Dan Willard studied music theory at CSULB and is a graduate of Lyle Murphy’s Equal Interval Method of composing and arranging. He teaches all levels and ages. Dan has over 25 years of teaching experience and has been teaching at Ojai Valley School since 2002 and The Thacher School since 2007.

Lessons are $50/hr if you go to his home in Oak View or $60/hr if you want him to come to your home. Please contact us for rates if you reside outside of the Ojai Valley. Half hour and 45 minute lessons are also an option. Also available via Skype.

Subjects Covered:

    • Basic Theory
    • System of Progressions
    • The Diatonic System
    • Polytonality
    • Orchestration
    • Composition
    • Arranging
    • Advanced Theory

“My experience with Dan Willard was all positive. He is kind, patient, knowledgable, very experienced, and was willing to explain musical concepts as many times as I needed in order for me to understand music fundamentals. I see his passion and commitment to music so I would highly recommend him as a teacher for beginners thru advanced on many different instruments. I also recommend him as a tutor if you need help when taking music theory or other music classes. He is a great teacher, a great musician, and a wonderful person.”
-Teres