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

Ramel Bautista

Ramel Bautista

Hi music lovers!! My name is Ramel Bautista. I’m a student at Carleton’s music program studying fingerstyle and jazz guitar (BMus candidate 2021)!

I have a huge love for guitar mainly for how versatile an instrument it can be! Having been taught by fingerstyle players like Tim Bedner and Don Ross, I love composing stuff for solo guitar and would love to show you how far you can take such an incredible instrument 🙂

John Guido

John Guido

John is a classical guitarist currently studying under Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa. He previously studied guitar under Dr. Matthew Gould, and piano under Dr. Charlene Biggs at Cambrian College, with a focus on performance and pedagogy.

John has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses for prizewinning guitarists such as Xavier Yara, Thibaut Garcia, Jerome Ducharme, Danijel Cerovic, and more. He has also had the opportunity to attend the Domaine Forget guitar academy in July 2019, where he attended 50+ hours of masterclasses and saw how world renowned pedagogues teach students from a beginner to master level.

While his area of focus is the classical guitar, he is able to use classical pedagogy to teach any style of guitar effectively. John is happy to teach students of any level and age group in a fun and lighthearted manner, and has previous experience teaching family guitar classes.

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!

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”.
– Victor Hugo

Hello there!! My name’s Jonathan and I simply love music! No matter the instrument or style, all music has its place. I have travelled far and wide, and the one thing that brings all humans together is music!

I have been playing music since a very early age, and it continues to shape my life, opening doors which would have remained forever shut. I started performing on stage in High-School, and I was hooked!

Many peoples are under the impression that, to play music, you need to learn how to read sheet music. It’s always a good idea to learn to read music, however, it’s not essential. Reading music is like reading a book. And playing music is like speaking. You don’t always read before speaking right?? It’s the same for music!

The way I teach music is ideal for people who want to be able to pick up their favourite instrument and play along with others, with their favourite songs, and of course at home. With a bit of hard work, and a lot of fun, anyone can play music!

If you’ve ever wanted to play an instrument but perhaps think it’s too hard and time consuming, I can help! I make personalized (realistic) practice curriculums that accommodate any schedule! Child or adult!

So what are you waiting for?? Your own musical adventure awaits!!

James Siwanowicz

James Siwanowicz

 
James [BMus 2018] studied at Carleton University with a focus on guitar performance. He has 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 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 over 5 years of guitar instruction experience, James offers students a variety of teaching techniques to fit any unique goals and interests on the instrument. He is happy to teach any genre, electric or acoustic.

Dave Williamson

Dave Williamson

 
I am a third year Bachelor of Music student at Carleton University. I have been collecting music skills and knowledge for almost a decade now. I love to share what I have learned with everyone and anyone who wishes to better their playing and musical comprehension. This is my 2nd year teaching at Manotick School of Music!

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