Guitar & Ukulele

Lesson Information

Our guitar students range from three years old right through to seniors! Students may choose to learn electric, acoustic, bass, or classical guitar. Our instruction ranges from pure classical guitar to pop music to campfire songs.

Beginner level guitar students learn how to hold the guitar correctly, hand position, tuning the guitar and the basics of the fretboard. Elements of music theory are also introduced. Students explore chords on the guitar and they may learn techniques such as fingerpicking.

Guitars can be purchased or rented at many fine instrument stores in the city. Young students may start on a smaller size guitar or the ukulele if they are very young. It is best to get a guitar size that kids can grow into. Your teacher will recommend an instrument size for you and let you know where they like to shop!


Our Teachers

Paul Arnold

Paul Arnold

Paul Arnold has over 20 years of teaching experience of all ages including folk, classical, rock, blues, and jazz. Paul developed a Guitar Method (5th Edition) which includes Canadian content to make learning guitar fun and easy. Lessons are customized by student ability with a balance of student song requests with standard guitar repertoire. Students learn proper technique and enjoy learning new songs of interest.

Paul Arnold is a graduate in music from University of Toronto and Bard College, New York. Now residing in Ottawa with his family, Paul has performed with several orchestras, bands and choirs in Ottawa and Kingston. He has recorded and produced 3 CDs including Paul & Friends Traditional Christmas, Divine Guitar, and Weddings for Flute & Guitar. Paul’s Rideau Waterway Guitar Suite composition was performed at the 175th anniversary of the Rideau Canal. Paul also performs classical guitar and cello at weddings, events and special occasions.


Dorian Bell

Dorian Bell

Dorian Bell has been playing guitar for 11 years and producing music for the last two years under the surname ‘of Nature’. Eclectic taste in music allows him to teach any genre with ease. Dorian’s ‘by ear only’ teaching approach make his classes unique, natural and fun!

Playing with multiple bands live and even touring schools within the Ottawa Valley, Dorian has recorded two EP’s and a full collaborative album. His future goals with music are to play a collection of songs under the name ‘Wanderlust, and You’ live and to produce a full album as well as continue his electronic project, ‘of Nature.’ Passionate about classical composition, Dorian one day hopes to compose full pieces which could be used for scores.

Friendly and well mannered, lessons with Dorian Bell will prove to be entertaining, instructive and educative.


James Siwanowicz

James Siwanowicz

 
James has played guitar for 12 years and currently studies in the BMus program at Carleton University. He has also been active in Ottawa’s live music scene for many years, playing at countless bars, restaurants and festivals. Listeners enjoy his unique blend of rock, pop and blues stylings on electric guitar. James played lead guitar in the Ottawa pop band Little Stella for about 4 years before switching gears to focus on studying finger style and jazz guitar in an effort to expand his musical horizons and gain further proficiency with varied guitar techniques.

With 5 years of guitar instruction experience, James offers students a variety of teaching techniques to fit their unique goals and interests on the instrument. He is happy to teach any genre, electric or acoustic.


Nick Miller

Nick Miller

 
Nick has been playing guitar for over 14 years and teaching students of all ages privately and in studios for 8 years. Specializing in Rock/Metal genres, Nick is also well versed in Jazz, Blues, Classical, Country and Pop styles of guitar. In addition to electric guitar, Nick is comfortable teaching acoustic, classical, bass and Ukulele. Theory, Ear Training, Songwriting, Technique and other musical nuances are very important to Nick’s teaching method. Lessons with Nick ensure proper musical knowledge and techniques, while incorporating the student’s own personal musical interests.

Nick studied guitar privately at the Manotick School of Music for many years in addition to studying piano, theory and voice. During his time at South Carleton High School he was a part of Concert and Jazz band as well as played at every coffee house hosted. He has since gone on to complete his Bachelor of Music at Carleton University and has his sights set on a Masters degree. Nick has played with local metal groups around the Ottawa scene for over 10 years and has become a successful touring musician, playing all over Canada and the U.S.


Rick Lavergne

Rick Lavergne

 
Hi guitar students and those wishing to learn how to play! I am a retired, young at heart guitar player of 50 years. My teaching approach is to have fun when learning a life-long hobby or passion. I like to work with mature beginners or intermediate players, and my musical interests range from 50’s to current rock and roll, rock, pop, country and folk – the fun stuff! Looking forward to helping you learn this great instrument!

Dan Marano

Dan Marano

 
Dan is an up and coming performer, as well as a musical instructor. He has been playing the guitar for over 10 years. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Doors, The Stray Cats, T-Bone Walker, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Christian. He is currently enrolled in the BMus performance program at Carleton University, specializing in Jazz. He teaches a variety of styles, such as Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Metal and Classical. He has been with the Ottawa Contemporary Guitar Ensemble for a few years, as well as a volunteer playing for patients at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Dan understands that every student learns the guitar in a different way, and adjusts his lessons, based on his student’s requirements. Lessons often include theory, technique, as well as arranging, composing, and ear training. Dan keeps students engaged by teaching musical concepts through songs that students connect with. He also feels that being exposed to different styles of music brings unique ideas and possibilities. Students are also taught and encouraged to create their own musical works.

Passionate about playing music with others, Dan encourages students to participate in duets with him and with other musicians. This helps students learn to play with others, as well as provides them with a network of like-minded musicians.

Dan’s goal is to spark his students’ passion, by bringing music into their lives. It is his objective as an instructor, not only to teach, but also to instruct what music means to the individual and how they wish to express that.

Many of our teachers excel in more than one instrument!
See other MSM Instructors qualified to teach guitar or ukelele:
 Mairead Frizell, Chris Zimmerman, Ramita Arora

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