Riley Hagan is a bass guitar instructor located in Irvine California. He is a Berklee College of Music Alumni, and started teaching electric bass at the age of 14. His performances include the Berklee Bass Lines Concert, the New Hampshire Bass Fest,  and the EM&T Music Academy of Sao Paulo Brazil . 


Riley has performed and studied with world-renowned solo artist Michael Manring (“Bassist of the Year” Bass Player Magazine 1994), Felix Pastorius (YellowJackets, Maclemore), Les Claypool (Primus), Berklee professor Jim Stinnett (Instructor of Mike Gordon from Phish), Steve Bailey (Chair of the Berklee School of Music BassDept., Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Wooten) touring bassist Marshall Wood (Tony Bennett), Joe Hunt (Stan Getz, Bill Evans), Jeff Haas and many others.


Often invited to perform for Berklee classes and events, Riley is an accomplished instructor and performer who offers both bass lessons in Irvine  and online bass lessons. His goal is to make the learning of music as enjoyable as possible!


Studio Location

622 Sonoma Aisle Irvine CA 92618

The best advertising for Riley is the steady stream of students (kids with parents, old guys, punksters, middle age ladies, etc...) leaving/arriving his musical sanctuary. Riley is a natural teacher. He serves up a healthy mix of finger, aural, reading techniques, scale work and most cool...getting the groove and playing through the changes! I enjoy how he peppers his teaching points with quotes and anecdotes from the musical masters. Lessons are fun, Riley has a great sense of humor. Lessons are challenging, he’s gonna push you.. just enough! If you enjoy practicing, playing and studying take lessons with Riley. It’s money well spent.
— Laurie M.
Riley’s an extremely competent bassist that’s got the right combination of chops, training and personality to be successful as a professional musician at just about any level he chooses.  Its to the good fortune of potential bassists in the Irvine area that he’s also got the patience and flexibility to be an excellent instructor.  I recommend him to any player that longs to learn the intricacies of the instrument but also has to balance that passion with the more mundane aspects of life, work and whatever else gets in the way.
— Alan C.