Chris Ansuini

Mission Statement:

Music is my passion. Playing guitar has been the greatest source of joy and enrichment throughout my life, and I want to share this with all of my students. I teach with a commitment that my students will share this passion and enjoy playing music, whether recreationally or professionally, for the rest of their lives. As a teacher, I am compelled to teach specifically what each student wants to learn; however, I encourage a strong musical foundation that includes chord and scale knowledge, reading music notation, and music theory. While I love all types of music, my background is heavy in the blues, alternative rock, classic rock, funk, and jazz traditions. If this sounds inspiring, you are the kind of student I am looking for.

Chris has been teaching students from the age of 5 to 50+ for over 6 years; 4 of which have been here at ABC. He is a licensed teacher with over 16 years of playing experience. For the past 10 years, he has been performing with various rock bands and jazz groups, including Us and the Brotherhood, Speak Friend, and the Dapper Duo. During this time he as recorded a number of albums, performed in myriad venues including Yoshi’s, Blake’s, and The Gilman, and earned a BA in Jazz Studies. Of his experiences Chris says, “They have served as great tools for teaching my students. Because my teaching experience began with friends and developed into a career from there, I work with the goal of creating friendships with each of my students while also creating relaxed learning environment.”

Chris is also a volunteer instructor with the Music Pathways program.

Lessons are $100 a month as $25 per half hour lesson
Availabilities Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
(925) 922-4358

“Chris has the qualities one looks for in a music instructor. He has extensive knowledge of the different styles of guitar as well as an extensive background in music theory. He has taken me on explorations of blues, jazz, folk, rock and even some older songs from the 60’s. He has also worked patiently to explain concepts of music theory to me.

A trait I value in a music teacher is patience. I have seen him exhibit great patience with myself (an older student with some knowledge of the instrument) as well as young students who are taking up an instrument for the first time. "  -Mark Lee

Recommendation for Chris Ansuini:

We have had the pleasure of knowing Chris Ansuini over the past five years as he has been the guitar instructor for our daughter. During this time, Chris has consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching abilities, flexibility and understanding when working with our daughter.

What makes Chris such a great music instructor is his willingness to work with his students and to help them develop their own personal goals while still adhering to a curriculum of learning that is necessary to progress in music. Unlike many young guitar students, our daughter has the unique desire to learn both pop and rock music partnered with classical and Spanish guitar. These differing genres, while complimentary, present a unique set of challenges in teaching and learning. Prior to beginning instruction with Chris, we spoke to many other guitar teachers who simply said they could not teach multiple styles. Chris was the one teacher who did not shy away from such a challenge. Not only was he willing to teach in various genres, but he listened to both our daughter and the wishes of her parents.

Like many students, our daughter has gone through both highs and lows in her motivation to challenge herself with music. Chris has never lost patience with her and continues to offer the consistency and expertise needed. She is developing into a student who has grown to admire and love her instrument, and we only have Chris to thank for this. Chris has been a dependable and encouraging teacher whose academic and music experience has made him an outstanding teacher. His understanding of music and his patience, professionalism and dedication to his students makes him an exceptional teacher.

With our daughters, we have experienced many music teachers; however, a teacher who is able to teach the intricacies of Spanish classical music, a very difficult task, is highly commendable. To hear our daughter play these compositions, as the composers envisioned, is truly impressive.

Carlos and Amy