Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile. You have come to the right guitar teacher if you are looking to start playing guitar or if you have played for a while and are looking to take your playing to the next level. I have over 20 years of experience teaching players of all ages and all levels. You can check out my reviews on other lesson websites like Thumbtack.com and TakeLessons.com. I am an accomplished guitarist with a Guitar Performance Degree from Southern Methodist University with a passion for helping others learn and grow. I am a very calm, patient and encouraging teacher. I have the gift of taking someone with either no experience or a lot of experience and help them to realize their dream of playing better, either just for fun or for playing in front of an audience. I make lessons fun and enjoyable and at the same time challenging so that my students can see---and hear---their playing improve and gain confidence in their ability to perform.
I love to see and hear students improve and grow on the guitar. I take pride in my ability to serve my students' needs at whatever playing level they are at. It gives me great joy to see the twinkle in a student's eye when they've mastered a song or a particular technique or discovered a new and easier way to play something that they have struggled with over time.
I have had multiple guitar instructors over the years, but Mark exceeds them all. He not only brings talent and knowledge, but a sincere passion and excitement to help his students realize their dream. He is extremely flexible in terms of scheduling, changes, and even adjusting his lessons to suit the desire of the student. As an adult student, his lessons accommodate both my busy schedule and my "old fingers". On top of all his musical knowledge and expertise, he is genuinely a kind, honest, and outstanding person. I have never met a guitar instructor as great as Mark!
I am an adult beginner to the acoustic guitar and really appreciate the time that Mark takes to answer my questions and teach me the basics and theory behind the music we are working on. Mark notices the challenges that I may be struggling with and is patient and very helpful to overcome getting stuck. I can't say enough about the past year and half working with Mark.
I am learning how to play guitar the correct way and am progressing faster than if I were not taking lessons
We would highly recommend Mark! He has been giving guitar lessons to my son for 2 years and it has been fun to watch my son grow his music abilities. Mark tailors the lessons to my son's needs so that he is interested and challenged.
I like to talk with the student or the student's parent(s) to get a feel for what the student would like to learn on the guitar. If I know the student is just beginning I like to start out with a guitar method book and explain what we'll be working on and what they can expect to play over time. If the student is already an experienced player I listen to their playing and recommend what I think would be a good next step for them to get to the next level. We discuss artists that they like and any songs in particular that they would like to learn and the techniques required to play them.
I have a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Southern Methodist University. I am a lifelong learner so I am always looking for new ways to improve my playing and musicianship.
The quality of my teaching is very high, and it is affordable for most families, especially those families with other kids and/or other activities that have to be budgeted for each month. My standard pricing from my home studio in Chanhassen is $25.00 for a 30-minute lesson, $35.00 for a 45-minute lesson and $40.00 for an hour lesson. I do offer to teach at the student's location if it is within 5 miles of my home in Chanhassen. There is a small surcharge for travel time since I am not able to teach while I'm on the road. Outside the radius of 5 miles from my home would require a customized lesson time and price based on the distance.
I decided to start teaching guitar after hearing friends and acquaintances say how much they would enjoy playing guitar. I also heard many parents describe how they were looking for a guitar teacher for their child. It is a great fit for me because I have a passion for helping others and a love for playing guitar!
I have worked with students that range from six years old to sixty years old, from beginners to advanced players and my students like to play many different styles of music.
I hold an annual student concert/recital where my students get a chance to share what they've accomplished on the guitar. Our last concert/recital in May 2018 was a great success and a lot of fun!
My advice would be to set up a time to meet with the teacher and get a feel for his/her personality and teaching style. If that is not possible, then find another way to communicate with the teacher, either via phone or email to talk about lesson goals and recommendations.
I would suggest that students or parents should think about the level of commitment that they have to begin lessons. It does take work and practice to learn how to play guitar and keep getting better. If the interest and motivation are there, then contact a few teachers and see who feels like the best fit!