Providence Guitar Academy

Providence Guitar Academy

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5 years in business

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14 Benefits of becoming a Providence Guitar Academy student:

1.Custom Tailored Guitar Lessons 

Every new student has unique goals and aspirations when starting guitar lessons. My goal is to help students achieve what they are most excited about. Music is my passion, and I love sharing it with you. No two lessons are the same, because each one is centered around you! Lessons are designed around the goals of each individual student, so your goals become my goals!

2. Work on the music YOU enjoy!

I teach a variety of musical styles, from rock to jazz, classical to pop music. It is essential that you enjoy the process of learning a musical instrument, and this is achieved by focusing on the music you like.

3. Providence Guitar Academy offers mobile music lessons - I do the traveling so you don't have to!

Tired of sitting in traffic on your way to a music lesson only to arrive late? In-home lessons are very helpful for parents that have a lot on their plate, and could use one less "place to be". This is the ultimate hassle free approach to guitar lessons! In-home lessons are also very popular for busy adult students that have trouble finding the time to travel to and from lessons. Many students just enjoy learning in the comfort of their own home. 

4. Skype lessons! 

Another great option for students with hectic schedules, or that just want to avoid the commute. Skype lessons are a great option on a continuing basis, or for certain weeks that you may be out of town or extra busy. Consistency is key if you want to keep on pace and improving. Take lessons anywhere in the most convenient way possible!

5. Study with an experienced, qualified Guitar Teacher

I have over fifteen years of extensive teaching and performance experience, with bachelor and masters degrees in music. I am dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. In addition to my teaching credentials, my students find that I have a warm and friendly personality. I am dedicated and passionate about teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

5. Proven track record

Many of my students have gone on to become gifted and successful performers in rock, pop, and jazz bands around New England. My students have won numerous competitions in classical guitar performance and have performed in Carnegie Hall. My former students have also been admitted to university music programs and conservatories.Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying.

6. Guitar lessons are our specialty

Most music schools offer guitar lessons, however, guitar is just one of the many instruments they offer. At Providence Guitar Academy you will learn guitar from someone with over a decade of performance experience, who has achieved undergraduate and graduate degrees in guitar performance and composition, and who has successfully taught hundreds of students over the last 15 years. I am 100% guitar-focused!

7. Learn foundational skills

I integrate music theory, sight reading, ear training, practice habits and improvisation into our music lessons. This will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the music while building a strong foundation for musical excellence. Many of the students that come to us after taking guitar lessons at other music schools note that they learn much more, much faster at Providence Guitar Academy.

8. I teach all levels from beginner, intermediate to advanced - from children to adults.

If you are a complete beginner and have never taken a music lesson in your life, you've come to the right place! I have also helped many experienced players achieve higher levels. I am equally comfortable teaching a new beginner their very first song as I am preparing a Berklee College of Music applicant for auditions.

9. Choose to learn from an assortment of methods and styles.

I teach from a variety of method books - such as the Berklee Method, Aaron Shearer, Hal Leonard, The Children's Guitar Method, and the ABRSM graded rubric.

10. Technologically advanced guitar lessons

I incorporate the newest advances in technology into my lessons - such as the use of an iPad, with apps such as the Amazing SlowDowner, which slows down songs to make them easier for the student to learn and play along with at first. Ultimate Guitar software, YouTube, and guitar method apps make learning the guitar interactive and fun!

11. Central location in the Oakhill neighborhood of Pawtucket.

Easily accessed by exits 24, 25, 26, and 27 on Rt.95. We’re 5 minutes away from the East Side of Providence, Blackstone Blvd, Hope Street shopping centers, Summit neighborhood, ice cream and coffee shops, and much more! On-street parking is permitted in front of our location.

12. Morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.

I offer lessons as early as 10 a.m. and I see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

13. Month to Month lessons.

The Providence Guitar Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.

14. Free yearly recitals 

Every parent wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital. For our students these recitals are free and unlike many schools in Rhode Island, we do not charge recital participation or admission fees.

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Pawtucket, RI 02860
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first learn what kind of music the student enjoys, and what their individual goals are. All of my lessons are individually designed around the goals of the student, while also building a strong foundation of technique, creativity, and interest, so the student can reach their goals while enjoying the process of learning fundamentals. It should always be fun - it's music!

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

I hold a BA in jazz performance and an MM in classical composition from the University of Rhode Island, where I graduated summa cum laude.  I was the recipient of various grants such as the Bobby Hackett Jazz Scholarship and the Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Education Fellowship. I am passionate about music education and have over 15 years of experience teaching guitar and composition at music schools, high school, and collegiate level. I also perform, compose and arrange for a wide variety of music for jazz, classical, and rock bands. I have over a decade of professional performance experience. In addition to my teaching credentials, my students consider me to have a warm personality, friendly, patient, and that I strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

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

The Providence Guitar Academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis. If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.


$30.00 per 30 minute private lesson held once a week. 

There is a one time registration fee of $20.00

But... we will waive the $20.00 fee for Thumbtack subscribers! We also offer Thumbtack subscribers a one-time trial lesson!

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Lessons are first come, first serve 

so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching guitar and bass lessons in 2003 while studying jazz performance at CCRI. My guitar instructor at the time saw my dedication to the instrument and soon hired me to teach at his facility. I quickly gained a passion for sharing the love of music through education. I currently maintain a busy schedule teaching, performing, and composing - and am happy to say that I'm doing what I love!

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with customers of all ages and abilities, with ages that range from 5 to 70 years old! I have prepared high school students for auditions to collegiate music programs, and young classical guitarists preparing for guitar competitions and recitals. I have also worked with middle aged and senior students that were simply looking for a fun new hobby. I have taught everything from Bach to the Beatles!

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

I would advise that they ask the prospective instructor about their teaching method, teaching experience, as well as their collegiate and performing experience. Also, try to find a teacher that is patient, friendly, and nice to be around - learning guitar with oscar the grouch would be no fun no matter how good they are!

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

How many years have you been teaching guitar? What styles of music do you teach? Do you have a degree in music? Do you perform regularly? What is your teaching method?