I hope this website has been useful to you. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, shoot me an email. I'd especially like to know about your performances of my work or about how the curriculum is working out for you and your students. Thanks for visiting! – Lou
Mr. Warde, Thank you, thank you, thank you! Not just for this tool but really for teaching music. When people ask me how I started my journey as a musician I always give credit to my high school guitar teacher (you). One lesson that has been ingrained would have to be the development of the ear, which was in the beginner book. Seriously Mr. Warde, thank you. Music is an escape for most young people. When I was in your class, I had recently lost my mom a couple months before my senior year. The guitar was that thing that I could get lost (and frustrated) into. Your class equipped me not only as a better guitar player but as a musician in general. I can honestly say, on behalf of all your students, thank you for what you do. Your impact extends beyond the walls of your class. I will be visiting your site more often. Can't say it enough- thanks! - Eli
Mr. Warde, Any time I play classical guitar for my friends, it blows them away because many of them haven't seen that type of music performed first-hand. What shocks them even more is when they discover that I acquired those skills in the short span of four years within a public high school guitar program. In a way, playing guitar has allowed me to expand my social circle and I have you to thank for that! – Daniel D.
Hi Mr. Warde, This is Hannah, a student of yours from 2 years ago. I just wanted to say I saw the videos of your guitar ensembles playing in the auditorium and they are absolutely incredible! I thought they were professionals at first coming to play for Wilson. I am jealous. I wish I was up there with them! I think the last time I got into contact with you I told you I was minoring in music. However, I decided to go full throttle and become a music major! 😊 I also already know some of the audition requirements thanks to your guitar method book the students learn from. Some of the requirements are Sor, Bach, and Tarrega. I am choosing to perform Study in B minor, Bourée and Lágrima, all which you have taught. I hope your students stay motivated and eager to learn the guitar and I hope they are not taking the program for granted, for it is such tremendous learning opportunity, especially with you as an instructor. Thank you for all the passion and dedication you have put towards teaching your students, I don't think I would have gone down this beautiful musical path without your influence. You are truly an amazing instructor. Tell your students to keep it up, they're doing excellent😊 – Hannah Gomez
Dear Mr. Warde Thank you for supporting me within your music program with classical guitar. Your class made me realize what I want to do with my life. Because of your class, I aspire to become a classical guitar performer as well as a music composer. I appreciate everything you do and I hope the program continues to expand. – Ivan Parga-Renteria
Hey, shout out to you for being an inspirational musician! I'm deciding to continue to play guitar in college now because I discovered how really sick of an instrument it is! I wish I took the class freshman year! – Krystiana De la Cruz
Mr. Warde I can't thank you enough for what you have taught me over the years. You have inspired me to always keep trying and that hard work does pay off. I have appreciated throughout each school year all that you've done for your students and me. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and can't wait to visit you next school year. – Lindsay W.
Dear Mr. Warde, I want to thank you so much for all you’ve done and helped me with this year. You’re the first person who has truly believed in my music and myself; the first one to give me the chance to push myself farther/believe in myself. Lastly the first person who showed me that I can show all my true colors. Thank you for being the best teacher I’ve ever had in all my years of school. P.S. I will really miss both of your classes and you so much. Each of these have helped me positively grow....You're one of the most inspiring person/teacher/mentor I've ever met in my entire life. Thank you for always believing in me. It really changed my self esteem with my music. – Ava Bartlow
Mr. Warde You put in so much of your time into the guitar program here. I have learned so much from you in the little amount of time I've been in the class. You have so much passion for this and it has made me very passionate about it as well. Thank you. – Reese Butorovich
Mr. Warde, You have not only taught me guitar, which I have wanted to learn for years, but also taught me lessons in life I should know. Thank you for being an awesome teacher! – Kat Weller
Mr. Warde, You have made an impact on me by bringing out the best in me in my guitar playing. You help me by pushing me to my goal of being an actual musician. – Marcelino Ramos
Mr. Warde, Taking your class freshman year really opened up my eyes to music. However, that feeling wasn't as strong as this year (my junior year). For a long time, I have been undecided on what I should pursue after graduation. After taking this class for a second year, my love for music has grown a lot. This gave me a reassurance that I am most likely going to pursue music after high school. Thank you for opening up a door to a new world for me. – Angelina Tran
Mr. Warde, I am thankful for you because you've taught me for the past three years. I have always enjoyed going to your class everyday. I appreciate how flexible and forgiving you have been to me. You have given me the gift of being able to play music, which I'll cherish forever. I like how I am comfortable enough with you to be able to discuss my problems and goals, but I like how you seem to genuinely care more. – Ellie O'Donnell
Mr. Warde I wanted to thank you so much for your resources! Our guitar ensemble is performing Bella and Habanera for our district guitar festival. It is the first year for guitar ensemble at our school (we have only had a general guitar class until I took over the program). Your arrangements, compositions, and curriculum are very well put together. My beginning kids really enjoy the curriculum, especially the “pop/rock” tunes included. Our district curriculum is more based on folk tunes and classical only. You have a very nice mix. Thank you so much, I will be spending quite a bit of time this summer digging through all of your material. – Dean Snavely, Music Educator, Foothill High School
Mr. Warde, Greetings from South Carolina! I started teaching a high school guitar class (currently mixed level/ability), five years ago. It has definitely been a learning experience, & my teaching continues to evolve. I started off using the more “traditional” method books out there, but they never really held the attention of the students (especially those with playing experience). I found your website & curriculum yesterday, & tried a couple of your lessons today. Everyone was interested & engaged for the entire class period! I’m looking forward to reading over some of your arrangements with the class soon. Thank you very much for your time & this amazing resource! Sincerely, Jeremy F. Shaw , Rock Hill High School