Blake Clifford

Blake C.

Lowell, IN
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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I provide formal classical guitar instruction from beginner to advanced. I studied at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College with Paul Henry in addition to numerous master classes.

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Blake delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 1984

A job provides money. A career provides income over a longer term. But, guitar...guitar is part of who I am.

My passion for guitar and music has been alive as long as I can remember. Don't get me wrong, guitar and I had our ups and downs. Serious issues! At times guitar was stubborn and difficult. In fact, while attending the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago on the Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance, there were days when I considered ending my relationship with guitar. But, I stayed with guitar. With dedication to our relationship and a lot of work, we are still together and happier than ever. And, here to help you work on your relationship with your guitar.

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Adjunct Professor
Sep 2018 - Present
Robert Morris University Illinois

Music Instructor
Jan 1994 - Present

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

Substitute Teacher K-12
Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Tri-Creek School Corporation


Doctorate in Education
Aug 2014 - Aug 2018
University of New England
Masters in Strategic Leadership
Sep 2013 - Aug 2014
University of Mary
Bachelors in Business
Apr 2009 - Apr 2013
WGU Indiana
Classical Guitar Performance & Voice
Aug 1992 - Jun 1993
Chicago Musical College
Classical Guitar Performance & Voice
Aug 1988 - Jun 1991
American Conservatory of Music (Chicago)


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance (full tuition)
Aug 1992
Chicago Musical College
Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 1991
American Conservatory of Music


Guitar Foundation of America
May 2015

Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

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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Broadcast Music Inc.
Feb 2009

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Jason M. (Lead Vocal, Acoustic), Blake C. (all other Vocals, Guitars, Synths, Piano, Percussion).
Riff of the Day :-)
My son, Blake ii, playing Lágrima (Francisco TÁRREGA).
Drum kit, synthesizers, guitars, recording gear, etc.

One of the cutest and best piano students!

Instruction, rehearsal, and recording.

One of my terrific online guitar students.

After a recording session...

My favorite city, Chicago, where I studied at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College.
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26 Reviews

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Tiffany S. Oct 17, 2017
Drum · Online

Stefano &. Jun 2, 2017
Guitar · Online

Blake not only knows his stuff but he also knows how to teach. Phenomenal teacher.

Antoinette May 11, 2017
Singing · Online

Excellent instructions

Tiffany S. Apr 11, 2017
Drum · Online

Toby T. Feb 10, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great experience, easy to talk to, smart in his field of work.

Dillon O. Mar 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Blake is incredibly knowledgeable and his own skill, knowledge, and teaching abilities astound me. Since I've been going to him I've been improving greatly. He's very nice and easy to talk to

TJ G. Jul 30, 2015
Guitar · Online

Very helpful, very patient and a nice guy.

Travis K. Jul 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio

He is a great instuctor, he is professional, polite and patient. All around he is a fun guy to have as my teacher but also keeps focus on the task. I would recommend him to anyone

Alexandra C. Jun 10, 2015
Singing · Online

He was very helpful in my voice range, I didn't even know how high or low I could go. He was very funny and nice. I am excited for our next lesson

Aakash Parekh May 20, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Really loved his teaching style and his interest and knowledge in the subject! Can't wait to learn more from him!

Barrett C. Apr 30, 2015
Guitar · Online

Blake is great, extremely friendly and knowledgeable. This man by far will be my go to guy from now on in the field of guitars. I am a novice left hander with a left handed guitar, even that was not a problem for him. Also the price is amazing considering how good he is.

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Aimee T. Apr 15, 2015
Guitar · Online

Blake has been an amazing instructor for my two boys! My boys are 9 & 10 years old and they are learning so quickly!! We were doing lessons in Blake's home until my work schedule got too hectic and he was VERY flexible and offered Skype lessons and the boys LOVE IT! Thanks Blake for all you do! You're the best!

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Ted M. Mar 28, 2015
Singing · Online

I can't say enough about Blake. He is very patient and positive when trying to learn new skills. He does not just make me follow "the" program as a lot of teachers do. He will help me with what I want to learn and still teach me what I need to know to accomplish my goals. I can't say enough about him as a teacher. Nice guy, patient and makes we feel very comfortable gives me confidence to move forward with learning how to sing.

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Tiffany S. Mar 25, 2015
Drum · Online

Not only do we love the convenience of online lessons, but we also love our instructor, Blake! Besides his patience and enthusiasm for my 9yo son, who is learning to play the drums with Blake, his communication and flexibility are second to none, which is very important to this busy homeschooling mom. I wondered how effective online lessons would be, and it's been fabulous. Blake and my son hook up with Skype, so they can see each other, talk and form a relationship, making the instructions all the more effective. I highly recommend and of course, Blake. :)

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Jed W. Jan 28, 2015
Guitar · Online

I appreciate that he is tailoring his lesson approach to my particular goals.

Richard H. Dec 4, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online

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!

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Debbie K. Oct 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

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.

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Nora I. Sep 30, 2014
Singing · In studio

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!!

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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.

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M&F D. Mar 6, 2014
Guitar ·

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!

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Kevin N. Mar 6, 2014
Guitar ·

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.

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Gabrielle L. Jul 24, 2013
Guitar ·

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 :-)

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Billy C. Jul 23, 2013
Guitar ·

Private Lessons with Blake

Not only is Blake a great teacher, but he's also a great fan of music. It shows in his personal repertoire and he's also able to draw upon a broad range of styles with his lessons.

Blake is even paced, adjusting his method and curriculum to match the students, individually. Pulling and pushing his students to be better musicians, he seems to enjoy teaching children as well as adults, on most levels of proficiency.

One of the things I appreciate most is his flexibility. He's compassionate about his student's responsibilities and obligations and works around the "real life dilemmas" that we all face, those things that keep most of us a lick or two below Hendrix.

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Gavin M. Jul 22, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

I couldn't have asked for a better teacher!

Blake Clifford goes beyond the 'call of duty' & really takes the time to make sure that his students receive exactly what they need. The teaching environment is comfortable & relaxed with all of the professional resources you would expect & more.

With Blake Clifford you get real professional training - he knows what he's talking about, & he gets straight to the point. In just the little time that I've been taking classical guitar with Blake, I've learned so much. He teaches skills that you can actually apply - it's not just a bunch of theory, and that helps me out a lot by getting to the real 'meat' of the training fast.

I highly recommend Blake Clifford to anyone who is absolutely serious about improving their musicianship & getting over stubborn plateaus.

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