McMingus Guitar Instruction

McMingus Guitar Instruction

5.0 (5)
7 hires on
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

Teaching is its own reward so getting a chance to help someone learn the thing I'm most passionate about is the most important to me. I actually care and I truly want my students to succeed. 

Literally everything. There's nothing that I don't enjoy. 

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Cleveland, OH 44109
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5 Reviews


  • Lynn Doskocil

    Jason is an excellent instructor. With a teaching degree as well as musical talent and expertise, he makes learning fun and worthwhile. I highly recommend him.

  • Rich Schlenk

    Jason is really patient and encouraging. He creates meaningful and achievable goals week to week. I truly look forward to my l lessons. I’m a 51 year old beginner and feel like I’ve made a lot of progress thanks to his guidance and enthusiasm. On top of that Jason is just a super nice guy and is clearly teaching for the joy of doing so.

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  • Paxton

    I've known and worked with Jason since 2000. In all the time up to the present, I've haven't met another guitar player with as much enthusiasm, dedication, curiosity, and skill. Some people are good players/bad teachers-good teachers/bad players, it's the ones like Jason you want to be around -amazing teacher/amazing player, and as a bonus a great guy. He's knowledgeable is many... styles, theory, breaking out of theory, and if you're into it he can teach the ways of Kiss(fire breathing).

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

I love working and playing with new people so I make it a priority to learn the interests of my students ahead of time. This helps me come up with an effective and interesting set of lessons. I also come up with a short term (weekly) lesson plan as well as a long term, stretch goal so we can track progress. I also like to find out what they listen to and who their favorite players are. 

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

I have been playing guitar for 27 years, played in 5 bands and took jazz guitar while studying for an education degree at Akron University. Upon graduating I began teaching guitar immediately. My education degree has helped me become an effecitve guitar teacher because I can properly utilize lesson plans, evaluate progress and instruct using methods best received by my students. While I love jazz, I play and teach a variety of styles. 

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

$15 per 45 minutes.

How did you get started teaching?

Playing in bands and writing music was how I started teaching. Having to explain the music that was being written and helping others do the same opened the door to my passion with guitar teaching. It was at Akron University that my love of jazz propelled me into teaching as much as possible. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginner and intermediate students. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The watershed teaching moment of my career was getting one of my current students to play a couple difficult jazz pieces and a original rock composition in front of an audience for the 1st time ever. Having to not only prepare them for the event, but also how to deal with their nervousness in a positive manner was an incredible moment. 

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

Figure out what you really want to learn and speak with the instructor ahead of time about their ideas on how to get you there. Be clear about your goals. Do you want to learn a couple songs or are you more interested in styles or theory? 

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

Again, figure out what your goals are and also your trepedations. Be vocal about them so that the instructor can best assess and address your needs. 

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