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Colleen Collins
Colleen Collins

Colleen Collins

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Introduction: **Please note I am located in Phoenix, Arizona, but I also do lessons remotely and have students located around the country. I am extremely versatile and flexible. I play many different instruments, including classical & acoustic guitars, Irish & silver flute, and sing, as well as varied musical styles, including classical, singer/songwriter, classic/modern rock, jazz, and Celtic. I have performed and taught guitar lessons for over 35 years. I have also studied with classical guitarists Christopher Parkening and Manuel Barrueco. I am also a certified teacher, having taught in Arizona’s public schools for the past 15 years. I qualify for the voucher/ESA program in Arizona, so you can use voucher funds to pay for your guitar lessons. I am patient, positive, and encouraging and can teach guitar for all levels, ages, and styles. Students always learn a song the first lesson to learn the foundation of basic chords, and then each week we build that with songs the student wants to learn. Students will learn chords, strum patterns, finger picking, and note reading. In addition, my classical guitar background helps students learn the proper technique for holding the guitar, as well as finger and hand placement to maximize playing potential. I also offer free recitals, so students are given the opportunity to perform.

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

17 reviews


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Rich G.

Guitar Lessons

I have tried videos, books, and online subscription classes. None held my interest for long and taught me in a way where I feel like I’m really learning to not only play but also read music. We are doing Zoom because I live near Chicago. BTW: I’m 63 and this has been on my bucket list for a long time. Old dogs can learn new tricks (with the right person). Live life!
Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you!
Sep 1, 2020
Diana M.

Music Entertainment

She did an awesome job! All the guests enjoyed her music thoroughly and asked for her info.
Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was my pleasure to play for such a special occasion! Thank you for hiring me!
Oct 6, 2020
Anatolii P.

Guitar Lessons

Absolutely beautiful lesson! Colleen keeps you interested from the very first minutes of the lessons, explains everything in great details, pays a lot of attention to techniques and keeps it very simple for student! So you will start playing right away!:) And its a lot of fun!! Thank you very much, Colleen!
Colleen Collins's reply
It was my pleasure! It was so great to meet you and I can't wait to hear you play more classical guitar! Thank you for the nice review :-)
Aug 2, 2020
Dianna D.

Guitar Lessons

Makes learning fun for my 9 year old. Very positive and patient.
Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you! I am enjoying having him as my student!
Nov 14, 2020
Nura G.

Guitar Lessons

Colleen has such a skill for teaching, so glad I found her.
Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you so much! I look forward to our next lesson! 🤩🎸
Oct 16, 2020
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  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have studied with some of the best classical guitarists in the world, including Christopher Parkening and Manuel Barreuco. I can read music, but also have an uncanny ability to listen to the song and learn it by ear. This makes it easy for me to learn special requests. I have performed in concert halls, wedding ceremonies, receptions, private parties, clubs, bars, festivals, and Irish pubs. I have even performed for millions of television viewers when I played the tin whistle at the firefighter memorial for the 19 fallen Prescott firefighters.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I taught guitar lessons for years at a local music store.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    I mostly perform in wedding ceremonies and other special events. I can play solo, duo, trio, or full five-piece band.

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