Guitar Faculty

Meet our guitar teachers! Collectively they an astounding variety of skills; you can get guitar lessons in almost any style you can imagine at C4A.

Our teachers can also give lessons in mandolin, pedal steel, and ukulele.

JeanRene square headshot Jean-René Balekita: guitar

Jean-René specializes in Congolese Rumba and Gospel styles on acoustic guitar as well as general guitar instruction. He enjoys working with all ages and skill levels.

Dyke Corson 120 faculty Dyke Corson: guitar, pedal steel

Dyke specializes in country music on acoustic or electric guitar.  He is always willing to help someone figure out how to play a favorite song and works well with adults and older children.  Dyke also teaches pedal steel guitar.

Tom with acoustic  Tom Faux: guitar, music theory for guitar players, clawhammer banjo

Tom has played in most popular styles and has decades of experience teaching.  Equally at home teaching beginners or advanced guitar students, he specializes in working with adults. He can teach you melodic playing and chords using standard notation, tab, or playing by ear. Tom also teaches clawhammer banjo and music theory specifically for guitar players.

 Steve Meadows 120 faculty  Steve Meadows: guitar, ukulele

Steve plays jazz and folk styles, and works well with children of all ages. He incorporates melodic playing, chords, and accompanying into his students’ repertoire.  Steve also teaches ukulele.

Sam Payne 120 faculty  Sam Payne: guitar, mandolin

Sam has played several popular styles and specializes in bluegrass chording and flat picking. He works very well with children, giving them a well-rounded approach to playing music through melody and chords. Sam also teaches mandolin.

Erik Swanson 120 faculty  Erik Swanson: guitar

Erik specializes in classical guitar and jazz.  He has lots of teaching experience and can work with beginners or advanced students.