Start out by playing simple melodies while learning every aspect of reading music. This will help get the fretting hand into shape. Then you’ll be ready to tackle more difficult chords.
Norman’s kind, teacherly approach and his easy-to-follow lesson plans made continuing a good investment of our time and money
– Aimee Sisco
About me and my lessons
We all have an innate ability to express ourselves through music. So what could be more natural then learning to play an instrument?
I specialize in teaching beginners how to play guitar and banjo. I teach both kids and adults. My teaching method includes folk and classical music (but I’m happy to teach any song or style you would like to play). My kids ukulele/guitar program (for ages 5 and up) covers the basic elements of music in a fun, engaging way.
Before I taught music lessons, I was a public school teacher. I helped students with learning disabilities. Kids who were struggling to keep up with their classmates in their studies. People tell me that I am quite patient- and it’s true!
I have more than 15 years experience teaching private music lessons. In February 2018, I co-founded Mount Tabor Music School. I am currently offering lessons there (remotely for the time being).
Norman has been our daughter’s classical guitar teacher for three years, since she was six. We started her with lessons thinking we’d explore it for a few months, but Norman’s kind, teacherly approach and his easy-to-follow lesson plans made continuing a good investment of our time and money. He’s attentive to the pace (and ramblings) of children while helping them to approach the instrument from multiple, integrated perspectives. In addition to learning to play, read music, and listen for and identify notes, our daughter has fun, gains a feeling of accomplishment, and is learning some great songs from the American archives.
Nick and Stephanie Dazer
We are very pleased with the progress our son has made in the past year with Norman. He is learning fundamentals of guitar and how to read music. Norman has a very patient and calm way about him that has helped our son become confident in playing and comfortable working with his teacher. We are delighted that our son enjoys his lessons and look forward to his continued success under Norman’s tutelage.
My 8 year old son has been taking ukulele lessons with Norman Hamilton for one and one-half years and will soon be transitioning to guitar. Norman has been an excellent teacher while patiently offering clear instruction and motivation. It has been delightful to watch my son gain skill in handling an instrument and learning to read music. My son has also developed increased confidence through music. He went from fearing speaking or performing in front of others to volunteering to play music for his class and making up songs with his friends. I would highly recommend Norman as an instructor and I hope we get to have many more years with him.
For older adults interested in playing music for the first time ever, and for those who are new to guitar, banjo or ukelele, Norman is great! He was patient and generous with coaching me with a step by step approach for ukele and baritone ukelele, and soon had me strumming chords and playing melodies on my own. He uses a songbook with a wonderful variety of tunes, some old, some new, which I enjoyed playing and singing along with