Guitar Lessons (Ages 8+)
Guitar lessons are currently available with the teacher(s) listed below and are open to all ages 8 and above. Students must have access to their own classical, acoustic, or electric guitar for practice at home. For electric guitar students, amplifiers and patch cables are available for use during lessons. A method book may be required, and we advise that you wait until your first lesson before purchasing a book so that the teacher can assess and recommend appropriately, which book to purchase. All of the above instruments & supplies as well as additional supplies that may be useful for guitar lessons are available for purchase and/or rent from School of Music Arts. Please refer to our Rentals page for further details on instrument rentals.
Armin is a guitarist who specializes in jazz and classical guitar. He was the lead guitar player of his band and is a recipient of a 1st place position at Rhythms International Music Festival in Quebec City. Due to his past roles as a camp counselor and music therapist, he is extremely adept at teaching young and old students. His goal is to teach students a balance of musical theory, techniques, and standards within a performance/ensemble setting. Some of the topics taught by Armin in his guitar lessons include site reading notes, tuning by ear, timing, strumming patterns for various genres, scales and improvisation. Ultimately, Armin's students would have enough knowledge to be able to pursue guitar academically, or join an ensemble/band.
Madeline is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. She currently studies at Western University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in classical guitar performance. Madeline has won many competitions including the OMFA classical guitar provincial competition in both 2018 and 2019, as well as numerous Kiwanis music competitions in London and Toronto. In addition to classical guitar, Madeline is proficient in many other styles. She is the guitarist for the Don Wright Faculty of Music's Jazz Ensemble and has played electric/acoustic guitar in the pit orchestra for two productions at The Grand Theatre, Evita (2017) and Prom Queen (2018). She also played in rock bands from the ages of 8-14. While guitar is her main focus, Madeline is also an accomplished pianist. She has won numerous Kiwanis and provincial competitions for her playing and in 2019 she was the rehearsal pianist for The Grand Theatre's production of Titanic: The Musical. Madeline teaches Piano Lessons, guitar lessons and Ukulele Lessons and enjoys sharing her passion for music with her students.
Joel is currently entering his second year of Masters in Oboe Performance at Western after completing his Bachelor’s in Music Education. He has performed in many operas and musicals and has filled in for the London Community Orchestra as well as the Stratford Orchestra. While his main focus is the oboe he plays guitar and saxophone and has taught for 2 years previously at another music school in St. Thomas. Last summer he travelled to Italy for a 5 week opera program and also travelled to Guatemala to learn from the community and teach music with a group from Western University. This past year he taught senior students how to play oboe through the New Horizons program hosted at Western. At School of Music Arts, Joel teaches guitar and bass guitar lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Saxophone Lessons and oboe lessons. Joel focuses on how to create confident musicians through encouragement, inspiring students to learn more.
Andrew is a guitarist and composer from Newfoundland and Labrador, currently working towards a PhD in Music Composition at Western University. He holds a Masters in Music Theory and Composition from New York University's Steinhardt School as well as a Bachelors in Music (honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where his applied instrument was guitar. Andrew and his written music has been performed at numerous venues across Canada and other parts of the world. As a teacher, Andrew's background and resources have developed over 10 years of teaching guitar and bass guitar lessons, Ukulele Lessons and theory privately, coordinating music enrichment programs, classroom teaching, and many other community music engagements. Andrew's teaching style focuses on providing students with the guidance and skills to pursue their own passions and interests in music.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rate for guitar lessons start at $23.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Else Do I Need To Play?
There are additional supplies that may be needed throughout the course of your study, such as strings, tuners, capos, cables, picks and more. Also, as you progress, you might need new, more advanced method books so that you can continue to learn new songs and new techniques. We stock the basics to make sure every student has what they need to play, but other items can be specially ordered for you if needed or desired. For more information on product availability, please ask our administrative staff.