DFW Guitar Academy

Arlington, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I care more bout my students than any other teacher ever will. I don't just teach chords, scales, and songs...I want all of my students to reach their goals, no matter how big or small they are. I want them all to feel amazing every time they play their instrument or sing.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My students. Seeing them make such amazing progress and reaching their goals is right on par with playing a big concert or releasing a record. I'm so proud of all of them and the hard work they put in.

Location

Arlington, TX 76017

Background check

Complete

Years in business

5

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

23

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Jim J. Sep 4, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Disappointed
    I didn't like the time crunch. Students were standing with guitar strapped on waiting to for you to stand so they could sit & start. On my 3rd lesson Jon spent 10-15 minutes texting & reading texts from a female student that was going to be late. During that time he kept saying " OK keep on, I'm listening"! On my last lesson I text several times the day prior to say I was probably going to miss my lesson the next day & never heard back from him. I e-mailed him the next day & he never responded. I finally got a hold of him by phone & he stated he doesn't get texts on that phone & I had forfeited my lesson! I guess he only gets texts from females on that phone? Plus he said, "you telling me probably doesn't tell me you're are cancelling the lesson"! I have found an excellent instructor now & have signed up for my long term lessons from him! Jim Jared
    Jon C. Sep 5, 2016

    While I am truly sorry that you were disappointed Jim, there are some pretty notable inaccuracies in your review. I don't know what you mean about time crunch. Students were simply waiting for their lesson to start. None of your lessons went less than the 30 minutes you paid for and at least one of them went well over. If you just felt uncomfortable having someone else in the room, that's understandable, but by no means were you being rushed out of the door. It was actually during your 4th lesson that I responded to a text from a student who was informing me that she wasn't going to make it to her lesson that night. Here is a screen shot of that correspondence with that student. As you can see...it was hardly "10-15 minutes" texting and reading texts. https://www.dropbox.com/s/lc2cben8ipduvyf/image1.PNG?dl=0 As for what transpired during your last lesson. It is totally possible that you did attempt to text me, but you definitely did not text my cell phone. In the following links, you will see: - a copy of the lesson policy that you agreed to before our lessons which clearly states what happens in the event of you missing a lesson (Section 3 Part C) and which numbers to text/call (Section 9). You were made well aware beforehand what was the proper protocol. -a screen shot of my email signature which is attached to all of my outgoing emails and reiterates the phone texting situation. You had to have seen that at least once since I sent you 8 different emails in the span of your tenure with me. -a screen shot of our email correspondence on the day of our last lesson which contradicts your telling of the events. Lesson policy - http://www.guitarlessonsinarlington.com/intropolicy Email signature - https://www.dropbox.com/s/so014h9me6ruce1/Screen%20Shot%202016-09-05%20at%2012.33.22%20PM.png?dl=0 Our Email correspondence from the day of your last lesson - https://www.dropbox.com/s/bkbl2kz03x6g9r0/Screen%20Shot%202016-09-05%20at%2011.44.14%20AM.png?dl=0 I'm glad you found a teacher that meets your needs and I wish you nothing but the best.

  • Toke M. Apr 3, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Carrie L. Jan 15, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Jon is a great teacher. My child is feeling very confident and is able to play recognizable song parts after only two lessons.
  • Pete G. Sep 21, 2015
    I’ve been going to the DFW Rock Guitar Academy for a little over two months and it’s amazing to me how much I have been able to learn taking lessons from Jon Chorba. I’ve had a guitar for a few years and tried using websites, books and games to learn to play. While they helped to teach me some of the basics I never felt like I was really able to put it all together and make any real progress. As a guy in my late 40’s I was a little hesitant to start taking lessons but after working with Jon he has proven to be an extremely patient teacher. He’s helped me to accomplish much more after just a few months than I would have thought possible. Jon has a great teaching style and really tailors the lessons based on how quickly you progress and the goals you are trying to achieve as a guitar player. I’ve already been able to learn one of my favorite songs and because of my lessons I’m able to learn many others! If you’re interested in learning guitar and you’re looking for a great teacher I would highly recommend giving Jon a try.
  • Matthew H. Aug 18, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    Before I signed up for guitar lessons, I was struggling with finding direction for my practice and felt like I wasn't furthering my skills very much. Before my first lesson with Jon was over, he was aware of what I knew, what I needed to work on, and what I wanted to learn. He was able to map out a lesson plan that met my needs. After the first five lessons, I have learned a lot, and even more importantly, I know what I expect to learn in the future. Thanks Jon!
  • Britany B. Aug 17, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    My husband and I have been attending Guitar Rock Academy for the past two months and we are already miles better than when we started. Jon is patient with us, very personable, and willing to answer any questions we have. Despite having two people in the lesson, he tailors his instruction based on how well we're doing individually, which helps provide encouragement. We always have a good time at the lessons and look forward to it every week.
  • Cheryl F. Aug 10, 2015
    Jon doesn't just help you learn to play a song, but he gives you tips on how to improve your playing in general. We are glad we found you! Thanks, Jon!
  • Cory H. Aug 9, 2015
    Jon is a very patient guitar teacher. Our son, Nathanael is 13 and has been taking guitar lessons for five years and he has been through four guitar teachers. Jon has been able to take him to the next level. He is doing more than just learning how to play a song or two. He is learning to understand music with his guitar and technique when playing. Working with Jon has not only helped Nathanael excel as a guitar player but also in band as a clarinet player in middle school. Jon's studio is comfortable for his students and guests. He is always in a cheerful mood when he is teaching and we are always made to feel welcome. We appreciate what Jon has done for our son because music has helped him excel as a student, a musician, and as a person. We would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an instructor.
  • Rick P. Aug 4, 2015
    Jon is an excellent guitar teacher. His enthusiasm is contagious and he is very encouraging. When I started with Jon, I didn't know anything about playing the guitar. Now, after five months, I can play a few songs. My wife can actually listen and know what I'm playing. I would recommend him to anyone.
  • Chad B. Aug 2, 2015
    To any music lover and student of music who's looking to learn how to play guitar the right way, DFW Rock Guitar Academy is your destination! Jon is an enthusiastic guitar professional who can help you achieve all of your goals playing guitar. His passion for playing is contagious and he possesses all the knowledge and skills of a great player and an extraordinary teacher. He knows how to make you feel comfortable and is in no way intimidating. He's got a great personality and can adapt his instruction to suit the needs of a seasoned guitar veteran to someone who is picking up a guitar for the first time. Being a beginner myself, Jon made the process very easy for me to follow and provided me with the encouragement and positive reinforcement that I needed to get past the challenges I had. He sets high expectations and, if you put in the practice, you will surpass any of the goals you have for yourself. I went from not knowing any basic notes to being able to play some of my favorite songs in no time. Seeing the results of your hard work pay off is a great motivator and confidence booster. If your looking to maximize your potential playing guitar, Jon Chorba is the man to see!
  • Magnolia J. Aug 2, 2015
    I would recommend Jon's guitar lessons to anyone interested in playing guitar or improving their guitar skills. It's incredibly easy to build a positive student-teacher relationship with him because he's a wonderful teacher. His patience, kindness, and encouraging attitude can make anyone and excellent guitar player:)
  • Joe Y. Aug 2, 2015
    Rock guitar Academy, has been a wonderful experience for me. Jon is a very patient encouraging instructor . The word I can't do it is not an option for me at Rock Academy. Outstanding
  • W.B. A. Jul 29, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I have have been working with Jon for the last few months. He has accurately identified where I needed the help most and is helping me in those areas. He explains theory and applies it in a way that makes sense. His lessons are structured and progressive. He asked me what I wanted to get out of the lessons and is ensuring that it's the direction we are going in. I am making very good progress & am really happy with Jon. I highly recommend his lessons.
  • Buron B. Jul 29, 2015
    Jon is a great teacher. He is excellent at determining your short comings and planning lessons for overcoming them.
  • Wendy D. Jul 29, 2015
    Jon is by far one of the best teachers around. He is very patient and explains things in a way that is easy for me to understand. I learned more from Jon in just a few lessons than I did taking from my former teacher in a year.
  • Matthew B. Jul 29, 2015
    i started in January 2015 and have been going strong since. He has an extremely personal touch tailored for each student and I have seen him track my lessons personally one by one to see what has been improved since the last lesson and what still needs work....all while keeping in mind what it is that I'm trying to achieve.
  • Allie C. Jan 20, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I came to Jon not knowing anything about playing guitar. In just 3 short months I have progressed quicker than I have imagined through his expertise. He is extremely good not only at the guitar but at teaching it. I would highly recommend him!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I am a member of the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle, where I am constantly learning and perfecting my teaching craft. Most guitar and vocal coaches don't have any training in TEACHING.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I have many different programs and packages available and the end cost is really dependent on so many factors that it's pretty trick to quote anyone without getting more information first. With that said, what I do is this. I offer a 5 week package consisting of a 30 min private lesson each week for just $99. It's a great way for me to get to know you as a new student, see how you learn best, what your goals are, what your challenges are, how you practice from week to week, etc… At the end of that 5 lesson intro period, we'll have a conversation about where we go from here. I'll give you my recommendation of what format or formats would work best for you and give you a whole host of different billing options.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I love music. I love playing guitar and singing. I love helping people. It was pretty natural.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I help students enjoy the process of learning how to learn their instrument and help them their goals. Whether the student is completely new or has been playing for awhile, I have a program that will suit their needs, their budget, and their schedule.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
It's something I see a lot of...When I started playing guitar, I was primarily self-taught. So when I see students do things and play things at 3 months, 6 months, 12 months into learning that I couldn't do after YEARS of learning by myself, I feel really proud of them!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you are looking for a music teacher, there are a few things you should be aware of. 1) Define what style you want to learn and find a teacher who specializes in that style. Be very cautious of teachers who claim that they can "teach any (or every) style." 2) Ask how they teach their lessons. This is a trick question. If a teacher tries to answer this question without knowing anything about the student, he's either lying to that student or he doesn't know what he is doing. There is no way a teacher could know how to teach a specific student without getting more information from them first. 3) Don't judge whether a teacher is right for you based off of their price, location, music school credentials, or "rock star" popularity. Finding the right teacher is about finding the person who's ideology is most in line with your goals, has multiple effective teaching strategies, and has a proven track record of getting results.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I want all my students to know that the only thing that will ever stop me from helping them reach their goals is my death!