Our Approach to Guitar and Ukulele Lessons
Our guitar instructors teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical styles The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments. It shows up in the classical concert hall, it’s a staple throughout commercial pop music, and it’s found in folk music all around the world. With such a diverse set of applications, it’s not surprising that approaches to teaching and learning guitar vary widely. Our approaches do, too, depending on the student’s goals. That said, here’s a basic outline of our approach.
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 Rogers School of 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 Rogers School of 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 Rogers School of 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.
If you or your child is looking for guitar, ukulele or mandolin lessons in the Rogers area, we are here to serve you. Our roster of teachers includes guitar players in a wide variety of genres.
We have teachers experienced in classical guitar, folk guitar, jazz guitar, and all manner of pop styles. Some of our teachers are accomplished singer-songwriters and can offer instruction in singing while playing, too.
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The #1 reason to study guitar at Rogers School of Music?
Our guitar instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you to craft a lesson plan that fits your 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.
What styles of guitar do you teach?
We teach all styles, from rock, pop, jazz, and blues to metal, country and classical guitar – on electric and acoustic guitars.
How qualified are your guitar instructors?
Our guitar, ukulele and mandolin music instructors have received their education from prestigious institutions all over the country. Some have toured the US and Europe, and bring over 20 years of professional performance and teaching experience to your lessons.
What will I learn from guitar or ukulele lessons at Rogers School of Music?
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.
Do I need to purchase a guitar to learn the instrument?
Rogers School of Music offers acoustic and electric guitars for student lessons (for your convenience, students can use one of ours at their first lesson). But to practice at home, you will need a guitar.
Praise for Rogers School of Music
Jared is friendly and encouraging to my daughter, even when she is struggling with the music.Lisa K.
Tanner really really enjoys working with Drew! He is so encouraging and challenges him with fun stuff to play. He looks forward to going each week!Amy K.
Our teacher really has figured out our daughter and is able to keep her focused. Anna’s style is so engaging which is just what we needed. There is much mutual admiration between student and teacher!Brad P.
Gina is great! She is always prepared, flexible, firm but loving. My daughter respects her and has learned so much!Leslie
I appreciate the individual support my son receives at Rogers School of Music so he can excel at school. Summer lessons help him to keep up his skill level.Susan
After only one voice lesson, I noticed a difference in my singing. The teacher was even more knowledgeable than I expected (and talented, too!). I learned an amazing amount in that one lesson, and am really looking forward to more. I would definitely recommend Rogers School of Music.Michelle P.
Drew is really patient and very encouraging. He really focuses on the positive and not the negative during our sessions. I’ve learned more about music from Drew in the past 6 months then from any other teacher/method I’ve tried in the past 5 years.Todd F.
We can’t say enough wonderful things about Rogers School of Music. We have two daughters who enjoy receiving the gift of music education through the wonderful instruction provided by encouraging teachers. My daughters are encouraged to stretch in their learning. The teachers provide a positive environment along with a fun learning atmosphere. We look forward to our weekly lessons! The customer service and professionalism demonstrated by all of the staff, from the teachers to the front desk personnel makes us feel a world class welcome each time we arrive. The gift of music education is an investment we wouldn’t want to experience anywhere else!Stephanie Louder
I can’t say enough good things about lessons! I could talk all day. He loves it so much. It was one of those things where he plays tuba at school, but they have jazz ensemble and we thought he would love to try bass. It was a big commitment to buy the bass and do the lessons, but it was the best decision we ever made. His confidence is way up! He says “I love it so much.” Winning student of the month gave him even more confidence, and he is so proud of it! We love it– we absolutely love it. He is doing great, and I don’t STOP telling people how great you are and how their kids should come for lessons too.Stacy W
I just can’t tell you how happy I am with my experience at Rogers School of Music. I’ve taken lessons from so many places over the years, and never had it go so smoothly–because the musicians often weren’t so good at the business side of things. Everything is so well planned and laid out, starting with the contracts and schedules. You never have to guess, everything is clear and concise. I always feel welcome here, from the minute I walk in. And I love my teacher! So thanks!”Jan S.
I got signed up and had my first lesson last Wednesday! It went very well. I was nervous going in, but my teacher was very nice to work with, and I was actually comfortable. I look forward to my future lessons, and after the first lesson, I have every confidence that I can actually do this!An adult student
Rogers School of Music is an amazing place! People are friendly, teachers are wonderful, and both my children are very successful with their instruments. Their teachers not only make their lessons fun but sharing their love of music has inspired my children to practice, to be proud of their accomplishments, and share their new musical talents with others!Erin B.
My teacher makes it fun to not just learn rock music, we talk about it and I love that he can pick up a song and work with me right away on it.Bill M.
Mike was a great fit for my child, my son thinks he is “cool” which helps my son be more excited to go to lessons every week.Julene
Our son really likes his teacher Anna and so do we. We appreciate her dedication to her profession and he compassion for it also. It transfers onto our son.Bette
Love love love this program!! Caring teachers who provide positive guidance and encouragement to our girls. We would recommend this program to anyone!!Stephanie L.