Music Lessons Now Available!
Music Lessons Now Available!
I’m offering music lessons for students ages 8 and up, for all skill levels from beginners to advanced. I’ve been playing the guitar for 32 years, the violin for 30 years, and a number of other instruments for most of my life. I’ve studied classically and had both formal and informal private instruction across a wide range of musical genres and styles. I am also a classically trained vocalist (a high tenor).
I’ve been in multiple bands and ensembles over the years. For the past 13 years, I’ve been the fiddle player for the progressive bluegrass band Wanigan, known for our wealth of original story songs. I studied Music Ministry at Northwest Christian University, where my primary instruments were voice and guitar. I’ve taught privately and at several bluegrass festivals.
For more information, you’re welcome to read more about me here. You’re also welcome to have a listen to some of my music below.
Here’s how it works.
We’ll meet at your home/office, or we can make arrangements to meet in a classroom or our studio by appointment. Online lessons via Google Hangouts or Skype will be available soon.
Set your own pace- beginners thru advanced students welcome!
Discounts for military/service personnel and their families
All major credit cards and PayPal accepted
If your child has a strong desire to learn but you are unable to afford lessons, we may have a scholarship available. Please contact us for details.
Please contact me for current schedule openings!
We can meet in my studio, but my preference is to teach in your home or office. Students can often feel more relaxed and open to learning in their own environment and it can help to establish a habit of practice when they are learning in their own space.
I’ll travel to your place within 15 miles of Firewind Productions at no charge. For places 15-50 miles from Firewind Productions, there’s a $0.50/mile charge to cover gas and travel expenses. Alternatively, there are several places in Newport or the surrounding area that we can arrange to meet at, or when my studio is available we can meet there. For locations more than 50 miles from the studio, please contact me for travel arrangements.
All lessons are conducted as 30 or 60 minute sessions, taught weekly. You choose the session length that works for you! Advanced students are encouraged to schedule 60 minute sessions so we can get as much accomplished as possible, but I don’t require you to do so. When we get started, we’ll agree on a weekly time slot that works for everybody.
Lessons start at $35 for a 30 minute lesson, or $50 for an hour long lesson. You’re welcome to pay by the lesson, or you can save 15% by prepaying for a month, or 20% by prepaying for three months. If you pay monthly or quarterly, that tuition is a flat fee that cannot be pro-rated if a student misses a lesson. Students make up all missed lessons on the fifth lesson day of the month as it occurs. Students are not charged extra for months with five lesson days.
During the months of December, July and August lessons will be pro-rated as necessary for vacations for the end of the year / summer holidays. If a student needs to take a break from lessons, I ask as a courtesy a one week notice before the start of the new month.
In the event of a health or family emergency, it is always my preference to schedule a make up lesson or pro-rating the monthly payment. All make up lessons or pro-rated payments are solely at my discretion. Refunds will not be given on missed lessons without at least 24 hours notice.
If I need to cancel a lesson that has already been paid for, credit in the form of a make up lesson or pro-rated payment will be made.
Questions? Let me know!