Portland Classic Guitar is excited to now offer classical guitar lessons with master classical guitarist William Jenks through Skype. Now you can learn from the comfort of your own home using a computer, tablet or TV (depending on the model). Instead of having the guitar teacher in the same room as you, you interact through video. Online education allows all the value of face-to-face study, without the added requirement of having to be in the same room-or even the same city-as your teacher.
Now students around the world can benefit from Jenks's personalized attention and unique method-developed over fifteen years of teaching classical guitar; and strengthened by knowledge gained presenting over 100 concerts and 50 master classes, featuring some of the greatest guitarists in the world, including the Romeros, John Williams, and David Russell. Guitarists taking Skype lessons with Jenks get all the same perks as his in-person private students-including the invitation to perform in quarterly student recitals at Marylhurst University, an opportunity to perform in PCG's master classes, and discounts to all PCG concerts and master classes.
Here is what you need to do:
- Purchase an individual lesson or group of lessons through this web site.
- Download the free Skype program through Skype’s website.
- Pick your desired lesson time from William's list of available times and email him at email@example.com with your Skype user name and desired lesson time. (William's available times are listed in the shopping cart under the skype lesson product of your choice. He will email you back to confirm your lesson time)
- Get acquainted with Skype before you begin your lessons by calling a friend so you can test your sound and video.
- William will call your Skype user name at your scheduled lesson time. (Please allow a few minutes passed your scheduled time in case the last lesson went over.)
- PURCHASE SKYPE GUITAR LESSONS ONLINE
“For years I attempted to play the guitar, if three chords and a lack of
rhythm counted as actual music. Thus, lacking in musical ability but strong in enthusiasm, I stumbled upon William Jenks. He guided me in the purchase of a superb
instrument from Portland Classic guitar and I began the lessons which opened a new chapter of my life at nearly seventy years of age.
William provides more than lessons. His solo performances around the world
allow him to share with his students the true art of the classical guitar. Additionally, Portland Classic Guitar promotes a series of concerts bringing the
world’s most celebrated internationally acclaimed classical guitarists to Portland. With William Jenks one experiences holistically what it means to play and
perform the classical guitar.
On a personal note, I found William’s teaching techniques to be supportive,
non threatening and tailored to the needs of each student. His demeanor is patient, calm and thorough. I anticipate many years of growth in my ability as a classic
guitarist and my friendship with William Jenks of Portland Classic Guitar.”
“My son Kai (8), has been taking classical guitar lessons with William for two years now
and I could not be more impressed with how well Kai plays and how much he enjoys playing. I would highly recommend Portland Classic Guitar to anyone looking to learn
themselves, or looking for lessons for their child. Denise Nontavarnit (Mom of Kai)
“As parents, we enjoy watching our child’s musical talent grow from the lessons she
receives from Portland Classic Guitar”
Elizabeth Stohosky (Hayden’s Mom)
“We have been taking classical guitar lessons for a year and a half, as a couple.
It has been one of the most enriching experiences we have ever had. Portland Classic Guitar expands their students skills and appreciation of music far beyond
expectations. The yearly guitar concert series is an extraordinary opportunity to hear world-class performers in an intimate setting.”
Kay and Walt Covert
“I have been taking classical guitar lessons at Portland Classic Guitar for several
years. The top notch guitar instructors, student recitals, and yearly professional guitar concerts make for a total guitar experience. “
Dr. Wendy Mednick, MD
REASONS WHICH MAKE US THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOU
University Trained Instructors
Our instructors hold college degrees and have
extensive teaching experience. Most importantly, our students have a proven track record of success because we are careful to only select well-trained, courteous, and patient
instructors to be part of our teaching staff.
All Ages, Styles, and Levels
Our current students range from 5 years old to many students in their 60's and 70's. We currently teach beginner
through advanced levels in classical guitar. We are careful to teach you the necessary skills every music student needs to learn while at the same time being sympathetic to
your own particular musical interests. We will teach you the music you want to learn so your lessons are motivating and rewarding.
Our lessons are set up as private one on one instruction so you will
have the undivided attention of your instructor and you can progress at a level suited to you individually.
Regular Student Recitals
Student recitals are held four times a year. Although
not required, all students are encouraged to perform in the quarterly student recitals to build confidence and performance experience on their instrument.
World Class Concert Series
Our students and their families get preferred
seating and discounts to the highly acclaimed Portland Classic Guitar Concert series where some of the top classical guitarists in the world have performed.
Participation in the master classes held during the series as an auditor or performer is also available.
Professional Learning Environment
Our beautiful space located at
Classic Guitar will inspire you to achieve personal excellence. Each studio is clean, comfortable, and spacious for the best learning experience.
FIVE WAYS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
1. HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG - STARTING AT THE RIGHT AGE
Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing
they are committed to practicing. We teach many beginner students in their 60’s and 70’s. For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success
of their lessons. We recommend that children should be at least age 7 to start guitar, age 5 for piano, and age 9 for voice.
2. INSIST ON PRIVATE LESSONS WHEN LEARNING A SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT
Group classes work well for preschool music programs, and theory lessons. However,
when actually learning how to play an instrument, private lessons are far superior since in private lessons it is hard to miss anything, and each student can learn at their
own pace. This means the teacher does not have to teach a class at a middle of the road level, but has the time and focus to work on the individual student’s strengths
and weaknesses. For that lesson period, the student is the primary focus of the teacher. The teachers also enjoy this as they do not have to divide their attention between 5 -
10 students at a time and can help the student be the best they can be.
3. TAKE LESSONS IN A PROFESSIONAL TEACHING ENVIRONMENT
Learning music is not just a matter of having a qualified teacher, but also having
an environment that is focused on music education. In a professional school, a student cannot be distracted by TV, pets, ringing phones, siblings or anything else. With
only 1/2 to one hour of lesson time per week, a professional school environment can produce better results since the only focus at that time is learning music. Students
in a school environment are also motivated by hearing peers who are at different levels and by being exposed to a variety of musical instruments. In a music school, the
lessons are not just a hobby or sideline for the teacher but a responsibility which is taken very seriously.
4. MAKE PRACTICING FUN
As with anything, improving in music takes practice so it might as well be
fun. One of the main problems with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing and the fight between parents and students to practice every day. Here are some ways to
make practicing easier:
Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of a routine or
habit. This works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day the practicing can occur, the less reminding is required by parents to get the child to
We use this method quite often when setting practice
schedules for beginners. For a young child 20 or 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, we use repetition. For example, practice this piece 4
times every day, and this scale 5 times a day. The child then does not pay attention to the amount of time they are practicing their instrument, but knows if they are on
repetition number 3 they are almost finished.
This works very well for both children and adult students. Some
adults reward themselves with something simple like a cappuccino after a successful week of practicing. Parents can encourage children to practice by granting them occasional
rewards for successful practicing. In our school we reward young children for a successful week of practicing with stars and stickers on their work. Praise tends to be the
most coveted award - there just is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done. Sometimes we all have a week with little practicing, in that case there is always
5. USE RECOGNIZED TEACHING MATERIALS
There are some excellent materials developed by professional music educators that
are made for students in a variety of situations. For example in piano, there are books for very young beginners, and books for adult students that have never played before.
There are books that can start you at a level you are comfortable with. These materials have been researched and are continually upgraded and improved to make learning easier.
These materials ensure that no important part of learning the instrument can inadvertently be left out. If you ever have to move to a different part of the country, qualified
teachers and institutions will recognize the materials and be able to smoothly continue from where the previous teacher left off.
Most Importantly . . .HAVE FUN!!
Music should be something that you enjoy for a lifetime. So, try not to put
unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn.
Monthly Lesson Rates
Half Hour Lessons $130 (1 half hour lesson per week)
One Hour Lessons $210 (1 one hour lesson per week)
Please note that you can get an additional discount of $10 per month if you
sign up for the auto-pay system which is our preferred payment method for lessons. If there happens to be 5 weeks in the month, there is no extra charge.
Private Lessons are billed on a monthly basis and are $210 for a month of one-hour private lessons and
$130 for a month of half hour private lessons. If there happens to be 5 weeks in the month, there is no extra charge . Our preferred payment method for lessons is an
auto-pay system where either a Visa/Master Card or checking account is billed at the first of every month. A ten dollar per month discount will apply to all
students choosing to be on the auto-pay system.
No prior experience of guitar or music is necessary. Portland
Classic Guitar Music Academy teaches students of all ages and abilities from beginning through advanced. Students can choose between classical, jazz, or popular
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