Harmony Music House

Guitar Lessons

Dylan McCarthy  Beginner to Advanced

With over 16 years experience playing and performing, Dylan's musical background is deep and diverse. Beginning with classical piano at the age of 7, he has explored a breadth of musical genres and instruments. His high school years were steeped in classic rock and roll, cutting his teeth in Denver dive bars at 14. He hit a turning point at 18 with his decision to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2012 for electric bass, while simultaneously discovering his love for mandolin and bluegrass music. Since then, Dylan has established himself in Colorado as a hard-working professional in the bluegrass music scene with his fierce guitar flat-picking, finesse on the mandolin and strong vocal presence.


Laura Stratton - Beginner to Intermediate

One of my earliest memories is listening to my father play ragtime and blues piano for hours in our living room. I’d sit on the bench next to him and attempt to play along until he decided it was time for lessons at the age of 5. Ever since, music has been an integral part of my life. I strive to bring this memory and this feeling to every curious learner. I enjoy creating a fun and customized teaching approach, while maintaining an emphasis on technique. The majority of my piano training has been classical, however, for the past 10 years, pop, rock and blues have made their way into my repertoire, allowing me to play with numerous bands around town. The marriage of these concepts has given me the versatility to teach individuals in a personally directed way, creating a plan that is engaging and inspiring.


Willie Gammell - Beginner to Advanced

Willie has played in nearly every kind of band you can think of, and in nearly every city in the US. Willie plays guitar, ukulele, bass, mandolin, and banjo.

He played guitar in rock bands in high school. He then attended Shenandoah University, studying Jazz and Classical guitar before he heard the call of the road and joined up with the Southern Funk Orchestra. Willie played society gigs around DC and as a hired gun for demos and out of town bands.

Willie helped form the Soulutions, a world music influenced reggae band. Soon Willie found himself in NYC, giving lessons to people of all ages where ever the Subway would go. Here he formed one half of the duo The Galt Line, and toured coast to coast.

Back in the DC area, Willie taught, recorded, and toured with the psychedelic metal band The Neighbors. Recently Willie has been living in Boulder and teaching all over the front range.

Willie will show you that anyone can play music. He'll bring his love of performing and broad knowledge to you in every lesson.


Ryan Mihaly  - Beginner to Intermediate

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Ryan is a  guitarist with over 10 years of teaching and playing experience. He bought his first guitar (a Fender Jazzmaster) when he was 17 with money he made bussing tables at a pizza restaurant. He has played the guitar in rock, folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, experimental, punk, funk, and jazz settings.

Ryan grew up in New England, lived in Tokyo for two years with his family where he played in a ska band, and graduated from Hampshire College, where he wrote a 10-movement piece for sax trio, string trio, and vocalist.

As a teacher, he applies methods of collaboration, improvisation, ear training, rhythmic emphasis, pattern recognition, muscle memory, theory, free play, deep listening, and technique. He believes that everyone has an innate sense of music, and his lessons are tailored toward each students' specific abilities.

He is currently a graduate student at Naropa University's writing program, where he working on a novel about a 100-year old pianist, and frequently collaborates with poets. 


Theresa Peterson - Beginner to Intermediate

Picking up guitar at age 11, Theresa has had a passion for learning and teaching guitar since an early age.  She teaches beginning and intermediate guitar including basic chords, strumming patterns, picking patterns, and alternate tunings, which can be applied to many styles of music.  Theresa's approach to teaching is flexible based on student's age, skills, and specific interests.  Students are encouraged to bring in any material that interests them and lessons can be structured around this.

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This teacher is available for off-site lessons


Monica LaBonte - Beginner to Intermediate

I have felt so many times that music is a friend that has never and will never abandon me.  Once you have music, it's always with you.

I am from Colorado Springs, born and raised in a deeply musical family.  My mother (who sings like an angel and plays guitar and piano) put a guitar in my hands when I could first hold one and has been singing to me since I was in the womb.  I think my musical spark comes from those early moments and the early exposure to music that my mom and family gave me. Since that time I have had a colorful history with music: years of competitive choral singing; playing and recording with a pop Christian band; running music programs through an Easter Seals camp for kids and adults with an array of physical and mental disabilities and abilities; and, most recently, playing stages big and small around Colorado with my own original projects.  Today, you can find me tucked away singing solo at a coffee shop or local open mic, singing and strumming in one of the many awesome pickin' circles in and around Boulder, or writing, playing, recording and performing with the awesome Monocle Band

Through my own experience with music, I personally know how amazing and at times, challenging, it can be to find your voice.  Whether it's on guitar, singing, or both, it's important to realize how music speaks through you, to play to your strengths, yet acknowledge your weaknesses and build from there.  I can't wait to share my passion and knowledge to help you learn to sing, play Guitar, or write songs!


Eric Dorr - Acoustic, Electric, Theory (Beginner to Intermediate)

Eric is a guitarist, pianist, singer, and trumpet player. He has been studying music for 17 years. Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Eric has performed in various rock, folk, jazz, and classical groups for the past 11 years, both through university and on his own.

His teaching experience covers a wide range of age, ability, and musical interests. He specializes in beginner students. His favorite part of teaching privately is the student-centered path towards musical development and awareness. He loves teaching in both conventional and non-conventional methods. He encourages composition, improvisation, and ear training from a very young age, and he is always curious to see what his students will come up with next!


Dave Honig- Acoustic (Steel & nylon string, plectrum & finger-style), Electric, Jazz, Latin, & Classical (Beginner to Advanced)

Dave is a excellent teacher for students of all ages and levels who are serious about learning Guitar, Musicianship, & Theory.

Dave Honig is a lifelong professional musician and educator including nearly 20 years of instructing at the college level in both the Jazz and Classical fields.

As a performer, he held a weekly gig at the legendary Manhattan Jazz club 'Smoke' (formerly known as Augies). He was initially brought to Colorado By the Aspen Music Festival where he performed as a guest with both the Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble.
In Colorado, he has led Jazz ensembles featuring the best Denver area musicians. He currently can be heard with his New Standards Project, an expansion of the Jazz Standards repertoire to include everything from Motown to Singer-Songwriters and Jimi Hendrix to Bluegrass through arranging and re-harmonization.

As a teacher, his style is flexible to the individual needs of each student while encompassing musical expression, musicianship, technique, and theory. Musical individuality is encouraged when encountered.