Q: What is your lessons, attendance and payment policy?

A: I offer weekly drum lessons and guitar lessons with a month-to-month commitment. Lessons are 30 minutes and $125/month, which includes sales tax.

Make up lessons are not guaranteed, except for instructor absence or inclement weather. If I have to cancel a lesson, I will let you know as soon as possible and send you a list of alternate lesson times for the week. If you can't make it to a lesson, let me know as soon as possible before the lesson, and I can send you a list of alternate lesson times for that week.

Lessons begin and end promptly on the hour and half hour. If you are late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time. Payment for lessons is due at the time of the first lesson of the month. Credit cards (in-person or online), checks and exact cash are accepted. I can also send you an online invoice upon request.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for taking drum or guitar lessons?

A: No. Sometimes schools and others instructors require piano lessons or other music lessons before drums, but since I studied piano myself and have years of experience playing drums, guitar and writing music in standard notation, I'm able to teach the concepts necessary to understand how drums and guitar fit into the wider scope of music as it relates to other musical instruments and music theory.

Q: Do students need to have their own drums or guitar?

A: No. I can teach a student all of the standard drumming rudiments and concepts with just a practice pad and a pair of sticks. He or she will play my drums during our lessons. Eventually, a student will most likely want to have a drum kit (set) or a snare drum at home. I can give you some tips and ideas about buying drums. I also recommend visiting Sioux Falls Music for advice on purchasing drums. Talk to their drum guy, Al Berven.

If you're starting guitar lessons, I have a guitar that you can use if you'd like to take a few lessons before committing to buying a guitar.

Q: Is it better to start with an acoustic or electric guitar?

A: Either one is fine. Acoustic guitars usually have thicker strings that are further from the frets, which can make them more difficult to play. On the other hand, an electric guitar needs an amplifier and requires more finesse and control to achieve a pleasing sound. I believe it's best to try a variety of guitars at a local music store, and let the student decide which is most comfortable and which he or she is most excited about playing. If the student has no preference, then I would start with an acoustic guitar. If the student uses an electric guitar, I have an amplifier that he or she can use during lessons.

Q: You're holdng the guitar wrong. What's the deal with that?

A: I play guitar left-handed. So when a right-handed guitar player faces me during a lesson, it's exactly like they're looking in a mirror, which actually really works out well for teaching guitar lessons.

Q: How do we sign up for lessons?

A: Just contact me, and I'll let you know what spots are currently available. You can then let me know if any of those spots will work for you. Thanks!