Guitar Lessons

1/2 hr, 45 min, 1 hr Lessons
(Philadelphia, Lower Merion, Main-Line)
Electric and Acoustic
Read Notes and/or Tab
Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass
Chords, Rhythm, Solos, Plucking Patterns
In Home Lessons,
 Studio Lessons in Fishtown
All ages and skill levels
Banjo, Ukulele and Bass Guitar Instruction
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Our guitar teachers specialize in teaching both acoustic and electric guitar in many different styles and genres. Each guitar teacher is encouraged to develop a specific lesson plan for their students, focusing on their own unique goals and interests. At the same time, every student will learn the fundamentals of guitar including technique, reading, ear training and traditional repertoire. We promote a balanced approach, focusing equally on daily exercises, method books and reading, all with the goal of teaching students the music that inspires them to learn more!


Acoustic and Electric Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Guitar beginners may learn notes and/or tablature depending on their goals. Important beginner techniques will be addressed (such as positions, pick technique, strumming, etc). Lessons will equip students with the necessary skills to play guitar – classical or modern. Electric guitar students will be able to plug in and learn blues, rock, pop, and scales that can pave the way for more advanced studies in jazz. Acoustic guitar students will learn the open chords, strumming patterns and finger picking techniques that provide the foundation for folk, country and singer/songwriter styles. Chords, tab, notes, finger strengthening exercises, and developing muscle memory are among many beginner topics. After only a couple of lessons, beginner students will start to work on their favorite songs as they continue to learn the basics. Our guitar teachers are able to come up with simplified versions of any song in order to teach the music that piques your interest in a progressive and easy to understand fashion. Schedule a Guitar Lesson

Here’s a chord melody beginner students could expect to play about 6 months into learning how to read notes on the guitar:

Acoustic and Electric Guitar Lessons for Intermediate and Advanced Students

Intermediate and advanced guitar students have the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in the Philadelphia area covering a wide range of genres and styles. Once students have the basics down, they’ll begin to learn techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, string bending and vibrato. As the guitar becomes easier from a technical standpoint, then it’s all about getting a complete understanding of the fretboard by learning how to construct chords, scales and arpeggios, and acquiring a general understanding of music theory (including modes, intervals, diatonic chords, ear training and fretboard visualization). This will provide the foundation for students to begin improvising and composing their own material. As each student progresses they will have the chance to transcribe and analyze their favorite guitar solos and songs. Learning how to transcribe music by ear is an invaluable skill, and is the fastest way to establish a deep understanding of how guitarists get certain sounds and work within different styles and chord changes. Schedule a Guitar Lesson

A brief improvised solo in the Gypsy Jazz style of playing over minor blues chord changes


Meet our diverse and talented group of guitar teachers:

Kevin Robinson

I teach guitar and bass. I'm a native of the Philadelphia area, and grew up in a family of professional musicians who planted the seed for my musical explorations.  I began playing electric guitar at the age of fourteen and shifted to classical guitar during my undergraduate studies.  I revel in the performance of new works and the expansion of concert repertoire. I played the U.S. premiere of Nikita Koshkin's Megaron Concerto with string orchestra and have performed for a number of audiences, including the Reading Symphony Orchestra League, and the Settlement Music School - the home of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. I completed a Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio of Marc Teicholz. - Read More About Kevin  

Phil Smith

I teach GuitarBass and Banjo. I am a music producer, composer, guitarist, and teacher with a rich background in many different musical styles. I have a B.M. in Classical Guitar from the Oberlin Conservatory, and have extensive performance experience in rock, r&b, pop, gospel, latin, and world music. As a producer I have recorded and written with many of Philadelphia’s finest musicians and artists. My head is constantly filled with music, and my days are usually spent making that inner music come to life. It’s a joy to guide others into their own discovery of music, and it’s my duty as a teacher to equip students with skills (both technical and theoretical) that make playing music joyful and effortless. - Learn More About Phil

Alex Dovgala-Carr

I teach all levels of voice, beginner/intermediate piano, and beginner guitar and ukulele. I enjoy incorporating songwriting, musical improvisation, and music theory into any lesson. With a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Temple University, I also specialize in adaptive lessons (lessons for students with special needs.) - Read More About Alex

Sean Conlon

I teach guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, and mandolin.  I moved to Philadelphia to study music at University of the Arts where I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Performance (Guitar) as well as a Masters of Arts in Teaching.  While at Uarts I was lucky to be able to study all of the specific fields of music which initially drew me to the school; performance, writing, recording, and teaching.  I am truly happy to say that all 4 of those are still present in my day-to-day life.  I write and perform music with my band, The Phonies as well as solo music and various collaborations with other Philadelphia songwriters.  I've been lucky to perform music in a wide variety of styles.  I have been teaching private lessons (originally only guitar and piano) for 7 years.  My goal in teaching music is to help each student reach their musical goal, no matter what they may be.  If you aren't quite sure, that's ok too!  I'll help to figure it out.  No matter what goals my student may have I always try to approach the material in a way that empowers the student to learn more information on their own. - Read More About Sean  

Patrick Mencel

I teach guitar, voice and piano. I studied guitar and vocals at the University of The Arts. Growing up, I played trumpet and when I turned 13, I began taking lessons at Temple University. Playing trumpet gave me a good sense of melody and tone, which I later incorporated into the guitar. I was 15 when I first started taking lessons on guitar at University of the Arts. Since then, guitar has been my primary instrument. - Read More About Patrick


Stef Emery

I teach Voice, Guitar, and Violin. I grew up playing the violin and the piano, and played in school orchestras through high school. I then began to play the guitar and really started focusing on my voice and songwriting. I went to college at Berklee College of Music for Violin Performance and there learned Jazz and Blues styles on Violin. I began to gravitate more towards Rock and Blues styles and became more and more interested in being a singer-songwriter. I teach all ages, and love focusing on Rock, Pop, and Blues styles. Many of my vocal students also play guitar, so we work on coordination between playing and singing at the same time and even songwriting. My teaching style for vocals has a strong focus on finding your voice in chest and mix voices, learning how to project and belt and achieve a full body sound. I love to instill a strong sense of technique, feel, and confidence in my students, and most importantly I want them to have fun! Music lessons are about learning, obtaining goals, and gaining confidence in yourself. I strive to make all of my students well rounded musicians, encourage creativity and live performance, and help to start their musical journey in the most positive and encouraging way possible. - Read More About Stef

Andrew McLeod

I teach banjo and guitar. I graduated in Political Science from West Chester University in 2013 and began working on farms around Southern Lancaster county.  After getting more serious about playing music, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue the craft, and now I play clawhammer banjo and backup guitar at old-time music events around the Philadelphia area, and travel to music festivals for the same purpose.  I also compose finger style guitar and instrumental banjo music and play/perform around the city.  Over the past few years I’ve immersed myself in the community around this music to try to get a full grasp of the style and mentality behind the playing, which I encourage all learners to try to do.  I take a traditional approach to learning the instrument, picking up tunes mostly from other musicians at informal jams, and also learning from source recordings. - Read More About Andrew

Michael Peragallo

I teach guitar and ukulele. I started playing guitar at the age of 13, was self-taught, and began mostly playing rock and metal music. I eventually pursued classical guitar in college, earning my degree in classical guitar performance from East Stroudsburg University and graduated with several music awards and honors. My teaching style involves having my students understand what is happening in the music and using proper technique to accurately and effortlessly interpret the music they are working on. By using musical analysis (theory) and technique students are able to be complete guitarists, musicians, and understand how to apply these concepts to their practice for maximum results. As a guitarist who has studied rock styles, classical, and jazz, I am excited to offer my services and teach all styles and ability levels. - Read More About Michael

Jenny Hackbarth

I teach Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele. I played in orchestra throughout High School and received my undergraduate degree from Temple University in Music Production.  Since graduating, I've been working and teaching in the Philadelphia area to all ages and skill levels. While teaching, I like to make sure that my students not only enjoy experiencing music every week, but that they are also working on long term goals that follow standard curricula. I believe that setting standards of expectations bring out the best potential in each student no matter who or how old they are. - Read More About Jenny

Adam Kowalski

I teach Trombone, Euphonium, Electric Bass, Tuba, Trumpet, and Guitar, and I am a trombonist and educator in Philadelphia. I studied at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, where I earned the degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2016. During my career at Temple I studied both Classical and Jazz trombone under the tutelage of Blair Bollinger of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mark Patterson, an accomplished jazz recording artist and Broadway musician. I have also had the opportunity to perform in the Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band. Outside of Temple, I have performed with various local orchestras, bands and jazz bands. Currently I maintain a varied performance schedule playing trombone in a Philadelphia-based reggae band, as well as playing bass in an Indie Rock band. Through my teaching, I hope to instill in students a passion for learning and developing new skills. I believe in helping students to develop strong foundations in auditory skills (ear training) as well as fundamental facility and technique on their instruments. Through these means, students gain the tools necessary to facilitate new, exciting and rewarding learning opportunities for themselves to become life-long students of music. Read more about Adam

Frank Rein

I teach trumpet, tenor and bass trombone, euphonium/baritone horn, tuba, and french horn. I also teach beginner piano, guitar, and bass. I came to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, from which I received the degree of Bachelor of Music with honors in 2016. I studied bass trombone with Barry McCommon, a top-call classical and jazz crossover artist in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York area. The Philly music scene is wonderfully diverse, and I have the opportunity to perform with accomplished musicians in genres as diverse as jazz, pop/rock, R&B, funk, classical, gospel, reggae, klezmer, soul, punk, even Star Wars music! My favorite teachers have always helped hone my senses and my ability to teach myself, and I like to take that approach with my own students; together we can explore concepts in terms of our relationships to them, resulting in a deep understanding and personal connection to music. - Read More About Frank

Taylor Halpern

I teach Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin. I am a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where I completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition in 2015. While at Westminster, I had the opportunity to sing with several of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. I studied voice with world-renowned soprano Faith Esham for my four-year undergraduate training, acquiring a strong technique in the classical vocal style. I have played piano for over 15 years, and received the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma in 2010. In 2014, I studied in Paris as part of the European American Music Alliance program, which focused on refining keyboard, counterpoint and musicianship skills. I also have experience with more modern music, as I recently released an EP of pop-folk music titled “Beautiful Words,” which can be found on iTunes and Spotify. Songwriting has always been one of my biggest passions, and I love to have my students delve into this while they are learning their instruments. - Read More About Taylor

Ellen Tiberio-Shultz

I teach cello, guitar, voice and piano. I grew up taking piano, cello and voice lessons, writing songs and teaching myself to play guitar, which I ended up majoring in at the Berklee College of Music. My passion in music lies in singing and songwriting and I’m very happy to incorporate songwriting into lessons. I’ve taken lessons in traditional classical settings and in much more creative/informal ways. Similarly, I’ve played in a wide variety of styles and settings, from classical music in orchestras to punk music in rock bands. Because my experience with music was partially very traditional and partially self-motivated and based on intuition, I like to make sure I connect with students in the way they learn best. Some people like to learn the theory and see the sheet music, some people prefer to listen, improvise and experiment. There’s no wrong way to learn to play, as long as you’re practicing with the kind of technique that keeps your body healthy!  In addition to teaching, you can find me around Philly playing with several bands, including my original project Ellen Siberian Tiger, Mother Moses, Two Girls and Manic Pixi. - Read More About Ellen

Jennifer Pague

I teach Piano, Guitar and Voice here in the Philadelphia area. I started playing piano in 2nd grade, saxaphone and clarinet in 4th grade, bass clarinet and guitar in 6th grade, and have been singing forever. I was trained by a professional opera singer growing up. By the time I was sixteen years old, I was performing with the School of Rock all stars at major festivals such as Lollapalooza in Chicago and Austin City Limits in Austin Texas. I started my band (Vita and the Woolf) three years ago, and it has been a blast. I write, produce, sing, and play synthesizer and guitar in the band. The band has taken me to some really interesting places, such as singing at Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies game in June of 2015, and SXSW in Austin Texas. I have performed as a multi-instrumentalist for BC Camplight at Union Transfer and the Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2015. Vita and the Woolf plans on releasing the next record in March of 2016. I approach teaching based on how individual people learn. I have spent this past year teaching music and art to people with intellectual disabilities at SpArc Services. I have learned a lot about teaching concepts – Everyone learns differently and I feel it is of utmost importance as a teacher to cater to that. With piano, I start students with the basics, such as knowing chords, names of notes, and scales. Then I branch off into more fancy concepts. I love teaching and want everyone to have the gift of playing, performing, and composing music. Read more about Jennifer

Collin Dennen

I teach bass, guitar, piano, drums, and voice. I grew up in a musical household taking piano lessons from my mother, jamming on drums with my father in the basement, and writing songs with my younger sister. At 13 I discovered my love for bass guitar and enrolled in the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, PA. I attended Berklee College of Music where I graduated with a BA in bass performance and music education in 2014. Currently, I play bass and sing backup vocals for Philly-based indie rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses and for Boston-based Bengali Pop singer Prithwiraj Choudhury. - Learn More About Collin

Dan Halma

I teach Guitar, Bass and Ukulele. I am a composer, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher here in Philadelphia with wide ranging experience working in a variety of styles and settings. According to my mom I’ve been singing since I could talk (though I think she might be exaggerating slightly), but more concretely my musical journey began with piano lessons in kindergarten and continued by playing saxophone and singing in choir up through high school. Receiving my first guitar as my 13th birthday present proved to be a monumental moment in my life and nowadays it’s rare to see me travel anywhere without a guitar somewhere in my possession. My teaching style is based entirely on the needs of my students. Everyone learns differently and has different interests so I believe that keeping that at the forefront of any lesson plan keeps students interested and hungry to learn more. It’s my job as a teacher to not only illustrate the technical and theoretical side of playing music but also provide encouragement for them in their journey of musical discovery. - Read More About Dan

Joseph Primavera

I teach Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele. I am a music educator, performer, composer and producer with over 15 years of experience. Since obtaining my Bachelor’s of Music in Performance from Temple University in 2007, I have been teaching private music lessons in the greater Philadelphia area to students of all ages and skill levels. My teaching style focuses equally on technique, theory and improvisation. I like to tailor the lessons to each individual student's goals and interests, all while focusing on the music that they find interesting and inspiring. In 2002, I was one of only two guitar players in Pennsylvania chosen for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2010, I recorded the music for a full length documentary called “Libertopia". In 2011, I co-lead the launch of a recording program at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Since graduating with my degree in jazz performance, I have been featured as a guitarist performing in a variety of genres, and have contributed guitar to multiple recordings, including works recorded at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown. In addition to guitar and music in general, I have been teaching audio engineering, production and mixing. I have also had a key role in the production and engineering for the albums of many local bands, including Juston Stens (former drummer for Dr. Dog), TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Grubby Little Hands, and The Looks of It (my personal project). In 2009 I founded Philly Music Lessons to bring a unique form of music education to my own neighborhood and to Philadelphia at large. Whether you are just starting out and want to learn some of your favorite songs or preparing for a college audition, I have the tools and experience to help you achieve your musical aspirations. Schedule a Lesson

Jason Bachman

I teach Bass, Ukulele, Guitar and Piano. I grew up in central Pennsylvania playing music at my church and in my school's symphonic and jazz bands. After studying music composition and music recording technology at Lebanon Valley College I moved to Philadelphia to pursue music and recording. I love being a part of Philly's amazing music scene as a musician, teacher, producer, recording engineer, live mixing engineer and enthusiastic fan. I'm also a husband and a father of a beautiful little girl.
When teaching, I like to give my students a good balance of studying technique and learning songs. Good technique and a solid understanding of music theory is critical for a student to grow into a strong musician but it's important to keep students engaged and inspired by the music they love. I try to frame the technique and theory in the songs they want to learn play. I like to keep things positive and encourage the student's love of music and the role they are playing in making it. -Read More About Jason

Keely Sibilia

I am a professional singer/songwriter originally from Los Angeles currently residing in Philadelphia. I graduated from The University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. In addition to songwriting, I also specialize in singing Jazz, Pop, Indie, Classical, Rock, and Musical Theater. I have over 15 years of vocal experience, and over 6 years of teaching private instruction in voice, songwriting, guitar, piano, percussion, and ukulele. I also have experience teaching music in group environments, using collaborative and creative approaches. I have had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall, The Sidney Opera House, Preservation Hall, The Kimmel Center, and various venues throughout Los Angeles, such as House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, Molly Malone's and more. I recently won a 3 month long vocal competition in Philadelphia, entitled, Songbird: Search for Philly’s Best Singer. When teaching, my approach is to focus on the student’s needs and reach goals that he or she is focused on. I gear lessons towards broadening the student’s mind, and am open to all forms of creating art. I currently teach group music classes, voice for all levels, and piano and guitar (beginner/intermediate levels). -Read More About Keely