Hillwood Music LLC

Hillwood Music LLC

5.0 (11)
3 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee

About this pro

I feel I offer the best in guitar instruction on electric or acoustic guitar and bass guitar after many years of experience both as a player and teacher.  I equip each of my students with the skills and techniques needed to play the music they love with a clear and complete method.

All students are welcome from beginner to advanced. I teach every aspect of playing including chords, scales, improvisation, rhythm, harmony and theory, but that's just information until we experience the excitement of how it all comes together in a song. I cover everything about guitar but lessons are not dry, repetitive and boring. My goal is for the student to be excited and challenged at the end of each lesson.

I want all of my students to enjoy the feeling of success in playing the music they love, on the level they want to play, while building a deeper understanding and joy for music.

All styles of music are taught including rock, jazz, blues, classical, pop etc. There's nothing we can't do on the guitar. 

I enjoy seeing people succeed, seeing their eyes light up when then get it and the joy in their faces. I treasure the relationships that have developed through lessons and the many conversations that are shared. It's real life with real people. 

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Norwalk, CT 06850
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11 Reviews


  • Jason Murphy

    Was learning on my own, trying to focus just on the basics and understanding the fret board and thought it was time for a proper instructor. Didn't really know where to look, so I gave Lessons.com a try. Tod responded right away and I reached out to set up my first lesson. Have been going for about a couple months and he's been great. Helping me focus directionally and clearing up some of the fog. I highly recommend, he's a good guy!

  • Sarah

    "In all of the phases of learning guitar that I’ve passed through there always seems to be a few difficult steps to get to the next level. Tod has always helped bring me through those steps. This has taught me that with determination I can do anything."

  • Tommy

    "Tod has always been an influential teacher to me. In fact, his skills and teaching abilities have enabled me to become a better player and more musically inclined. His instructing method has led me from the basics of reading music to discussing uses of a Mixolydian mode. Not only has Tod been an outstanding teacher, but also a great friend who I have had more fun with on Wednesday nights. I can't tell you what a difference Tod has made in my playing and ease on the fretboard."

  • Dylan

    “Playing guitar with Tod is a lot of fun and he is a great teacher and it is easy to learn when he is teaching you. He always keeps it interesting and exciting and you can decide what you want to play. I really look forward to guitar lessons every week with Tod! "

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

I want to get to know the student's musical interests so I can better steer the lessons to the style of music they enjoy. It makes what they learn more relevant. For instance, if we are learning about suspended chords I can show them examples from songs they already know. Also, if a student has been playing guitar already I want to find out what their abilities are to better focus on the best direction to take.

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

After attending Boston University I studied privately with a number of teachers in and around the New York City area.

Linc Chamberland was my primary teacher and also influenced my teaching style.

I've been teaching, performing, composing and recording since and love it.

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

I have different pricing options for 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute lessons and would be glad to discuss them with you as well as the length of each term.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been playing since I was 11 years old. As I got older and started to perform people were always asking me for lessons. I first started teaching to supplement my income but grew to love it and discovered it was a perfect fit for me. I love the one on one, and seeing people succeed,and getting the most out of their time by cutting through all the information out there in the quickest possible way.

What types of students have you worked with?

I teach students of all ages from beginner to advanced, electric and acoustic guitar in all styles of music. Currently my youngest student is 7 years old and my oldest is 75. I have a lot of music and I'm always adding new songs but I encourage students to bring in anything they've been listening to and I will show them how to play it note for note. I also want my students to understand what they're doing no matter what their level of playing is. Then they can ultimately teach themselves and find their own personal style of playing.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

There are so many. Two former students who all have families, jobs and busy lives took me out to dinner, I took 2 of my high school students to a jazz concert that we all enjoyed and recently I've been teaching a former student who is finishing his music degree. I've been able to fill in and around what he's been learning and take him further.

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

Lessons are personal and you want a teacher who is personable and has a command of the instrument. The best teachers make it simple. I had a teacher say to me when I started out that understanding music should be the easy part if the teacher knows what they're doing. He went on to say that "playing it" is what takes time!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

To give yourself the best chance of success you should plan on committing to a lesson a week for several weeks. Put the lesson time in your calendar and plan around it the best you can. Think about what music you would like to play and even what you don't like. Are you into rock and roll, blues, jazz or acoustic, fingerstyle, classic or alternative etc. or maybe all of it!