Ethan Elseth

Ethan E.

Minneapolis, MN

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Touring guitarist, experienced composer for film/media, and professional music instructor for the past 8 years! I graduated Magna Cum Laude from McNally Smith College of Music with two bachelor's degrees; Guitar Performance and Instrumental Composition. I have taught students of literally all ages (4-76) and most specialize in guitar, music theory, and composition. I also teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons! My greatest strong suit as a teacher is my incredible flexibility in adapting to the student's learning style. Originally a self-taught guitarist, I know the struggles of learning or continuing to better oneself on an instrument. I guarantee you that I will work hard and patiently with you to help you reach your musical goals!
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Ethan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello and thank you for checking out my profile! My name is Ethan E. and I'm 22 years old. Originally raised in the northwestern tip of Minnesota, I moved to St. Paul to pursue a degree(s) in music after receiving a scholarship to McNally Smith College of Music. I am an active performer in the Twin cities area playing freelance and with the Adam Meckler Orchestra and Mariah Mercedes band. I'm comfortable playing a wide range of styles, but play mostly contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Classical, and Rock/Blues. I work closely with Grammy-nominated producer/arranger Andy Thompson (Taylor Swift/Jeremy Messersmith) and composer/arranger Adi Yeshaya (The Voice, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston). My ultimate love is composing music for orchestra and jazz ensemble. Composers and guitarists that have influenced me the most are Allan Holdsworth, Pat Metheny, Sergei Rachmaninoff, John Williams, Randy Rhoads, and Adrien Moignard. Please let me share my knowledge and passion for music with you today!

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Music Instructor
Dec 2016 - Present
St. Paul School of Music

I teach guitar, piano, composition, and Ukulele at St. Paul School of Music in West St. Paul, Minnesota.

Music Instructor
Apr 2015 - Present
Guitar Center

I teach guitar, piano, ukulele, and composition in the lessons department in Roseville, Minnesota.


Guitar Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017
McNally Smith College of Music
Instrumental Composition
Sep 2013 - May 2017
McNally Smith College of Music


McNally Smith Guitar Performance Scholarship
Sep 2013
McNally Smith College of Music

Photos & Videos

A short video compilation of me playing some live Jazz/Fusion in LA.
With the Adam Meckler Orchestra Live at Lowertown Jazz Festival Main Stage

Photo by Ethan E.

Live at the Minnesota Music Cafe with the McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble

An older video of me covering Steve Vai's "Tender Surrender". Enjoy!
Playing some "Djangology" by Django Reinhardt!

2 Reviews

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Chris D. Jun 12, 2017
Guitar · In home

Fourth lesson in with Ethan and absolutely love it! I was recommended by a friend to try him out and don't regret it one bit! I wanted to learn more about music theory and how I can pair it effectively with my guitar playing and composing.

Lisa Jun 12, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Ethan's personality and teaching approach has made the last 3 months of learning guitar very enjoyable and inspiring! His playing and compositions amazed me from the very first lesson. His teaching environment is very beautiful and professional (he lives in an artist loft) I've recommended him to friends who've started taking lessons with him as well! :)

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