour Session;

$50.00 for One-Hour Session.

How did you get started teaching?

The Summer of 2016, I taught a 12-Week Group Basic Guitar Program at St John the Baptist Parish in Draper (UT).

What types of students have you worked with?

Elementary, Middle School and High School Students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

It was a pleasure and a delight when I recently participated and played my version of 'Manha de Carnaval' at the Utah Classical Guitar Society's Open Mic.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Finding the Best Teacher to fit your needs may require Time and Patience. You will not know, until you have gone through several lessons, if the Teacher is able to effectively communicate the lessons well, transfer the KnowHowSkills, challenged and inspired the Student to continue Practicing & Playing.

My Rule of Thumb in Teaching is to help: Guide. Inspire. Motivate. Elevate. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Will it be possible to video record the Session so I can go back and review it on my own during the week?

The answer is: 'Absolutely Yes'!