Westlake Music Academy offers lessons in classical guitar, jazz, folk, fingerstyle, blues, rock, and general guitar for those who want lessons in no particular style. We also offer lessons in bass and ukulele.

  • Setting Goals

  • Fundamentals

  • Technique

  • Overall Music Skills

  • Reading Music

  • Rhythm

  • Strumming

  • Chords


The goals of the student become the goals of the teacher. If there is a certain style or artist you want to be able to play, lessons will be designed to reach the goal of your playing those songs.

In order to best reach those goals, lessons for beginners will emphasize the fundamentals of guitar technique and overall music skills so that you can build on a foundation that will help to maximize your potential on the guitar for the rest of your life. You will learn how to read music on the guitar, as reading music has several additional benefits. In the process of learning to read music you will develop an understanding of how rhythm works, and develop a better feel for rhythm. You will learn the names of the notes on the fret board and how to effectively do single-note picking. Non-classical guitarists will also learn how to use a pick. Learning how to read music is also an excellent way to learn in a step-by-step graduated process, effective guitar technique.

Chords will also be taught along with strumming technique and strumming patterns.

Classical guitar beginning students will carefully learn a sound technique which will prepare them for being able to handle the challenges of classical repertoire.

Intermediate and Advanced

Intermediate and advanced level students will be able to spend time learning the songs they really want to play. Depending on your goals and needs, you will learn such things as the pentatonic and major scale forms, modes, finger picking, improvisation,, string-bending, sweep picking and theory. It is the goals of the student that drives what is taught.

Intermediate and advanced level classical guitar students will work on refinement of technique, repertoire, and interpretation.