guitarlessons

There’s no better time than Now to take up a new instrument or seek additional instruction on your current instrument. Advances in brain studies point out that active engagement with music influences other development, especially with children and young adults. Whether you’ve been awakened by an inspirational piece of music, looking for a challenge, or aiming to maximize self-expression, there are local resources to take advantage of. The fringe benefit of having a strong local musician community is the resource well of music teachers, many of which are also performers. Here are resources for finding a local music instructor. If you're a teacher and would like to be added or removed from this list, please contact ad@aarondavismusic.com.

Instruction on multiple instruments

Aaron Davis; ad@aarondavismusic.com, 307-413-2513. Teaches a wide range of guitar styles including finger picking, slide, soloing and strumming while singing from Three Hearted Recording Studio. Also offering songwriting assistance, intro to mandolin, music production and recording services in a mountainside cabin setting.

Jackson Hole Music Store; 307-201-1700, jacksonholemusicstore@gmail.com. Owner/teacher David Rice has a degree in classical guitar and twenty years of teaching experience. Offering lessons for guitar, drums, bass, and band lessons. Bo Elledge also teaches out of the store, helping clients learn songs and basic chords.

David Bundy; 208-201-3598, dpbundy@hotmail.com. Teaches drum set, bass guitar and guitar Monday through Thursday at his home studio in Driggs, Idaho.

Jack Tolan; jack.tolan@gmail.com. Private and small group lessons on guitar, bass, mandolin, and ukulele. All ages.

Susan Jones; sunami11@hotmail.com. Piano, guitar and ukulele lessons in Wilson and at the Center for the Arts. All ages. Emphasis on music skills that facilitate playing with others.

Leif Routman; leifroutman@gmail.com. Routman has a BA in Guitar Performance and teaches all styles and levels of guitar, bass, beginning keyboards, music theory, and improvisation.

Phil Round; 307-413-7700, philround.com. Teaches guitar, voice and music lessons in Wilson.

Drums/percussion

Ed’s Drum Shed/Ed Domer; 307-413-0664, facebook.com/drumznfishes. From toddlers to adults, Domer teaches drums in his dedicated studio at 265 E. Simpson.

Jason Baggett; billybaggett5@gmail.com, 307-690-0260. Baggett has a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in studio music and jazz and also studied with Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood, among others.

Don Gronberg; 307-690-5980, dongronberg59@hotmail.com. Afro-Cuban/Latin Percussion including bongos, congas, timbales, and minor percussion.

Mandolin

Ben Winship; 208-201-5344, ben@benwinship.com. Teaches from his recording studio in Victor, Idaho.

Piano

Kyle Johnson; 307-413-2696, keyboardkyle@yahoo.com. Piano lessons from ages six through high school at his studio on Simpson Ave.

Laura Huckin; 801-865-3171, huckin@silverstar.com. Huckin is director of Cathedral voice and instructs piano and voice in Star Valley & Jackson.

Madelaine German; 540-383-1491, maddgermm@gmail.com. German teaches piano and voice to all levels and ages within classical, jazz and musical theater genres.

Pam Phillips; pamdrewsphillips.com.

Ron Fabry; 733-2516. Piano and voice.

Guitar

Aaron Davis; ad@aarondavismusic.com, 307-413-2513. Teaches a wide range of guitar styles including finger picking, slide, soloing and strumming while singing. Also offering songwriting assistance, intro to mandolin, music production and recording services in a mountainside cabin setting.

Beth McIntosh; beth@bethmcintosh.com, 307-733-9641. Teaches sessions based on the Berklee method in Wilson.

Justin Smith; onemadrabbit@yahoo.com, 307-413-4563. Specializes in bluegrass, blues, folk and rock for beginners to intermediate.

Lauren Conrad; conradlauren@gmail.com. Specializes in Americana, bluegrass, and folk.

Vocal

Gina Feliccia; gfeliccia@me.com 760-415-9433, ginafelicciavocalcoach.com, bigcitybroadway.org.

Feliccia has a studio on Deer Drive and has been teaching for fifteen with extensive training in classical and musical theatre. “I really love to help students discover their own voice and coach a wide range of vocal genres.”  Feliccia runs the performance arts non-profit called Big City Broadway, which also teaches classes and workshops.

Saxophone, Clarinet and flute

Jason Fritts; jcfritts@gmail.com, 307-699-0102. Teaches saxophone, clarinet and flute of all levels from his studio on North Cache. Fritts studied saxophone at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, as well as at Northwestern University, where he earned a Master’s in music.

Strings

Michelle Quinn/JH Music Academy Suzuki Violin; 307-690-0974, michelle@jhmusicacademy.com. Quinn has played violin for over thirty years and is one of two certified Suzuki teaches for violin in the state, teaching from pre-twinkle through Book IV.

Additional resource: Vince Gutwein (vgutwein@tcsd.org), who teaches orchestra in the high school and middle schools.

Harp

Phil Pearce; 760-420-9631. Beginning harpist instruction. Rental harp available with a monthly lesson on N. Glenwood.

Bass

Bill Plummer; billplummerbass.com. Plummer has played with many of the greats including Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, and The Rolling Stones and teaches upright bass in Teton Valley.

Marty Camino; martycamino@gmail.com. Teaches all styles and levels of upright and electric bass—from Bach to rock—and has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in music.

Software/production

Joe Rudd; joe@goldconeproductions.com, 213-327-4335. Rudd has a BA in Jazz Studies and is a Certified Apple Professional offering Logic Pro X and Ableton Live music production lessons.

Music Therapy

Susan Jones/Music Together of Jackson Hole/Wilson Mountain Music; sunami11@hotmail.com. Jones’s Music Together LLC engages the youngest of musicians and their families through experiencing music rather than learning concepts and information about music. Classes are held at the Center for the Arts. Jones also teaches music in several pre schools and facilitates multi–generational music for all ages at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse every third Friday of the month.

Hilary Camino/Wyoming Music Therapy; hilarycamino.mtbc@gmail.com, 307-433-4207. Camino is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist with a background in Nordoff Robbins (creative-based) music therapy and has formal training in piano and voice. She has worked with clients experiencing developmental delay, stroke rehabilitation, trauma and sexual abuse, and other various learning, behavioral, social, and physical difficulties.

Online lessons

YouTube can be a great resource for gathering knowledge on any instrument, or for learning specific songs or styles. Also check out MusicLessons.com—a startup founded by local musicians John Pansewicz, Jeff Eidemiller, and Mac Munro—offering a filter for lessons vs. courses, ability (youth, beginner, intermediate, advanced, master), max price, as well as links to video and articles, and a “find teachers” tab.

Play on!

Aaron Davis is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.