Colleen Collins
Colleen Collins

Colleen Collins

$150/hour
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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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Hired 36 times

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22 years in business

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

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Tim O.
Dec 5, 2021
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Colleen provided beautiful music for a Celebration of Life service in short notice. She performed the songs requested and came up with a perfect list of songs she played while people were arriving. We had a small group in a large church but she made us feel like we were important and the seats were filled. Full of gratitude, I highly recommend this accomplished singer and guitarist.

Details: Wedding ceremony • 26 - 50 guests • 51 or older • Band • No preference • Covers • Other

Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you so much Tim for your kind review and for hiring me! I was honored to have performed for your service!
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Rich G.
Aug 31, 2020
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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!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Rock • Country • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you!
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Kelly W.
Sep 7, 2021
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My son has been working with Colleen for months. She's great, works at his pace, and he loves his lessons. Highly recommend!

Details: 10 - 13 years old • No formal training • No, cannot read music • Acoustic • Folk • Country • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has an instrument • 45 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you so much! I’m really enjoying teaching your son!
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Brian M.
Jun 19, 2017
My wife, Crystal, and I hired Colleen and Chris Collins (aka Eirezona Duo) to perform at our wedding ceremony and reception June, 2017 in Sedona, AZ. They are an extremely talented husband and wife team, with a beautifully rich innate musicality ... we were nothing short of absolutely impressed! Colleen and Chris are both classically trained guitarists, and as such also play a wide range of instruments. Beyond her amazingly strong and beautiful vocals, Colleen also is an accomplished flutist. They transitioned seamlessly from playing light classical, and contemporary love songs during the ceremony portion of the evening, to rock, folk and country classics during our reception. Despite the busyness of the evening, from getting ready for the ceremony, to formal family photos and toasts, a big part of both Crystal and I just wanted to kick-back during cocktail hour to listen to their music and dance the night away! We received numerous compliments throughout the night for their amazing duet sound. There is no doubt that our guests were well-entertained with their performance. The music could not have been better! In addition to their performance the day-of our wedding, Colleen and Chris went above-and-beyond and invested time in learning our "first dance" song, "Feels Like Home", which was absolutely beautiful! The Collins are a rare blend of talent, flexibility, integrity and professional entertainment. They hold a strong desire to please and are also very well priced. You won't find a more likable pair of musicians! We give Colleen and Chris Collins our highest praises and would recommend them in a heartbeat! Thank you so, so much - Colleen and Chris! You all are absolutely wonderful and we look forward to enjoying more of your live performances in the future! Brian & Crystal Miller
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Janice G.
May 11, 2021
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Colleen was wonderful!! Perfect background music for our Tea & Art event. Beautiful voice too. Especially enjoyed her singing. Would recommend highly.

Details: Cocktail hour • 26 - 50 guests • 51 or older • Guitar • Piano • Vocals • Other strings • No preference • Jazz / Blues • Covers • Outdoors

Colleen Collins's reply
Thank you!
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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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