Student PhotoJohn Shapiro: Teacher and Owner of Make Great Music

HI! I'M JOHN...

I've been teaching private lessons full time since 2004. I teach adults and kids ~ never-ever-s, hobby-ist and pro-musicians... out of my professional studio in the West Highlands Neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. My students often comment that I'm patient, intuitive, explain things in ways anyone can understand and that they learn more in a shorter time than they've previously experienced. I look forward to working with you! » more about me ~ » more about my teaching philosphy

Student PhotoA student, Tina, singing and playing something rockin'!

FREE INTRO LESSON

I offer a free, full length, introductory guitar or vocal lesson (not a just consultation). So you can get an idea about what I teach and who I am, and find out if I am a good fit for you as an instructor and for what you'd like to learn. » lesson prices ~ » schedule a free intro lesson

Student PhotoAidan, a 5th grader, tackling some classic rock.

LEARN WHAT YOU WANT TO LEARN:

I offer fun, inspiring, practical, useful, customized-to-you singing and guitar instruction for never-ever, beginning, intermediate and advanced students geared to your individual interests, goals and pace.
» more about lessons & my teaching philosophy.

Student PhotoTami learning bass for her gigging bands she already fronts as a singer.

INSTRUCTION IN MOST MUSICAL STYLES:

I teach rock, folk, modern, pop, country, blues, heavy, R&B, ethnic/world, bluegrass, jazz, musical theater, etc. for singing~vocal~voice, acoustic & electric guitar, piano & keyboard, electric bass, and ukulele~uke. I help you immediately make music you enjoy and see real improvement, all while complimenting your learning process with practical technical and music theory skills that are relevant to you.

NEVER SUNG, PLAYED OR TAKEN LESSONS BEFORE?

No worries. You've come to the right place! I teach lessons for never-ever students in a simple and straight-forward way that anyone can easily understand and apply to playing music or singing... Even those who may think they are non-musical, can't hold a tune and the like.
» more about lessons & my teaching philosophy

IN A BAND? PRO MUSICIAN-VOCALIST?

I can help you, too! I've worked with dozens of local bands, artists and singers to help them improve their vocal abilities, learn the skills they want to learn and find/enhance their own unique sound. Read the "For pro, semi-pro and hobby musicians" section on the about lessons page.

CAN'T SING?

Read the "special note" section on the about lessons page.

QUESTIONS?

Please poke around this website, especially the FAQ section You are also welcome to contact me.

DON'T HAVE A GUITAR?

You don't need one for your free intro lesson, because during your lesson, you can use one of my guitars and I can help you figure out what guitar might work best for your budget and needs. Or you are welcome to contact me for free guitar buying advice.

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE:

If you want to give the gift of music lessons, you receive 5 lessons for the price of 4. (So you get the same deal as regular students who get the free intro lesson.) Please go to the Gift Certificates Page for the details on how to purchase a gift certificate.