Smoky Hill Music

Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele Lessons Aurora CO

How much does it cost?
The fee is $25 per 1/2 hour lesson. One lesson per week, payable in advance for each calendar month.  

Is it a classroom situation? Will there be other students?
No. These are private lessons. Just you and your guitar. Parents are encouraged to attend their child's lessons.

Do I need to call each week to schedule a lesson?
NO. You purchase your time slot for the month at the beginning of the month.

Students are required to pay for each month in advance.


(Do NOT pay for a full month if there 3 or fewer lesson dates remaining in the month.)**

This will reserve your time slot  for the MONTH. If you start in the middle of the month, just pay for the remaining weeks in that month. Advance payment is standard practice in the music instruction field. It helps discourage frequent cancellations and no-shows.
Pay with check, cash, PayPal, or credit / debit card.

What if I have to miss a lesson?
Just call/text/email to let me know you can't make it. Give me as much notice as you can. At that time we can schedule a make-up lesson. It's best to take the make-up lesson as soon as possible, to make sure you stay focused and involved in practicing and learning. If  you fall behind, you will need to spend even more time reviewing and re-learning material from previous lessons. 

What if my child or I have a cold or flu or other illness? Should we come in for my lesson?

NO. Even if you have to cancel at the last minute, if you or your child are coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc or might be in any way contagious, just PLEASE RESCHEDULE and we will make up the lesson when you are feeling better and no longer contagious.

Read my cancellation and PAYMENT POLICY here

How often should I practice?
You should try to spend 30 minutes (or more) per day practicing your instrument. 

Is playing guitar difficult?
There are many instruments (violin, wind instruments, etc.) that are much more difficult to learn than guitar.
Most guitar students will be playing chords and songs very quickly. But it does require practice and effort.

Do I have to learn to read music?
Not if you don't want to. Many successful guitarists have never learned to read music. Most of our younger beginning students learn basic note reading skills. It helps them relate to melodies and learn the fingerboard while helping them develop the physical skills and coordination necessary for playing an instrument. It also gives a clear indication of their progress as they learn new notes and songs each week.

Studies show children who read music do better in school. Reading music strengthens math skills, comprehension and helps them learn to focus. Reading music involves math, science, history, art, foreign language and physical coordination.
Read more about my teaching style here.​

What method will you use to teach me to play guitar?
This depends on what you want to learn. My lessons are customized to the student's interest, skill level and goals. Most of my young beginning students use the Hal Leonard Guitar Method books mentioned above.

But other lesson material, such as song selection, techniques, etc. is customized for each student. 

How long will it take for me to learn to play?
This all depends on you. How often you practice, what your goals are, etc.

But with my methods, and your consistent practice, you will quickly be learning to play chords and songs.

The beauty of playing an instrument is that you are ALWAYS learning. The longer you've been playing, the more you'll want to learn.

Do you teach adults or retirees?
YES. You are never too old to learn to play an insrument! I have taught students ranging from age 5 to 80.

I bought a guitar instruction DVD. Do I still need lessons?
YES. While it is possible to learn from DVD's, most beginners find they need personal instruction. You can't ask questions of a DVD.

And DVD's can't correct any mistakes or bad habits in your playing. You need a teacher for this.

Where are lessons taught?
I teach at my home studio in the Saddle Rock area near Smoky Hill and E470.

I want to learn to strum chords so I can play and sing my favorite songs. Will you teach me?


I want to learn to play lead guitar so I can join a band.
Will you teach me?

My guitar needs some minor repair work. Will you do it?
YES.. Check out our Guitar Repair services.

How do I sign up for lessons?

Click HERE to Contact us
or-- Call or text: 720-277-5336

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