Jan Rivera holds a B.M. as well as an A.A. in Electric Guitar Performance from Musicians Institute, Hollywood CA; where he studied as a multi scholarship recipient. Aside from his studies at M.I., Jan holds a B.M. in Music Education and a B.A. in Music from the Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, San German Campus.
He has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Musicians Institute, Hollywood CA, and has been featured as a presenter at the Puerto Rican Congress of Investigation in Education.
He is the author of the book Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar; Foreword by Alex Machacek: (An in-depth study on Metric Modulation, Polyrhythms and Polymeters), which has just been released.
Words on Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for Guitar:
...Some of the exercises here, while smartly explained and harmonically
barebones, make Mahavishnu Orchestra seem like ZZ Top...
I wish I'd had this book 20 years ago.
– ALEX MACHACEK (solo artist, NOW w/ Gary Husband, In This Life w/Virgil
Donati, trio w/Terry Bozzio and Jimmy Johnson, 24 Tales w/ Marco
Jan Rivera's book is clear, thorough, and methodical, and will be an asset to
anyone wishing to improve in the area of rhythm