Why Study With Kirk?

Customer Satisfaction:
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Teaching Style:
Above all else, lessons are all about the joy one receives from playing music, regardless of the style of music or playing level.  Kirk's philosophy on teaching music is to provide the tools and concepts necessary to achieve the goal of the student.  Lessons are steered toward the styles of music the student is most passionate about.  If you are not sure yet, we'll figure it out together!


With 25 years of teaching guitar experience and a conservative estimate of 40 lessons a week, Kirk has given over 50,000 guitar lessons.


Hal Leonard Method Book Author:
Over the course of those 50,000 lessons, Kirk formed a few ideas about how to present the concepts that every guitarist needs to learn.  Hal Leonard Publishing agreed, releasing five books (Open Chords, Power Chords, Barre Chords, Lead Guitar Secrets, Jazz Guitar Chord Thesaurus, and the soon to be released Lead Guitar 101) which enable the sharing of these concepts on a larger scale.


Real World Experience:
A guitarist since the age of three and a half years old, Kirk landed his first weekly gig playing in church every Sunday at the age of five.  Since then, he's recorded multiple albums and played on countless others as a sideman.  His abilities as a guitarist have enabled him to perform all around the US, including NYC, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Milwaukee where he continues to play most, and nearly every bar/roadhouse off I-94 between Green Bay and Chicago.  In addition to the books Kirk has authored, he has worked behind the scenes on countless others for Hal Leonard music publishing doing freelance editing, arranging, proof reading, and recording.  Never be afraid to ask your teacher to play something and expect to hear something beautiful!


Embracement of Technology:
For many years, the computer and internet have been an integral part of the lesson experience.  It offers access to a multitude of pre-prepared songs and other lesson material Kirk has written over the years.  Accessing songs a student wants to learn has never been easier, and often the original audio can be slowed down to a tempo reasonable for the student to play along with and break down for study.  Scheduling issues?  View the calendar online at your leisure, it is always up to the minute.


The Studio:
A spacious, comfortable, private, quiet teaching studio with a waiting area for parents.  No closet sized rooms with other music bombarding you while you are absorbing new concepts or mastering whatever you are working on.


Centrally located and twenty minutes from anywhere in the Milwaukee Area, parents and students alike can enjoy the myriad of things to do right in the Wauwatosa Village area.  Ample free public parking available.


Daytime Availability:
Great for 2nd or 3rd shift workers, or parents at home with kids in school!

Serving guitar students in all of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin; with guitar lessons and bass lessons for the cities of: Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Elm Grove, Brookfield, Brown Deer, Germantown, Menomonee Falls, West Allis, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay, River Hills, Shorewood, Glendale, Bayside, Franklin, Oak Creek, Greendale, Greenfield, Mequon, New Berlin, Hales Corners, Hartland, St. Francis, Pewaukee, Sussex, West Milwaukee, Muskego, South Milwaukee, Richfield, Addison, Barton, Belgium, Big Bend, Bohners Lake, Butler, Chenequa, Delafield, Dousman, Dover, Eagle, Elmwood Park, Erin, Farmington, Genesee, Lannon, Cudahy, Thiensville.