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David Shankle, Milwaukee Music Academy
David Shankle, Milwaukee Music Academy

David Shankle, Milwaukee Music Academy

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Introduction: We are taking special precautions & actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and one of these is our offering of lessons online for local customers who would normally attend lessons in person. We have a number of students who have chosen this option, and they have been very happy with the online experience taking lessons at the Milwaukee Music Academy. When you send a request for info, we can begin our conversation about how to explore the possibilities of studying here, and you can share with us if you prefer the online lessons option as a temporary situation for your lessons until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.   I've been teaching for over 30 years; students of all levels & styles - I can help you reach your guitar-playing goals whether you're a total beginner or an advanced player looking to expand your musical knowledge!

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Serves Milwaukee, WI

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3 years in business

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

Exceptional 5.0

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Joseph A.

Bass Guitar Lessons

Glad to have found David here in WI. He can play better than 99.9% of the rest of the world yet teach the elementary fundamentals to young & old with the patience of a saint! Excellent experience so far!
Oct 31, 2020
Joe C.

My son is taking classical guitar lessons from David. From our first meeting I was impressed with his enthusiasm for teaching guitar. David assessed my sons guitar playing and quickly developed a plan to help my son reach his goals. Initially the lessons were in person but we found it easier to work around our schedules by doing lessons via skype. Surprisingly the online lessons are just as effective. David is an amazing musician and an amazing teacher. He has an amazing educational background in in not only rock but country, classical, blues , jazz and more. David's rock persona as the "Shred Demon" may seem intimidating to a non rocker, but he can shift gears to the appropriate guitar style. My son has been a student for more than a year and we couldn't be happier with the results.
Sep 19, 2019
Brett C.

Ive been with David for a year and have received higher quality lessons than the 3 previous teachers i had been with in year before. He teaches music theory and classical guitar at your own pace and keeps it interesting as well as motivating to work to become better. His personality makes lessons an encouraging and helpful enviroment to learn no matter where you are or how much experience you have in any genre of guitar. I highly reccomend him as a guitar teacher he has taken me and my playing to another planet in the span of a single year.
Sep 19, 2019
Barbie R.

David has been amazing! He is the best guitar teacher I've ever had. I learn something new every lesson. He has the classical training with practical stage and studio experience to share. Best teacher ever!
Sep 18, 2019
Andrew L.

David is a true professional and has you covered from a-z with helping you learn any genre of music or any style of guitar. He makes it fun and knowing who he is, and what he has accomplished provides tremendous inspiration. He is a living legend. In our trial lesson he asked me to play something and quickly analyzed where I was at, developed a practice routine and set some goals. I can honestly say I have improved exponentially more in the short time I've been going to him than the entire time I've been playing guitar
Sep 1, 2019
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David Shankle


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Prices are based on 1-hour lessons. My price is $46.75 per hour for a student who is doing 1 lesson/week, which is very competitive! With more than 1 lesson per week, the price per lesson goes down substantially! The price per lesson goes DOWN, while the student's PROGRESS goes UP exponentially!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    We start with a free intro/trial lesson to see if it is a good student-teacher match. Once we start working together, we see what it is he or she needs to learn and where to start. I asses what their goals are, and make sure that while we are working on their concrete goals, we are also learning the basics, which may seem like it doesn't have anything to do with their goals, but ultimately, it does. You need to lay down a solid foundation with those beginner students. Some students come to me with a lot of skills already. I am happy to say that I am able to pinpoint where they are with their learning, and provide lessons so they can continue learning at a higher level.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Graduate from Roosevelt University in Jazz and Classical Guitar, Music Theory, and real-world experience playing shred-metal guitar for over 40 years, and teaching guitar of various styles & genres for over 30 years!

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