Rodgers, Dale K

Rodgers, Dale K

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About this pro

Hi! My name is Dale Rodgers.  I'm a composer/guitarist/music teacher based in Mentor, Ohio.  I quit the fast-food business world almost 25 years ago to pursue my passion for all things "music". I've been playing for over 60 years, and I love passing what I've learned onto others.

It's not work if you LOVE what you do. I don't work. 

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Mentor, OH 44060
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4 Reviews


  • Sally Kerestesy

    he was very supportive and informative

  • Brenda Jackson

  • Nancy Inman

    Dale is an accomplished musician and I have already learned a great deal from him. Looking forward to future lessons with him. He is also a very kind and patient person. I’m glad that we’ve met!

  • Nancy Inman


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

listen to what the student wants to learn.  Some want "hum & strum" music, while others want a more serious approach toward fingerstyle jazz or classical guitar or piano.  I start with assessing the level of the student, then work from that point foward.

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

I've been involved with music for my entire life. Piano for 10 years, brass throughout elem. & high school. Acquired a guitar at age five and found what would eventually become a career. I taught guitar and played professionally while in high school and college, then spent 25 years in business to support my family. But each evening I still found time to escape into my music. Nearly twenty years ago, after our last one left home, I quit the business world to pursue my love of music full time.

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

$30/ half hour -  $50/ hour lesson, once or twice per week

How did you get started teaching?

A business client of mine was a small music shop owner in Chardon, Ohio.  His classical guitar instructor quit to take a university teaching job out of state. What started as 4 students became 8, then 20 & then a new career.

What types of students have you worked with?

Every kind of student iminaginable.  From 8 to 80 years. Kindergardeners to surgeons, grandmothers to mechanics.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A friend of mine is pursuing an advanced degree in violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He asked me to compose a violin - guitar duet for his required recitals.  The end result was a ten minute long composition called "Eclipse" consisting of six minatures describing the entire day of the total eclipse last summer. The performance this past January was a complete joy for me, and was well received by the audience.

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

Find someone who loves music, and loves to pass that along..