J M Tate Music - Lessons

J M Tate Music - Lessons

4.7(3 reviews)


My lessons are focused on showing students of any age, that they can have a lifetime of enjoyment out of playing an instrument or possibly even land a job with a working band ... if that's a goal.

I take the lessons further than just teaching the basic scales (guitar) or rudiments (drums) of the instrument(s) by showing students how to apply those elements into daily playing ... real world applications ... as every musician does. They're the foundation of playing music.

Playing music is FUN and it's something that can be with an individual for their entire life ! Music is a huge part of who I am ... it's something I will always have as a part of me and a passion I really enjoy sharing with my students.

I have been teaching music, on and off, for well over 30 years in both Canada and the US. At this stage of that journey, I've found that face-to-face, in person lessons are typically the best way to go. Hence, I don't offer an online service (Zoom, Google Meets, Skype, etc.). I travel to my student's homes (within a 10 mile radius of Downtown Summerlin) for their lessons. I don't have a requirement to purchase a "block" of lessons and maintain a flexible schedule allowing for changes (myself or the student) up to 24 hours prior. Students must have their own instruments.


Hired 5 times
1 employee
5 years in business
Serves Las Vegas , NV

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo, Zelle


Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Folk

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    Dale R.

    John is not only a good and patient teacher, he is also very knowledgeable about guitars and guitar history as pertains to some of the great ones. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with John. He makes guitar learning interesting, fun and is simply a great all-around teacher.
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    November 04, 2021
    Hired on Lessons


    Molly S.

    Hes very easy to work with and knows his stuff.
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    November 01, 2019
    Hired on Lessons


    Dani B.

    September 19, 2019
    Hired on Lessons

    Frequently asked questions

    My teaching process begins by discussing with the student (and/or his/her parents), what their goals on the instrument are. Once that is determined, we develop a lesson plan that will help them achieve those goals, but stay within the realm of keeping it fun and interesting.

    I have played music professionally for 35+ years and have taught privately, on and off during that time.

    For children between the ages of 8 and 13, I recommend a 30 minute lessons. However, each child is different and I am always open to discussing this with parents, based on the child's interest level.

    Rates listed below are per student and the student(s) must reside within a 10 mile radius of Downtown Summerlin (a common landmark, close to my residence). Groups rates for 3 or more students are available. Please contact me to discuss this option further.


    Per student (all ages):

    $30 / 30 minutes

    $45 / 45 minutes

    $60 / 60 minutes

    I have worked with students of all ages ... from beginner to experienced players. Each level brings it's own rewards for me as a teacher. Working with students ... regardless of age or skill level ... that want to reach a point of being able to play something recognizable (this is more specific to guitar than drums) and get enjoyment out of playing, is what it's all about !!!

    Talk to the prospective teacher and make sure that your goals are aligned with the teacher's lessons.

    I like to think of it this way ... If you simply wanted to get into good physical shape, you probably wouldn't hire a personal trainer that looked like "Hulk Hogan". You're better off hiring a trainer that looks the way you want to look. It's a pretty simple thought, but the logic applies to music lessons too. 

    How much time can the student devote to the lessons ? (i.e. weekly, every other week, once a month, etc.) How much time can the student devote to practicing ? Are you passionate about learning the instrument or are you just doing this because someone else (a parent, a partner, etc.), thinks it would be a good thing for you to do ?

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