“Enjoy music lessons that are tailor-made for you, your playing level, and what you desire to learn… You can pick songs you like and decide if you want to read notes and scores, different playing styles like pop, rock, classical, etc.Whatever it is, I am here to support you in reaching your musical goals”.
Karla García Silva
Imagine this… I was 19 years old, learned to play the guitar all by myself, and “Stairway to Heaven” was my ultimate achievement. “Pretty advanced” you’re thinking, I know. And with that skill level I made up my mind to apply to the Conservatory (of Universidad Austral). I was bold and hilarious. Especially when you know that all the other applicants were 14 to 15 years old with almost a decade of music education behind them. Everyone thought, and said out loud, that I am a lost cause… BUT, I dedicated 2 months to constant practice and learning of classical guitar skills.
To the surprise of everyone, me included, I got in. A few years later, the famous guitar player José Antonio Escobar, selected me to study under him at the Conservatory of the Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Another surprise considering how late and unskilled I started.
Because José has a full concert calendar I was barely getting any mentoring from him. So I decided to apply to the prestigious Faculty of Arts at the Universidad de Chile. You have a better chance winning the lottery than getting in there. But again, with tons of obsessive practice, I got in. Practice compensates for many things as you can see 🙂
My teaching journey started when I became an assistant at the Universidad de Chile, followed by teaching at the Universidad Metropolitana de las Ciencias de la Educación. That’s a mouthful, I know.
I’ve also given master classes at one of the largest guitar festivals in South America, “Festival Entrecuerdas”. And, if I may humblebrag, I was given the “Best Performer” award at the Cesar Cortinas Guitar Contest in 2010.
Then I made another bold decision and moved to Canada, Toronto. Here I teach online with my music school Island of Music 🎶🎶
As you can see, dedication and practice, along with a passion for music were the keys for my success against odds. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way and gained plenty of experience. Now I would love to transfer those hard earned lessons to you.
“Karla is amazing – so patient and knowledgeable! As a beginner, she makes learning classical guitar fun. I really enjoy my lessons, and plan on taking many more :)”
“I’ve spent a few years learning the classical guitar by myself without a teacher following various methods and was able to play pieces around level 3. At some point I’ve found that I couldn’t progress anymore and I’ve decided to continue with a teacher. Long story – short, I’ve found Karla and couldn’t be happier about my decision. She is simply great – patient, knowledgable, and very passionate about the guitar! She’d see all the little (and bigger) mistakes I’d make and tailor specific exercises in order to correct them. I’m very excited about my progress since I’ve started taking lessons with her and looking forward to keep learning”.
“I tried learning guitar taking different classes but they were not helpful at all, until I found Karla. She is truly fantastic and pays so much attention to the details. Her method is highly systematic but it is a lot of fun to follow. Karla is an extremely patient instructor and adapts the level and speed of her teaching based on her student’s progress. I would strongly recommend her as she is simply the best!”
“It has been a year since I started taking lessons from Karla and I have made tremendous progress. I went from not knowing anything about the guitar to learning and understanding theory, technique and how to read and play music well. Karla creates a lesson plan for each session and focuses on improving a particular skill every time. She preaches good technique as that is the basis to be a good player. She will teach you at your own pace to ensure you are grasping the material well. She will adjust based on how you’re progressing and will give you the tools to get better. She is very reliable, patient, and very knowledgeable. She can help you play any song you want by teaching you the proper chords. Her online classes are just as productive as if it were in person. You will not miss a beat! Overall, you cannot find a better teacher than Karla. She will teach you everything she knows. You will notice the difference in no time and will become a more confident guitar player. I’m looking forward to continue learning and becoming a great classical guitar player”.