Nate is the kind of music teacher we all wish we had as kids. At least I do. If I had Nate, I’d love playing, learning and would probably still be playing music. With Nate, unlike with other teachers, my kids are learning solid fundamentals, make consistent and very real progress, are reading music and guitar chords, and are motivated to practice and attend their lessons.
In a word, Nate inspires them. Maybe being a combination of a school teacher, performer and parent is his super power. But whatever it is, Nate, has them utterly inspired to practice and enjoy the process. They are motivated by his positivity and his unfailingly even tone and are willing to try new things we never thought they would. Even when my kids are challenging (because sometimes, they are), he’s able to maintain his even and kind tone and get them back on track in his firm but kind way. And Nate has credibility with kids – he’s a talented musician and performer in his own right and they love watching videos of him playing and seeing what they can become under his tutelage. As a parent, it’s a joy to hear them play the songs they love, the songs we love, and to see how much confidence and happiness they get from playing the guitar. And Nate shares the ownership with the kids over their development. He lets his students choose some songs while maintaining a progression through his curriculum. He’s been incredibly flexible to ever changing sports commitments and seasons and is as accommodating as he can be whether teaching in person or online. We’ve tried other teachers – no one has come close to his commitment, professionalism, talent or teaching abilities.
Great experience with Nate. He's very well versed in all areas of guitar and helped me make drastic improvements after 10 years of playing on my own.
Nate helped our daughter take her guitar skills to the next level - she worked on songwriting, music theory, and even some vocals. Nate is exceptional at what he does and is gifted in his ability to identify where you or your child needs support. He then tailors his sessions to the students needs to support rapid growth! I highly recommend Nate - he is amazing! Our daughter is now performing more confidently and leveling up in her songwriting & guitar abilities! Thank you Nate!
My 9-year-old son has been taking guitar lessons from Nate for about a year and a half and is making amazing progress. Nate fosters his creativity and encourages him to choose songs that he’s interested in learning to play. My son has ADHD and Nate is great at keeping him focused and on track. Whenever my son has difficulty during practice at home, Nate is quick to make a video or send a text to help him understand what to do. We are thankful for Nate and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher.
My son has been taking guitar lessons from Nate for a couple years now. My son appreciates Nate’s teaching style. He loves how open-minded Nate is to different styles and how he teaches songs of your choice and techniques that are the difficulty level that he feels are right for you.
Before I started taking lessons with Nate I hadn’t played guitar since I was a kid. Nate brought the joy of music back for me. His knowledge of not only the guitar, but music theory helped it all make sense. Nate’s patience and encouragement even sparked my interest in writing songs. He focuses on your goals and how to achieve them. I learned so much taking lessons with Nate. He makes music fun and inspiring.
Nate Donnis has been my boys’ guitar teacher for about the past six years. Even through Covid he conducted their classes over Zoom, which was so great for them to have some normalcy during that difficult time.
When asked, my boys explained Nate as “A great down to earth teacher who makes learning the guitar easier than you think.”
Nate will teach you any song you like or really get into the theory of music, so you can understand it better. He is very patient and knowledgeable and explains things clearly until you understand completely.
My boys are able to play songs, chords, and scales comfortably now and it is a pleasure to hear them play their music.
If you’re looking for an amazing guitar teacher for your kids or yourself, Nate is your guy! We highly recommend him and have to several of our friends.
My son has been receiving lessons from Nate for the past several years and absolutely loves him. I’ve seen my son making great strides after learning from Nate. The virtual lessons after Covid have made it super easy on us too. We have seen Nate play live and he’s very talented!
I started taking guitar lessons from Nate around 2017 and I started out with little confidence in my guitar playing and minimal knowledge of chords or scales. After a few months, I had made significant progress and developed a new found confidence for playing and creating. I can now play solos and make my own progressions, from my thorough understanding of the fretboard! I 100% recommend Nate for guitar lessons, if you want a patient, understanding, and encouraging teacher! You will grow so much as a guitar player.
- Isabella P.
During the year that Nate was my son's guitar teacher, I was amazed to watch the way Nate instinctively tailored each lesson to my son's needs. His patience, willingness to find solutions, and personal interest in son really opened the doors to true learning and experimentation. Though we had to move away, my son still builds daily on the instruction Nate previously provided and says that his lessons with Nate are what he misses most. Nate truly has a gift for teaching children and creating music, an incredible combination. - Marisa May
Nate Donnis has so much to offer as a teacher! He's a great musician who never ceases to amaze me with his musical talents and his love for all types of music. I've played the guitar for a while and wanted a teacher who could teach me more of what I heard on the radio, not just chords and theory - although he worked with me on that too. He has been able to teach me every song I've taken to him right off the recording! I'm grateful to Nate for his patience and abilities. I'd recommend him to anyone, from true beginner to someone wanting to advance the skills they have already. - Kathleen Schott
After taking lessons for over a year with Nate, I have learned a lot and have grown as a guitar player. Nate is easy going and a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. He is a skilled and talented guitar player and explains and demonstrates concepts in a clear and easy to understand way. He can teach different styles of music and he makes it a fun and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Nate as a guitar teacher. He is awesome!
I have been studying guitar and songwriting with Nate for the last two years. Nate is a patient competent teacher. If you are looking to beyond the basics (which he can teach) of guitar and develop your artistry Nate is the instructor for you! Nate is a talented established recording artist. He individually tailors your lessons to meet your needs. Nate is one of the most positive, upbeat and humble people you will ever meet. Let Nate help you become the artist you deserve to be! David Sparks
We started our son on guitar lessons on a whim. Now four years later, our son still enjoys it and it is because of Nate's guidance. There were times I thought my son was no longer interested because he would only practice sporadically but we realized it was because there was no opportunity to perform. Once he was given the platform to do so (at a family event, then at his school's talent show) we saw him step out of his comfort zone and blossom into a musician. Nate mixes it up and recently introduced him to songwriting. We are grateful to have found a REAL teacher who is not only a talented musician, but a mentor who pushes his students reach their full potential.
My son is 12 years old and has taken acoustic guitar lessons with Nate for 3 years. He started with acoustic lessons and his interests grew to electric guitar and ukulele. Nate will mix all three instruments into a lesson if that's what is needed for different songs. Nate teaches techniques that are necessary to improve skills while he also lets my son pick songs that he likes and is familiar with, and that keeps it fun. Nate is a very patient and dependable teacher and I would definitely recommend him for any level student.
Nate is amazing. My son loves him and feels a responsibility to do his guitar work which is great to see. Nate is super responsible and flexible, and if something comes up, he will bend over backwards to accommodate. It is rare to see such an accomplished writer and musician have the patience to sit and teach kids the way he does. He shows up to our house, has nice conversations with our 7 year old and gets our son to work somehow! Our son started with Nate when he was 5, and now he plays and sings and finally is enjoying it.. He really has given our son a boost of confidence and it shows through all aspects of his life.. Thanks Nate!!!!!