Blake Clifford

Blake C.

12 Reviews
Lowell, IN

About Blake C.

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Blake teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 1993
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 1 hour


My name is Blake C. and I teach any style of guitar music, but specialize in Classical and Rock Guitar techniques.

I have been playing guitar for more than 30 years. I have more than 20 years professional performance, session work, and instruction.

I was awarded the President's Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois in 1990 and was awarded a full tuition scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance by the Chicago Musical College in 1991.

My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed.

I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.

I have participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with Hubert Kappel, Dale Kavanagh, Eleftheria Kotzia, Bruce Holzman, Stephen Aron, Raphaella Smits, Richard Provost, Nicholas Goluses, and William Buonocore.

*** Lesson Details ***
I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique in technique to improve the student's overall guitar skill.

Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see results rapidly. However, if you have a busy life and are just wanting to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I design the lessons to develop you at your desired pace.

I teach guitar to children as young as five years old and adults of any age.When teaching younger children, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. Having the parent(s) attend the lesson aids in guiding the younger student while practicing during the week at home. The overall musical development and progress of the younger students improves drastically with the involvement of the parent(s). All lesson materials, ranging from individual sheet music to complete method books, are provided by me; except for the guitar.

Musical talent is a wonderful gift, but correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus and your ability to learn and perform more difficult guitar music is inhibited, unless you have a solid foundation based on musical knowledge and proper guitar technique. I can help you begin building a solid foundation of musical and technical guitar skills. I will guide you through the initial development of guitar skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
GUITARS: Gibson, Charvel, Fender, Peavey, Cordoba, Guild, Takamine, Yamaha

GUITAR AMPS: Behringer, Blackstar, Egnater, Fender, Line 6, Peavey, and Roland

MICS: AKG, Audio Technica, CAD Audio, Rode, Sennheiser, Shure, Studio Projects, and Yamaha

OUTBOARD GEAR: Alesis, Art, Audio Logic, Behringer, JDK Audio, Studio Projects, and Universal Audio

SOFTWARE: Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer, Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi DSP, Celemony Melodyne, Slate Digital FG-X, Steven Slate Drums Platinum, Antares Auto-Tune, Aspire, Antares Articulator, Choir, Harmony Engine, Throat, WAVES Waverider, CLA Artist & Kramer Signature, XLN Audio Addictive Drums, BBE Sonic Maximizer, Line 6 POD Farm 2.5 w/multiple packs

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar technique in conjunction with rock, jazz, and blues guitar.

Vocal coaching.

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One of the cutest and best piano students!


Substitute Teacher Aug 2013 - Present
Tri-Creek School Corporation

When I have availability, I substitute teach for the school district -- Tri-Creek School Corporation -- in Lowell, Indiana, which is the town I live in and six of my seven children attend school.

GM / Owner Jan 2009 - Present
Information Group One

Management, Business Development, & Training Consulting Company:
Business solutions provider. Enhancing and growing businesses through education, development and implementation of training, operations, and quality programs.

Music Instructor Jan 1994 - Present
Blake C. Music

Music instruction for guitar, voice, keyboard/piano, aural skills/sight-singing.


Doctor of Education (in process) Aug 2014 - Present
University of New England
Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Sep 2013 - Aug 2014
University of Mary
Bachelor of Science in Business Management Apr 2009 - Apr 2013
Western Governors University
Classical Guitar Performance Aug 1988 - Jun 1991
American Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
Polish Limited Proficiency
Spanish Limited Proficiency


Substitute Teaching Permit K-12 Jul 2013
State of Indiana

Tr-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana (the public school system)


Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance Aug 1991
American Conservatory of Music


National Tutoring Association Oct 2014

The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. The NTA is dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and thirteen other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services.

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12 Reviews on Blake C.

Jed W. Jan 28, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I appreciate that he is tailoring his lesson approach to my particular goals.
Richard H. Dec 4, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Blake has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter. Not only is he very knowledgeable in guitar and singing, but he has been very accommodating for any and all of our scheduling needs. We live out of the country, and he has been more than helpful with changing schedules. His price is very reasonable. I would suggest him to anybody!
Debbie K. Oct 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Blake is very patient with my son who has a short attention span. He will even go out of his way to find music that will inspire him instead of teaching the standards that would bore him to tears. We received a few lessons as a gift and have continued to go to Blake because we like him and he is making a difference in my son's life.
Nora I. Sep 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He's amazing and works well with me according to my level in singing.
A&E R. Sep 23, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Blake deserves more than 5 stars, like 19 stars or more!! We drive an hour to get to Blake because it's worth the investment to learn from the best. Yes, we drive an hour up to SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK, because it is worth it!!

Besides Blake makes lessons so affordable, it only makes sense to get the BEST instruction for WAY more reasonable rates!! If we had kids, they would all go to Blake, because it is so important to TRUST your instructor, and it is a blessing to have someone with CHARACTER (moral/ethical) that you can trust with your child - he is a husband and father of SEVEN kids, so of course it just MAKES SENSE to send your kids here, he just knows what he is doing, thank goodness!!

Also, it is so EASY to have a 'one-stop-shopping' experience here. We do guitar, voice lessons, piano, ensemble work, etc. etc. etc. If your kid turns out to be totally GENIUS and starts writing his or her own songs, Blake actually has a RECORDING STUDIO right here, so you won't ever have the headache of trying to find someone else (who would probably be not as good and way more expensive anyway).

Yay, Blake!! We both agree he really cares about his students and wants to make an investment in their growth. If you are serious about wanting to learn music and are committed to practicing, you will have fun and learn a TON with Blake. Just go for it because it is so worth it!

Sometimes you just stumble across a blessing and have to thank your lucky stars that it's a complete no-brainer. If you have been one of the blessed ones that is stumbling upon this by 'accident,' believe us... it is no accident. God has just smiled down upon you... so thank Him, be grateful and sign up for classes before they are all full!! Your kids will thank you and think you are the BEST PARENT EVER!!
NICHOLAS L. Jul 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Blake is very knowledgeable adept at playing and teaching guitar. He makes the lessons fun and educational. He has helped me improve immensely in the time he has been giving me lessons. I highly recommend him if you are interested in pursuing guitar.
Jon E. Jun 23, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Blake is an outstanding teacher. I have over 20 years of experience playing guitar, but felt my playing had stalled. I did an extensive search for the right teacher, and found Blake. We talked the first time and I was impressed enough to make an hour-plus drive to meet with him. During our first lesson he identified weaknesses I knew I had (and try to cover up with some clever playing), as well as strengths, and put a plan together to get me moving, and it has.

Blake has done Skype lessons for every other time we work together. He has been great and I recommend him to all ages and players. He is approachable, kind, encouraging and effective. I have worked with many drum and guitar instructors over the years, and Blake is among the best.
M&F D. Mar 6, 2014
My kids actually want to go to lessons!

We can't express how awesome it is to learn with Blake. My son and daughter have been working with Blake for about five years. It's important to remember that what your child learns is more than just stringing a few notes together for a song or two. It's a foundation of discipline, knowledge and confidence with universal applications. I see the confidence Blake inspires in both my son and daughter after each lesson. Both kids have grown to love and enjoy their instrument. My kids look forward to working with Blake every week. Yes, my kids want to go to lessons and I know it's because of Blake!
Kevin N. Mar 6, 2014
Great Teacher

Blake is an excellent teacher who does a great job of balancing teaching the essential fundamentals with making the lessons enjoyable. He pays attention to the type of music you enjoy and ensures that the lessons move you closer to playing that type of music.
The space provided for the lessons is a nice balance of professional but still relaxing atmosphere.
Gabrielle L. Jul 24, 2013
Blake is an amazing teacher

My 11 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Blake for almost 2 years now and we are both so impressed with Blake. My son likes and admires him and I believe that helps motivate him to continue with guitar. Blake relates well to children and his level of experience is far beyond what I could ever had hoped for in a teacher here in the small town of Lowell! We are lucky to have him :-)