AZ Music Coach

AZ Music Coach

5.0 (9)
10 hires on
1 employee
35 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching guitar (acoustic and electric), bass and pedal steel for more than 30 years. I received my degree in Music Education from Sioux Falls College in South Dakota. My specialization was in music theory and trombone performance while singing with the choir and madrigal groups. When young I studied piano and violin until the 6th grade then migrated to trombone which I played all the way through college.

I started playing guitar while in college and it became my instrument of choice. After several years of teaching myself acoustic guitar, I graduated to electric guitar, then pedal steel

guitar and then bass guitar. I began playing in bands and playing in clubs on the road for many years. During this time and to the present, I taught students around the country what I knew about playing, practicing and performing. I have coached many students on how to play just for their own pleasure and how to play with people in jam and band settings. 

Depending on the amount of practice the student puts in, they will develop not only an appreciation of many genres of music but the ability to play songs in many styles.

How quickly he or she learns the instrument is entirely dependent on the amount of time spent practicing. I am able to bring out the best music of which he or she is capable of playing.

You CAN make music and get the enjoyment that playing music offers.

Coaching and seeing progress in my students ( the 'aha' moments) are the most rewarding parts of my experience. I go to great lengths to determine how a student best learns and assimilates the ability to enjoy music for the rest of their lives. Each student learns in different ways and I accommodate all learning styles. I work with all ages and abilities.

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Mesa, AZ 85213
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9 Reviews


  • David Webster

    Very knowledgeable about the guitar. Lessons are clearly laid out In a way that I understand. He has obviously been an instructor for a very long time

  • Jonathan Garcia

    Great teacher, welcoming environment, and tons of technical experience

  • Victor Gonzales

    Rod is a good guy helped me figure out a ton of stuff I didn't understand with music theory in just one lesson. Looking forward to more.

  • Jonathan Garcia

    Great vibe, gives you guidance on how to be more successful in your guitar journey

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I do an assessment of what the student can currently do on the instrument and what they want to learn to play. We discover the manner in which the student learns - visual, audio, or touch. We then move into scales, theory, chords, fingerpicking, strumming a variety of songs. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I majored in music education at Sioux Falls College in South Dakota.  My most memorable experiences were in the Music Theory class. I've played piano and trombone frpm ages 6 to 18 then I picked up the guitar and never looked back.  I used my knowledge of music theory to learn not only guitar and bass but pedal steel guitar. When I started playing in bands, which I still do, the on the job training began.  I've had years of playing in bands and backing up solo performers. All of this because of the theory that I learned and was able to apply to any instrument.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My pricing structure is as follows: $25 for a half an hour, $30 for 45 minutes and $35 for an hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching by sharing what I learned with other musicians and learning from them, too. After doing this for a while I began teaching beginners in a music studio in California. From there, it's history.  I have been teaching in a music studio setting or from my own studio since then.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students from 6 years old to adults and retirees.  They have either been beginning students or students with some playing ability.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I've been working with a student for about 4 years now and he's gotten pretty good.  However, we have been working on theory, what chords go together and why they go together.  It's been a slow process for him but a couple months ago, while having a lesson he finally got it. The excitement was contagious.  It always is when a student "gets" something that we've been working on for a while. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If I were looking for a teacher I would look for a teacher that not only will teach me songs to play but the fundamentals of playing music. My objective would be to find somebody knowledgeable, someone that I could build a rapport with, some one that can communicate with me in the manner that I learn - visual, audio, or touch.