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?
"Coire quickly became the best guitar teacher I've ever had by really understanding my musical goals. He helped me develop skills to reach those goals by using music I was interested in and exercises that challenged my comfort zone."
- Max D.
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 and personal compositions.
"Coire is very talented at teaching as well as playing. I came in as a true beginner, and with his guidance I have developed a solid foundation. He allows you to submit songs you would like to work towards so that classes are rewarding and you learn songs you actually want to play. He makes guitar both approachable and enjoyable!"
- Brittany B.
As a student, you will have a personal folder in Google Drive containing relevant lesson work, including homework, notation, links, and demonstration/study guide videos I create. Documenting in this way takes time, but I have found having high-quality information available 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.
"Coire is an exceptional teacher! Great with any song or style, and great at using technology: recording video tutorials, using GDocs for sketching out songs, and using Zoom for lessons."
- David C.
I also write and perform music around town. You can learn more about it here.
"Coire is top notch. He is really trying to help you become a better guitarist and musician. He gives a ton of helpful advice on technique, explains theories patiently, and encourages creativity. His lessons are fun and inspiring. I highly recommend him."
- Jung Y.
Individual 60min lessons are $60. Weekly lessons are $50 each, paid monthly.
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