I offer private lessons, beginners to intermediate, in the Victoria, BC (Fernwood/Hillside) area to people of all ages. My emphasis is on learning for fun, and although I occasionally provide some basic theory, learning to play the songs you love is most important! Songs can be chosen from a database of hundreds, or I can work out your favourite song requests. Lessons are given in my basement studio on Fernwood Road.
The lessons are relaxed, positive and ALWAYS fun. If you're a beginner, I recommend trying a month's worth of lessons to see how you feel about playing guitar. I won't feel bad if it's not your thing! Read more about my teaching, including thoughts and tips, here.
KIDS - I teach kids from the age of 8 up. Kids often have a shorter attention span, so the first few lessons will give a sense of whether or not they will stick to it! Please read more about my thoughts on Kids and Guitars on my blog.
To set up a free consultation, please email or call 250.888.3973
Private Lesson Prices
In Your Home
not available at this time
There are always plenty of daytime slots available, and some afternoon and evening slots. Email me to set up a free consultation, or to book your time. For up-to-date days and times available, please check the calendar.
For a list of some of the songs I teach, click on the Song List.
Email for info or call 250.888.3973. Thank you!
Level 1 Guitar - NEW! Beginner Guitar Class Thursday, January 9th, 2014, 6:30pm
If you've played a little but have long since forgotten, or even if you've never played an instrument in your life, this class is for you! We will learn basic chords, strums and play familiar songs in a relaxed, supportive class environment. Each class is an hour in length, and sure to be a lot of fun. All you need is a guitar. If you don't have one, consider renting at any of our local music stores including Long & McQuade. A new Level 1 guitar class begins on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30pm. The cost is $120 for 8 weeks. Register early, these classes fill fast! Email or call 250-888-3973.
There are a number of ongoing classes for those who are not quite beginners but who would like to join a class and have some fun. Email if you would like more information.
New class students: pay either by CASH or CHEQUE , or by Interac E-Transfer ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE CLASS. An 8 week session costs $120.
New private students: payment by CASH or CHEQUE, or by Interac e-transfer, due at the FIRST LESSON OF EACH MONTH. There are normally 4 lessons per month totalling $80
"I have been playing the same lick for 30 years (self taught), my daughter has been taking lessons with Irene for 2 years. People throw beer bottles at me when I play, people throw money at my daughter when she plays. I have watched my shy daughter transform into a confident performer who can captivate anyone. She loves going to Irene who is a perfect fit for anyone. The lessons with Irene have had a extremely positive affect on her in so many aspects. The gauntlet has been thrown I'm tired of being 4 beats off and in the wrong chord so I'm signing up for lessons. My goal is to offered a beer instead of a thrown bottle. ~ Asia's Dad
"I started taking guitar lessons with Irene about three years ago.
I had taken group lessons twice in years past, but nothing can compare to the individual lessons I have taken with Irene.
I have learned things much quicker as a result, and song playing comes much easier.
Irene has a very easy going nature and I feel very relaxed during my
lessons with her. My guitar lessons are the highlight of each week." ~ Larry H.
"Irene is an amazing teacher. I was looking for someone that could teach my
daughter to play guitar using a fun, casual approach to modern music that my
daughter could relate to. That is exactly how she teaches and why Madi
never wants to miss a lesson! Madi is 15 and has learned so much in the last
two years." ~ Lynn E.
"After many years of frustrated fumbling with the guitar, I found playing
guitar creative and enjoyable after a few group lessons with Irene!
Great attitude, great space and a great guitar teacher! Thanks Irene!" ~ David R.
"I would be pleased to recommend Irene as a guitar teacher to anyone. She is knowledgeable, kind and relaxed. I look forward to my lesson each week." ~ Eric M.
"Guitar lessons with Irene were my favorite part of the week. So much fun and I learned a lot!"~ Brian K.
"Well, starting to learn the guitar a little later in life, can be a
bit daunting....until I found Irene. I am learning in
a very positive environment. Even the days when you arrive, feeling
like you are never going to "get it".
Then you sit with Irene, always cheerful, with loads of patience,
understanding and humour. I walk away ready to tackle those
difficult chords. And I am playing, and loving it!!
All in all I would say she is a brilliant guitar teacher, and I am
so glad that I found her, and look forward to my lessons with her
every week." ~ Karen V.
"Learning guitar with Irene is so enjoyable. She can take whatever song
you are interested in and come up with an interesting way to play it.
You leave feeling refreshed, energized and accomplished each night!" ~
"My daughter has been taking guitar lessons from Irene for a few short
months. I'm amazed by how much she has learned in that short time (how
do they remember all those chords?), but I'm even more impressed by how
happy and motivated she is about her guitar lessons. With Irene's bubbly
personality, and her fun and encouraging teaching style, my girl's
lessons are a joy to her." ~ Corinne S.
"I have been taking lessons from Irene for almost a year, I have enjoyed every class and her teaching methods." ~Jim L.
"Irene is a great guitar teacher, I'm really enjoyed my lessons because I
learn songs that I know, and are new and fun! I've gone to different places
for lessons but I didn't have fun there because I'd have to learn songs that
I've never heard before because my teacher picked them. Irene also has a
great singing voice so when we play together and she sings it sounds
amazing!" ~ Lindsay M.
"Irene made learning easy and fun. Because I didn't need to get into the
theoretical part of guitar playing, she taught us how to play, which
encouraged me to want to play as I felt accomplishment. I looked forward to
her class every week." ~ Berte M.
"Irene is a great teacher – patient, knowledgeable and always with a sense of humour. I’ve been taking weekly lessons for about a year and a half and every lesson is both fun and productive. Learning new chords, strums – always going just a little further than I thought I could. I strongly recommend her." ~ Ken M.
"I started taking weekly guitar lessons with Irene over 2 years ago, and I find my Wednesday night lesson a really great part of my week. I look forward to meeting up with Irene to practise the latest song I am learning. Irene is willing to work out chords and strum pattern for songs that you like, so you are able to learn your favourite songs. I have learned songs by Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, Tragically Hip, Snow Patrol, Radiohead, and Stone Temple Pilots, and many others. Irene is a patient and friendly teacher, and she doesn’t pressure you. She understands when you’re busy and don’t have time to practise, and she never makes you feel guilty about it. She has a great wealth of knowledge about the guitar, having played for the majority of her life, and she’s happy to share her own experiences and answer questions. I highly recommend Irene as a guitar instructor, especially if you’re a beginner like I was when I first started taking lessons. Irene is a great person to help you build your confidence and your ability!" ~ Kate W.
You can purchase any combination of lessons, either private or group and download a gift certificate. A series of eight group classes costs $120. For private lessons, it is recommended that you purchase a package of 4 x 1/2 hour lessons, roughly a month's worth, at a cost of $80. Click on the gift certificate below to download Word .doc and print it out...or email for other options:
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