Our Approach to Guitar & Ukelele Lessons
We strive to ensure that all of our students acquire the fundamentals necessary to become literate musicians, so music reading/writing skills, in both tablature and standard notation as appropriate, and relevant music theory are often incorporated organically during lessons. For students learning guitar to accompany a singer or themselves, our instructors can also provide guidance with accompanying technique, breath control while playing, and elements of songwriting.
Guitar Lessons Should Be Fun!
We all know the feeling: you hear your favorite song come on and you can’t resist the urge to play along on your air guitar! Here at Dana V. Music, we can help you convert your musical fantasies into reality – while preserving that irresistible sense of joy you feel when playing along. We want each of our students to LOVE their musical experience with us!
Whether you come to us planning on becoming the next Jimi Hendrix or simply wanting to play songs around the campfire with your friends, our top-notch instructors will help you progress quickly toward your goals while ensuring you have fun along the way.
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Regardless of your ultimate goals, our teachers will prioritize strong fundamentals including proper posture, hand positioning, chords, fretting, picking, and strumming. As students progress, these basics will become second nature – and serve as the foundation from which students can apply their skills across a variety of genres and styles.
We want our guitar students to be literate, well-rounded musicians. Beginners and seasoned performers alike will find value in our approach at Dana V. Music, coupling technical instruction with elements of music theory and music history in each lesson.
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
Your unique interests and background will help guide your experience at Dana V. Music. We teach beginners, intermediate, and advanced students who are interested in a variety of styles – including rock, jazz, classical, pop, blues, and more. Whether you’re inspired by modern day singer-songwriters or the rockers of the 1970s, we can’t wait to get started with you!
Our seasoned instructors will draw upon years of playing, performing, and teaching experience to guide you in improving your skills and exploring the many possibilities of your instrument, and advancing toward your goals at a pace that works for you.
At Dana V. Music, guitar and ukulele students receive personalized instruction from highly qualified professionals in a positive and supportive learning environment. Our first priority is teaching healthy technique, including proper picking technique, fretting technique, and seated posture. Our guitar and ukulele instructors are not method book teachers; you can expect them to select exercises and repertoire based on your musical interests, goals, and skill development needs.
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Our Guitar & Ukulele Teachers
Here at Dana V Music, our seasoned staff of guitar and ukulele instructors thrive on creating a fun, engaging, and well-rounded experience for each student. Whatever your preferred genre (or if you like a little of everything), we have a teacher that will work for you. Our qualified instructors often participate in public performance and possess significant academic credentials. Their experience enables them to customize their instruction for each student, covering areas including technique, fundamentals, and expression.
David Goodheim is an American performer, composer, recording artist, and improvisor. His performances and recordings have been heard all over the world live (US and Europe), on radio, and on recordings for
What’s a Good Age to Begin Guitar Lessons?
We typically work with guitar and ukulele students aged 5-Adult. We invite you to contact us to learn more about our guitar and ukulele program and to help you find a good match for yourself or your child among our wonderful faculty. If you are unsure whether your child is ready for private lessons, we also offer a number of group classes for beginner and intermediate students aged 4-12 during the spring, summer, and fall. We would be delighted to help you find a good fit.
Our guitar department is equipped to serve students with collegiate and professional ambitions, and we invite you to see our review page for a selection of Dana V. Music success stories.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
We are equally delighted to work with students of all abilities seeking to enrich their lives through music. Regardless of ability or prior experience, our teachers take an individualized approach to each of our students – underpinned by detailed individual assessments, a personalized learning plan, and one-to-one guidance throughout your musical journey. Many of our teachers have memberships and openings for numerous performance and competitive opportunities, but these are always optional.
What Our Students Say
I knew next to nothing about the college audition process when I began looking for schools. The people at Dana V. were always receptive, supportive, and helpful in tackling each step of the admittedly arduous process. I sincerely believe I would not be studying at the program I’m in without the resources afforded to me at Dana V.Will Thames | Alumni Student
I am always inspired by the talented and vibrant community that Dana and Katie have created a space for at Dana V Music. I am lucky to have been influenced by such passionate, energetic, and accepting teachers, and even luckier that they continue to offer advice, and encouragement to their alumni.Zoe Benson | Alumni Student
My experiences at DVM, and the confidence I gained while learning to sing and use my voice are applicable every day at my job when I’m speaking with and presenting to clients.Whitney Meer | Alumni Student
DVM has forged me into the musician I am today. DVM has also been my greatest source of inspiration as a musician and I am extremely thankful for everyone in the studio. Thank you for pointing me towards the values I hold today.Vidushi Goyal | Alumni Student
I have always loved Dana V Music particularly the Bring It To Broadway series. It’s incredible that Dana is able to consistently bring in Broadway veterans to help out young artists. The masterclasses have been very beneficial to my growth as a performer. I can still watch the videos years later and gain something from the artist’s perspective.Tanner Sands | Alumni Student
Dana and Katie were two of the most influential teacher figures in my high school years. Being a young person is difficult as it is, but being a young person who wants to pursue performing arts professionally is even harder. Not only do Dana and Katie provide amazing and non-judgemental lessons, classes, and other resources at their studio, their warmth, kindness, and constant encouragement gave me the support I needed (and often struggled to find) to get into such a great collegiate theatre program. Dana and Katie are like artistic superheroes who truly go above and beyond for the sake of their students!Michelle Herring | Alumni Student
Although I am not pursuing a career in music, my time with DVM was an incredible way to learn about something I love as well as about myself. Going every week to voice lessons was always so exciting and I am so grateful for Katie and Dana for what they’ve brought to the Louisville community!Mason Noteboom | Alumni Student
Dana V allowed me to explore my interest in music and theater. All the instructors have an amazing guiding hand which encourages every student to become their own artist. With their help, I was able to transition into the college process unafraid.Justin Pappas | Alumni Student
Dana V has such a loving and supportive family of instructors and students! I really miss everyone from the studio.Jessie Bolger | Alumni Student
While I have not pursued the arts as a career, I believe that DVM and other music/theatre training throughout my high school years gave me the skills and discipline needed to be successful in the careers and hobbies that I pursue. Dana was also more than a voice teacher to me; she often served as a mentor and friend in a supportive, knowledgeable environment. I am so proud to see DVM grow from a little corner room at The Dairy to what it is today!Jessica Harper | Alumni Student
DVM was an integral part of my voice and theatre education. I was lucky enough to take voice lessons for about a year as well as participate in DVM’s production of A Little Princess. I worked with Dana herself as well as Cody Qualls, and they both gave me tools that I still use every time I sing. I was only with DVM for a short time, but in that time I experienced a huge amount of growth musically, and I am always grateful to Dana and Cody for their role in shaping the performer I am today. I still have some songs they introduced to me in my audition book too!Jenny McPherson | Alumni Student
I studied vocal music at Dana V for six years and throughout this time I grew immensely in both vocal technique and self confidence. Everyone at Dana V encouraged and supported me to push my limits and grow to my full potential. The friendships I formed and lesson I learned during my time at the studio will last a lifetime.Jennifer Concienne | Alumni Student
During my undergraduate courses, I wanted to take music theory (because it is fascinating to me, and I was always too busy in high school to take it). One of the great things about going to a small liberal arts college is the music department didn’t require me to be a music major to take music theory. I had received a scholarship that covered the cost of lessons, and was involved with the choirs. After I finished the two year sequence of music theory, I realized that due to the credits from my lessons, ensembles, and music theory, I was four classes (music history and conducting) away from a music major, and so I declared. I did not intend to be a music major, I was just heavily involved with music because I loved it. Although career-wise I am using my physics degree, continuing to be involved with music through college has kept me grounded and has been a creative outlet for me. As I prepare to go to graduate school and narrow my focus on my studies to just physics, I am actively searching for ways to still be involved with music.
My lessons with Katie McClave and Alex Vital through high school were wonderful. I bonded with each in different ways, and I always look forward to catching up with them when I am in town. I can’t imagine what my high school experience would have been without their guidance.Grace Kerber | Alumni Student
Dana V music has been the cornerstone of every other voice class I take. I never feel as fulfilled working with any other voice coach because I loved working with the teachers at Dana V so much!Ellie Oliver | Alumni Student
I continue to be inspired by my mentors at Dana V. Music and am so thankful that Dana continuously takes time out of her schedule to check in with me to give excellent advice and be a sounding board for a young ambitious musician, even one who is no longer her student!Divya Maus | Alumni Student
Dana V. Music gave me the opportunity to explore my music on a higher level. Though the schools innovated and compassionate teaching skills I could experience the joys of music. Dana V. Music not only challenges students to think creatively but they also support growth in developing skills. The most memorable thing about the music school is the professional and warm community they provide. The values and mission of Dana V. Music still make an impression on me today.Diana Lee | Alumni Student
I started taking voice lessons with Dana when I was 14. Lessons with Dana were the highlight of my week. She started me off on a great track vocally, and inspired me to pursue a career in music. If it weren’t for her I wouldn’t be the musician and teacher I am today.Charlotte Haertling | Alumni Student
I started taking lessons at DVM when I was 13 and that was probably one of the best decisions I could have made for my voice. I received a vocal education about my voice specifically, while also learning how to feel good and confident about myself in a performing context. I deeply love and appreciate the Dana V. Music school.Asha Romeo | Alumni Student
Dana V Music is where I took voice lessons for ten years and every day since I feel so lucky to have worked with them. The more I learn in college, the more grateful I am that I have such a solid technique and healthy habits, which was all thanks to my wonderful teachers.Alei Russo | Alumni Student