Phil Lashley began his studies of the guitar at age thirteen learning basic musical concepts such as reading standard notation, chord patterns and finger style guitar. By age sixteen he began his study of the classical guitar and was accepted into the Shortridge School of Performing Arts program in Indianapolis. In addition to the guitar he also studied music theory, sight singing and music history. After high school he was accepted into the Ball State University School of Music and received the Young Artist Award which is the highest award given by the university. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Ball State, Phil taught at Illinois State and Indiana Universities teaching non-majors in a class room setting.
Since 1993 Phil has taught the guitar privately teaching students of all ages, levels and styles. As a private teacher Mr. Lashley has organized recitals allowing guitar students to perform a wide variety of musical styles including: Rock(all eras), blues, jazz, country, finger style and classical. Phil has also prepared students for auditions to schools of music in universities and conservatories, many of whom have won scholarships.
Phil is also a performer that plays in rock bands, traditional Irish bands and as a soloist. He appears regularly at the local Claddagh, 9 Irish Brothers, Indianapolis Irish Fest and the central library. Mr. Lashley also performs at weddings and other special events with a band and as a soloist.
Since 1990 I have enjoyed working with students of all ages, levels and styles. Watching children grow in their studies of guitar and music in general in very rewarding to me. I've also seen teens, and adults get a life enriching expierence from playing the guitar. Some students choose to play in recitals and share their expression of music with others. Playing music for one's own personal enjoyment can be equally fulfilling. What I enjoy most about teaching guitar is tailoring the lesson plan around the student's needs, desires and abilities; one size does not fit all.
Phil is kind and patient and is able to grab my son’s attention. My son loves going and is learning quickly thanks to Phil. He is truly an exceptional teacher!
He has amazing patience with teaching me the guitar.
He had a ton of patience with me. My lessons were always very informative and fun!
Wonderful experience - my 10 year old son has been taking lessons for 2+ years, loves classes with Phil and has learned a lot!
Asking what the student's musical background is--if they have one. How long have they wanted to learn the guitar; what kinds of music is the student interested in. I then introduce the guitar lesson book and explain how it is organized. How to tune the guitar comes next, followed by seating position and correct hand position, then we're ready to start playing. I conclude the first lesson by telling the student what I expect of them: the frequency of practice, how long to practice each time and consistent attendance.
I have a bachelor of music degree from Ball State Universtiy and did master of music coursework at Illinois State and Indiana Universities. I also have been teaching students of all ages, levels and styles since 1990.
I have two studios: Noblesville/Westfield ($25 per half hour lesson), Carmel ($30 per half hour lesson).
When working on my masters degree, I taught class guitar and private lesson as part of a graduate assistantship.