Donovan is a fantastic teacher. He explains everything thoroughly and is patient with me as a beginner trying to learn. I cannot recommend him high enough.
— Scott R. - Current Student

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Welcome to my lesson website! I am looking forward to our lessons! - Donovan Raitt

Welcome to my lesson website! I am looking forward to our lessons! - Donovan Raitt

Donovan Raitt has been teaching guitar to students of all ages and styles in Irvine, California since 2001. 

Welcome! My name is Donovan Raitt, and I am currently offering guitar lessons in the Southern California/Orange County area, specializing in all ages, styles and levels of instruction. My students have gone on to successful careers in music, and have been accepted into some of the best guitar programs in the world, including the USC Studio/Jazz guitar program. 

I offer a simple, practical teaching method in a relaxed, non-pressure atmosphere designed to help you to reach any goal that you have with the guitar. Please check out my credentials in the About section of the website and read some Reviews from some former and current students

I offer lessons in my home studio in Irvine, CA or online via Skype or FaceTime. For online lessons, you will need a computer, webcam and microphone, and a reliable high-speed internet connection.

  • Lessons can be scheduled either with Monthly Tuition or Individual Lessons. 
  • Lessons are $60 per hour or $30 per half-hour when booked monthly.
  • Lessons are purchased and scheduled directly my website.
  • A credit card is required to reserve a lesson time. You can cancel within 24 hours of your appointment to avoid being charged for that time. 


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Donovan Raitt has been teaching guitar professionally since the age of 18.

Donovan Raitt has been teaching guitar professionally since the age of 18.

An Irvine, California native, Donovan Raitt started his musical career with the piano at the age of 5. At the age of 11, Donovan fell in love with the electric guitar and started taking lessons. Donovan's love for the guitar grew as he started to perform regularly in a wide variety of styles, Performing his first professional gig at the age of 15. 

In 2001 Donovan was one of 10 students admitted to the prestigious Studio/Jazz guitar program at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, and was the recipient of the Paul LaRose memorial scholarship for guitar. While at USC, Donovan studied jazz and contemporary guitar styles with Steve Trovato, Richard Smith, Frank Potenza, and Pat Kelley, as well as classical, flamenco and fingerstyle guitar with David Oakes and James Smith. Donovan graduated from the studio guitar program with honors from USC in 2005. 

After graduating, Donovan has been active as a professional musician in the Southern California area, with several recording and live credits, including some of the top venues in Southern California. 

In 2010, Donovan completed a master's degree in Guitar Performance (Jazz Studies) from the Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, studying 7-string guitar with Ron Eschete. While at CSULB, Donovan wrote his master's thesis on the life of music of Michael Hedges entitled "Michael Hedges and the Re-Invention of Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar"

Donovan has been very active as an educator, and currently holds faculty positions teaching guitar at Concordia University, Irivne and Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Donovan has published guitar lessons for,,,, and In 2008, Donovan self-published a guitar method book entitled "The Practical Guitar Method: Real-World Instruction for the Beginning to Advanced Guitarist" 

Donovan has released two albums of original music and four albums of traditional hymns arranged for solo acoustic guitar. You can listen to his music on his artist website

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