My philosophy of teaching, I think, is pretty unique for a private instructor. For me, as much as lessons are about learning the instrument, they’re also about shaping attitudes and passions, and teaching kids about life.

Audio from every lesson is recorded and made available to students to take home in .mp3 or .wav audio file formats – just bring a USB 2.0- or SD-compatible media storage device to each lesson. Students may also call or email me throughout the week if he or she needs a little extra help with his or her homework.

Each student’s curriculum will be individualized to fit his or her abilities, interests, and age (I have taught students as young as 7 and as old as 57). However, students with no experience will begin with “the basics,” from ground zero. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the topics we’ll be covering, as your skill level increases:


  • Learn popular songs
  • Foundational chords
  • Open position note reading
  • Scales
  • Beginning music theory
  • Strumming technique


  • Rock-style soloing
  • Advanced chord inversions
  • Advanced scales
  • Sight-reading
  • Classical-style fingerpicking
  • Ear training
  • Classical repertoire development


  • Jazz improvisation
  • Chord melodies
  • Jazz harmony and scales
  • Sight-reading
  • Jazz repertoire development
  • Song theory analysis

Record Production

  • Signal flow
  • Mic’ing techniques
  • Arranging and producing
  • Multi-Track recording
  • Mixing


  • Singing, vocal training
  • Simultaneous singing and playing
  • Stage command
  • Career development