Excellent instructor. Very patient and reasonable with his fee. HIGHLY recommend to any musician at all levels.
Andy Sorentino is a beyond reliable guitar instructor who truly gives it his all and is dedicated to teaching his students to the best of his abilities. I could not recommend him enough.
Lessons were always enjoyable because he would teach songs that the student wants to play right from the start while also incorporating more technical lessons. I had nothing but great experiences taking lessons from Andy Sorentino for eight years.
The best guitar teacher I've ever had! He listens to what YOU want to achieve and builds lesson plans to meet your objectives. A great communicator who can clearly explain the whys and hows of guitar playing. Always prepared for your lesson objectives and available via phone or email to provide further guidance. Does what he says he will do! Don't look any further, hire Andy!
Each new student is different. I decide on the process depending on their current level of knowledge and what their goals are. A beginner with no knowledge of the guitar would begin with the very basics of the guitar and how to hold it, the various parts, tuning, etc. Someone with previous experience would be evaluated after talking with the student and playing and then deciding on what they desire to learn and what they want to improve on.
I taught at SideKick Studios in Liberty Township for the last 11 years. (until recently closed due to Covid-19 closures)
I currently play acoustic rock, country and pop music performing in small venues and restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati area.
I played professionally in several bands in Columbus, Ohio many years ago. In the last 18 years, I had been involved with my church's Worship team, playing guitar for Contemporary Worship services and running sound when not playing.
Standard rates are $30 per half hour lesson. $50 per hour lesson if you prefer longer lesson time. These lessons are set up for once a week for a month at a time.
Also, if you are under 18 yrs old, please have your parent(s) fill out the information request and use their phone number. Thanks!
I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge, beginning with training people on Audio equipment to run sound at our church. After giving a few private lessons on guitar for friends, I was encouraged to do it at SideKick Studios. (Now I am teaching out of my home in Colerain Township.)
That was over 11 years ago, and I've loved every minute of it!
I have worked with students as young as 8 years old, with very short attention spans, to Adults trying to fulfill items on their "bucket list", wanting to learn to play guitar. I've taught middle school students with diverse personalities and widely varied tastes in music and taught older folks that always wanted "to be able to rock" (really! That's how they said it!)
I've worked with students with learning disabilities where just the smallest advancement was a great accomplishment, to students that pushed me to create more lessons for them as they learned faster than the average student.
My advice would be to schedule a time to visit with that teacher (not just me, any teacher you are interested in hiring), have a talk with them, learn a bit more about them, try to get a sense of their personality and how they work, the environment where they work, etc. You want to feel comfortable with that person, as well as confident that they understand what your goals are for you or your child.
The prospective student should think about WHY they want to learn to play guitar. Is it because a friend plays and they want to be like them? Do they think it would be fun? It is, but there is some work involved.
Will they be willing to spend the time required to practice to get better? Do they actually have the time to practice? Many students, especially while in school, are so busy with extracurricular activites, that their time is already busy. Do they have time to spend with the guitar?
How far away from the teacher's studio where it would not be too much travel time and consume more time travelling to and from the lesson? You'd be surprised how long it takes to drive just 15 miles!
And a serious consideration is cost. Is the tuition going to be a burden on them or the family?