Andy Sorentino - Guitar Instructor  (Rock, Folk, Pop, Country, Christian).

Andy Sorentino - Guitar Instructor (Rock, Folk, Pop, Country, Christian).

5.0 (4)
5 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

I have been playing guitar in various capacities for over 40 years. I have taught beginners and intermediate students for the last 10 years. What ever your desires are relating to guitar, be it learning to play songs from a song book, learning to figure songs out by ear, improve your current playing abilities, I can help!  And make it fun!

I have taught students ranging in age from 8 yrs old, to adults in their 70s. If you enjoy music, and want to dive deeper into it, just to play for your own enjoyment, or, if you have an itch to learn to play in a band or jam with some friends, I can get you there!!

I enjoy the relationships we build while seeing growth in the student.  I aso love the challenge each student brings with their own diverse personality and ability and goals.

And, of course, there is the "staying young" aspect!  When my younger students bring in a request to learn a song from a newer musical group or artist, this keeps me open to new material all the time. Keeps me on my toes learning the newest music!

And sharing my love for music with as many people as I can through learning to play!!

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Credentials

West Chester Township, OH 45069
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Kristina Borglum

    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.

  • Larry Bouchy

    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!

  • Tyler Bonawitz

    Andy is an amazing teacher. He always knows what's best for my musical career even if I might not at the moment. He is supporting and became a good friend of mine very quickly.

  • Sid Chandrasekar

    Andy is seriously so much fun to learn guitar from. He listens to what I want to play, while also introducing theory and technical lessons. He's a really cool guy, and I've enjoyed learning guitar from him for the past 4 years. I would totally recommend him to anyone interested in learning!



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FAQs


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

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 and playing and then deciding on what they desire to learn and what they want to improve on.


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

I have taught at SideKick Studios in Liberty Township for the last 10 years.

I am currently part of an acoustic classic rock duo, Sunderman & Sorentino,  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 15 years, I had been involved with my church's Worship team, playing guitar for Contemporary Worship services and running sound when not playing.


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

Standard rates are $25 per half hour lesson. $40 per hour lesson if you prefer longer lesson time. These lessons are set up for once a week for a month at a time.

I currently teach only on Saturdays. So, if you need scheduled during the week, then at this time, I cannot be of assistance to you.

Also, if you are under 18 yrs old, please have your parent(s) fill out the information request and use their phone number. Thanks!


How did you get started teaching?

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.

That was over 10 years ago, and I've loved every minute of it!


What types of students have you worked with?

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.


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

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.


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

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?