“Our eight year old daughter has been playing classical guitar for four years. We love learning at Silicon Valley Classical Guitar School. Like most parents, there came a day when we wanted our daughter to experience music in her life. Thankfully we stumbled into classical guitar taught under the Suzuki method. To put it simply, the experience of teaching and learning has had a profound impact on our daughter and our family that will last a lifetime--who would think kids would actually LIKE to learn music. Scott and Rob make it all possible. If/when you are thinking about music for your child, run, do not walk to this school and listen to what the kids and parents like me have to say--you'll figure it out pretty fast. In my daughter's own words: "It's a lot of fun...I get to spend a lot of time with my dad. Mr Scott is a really great teacher!" - T.G.
"We have two boys, ages 12 and 6, who are both students of Scott Gossage at Silicon Valley Classical Guitar School. We like the Suzuki method of teaching of classical guitar practiced here and the boys really respect their teacher. Both the teachers (Scott and Rob) are very talented and have an extremely friendly and non-threatening style of teaching. They routinely intersperse games in their music lessons which makes learning guitar interesting and engaging for the little ones. If you have a child who is interested in classical guitar I thoroughly recommend this school!! We started as early as age 4!" - R.P.
"Rob Watson is my teacher. As an adult student, my goal is being able to play classical guitar music with customized teaching and pace. Rob has taught me from not being able to play at all to now playing Suzuki Book 3. He always answers any questions that came up, explains well and change up the lesson to show me what I want to learn. It has been a wonderful experience to be able to play music and having someone to guide me through the process." - Y.L
"I have been taking regular classes with Rob Watson for about a year and a half now, with good results. If there's anything that taking guitar lessons have taught me (especially about classical music) is to be patient and not to tense
up. Rob's a friendly dude with some serious chops. I am happy to be learning from him." - J.K.
"My daughter has been Scott Gossage's student since she was eight, and she is now sixteen--that's eight years of the best music training a parent could ever hope for. Combining the Suzuki method with his engaging, infectious humor and a super-high level of professionalism and musicianship, Scott makes lessons fun for kids and interesting for parents. And when I say professional, I mean basically that your kid will never know if the teacher is having a bad day--each and every lesson is a POSITIVE experience. The Suzuki classical guitar repertoire is beautiful from the very first piece. Kids learn real music that parents enjoy hearing and helping with (and yes, parents are very involved in Suzuki music learning). Music reading, ensemble playing, and musicianship are integrated into the program as appropriate to the student's level, always in a fun, positive way. As students move into middle and high school, Scott understands their and their families increasing need for flexibility and exploration--the guitar is, after all, one of the most versatile instruments around. Now in high school, my daughter is playing at a level that most guitarists only dream of. Hearing the music and watching her hands and mind at work while she plays is truly amazing. If you are looking for a great music program for your child, one that will give him or her a skill that will last a lifetime, look to the guitar, and check out this school." - L.C.
“I started learning guitar on my own as an adult using classic method books. Although I was steadily improving, I wanted to find out what an instructor could do to accelerate my progress. I had no idea what a difference a great instructor like Rob Watson at the Silicon Valley Classical Guitar School could make. He has a sharp ear and eye, and he has the expertise to help me zero in on where I can work to most improve my playing, particularly in the areas of tonal quality and ergonomics. His extensive knowledge of the body and interpretation of classical guitar works and his familiarity with numerous method and repertoire books helped me develop a highly satisfying repertoire of drills and pieces that I never would have found on my own. He also understands that many adult students need scheduling flexibility and has been very accommodating. I highly recommend Rob as a classical guitar instructor.” - C.J.
“Our very active little boy began studying classical guitar with Scott five years ago, at the age of 4 1/2. We have found the Suzuki method to be a wonderful way for young children to learn to play an instrument, especially in the hands of a skillful teacher like Scott. Scott uses games to help children with their focus and concentration and to create a fun and positive learning experience. He is flexible in his approach and very responsive to the child's needs. The parent education that is part of the Suzuki method is invaluable in helping parents to help their children at home, and the group classes create a sense of community that is very motivating to the children.
Now 9 1/2 years old, our son says of Scott, "I like the way Scott teaches with toys and games because that makes guitar more interesting, and it makes it easier for you to do hard parts." And of SVCGS he says, "It's a nice school because it's small, so everyone gets to know each other." - K.C.
“We have known Scott Gossage for the last 8 years. He has been teaching guitar to our son Ashwin, now 12, for all those years. Ashwin loves all forms of music in general and plays guitar at an advanced level. Scott has played a major role in shaping Ashwin's interest in music and his guitar playing.
Scott is very nurturing to the young students and has a balanced approach to teaching music. His teaching is holistic and draws ideas and inspiration from various sources -- master classes, concerts, parents' feedback, musical influences from other genres, and books. In his teaching, he incorporates listening, singing, breathing, reading music besides playing on the guitar. As a result his students make music which connects with the audience and takes guitar playing to a different level.
I consider Scott to be one of the finest classical guitar teachers in the SF Bay area and highly recommend him as a teacher.” - K.H.