Lesson Times:

Between 9:00 and 5:30 

Monday through Friday


$30 for half hour

$50 for full hour

FREE introductory lesson!

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lessons and policies


A guitar  teacher's teaching experience is important. And finding a teacher who loves to teach will contribute significantly to your level of enjoyment as you learn.  It will also increase the rate at which you progress.

Ellen has developed her program through many years of experience doing exactly what she loves to do - teaching.

This program is progressive and well-organized, with enough flexibility that the individual strengths and challenges, tastes and specific goals of each student can be taken into account as they learn the technique required to become a well-rounded independent musician.

Ellen makes the process of learning to read music feel completely natural and enjoyable.

Each year, a studio recital provides students with a performance opportunity. Recital participation is optional.  Adults and the school-aged students perform in separate recitals.

Ellen's Experience and Background:

  • B.A. degree in Music from Mills College

  • M.A. degree in Music Theory from UCSB

  • Teaching individual lessons in guitar and music theory since 1981

  • Teaching all ages (4 through 94)

  • Teaching all levels (beginner through advanced)

  • Taught undergraduate classes in music fundamentals, advanced music theory and composition for three years

  • Taught in-school guitar classes (3rd grade through 12th grade) for seven years

  • Conducted children's choir

  • Conducted adult guitar ensemble

​​​​​​Payment Policy:
       Tuition is due by the 7th of each calendar month in advance for all the lessons we expect to have in that month. Payment may be made by cash or check. If you will not be here in person during the first week of the month, you may use Paypal to my email address or the U.S. mail to ensure that your payment is recieved by the 7th. 

       Late fee: $20.  Bounced check fee: $20.
       Advance payments for excused absences will be credited toward the following month's tuition. Tuition will be reduced by the amount of the credit, but will nevertheless be due by the 7th of the month. An excused absence is a lesson canceled with at least 24 hours notice or canceled due to medical emergency, sudden illness, or unsafe road conditions.

     If you discontinue lessons completely at any time, advance payments will be refunded for lessons canceled with at least 24 hours notice.

Cancellation Policy:
    If you need to reschedule a lesson, please give me as much notice as possible. This increases our chances of finding another time, and enables me to utilize your regular time for another student.
      With the exceptions of absences caused by emergency, sudden illness, or icy road conditions, no credit will be given for any lesson canceled less than 24 hours in advance, and no make-up lesson will be provided. This is because without ample notice, I will have been unable to use your regular time for another student who may have needed to reschedule their lesson.

Vacation and Extracurricular Activities Policy:
      Your lesson time in my schedule will be held at no charge for up to three weeks for a summer vacation. For absences of a longer duration, in order for me to hold your spot for you while you are away, payment will be required, in advance, for lessons you intend to miss beyond the first three.  Likewise, a total of three absences each year will be excused for activities necessary for participation in an organized sport, school play or school concert. Beyond the first three missed lessons, payment will be required for additional missed lessons to enable me to hold your spot for you.

Safe Child Policy:
 I am unable to ensure the safety of your child if I am in a lesson with another student or have left the premises. For this reason (and because of the noisy dog mentioned below) please do not drop your child off early before the lesson and please be here before the lesson ends to pick up your child.

Dog “Policy”:
    My dog, Panda, takes his student-greeting duties seriously. If you arrive early for your lesson and get out of your car, he may bark until I let you in. This may interrupt a lesson in progress. So, if you arrive early, please wait in your car until our appointed lesson time. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you do not care for dogs or are allergic, I will confine him.

Length of Lessons:

      As is standard for music lessons, lessons last 55 minutes or 25 minutes. The 5 minutes between students allows teachers to “shift gears,” fill their water glass, etc.

Phone and Wireless Policy:
     I have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), so I must ask that you turn leave your cell phone on airplane mode and IN YOUR CAR during our lessons.  

    Please leave at home or in your car wireless devices such as: electronic exercise monitors, trackers, building access badges or fobs, smart watches and garage door openers, phone chargers, etc.

    Please DO NOT USE any wireless devices WHILE WAITING OUTSIDE MY HOME - neither in your car nor on my porch. 
    For information on EHS, please see:  Physicians for Safe Technology and/or  We Are The Evidence.