5.0 (12)
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2 years in business

About this pro

One of the richest feelings in the world is giving the gift of learning music to someone.  I strive to meet the individual needs of each student in a way that is enriching to them. 

I have been teaching music since 1987 and have traveled all over the world as a performer and lecturer.  

I hold a BM in Performance (Jazz Studies) and an MM in Composition from Shenandoah Conservatory.  I served for 20 years as a guitarist and bassist with the United States Marine Corps Band and the US Army Band "Pershing's Own".

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Falls Church, VA 22046
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12 Reviews


  • Shannon Woods

    Dan tailors lessons to the student, and helps you focus on areas you need development with material you find interesting and engaging. There's no one-size-fits all approach here! He's also great at explaining things, and treats all of his students with respect & care.

  • Keith Gates

    Dan is a friendly guy who has an impressive knowledge of guitar playing, guitar players, thousands of songs, and all kinds of fancy music theory. His lessons are relaxed and fun.

  • Tommy

    Dan is great. He is incredibly knowledgeable about music, not just guitar. He has helped me with everything from shredding and accuracy to country style guitar. Whatever your goals are from writing, performing or just getting better for your own enjoyment, Dan can help you in a fun. He's also a great person to ask about equipment as well. I'm very happy I found him as my teacher!

  • Jen L.

    Dan is a patient, encouraging teacher. If I’m having a hard time with some aspect, like my hand position, he takes a problem solving approach and gives me practical tips that immediately helps me improve. On top of that, he is so encouraging and kind, it makes me want to learn more.

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

With a beginner I take the lead for the first few lessons to make sure the student is getting off to the best start.  As soon as possible I like to incorporate some music the student likes so they can get that rush of making music.

With a more experienced student the first steps are to find out where the student is and where they want to be.  This allows me to fill in any knowledge and technique gaps and form a plan for the student to follow towards their musical goals. 

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

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies)
Master of Music in Composition

30 years touring and recording experience. 

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

30-minute recurring lessons $45 each. 
60-minute recurring lessons $60 each.

30-minute one-time lesson $60.
60-minute one-time lesson $100.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching in 1987 at a small shop in my hometown of Benton Arkansas.  

I didn't really know what I was doing at first but I enjoyed teaching so I always stuck with it even while I was touring. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 4 and as old as 92.  I have also had the immense pleasure of working with special needs students including several blind students.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am very proud of the work my students put into maintaining their practice throughout the quarantine.  I worked very hard to make their lessons as enriching as possible while transitioning to remote learning and they all stepped up and met the challenge!

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

Always hire the teacher with the most teaching experience.  There are no requirements to teach in most stores beyond an ability to play but the truth of the matter is being able to play and being able to teach really aren't the same skill.  

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

What music makes them feel real emotions when they hear it?

Do they have any aspirations of being a professional musician?

Do they have any specific goals in mind such as performing for their family or joining a band?