Stanley Williams

Stanley W.

Puyallup, WA

About Stanley W.

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Stanley teaches: Ages 7 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 1974
Last sign in: More than two months


My name is Stan. I have been teaching music since 1974. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Boston University. I have taught through university level and am current Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College, near Tacoma, Washington. I have been asked to do guest lecturing at Seattle University in the art of Film Score, where I have studied with an Emmy-winning composer.

I love kids (of all ages!) and feel like we truly have fun during our lesson time. Laughter is one of the most important elements in learning. It's crucial to feel totally at ease with your instructor, without fear of an impatient teacher. I have worked with special needs in a variety of contexts and find it amazingly rewarding. If you desire to learn, we will find a way.

I look very forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you so much!

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Rap Man Stan!


Music Instructor; Lecturer; Assistant Professor of Music
Sep 1987 - Present
Academy of Guitar; Pierce College

Over three decades teaching music, including a position on the faculty, with a lectureship at Pacific Lutheran University. Teaching experience includes all styles of guitar, music theory, songwriting, large scale composition, and arranging. Additional instructional abilities include digital and analog recording techniques, digital and analog processing equipment, Sibelius notation software, editor/librarians, and Digital Performer recording software. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Pierce College.


Bachelor & Masters Degrees
Sep 1987 - Present
Pacific Lutheran University, Boston University
Bachelor of Music in Composition & Theory
Sep 1986 - Jan 1989
Pacific Lutheran University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency

27 Reviews on Stanley W.

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JImEG Dec 20, 2016
· · In studio Family friendly, great with singles young and old. Stan is the most!!!!
Malerie Nov 29, 2016
· Music Theory · Online Super fun and easy to understand and very helpful!
Malerie Nov 29, 2016
· Music Theory · Online Super fun and easy to understand and very helpful!
Kaitlyn Nov 22, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio I had an amazing experience taking lessons, and it was very easy to learn from his teaching! I have learned so much and feel grateful to have had Stan as my instructor.
Brandon Nov 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Stan is the best teacher,i wish i could select all subjects, he helped me with everything. If you want to learn guitar or even more,choose Stan.
Steven Nov 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio I picked up my bass guitar after years of it sitting in the case. I was blessed to find Stan. Stan isn't by the book music instructor. Stan creates a lesson plan according to the students desires and needs. Stan is very patient and loves to teach. Not only is Stan my instructor I consider a great friend.
Never give up on the dream. If you can dream it you can play it
Konrad Nov 16, 2016
· Guitar · In studio I would highly recommend Mr. Stanley Williams for any style of guitar playing. He has a wealth of knowledge and can help anyone learn at any skill level. A+ instructor!
Mike Nov 16, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio Learning the classical guitar under Stan has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. He covers the technical, theoretical and interpretive aspects of musicianship. He gives the student the freedom to explore their musical interests, where ever they may lead. He inspires the student to develop to their full ability, regardless of talent level.
John Nov 16, 2016
· Guitar · In studio I began taking my lessons from Stan when I was 14 years old and ended when I graduated from HS. I'm 41 now, and more so than ever can I see the genuine quality of teaching Stan gave to me during those 4 years.

After entering the Navy at 18, I was able to immediately see the difference between other guitarists and myself. Some guitar players I encountered may have understood "the how" aspect of doing something, but didn't understand "the why" aspect of it.

Today, when I teach my students, I follow suit with Stan's methods as he did with me and I take great joy in unlocking the mystery for other guitar players who are technically advanced, but lacking the understanding in the same way Stan Williams did for me all those years ago.

My only regret was not having the discipline and maturity in those early years to truly draw from Stan in a manner which would have added to my understanding to an even greater depth.

Teaching is an art, and Stan is da Vinci.
Carolyn Nov 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Stan is not only knowledgable, but personable and patient. I really enjoyed my lessons, and who time permits I may return! If you're looking for a great guitar teacher, he's your guy!
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