Highland Guitar Studio

Manchester, CT

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My primary focus is to help others enjoy the guitar and music as much as I do. And seeing how I've chosen this as a career, that's quite a bit. Music may be complex, but not incomprehensible. It takes a little while to figure it out but you'll be glad you did. I play professionally so I spend a lot of time playing different styles and techniques at a very high level. I have decades of experience teaching and have even written my own guitar method. I am proficient with several software applications that allow me to record things for students and write out new exercises tailored for each student. Regardless of what style you like I can help students realize their goals and become self-sufficient. Learn what you need to know and play the rest of your life.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like that I get to do an art form for an occupation, and that I get to share with others how they may participate in the arts themselves. The experience of playing music is like no other and I hope to share that with others.
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Location

Manchester, CT 06042

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

12

Reviews

13 Reviews
  • Tucker I. Jan 20, 2017
    Aspiring adult guitar player?
    Heading into my first class with Tim, I had almost no musical experience (at least for the last 15+ years). In a very casual way, he was able to get a sense of where I was and where he should start with my instruction. I was very reluctant to take lessons at first, but my wife got me started with Tim and it was really worth it. He was accommodating to my relatively slow speed of learning and easily adapted to my own musical preferences and interests. His studio is a great space and is located within a really cool, historic building. The sound is fantastic and it's a comfortable space to practice in. I highly recommend Tim for lessons - especially for adults who may not be able to dedicate hours a day to practicing. I took lessons weekly for three months and I got a great foundation for practicing. Once my life settles down a little, I definitely hope to go back.
  • Marcilene S. Feb 23, 2016
    Tim has been teaching my son for about a year now. Honestly I couldn't ask for a better instructor. He teaches with passion and that makes my son feel comfortable and confident during the classes. I highly recommend Tim to anyone who wants to learn how to play guitar :)
  • Gina M. Feb 19, 2016
    Ukulele Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Stephanie H. Oct 7, 2015
    Tim is a wonderful guitar teacher. He works with my son at his own pace and it has been a joy to watch his confidence and skills grow with every lesson. He recently became a member of his school's jazz band and has deeply appreciated Tim's support and encouragement.
  • James R. Oct 3, 2015
    Tim is an excellent teacher. My son has been taking lessons for just about a year and I am very impressed with his progress. The atmosphere is very relaxed, comfortable and family centered. I recommend Highland Guitar Studio.
  • Ray B. Aug 14, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Derek D. May 5, 2015
    He assessed that my background of learning music has not been very academic and because of that i need to relearn and practice the basics. He was was patient and taught a lot about what i needed to know.
  • Daryle D. Dec 17, 2014
    Tim has been a great teacher of the guitar. I am going to continue my lessons and would recommend his program to anyone who is looking to learn how to play the guitar.
  • Frank M. Dec 2, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Brenda H. Aug 23, 2014
    Tim has been teaching my daughter for several months now. She was a beginner, never having played guitar, and within the first few weeks she was able to play songs. He encourages her to play music she enjoys, and to step outside her comfort zone by trying to sing along. Although practicing is most important, he never pushes too hard and is always patient with her when her busy schedule gets in the way. I would highly recommend Tim to anyone interested in learning to play.
  • Jeff G. Jun 25, 2014
    Tim came recommended from a friend. I had been playing guitar and bass for close to 20 years, without ever taking a single lesson. I'd been focusing on bass for the last 10 years, and decided that I wanted to take my bass playing to the next level - theory, reading music, etc. Fast forward a year later, and I'm reading and learning music not only from sheet music, but from jazz charts - something I hadn't even imagined going in. I've gained a new appreciation for the music as a result. Everyone that knows me well has commented on the improvement in my overall bass playing, from the wife to people who I've spent years jamming with. In short, if you're looking to expand your abilities, you can't go wrong with Tim.
  • Damonica M. Aug 6, 2013
    I had been trying to find the right classical guitar teacher for years before taking lessons with Tim. Honestly, I have made more progress in a few months with Tim than I had made in nearly eight years of various other teachers. His love of music and teaching are evident in the fact that he really takes the time to understand your background (musical and otherwise), your musical interests, and your personal goals. He then tailors his approach with each lesson to ensure that you progress steadily as a musician through sound technique and theory rather than simply teaching you how to play songs. I highly recommend Tim to anyone interested in becoming a proficient guitarist in any style.
  • Richard G. Jul 1, 2013
    I started taking lessons from Tim back in Feb. I am 47 now took lessons when I was younger . He has started me from the ground level which is what I needed and moves along with the progress I try to make each week. Hard to practice some weeks due to life commitments. But he is also working on helping me make the most of my practice time and to find more of it through the week. I have to say I can now play the 12 bar blues and he is working with me on some good stuff . He is very patient and does not mind the questions. Tim is laid back, easy going and definitely enjoys music , and some of it has rubbed off on me . I feel good about where we are at in our lessons . I am really glad I found Tim, just the right kind of teacher , even for us aging folks. If I could sum Tim up in one word as a teacher , stupendous. Don't pass him up .

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Weekly lesson are given in 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions at $27, $37 and $47, respectively and payable on a monthly basis. Bi-weekly sessions for 45 and 60 minute sessions are $42 and $52, respectively.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I start with a free 30 minute trial lesson that lets us get to know one another, find out goals and assess strengths and areas of improvement. From there we'll find a mutually convenient time to meet on a weekly basis.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Absolutely. I'm kind of a tech nut and keep up on gear that can help a player get to the next level. As a Mac user, I use Garageband quite a bit. It's a great scratch pad that can get your ideas well formed before letting the pro engineers lay it down. I also stay current with what's in the music stores. Some of it can be good and will stick around, but there's a lot of gimmicky stuff I want to help people avoid. In terms of music, I'll teach students WHATEVER they want to learn. It may not be my cup of tea, but I'm not going to tell someone "I won't teach you that because I don't like it, or it's no good." I can go on youtube and check out the latest single, learn it and share it. I read a lot too, so that keeps me 'in the know'.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Originally, I took up the guitar with the sole intention of being a performer. I was 13 at the time. As I was learning, I noticed most people who started out wanting to be performers taught when they weren't on stage. Getting paid to play is great; getting paid to teach, as I found out, is just as good. There's something about learning a new lick or song on the guitar that is hard to explain to someone who doesn't play the guitar. I love rollercoasters and I think riding one is the closest you could get to the feeling you get when you play that new riff. Sharing that experience is the reason I love to teach. Seeing a person's face light up because the are able to now play their favorite song tells me I've done my job. There's nothing more rewarding than that.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with kids as young as 6 up to adults in their 80s. People from all walks of life, those that wish to pursue music as a career to those just wanting to sound better in their basement.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Someone looking for guitar lessons should find a teacher that is willing to strike a balance between teaching songs and techniques and teaching music fundamentals. Sure, I can teach you a song and take your money, but then you'd only know that song. What if I taught you the song, and at the same time showed you how I learned it to teach it to you? Learning the fundamentals enable a player to learn the in's and out's of music which in turn will help you to be a better musician.