Scroll down for our teaching philosophy.

Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to take your playing to the next level, Whole Tone Guitars’ Jam School will help bring out the artist in you. Our faculty consists of degreed and actively gigging musicians who understand why we play music with other people in the first place- it’s indescribably fun!

We offer private, one-on-one instruction with scheduled, weekly lessons. You’ll “hone your chops” in the comfort of our custom engineered, soundproofed studios, complete with practice amps, wireless stereos, Roc-n-Soc stools and shag rugs! Guitar and bass instruction is offered for all ability levels, ages 8 and up.

Rates

½ Hour: $35

¾ Hour: $45

1 Hour: $55

Payment

Payment for all lessons occurring in a given month shall be paid prior to the first lesson of that month.

In the event the student wishes to discontinue lessons, any unused lessons for that month, including any accumulated credit, will be refunded to the student.

Lesson times

Lessons are given during store hours, given room and instructor availability:

M-W 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thurs 10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Fri 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sun Closed

Attendance

Students are expected to attend each weekly lesson during their allotted time slot, with one excused absence per quarter. Excused absences are granted a make-up lesson, at no charge, to be given when instructor and room availability allows. After one excused absence per quarter, any subsequent absence in that quarter will result in the lesson(s) fee(s) being forfeited and a $10 charge for any make-up lesson(s), to be given when room and instructor availability allow.

In the case of instructor absence, Whole Tone will attempt to assign a substitute instructor. In the event a substitute instructor is not available when a student’s regular instructor is absent, students will be notified of the cancelled lesson as soon as possible, and they will be granted a credit, in the amount equal to the cancelled lesson, to be used on future regularly scheduled lessons.

The Whole Tone Jam School Philosophy

Are you ready?

Do you find yourself listening to certain songs over and over, or humming tunes almost unconsciously, or counting the days impatiently until the next live show you’re going to, or constantly talking music with your friends, or joyously perusing your song list and smiling at the sight of mere song names? If you do, then skip the next paragraph, you’re ready to start lessons!

If the above doesn’t describe you, don’t give up! The fact that you’re reading this means the interest is there. You just haven’t found your “first musical calling.” Every musician had one. Your first assignment from Whole Tone is to listen, listen, and then listen some more, to as much music as you can. Come in to the store and let us supply you with a list of artists that fall into the genres you lean towards. Use streaming services to find new artists. Talk to friends and older relatives (music is timeless). Listen, listen, listen! If and when you find something that truly moves you, and we mean truly moves you, come see us.

Now you’re ready.

Here’s what we’ve heard, almost daily, since the store has opened:

“’I’m not very good”

“I took lessons for a couple months once, but I quit”

“I got good enough to play a few chords/songs from the internet, but it never really went anywhere”

“My teacher was boring”

There is a reason behind all those quotes, and others like them, and Whole Tone’s Jam School avoids what we believe to be a major flaw in traditional teaching.

The Whole Tone Guitars “Concurrent Development Method”

We do not follow a traditional approach, at least not in the traditional sense!

Like all knowledge, teaching music must follow a proper hierarchy, but not at the expense of losing touch with the art. Music is inseparable from art, and art cannot be created without passion. Where there is no passion, there is no art, no music and no fun. This is where so many programs fail their students.

In most programs’ hierarchy, the formal musical knowledge is placed above gaining the technical ability to play actual songs that interest the student. Unfortunately, instead of the student discovering music, the result of this approach is the equivalent of sounds being thrown at the student’s ears. Nowhere does the student see glimpses of the music they long to play (the entire reason, by the way, they started taking lessons in the first place). In other words, too many traditional approaches completely sever the students’ inherent artistic personality from the process of teaching music. Is it any wonder people quit, thinking they have no talent?

Trying to learn an art without allowing the student’s passion to steer the process is worse than a waste of time and money. It actively taints the student’s view of what it’s like to connect musically with themselves and others. The process removes any development, and stimulation, of the student’s musical sense. They think “I have no musical ability,” or “I’m tone deaf.” These invariably mistaken self-doubts are no surprise considering the student’s experience in the lessons, and excruciatingly painful practice sessions, were just sounds hitting their ears (instead of the first glimpses of self-made music). Students then dismiss, and will most likely forever avoid, one of the healthiest, rewarding and enjoyable activities known to man.

There’s absolutely no reason that the technical, artistic and formal aspects of music can’t progress concurrently, or -gasp- even backwards (at times) from what is traditionally done. Instead of Hot Cross Buns, you’ll begin your quest to play cool tunes on day one. The ‘how’ to play your favorite songs will grow up together with the ‘why’ what’s being played sounds good. The ‘why’ leads to the world of standard notation, music theory, sight-reading, ear training, harmony, counterpoint and hundreds of other topics and sub-topics (even philosophy and psychoacoustics!). You will learn it all with us in time, but the entire process will follow your own personal musical path.

At the heart of the method is the notion that formal music training is incredibly important, but it should be done within the context of a students’ passion, interest, and, more importantly, stage of technical ability and musical maturity. With our instructors’ continuous professional assessment of each individual student, the formal musical knowledge is given CONCURRENTLY with the student’s technical progression and musical maturation, so as to keep the student always engaged with the art of music.

Give us six months, and you’ll shock yourself. Give us a year and you’ll be jamming with friends. In two years you’re ready to hit the stage. One of the great things about music is that the fun just increases, seemingly exponentially, as you get better. It’s easier than you think, and yet still provides a lifetime of challenge. You’ve said “I’ve always wanted to do that” for long enough…

   "Never had such a good time
    In my life before"
    Might as Well
    -Hunter/Garcia