Germain Music Academy

Germain Music Academy

5.0 (3)
1 employee
12 years in business

About this pro

I have successfully taught hundreds of students how to play and perform since 2011. Since then I have developed proven methods tailored to the individual needs and learning styles of each of my students. 

I love sharing the joy of playing music and helping my students make little breakthroughs in each lesson. 

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Seattle, WA 98117
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3 Reviews


  • Laurie Brown

    Carl is able to connect with kids and adults, meeting them at their ability and advancing their skills at their pace. He is kind, generous, patient, professional and extremely talented. Carl's broad knowledge base inspires his students to continue learning and exploring the world of music. My family is grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him for the past 4 years.

  • Tim Pann

    Carl is musician first, guitarist second, which I appreciate a lot. He has an uncanny way of knowing what to teach me next. This goes all the way back to our first lesson, when I gave him a few tidbits of information about where I was with the instrument and what I was looking for. He started off with some cool modal stuff that I'd never seen before that tied what little I already knew together beautifully. I leave every lesson with new insights, feeling motivated and excited about my progress. (And believe me I've had my share of guitar instructors for whom I would not say the same.)

  • Sarah Schadt

    Just because someone is a great player doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good teacher—these are two totally different skill sets, and Carl excels in both. He has been able to break down impossible things for me in ways that made them suddenly possible. His feedback is always honest, but kind. He hasn’t just helped me to be a better guitarist, he has helped make me a better musician, and my lessons with him have been worth every penny.

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

I love to get to know my students, any musical experience they might have (even if it's playing the recorder in 4th grade or singing in the car) and using that as a jumping off point for learning new musical terms and concepts. 

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

I was a student of Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft courses for several years which helped me to understand the mechanics of excellent guitar technique, and also that anybody can make wonderful music regardless of talent or experience. 

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

I typically charge $35 per 30 minute lesson, $45 for 45 minutes and $55 for a 60 minute lesson. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching guitar because music is my passion and I love helping people young and old experience the joy of playing music. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students ages four to 70+ and ranging from complete beginner to advanced. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love having small recitals for my students to share their progress and spread the joy of playing music. 

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

Find an experienced teacher, and also one who has a diverse range of knowledge. Some teachers specalize in technique or sight reading or theory but it is important to have an understanding of all these and more if you want to progress quickly.