Sugar Land Music School

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Echo Music Factory

PROFESSIONAL GUITAR LESSONS

ABOUT LESSONS

1 Hour Lessons

$250 / Month

 

Sugar Land Guitar Lessons

Our guitar lessons curriculum is focused around rhythm, theory, and repertoire.

The first 12 weeks of guitar lessons are highly choreographed to present the student with all of the most important guitar learning and music learning concepts they will need in their musical education journey.

We teach charts, tabs, and traditional “knee-to-knee” strategies for song learning: In most guitar lessons, TABS are the most popular way to learn guitar songs. Guitar lessons will cover all of the different ways of reading music a little bit, but students almost always prefer that their guitar lessons are focused more on learning TABS rather than staff music. 

Aside from guitar lessons, one of our biggest, most unique, and certainly most uncommon focus areas is in teaching music theory. Contrary to popular belief, most students LOVE music theory; It is one of the most interesting puzzles ever to exist, and learning music theory often helps answer the question: “why do I need to learn algebra?” in a way that completely engages students who would previously have been convinced “I’m not a MATH person” (no such thing).
     In guitar lessons, we also teach genre specific concepts for blues guitar, classic rock guitar, metal guitar, indie & alternative rock guitar, and more; just ask! 
     Guitar lessons are a great educational opportunity for children of all ages. Some children are ready to take full advantage of guitar lessons as early as age six, while some students do better if they wait until 10-11 years of age. Our recommendation is: if you are not sure what will work best for your child,  try for three months of music classes (12 weeks of guitar lessons) and then revisit the question. Guitar lessons are also perfect for adults of all ages, but adult guitar lessons will vary widely based on the student’s interest after the first 12 weeks of foundational guitar lessons. The first 12 weeks of foundational guitar lessons is information that is so widely accepted as best practices and useful for guitar playing of any genre or style that these classes should not be skipped (because we will answer all of the most common guitar lessons questions with style and brevity). However, adults who have already developed their musical personality prior to guitar lessons will usually have requests to learn specific music, and we try to honor these requests as soon as guitar lessons have gone beyond information that will almost inevitably need to be covered.
 
 

Bass lessons

Our bass lessons curriculum is focused aroundmusic theory, groove, versatility, and rhythm.

We teach the following concepts:

  1. Chords (very trendy)

  2. Fingerstyle

  3. Picking

  4. Slapping

One of our biggest, most unique, and certainly most uncommon focus areas is in teaching music theory. Contrary to popular belief, most students LOVE music theory; it is one of the most interesting puzzles ever to exist, and learning music theory often helps answer the question: “why do I need to learn algebra?” in a way that completely engages students who would previously have been convinced “I’m not a MATH person” (no such thing.)

We teach genre specific concepts for funk, jazz, classic rock, metal, indie & alternative, and more; just ask!

 

MEET THE TEACHERS

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Veronica Garcia

Howdy! My name is Veronica Garcia and I am a bassist at Echo Music Factory. I am a 22 year old college student with a huge passion for music. My go-to genre is metal, but I am always open to listening to different things. During my free time, I like to read, play video games, and learn different languages. I speak English, Spanish, and German.

William Cloninger

Howdy! I’ve been teaching guitar for the last five years; I try to focus on teaching your favorite music by showing you new ideas in order of usefulness. A lot of musical ideas seem complicated at first, but I can break them down into small bites so that new things are simple and fun.

Bass Teacher

Tommy Trant

Howdy! My name is Tommy and I am a bassist at Echo Music Factory. I am 24 years old. I have played bass for over 10 years for professional corporate event bands and original bands playing all styles of music. Bass Guitar is very easy to learn and hard to master, I can help you no matter where you are on your bass journey.

THE STUDIO

STUDIO A (green room)

Studio room for guitar lessons, and bass lessons

 

 

 

 

 

STUDIO B (silent room)

The Echo Music Factory: Silent Rehearsal Studio is one of our more unique services. Normal rehearsal studios get very loud, and the loudness in conjunction with sound dampening can make your band sound totally different in rehearsal than in a live show. In this studio, we will have a special set up where each individual brings their own headphones to plug into a mixer and headphone distributor, allowing them to listen to (and record, if desired) only their own instrument. With this, your band can practice with perfect headphone clarity, and best of all, with your headphones removed, only the singer will be audible. We provide a digital piano, drums, guitar amplifiers, microphones, and vocal processors. One of our audio engineers will be available at the studio to manage all set up and assist with any technical issues, questions, or comments you may have. 

Renting the studio is $50/hr with a capacity of up to five people.

Kids group class

The kids group class takes place every Monday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Over the course of three to four months, elementary aged students (6-10 years of age) have an opportunity to learn and perfect a list of popular songs chosen by students and instructors together. These songs are based on the following criteria:

 

Difficulty
Genre variety
Historical relevance/variety (1950s-2020s)
Student enthusiasm
Kids group music classes are group classes for students who are also enrolled in private music lessons such as guitar lessons, piano lessons, bass guitar lessons, singing lessons, voice lessons, ukulele lessons etc.
We prefer that students in the group music class take private music classes with Echo Music Factory music instructors, but students who, for example, take guitar classes outside of our music lesson facilities with a different guitar instructor, are still eligible for children’s music learning group classes for an additional fee. 

 

The main benefits that parents report back to us about group class are:
 
Student’s attitude about music
Student’s attitude shifts toward problem solving 
Student’s increased motivation to practice at home 
Development of practical communication skills in a hands-on environment

Teenager group class

The teenager group class takes place every Saturday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Over the course of three to four months, students 11-17 years of age have an opportunity to learn and perfect a list of popular songs chosen by students and instructors together. These songs are based on the following criteria:
Difficulty
Genre variety
Historical relevance/variety (1950s-2020s)
Student enthusiasm
Teenager’s group music classes are group classes for students who are also enrolled in private music lessons such as guitar lessons, piano lessons, bass guitar lessons, singing lessons, voice lessons, ukulele lessons, etc.
 
We prefer that students in the group music class take private music classes with Echo Music Factory music instructors, but students who, for example, take guitar classes outside of our music lesson facilities with a different guitar instructor, are still eligible for children’s music learning group classes for an additional fee.
 
The main benefits that parents report back to us about group class are:
 
Student’s attitude about music
Student’s attitude shifts toward problem solving 
Student’s increased motivation to practice at home 
Development of practical communication skills in a hands-on environment

Piano lessons

Our piano lessons/keyboard lessons curriculum is focused around rhythm, theory, and repertoire.
In our piano lessons and keyboard lessons, we teach music reading and sight reading like most other schools do, but our first focus for piano lessons students is basic rhythm patterns, chord formulas, and playing comfortably in social rather than formal settings.
We teach kids to play traditional piano music, but we will also teach kids more contemporary ideas in piano lessons and keyboard lessons. Piano lessons are versatile in that they can also count as keyboard, church organ, rock organ, and synthesizer lessons. Keyboard lessons and piano lessons are perfect for students who wish to develop skills and will later be translatable and relevant in making modern DAW (digital audio workstation) genre iterations including pop, hip-hop, and electronic.
 
One of our biggest, most unique, and certainly most uncommon focus areas is in teaching music theory. Contrary to popular belief, most students LOVE music theory; it is one of the most interesting puzzles ever to exist, and learning music theory often helps answer the question: “why do I need to learn algebra?” in a way that completely engages students who would previously have been convinced “I’m not a MATH person” (no such thing).
 
Many of our students report that they love taking piano lessons, and they tell us that their piano lessons are very fun when they learn new songs.
Piano lessons are a great educational opportunity for children of all ages. Some children are ready to take full advantage of piano lessons as early as age six, while some students do better if they wait until 10-11 years of age. Our recommendation is: if you are not sure what will work best for your child, try for three months of music classes (12 weeks of piano lessons) and then revisit the question. Piano lessons are also perfect for adults of all ages, but adult piano lessons will vary widely based on the student’s interest after the first 12 weeks of foundational piano lessons.
The first 12 weeks of foundational piano lessons is information that is so widely accepted as best practices and useful for piano playing of any genre or style that these classes should not be skipped (because we will answer all of the most common piano lessons questions with style and brevity). However, adults who have already developed their musical personality prior to piano lessons will usually have requests to learn specific music, and we try to honor these requests as soon as piano lessons have gone beyond information that will almost inevitably need to be covered.

Ukulele + voice lessons

Our ukulele lessons and voice lessons curriculum is focused around basic chord knowledge, healthy singing (how to sing without damaging your voice), and note accuracy in singing.
One of our unique teaching approaches is to always teach voice/singing in conjunction with an instrument. The voice certainly is an instrument, but without reference to a physical instrument where the student can reference a given note or rhythm with their fingers, voice lessons can become unfocused, uninformative, or at worst, karaoke.
We always combine voice lessons and singing lessons with ukulele lessons. Singing lessons are amazingly fun learning experiences, but music classes with a physical instrument you play with your fingers are very different, and we want to make sure no children are overlooked and never get the experience of music classes that our guitar lessons, piano lessons, and bass guitar lessons offer. 
Ukulele lessons are the perfect solution. Ukulele is an easy instrument compared to guitar, and most students can learn the ukulele easily, because the ukulele is mainly designed to create background music while you are singing.
Ukulele lessons alone are too easy for most students, while voice lessons alone are too abstract. Our perfect solution is to combine the two music lessons. 

Music theory lessons

Our music theory lessons curriculum is focused around: 

 

Teaching students the basics of scale and chord construction, and how those elements can interact and be built upon
How you can do mathematical tricks with the music
How it relates to computer language and ancient counting systems
Basic scientific theory of waves
Lightly surveying music from palistrina to present to develop good taste (we say nice things about good stuff and make fun of songs we don’t like)

 

In order to prove the results of our musical analysis, we compose songs; and on our good days we can compose really, really good songs.

 

Music theory is not boring like everybody thinks it is. Honestly, music theory isn’t even what people think it is. For example, music theory is NOT: reading music, memorization, or history. Music theory is practical math problems that require more creativity than most artistic projects (if that doesn’t totally make sense, maybe this class is for you!) Usually this takes about 8-12 lessons, but less if you already have experience playing an instrument, and more if you don’t have existing musical experience.

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Reviews

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5/5
My son has been learning guitar under him. Mr Cloninger is extremely patient with good teaching techniques and makes it fun. We are happy to find him.
Vanessa M.L.Vanessa M.L.
05:19 31 Dec 21
My daughter has been taking guitar’s lessons with William for a little less than 2 years now. We were a little bit skeptical at the start as, at 9 year old, she had the tendency to find a “new interest” every month. Well, 22 months later, and she is still very motivated to go to her one on one weekly lesson (+ the group class) and she has learned soooo much. Not only about how to play guitar but also in terms of musical education. She loves listening to music, but William gave her a different perspective and has really opened her mind. We are so happy that we found William and would recommend him to anybody interested in learning guitar.
Victoria MaldonadoVictoria Maldonado
18:49 02 Nov 21
William is def a rockstar teacher. He is personable and professional. He asks students what their interest are as far as music and they work on that genre and they explore other genres of music. He caters to each child instruments, abilities, and needs/wants. He always informs me on what they worked on during the lesson and what “homework” they have to work on at home. Overall, my kids and myself are happy with William’s lessons. My kids are confident in their music skills (piano & guitar) and thoroughly enjoy going to his lessons.
Elle ReedElle Reed
16:29 02 Nov 21
My granddaughter is taking piano lessons from William for almost a year now and she really enjoys his one on one lessons and even loves her group lessons with other students of his.She is very comfortable with him and always looks forward to her piano lesson each week! He’s such a likable guy, I actually believe she considers him a friend.We are quite pleased with his style of teaching.Thank so much William for exposing her to all types of great music, old and new!
Julie BennettJulie Bennett
18:20 29 Oct 21
Will is an excellent music teacher. He taught my 9-year-old girls, and I am happy to say they have grown in both their music ability and music appreciation. Will teaches many genres from Jazz to Blues to current songs and everything in between. He is funny, engaging and very knowledgeable. Will is very flexible and easy to work with. I am very lucky that we found him!
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