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San Jose Academy of Music

Richard Le
Piano/Guitar Instructor

 

Richard Le was a late bloomer when it came to music, having started taking classes on a whim in college, but has since made considerable progress in that short span of time. Along with finishing his music theory courses, he has also dabbled in piano (classical and jazz), voice (solo and choir), African drumming, and composition, but is mainly a classical guitarist. He has performed in student recitals as a soloist, in duets (with guitarists, violinists, and singers), and guitar ensembles. After finishing his guitar classes, he was asked to TA those very classes for the next several terms. He has earned his AA in Music at De Anza College and is looking to further his music studies.

As a classical guitarist, he is a believer in music literacy as well as developing technical prowess on the instrument. In his heyday, he was putting in at least 4 hours of intensive practice each day, year-round; this was not including his time spent on voice and piano. However, as a result of his tenacity and determination to catch up with his peers, he has been recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel as well as tendinitis in both his left and right hands respectively. While this has significantly affected his practice, he has since set his sights on things bigger than performing for his future, namely music education and music therapy.

He teaches mainly in the classical style. Students will eventually learn how to finger-pick and play pieces in the classical repertoire through standard music notation. He is also looking to incorporate singing and rhythm training in lessons as he has seen many peers who are not trained enough in these avenues (he feels guilty of it as well). Along with having been a TA in a college level guitar class, he has also taught at Carolyn Clark Elementary as part of SJAM’s after-school Strings Program.

Outside of teaching and music, he loves school and learning new things. He has recently begun to explore other forms of art such as drawing, acting, and writing. He would also like to expand his horizons to dance and woodworking, to name a few. He believes that growing as an artist will only help him become a better musician as well as give him different avenues to access that elusive creative energy. Following a back injury, he has garnered a renewed appreciation for physical fitness and likes to go on hikes now with friends. Someday, he’d like to train himself up to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends from Mexico up to Canada.