Mark Frisbie

Mark F.

Chanhassen, MN

About Mark F.

Background check: Last verified 06/17/2016
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Mark teaches: Ages 5 to 70
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday


Dear Students and Parents,
I have been playing guitar for over 40 years. I played in various rock bands for fun growing up and then developed a passion for acoustic fingerstyle guitar playing by songwriters like James Taylor. While still in high school, I opened a concert for Livingston Taylor (James Taylor's™ brother). After high school I decided to pursue my passion for guitar in college and received my Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance studying with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. I also love to write music so after graduating from SMU I went out to Los Angeles and worked in the film music industry at Warner Bros. Studios for 10 years.
Making music makes me happy and I want to share that experience with you or your child on the guitar. The guitar i™s a great instrument for sharing the joy of making music.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my page and I hope to see you soon!

Mark F.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've had some great guitar teachers in my life and I've learned a lot from them about music and playing the guitar. I will use what my teachers taught me to help you or your child learn how to play the guitar. I teach beginning to advanced players (except for classical guitar which I teach beginning to intermediate levels), kids and adults, and will work with you in a fun and challenging environment to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. I am a very calm and friendly teacher who will make our lessons fun while also encouraging you to make progress. I will strive to keep you motivated to improve and will document your progress with the use of technology like audio recordings and video so you can see and hear your progress. I like to work from guitar method books so we can establish specific and measurable goals, but I do respect and accommodate different learning styles. And, of course, we will™ work progressively on any songs that you have your heart set on learning so that you can soon be playing the music that you love!
I believe that there i™s always room for improvement. I continue to look for new ways to improve my own playing. I a™m sure that I will be learning some things from you, too, so let'™s get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently teach in the living room of my home while my basement music room is being remodeled. I provide a music stand, a metronome, a tuner and recording capability so students can see and hear themselves play. I expect the student to bring his or her own instrument and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small amp for electric guitar if the student doesn't have one. I expect the
student to provide his or her own instrument, a music stand, and to
purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you to play guitar in any style of music that you want to play, from folk to rock , country to classical and bluegrass to contemporary Christian. I specialize in fingerstyle acoustic guitar that I have adapted from my many years of classical guitar training, but I also love to play the electric guitar, too.

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Trade Show and Events Manager

Nov 2000 - May 2015
MakeMusic, Inc.

Planned, promoted, implemented and coordinated all aspects of MakeMusic's trade shows and events, clinics, corporate meetings and webinars, ensuring alignment with desired corporate objectives and promotion of the MakeMusic brand while exceeding customer expectations.


Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance

Jan 1980 - Jun 1985
Southern Methodist University

Guitar Performance

Jul 1976 - Dec 1980
High Pine Collegium of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association for Music Education

Mar 2010

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America

Jan 1976

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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8 Reviews on Mark F.

HUAMAO M. Aug 16, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had never played guitar before and knew nothing about the music theory. Mark is my first classical guitar teacher. He is very patient answering my questions and he can always find a way to deal with them. Also He encouraged me a lot when I got a little progress. That makes me feel more confident and more happy playing guitar.
Jessica I. Jun 29, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mark was great. Very knowledgeable. Has a calm approach. Nice guy.
Rick Apr 5, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great technical tips!
Justin Nov 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Mark has been a great instructor for my 12 year old son who just started learning to play the guitar this year. Mark has done a great job of building good techniques for the guitar and reading music and also is great at giving good goals to work toward. My son is always looking forward to his next lesson.
Sonia N. Nov 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mark has been a best guitar teacher for our daughter, he is always prepared and enthusiastic to teach, Eesha always look forward for her lesson!!
Lonna M. Jun 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mark was very patient and helpful. Super first lesson
Jipson V. Jan 15, 2014
Verified Student
Mark is an excellent Guitar teacher!

My 10 year old son is learning guitar from Mark since last 6 months.
I can see the progress in my son playing guitar.
Mark is an excellent guitar teacher.
He is very patient and can help you whatever the guitar level you are at.
He is also committed to his lessons because he truly loves teaching.
I would surely recommend him to anyone.
Bob K. Dec 2, 2013
Verified Student
Mark is a fantastic instructor!!!

Mark is a fantastic guitar instructor!!! He is very knowledgable and patient, two very key qualities for an instructor. Mark spent time getting know me and my goals when we started. With this information, he has worked very hard to customize my lessons to meet my needs and goals.

I have really enjoyed each and every lesson I have had with Mark!!!
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