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Frequently Asked Questions

What styles of music do you teach?

Rock, pop, blues, funk, jazz, classical, folk, and metal. Curious about another style? Contact us.

What will students learn?

Some of the things we teach are: Songs, music reading (standard notation, tablature, chord charts), rhythm notation, intuitive counting, theory (Classical and Jazz), ear training, improvisation, and composition. 

How do we get started?

Get in touch through the contact form, email, or phone. We will discuss your needs and arrange a complimentary introductory lesson.

Where do you provide lessons?

We currently provide lessons in Santa Cruz, Soquel, Capitola, Aptos, La Selva, Scotts Valley, and Felton. If you live outside of these areas, we may be able to provide you with an instructor for an additional travel charge. Another option for intermediate and advanced students would be online lessons via Skype.

What are your rates?

$55 - 1/2 hour

$70 - 3/4 hour

$85 - 1 hour

How often is payment expected?

Payment is collected once a month, one week in advance of when the lessons commence for the pay period. 

What is your cancelation policy?

We understand sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. For this reason we offer one excused absence per pay period. Beyond that, 24 hour notification is required for missing a lesson, otherwise payment will be forfeited. 

What kind of guitar do you recommend?

Choosing an instrument is a very personal choice and will depend heavily on which musical style is being pursued. In most cases, we recommend starting with an electric guitar, unless the student is interested in classical music. One of the main reasons being that in the beginning stages, playing the guitar is hard on your fingers. Electric guitars are easier to play due to lighter strings and lower action (the distance between the string and fretboard). This can greatly diminish the discomfort and enable the student to progress faster. Fender and Ibanez offer an excellent selection of quality instruments at a wide price range. For detailed instrument recommendations, talk with your instructor or Contact us.

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