My name is Coire Walker.
I teach people how to play the guitar.

About Me

My name is Coire Walker and I teach guitar in the Pacific Northwest. In my teaching, I balance the technical, creative, and theoretical elements of music to build my students into innovative, well-rounded musicians. Lessons are low-pressure and fun, and all ages are welcome. I have been playing guitar for twenty-five years and teaching professionally for fifteen. This is my primary occupation and it suits me well; the longterm relationships forged and the medium used couldn't be more rewarding.

My music degree is from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Currently, due to the pandemic, most of my lessons are provided online through Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime; more on how I make this learning environment effective below. I also provide socially distant lessons in-person on the Olympic Peninsula. I am looking to relocate to a bigger city once things have normalized, so if you live in Seattle or Portland and want to transition to in-person lessons in the future this is a definite possibility.

I encourage every new student to share a thoughtfully constructed playlist with me. I want to understand what you love most about music and where you want to grow. Where do you see yourself in three, six, and twelve months after beginning our lessons? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player? How do you learn most effectively and what structure will you need at home to succeed? What do you want to achieve by taking lessons with me?

I teach all genres of music except advanced jazz and classical guitar; these two are their own discipline and I do not claim to have mastery of them, however, we can play with them as much as you like! I enjoy folk, fingerstyle, rock, shoegaze, funk, punk, blues, and many other styles. Lesson topics include songwriting, reading, ear training, strumming and picking techniques, singing and playing simultaneously, soloing, composition, and connecting the aforementioned topics to their underlying theory. Sometimes I even have the honor of helping students with live performing or songs they have been writing.

As a student, you will have a personal folder in Google Drive containing relevant lesson work including homework assignments, song notation, weblinks, and demonstration/study guide videos I will create as-needed. Documenting in this way takes time, but I have found having custom-tailored information available and organized provides the best possible foundation for at-home study. Being a music teacher is a tremendous privilege and responsibility, and my primary objective is to support and inspire and you as we move forward together with this challenging and deeply rewarding instrument.


For samples of my teaching please visit me on YouTube. For more current snippets and a more casual vantage, there's Instagram.

I also write and perform music around town. You can learn more about it here.


"Brooklyn's Best Guitar Lessons"

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 2014


Individual 60min lessons are $60. Weekly lessons are $50 each, paid monthly.

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about me. Please feel free to reach out so we can discuss your goals together!