About Lessons

Here you will find details on lessons for guitar, fretted strings, and percussion.  For more info on piano lessons please contact Tiffany-Ann Gorton at:






Mission Statement: 

I will provide instruction of the highest caliber on all respective instruments.  Using curriculum I have either created myself or carefully selected I will guide my students towards their desired skill level and purpose on their instrument.  Whether a student is casually seeking a lifetime of musical enrichment, preparing themselves for college level playing, or playing gigs regularly I will help them achieve their musical goals. 


Student Expectations: 

Students that desire to progress quickly will need to at least play something on their instrument every day.  Practice routines do not necessarily need to be perfectly laid out, but playing on the instrument and reviewing what we went over on a daily basis is essential to rapid progress. If you can’t possibly play every day, this can be made up for by playing a little longer on other days, but if you can only play your instrument on one or two days of the week do not expect to progress very quickly.   



Students will need an instrument to play on!   They should also bring a folder for the various worksheets and assignments they’ll be receiving.  At some point it may become useful to have a binder to separate materials into categories.  Sometimes we will use a metronome during lessons.  I’ve found that many students simply don’t use them at home because they are so annoying, but if the student finds it helpful many free metronome apps are available for mobile devices or online.  The Matrix MR-500 is a standard physical model. 



I cover all cost of written material, but students should always remember to bring their books to the lesson with them! 



Guitar students should acquire the following: 

Guitar picks – a variety of thicknesses is fine, but over-sized picks are not recommended. 
Electronic tuner – I prefer clip on tuners such as the Snark SN-5.  Korg tuners are also fairly standard. 
Capo – A clamping device for easily playing chords in different keys.  Not necessary, but students who have an interest in chords and strumming should have one. The Kyser Guitar Capo is fairly standard. 
A small pouch for guitar picks is very handy! 
Students that play an electric guitar will probably want a small practice amp to play on at home and a cable.  Small Fender amps work well, Livewire and Monster cables come with lifetime warranties. 

It is recommended that younger students have an instrument that is proportionate to their size and height.  A ¾ size guitar is usually sufficient for a younger pupil.  If needed, ½ size guitars can also be found. I have had much luck with the Yamaha JR-1 ¾ size acoustic guitars. 

In my experience smaller sized electric guitars do not function very well.  Try at your own risk. 



Banjo students should acquire an electronic tuner such as the Snark SN-5.  Finger picks are optional, many great players use them, but I do not. 



Ukulele students should acquire an electronic tuner such as the Snark SN-5. Picks are optional.  Soft, felt picks for ukulele are available and often sound nice.  



Mandolin students should acquire an electronic tuner such as the Snark SN-5, and some small, oval-shaped mandolin picks.  Guitar picks also work fine. 



Drum students should acquire a set of drum sticks, a drum key, and a metronome.  2B drum sticks are good for beginners.  Smaller students should use smaller sized sticks. 



Twice a year I have my K-12 students make recording projects.  We create 1-3 small recordings and I email them out once they are completed.  The recordings serve as a sort of “Art Project” that you can take home with you, and allow you to hear your progress over time. Recording yourself is also an excellent practice tool. The recording projects are optional, but they are totally awesome and everybody should participate.  


Scheduling and Tuition: 

 Students may book lessons one at a time or reserve a weekly time slot in the schedule for a month at a time.  Please contact me for current tuition rates at:




There is a one day cancellation policy for one-at-a-time lessons, i.e. if the student cancels the day before the lesson no problem, but I would ask that the student pays for the lesson if they cancel the day of.

There is a two day cancellation policy for monthly lessons, i.e. if the student cancels the day of or the day before the lesson I will not be obligated to schedule a make up lesson, I do this so I can prioritize limited make up lesson times for students who let me know in advance. 

On a monthly tuition plan missed lessons do not carry over into the next month.

 Missed lessons may be made up during any extra times I have available, so please let me know if you're going to be gone ahead of time and we can try to set something up in advance.  I am very flexible with my schedule and am very committed to making up lessons, but I cannot 100% guarantee that available make up slots will be ideal for your schedule. 


I don't hold lessons on the following holidays:  

New Year’s Day 
Memorial Day 
Independence Day 
Labor Day 
Christmas Eve 
Christmas Day 

If a lesson should fall on a holiday it will be considered one less week in the month. 

Monthly tuition does not go up when there are 5 days in a month instead of 4.

45m and 60m sessions are available as well, with tuition adjusting accordingly.