Blake Clifford
Lowell, IN
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Blake C.

Lowell, IN
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I provide training in all styles of guitar, from classical to rock and everything in between.

About Blake C.

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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Tiffany S.
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Posted Oct 17, 2017
Stefano &.
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Blake not only knows his stuff but he also knows how to teach. Phenomenal teacher.

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Antoinette
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Excellent instructions

Posted May 11, 2017
Tiffany S.
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Posted Apr 11, 2017
Toby T.
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Great experience, easy to talk to, smart in his field of work.

Posted Feb 10, 2017
Dillon O.
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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

Posted Mar 28, 2016
TJ G.
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Very helpful, very patient and a nice guy.

Posted Jul 30, 2015
Travis K.
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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

Posted Jul 4, 2015
Alexandra C.
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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

Posted Jun 10, 2015
Aakash Parekh
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Really loved his teaching style and his interest and knowledge in the subject! Can't wait to learn more from him!

Posted May 20, 2015
Barrett C.
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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.

Posted Apr 30, 2015
Aimee T.
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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!

Posted Apr 15, 2015
Ted M.
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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.

Posted Mar 28, 2015
Tiffany S.
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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 takelessons.com and of course, Blake. :)

Posted Mar 25, 2015
Jed W.
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I appreciate that he is tailoring his lesson approach to my particular goals.

Posted Jan 28, 2015
Richard H.
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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!

Posted Dec 4, 2014
Debbie K.
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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.

Posted Oct 5, 2014
Nora I.
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He's amazing and works well with me according to my level in singing.

Posted Sep 30, 2014
A&E R.
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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!!

Posted Sep 23, 2014
NICHOLAS L.
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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.

Posted Jul 17, 2014
Jon E.
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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.

Posted Jun 23, 2014
M&F D.

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!

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Kevin N.

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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Gabrielle L.

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 :-)

Posted Jul 24, 2013
Billy C.

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.

Posted Jul 23, 2013
Gavin M.

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.

Posted Jul 22, 2013

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Experience

Adjunct Faculty
Dec 2019 - Present

University of New England

Adjunct Professor
Sep 2018 - Present

Robert Morris University Illinois

Music Instructor
Jan 1994 - Present

BCM

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

Education

Doctorate in Education
Aug 2014 - Aug 2018

University of New England

Master of Science
Sep 2013 - Aug 2014

University of Mary

Classical Guitar Performance & Voice
Aug 1992 - Jun 1993

Chicago Musical College

Classical Guitar Performance & Voice
Aug 1988 - Jun 1991

American Conservatory of Music (Chicago)

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance (full tuition)
Aug 1992

Chicago Musical College

Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 1991

American Conservatory of Music

Affiliations

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.
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.
American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2009
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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