“Whether you are an actual beginner or someone looking to clean up their technique and re-energize their practice regimen, I highly recommend the Guitar Foundations Classes of Alex Margitich at MGS. All of the classes I have attended have been over Zoom. Being new to doing this kind of group class over Zoom, I was surprised at how deftly information was handled both over audio and onscreen, integrating song recordings and tablature PDFs as well as Alex’s verbal instructions. Also, the classes are recorded for easy reference. Alex is very careful in demonstrating techniques and following-up to ensure everyone is with him. He’s also excellent at guiding the class through a progression of skills into playing complete songs very quickly – at pretty much every lesson. This, along with his astute, real-world advice on how to overcome obstacles to practicing is just what I’ve needed to stay engaged and growing as a guitarist. Finally, every interaction I’ve had with the folks at Montavilla Guitar Studio has been both professional and positive!”


Portland, OR

“Neil’s calm demeanor and excellent teaching skills have made it easy for my son to feel comfortable during lessons and to grow confident in his skills.  Neil creates an environment where he feels inspired and committed to become the best musician he can be.  My son says that Neil is the nicest and best teacher he’s ever had.  Not the best music teacher he’s ever had, but the best teacher of all different teachers he’s ever had!  My husband and I also very much enjoy Neil’s performances around town”.


Portland, OR

“I really appreciate how Neil teaches, and he gets results.  My technique has improved significantly since I started taking lessons, and I am one of those that thought he could learn it on his own.  As for his teaching style, instead of making music theory the focus of each lesson, he brings it out in the context of songs I’m learning.  This way, lessons and practice are fun as I see the application of the theory.  There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to play along with a song I’ve learned”.


Beaverton, OR

“Neil can teach it all!  Rock, classical (Suzuki), jazz, theory, acoustic or electric guitar — he really listens to what your child is interested in and what a parent is hoping for.”


(Portland, OR)

“Neil has a great way of keeping the learning fun and exciting while teaching the important music fundamentals.  His easy-going attitude is a real asset for working with kids”.


(Portland, OR)

“Neil has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter.  He has inspired her with guitar.  She has written her own original music and lyrics, too!”


(Lake Oswego, OR)

“Neil is a great teacher.  He keeps my child interested in the subject by allowing her to choose from a variety of songs and pieces in different styles and genres.”


(Beaverton, OR)

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