I am thrilled that we signed our son up to take part in the ensemble (band) lessons at Pacific Guitar Studios. My son had been taking drum lessons for two years, and, while he was certainly improving, he wasn’t motivated to practice much. Joining up with a band not only motivated him to practice, but working with other musicians also made the whole thing click for him. His improvement since working with Cole (the owner of PGS) has been amazing. Cole is a fantastic teacher and obviously cares about making sure his students are challenged to improve. And, as a bonus, our family gets to watch our son play a gig at the end of the lessons, complete with an audience and beer. We re-enroll our son every term, and we will continue to do so, probably until he leaves for college. Cole is great. His teaching is great. The whole thing is great.
Our daughter is a talented drum-kit player, but is too young to easily find a band to join. Solo lessons do not fill the need she has for developing as a part of a band. Cole's program has provided her with a set of musically talented peers and the framework for learning songs together and preparing for a high stakes gig in a professional setting. His "band coaching" has filled a much needed niche for developing musicians of all ages. The gigs, themselves, are a powerful event, in so many ways, for both the bands and the audience. Fantastic model for a music program and the only one like it in town as far as we have been able to find. Cole is approachable, trustworthy, and serves as an experienced and quite, but effective, musical guide, rather than a director. Thanks, Cole!
Cole is such a cool guy! My teenage son has taken lessons, both private and ensemble, on and off for about 4 years. Cole is both knowledgeable and patient, and for my son, hit that sweet spot where music is challenging yet still fun and interesting to learn.
Cole Robinson, the head of Pacific Guitar Studio, helped me connect with music in a whole new way. His ensemble class was a true eye-opener for someone like me, who knew the basics of playing guitar but had not played in a group. I admit it was scary performing in front of a live audience (and even doing vocals), but Cole’s ensemble class was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I am now taking individual lessons with Cole. He’s got patience and talent and many, many ways of helping you become a better musician. I highly recommend him.
Our kids have been studying under Cole for two years now and I've been nothing up amazed the entire process. With a relaxed, creative thinker as one son and another who focuses on math and absolutes, it's been fascinating watching Cole adjust his teaching style to meet the needs of each. While my creative son comes home with enough notes to keep him practicing, the one I had all but given up hope for any appreciation of art receives recommendations for books regarding music theory and practices daily on his own. I look forward to continuing our training with Pacific Guitar Studio for years to come.
"Cole has been teaching my 9 year old grandson, Noah, guitar for the last few months. Knowing how to play the guitar and knowing how to teach the guitar are two different things. Cole excels in both. His ability to motivate and inspire have allowed Noah to progress in a more than satisfactory manner. Noah looks forward to his weekly lesson and enjoys his time there even if it is demanding. Cole mixes learning to play the guitar with learning to read music which are providing the foundational skills Noah needs. I would recommend Cole as a teacher as he is very competent and I would be happy to speak to anyone considering using Cole as and instructor."
"Cole is a very organized, diligent, motivated, and passionate teacher who has subbed for my own classes (Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade) several times. He has never had any difficulty following the notes or lesson plans that I left for him, but more importantly, he took the initiative where necessary to create his own assignments and projects for the students. I was very impressed at the way he was able to boost their confidence and spur their creativity. Reports back from the class itself, as well as from the other faculty, were uniformly positive. I would not hesitate to contact Cole about subbing in the future, and I believe he would be an excellent addition to any school."
-Andrew Durkin, Music Educator, Faithful Savior K-8 School
"Cole Robinson is not only an extraordinary guitar player, but he also has the patience and understanding that a great teacher needs. His teaching style is gentle and responsive. He cares about his students as people and guitarists. He understands the difficulties that beginning guitar students face and challenges that advanced students must overcome. He is knowledgeable about music theory but also knows how to shred a rock or jazz tune. I highly recommend Cole as a teacher to any level of guitarist."
-Pete Bryant, Music Educator, Portland Sun Program
My two boys have been taking lessons with Cole for about 2 years now. I am amazed and both their progress and absolute enjoyment of learning guitar. Cole is amazing! His teaching style keeps my kids engaged and excited. I am so happy to have found such a wonderful teacher. We will continue lesson with Cole for years to come!
"Cole inspires quietly through example and cares deeply about the young people he works with. His goal is to figure out how to make each individual shine, excel, and feel empowered and this he does!"
-Robin Bernardi, Director, Culture Jam