GUITAR LESSON INFORMATION
One on one lessons in person or through Facetime/Skype
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Guitar Lessons
Popular - Fingerstyle – Classical – Flamenco – Jazz – Rock and Blues – Bluegrass and Celtic - Folk – Learning By Ear – Song Writing – Music Theory
Austin Weyand offers guitar instruction to beginning, intermediate, and advanced level students of all ages. He has been teaching guitar for almost 30 years! He relies on a wide variety of teaching methods and experiences. Along with his private studio he has also taught beginning to advanced group lessons in communities, public schools, on line and at the collegiate level. He is currently an adjunct professor of guitar at Utah State University in Logan UT.
Austin was a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University where he taught advanced guitar classes and coached ensembles for 2 years. He has also taught beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar at Utah State University, both private and group. For 5 years Austin also taught at the Blue Sky Music Camp at Westminster College. He has also taught at Music Theater and Arts (MAT) camp in Evanston WY. Austin has consistently been a guest clinician in public schools and has been a guitar instructor for Harmony Educational Services.
In addition to learning basic guitar which involves chords, strumming and finger picking patterns, simple songs, and reading music, students can also receive expert instruction with Austin in styles such as fingerstyle, classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, bluegrass, celtic, folk, or classic rock. Having played professionally in these styles Austin is able to help students with various goals including:
Learning all around basics of guitar playing (reading music, chords, strumming, fingerpicking, simple songs)
Accompaniment skills to back up singing. Play and sing around the campfire!
Song writing. Composing own music.
Learning to play by Ear, Transcription
Play lead/rhythm guitar in a rock or blues band.
Learning Bach and other music from composers of classical music.
Play lead/rhythm guitar in a bluegrass or celtic band.
Learn skills to play for your high school jazz band.
Prepare for auditions for college music departments in either classical or jazz guitar.
Play instrumental fingerstyle arrangements of songs. Similar to a pianist where melody and harmony are played at the same time. One man/woman band!
Austin is prepared to help students and families who are interested in learning. He teaches children as young as six and adults into the seventies and eighties. He believes in following, and expanding the interests and passions of the student while also teaching mastery of music fundamentals.
Recitals are held Fall, winter, and spring and are open to the public. Participation is encouraged, but voluntary.
What Should I Bring To My Lessons?
To be as productive as possible in our lessons please always bring the following:
1. Your Guitar
2. Flat picks (and thumb picks if applicable)
4. Electronic Tuner
5. Guitar manuscript/tab book
6. Blank Notebook
7. Binder for handouts. (After a while you will have a nice resource of materials)
8. Method Books or other materials/sheet music we are working on
9. ipod or phone with music that we are working on or will want to work on
10. Extra set of strings
11. Trim your fingernails on your left hand (left hand fingernails cause difficulty in playing)
11. A smile and great attitude
Regardless of your interests, if you’re starting as a beginner there are certain fundamentals I will cover with you to set a solid foundation for your journey with the instrument. These include basic concepts of rhythm, harmony, and melody. You will learn all basic strum patterns, finger picking patterns, chords, chord progressions, scales, note and tablature reading.
I will take most beginners through my All Things Guitar Method Book to develop these skills. I will also give you handouts or email pdfs for many concepts. There are other books/materials I may ask you to purchase. Let’s talk to decide what materials will be best for you.
Austin is available to teach and mentor anywhere in the world through Facetime or Skype. He shows students concepts in person through video-link and then shares written material to students as a PDF when applicable. Musical examples can also be shared as MP3s for the student to continue learning after lessons are finished. Contact Austin to discuss what topics you’re interested in covering.
PAYMENT AND TEACHING POLICIES
For regular scheduled instruction, in person lessons consist of three private 30 minute lessons and one 50 minute group lesson per month. Lessons are scheduled by the month. Advance payment reserves the day and time of your lessons.
Arrangements with some students can also be made for hour lessons.
One month’s payment is due upon scheduling (prorated if starting mid-month). Payment is non-refundable. Payment for lessons must be made by the last day of each month to guarantee your lesson time for the next month’s schedule. No refunds, make-ups, or credit will be issued for missed or discontinued lessons after they are scheduled.
Payment is the same from month to month regardless of missed lessons, sick days, or vacations. You will not be charged however, for national holidays when Austin is not teaching. These include Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
Makeups are not guaranteed and generally unavailable. They are available for dangerous weather and family emergencies.
In months June-August you do have the option to use two vacation days without being charged or losing your lesson time. These vacation days must be scheduled at the time of payment. Unscheduled missed lessons may not count for vacation days.
Because Austin also performs for private events and concerts, he will occasionally have to cancel lessons for these performances. Canceled lessons will either be rescheduled or you will be given a credit for the next month.
For payments, students may pay by cash, check or online payable to Austin Weyand. Google Pay, Venmo, or Paypal are all fine for online payments.