AZ Music Coach

AZ Music Coach

5.0 (4)
6 hires on
1 employee
34 years in business

About this pro

I've been teaching guitars and music theory for over 40 years. I also teach bass, acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars. I have the ability to teach slowly and thoroughly.  While we learn our chords, chord progressions and scales, I intersperse music theory so that you can understand what you are playing and write your own songs.  I have had the privilege of teaching many students that have become very good guitar players and some who have turned professional.   Most af all we have fun playing and learning.

I enjoy watching students "get it" - the excitement they have from learning something new.

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Mesa, AZ 85213
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4 Reviews


  • Dominic Smith

    Rod is a great teacher, has good resources and works at the pace you want! Highly recommend

  • Roger Ide

    I found Rod through this link. His first lesson was free to see if it worked for the both of us. I was a total rookie. I’m still working with him after several months. He is patient, prompt, and reliable. I’m still a rookie but I have learned a ton. Most of all I am enjoying learning and playing. I would recommend Rod to anyone wanting to learn the guitar. Thanks for your time. Roger Ide

  • Jeff Poulos

    I've been learning on my own for 2 years and have reached that plateau. In just 2 lessons, Rod has opened up a whole new musical world for me. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommended!

  • Jean Wilkinson

    Rod is a great teacher. He has the patience and positive feedback to keep me motivated and moving forward. He quickly identified my strengths as a beginning guitarist. With his assistance, I am continually discovering new possibilities for improving technique. As a result, I am gaining the confidence to express myself musically. He teaches a variety of musical styles. I am an older adult learner, and he understands the difficulties I experience. He is always willing to answer any questions between lessons. I would strongly recommend him as an excellent guitar teacher.

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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, chords, fingerpicking, strumming and start playing songs. 

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

I studied music 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.