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Recommended Materials

Lesson and Theory Books 

Other Materials and Applications

​Regardless of instrument or level, the items below are either required or highly recommended.

  • Kids staff paper notebook - great because it has both lined paper for writing down notes and homework and staff paper for writing down music.

  • Music Stand - This is the best one I've found. It's relatively light, has a foldable back, and also comes with a carrying case if you want to take it with you to practice! 

  • A metronome (app) - I recommend "Tempo". It can be found on both iTunes store and Android. There is a lite version as well as a paid version. The light version should work fine

  • Music Teacher's Helper App - There is a web app, but I recommend downloading the mobile app. There are both iOS and Android versions

  • MuseScore (not required) - For more advanced students who are interested in writing and/or notating their own music scores, MuseScore is a free and easy-to-use, open source music notation software. If you want to learn more, check out the website by clicking the link above.


Guitar-Specific Materials


If you are taking guitar lessons, there are a few options to consider and additional materials that you'll want to pick up. ​First things first, you'll need a guitar. When deciding which guitar is right for you, your first step is to decide whether you would like an acoustic or an electric guitar. Most people start with acoustic guitars because you can just pick them up and play without needing to plug in. However, this doesn’t mean you “should” do this. It’s really up to you what sounds best and attracts you the most. If shred-tastic, overdriven rock riffs are what get you going, then you should definitely check out electric guitar options! It's important to get something that sounds good to you, because that will make you more likely to want to play it. If you do decide to go with an electric, you'll also need an amplifier and instrument cable. Check out Acorn's  recommendation below

For beginners, generally we recommend not spending more than $300, but any less than $175 and it’s likely to be a piece of junk. More expensive doesn't necessarily mean better sounding. And of course, you should always play a guitar before you buy it! If you would like assistance in finding a guitar that is right for you, let your teacher know and we will do our best to provide you with guidance

  • Guitar Amplifier - While there are some cheaper options out there, this Yamaha is the best bang for your buck. It additionally comes with some great additional products including Cubase AI Music Production Software, a Guitar Cable, Picks, and String Winder & Cutter for changing strings. If you're interested in learning more about this option but have some questions, please let me know.

  • Tuner - There are plenty of smartphone app tuners out there. These do the job, but I find that physical tuners are much more accurate. I recommend this Snark Tuner for ~$10. It's very reliable, durable, and light. It clamps right onto your guitar and has a nice visual interface​.

  • Capo - Capos are very useful for beginning guitarists. They allow you to learn a select number of open chord shapes and have the ability to change the key using the capo. By moving the capo up or down, you are able to use those same chord shapes but have it sound like the song is in a different key.​

  • Picks - There are endless varieties, shapes, sizes, and thicknesses when it comes to picks. For beginners, I recommend medium guage picks as they are most versatile. I really like Dunlop Gator Grip picks, because they have a rough finish that gives them better grip and a nice feel in your hands. ​

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