Peter Cocolla

Peter C.

Newington, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've played guitar for 50 years and have been teaching over 34 years.

I use standard instruction books books to get beginners off to a good start and then supplement with songs of the student's choice and those from my extensive library.

I am a Teaching Specialist having taken 4 extensive course in Study, Learning and Teaching breakthroughs so my style of teaching is to ensure my students learn from the right books for them and fully understand so they make great progress.

About Peter C.

*** Specialties ***

I teach all styles and all ages but my specialty is in electric rock music and applied music theory as in guitar soloing and improvisation as well as song crafting. I can teach a student any song requested by looking it up on you tube if you don't have it and immediately transcribe it for you! I also have an extensive library of songs already charted and copied to hand out.

Also, since all teachers are not equal, what separates me from others who give lessons is that I have done extensive training in Teaching and Study Skills. My lessons are very understandable and properly arranged to learn in an organized fashion. So my students progress very well, really learn music and enjoy the lessons

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Peter
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This is Peter. Rick doesn’t know me, never been here for a lesson. Shame on him. I will request it to be taken down. Who is he?

Posted Aug 18, 2019
Rick
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WORST TEACHER EVER, IF YOU WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY GO TO THIS INSTRUCTOR,OUTDATED LESSONS, AND VERY EXPENSIVE, YOU ARE NOT EVEN QUITE FINISH YOUR FIRST LESSON THE DUDE IS ASKING YOU FOR MONEY..!

Posted Aug 18, 2019
Joseph
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Pete is the best instructor that I have ever had. He is the only person I ever had that was able to explain things in a way that I could understand. I have taken lessons from other people and was not able to learn anything.

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Fran D.
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Peter is patient and has a good knowledge of music. He also has a great personality. He is easy to work with, and I'll miss him when our lessons are finished.

Posted Jul 24, 2017
Justin Marchese, LMFT
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Pete is an excellent and gifted teacher. He is kind,compassionate, hilarious, and deeply aware of what it takes to transmit guitar knowledge. I greatly enjoyed my lessons with him and give my highest recommendation of him to those seeking lessons. Too bad I moved out-of-state!, or I'd still be with him.

Posted Apr 23, 2017
Wendy L.
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Peter is a great teacher, starts with the basics and is very patient.

Posted Mar 24, 2016
Dennis S.
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It was a first lesson, so a bit hard to rate. Peter is personable and clearly an excellent guitar player. He helped me with several fingerings and a riff. He is going to work up a plan with exercises, etc., for our next lesson. That will give me a better sense of things

Posted Jan 16, 2016
Robert S.
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Very knowledgeable teacher

Posted Sep 23, 2015
Rob
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I've been around my whole life. My father was a musician, I was a musician and both my sons play guitar. I seen a lot of guitar players some good but very few really talented. Pete is by far one of the most talented I've known. Not only is Pete a gifted guitarist, but a very knowledgeable one technically.
Not only is Pete a very talented guitarist and technician, but Pete has the unique ability to teach as well. Not just to teach guitar like many instructors, but to make it fun and interesting as well. This ability to so talented and to be able to teach as well is a very rare gift. The best!!

Posted Sep 8, 2015
Gary

Pete Cocolla is a terrific instructor. Very smart and talented. A wonderful teacher. Easy to follow his advise. Wide knowledge base. He is very easy going and Patient!! He makes the guitar even more enjoyable than you can imagine.

Posted Sep 5, 2015
John
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I am a 47 year old man that picked up guitar with no musical experience at the age of 45. I have been going to lessons weekly with Pete for almost three years. I look forward to the lessons and I like them not only because I am progressing and seeing improvement but also because I think Pete is a great guy and I enjoy the discussion and back and forth banter that rounds out the lesson. Pete is following a course of instruction with me that uses Hal Leonard's books so you are building skills in a reasonable and complete way. Pete is clearly a talented guitarist and can pick up and help you with about any song you bring in or mention in class to supplement the book practice and to keep guitar interesting. Finally, when I was taking lessons at a local music store before I started with Pete, the instructor and I were shoved into what felt like a small hot closet for the lesson. I like going to Pete's house much better because his practice room is large and comfortable and he actually manages the climate to be comfortable for the student.

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Parnell
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Peter combines teaching with breaks of conversation that keeps the student engaged! One of the best teachers I've ever had!

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Justin Brandt
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Great guitar instructor, excellent with beginners and kids! Reasonably priced with classes that fit your schedule.

Posted Aug 20, 2015
Bobby
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Peter is an excellent teacher. Very experienced and knowledgeable. He's great with adults as well as kids. My daughter and I both take lessons from him.

Posted Aug 20, 2015

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Experience

Owner
Jan 1971 - Present

Guitar Star Instruction

Pete C. has been teaching for over 34 years as owner of Guitar Star Instruction starting with guitar and adding bass guitar, mandolin and ukulele over the years. He also performed in The Elysian Field into the 1970's, a top CT original band. He also appeared locally for a while 3 years ago with the Field Project performing at the Webster Theater and other local clubs and venues.

Education

Two Year Program in Guitar, Piano and General Music
Sep 1970 - May 1972

The Hartford Conservatory

2 years of Study
Sep 1970 - May 1972

Hartford Conservatory

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Study Specialist
May 2003

Applied Scholastics International

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