Music is my LIFE!
After more than 25 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.
And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.
I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.
I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.
For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).
The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.
I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants either of those styles.
My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.
In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.
Whether you want to sing to your kids or play for an audience of 50,000, or just play guitar for yourself, you first have to get started.
Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaches students 9 and up
AFA Music from Brevard College
Carla's teaching technique was perfect for me. I have played the guitar for longer than I care to admit and even I was tired of hearing my same old stuff. She incrementally moved me forward line by line, measure by measure to where I now have several fingerpicking style numbers in my portfolio.
Playing for my own enjoyment is now enjoyable once again.
My lessons were online and very effective - when I got stuck, Carla would send me a sample audio clip of her playing the difficult part which was a godsend for me in how I learn new musical things.
I highly recommend Carla and her Carlalology method of guitar teaching. You won't be disappointed.
Great teacher and she teaches many different styles of playing.
i originally selected carla as my instructor based on her skills, resume, other students comments etc. listed on the website. shortly after my lessons began i realized she was a vital resource for guidance, knowledge and material all of which would enable me to grow as a musician. she is talented, smart, inspirational, funny and more, what else could you ask for?!!!!Show More
Carla has escalated both my acoustic and electric guitar playing to unexpected levels, from just strumming songs to actually including licks, riffs, and leads to sound more like the pros.
with her experience and knowledge, she has filled in critical lapses in my musical theory. Later, I decided to learn short-scale bass, and Carla was right there to show me the way.
If you've EVER wanted to learn (or pick back again) any style of guitar, bass, electric, acoustic, keyboard, piano, ukulele, kazoo, (or whatever) contact Carla ASAP for lessons. She gives lessons to students all across the USA, ONLINE through Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or any conference app you want to use, at your convenience, NEVER needing to drive through Jersey, and never needing to leave your home.
She custom tailors lessons to all levels. Great experience! Students even "Zoom" in to perform at her recitals on a big screen TV. Give her a call, she's the rare, amazing, patient teacher you've been searching for. You won't be disappointed.
First lesson and I am already learning some basic strumming songs as well as some riffs. I do have the advantage of knowing a few of the basic chords but the lesson helped me put them together with some timing into songs, which I have never done before. Thank you Carla!Show More
Carla is so very patient - at the same time pushes you to get better. I’ve seen marked improvement just through the first three lessons. I am really enjoying learning how to play and I’m looking forward to learning much more.
First lesson went well, played some blues, received some lessons to practice. Carla is a competent teacher and I am looking forward to future lessons.
Superb!!! Patient!! Helpful,
First Guitar Instructor ever & deservedly gets 5 Stars!!!
Carla is a fantastic teacher! She keeps the lesson lively and interesting, pushes you along but not too much.
In just the handful of lessons I have had so far my level has jumped further than expected.
Carla has been very helpful with the "tricky-bits" that have caused me issues. Helped to remedy them and move on.
Look no further for a great teacher, better yet I'll keep her to myself.
Great first lesson! Looking forward to the rest of my lessons. Carla is a great teacher and very knowledagble.
I have now had 3 lessons with Carla. She is an excellent teacher who definitely puts in the time to make sure your lesson is tailored to your needs. She has exceeded my expectations already. Awesome !
Carla is always willing to go the extra mile to help her students make progress!
Just one lesson in but I'm really looking forward to this. I have a little bit of guitar background, but Carla put together a path forward to help me to advance. Great instructor!
Always a pleasure to take a lesson with Carla,
Carla is an awesome guitar teacher. She is patient, communicates well and is intelligent.
Carla is easy to talk to, learn with and makes learning comfortable. She goes out of her way to find new music to try and I appreciate all that I've learned in just a few lessons.
Excellent startup process for newbies as well as advanced. Puts you at ease to focus on the learning process. Highly recommended!
Patient, organized, talented, great teacher!
Carla sent me home with so many songs/chords to practice on my own after our lesson, so prepared! I learned much more from just our first lesson than I would have thought. She also was fine when our lesson ran overtime, some instructors will cut you off right at 30 minutes. Very helpful, can't wait for the next lesson!Show More
Great first lesson.
Highly recommended! Classes are fun and I learned tons. Carla designed my lessons according to my background, pace and goal. Her method of teaching is effective, and in my case has resulted in achieving my goal in a short period of time - being able to play some of the songs from the radio. I needed to move out of state or else I'd definitely take more lessons. Carla described that "the lessons are all about you," and she truly delivered it.
She is very professional and responsible. She challenges you to learn but doesn't make you feel bad or have much pressure. Her classes were never boring maybe because they were all the stuff I want to learn or need to learn, and none of the things that I don't care about.
It has been great having Carla as my guitar teacher. Although I have taken lessons from two other teachers, I have found Carla's teaching methodology to be the best as she teaches you those most important basics that sometimes get passed over by other teachers.
As I am an adult student, life sometimes gets in the way of my practicing, but Carla is understanding of this and consistently provides that ever important encouragement and positive reinforcement for whatever progress I have made.
Aside from her musical talents, Carla is very personable, down to earth, with an excellent sense of humor that she incorporates in her teaching style.
I highly recommend Carla as a teacher.
Carla is professional and SUPER responsible! She has taught me tons of things I could not figure out when I was learning by myself and has made every lesson profound yet interesting. Thanks a lot, Carla!
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lessons are tailored towards the students goals and abilities. Play with or without a pick, learn popular songs, or write your own.
Over the last 25+ years of teaching guitar, I've found that most of my students want to learn to play popular songs they've heard on the radio (I teach all decades of songs, from 1920's to current hits, and I "take requests").
I can also teach note-reading and music theory (optional- recommended for those who want to major or minor in music in college, and for those who already play another treble-clef instrument).
My goal is to build confidence and make learning fun. I hone in on a students' strengths and weaknesses, build on the strengths and gradually improve the weaknesses.
Acoustic guitar is the most social musical instrument there is! So get started! I promise you will have a non-threatening, relaxed environment to learn in, and go at a pace that is just right for you.
Professional Smart Aleck
Perform original humorous songs for festivals, concert venues, house concerts. 5 indie CDs of humorous songs released. Aired on Dr. Demento, Sirius XM, the BBC, numerous college and community radio stations.
Golden Age Guitars
teach weekly private lessons in a music store.
Hummingbird Music Camp
teach class guitar (35-45 students) with 2 other teachers. Short private lessons daily. Prep class to perform 3 songs as a group by week's end, and each individual to perform a solo at week's end. Perform at faculty recital. Play volleyball, dance, be goofy.
National Guitar Summer Workshop
teach small classes (6-8 students) of adult students (14 and up). Prepare for concert performance at the end of the week, individually and as a class.
private weekly lessons (sometimes duet lessons with brothers or father/ son).
private weekly lessons for students majoring in music as guitarists. Also, lead weekly guitar ensemble.
North Greenville Baptist University
private weekly lessons for college students, on campus.
Pearson Music company
private weekly lessons at a studio in the store
Guitar Institute of Technology
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Just Plain Folks
Kerrville Folk Festival
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
South Florida Folk Festival
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