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Jack Jones, Guitarist
  • About me
  • I've been teaching lessons since 1987 as one of my primary career activities. I have my music degree (1991 VCU) and many years of experience as a professional performer and competition winning classical artist (winner Va auditions MTNA/Wurlitzer 88,89 and 91 NFMC VA auditions 1990)since 1986. My training is in the classical and jazz fields, but I am very familiar with popular styles, and try to incorporate a certain number of songs the students ask for into a standard musical curriculum with my lessons. I do not teach children or teens to play without reading music, nor do I use a rote tab or chordal or song by song approach because I consider both to be limiting and short sighted. I will teach adults to play without reading music, but I still strongly recommend learning to read music on the instrument -- especially if the adult has prior musical training.
  • Scheduling
  • I teach primarily evenings at Midlothian Music Lessons www.midlomusiclessons.com , located at 11512 Allecingie Parkway, Suite "B" (Mon., Tues., Wed. and Thurs) beginning at 3:00pm and ending at 7:30pm. I also have a day schedule on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 am until 2:00pm. I will do one hour group lessons (min. 5 students) during the day or after 7:30 in the evenings. There is no contract for my private lessons, but I do require a month to month commitment. Lesson rates are as follows:
  • half-hour lessons are $100/ month
  • 45 min. lessons are $135/month
  • hour lessons are $180/mo.
  • Lesson fees are paid in advance on the last lesson of the previous month (or the first lesson of the month for new students). I use several different method books - depending upon you or your child's age, level of previous training and/or musical interests I will try to match up something that fits with the listening interests of the student. I accept students as young as five, and if your child is ten or under you should know that I ask parents to sit in on lessons AND to be a part of the child's practice routine. After twelve kids rarely tolerate much parental involvement, but I even suggest it well into the teens -- kids usually have limited ability to schedule their time efficiently or pick an appropriate daily practice time and you will be paying for lessons that will be ineffective if they do not establish a regular practice routine.
  • Policies
  • If I have to miss a lesson for any reason I will let you know as far in advance as possible and either refund it or pro-rate it out of the next month's lesson fee. I do not pro-rate months for student absence. It is very important to pick a lesson time that you are sure you can make consistently because I do not hold myself obligated to make-up lessons missed by the student - particularly if there is no notice or very short notice of the absence. That said, I can usually schedule make-up lessons in available time spots, but I will not shuffle other students around to accommodate a make-up. It is up to the student/parent to contact me and arrange to be there at the alternate time if one is available. In the event of snow students can assume that I will not be teaching if the Chesterfield Co. schools are closed. Further, if the roads become nasty and there is any question of safety no one should try to make it into the lesson. ALL lessons missed for inclement weather will either be made up or pro-rated out of the next month's fee at the rate of $22 per missed lesson. I don't want anyone on the roads if there is any concern at all.
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Twice every year I set up a student recital for my students to learn how to perform in front of an audience. They happen in December and July, and I do not charge for participation in them. However, I do take the week between Christmas and New Year's Day off and I do not pro-rate this out of the fees for recital participants. I began these recitals to help students get past the nervous barriers to good performance that many people face, and they are generally very enjoyable - a very low key way to step into public performance.
  • Supplies for the First Lesson
  • Please bring a guitar; (no amp or cord for electric players, I have those in the room)
  • A blank notebook - one with paper and pouches; And be prepared to pick up the first method book
  • 8 & under -- Guitar for the Small Fry
  • beginner guitar lessons / intermediate guitar lessons/ acoustic guitar lessons -- Happy Traum omnibus edition
  • classical guitar lessons, beginner -- Christopher Parkening bk 1
  • classical guitar lessons, intermediate - early advanced -- Christopher Parkening bk 2
  • jazz guitar lessons (must be able to read music already) -- Melodic Rhythms (Berkley meth)
  • bass guitar lessons (beginner through early intermediate) -- Mel Bay bass method
  • I look forward to meeting you at our first lesson --- Jack Jones
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