Thomas Shugar Guitar Studio

Thomas Shugar Guitar Studio

23 years in business

About this pro

My custom guitar curriculum covers chords, scales, theory, ear training, finger excercises, and understanding how ALL of these elements of music come together. You get the 'BIG Picture' of music instead of just learning chords, and reading notes.....never getting to where you want to go with music. I want you to be a ble to play, and enjoy music to the fullest, deepest degree. Everthing else is a waste of time.  

I LOVE teaching guitar, and seeing the 'lightbulb' go on when the student makes a new connection. I'm happy when the student is happy! 

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Reading, PA 19604
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Step 1. Get the fingers on the fretboard, working each finger to devlop stenghth, and coordination. Step 2. Teach some basic chords, scales, and strumming patterns, along with basic chord progressions. Step 3. Inrtroduce harmonic structure- chords, keys, and how they relate to everyday music.

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

WAY too much to list here!  See 'About Thomas Shugar' on web page:


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

I charge $25.00 a 1/2 hour lesson. 

How did you get started teaching?

I followed my passion- Music.

What types of students have you worked with?

ALL types from rockers, metal heads, blues busters,  to classical students. I also offer a college prep course. 

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

Take a lesson, and see how much different my method is. 

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

I have students write down their bands, or songs that they like, and what their goals are. Then, I help them to attain such goals.