Learning a new instrument takes a combination of skill and dedication. Those considering beginning guitar lessons should plan to dedicate at least 30 minutes almost every day to practicing the guitar. Students will learn different ways of reading music, including tablature and notation. Basic music theory is taught along with playing the guitar; this helps the student understand what they are playing. Theory can be applied to all styles of music and many different instruments. A large repertoire of music is built over time that focuses on the students’ preferred styles. Physical technique is a focus in lessons, allowing the student to learn to play the guitar with ease using free and natural movements.
Those who practice the guitar at least 30 minutes a day generally can see a lot of progress after a few months of lessons. It is never to late to learn how to play the guitar. Adults of all ages and children six and older, from beginners to advanced players, are welcome. Amy has a strong background teaching children and helps them to have fun while learning about music.
Amy provides annual recitals for students to have fun gaining performance experience.
Other Performance Opportunities
Amy is a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC), and students who choose to become members have the opportunity to participate in additional recitals provided by the association. She is also a member of the Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, which many of her students participate in each summer.
Here's what some of Amy's students have to say about their experience taking guitar lessons:
"Our son started with Amy as a 10-year-old beginner interested in the electric guitar, and two years later, he has come such a long way. He has learned the basics of rock and folk guitar, including notes and chords and strumming, but he has also developed an interest in classical guitar and is now learning finger-picking. Amy follows his lead, teaching him the music and techniques he's interested in, and supporting and encouraging his learning. Her teaching style is enthusiastic and positive, and he looks forward to guitar lessons and recitals." - Grainne M., Irvine
"Amy is a gem of a guitar teacher. I enjoy our weekly lesson because of her obvious enthusiasm for both music and teaching." - Bill A., Irvine
"As a two-year classical guitar student with Amy, I have enjoyed, and learned so much from every lesson. Amy reinforces the basics, while teaching new techniques, so I feel I'm constantly learning new things every time. Her comprehensive approach to teaching using music theory, technique, and practice have helped me come a long way." - Langston M., Riverside
"After training under Amy for more than a year now, it's clear to me that I made the very best choice of instructors possible. It was difficult enough to find a quality classical instructor let alone someone of her caliber and professionalism. Amy's level of personal commitment, energy and passion for her art clearly set an inspirational example. Her teaching style allows you to feel relaxed and comfortable - even when your last three bars sounded like a coyote howling at the moon! Amy's technical skills have completely raised my standards of personal aspiration as an amateur musician. I highly recommend her to any student at any level and to anyone in search of a superb guitar instructor/performer." - Steve T., Huntington Beach
"I've been taking classical guitar lessons from Amy for a year and a half and she is currently helping me prepare for college entrance auditions. Amy has amazing talent both playing and teaching. She has helped me with posture and taught me various techniques to increase the quality of my sound. She still studies by reading music articles and motivates students by providing recitals for them to perform in and encourages them to attend diverse concerts. She is very sincere and organized and anyone would be lucky to have her as a teacher." - Hana K., Irvine
"I've been taking guitar lessons from Amy for about 2 years now. When I started, I didn't even know how to hold the guitar properly but now I'm playing all my favorite songs. Amy gives positive reinforcement with a very encouraging tone. I look forward to my lessons every week to see what new songs she'll give me to work on. She never gives me more than I can handle for the week. I'm very happy my dad found her for me! I can't imagine taking lessons from anyone else." - Neely M., Irvine
"Two and a half years ago I decided to no longer put off the things I always wanted to do. One of them was to learn the guitar. I knew it was important that I have the right teacher or I would not stick with it. What I found in Amy was a professionally trained and degreed musician with a solid background in music theory, with versatility in all guitar styles of play and with a natural ability to teach. Amy's encouragement, thoughtful selection of music, and enthusiasm keeps me going as I continue to learn the guitar." - Cindy P., Huntington Beach
"I am pleased to endorse Amy Hite's classical guitar instruction. Having recently retired, for the past year I have been taking lessons with Amy. Each week, I look forward to meeting with her. She is a great teacher and an amazing talent. Her passion for the guitar is contagious and her patience combined with positive reinforcement has made learning to play the classical guitar both fun and rewarding. Thanks Amy!" - Larry W., Riverside
"It's been about a year that I have been training under Amy, and her eagerness in classical guitar has made me comfortable and satisfied in her class! I am pleased that her guidance has lead me as far as getting accepted in the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA.) When I first started practicing guitar with Amy, I didn't even know how to grip the instrument properly. After getting used to Amy's friendly vibe, I started to look forward to guitar lessons, and I would
assure anyone at any level in guitar, that you've got the right teacher!" - Liv H., Irvine