Phone: 920-687-1901

Guitar Lessons For Children in Appleton & De Pere

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF TEACHING GUITAR TO CHILDREN!

The Childbloom Guitar Program specializes in guitar instruction for children ages 5 and up.  Since 1996, Green Bay Childbloom has taught many young minds the skills it takes to be a great player.  The Childbloom Method is currently being used by educators throughout the nation and is the largest program of its kind in the United States.

If you wish to know more about Childbloom’s music education for children, the easiest way is to call 920-687-1901.  Phone hours are from 8 am-2pm and 8-9pm Monday-Friday and available most weekends. You can always email your specific questions.

 

 

 

Locations in Appleton and De Pere

326 E. North St., Appleton WI 54911

327 Main Ave., DePere WI 54115

Phone: (920) 687-1901

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24Scheduling: ”When are the lessons?”

Typical lesson times are from after school until about 8 pm., Monday-Friday.

Lessons are normally structured in small groups, minimum 2 kids per groups – maximum 4. The Childbloom groups are great for developing ensemble skills, camaraderie and improvement of long-term motivation.  Students are grouped according to age and experience level. 98% of all our entering students are beginners. If your child has experience with a non-Childbloom teacher, I then will organize an assessment lesson to see where he or she can be placed in the curriculum.  Come visit.  Bring your child.  Take a free mini-lesson!

If I don’t have a another student to start right away, there are several options available: 1) I can take your child privately for a few lessons and merge him into a class; 2) put you on a call-back list – the wait is usually short; 3) If your child has a friend (or sibling) who wishes to join the class, let me know.  This makes scheduling easier and quicker.  Because of our small-group structure, scheduling is often the most difficult part. But a good Childbloom class, at a time convenient for your schedule, is sure worth any wait!

”What is the cost of guitar lessons?”

  • There is a $25 enrollment fee per family into the Childbloom Guitar Program.

When you enroll we give you 2 things:

1) The initial learning materials.  This allows the student to work at home, play along and hear excellent musical examples of what he or she is learning.

2) A subscription to The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter. This helps parents deal with the many ups and downs of motivation that will occur in the musical education process.  It also has local events and contests your child can participate in. Contests are geared to every skill level.

  • Tuition is $60/month for the group class.
  • Siblings are 1/2 price.  So for a family with two kids in the program, the cost is $90 per month. For three kids, $120/mo.
  • Private lessons are $84 per month.

”What style of music is best to learn?”

Child-development and music education research tell us that children are not born with any preference for musical style. Children are ”open-eared.” They like what they can do. Period. That is why we believe it is important to teach a high-skill method playing that maximizes the child’s ability, growth of sensitivity and musicality – even for the adolescent. The Childbloom Method does just that. Our students experience playing many different styles of music in our curriculum – folk, blues, world music, rock & classical.  When their style preferences develop they will have plenty of skill to pursue their musical dreams.

Getting the Right Instrument – What you should know.

It is very important that your child have an appropriate guitar on which to learn.   We recommend the correct sized nylon-string guitar.

There are many reasons for this.  Please call for recommendations (687-1901) before you purchase one.   We try to keep abreast of what the good instruments are and where you can get them close to you. We know that kids learn best and can grow motivation on an instrument that fits them, plays well and sounds good.  Please  consult with us before you buy.

Children will outgrow their instrument. But an old instrument can be be sold as used. The market price for a used one is about 30-60% of the full retail value of a new one.

The best brands of guitars for children (as of Summer 2016) in Green Bay/Appleton area are: Cordoba (4 fractionally sized), Strunal (5 fractionally sized), Yamaha (3 fractionally sized) , & Amigo (two sizes).  The price is roughly from $120 to $230.

New models pop up in the marketplace occasionally, so if you see one and would like it examined, please call.  We are serious about cultivating your child’s talent and a life-long love of music.  You should invest in a higher quality instrument (as listed above).  It’s well worth it.

Parent involvement and support

Parents are an important part of their child’s learning.  To this end, we strongly encourage parents to attend the lesson with their child.  ”We have found,” says founder Kevin Taylor, ”that the more parents are involved in this process, the faster the student learns, the more the student learns, and the more persistent the student will be.”

Many parents enrolled in the Childbloom Program do not have a musical background.  This is not an issue, as we provide tools for parents to be able to support their child’s learning.  Along with written materials and recordings of the music, parents are provided with strategies for helping guide their child’s skill development, tips for practicing, and suggestions for dealing with challenging issues.

 

 




The Childbloom Guitar Program involves its students in performance groups that regularly play in the community.  Groups have performed at many events and venues such as ArtStreet, ArtiGras, Green Bay Botanical Garden, Hearthstone Museum, Building For Kids, Kids Day, Open Streets, libraries and retirement centers.  Read more about past performances.