Jesse Spencer

Jesse S

7 Reviews
Doswell, VA

About Jesse S

Jesse teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: November 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday


I started to fall in love with music when I saw the Beatles Anthology on TV; got my first guitar when I was 15 and have been hooked ever since. I started playing in Rock Bands in high school and started teaching lessons my senior year of high school in Dale City Virginia; then I got real serious about music and decided to go to Music School.

I received my Bachelor Degree in Music Performance from VCU in 2006 and have been teaching lessons in the Richmond area ever since. I play many instruments around Richmond and Central Virginia, and you can most notably see me playing mandolin with bands such as, The River City Band and A Good Natured Riot.

I teach every style that a student is willing to learn, everything from Italian Opera to Hip-hop funk. If a student is passionate about a certain area of music then I will help them to further there knowledge on that particular style. I teach students from age 5-100 and have also taught many students with special needs. I love listening to, playing, and teaching others about music. Music is something that once it gets inside of you, it is hard to get out; it becomes a part of you, so hopefully we can make you love and appreciate music as much as I do. Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson style is patient and laid back, but I am a fan of hard work and details. I believe the harder you work, the more you will be rewarded; but work can be fun, especially when it comes to music. I first try to find out what music the student is passionate about and go from there; once we have found out what the student is interested in we expand on that more, but always paying attention to the fundamentals of music. A student can learn about music theory in a Taylor Swift song just as much as they can from a Mozart song.

I like to work out of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay and Alfred Music Books, but I use a lot of personal notes and songs from previous teachers of mine. If a student is interested in performing I try to have them play out in public either at a show or a recital of mine. After a couple of months of lessons students should be able to have a greater appreciation of music and music styles while being able to read music and play some songs/tunes. Hopefully we will be playing music together in the future, thank you for your time

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand, Piano, small keyboard, midi keyboard for use with Macbook pro, Acoustic Guitar-Steel string and Nylon string, Electric Guitar, Two Guitar Amplifiers, banjo, mandolin, electric bass, ukulele, vocal microphones, harmonicas

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is needed, but the student can provide books or amplifiers if they have certain ones they prefer.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in one on one lessons in any genre, but have done many group lessons. My best areas are classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock n roll/pop

Photos and Videos

Live performance from our Winter Recital


Music Instructor Apr 2007 - Present
White Hawk Music Cafe

Teach several instruments and several styles of music, and have 4 to 5 student concerts a year, also do summer group workshops


Bachelor of Music Performance Sep 2001 - Dec 2006
Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Music Performance Aug 2001 - Dec 2006
Virginia Commonwealth University

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Joseph Kennedy Jr. Scholarship Mar 2003
Richmond Jazz Society
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7 Reviews on Jesse S

Bob M. Jun 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher if he ever shows up. He has cancelled 11 of my last 13 lessons. I have been a student of his for a year and a half. This is what you can expect.
Steve S. Mar 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse adjusted his teaching style to my prior knowledge of the guitar...which really wasn't much. His versatility helps a lot.
Kristine M. Feb 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I am very pleased with Mr. Spencer's teaching. My Grandson is very anxious to go to his lessons on Tuesday and now after 4 lessons he has asked if he can continue. I highly recommend Mr. Spencer, when a friend asks who Xander is taking lessons from.
Sharon D. Oct 15, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse is a great guitar teacher. He is engaging and fun and tries to pursue whatever type of music your student is interested in. He has a high skill level and is very clear and patient when explaining theory. I highly recommend him!
Rick O. Aug 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Enthusiastic and provides very good instruction in a relaxed atmosphere that encourages learning.
Tamra G. Aug 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse has been great with my 7-year-old daughter! He is very patient, keeps the lessons fun, and focuses on her interests. He is always on time and very polite and professional.
Jim D. Jun 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jesse is a fantastic instructor!

We've had multiple lessons together and he has always been extremely easy to talk to, genuinely wants me to learn how to play the music that I like, and eagerly adapts his teaching techniques to my skills and abilities.

I personally recommend Jesse as a music instructor!