Dan is a skilled and compassionate teacher who brings the joy of music to students of all ages and backgrounds. As a teacher, Dan approaches each student as an individual, and tailors his lessons to each student’s personal goals and requirements. He believes everyone can benefit from playing music, regardless of their level of talent. A graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Dan is also an accomplished performing musician and recording artist.
Dan is currently accepting beginning and intermediate students in all guitar styles, and advanced students on classical, finger-style acoustic and finger-style electric guitar. He also teaches beginning piano, voice, bass guitar, ukulele and mandolin.
Dan welcomes parents of younger students to observe lessons periodically. Having parents know what their kids are learning is a great way to help keep kids motivated!
We look forward to hearing from you, and we’re happy to answer any questions. Best wishes for a great day filled with music!
Dan Mack M. provides
- Quality live music for all occasions
- Music lessons for all ages and backgrounds
- Coaching in stagecraft, recording, songwriting and music theory
WAMA is a non-profit tax exempt organization of music industry professionals committed to raising the profile of the region's diverse music community. WAMA's main goal is to promote Washington area music in general and to achieve national recognition of the region as an important center for live and recorded music. Just as the nation's capital is comprised of a rich cross section of cultures, WAMA's membership embraces all musical styles from classical, bluegrass, go-go, R&B, and reggae, to rock, jazz and folk.
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).
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world.
IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Dan is a fantastic guitar teacher, talented songwriter and musician, and is also a wonderful person. I’ve known Dan for more than two decades and learned so much from my lessons with him. He is a patient teacher with extensive experience in a range of guitar styles. In addition to Dan’s expert technique, I really appreciate his versatility. He knows how to play everything from classical music to classic rock, folk, etc. Dan will teach you a variety of styles, depending on your interests. He is very open minded and looks to help you learn the type of music that you are passionate about. I even brought in recordings of songs I heard along the way – and no matter what it was, he could listen to song and figure out how to play it very quickly. Then, he would write down the music so I could practice it at home and would work with me to learn the song.
A master of finger style guitar, Dan has lots of helpful tips to improve your practice – even how to trim your fingernails to produce the smoothest sound and feel to the strings. He is patient and has a really positive, encouraging attitude that makes the lessons really fun. I also appreciate that Dan is involved in the local music scene and has experience playing solo and with a band.
If you are looking for a guitar teacher – whether you’re a beginner or someone who has been playing for years -- I highly recommend taking lessons from Dan.