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Learn right in your own home! I am now taking students from anywhere in the world.  Study clawhammer banjo or guitar, workshop songs, or increase your repertoire.  I will work with you to create lessons that will help you achieve your personal musical goals. 

Private Lessons

Banjo: (beginner/intermediate)  (clawhammer /frailing/ old-time style)   Depending on your interests we will focus on learning the key characteristics of this style via traditional tunes as well as improvisation.  I also specialize in using banjo as an accompaniment for singing.     

Guitar: I teach basic beginning guitar, strumming and song accompaniment,  and folk guitar styles (beg/int. fingerpicking, beg/lower intermediate bluegrass flatpicking, basic blues, and basic swing)

Repertoire: Specializing in folk/country/roots/Americana music, I will introduce and help you learn material to increase your song repertoire.

Songwriting/Woodshedding:   Using various songwriting exercises and games, we'll work on the art of songwriting.   If you already have songs but are feeling stuck in the same strum pattern, melody, groove, etc... I'm happy to work with you on ways to strengthen your work


Lesson Pricing

**please contact me if you are interested in lessons and we can work out the best plan for you!

Individual Lessons

45 Minutes.................PRICE(USD)  $40.00  


30 Minutes.................PRICE(USD)  $30.00


Buy 4, get 1 free SPECIAL:   


Payment due by date of lesson. 



"My online clawhammer banjo lessons with Coty are fantastic. She is always well prepared, meets me where I am on my instrument, and I am progressing faster than I could have imagined. Her lessons are fun and encouraging, and the hour goes by before I know it.  If you want to have some fun and learn to play your banjo well, schedule a lesson with Coty!"
~Lawson D. 

"Coty's got a great attitude to accompany her wonderful knowledge base. She starts right where you are and works with you in a realistic setting to help get you where you want to go on your journey with the guitar. She's by far the best guitar teacher I've ever had! I'd take lessons from her again in a heartbeat and wholeheartedly recommend you avail yourself of her assistance if you're able!!"

~Tracy D, Bellingham, WA

"My online lessons with Coty were excellent, well planned, and incredible fun.  Coty provided advice and feedback on my song lyrics, chord selections, and overall performance. Since taking lessons with Coty, I’ve written a few more songs and performed at my local Meet-Up. For the price, her lessons cannot be beat. I highly recommend Coty -- she's supportive and smart."
~Frank Martin,
(beginner/intermediate level guitarist, singer-songwriter)



**Instructor at California Coast Music Camp (2019) - fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo

**Instructor at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (2015-2017) - banjo, guitar, and various repertoire classes focusing on folk/country music styles

**Instructor at Northwest Women's Music Celebration (2009-2019) - banjo, guitar,  and various repertoire classes focusing on folk music styles

**Masters in Appalachian music from Appalachian State University (2010)