Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school's signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Using observation of technique, stamina, and musicality during weekly lessons—to customize an ongoing curriculum for each student—Mrs. B provides precise music pedagogy as well as performance and competition opportunities for interested students.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Mrs. B provides a picture-style theory book (available at your first lesson) for beginners to guide musical development and solidify the process of learning to read music. The only other materials that are needed include a 3-ring binder for handouts and a metronome.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
With over eighteen years of training as well as solo and ensemble musical performance experience, Mrs. Bongiorno is pleased to share her love of classical music with students in Portland, Oregon.
What do you love most about your job?
The most enjoyable moments happen as kids learn new music. Witnessing the student transformation from unsure-about-how-to-approach a piano to performing a memorized piece in front of a family audience is motivating to everyone.
Signature service: Brian Earl Haines
Reservations/Appointments: Required [for lessons]
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Pro Tip: The store is open to the public and no appointment is needed.