Shaun Dougherty

Guitar lessons

Individual & Group Lessons

Blues, Rock, Jazz, Pop, & more

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Group Guitar Lessons

Group Ages 6-12

Class is 30 minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays@3:00pm EDT for 3 weeks Starting June 13th, 2022

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Student needs either an acoustic or electric guitar.

I will send PDF’s of all the music and links to my Youtube page where there is a video showing how to tune your guitar. We will also go over this in class but it’s very helpful if the student can work on that ahead of time. This class will give the student a great idea of what it takes to play the guitar and see if they want private lessons eventually.

The class has a minimum of 2 students and a maximum of 10. The price is $90 (that's for 6, thirty minute group classes). You can pay through Zelle or
Apple Pay.

Please email to sign up or if you have any questions!

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Shaun's Story

Shaun was born into a family of musicians in Boston MA. His father John
Dougherty is an accomplished Jazz guitarist and also a graduate from Berklee College of music. He has recorded and performed with Kool and the Gang, Pat Martino, George Benson, Sam and Dave, Lou Donaldson and many more. Shaun’s mother Jean Dougherty is a classically trained organist graduating from St. Olaf. His sister Stephanie is a great vocalist that has done Rock, Jazz, Blues and now Country music. Shaun’s guitar journey started after seeing Billy Idols video for ‘White Wedding’. ‘I asked my dad if he could show me how to play it and that was that’. I had never asked about music before and my dad said if I was serious we would set up regular lessons. So, I was all excited at the first lesson but we never touched ‘White Wedding’. Instead, we started working on the Jazz standard ‘Misty’. He said Rock and Roll is easy and that if I wanted a long term career in music, I should learn the Standards. 35 years later still play Misty and many other Jazz standards and make $ playing them but, I did learn every Billy Idol song and have had several great rock bands too! Shaun attended Berklee college of music and received his degree in Commercial Arranging with his principal instrument as guitar. After spending many years living in Boston and performing with his original rock band ‘Waking Ophelia’ (with his sister on vocals) and with his father in a Jazz guitar duo, he decided it was time for a change and Vegas was calling. Shaun lived in Las Vegas for 7 years and joined a great rock band called ‘The Day After’. They recorded 1 album and toured the SW region for 2 years. Eventually Shaun moved on to form his own band called ‘Poison Polly’. As the musical climate was changing in Vegas (live music was being forced out for pre recorded music), he decided to make a change and moved back to DE. Once in DE, Shaun began teaching guitar at The Grand Opera House for their ‘Arts Academy’. He then started the first ever after school group guitar class at Cab Calloway high school and St. Marks High school.

Currently Shaun is teaching full time out of his home studio online through Zoom and continues to work on his original music including his second ballet ‘April and After’ which he hopes to have produced in 2021.

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LEsson Information

What music do you love to listen to?

I specialize in rock, blues, and jazz genres but I start every lesson with... What music do you like? Who are your favorite artists? What songs do you want to be able to play? At the end of the day, these lessons are about having fun and the love of music.

Accessible rates so that anyone can learn to play the guitar!

I charge $25 for a 30 minute lesson and you can pay per lesson or per month, whatever works for you!

Learn guitar in the comfort of your own home on your schedule.

I am available to teach lessons:
T, W, Th, Fr: 9-7 EST
With evening hours, I can accomodate lots of different schedules!

Music should be experienced by people of all ages.

I have taught many different students of different ages and musical experience. You are never too old to pick up the guitar ( I once had a student who was 92 years old!). I am able to teach students as young as 8 years old.

What a perfect time to learn how to play the guitar!

Our world is a bit crazy right now and a lot of us have been stuck at home for a long time now. This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill! My remote lessons make it easier for you to stay safe while learning how to play the guitar.

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I'm offering a free 20 minute lesson to potential students!

Patient and Well-Educated

Shaun is very well educated and highly trained. He has always been very patient with me, an older learner, and not as quick perhaps as a younger student. I enjoy my time with him. Time well spent.

Jeffrey F.

Easy to work with

I loved taking guitar lessons from Shaun. He is easy to work with, provides good training materials, and caters most of the lessons around the music you're interested in playing. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone at any age.

Bruce M.

A Passion for his work

Shaun truly loves what he does and is good at it. He is patient and lets me progress at my own rate. My lesson from him is a highlight of my week.

Tom F.

Provides In-depth knowledge

Shaun is able to move fluidly among music styles. Ability to not just teach songs but the theory and concepts behind the music and how they fit within various songs. Completely changed how I hear music.


Highly Recommended

Shaun is not only a talented musician but he's also a great teacher. He’s very professional and was extremely patient with my ten-year old daughter. She enjoyed learning from him and always looked forward to practicing new songs. You can tell he loves what he does. I would highly recommend Shaun for anyone wanting to learn guitar whether you're a beginner or seasoned player.

Phyllis B.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from a lesson?
Lessons are ‘one on one’ and the focus is making you a great guitar player! Everyone starts at a different level so lessons are tailored to the students needs. I use an ‘open book’ approach which means we go as fast or as slow as you need and focus on what you want to learn while I add in what you need to learn.
What are your rates and how do I pay?
I recently reduced my rates to $25 (it was $30) but during these hard times I wanted to make sure anyone that wanted lessons could afford them. Payments can be made through Venmo and you can pay per lesson or per month, whatever works for you
How often should I practice?
The minimum is 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This does not include your lesson time! The more time you put in, the better and quicker you will improve, its up to you!
What are your hours?
I teach Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00-7:00 and Saturdays 9:00-4:00. All times EDT

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