Guitar Lessons

"Suzuki" Guitar Lessons (Beginners Age 3-9)

The Suzuki Method (or "Talent Education", as it's founder called it), has several characteristics that may set it apart from more traditional teaching studios. These are not necessarily unique to Suzuki teachers, but they are more integrated than many other programs. Here are a few key points:

  • Students can start very young (as young as 3 or 4, though more often 5 or older).

  • Students follow a carefully sequenced set of pieces and maintain them through daily review (these aren't the only pieces they learn, but they are the core of the method).

  • Students get together often to play and perform together in groups (students must attend a regular group class, or at more advanced stages, participate in a guitar ensemble).

  • Daily music listening is expected (both the student's repertoire and high quality performances of other pieces.)

  • Strong Parent involvement (a parent must learn to play a little before the student begins, and be present at all lessons, taking notes.) - This is may be the most important part of all!

  • Note reading is usually delayed until a solid foundation on the instrument is established (varies with student age and readiness).

Additionally, by participating in a program with a registered Suzuki teacher, you are connected to a greater community through The Suzuki Association of the Americas and other regional Suzuki organizations who offer workshops and summer institutes where students can get special instruction and meet people from other programs who share a common musical repertoire!

"Traditional" Classical Guitar Lessons (Ages 10+)

I also offer private classical guitar lessons for older students of any level. I often still use the Suzuki Guitar books for material but can draw upon many other resources as a well. Please inquire about availability.

Rock, Jazz, Blues and Pop Style Guitar Lessons (Adults and Teens)

My primary area of expertise is in Classical Guitar - that is the area I am most accomplished in and feel I am most effective as a teacher. That being said I do play electric guitar as well and have plenty of experience playing in Rock and Jazz bands. I will occasionally take students in these areas if I have space in my schedule. I can confidently teach just about any style at least to an "upper-intermediate" level, at which point I may refer a student to another teacher who specializes in a particular genre.

My primarily method for "Popular Style" guitar playing is the "Rockschool" Series - you can learn more about it here: https://cloud.rslawards.com/shop/grade-books/guitar

I can also help students improve their general music theory, fretboard knowledge, reading skills, and more. Please inquire if you are looking for a teacher - even if I am not the right fit or don't have availability, I can often refer you to someone.