Smoky Hill Music

Smoky Hill Music

5.0 (7)
Best of 2022
10 hires on
18 years in business

About this pro

My lessons are customized to the individual students goals and interests. 

-Playing professionally since 1983.

-Teaching locally in SE Aurora since 2004.

-Patient, fun teaching style with students of all ages.

-Multi-instrumentalist: guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, pedal steel guitar.

-Multi-genre: Offering specialized instruction in many music styles:  Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk, Fingerstyle and more...

-Music producer:  I've produced song demos and album projects for songwriters, soloists and bands in my home recording studio.

Songwriter: My original rock instrumental guitar music was heard by a nationwide television audience during the CBS broadcast of the 2003 NCAA basketball tournament Final Four and Championship games, and during the 2004 NBA playoffs on TNT. I've also written a collection of country songs.

--Luthier - I build and sell custom electric guitars with the help of my father, who is also a guitar picker and a very skilled woodworker. We offer quality guitar and stringed instrument repairs, adjustments and set-up work including: setting intonation, string height, truss rod adjustment, fret dressing, nut slot adjustments, lacquer finish touch-ups, pickup replacement, electronics repairs, etc...

Every day teaching is fun and rewarding. The students always brighten my day. I absolutely love my job!

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Aurora, CO 80016
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7 Reviews


  • Brion Maki

    Having a great time.

  • Gary Fields

  • Amanda Watts

    Phil is amazing! My son loves “jamming” with him. We are so glad we found him.

  • Nicole Lewandowski

    Phil is very patient with my son. My son looks forward to his lessons. Phil is doing a great job.

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

It depends on their goals and any prior musical experience. Beginners learn the basics of course, and then we push into styles or techniques that interest them or are necessary to help them reach their goals. 

Students who have prior experience are evaluated to see where they need help.

With all students there is ongoing conversation about their progress, music interests, and techniques or theory topics that may interest them or help them advance.