Doug Smitherman your instructor received his Music Degree in Guitar and Music Education from the University of North Texas which is one of the top music schools in the U.S.A Doug is also the only certified guitar teacher with the Music Teachers National Association and the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association.
If you want to learn how to play Acoustic, Electric, or Classical Guitar, and learn all about guitar, amps, pedals, and more, and play in a band and or just jam with friends.
Guitar for Kids is for you!!!
Education / Training
My name is Doug Smitherman, I will be your instructor. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor Degree in Music and a Minor in Music Education, specializing in Music for Children. I have taught guitar since graduating from North Texas and I am fluent in Fingerstyle, Rock, and Blues guitar. I also arrange and write music and have had compositions performed in the North Texas area.
The idea for Guitar for Kids started in my early teaching days when I taught only private lessons. I had previously played in guitar ensembles, and bands for years, and immediately saw that the lessons were lacking what the kids needed to play electric and acoustic guitar; a band. All electric guitarists and a large number of acoustic guitar players play with other guitarist and musicians. A private lesson cannot teach this and many other aspects of guitar playing.
Even during my private lesson era I developed a dual program of both electric guitar, and solo acoustic guitar. I knew Guitar for Kids had to be the same dual format, but in a small group setting. Electric guitar is only part of the big picture of being a musician; acoustic solo and ensemble guitar also had to be a part of the program so the kids could play solo acoustic songs as many rock artist do with songs like Kansas: Dust in the Wind, or the Beatles: Blackbird, but they also needed to be able to play in a live band setting with acoustic guitar songs such as Pink Floyds: Wish you Were Here, or Bon Jovi: Dead or Alive.
Guitar for Kids
I am considering taking lessons. Please contact me with further information. Thank you.
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