GUITAR LESSONS Availability & Rates

"As a professional teacher myself, I can spot passion when I see it, and Mary has loads of it.
She LOVES teaching. She is hard-working and pours out empathy for her students.
You won't find anyone more loving --for the art of teaching-- than Mary Shapiro."
~~ Mark Kurita , English as a Second Language Teacher

Mary is accepting new students for Guitar, 'ukelele and song writing lessons at this time. As a professional musician with a master's degree in education, Mary is in demand as an instructor – particularly for beginners, young adults, retirees and individuals with special needs. 

To hear what current and former students are saying about their lessons with Mary, visit Guitar Students Speak Out!

Guitar Lessons (and 'ukelele and song writing lessons) with Mary also open doors for musicians interested in live performance opportunities. Mary has coached individuals preparing for auditions,  playing at their own wedding, recording a CD, and getting over  "stage fright".  Included with all lessons is a safe and supportive opportunity for students to perform at an open mic (Stillwaters Supper & Songs, or at your favorite venue). Mary can even help you create your own "house concert" for just your family and friends. Performing is strictly optional, and scheduled according to the desires of each individual guitar student.

Have you ever experienced the clock going off just when you're in the middle of something? Mary's years of work in education have taught her not to rush your personalized learning process. She knows you will be more successful after just a month of one hour lessons compared to 8 weeks of 30 minute "sit-coms". Mary guarantees that you will learn real songs--the ones you choose. This time is all about you. Mary teaches one hour lessons and the current value is $70. Lessons take place at Stillwaters Studios, located near Marshall, VA. If you're more comfortable in your own home, Mary will come to you: $8 for "in-home delivery" (within 20 miles) or she can come to you (anywhere in the world!)  via SKYPE  for just $5 more. Discounts are available for advance payments, cash and when you refer a friend.

$70 / hour  private lesson ; $45 semi-private (2-3 max)
Compare to $90 / hour PLUS $35 in registration fees PLUS minimum requirements PLUS some additional service fees for payment plans 

$60 / hour for 4 or more (save $40) 
$55 / hour for 4 or more cash (save $60)
$50 / hour for 8 or more cash (save $160!)

$20 for each referral (unlimited)
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE: Take 6 weeks to use 4 lessons; 12 weeks to use 8 lessons
FREE print outs and recorded materials; we create your personal music book with the songs you want to learn and the hand outs you need to play them!)
FREE Q/A throughout the week

HOME DELIVERY: Relax! Stay home and 'Leave the driving to us'! Just $10 within 20 miles or $5 via live computer time (SKYPE et al)

Mary says: "I know times are tough economically: all the more reason to do what you love! Call me and let's talk about how we can work--and play-- together!" 

Ready to Get Started?

If you have additional questions, or would like to set a time for your first lesson, you can reach Mary via phone (preferred), at 202-294-2906, or via email, at