Guitar & Ukulele Lessons in Ranson, WV

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Guitar & Ukulele Lessons for All Ages & Musical Styles

Learning guitar & ukulele should be a fun process and something that students can enjoy for many years to come. That’s why our guitar teachers teach songs and material that students like. From rock to jazz and pop, we teach all genres and styles.

We teach children through adult players and tailor each lesson to the student’s goals and interests. Whether you are just starting out or if you are tired of trying to figure it out yourself on YouTube, we’ll help you reach your goals.

Guitar & Ukulele Lessons in Ranson, WV

Guitar & Ukulele Lessons

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01 Build strength We Make Guitar Lessons 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 Ellsworth 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.

02 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 Ellsworth, coupling technical instruction with elements of music theory and music history in each lesson.

03 We Care About Your Musical Interests

Take ownership of your own musical style and grow your talents at Ellsworth Music! Our dedicated instructors are committed to hearing your goals and helping you reach them. We pride ourselves on equipping each student with the tools they need to reach their fullest musical potential.

Creativity, self-discovery, and passion come to life at Ellsworth Music Academy. Whether your goal is to pursue the cello professionally in an orchestra or as a soloist, or just to play for your own personal enjoyment, your cello teacher will support you throughout your musical journey.

Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine

Guitar, Bass

Steve is a graduate of Shepherd University with a degree in classical guitar performance. At George Mason University, he studied with Larry Snitzler who was an student of Andres Segovia.

Patrick E. Lowry

Patrick E. Lowry

Guitar, Jazz Theory

Pat Lowry graduated from the University of Miami, Florida where he studied woodwinds and piano and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Merchandising.

Jeff Kauffman

Jeff Kauffman

Guitar

Jeff has been teaching guitar since the 1970’s. He is an experienced performer as well as a recording techniques and equipment specialist. His bands (rock, reggae, jazz) perform all over the eastern panhandle and beyond.

Dave Goldman

Dave Goldman

Guitar and Pedal Steel Guitar

While on the west coast, he was able to associate with many guitar greats such as Howard Roberts, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Joe Pass & George Benson. As a professional musician, Dave made a living for many years “up and down the road” performing all styles of music.

Bridget Ellsworth

Bridget Ellsworth

Violin, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Bridget recently moved back to WV after spending 14 years teaching in NYC. As an educator she knows how important it is to create a space that is supportive and enriching, while keeping the student engaged and creative.

Matthew Kian Holmes

Matthew Kian Holmes

Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Cello, Low Brass (Tuba), Jazz Improvisation and Music Theory

Matthew began his musical career at the young age of 10. After several years of playing Trumpet, Matthew began playing Upright Bass at the suggestion of his band teacher.

Shannon Bielski

Shannon Bielski

Violin, Voice, Beginning Piano & Beginning Guitar

How it works

Together we explore student musical goals.

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.

“Very knowledgeable and kind staff. They were very thorough with my daughter’s viola fitting and answered all my questions. Highly recommend!”

— Corina

“I have found this music store to be very good because of the quality of the instruction my children received through the instructors; my daughter is learning a lot and enjoying the violin again. My son started taking cello lessons here a few years back, I was very pleased with his progress.”

— Deborah

“Amazing knowledgeable staff who went above and beyond to make sure we had exactly what we needed for our daughter’s band instrument!”

— Tara

“8 months ago Brian Elsworth runs a wonderful music store, and is a lifetime musician as well. He is not only highly knowledgeable, but generous with his time and service.”

— Aaron

Guitar & Ukulele Lessons in Ranson, WV

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30 MIN

$152

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60 MIN

$304

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What Age Should My Child Start Guitar Lessons?

The minimum age recommended for starting guitar lessons is 7 years old. Due to the thickness of the strings and fine motor skills needed to play the instrument, we do not recommend starting guitar any younger. For younger students, we recommend learning the ukulele. The minimum age we recommend a student start ukulele lessons is 5 years old. For younger students, we recommend an intro to music program. Starting age will largely depend on the student, some may need to wait longer than others depending on factors such as fine motor skills, attention span and overall interest in music.

Do I Need a Guitar/Ukulele to Start the Lessons?

Yes, you will need a guitar or ukulele to start the lessons. Without an instrument, you won’t be able to practice between lessons and make weekly progress. If cost is a concern, good beginner guitars are inexpensive and most music stores have a 30-day return policy if it’s not for you.

The #1 Reason to Study Guitar at Ellsworth Music?

Our instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you, or your child, to craft a lesson plan that fits individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the guitar after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod, or iphone to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes. If you have an interest in ukulele, banjo, bass or mandolin lessons – we got you covered! Guitar lessons in Ellsworth Music will have you rockin’ in no time!

How Qualified are Your Guitar Instructors?

Our guitar and ukulele teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions all over the country. Each is highly qualified to teach and create personalized lesson plans for their students.

What Will I Learn from Guitar Lessons with Ellsworth Music Teachers?

Beginner guitar students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. Our instructors balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson presents a new technical challenges or theory concept, and ends with something fun, such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books, and encourage students to bring their smartphone or CDs to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes. Our guitar teachers teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical guitar lessons on electric and acoustic guitars. Students have fun with guitar lessons at Ellsworth Music! Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory

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We are ready to partner with you to help you become a more accomplished musician. We truly believe that consistent, compassionate private instruction is the key to your musical growth. We are happy to evaluate and discuss your interests, goals and plans!