S. Parker G.

S. Parker G.

25 Reviews
Denver, CO

About S. Parker G.

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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 99


Music became my life when I found a dusty guitar in the storage room at age 10. I owe a lot of really cool experiences to the guitar and so many of them center around learning. Teaching is fun and rewarding, but it is also my way of thanking the great teachers I've had.

-Studied Music Theory/Composition at Metropolitan State College of Denver

-Won a scholarship to the 2001 Summer Guitar Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston

-Frequent substitute at Arapahoe Community College (2004-2005)

-Teacher at St. Mary's Academy Middle School (2008-2013)

-Active member of Onsombley guitar ensemble

-Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist in The Penny Dreadfuls

-Creator of "Strum by Strum"

-Takelessons teacher since 2008

*** Lesson Details ***
The best lessons I've ever had were lessons in which I walked away saying "Man, I never KNEW that!" and it's my goal for you have that experience, too. Whether its how to play that chord or write a melody, how to get the best sound out of those stomp boxes, or when genres like shoegazer and post-rock were invented and what they sound like... there's something to be learned in every lesson.

The most important benefit of taking lessons from me is my experience. I started teaching casually as a teenager and have followed every opportunity since. My passion for music has allowed me to teach private lessons (10+ years), middle school guitar class (including a guitar ensemble), and college-level music theory classes. Extensive experience in writing, recording, and performing has only helped that passion to grow. I've developed a method to blend theory with practice every step of the way, and make the journey fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, Guitar picks, Amplifier, 1/4" cable, Footstool, and paper hand-outs provided for Students.

Lounge area, Kitchen area, Restrooms,and Parking provided for Parents

*** Specialties ***
guitar, acoustic guitar, music, songwriting, classical guitar, electric guitar, music theory

Photos and Videos

Inside my studio


Guitar Instructor Mar 2008 - Present

Guitar Instructor Mar 2008 - Jun 2013
St. Mary's Academy

-Beginning guitar class, 6-8 grade
-Guitar Ensemble for advanced players


Music Theory/ Composition Aug 2005 - Jul 2007
Metropolitan State College of Denver

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 25 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Parker is terrific music mentor I have been in formal music education since I was four (I am 42 now). In all that time, and across four different instruments, I have never had a better instructor. My knowledge of music as an art form, composition and technique improved 20 fold in the two and half years I worked with Parker. I couldn't recommend someone more strongly. November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great guitar teacher Parker is an excellent teacher for my young children. We are lucky that we found him. November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Voonderbar I played bass guitar in a band when I was in my twenties. I'm fifty five now and decided to pick up the acoustic guitar and knew I'd be fooling myself if I tried to do it on my own. Found Parker on "Take Lessons" and I'm sure glad I did. He is more than willing to take his time with an old fogy like me and the amazing part about it is I'm actually learning more about music than I thought I ever would. Moved on past the basics in no time and now working on jazz chord structure, diminished chord voicing and have actually put together songs of my own. Looking forward to my next lesson every time I leave the last. I'm considering extending my lessons to full hour sessions from the half hour lessons I take every two weeks. He truly makes guitar addicting. November 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kudos for a great teacher Parker is a great teacher and he makes the lessons fun for my son. I didn't think my son would take to the instrument at first, but Parker gave him the incentive and interest to carry on and really enjoy it. Parker is able to adjust his lessons to my son's learning ability. He has done extremely well since he started and truly enjoys playing. Kudos for Parker! November 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exactly what I had in mind! Parker is an excellent teacher and is very open when it comes to scheduling. Each lesson I walk away with having learned something new that I can take and apply to my playing. November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great instructor with incredible depth of music knowledge. I took lessons with Parker for a little over a year and was very impressed. In that year I went from a player that could play a few power chords to someone that understood why chords are shaped the way they are, how to solo over the chords and a wealth of other guitar tricks that took my knowledge and enjoyment of playing to a whole new level. As well as being an incredibly knowledgeable musician Parker is just an easy going, great guy who's easy to get along with and has a knack for knowing what interests you as a guitar player and how to push you when needed. Overall I would highly recommend Parker as a guitar instructor especially for someone who is not just looking to play a tab they found on the internet but to really get to know the guitar as an instrument and get the full enjoyment out of it thru the theory and expertise he provides. November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic Teacher!! My son, Jack, has been seeing Parker for a few years now, and my son has become not only a fantastic guitar player, but a real lover of music. Jack was a complete beginner, but now plays like a pro. He is amazing! Parker inspires Jack to work hard, but also have fun playing. Jack looks forward to seeing Parker every week, and can't wait to show us what he's learned. Guitar has opened up a whole new world to my son, and given him focus as well as inspired his creativity. Parker is not just Jack's teacher, but has become his friend, and that makes Jack want to work even harder. I can't imagine a time when Jack does not take lessons with Parker. I really cannot say enough about Parker, and impact he has on my son's life. Jack isn't just learning guitar, but a new way to think. It has been life changing. November 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing teacher I've been taking guitar with Parker since I was fourteen or fifteen, I am now eighteen, and I can honestly say he is an amazing teacher. Every time I see him I learn something new, whether it be big or small. With his help I truly believe I am ready to go to college and further pursue guitar as a hobby on my own. October 31, 2013