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About Ian

Ian Charlie is a multi-faceted teacher with an extraordinary blend of industry success and academic excellence. Enroll in Ian Charlie's classes for a holistic learning experience that spans guitar mastery or the art of music and audio production. Benefit from his real-world experiences and refined skills to take your musical abilities to a new level.

Ian's musical prowess extends across commercials for iconic brands such as JC Penney and Acura, as well as TV placements on ESPN, NBA Draft, Hulu, and beyond. As the main guitarist and producer of the LA-based indie pop/indie rock sensation, WALLA, Ian not only imparts the art of guitar but also shares insights into the intricacies of music production and composition.

His accolades include being featured on Spotify's Today's Top Hit Playlist, boasting over 40 million streams, and captivating a dedicated audience of over 60,000 monthly listeners. Ian's diverse portfolio includes a music placement with the renowned rapper G-Eazy, and he has graced stages alongside notable artists like 2 Chainz, Portugal. The Man, Isaiah Rashad, and BØRNS.

Ian's musical journey has even intertwined with legends, as he has performed with Barry Goudreau, the main guitarist for the legendary rock band Boston. Beyond his stage presence, Ian brings academic excellence to his teaching, graduating with honors from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Complementing his musical education, Ian is also a graduate of the Film Scoring Program at UCLA.

Q&A with Ian

Which musician would you like to play with?

David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Maggie Rogers and Taylor Swift of course ;)

Which musician has influenced you the most?

Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai. David Foster, Chuck Loeb, Nile Rodgers

What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?

I have a unique approach blend of guitar expertise coupled with real-world experience in music production, composition, and industry success. My comprehensive approach extends beyond just playing the guitar, ensuring you gain a well-rounded understanding of the music.

How did you learn to play your instrument?

I learned to play the guitar through a combination of formal education and hands-on experience. I began by taking lessons from skilled instructors who provided a strong foundation in music theory, technique, and practical skills. Additionally, I dedicated countless hours to self-practice and exploration, experimenting with different styles and genres.

What equipment do you play on today?

Ibanez Jem, Fender Stratocaster, Stephallen Custom, Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Martin Acoustic, Cordoba Soprano Guitar, Woodcraft Short Scale Bass, Piano & Keyboard

Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?

The personal trait that has helped me the most while practicing is dedication. Staying committed to consistent and focused practice sessions, even during challenging or frustrating moments, has been essential to my growth as a guitarist. Dedication has allowed me to persevere through obstacles and continuously improve my skills over time.

What does your instrument have that others don't?

Artiphon Instrument 1

How do you handle children?

When working with children or students, I prioritize creating a positive and supportive learning environment. Here are some key aspects of my approach. Patience: I understand that every student learns at their own pace. I'm patient and willing to repeat explanations and exercises as many times as necessary to ensure understanding. Clear Communication: I use simple and age-appropriate language to explain concepts. Clarity in communication is crucial for effective learning. Engagement: I make lessons engaging and fun, incorporating games, music, and interactive activities to maintain their interest. Tailored Approach: I adapt my teaching methods to each student's individual needs and learning style. What works for one student may not work for another. Positive Reinforcement: I provide positive feedback and encouragement to boost their confidence and motivation. Set Achievable Goals: I help students set realistic and attainable goals, breaking down complex tasks into smaller, manageable steps. Flexibility: I'm flexible in my approach, willing to adjust the teaching methods if necessary to accommodate the student's progress and interests. Communication with Parents: I maintain open communication with parents to discuss progress, address concerns, and ensure a collaborative approach to the student's education. Overall, my goal is to create a nurturing and inspiring learning environment that allows each child or student to develop their musical skills while enjoying the process.

What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?

My greatest experience as a musician so far has undoubtedly been the electrifying moments of playing in front of hundreds of people and witnessing them passionately sing along to my song. There's an indescribable energy that surges through the crowd, creating a powerful connection between the music and the audience. It's a surreal and humbling feeling to see the impact that my music has on people, turning a performance into a shared, memorable experience. These moments reinforce my love for music and drive my continued dedication to creating music that resonates and brings people together.

What was the biggest stage you played on?

USC Spring Fest, The Observatory, The House of Blues

Which record would you take with you to the desert island?

Selecting a single record to take to a desert island is quite a challenge in today's era of playlist and mixtape culture. Personally, I'd lean towards crafting my own playlist or mixtape, which would include a diverse array of tracks from artists like Maggie Rogers, The 1975, Alan Menken, James Horner, David Foster, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more. This way, I can ensure a varied and dynamic musical experience that caters to my ever-changing moods and the unique atmosphere of the desert island.

Besides music, what else is important in your life?

In addition to music, my life is enriched by a deep appreciation for my family, the cherished bonds of friendship, the simple joys of savoring good food, and the rejuvenating benefits of quality sleep. These elements collectively contribute to my overall well-being and bring balance to my life beyond the realm of music.

Music style(s)


Level(s) Comfortable Teaching

Guitar - All Level Music & Audio Production - All Level

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Graduated with honor from Berklee College of Music with a B.M. degree in Contemporary Writing & Production Certificate in Film Scoring Program at UCLA Best Indie Rock Artist at Artist in Music Awards 2013 Best Indie Artist at Artist in Music Awards 2014 Featured on Bilboard.com Featured on USAToday.com

Personal Interests

Golfing, Swimming, Beach, Roller Blading, Movies, Cooking & BBQ.

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