Lessons

Contact (712) 250-4398 to inquire about openings. See below about:

  • Advantage of Somers Guitar
  • Getting the right instrument
  • Age to start lessons
  • Attendance policies
  • Cost
  • Practice
  • Video calls


 

ADVANTAGE OF SOMERS GUITAR

Guy Somers is a driven, encouraging, happy teacher that excels at developing others. His counseling background brings an understanding of personalities, learning styles, motivations, and S.M.A.R.T. goals for success. He is an overcomer that teaches others to do the same.

  • Taught 883 students
  • Mentored 14 bands to pro level
  • Trained 30+ worship band leaders
  • Experience & education
  • Quality, private lessons
  • Practice expectations
  • Video lesson summaries
  • Atlantic In-studio & video call lessons
  • Clean studios, waiting area and restrooms
  • A/C, parking, smoke & pet-free

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

GETTING THE RIGHT INSTRUMENT

Instruments should be sized to the hand's finger length and finger-tip shape and NOT body size. Guy requires a nylon-string ukulele or classical guitar for children under the age of 12. He recommends Cordoba instruments. Call 712-250-4398 to get fitted correctly for success.

  • Instruments are not one size fits all
  • Ukuleles sizes - soprano, concert, tenor and baritone
  • Guitar sizes - 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, full, concert, auditorium, dreadnought, jumbo and orchestra


 

AGE TO START LESSONS

  • Guitar - age 7
  • Ukulele - age 5
  • Bass - age 8


 

ATTENDANCE

How Often Do Beginners Meet For Lessons?

  • Weekly - 25-minute lessons on the same day & time
  • Otherwise, lessons can be - weekly, seasonal, summer-only or as needed

Keeping My Spot If I Stop For A Month(s) Or Summer? 

Yes - if you pay to retain it. We suggest the following if you will be away:

  • Webcam lessons
  • Double sessions before or after you return (if available) when gone a week or two
  • Extended 1 hour 40 minute session (equal to 1 month of lessons) when gone a month
  • Otherwise, the time is usually filled by (1) existing students, (2) waiting list people, (3) or the public
  • You are welcome to return if we have an opening

Studies show 70% of students who take the summer off quit because they forget too much and lose interest. This is why we encourage lessons all year long and take 10 weeks off a year (around holiday times and months with a 5th week). This gives students a break from lessons and practice when families want time off while progressing forward musically.


Rescheduling & Refunds

  • Reschedules require prior notice and availability. Our full studio schedule can not always accommodate reschedules.
  • No credits, refunds or make-ups for missed lessons

Teacher Cancellation

We reschedule when the teacher is absent. Also:

  • The teacher cancels in-studio lessons or offers webcam lessons during your regular day/time for a student who is sick, has bed bugs, lice, hand warts, smells of tobacco or cat, or had contact with a either that day due to Guy's allergy.
  • Weather Closings - are announced via text and email. We do NOT close because schools do
  • Webcam Lessons - may be available when time or bad weather does not permit travel

Terminating Lessons

  • Clients give 30-day notice prior to the 25th of the month
  • Returning students - are always welcome back but may be placed on the waiting list
  • Misbehavior - if the (1) student does not practice and/or (2) the student, parent, or guardian become disruptive, disrespectful or does not follow Somers Guitar policy and/or (3) cause damage to the teacher including but not limited to equipment, furnishings, or lost time then the teacher reserves the right to terminate lesson(s) without refund and hold the person(s) responsible for damages. The teacher alone defines what constitutes misbehavior.


 

COST

Lesson payment amounts below are paid in full, in advance, by the 25th.

  • 50-minutes - $40
  • Monthly - $75
  • Trimester - $300
  • 6 months - $415 ($35 off)
  • Annual - $900 ($100 off)

Other Fees

  • Returned Check ($30)
  • Late Payment ($15)
  • No 30-Day Notice of Termination ($80)

Rate Reviews

As business costs increase we raise lesson rates. The last lesson rate increase was in 2014 and previously in 2009. Costs determining rates:

  • Labor
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Operations
  • E-commerce
  • Administration
  • Knowledge base
  • Audio & print music
  • Lesson preparation time
  • Professional development
  • Building improvements & maintenance

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

PRACTICE

Days & Times

Have a practice schedule and keep it before, during or after:

  • School or work
  • Break times
  • Study halls
  • Homework
  • Meals
  • Bath or shower times

Expectations

Practice at least 4 days a week. When developing callouses shorter practices more often are better. Focus on quality to make quantity productive. We encourage exceeding the minimum practice standards. 

  • Ages 6 - 7 (20 minutes)
  • Ages 8 - 9 (25 mins)
  • Ages 10 - 11 (30 mins)
  • Ages 12 (45 mins)
  • Ages 13 & up (60 mins)

Hints

  • Place on calender, post-it, email, phone, iPad or iPod
  • Children can use a kitchen timer to know how long to practice

Practice Area Setup With

  • Audio playing device
  • Chair without arms
  • Good lighting
  • Music stand
  • Metronome
  • Instrument
  • Footstool
  • Amplifier
  • Cable
  • Tuner
  • Strap
  • Picks
  • Books
  • Capo
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpener

Progress Depends On

  • Correct size & type of instrument
  • Consistent weekly lessons
  • Student aptitude/interest
  • Student/teacher dynamic
  • Parental encouragement
  • Physical ability
  • Playing publicly
  • Ample practice time
  • Correct practice habits
  • An equipped, setup practice area

Poor Practice Leads To

  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Forgetfulness
  • Frustration
  • Quitting

We Nuture Practice With

  • The student's goals
  • Student responsibility
  • Rewards students like
  • Practice expectations
  • Video lesson summaries
  • A positive outlook that everyone can achieve
  • A structured approach based on learning style
  • Encouragement to play for family, friends, church, nursing homes, school and community events

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



 

VIDEO CALL LESSONS

Great For

  • When out of town
  • Saving on travel time
  • Bad weather or sick days
  • Intermediate and advanced stringed instrument lessons

Not Good For

  • Weekly beginner lessons

Need

  • High-speed internet
  • Updated operating system, video app or program
  • No other programs open
  • 4 or less icons on the desktop - too many icons distort and disconnect webcam audio and video. (We do not give refunds, credits or reschedules for technical problems on your end)
  • Back to wall and NOT a window
  • Desk Lamp - lighting the student from the front
  • Lesson supplies
  • No distractions
  • Tune before lesson
  • Quiet Room

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.