Phil Olson

Phil O.

Burnsville, MN
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Phil delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:

I’ve developed a unique approach to understand the guitar and bass. Whether someone is a beginner or even advanced. I’ve found a way that gives new insight to the instrument.

Even those who are advanced have commented, “My playing has gotten so much better – people are complimenting me on how much I’ve improved.” and… “You’ve really opened up the instrument to me.” One former student who had been playing 50 years prior to coming to our studio said, “I’ve learned more from you in the past 6 months than my last 30 years of playing!”

I’ve learned a lot from my students as well. Due to my open style of teaching. I’ve designed alternate ways for students to learn.

When I started teaching I was pretty set on each student having to learn how to read music. However, I found not everyone had this desire. This has led me to design different ways to learn music. I teach students ways to understand where the notes exist on the neck by reading chord charts and seeing patterns. Using these various methods they still learn the entire neck.

I now have two distinct paths a student can take:

If the student wants? Teach them to become a skilled sight-reader.
If the student is not interested in sight-reading? Teach them to understand music in a non-traditional path.

My Goal: To help others learn the guitar in the most time efficient manner possible. And, in a way that will cut years off the traditional methods most guitarists learn with!

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Mar 2004 - Present
Private Studio


Associate Degree - Recording Engineering
Jan 1988 - Dec 1988
Dick Grove School of Music
Bachelor of Arts - Political Science & Music Performance
Sep 1983 - May 1987
Gustavus Adolphus College


I have received many awards over the years
Jan 2019
Many "Best of" Awards. As well, please see reviews...Thanks!

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