11 Reviews
Denver, CO

About TJ W.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 99


Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. Since that time, my love for music has grown with each passing day.

I graduated from The Entertainment Career Connection in 2010 with a certification in Audio Engineering and Production. There I studied audio mixing, recording, production and mastering. I currently study music education at Denver Metropolitan University.

I am very active in the community volunteering my time as the Event Coordinator and Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called The Denver Creative Movement. In addition, I keep myself busy musically playing in my bands, Sleeping Giants, L.A.M.A. LIVE (Little Ambition Makes A lot), and The Free Electric Band.

I continue to follow my life-long passion for music by educating others. I believe that music lessons should be a fun and rewarding experience, and place a high value on learning how to use music in everyday life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students taking lessons from me can expect one thing for certain, patience. My philosophy is simple, music is FUN! With a laid back relaxed approach to teaching, I make my students feel comfortable and adapt to each student differently. Not every person learns the same way. I understand this, and apply my methods to each individual student so that they best understand in the way that they learn. I teach Guitar, Bass guitar, Songwriting, and Music performance from beginner to advanced. Piano, and Singing lessons are offered at the beginner level only. I also teach ONLINE LESSONS for guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, and music performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers. Video screen for lesson display. Audio equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel equipment includes guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers for both. All lesson materials, including books and script paper.

*** Specialties ***
I teach at all age levels and abilities. My specialty is making your lessons fun! I cater to each individual student, and we design your curriculum around your abilities and goals with your instrument.

Photos and Videos

This is a video from a recent performance at Metro State college in Denver Colorado.


Instructor Jan 2011 - Present
Inspiration Studios

I have owned my studio for the past 3 years. Teaching music is my life long passion, and I place high value on using music in everyday life.


Bachelor in Music Performance Aug 2013 - Present
Denver Metropolitan University
Associate of Arts Aug 2011 - May 2013
Arapahoe Community College

Languages Spoken

Eglish Fluent / Native Proficiency


Recording Engineer and Producing Jan 2012
The Recording Connection

This certification included a 2 year course working directly in the recording studio learning the technical aspects of recording engineering and producing.

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fun and inspiring teacher! If you are looking for a fun, optimistic, and talented teacher TJ is your guy. Every time we get together to make music TJ is full of life and always has a smile on his face. His knowledge about music theory and history is amazing and he can back up that knowledge when he picks up any instrument whether it be guitar, piano, bass, or even mandolin. The great thing about TJ is he inspires you to want to get better at whatever it is you want to get better at. He is patient and understands everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. He can get along with anyone of any age. I highly recommend TJ as your teacher no matter what level you are at. April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fun, ridiculously talented teacher I've been dabbling with acoustic guitar and was on my church's worship rotation for a few years, and I inherited my Dad's electric guitar and amp a few years ago, but you'd think after 20 years I'd be much better at it. After that long with no formal instruction, and now that I'm a family man having virtually no opportunity to jam with friends, it's difficult to get better. So my wife surprised me with TakeLessons, my first true opportunity to have regular guided instruction on the guitar, and I love it!! Having lessons in the comfort and convenience of my home over Skype is the only way this father of 4 could have this amazing opportunity, and it works incredibly well. I believe the main reason TakeLessons via Skype works so well for me is because of TJ. He's been my instructor for several months now. He always makes it fun and challenging and balances his lesson plan with asking me what songs I'm personally interested in learning to play. He's crazy good on the guitar...I want to play like him when I grow up ;) Out in my rural home, my internet isn't always reliable, but TJ is always super patient about it and has on many occasions allowed the lesson to go a few minutes over to make up for the technical difficulties (thankfully, the problem seems to be fixed now and we've been able to keep on schedule). And with my hectic schedule and 4 kids, I don't always get the fun and luxury of investing time practicing guitar, but TJ is always encouraging and supportive. I honestly feel like TJ's my friend. We get along great! Even though we listen to different artists, we share that passion for music that moves you. I travel to Denver once or twice a year for my job and we've already agreed to meet up whenever I'm there, maybe even go skiing together. Keep up the fantastic work, TJ! You inspire me every week and I'm stoked to have you as a new friend!! October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TJ was/is an excellent instructor for our 8 yr old. TJ was enthusiastic and patient with our new guitarist in the family. We would highly recommend him to teach kids. January 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Review for T.J. I have been taking lessons from T.J. for a couple of months. It has been a pleasure working with him. The biggest attribute for a teacher I was looking for is someone that didn't pressure or stress me. T.J. was wonderful in this area. He made lessons fun rather than a job. His personality made you feel like you had been best friends for years. He knows the material and is very proficient with the guitar. I would highly recommend him to students of all ages. January 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great teacher! I had some lessons with TJ when we stayed in Denver for 6 weeks this summer. His skills and teaching was great and i learned a lot on a short time. September 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent teacher! Recommend him wholeheartedly. TJ is a fantastic teacher. He made my daughter feel welcome from their first introduction, and she was pleased to immediately jump into learning right from the start. His instruction is professional, his lessons are well-paced, his teaching style is patient and fun, and his knowledge is exceptional. He allowed her to choose the styles and artists she wanted to learn. She progressed quickly and well. I would recommend him as the teacher for any student who truly loves music. September 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by T.J is an excellent guitar teacher!!! He is always well prepared for my lesson and really works with me to individualize my lesson plans so that I can achieve my goals as fast as possible. He is very patient, and I love the way he challenges me and encourages me to improve each week! April 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by great guitar teacher TJ taught my daughter and he did a great job. Very professional and fun for her. She learned a lot from him. I would highly recommend him. April 10, 2012