“Attentive, patient, fun, and knowledgable.” - Curt W.
“His patience with teaching my five year old son to play guitar is amazing” - Rachel C.
“I can't recommend him highly enough” - Matthais B.
What Instruments Do You Offer?
Between our staff we offer instruction in all varieties of Guitar and Ukulele, as well as beginner-intermediate Piano, Banjo, Mandolin, Electric and Upright Bass. While we do not offer instrument in the classical strings at this time, the Milwaukie School of Guitar is next door to facilities offering instruction in Cello, Violin, Viola and Upright Bass and we are happy to make a referral upon request.
The Milwaukie School of Guitar will be expanding in 2022 to offer instruction in a wider variety of instruments.
How Much Do Lessons Cost?
The rate for private lessons is $30 for each 30-minute session, or $50 for each 60-minute session.
60-minute joint lessons are available for adult students who wish to take lessons together for $60/lesson
Students must be at least 5 years of age.
Are Lessons Taught Online or in Person?
Lessons are offered in person at the downtown Milwaukie studio as well as online for most instruments. Availability of time slots may vary by instrument.
How Do Online Lessons Work?
Online lessons are an excellent alternative to in-person lessons. We simply connect over Zoom to video chat and continue as usual. I have HD video and audio equipment so it's almost like I'm right there! Charts and Diagrams are shown live on-screen when needed, and files are shared instantaneously. Personalized videos and audio recordings allow you to practice along "with" me at home all week. Parents of young students may need to assist in tuning instruments, but otherwise it's pretty much like normal!
Do I Need any Special Equipment for Remote Lessons?
All you need is your instrument and a device with a camera and microphone. This can be a computer or tablet.
How Often Are Lessons Given?
Lessons are given weekly at a regularly scheduled time and place and purchased by the calendar month. Lessons are taken every week except for a certain holidays, or if the instructor is unavailable. You will receive an invoice at the beginning of each month with that month's schedule.
Can I Take Lessons Every Two Weeks/ Once a Month?
I have found that once a week is the most practical and effective schedule for consistent long-term progress. When lessons are more than a week apart students have more time to develop bad habits or practice something incorrectly. Students are also less likely to practice when lessons are more than a week apart because the "deadline" seems so far away. Lessons are scheduled once a week only.
Do You Offer Group Classes or Shared Lessons?
Shared lessons (2 students) are available for adult students. Contact for further details.
Group classes will be offered in 2022. If you are interested in group lessons, please fill out our Group Lesson Interest Form to be notified about future classes and provide input about what classes you would like to see offered in the future.