Music Education

Beginning Guitar Class, Germantown

 

Besides performing I am active in music education. I’ve written two instructional play-along books for Hal Leonard Music (including Gypsy Jazz for Ukulele) and taught privately and in public and private schools (including 6 years in the classroom) on and off since the late nineties. I integrate theory, technique, ear training, reading and musical history into the songs we play in lessons. My goal is to get you playing what you want to while still connecting you to the larger musical world.

Everybody can learn to play and get quite good  if they’re motivated to practice. I’ve taught folks as young as five and older than 70. Many of my current and former students are now performing musicians (a partial list of the gigs my students are playing summer 2017: Summerfest, Chill On The Hill, Pridefest, Skyline Concert Series, Irishfest, Arte Para Todos) but you don’t need to be on stage- making music feels great!

I teach private and group lessons at all levels as well as Beginning Guitar classes offered through several Rec Departments.

Here are some of my young students playing…

 

Here is Jacob playing an Irish reel:

Here’s a few reviews from    , an online venue for offering services:

10 reviews

“Guy has been teaching our young daughter for the past few months. We have been very pleased as he demonstrates a high level of patience, gentle approach, and history of teaching expertise. His rates are also very competitive. Overall, it has been a very enriching and fun experience for our girl.”

-Meg Olson, Wauwatosa

“Guy has a clear way of explaining musical concepts. Attempting to learn a new instrument can be intimidating at times, but Guy breaks the process down into digestible, bite size pieces. His knowledge and experience as a musician is helping me become a better musician and gain confidence as well. I appreciate how he uses music that is relevant to me as a platform to teach musical elements.”

-Elizabeth Schmid, Milwaukee

“Guy has a great personality for making his students feel comfortable. His greatest attribute is his patience and relaxed method of teaching. He takes the time to repeat and slow it down until the student gets it, including demonstrating on his guitar. He also demonstrates how common chord progressions are used in popular music….His assurance and confidence in me keeps me practicing hard. I would recommend him to anyone interested in learning how to play the guitar.”

-Vincent Basille, Wauwatosa

“Guy is an excellent teacher. He’s a skilled guitarist and can play a wide range of music. He’s very laid-back, creates a great learning environment and always offers tips and tricks on how to improve. He’s extremely patient and will work with you until you master the piece of music or technique you’re struggling with. Guy selects appropriate music that we can play with a bit of practice. Plus, he chooses songs we recognize, which helps motivate me to practice. As a beginner, I felt like I made a lot of progress in the first six weeks. I highly recommend Guy as an instructor.”

-Alexa Hackfort, Milwaukee

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