Roger Farwell

Roger F.

Baltimore, MD

Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have studied and taught classical guitar for twenty years. I was fortunate enough to participate in Master Classes with the great Manuel Barrueco while at Peabody and my training as a classical guitarist forms the foundation for my approach as a musician and as a teacher.
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Roger teaches



Roger delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
December 1997

I love teaching! I love connecting with people to find out what inspires them and I feel that I learn as much from my students as I teach them.

I have over 25 years of playing experience in a variety of styles and nearly 20 years of experience teaching the guitar to many hundreds students of all ages and backgrounds. I have taught in many different situations, including through schools, music stores and privately. I am primarily trained as a classical guitarist and I hold a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. I have been told by many of my students that I am patient, understanding, very approachable and fun.

Whatever our goals may be in learning to play a musical instrument, the experience and skills we gain in doing so can serve us in every area of our lives.

Music is for me a journey of self-discovery. I would love to share in and be a guide on your journey too!

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Guitar Instructor
Dec 1997 - Present
Private Studio

Guitar Instructor
Jul 2003 - May 2013
Music & Arts Center

Taught private lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds in three different locations: Ellicott City, Bowie and Bel Air.

Show Director/Guitar Instructor
Sep 2006 - Jan 2008
School of Rock

Taught private guitar lessons and directed seasonal shows for the Silver Spring School of Rock.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
All About Music

Taught private guitar lessons.

Guitar Instructor/Group Lesson Instructor
Sep 2001 - Nov 2002
Mars Music

Taught private and group guitar lessons.


Master of Music, Guitar Performance
Aug 2004 - May 2006
Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Arts, Guitar Performance
Aug 1997 - May 2001
Univesrity of Maryland at Baltimore County


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Roger F.


4 Reviews

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Arushi May 9, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I started taking lessons with Roger almost an year ago. I was completely clueless when I signed up for classes. He convinced me that I can play a musical instrument. He has guided me a lot throughout. From picking up a guitar, to teaching me my first song. He is very passionate about music and that shows from his work as a musician and as a teacher. Roger tries to make sure that his students love music the same way he does. As a teacher he is very patient and flexible. He tailors each class to his student's needs.
He is one of the greatest teacher I have worked with. I really look forward to my lesson every week.

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Scott S. Feb 23, 2018
Guitar · In home

Roger teaches our 8 year-old daughter introduction lessons for guitar. His casual approach and friendly demeanor are a perfect approach. Our daughter anticipates weekly interaction with Roger; she considers him a friend who plays guitar games and patiently listens to her stories while they play.

Roger is both a skilled musician and measured teacher focused on the long-game of loving music rather than immediate gains. We are very please with his work.

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Tyler Apr 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Roger was my first guitar teacher, and one of the best teachers that I've had the pleasure to work with. As a professional guitarist, I have had the chance to look back on when I was studying with Roger and compare my opinion now to the opinion I had while I was studying with him. My opinion now is the same as it was back then: Roger is an exceptionally capable and talented educator. He is very easy to work with and is always flexible in each lesson. Flexibility is important; an ideal teacher will have lesson plans with specific skills that he/she feels the student needs to learn, but they will also allow the student's current interests to guide the lessons. Roger was always happy to address any questions or concerns I had, but also made sure to guide my attention to critical skills that helped me grow as a musician. One such skill is proper technique, which is necessary for improving the student's ability to play and for preventing injury. With his background as a classical guitarist, Roger was able to teach me perfect left and right hand technique, which is something I still consider to be one of my strongest assets as a guitarist. His skills and interests extend far beyond classical guitar into genres like rock and jazz. In our lessons we would work on just about anything. We covered topics and styles like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Wes Montgomery, improvisation, James Taylor's fingerstyle playing, music theory, and sight reading. Overall, I found Roger to be an ideal teacher for students at any skill level, from total beginners to those who are highly experienced.

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Naomi Apr 25, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Roger taught guitar lessons to my son Jeffery for 7 years (starting from age 7). Roger is very competent in teaching all ages and making sure the lessons were age appropriate and interesting.

Jeffery really looked forward to weekly lessons with Roger which were only discontinued because we relocated out of state. Roger was not only a teacher but also a mentor to Jeffery, allowing my son to explore all genres of music and methods.

Roger is classically trained and teaches his students to read music and is knowledgeable and offers up to date music lessons.

My son is now in college and taking a music major. I am truly convincined that Roger's influence and care helped grow Jeffery's natural interest in music. I would highly recommend Roger for music lessons. He is a gifted teacher.

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