I teach about 30 regular students year round and some ensemble classes too. I teach at the Victoria Conservatory of Music up in Victoria, B.C. and I’m super happy with how my students are doing. You can learn more about me and my student at my website or by checking out my student showcase.

I often get asked how I approach teaching classical guitar. The truth is that every student learns in a different way so I can’t give you a set way to teach. However, that said, I do use some materials with all my classical guitar students (see below). I haven’t included repertoire or etudes here but you can check out my recommended sheet music section.

Lessons:  I use videos in addition to my studio teaching so my students can go home and remember all the tips. You can check out the Lesson Archive for these videos.

Articles about teaching:

Method Books I Use When Teaching Classical Guitar:

Beginner:

Early Intermediate:

Late Intermediate:

  • Scale Pattern Studies for Guitar by Aaron Shearer– sight reading skills..no BS here! Nearly 300 pages of scales and sight reading, you will master melodic reading on the guitar if you go through this…
  • Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity – difficult but well worth it.  – I’ve been going over this more thoroughly this week. It starts out super easy but gets very difficult. Plus there are some wacky technique tasks such as all rest-stroke during arpeggios. However, I’m convinced this is an excellent book for anyone who wants to go beyond pumping nylon basics and really get into controlling their sound and technique.
  • Pumping Nylon (Book and DVD) by Scott Tennant – Every student should own this book! Physical workouts to train those muscles and gain finger independence and dexterity.

Early Advanced: 

  • Kitharologus: The Path to Virtuosity – difficult but well worth it.  – I’ve been going over this more thoroughly this week. It starts out super easy but gets very difficult. Plus there are some wacky technique tasks such as all rest-stroke during arpeggios. However, I’m convinced this is an excellent book for anyone who wants to go beyond pumping nylon basics and really get into controlling their sound and technique.
  • Pumping Nylon (Book and DVD) by Scott Tennant – Every student should own this book! Physical workouts to train those muscles and gain finger independence and dexterity.

Teaching Philosophy:

coming soon….