Lessons

Always wanted to play an instrument? Been playing, but want to take it to the next level? We’re here to help! We offer a variety of lessons, including guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass, and piano. With four instructors on hand, we have available slots throughout the week. Whether you just started or have been playing for years, we have lesson programs to assist you on your musical journey.

 

Why Music Lessons? Drew tells us and displays his talent in this, the first episode in our series:

 

Call or stop by the store to enroll in our lesson program and check out our instructor roster below and find a teacher and time that best works for you and your schedule. We strive to be the premier stop for lessons in Fayetteville and all of Northwest Arkansas.

 

Instructors

Chris O'Mara

InstrumentsGuitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Piano

Chris O’Mara, a musical jack of all trades, has been teaching music for more than 3 years. He teaches beginning to advanced level guitar, all levels of bass guitar, beginning to intermediate banjo and ukulele, Scruggs-style banjo, and beginning piano. Chris is particularly good with younger students. He specializes in blues, jazz, pop, and folk styles and enjoys composing etudes to help students focus on specific techniques in their lessons. Chris is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the University of Arkansas.

Drew Rogers

InstrumentsGuitar, Bass

Drew Rogers, a rising star of the jazz guitar, has been teaching guitar and bass guitar for the last 4 years. He teaches beginners to advanced guitarists and beginning to intermediate bassists. Drew specializes in jazz, blues, country, pop, and rock styles. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of Arkansas, and he was a 2015 recipient of the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society scholarship award. Drew can often be seen performing around Fayetteville with various jazz groups.

Walter Schmidt

InstrumentsGuitar, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo

Walter Schmidt has been playing and teaching music on a variety of instruments for more than 30 years. He teaches beginning to intermediate classical guitar, beginning to advanced fingerstyle and folk guitar, beginning to intermediate bass guitar, and beginning to intermediate banjo and ukulele. Walter is an accomplished songwriter whose song, "Arkansas, I Hear You Calling" was selected as a New Song Showcase winner for the 2016 Walnut Valley Music Festival held in Winfield, Kansas. In 2014 he released an album of original songs, Big Fat Moon. Walter also recently produced the compilation album It’s Natural: Arkansas Musicians Sing About Livin’ & Dyin’ on behalf of the Natural State Burial Association.

Larry Hight

InstrumentsGuitar, Bass, Pedal Steel, Dobro, Beginning Mandolin

Larry Hight has been teaching lessons for 6 years. Larry teaches guitar, bass, pedal steel, mandolin, and beginner to intermediate dobro. Larry has 43 years of private lesson teaching experience, 1 year of college, and 43 years as a professional musician, specializing in rock, blues, and country styles. When he's not teaching, you can catch Larry playing pedal steel, rhythm guitar, and saxophone with the gold-selling country band, Ricochet.