Guitar (5th - 8th grade)

Whether you want to join a band and tour the world or strum your favorite song behind closed doors, if you want to play the guitar you need a solid foundation. You need technique, rhythm, and knowledge of harmony. This class will focus on developing basic technique, rhythm, learning chords, strumming, and developing a basic ability to play the instrument. This is the class for new students and returning guitar class students. Students will be placed in bands based on their experience level. Each student will learn new songs and perform in a concert at the end of class!

This class is put on by the Riekes Center For Human Enhancement, so students are also welcome to do an additional performance at the bi-monthly Riekes Center Creative Arts Recital if they would like to showcase their ability for a larger audience.

Required Resources: Acoustic or Electric Guitar*, small guitar amp (if electric), guitar picks, guitar tuner, 3-ring binder to keep guitar notes, plus notebook paper. *Please call or email the instructor if you have questions about purchasing or renting an instrument.

Note: Learning to play the guitar takes dedication. Students are expected to practice at least 15 minutes, 5 times a week. Students who do not complete given assignments may be asked to leave the class.

 Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3:20pm – 4:20pm

Class Dates: September 18 – December 4

No Class: Nov 13, Nov 27

Number of Classes: 10


Class Size: 6 – 12 students

Class Fee: $250

Instructor: Geoffrey McCann Tel: 415-216-8413 Email:

Please call or email the instructor to report an absence.

Las Lomitas League Contact: Jenn Hipple at

Geoff McCann has been playing music since he was 7 years old, beginning his musical training with classical piano lessons. In his teenage years Geoff shifted his focus to guitar and bass and more popular styles of music. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, he attended the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles where he graduated with an Associates Degree in Guitar Performance. Currently, Geoff performs regularly throughout the Bay Area with a handful of bands on both guitar and keyboards. He has been teaching music at the Riekes Center for 10 years and works with students studying guitar, piano, drums, electronic music production and band performance.