This page will give you the lowdown on private guitar lessons, classes, and workshops. If you read this page and wish to enroll or have further questions please contact me.
“My job is to awaken possibility in other people.”
“A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves.”
I apply these ideas as I work with students in the hope of enriching their musical experiences. Lessons emphasize basic note reading, music theory and guitar technique while being directed toward the musical interests of the student. In this way, the student gains the tools necessary to reach his or her own goals and approach new musical challenges as well.
As both an instructor and a life-long student of music, I’ve come to realize a couple of basic principles, which are essential, if a student is to learn and grow: First, practice. The length of time it takes a student to accomplish his or her goals varies greatly depending upon the overall amount of focused practice time involved. The more time spent with the instrument outside of lessons, the more beneficial the guidance given in lessons will be. Students who maintain a regular practice regimen will make steady progress and gain technique, polish and confidence. Parents of younger students should schedule a short practice time each day and take the time to listen to their child’s work, encouraging their progress. Second, steady attendance. It is important to realize that progress can only be maintained when lessons occur on a regular basis. I ask your cooperation in not missing lessons, as cancellations benefit neither the student nor the teacher.
Where, When and How Much?
Guitar lessons are held at Tone Zone Music in The Market on State where I meet with students once a week for a half-hour lesson. Lesson times are currently available on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons and evenings. The fee is $18.00 per lesson to be paid in at the beginning of each calendar month for the number of lessons scheduled that month. Please read the Payment and Cancellation Policies below for specifics.
2013-2014 Guitar Lesson Schedule
Monday August 19 through Thursday December 12 (16 weeks of lessons)
No lessons on the following dates:
Monday September 2 – Labor Day
Thursday October 24 – Athens Beggar’s Night
Wednesday October 30 – Hallowpalooza at Ohio University (A Halloween concert for the whole family! Just Go!)
Monday November 25 through Thursday November 28 – Thanksgiving week
Fall Recital – Date and time TBD
Monday January 6 through Thursday May 1 (16 weeks of lessons)
No lessons on the following dates:
Monday January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wednesday March 5 and Thursday March 6 – OU Spring Break week (There will be lessons on Monday March 3.)
Monday March 24 through Monday March 27 – Athens City Schools Spring Break week
Spring Recital – Date and time TBD
For many families paying for a longer period of time is feasible and offers easier record keeping for both of us. Please check your calendar and make sure you want to commit to your lesson time before prepaying. I cannot guarantee that I will be able to reschedule your lessons if other activities come up. Students may continue to pay tuition on at the regular rate on a monthly basis if they wish.
This year I am offering a couple of options for prepayment:
1. Prepayment for any one session (16 lessons) is offered at a discounted price of $270 (More than 5% discount.)
2. Prepayment for both sessions (32 lessons) is offered at a discounted price of $504 (More than 10% discount.)
Payment and Cancellation Policies
The payment and cancellation policies are designed to make payment and record keeping as painless as possible, ensure attendance, and help keep my teaching schedule flexible and open to all of my students despite a tight schedule. All of us (including me) need to reschedule or cancel from time to time, and giving an early heads-up will help keep my teaching schedule flexible enough to accommodate requests for make-up and rescheduled lessons.
• Students are to pay for their lessons in advance on a monthly basis
• Payment is due on the last lesson of each calendar month to reserve a lesson time for the following month.
• Requests to reschedule should ideally be made one week in advance, but no less than 48 hours in advance.
• Students may contact me directly at my cell phone number or email address. Calling or leaving messages at Tone Zone should be avoided.
• Lessons canceled with the appropriate notification may be rescheduled for the same week if the schedule permits.
• Fees for lessons missed or canceled with less than 48 hours notice will not be rescheduled or refunded.
• Failure to pay for the upcoming month’s lessons will result in the forfeiture of that lesson time.
• Sorry, no refunds on prepaid lessons.
Instruction at Ohio University
I am currently offering a limited number of guitar lessons at Ohio University via Athens Community Music School (ACMS). Students may earn an elective credit for this experience. Please contact me for details.
The Waiting List
For the past few years I have been consistently booked up with private students. In spite of this, I always encourage anyone who is interested to contact me and inquire about availability. If I do not have an opening that suits your schedule I will be happy to place your name on my email waiting list.
Here’s how the email waiting list works: When an opening for lessons becomes available I will email the day and time to everyone on the list. The first person to respond will be assigned the lesson time. Those who are unavailable needn’t reply and can wait for the next opening to occur. You may unsubscribe from the list at any time.
If my waiting list seems a bit haphazard, I apologize. For years I’ve tried to keep a list of potential clients with detailed information but as the list grew it was simply too time consuming to reach out one person at a time. Email simply seems like the most expedient and fairest way to reach everyone who is interested.
I may eventually also email short-term openings as some students only want to take a few sporadic lessons in order to address a specific goal or question.