AZ Music Coach

AZ Music Coach

5.0 (12)
14 hires on
1 employee
36 years in business

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Mesa, AZ 85213
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12 Reviews


  • Derrick Mendel

    Rod is able to wrap the music lesson around you rather than force you into it! He’s amazing. Highly recommend!!

  • Tony Cleveland

    I’m new to guitar though not so new to music. In the grand scheme of things though, I’m a beginner by all accounts. I searched for guitar instructors on-line and came across Rod. I’m glad I did, Rod is great. Rod’s theoretical understanding is awesome and I enjoy learning methods and techniques that will undoubtedly help me later. I appreciate his efforts to train me while also allowing for conversation on various topics of music. I feel the added conversation is valuable. The time passes fast when I’m at my lesson however, I feel like I’ve accomplished something plus have goals for the following week. Thank you Rod!

  • Jason Ku

    Rod is very knowledgeable and really fun to learn from! His lessons were well structured and intuitive to follow along.

  • 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

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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.