What do you teach?
Private guitar lessons for all levels, songwriting, applicable theory, beginner to intermediate electric bass lessons, and ukulele lessons.
What does it cost?
Standard lesson rates (as of fall 2017) are: $30/per half hour, and $60/per hour. Lessons are usually purchased in 5-packs, but I am happy to work with anyone who requires different arrangements.
How do I schedule my guitar lessons?
Lessons are typically scheduled on a specific day, once per week, at the same time each week (for example: Wednesdays at 5 pm). Once scheduled, that spot is reserved for you going forward until you decide to change it. Lesson options are weekly, or we can work out a flexible schedule if you have travel/work challenges. If you'd like to get started, get in touch and we'll set it up.
How do online guitar lessons work?
As with face-to-face lessons, your online guitar lessons will be interactive -not prerecorded videos. We schedule a time, the same way you would for an in-person lesson, except we'll use the video call service Skype to meet up. Once we complete each online guitar lesson, I will email you any written materials from that day's lesson (i.e.; instruction for practicing, songs, charts, music).
What if I need to I cancel a lesson?
The courtesy of 24-hours notice for all cancellations via email, text, or a phone call is required. I understand that life get messy and things come up which cause students to miss a lesson, so charges will be determined on a case by case basis, but communication is key. If given 24 hour notice, or a legitimate reason for a same-day cancellation, your payment will be forwarded. All "No-Shows" (lessons missed without any notification) will be charged full rate. Two consecutive no-shows will result in removal from the schedule and a charge for each missed lesson.
What ages do you teach?
Learning guitar requires quite a bit of fine motor-function and finger dexterity, so in my experience, 9 is about the age when most kids begin to have the dexterity, mental acuity, and the attention span to learn guitar. Of course there are many exceptions, so I'm always willing to sit down with kids 7 and 8 years old to assess their abilities on an individual basis.
Is there a contract?
Nope, there is no contract. You can stop taking lessons at any time, but I ask for the courtesy of a week's notice (let me know the lesson before) so I can adjust my schedule accordingly. If you stop taking lessons without notice, while a time is still reserved in your name, it will be considered a "no-show" lesson and charged accordingly. I also reserve the right to terminate any student at any time for reasons including, but not limited to: Failure to make payment, excessive absences, 2 consecutive no-shows, failure to meet any or all of the above policy criteria.
What do I need for my first lesson?
You'll need a playable guitar, either acoustic or electric, whichever you choose. Books and other learning materials will be determined on an individual basis at your first lesson (depending upon your personal goals, experience, and age appropriateness). For those with electric guitars, you can leave your rig at home -I have cables and amps for you to use at lesson. If you don't have a guitar, I'll be glad to help you find the best instrument for your budget (always from a reputable source).
Do I need to be there for my kid's lesson?
For kids under 16, a parent or guardian needs to be present during all lessons. Parents can either sit in on the lesson, or stay in the waiting area. I believe an open dialogue is always important, so I am readily available for all questions, comments, and concerns via phone, text, email, or at each week's lesson.
Still have more questions? I'm happy to answer any further questions you might have. Just give me a shout and we can continue the conversation.