About the Author
Jan Rivera is a graduate of both the A.A. and bachelor’s programs at Musicians Institute (GIT), Hollywood, CA (Electric Guitar Performance – Contemporary Styles); where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant.
During his time at Los Angeles, Jan studied with Alex Machacek, Greg Howe, Antti Kotikoski, Jeff Richman, Chris Juergensen and Scott Henderson.
Originally from Puerto Rico, he started his formal education by obtaining a B.M. in Musical Education and a B.A. in Music (Classical Guitar) from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus.
While in Puerto Rico, Jan was also featured as a presenter at the Puerto Rican Congress of Investigation in Education, and worked as a Music Theory and Musical Rudiments tutor at the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus.
His book “Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar; Foreword by Alex Machacek: (An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters)” is available through Abstract Logix, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com among others.
Since it’s publication, the book has reached the 2014 Abstract Logix top sellers list, and placed #1 in it’s category for best sellers at Amazon.com. It has also received raving reviews by publications the likes of JazzTimes Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, fellow authors, educators and musicians.
As of February 2016, the book's site and the metric modulation calculator featured in it, have been cited as resources for the Drums and Percussion Composition course; taught to third year students of the Bachelor of Applied Music program at Vancouver Community College.
Among other things, he currently works as a Music Education Consultant (Curriculum Writer/Developer) for Fender Musical Instruments.
He has also taught and performed clinics with Guitar Workshop Plus. A guitar camp that regularly features guest artists like Tosin Abasi, Paul Gilbert, Albert Lee, Gary Hoey, and Andy McKee.
Jan has been selected for the 2016, 2017, and 2018 "Best Guitar Teachers in San Diego" lists by Expertise.com.