W. Mark Akin

Guitarist: Instructor, Performer

"With sensitivity and humor, Mark masterfully guides young students through the intricacies of classical guitar. His positivity and meticulous attention to detail builds confidence and encourages growth. As an accomplished musician and performer, Mark generously shares his talent in a way that inspires his students. We highly recommend him."

-Angela V., mother of high school freshman


"Mark has been our daughter's instructor for the last two years. Early on, it was obvious Mark was able to establish good rapport and give her confidence. Her progress has been excellent. And perhaps most important, she is eager to practice at home and looks forward to her lessons. As parents, we enthusiastically recommend Mark to anyone looking for quality instruction for their child."

-Jackie R., mother of 4th grader


"I found Mark to be laid back and he listened to what I was having trouble with.  Then found ways for me to learn to get past them.  I learn something new or gain some kind of guitar knowledge before I leave each and every lesson.  

-Aaron F., 43 year old beginner


Based in St. Louis, Mark has taught guitar and ukulele to all ages ranging all styles (pop, rock, folk, acoustic) and specializing in classical guitar.  Beginning students learn sound technique (how the hands move on the guitar), reading music, and theory.  Intermediate and advanced students continue in good technique as well as musicality (phrasing, vibrato, voice leading, etc) and knowledge of repertoire and literature.  

Lessons are available in person or via Skype.  

Contact Mark for availability and rates.