- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All music lessons at WCGA combine solid instruction in music fundamentals with the student’s personal interests and goals. Guitar students will learn chords, scales, terminology, and technique along with note reading, chord progressions, and theory. Teacher duets are common in our lessons to develop listening and timing skills. Our guitar teachers make sure every student understands the fretboard in order to execute challenging melodies and riffs along with chords that are suitable for popular, rock, jazz and other styles of music. Teachers craft each lesson to incorporate the fundamentals of guitar playing with the personal interests of each student.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Nick is the proud owner of West Chester Guitar Academy. Boasting 20 years of guitar study and performance experience, Nick has earned a reputation for quality, reliability and variety. He is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania 2011, summa cum laude, with a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and performance, with a focus on classical guitar, as well as, a vocal minor. Performing in the greater Philadelphia area, Nick finished as a semi-finalist in the 2009 and a finalist in 2010 in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society competition.
West Chester's best resource for guitar, bass, ukulele, & piano lessons
My two boys ages 8 and 9 started taking piano lessons with Nick about a year ago and they love it! He is very professional, always on time, and keeps them entertained the whole time! Although they are progressing at different rates, Nick is always patient and encouraging. I highly recommend Nick and his teaching abilities!Show More
My two daughters have been taking guitar lessons with Nick for 2-1/2 years, both on acoustic guitar and electric guitar. He has even taught my younger daughter how to play the ukulele. Nick is an awesome guitarist teacher. My girls have learned so much from him - how to read and write music, bar chords, strumming patterns, music theory and all different genres of music (like jazz, classical and even reggae). Nick can listen to any song my daughters want to learn, then immediately put the notes down on paper and teach it to them. Under his tuition, they’ve performed solo gigs, in their school talent shows, and for and with their friends. My older daughter also plays electric guitar in a teenage rock band. Thanks so much, Nick!!Show More
My daughter, who is 8, started this fall taking lessons with Nick. We were so happy that she had such an enthusiasm to take lessons and learn an instrument, but even happier that we found someone who shares this same enthusiasm when teaching. Nick is patient and kind and makes learning fun for younger students! Learning an instrument can be frustrating in the beginning...having a teacher who takes that frustration away and patiently teaches and encourages young students is crucial! We are extremely happy and so is our daughter!Show More
I was hesitant when my just-turned-6 year old daughter wanted to take guitar lessons but Nick was great in reassuring me that she was not too young to start lessons. I'm so glad she started when she did and I'm thrilled she has music in her life at such a young age. Nick is great with her - very patient and always providing songs that keep her interest. He is also very accommodating with any schedule changes. If you're thinking of lessons for your child, this is the place to go!Show More
I contacted Nick, who's responses were efficient in a timely manner. I stated I had some past negative experiences with learning to play the guitar. His emails were comforting and first few lessons I felt relaxed. There's no pressure to sound one way and the time is spent on meeting me where I am at. Most importantly, I have fun when he's across from me! I am excited to see where I will be in a year with his guidance.Show More
We have been taking lessons from Nick for 7months and both my daughter (the student) and I can say it’s been a great experience! Nick is timely, super professional and also fun! He knows how to talk to the kids and encourage them!!
West Chester Guitar Academy Is one of the beat places you can go for lessons. Directed by talented Musician Nick Doak. I have been going to Nick for a very long time. He has brought me from nothing to my now college level Music Major. I highly Recommend West Chester Guitar Academy.Show More