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Rancho Canyon Music's Guitar Instructors

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson - Owner of Rancho Canyon Music, Guitar Instructor

Greetings! My name is Craig Ferguson, and I bought this store in June 2000 after having worked since April 1998 for its previous owners, known then as The Music Room at Strings Etc. They sold Pianos, rented Band Instruments, and had 5 teachers. We now have a staff of 14 incredible and dedicated music instructors and more than 300 students. The history of our store pre-dates even the city of R.S.M. itself, and through the years we have grown up right along with our community. Great teachers, motivated and enthusiastic students, and supportive music families have been the key!

In addition to having played Guitar since age 6, I also play Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Bajo Sexto and Guitarron. I have been a professional musician since age 14, I've played in lots of bands, recorded on more CDs and Records than I can name, and have had the good fortune of touring all over the place! Although I can still be found performing live in Southen California and beyond (or just jamming on Friday nights at the Trabuco Canyon General Store), my passion nowadays is geared towards helping aspiring musicians acheive their personal goals, and giving players certain opportunities or insights that young players in my day didn't have. Our "Rockcital" program - where students are brought together in bands and then perform in an amazing rock show - is an example of getting students actively involved in playing with other musicians!

I'm a native Californian, with past home-bases in Los Gatos,CA; Seattle, WA; and Austin,TX. My wife and I, and our two dogs (see below on this page) have lived in the Robinson Ranch neighborhood for nearly 10 years, so I see lots of our students and their families out and about around town.

Thanks for taking a look at Rancho Canyon Music. We Thank You for supporting locally owned small businesses!

If you have a question, if there's something we're doing right or something we could do better, or something we can help you with, please contact me via phone or email (just click right under my picture over there...). I hope to hear from you soon!

Craig's standard tuition rate is $35 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes.
Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.


Tyler Page

Tyler Page - Guitar

Tyler has quickly become one of the most popular guitar teachers in the area! Tyler started his Guitar career as a student at Rancho Canyon Music, at the age of 12. By 15, he was teaching other kids in his neighborhood who wanted to learn how to play, while increasing his own skills. In 2008 we offered Tyler the opportunity to co-teach our Summer Guitar Camp, and he was an incredible success, as most of the students wanted to continue taking private lessons with him. He continues to teach the Summer program and now has a busy private schedule as well, focusing on the basics of playing as well as teaching young shredders the secrets to advanced lead guitar playing. We're happy to add "Rock Band Coach" to Tyler's resume, as he heads up some of our Rancho Rock School sessions!

Tyler has been teaching at Rancho Canyon Music since 2006.

Tyler's standard tuition rate is $35 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes.
Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.


David Wright

David Wright - Guitar, Bass Guitar

David has been teaching in Southern California for over 20 years. Since his studies at Fullerton College and U.C. Irvine, he has spent his time teaching Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Composition, as well as performing as a solo artist and in various rock and jazz ensembles. His acoustic guitar CD, "Americana", on Casierra Records has won critical acclaim. He now keeps a busy schedule teaching, performing, composing (with Kevin Tullius of the L.A. Jazz Quartet and Trio Lesento) and doing occasional film work (in the soon to be released "The Clean and the Narrow"). David has recently collaborated with Frank Sibley on the companion CD to the instruction book, "Jazz Guitar Solos".

David joined the Rancho Canyon Music staff in 2003.

David's standard tuition rate is $35 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes.
Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.




Paul Cruz - Bass Guitar, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Ukulele

Paul started playing music at the age of 16 with a bass given to him by his father. Later on that year (2003) he joined the Rancho Canyon Music front desk staff and eventually became the front desk manager. After four years of working in the shop Paul started teaching outside the store, then at the school during Guitar Summer Camp. He quickly started getting requests to teach at RCM, and he’s been teaching here ever since!

Paul has played in original bands and has played venues including the Coach House, Chain Reaction, and the Whiskey A Go-Go, among many others! Paul has recently taken a break from playing in bands to focus on his students but still attends various “Jam Nights” around town and can be found on Sundays playing at Hope Crossing Church in San Juan Capistrano!

His dad is Bobby Cruz, a well known local professional musician, who has previously played and recorded with the Righteous Brothers, and currently plays at Saddleback Church in the "Overdrive" Tent.

Paul's standard tuition rate is $35 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes.
Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.


Downs Thompson

Downs Thompson - Violin (Fiddle), Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Viola

Violin/viola/mandolin/guitar/banjo instructor Downs Thompson has pursued a lifelong career performing and teaching a variety of musical styles ranging from classical and jazz to celtic and bluegrass. A graduate with a degree in music from Bucknell University, he studied classical violin with Galamian student Ray Page of the Allard Quartet and while in college performed with the Harrisburg Symphony and as concertmaster of the Bucknell University Orchestra. After college he continued studies with teacher and author Yong Ku Ahn of the Peabody Conservatory.

For the past 35 years he has worked professionally throughout Europe and the United States performing live concerts, recording and television. Among the artists he has performed with are Grammy Award winners Charlie Daniels, Shelby Lynn, Charlie McCoy and Albert Lee as well as fusion guitarist Larry Coryell and top Nashville session guitarist Brent Mason. For the past 20 years he has toured nationally with multiplatinum recording artist Clay Walker and appeared with Clay on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Lopez Tonight.

Aside from performing, Downs has developed a genuine passion for teaching. “I find that teaching and performing are mutually enriching and now it’s hard to imagine doing one without doing the other. Teaching really forces you to analyze and critically focus on your own playing which is a really good thing, while performance forces you to just go for it and apply it. I enjoy working with students of all ages and backgrounds and seeing what inspires them musically.

While I feel it’s really important to have a solid classically grounded technique, music should be enjoyable and there are a huge variety of styles to choose from. What I aim to do is structure my instruction to meet student’s goals, whether that’s playing in an orchestra, fiddling, playing a guitar solo, or electric violin with a rock band.”

Downs joined the Rancho Canyon Music staff in 2005.

Downs' standard tuition rate is $35 per lesson - 1 lesson each week for 30 minutes.
Please call us at (949) 589-7688 for availability and more specific tuition questions.

Rancho Canyon Music features Guitar lessons for students age 4 - up, Guitar lessons in all styles, all levels, from beginner to advanced. We serve Guitar lesson students in Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Ladera Ranch, Portola Hills, Lake Forest and communities in the surrounding areas including zip codes 92688, 92679, 92630, 92610, 92672, 92673, 92675, 92677, 92678, 92691, 92692, 92694

All tuition rates are subject to change without notice.

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