Guitar Woodshed

Guitar Woodshed

4.8 (5)
Best of 2021
5 hires on
1 employee
32 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: At the Guitarwoodshed, our mission is to provide our students with the highest quality musical education available. We provide online lessons via Zoom or Skype. When done properly, Zoom and Skype are viable learning platforms, and allows access to high-quality teachers that might otherwise be out of reach geographically. I broadcast private lessons in high definition with stereo sound. Please feel free to inquire about online remote music lessons. I hold a terminal graduate degree and multiple undergraduate degrees in music. In addition, I have decades of experience as a professional musician and educator, and a national professional profile in music and guitar education. Whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced player, I strive to make the learning process fun, cohesive, creative, rewarding, and challenging. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Mon-Fri: 3:00 pm-9:00 pm Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm Other times may be available, please ask!

Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection

Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: At our first lesson, we take time to determine the goals of each individual student. Our lessons are tailored to help each player meet their specific goals while instilling a firm foundation in important musical concepts. We assess and acknowledge strengths while finding creative ways to shore up and refine weaknesses in playing. Our goal is to help the student refine their melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic vocabulary, their knowledge of repertoire, and to nurture their own creative impulse. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Private and group lessons in guitar, bass, improvisation, music theory, music composition, music production/engineering/production, and sound design.

Lessons are at our main studio at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. Skype lessons are also available for your convenience. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: If you are looking for lessons from an experienced, committed, compassionate, educated, and dedicated music teacher with almost three decades of teaching experience, over thirty-six years as a practicing musician, please consider lessons at the guitarwoodshed. Please feel free to call us to schedule a trial lesson, or to ask any questions you might have about our approach to music lessons and learning.

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Niagara Falls, NY 14301
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5 Reviews


  • Susan Prior

    Jason is a very knowledgeable and qualified instructor. He teaches and provides a student with information that is just above their current level. This creates a challenge and the opportunity to excel faster. He's teaching technique is not just to introduce student to daily exercises to practice, but he also gives the student experience by along side the student. This gives the student a feel for what it is like to play in a band. He has a great teaching technique and very encouraging.

  • Tracy Hoffman

    Jason is working with my ten year old autistic son, and is amazingly patient!

  • Melissa Garcia

    Jason is an amazing teacher with so much patience and knowledge. A teacher goes beyond what you know ... Can they convey it in a way that can be comprehended and appreciated through the passion they share; Jason does just that!

  • Melissa Garcia

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

We analyze your interests, take note of your strengths and weaknesses, and work together to create a lesson plan that will support and encourage you to take the right steps in your practice to reach higher levels of playing. This holds true for the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional.

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

I have been teaching full-time since 1989, and hold a terminal Master of Fine Arts degree in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy, and bachelors degrees in jazz guitar and music theory and composition. I have taught as a college professor for 12 years, and as a faculty member at the internationally known National Guitar Workshop for over a decade. I have studied with some of the biggest names in the guitar community and am well-versed in many different styles of playing. I am a seasoned professional teacher with a track record of thousands of successful students who are performing all over the globe.

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

lessons are $25 per half hour or $50 per hour on Skype or Zoom.

How did you get started teaching?

I was asked by some friends in 1989 to teach them privately. Since that time, I have taken my professsion seriously and have worked hard to refine my abilities through an exhaustive formal study of the instrument and ways to transmit information to new, intermediate, and advanced players.

What types of students have you worked with?

i have taught absolute beginners from ages 5-85, college students in undergraduate and graduate music programs, master classes to international guitarists, special interest clinics for working professionals, private lessons to hobbyists who enjoy strumming chords and playing songs at home, and many others. My depth of experience as a guitar educator spans almost three decades and has allowed me to share my love of music with people of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities.

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

Although other professions, such as a dentist or lawyer or school teacher, have governing bodies that set standards to determine proficiency, guitar teachers do not answer to any set of qualifications or standards that allow the prospective student to gauge quality. Unfortunately, this has led to an abundance of under-qualified teachers leading unknowing students to develop poor musical habits that are detrimental to growth. It is important to ask for the background, education, and experience of any prospective teacher, including their college degrees. If these answers seem promising, ask to schedule a paid trial lesson. This can help one find the right fit in order to make the most progress on the guitar without having to overcome any bad habits that might be burned in through poor instruction.