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If you live near Everett, Snohomish, Mill Creek or Bothell consider adding Friendly Frets Guitar Instruction to your short-list. I offer lessons on guitar, bass, and ukulele.
I’m very comfortable helping kids, teens, and adults cultivate the skills, concepts, and confidence needed to realize musical potential and actively participate as musicians within their local communities. My teaching approach is intentionally structured for successful outcomes but still personalized to the needs, interests, goals, and learning styles of each student.
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Students I Teach
Kids, Teens, Adults Welcome!
I start lessons with students as young as age 7. My experience as a teacher and parent has helped me to better understand and appreciate the unique developmental markers and learning attributes of kids between ages 7-10, tweens, and teens. I also very much enjoy working with adult students of all ages and walks of life.
If you are new to the guitar, bass, or ukulele you have come to the right place! I enjoy working with beginning students who have little or no previous experience. My approach to teaching is student focused and informed by 36 years of experience as a long-time music educator and musician. Through lessons we will work together to develop the skills, concepts, and tools that will move you forward to having skills and proficiency on your chosen instrument.
Intermediate & Advanced Students
Have you played music in years past and want to pick up where you have left off? It’s never too late to learn new skills, concepts, and tools that will move your forward in your musical journey. I can help you by assessing your current skills, interests, and goals. Then together we can formulate specific goals and narrow in on the skill areas most pertinent for your success.
My Teaching Approach
My teaching practice is best described as student-focused, empathetic, encouraging, and oriented around the unique qualities, goals, and interests of each student I teach. I have crafted a specific structure to my lessons for the sake of efficiency but can also be flexible enough to accommodate the immediate questions, concerns, and daily interests of my students.
My Teaching Roles
- Tour guide and Concierge taking students on curated musical adventures
- Analyst to determine students’ musical journey and their needs
- Content Designer by compiling relevant resources
- Project Manager to ensure goals are met
- Coach to offer guidance and support
Music I Teach
My teaching practice accommodates a fairly wide range of music genres and styles and very much song oriented. I have performed many types of music including rock, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, folk, worship music, metal, rhythm and blues, indie rock, funk, and many other styles. Please see my video “Music I Teach” to learn more about my music offerings.
Home Studio Address & Directions
Home Studio Location
Everett, WA 98208
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