Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do before starting lessons?
Schedule a free interview lesson! It's your chance to meet me to make sure we would be a good fit. Please contact me or use the scheduling link to set this up.
Please DO NOT purchase an instrument (unless you already have one) as many "instruments" offered up are low-quality or not suited for beginners. I would love to help you find a quality instrument!
What Are Your Qualifications to teach guitar?
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Music -AND- Education (State of Alaska, Arizona Teaching Certificates).
(Talented music teachers understand the need to love educating as well as performing. As a former public and private school teacher, and veteran guitarist, I have found a deep passion and respect for the art of teaching).
I am a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas as a registered teacher, and have been for over a decade, having completed multiple studies with some of the most talented teacher-trainers in the U.S.
I have taught nearly a thousand students how to enjoy and develop skills on the instrument, having worked with a full-time student load for the past 16 years.
AT what age can a student start guitar?
Believe it or not, I have had success teaching students as young as 3! Additionally, many retirees have found a deep enjoyment in their developed competency on the instrument in my studio.
Where are lessons held?
My teaching studio is located in West Anchorage (Turnagain Arts Building) 4105 Turnagain Blvd E STE #202.
Do you offer Skype/FaceTime Lessons?
Yes, on a case-by-case basis. An in-person interview (free of charge) is required before formally starting these lessons, because many students are better served in-person, and may have difficulty learning via video/correspondence lessons.
How much do lessons cost?
Unfortunately well-trained, professional instruction is not the cheapest option. Please contact for more specific information.
Do you offer make up lessons?
No. Unless a lesson is missed by me for incredibly rare circumstances. Time is set aside exclusive for each individual student, and I expect students to schedule activities accordingly.
WHat can I do if there are no workable lessons times available in the schedule?
I run a wait pool for lessons. Please let me know if you'd like to be added to it, and I would be happy to set up a consultation in the interim.