The Lessons

The lessons are private sessions that last 30 minutes each, 45 minutes, or one hour, once a week at the same appointed time. For music instruction, experience has proven that private lessons are the most effective, because each individual is able to work at his/her own speed and the courses can be tailored to each individual. As well supplemental material can be supplied to students who need more work in a particular area. The regular instruction season coincides with the school year: September until June. Holidays are also designed to coincide with the school year with longer holidays scheduled at Christmas and Easter.

** Note that in this time of COVID-19, lessons have been taught remotely using the Zoom platform. I have a limited capacity to offer lessons in person. Those attending in person will be required to wear a mask at all times. I also cannot guarantee that you will be able to attend in person every week as I am trying to avoid students who come back to back occupying the same space as a student who has just left. You may have to alternate with the person who comes before or after you. As many students are continuing with having their lessons online every week. You won’t necessarily have to alternate. Get in contact and we will work something out. Policy for in person lessons is a moving target right now so things can change over time. Students who have been doing lessons over Zoom and would like to continue doing so will be able to continue doing so.

Instruments 

The instrument you play is the most important piece of equipment in your studies.

Instruction can be provided on acoustic (steel string, or nylon stringed),or electric instruments.

If you don’t own an instrument or have one that you aren’t too sure about, give me a call. I would be happy to make a recommendation for you.

Motivation Through Projects 

At the Saskatoon Guitar Studio there are a number of services and events that are offered to help motivate students. The studio encourages students to take part in musical projects that include: recording projects, the Saskatoon Music Festival, RCM exams, ensemble, and student recitals (at the end of the school year). Participation in all of these events is optional, these activities are provided to enhance your program.

Tuition 

Tuition is paid by post-dated bi-monthly cheques, eTransfer, or cash. A fee schedule will be provided at your first lesson.

Courses 

Courses are able to accommodate all levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced. The programs at the Saskatoon Guitar Studio are designed to be well rounded educational courses developing all areas of musicianship including: music notation reading, rhythmic accuracy, listening skills, tuning, music theory, and training the hands to work properly on the instrument.

All this is accomplished using familiar musical examples that are fun, challenging, and stimulating. As a student advances, it is then possible to branch out into more specific styles of music, and their special techniques.

Styles to choose from include: classical (my specialty), folk, country, rock, and finger styles (folk, Latin American).