SDML Academy of Guitar

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15 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for punctuality, work quality, and professionalism.
  • Thumbtack Customer

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    Oct 26, 2017
  • Libby C.

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    I've had about 4-5 lessons so far and I just have the best time. It's fun, it's challenging, and I'm learning something new each week.

    Jul 3, 2017Verified

About this pro

The system I teach, developed by David M. McLean and an integral part of the Skinny Devil Music Labs (SDML) goes far beyond standard once-a-week lessons, and I take an active role in the development of the students who have put their trust in me. My approach is uniquely catered toward the needs of the individual, and though housed in a standard curriculum, flexible for students who have a specific focus on aspects of the music industry. Expect to experience guitar lessons far different from those normally found in this and other areas. I teach it this way because it works. My student base is large, and I keep students for a very long time, for very good reason. As I said before, teaching guitar is my passion. Frankly, when I chose music as a career, I didn't expect teaching to become a path for me. Through David's guidance, however, I almost instantly fell in love with it. Nothing makes me feel more satisfied than when I see my students reach, and normally exceed their personal goals. The look on their faces when they light up after nailing a lick that's been troubling them, or suddenly grasping an elusive concept that opens up a world of possibilities, makes me feel like I am offering a valuable service and making a difference in their lives. And I know how they feel, because I've felt that myself under David's instruction, and it's the best feeling in the world.

Years in business

19

Times hired on Thumbtack

8

Number of employees

5
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    Q & A

    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      I am an SDML Certified Instructor and a Synthesis Proficiency Certified player. I am also Program Director of the Academy.
    • How did you get started doing this type of work?
      After several months of intensive training, my teacher suggested that I give teaching a try, by acting as a substitute for him one day. The lessons went incredibly well, and the feedback from the students was extremely positive. I continued to substitute teach for a few months, then slowly began building my own student base in my off time from work. Eventually, classes grew to the size that, when I got laid off from work, I was able to move into teaching full time and business exploded. I still have a significant waiting list to this day. Teaching isn't for everyone, but it's definitely become an integral part of who I am both personally as well as professionally.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      Shop around, and don't settle. You're paying your hard-earned money for a service, so be as sure as you can be that you're going to get what you're looking for. Talk to a handful of teachers and compare their offerings, knowledgeability, references and testimonials to each other. Most teachers' motivation is directly proportional to their quality of service. If a teacher seems apathetic to gaining your business, she's most likely going to have the same apathy toward your lessons. Be most interested in teachers who take the time to answer your questions, provide background on their qualifications and experience, and respond to you in a timely manner.

    Business hours

    Eastern Time Zone
    Sunday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Monday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Friday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for SDML Academy of Guitar is about 10+ miles of Lexington, KY.