Online Guitar and Ukulele Lessons

Online Guitar and Ukulele Lessons

“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 very own Island of Music”.

Karla García Silva | Founder & Teacher Island of Music

Karla’s Story

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 both online, to older students, and at 2 local music schools where I teach kids guitar, ukulele and drums.

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.

TESTIMONIALS

Ken Emo
“Good lesson. I appreciate the assignments you create based upon areas in which I need to improve. Thank you!”
Carl Bates
“Karla is a splendid teacher! I have a hard time with anxiety as part of my illness and Karla is quite personable and will put me ease. She is patient, I made many mistakes but she still gently guided me along until I understood her instruction. 🙂 I hope to take lessons with her regularly some day. If you are looking for a fun friendly teacher, Karla is a wonderful choice.”
AJ Johnson
“Karla is a great guitar instructor. We talked about my goals and my skill level to develop a plan. She looked at my technique and gave me some etudes to work on. Karla has given great advice on tools that will help with timing, something I have been working on. She does not rush the lesson and gives good direction. My lessons are recorded, enabling me to review the topics, issues and demonstrations she presented during the lesson. To top it off, she is flexible with schedule changes. I highly recommend Karla. I have been teaching myself for years and she’s helped me overcome my challenges and achieve my goals in a short period to include pieces that I am working on.”
Kay
“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!”