Regan teaches multiple instruments at various levels!

We also have qualified professional teachers for many instruments.


FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q:  Where are you located?

A:  Our classes are held at The Gig Spot, right at the end of the TCC soccer field in the middle of Gig Harbor.  Click for the detailed map.  (From Hwy 16 take the Gig Harbor City Center exit, take Wollochet Drive to Hunt, go left to 38th, left again and you are here. 

Q:  Are you closed when public school is closed?

A:  Almost never!  We are not affiliated with any school system.  We are open on MLK day, President's Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, and of course we are open during Winter, Spring and summer break.  We close for Christmas, New Years, Easter, 4th of July and Thanksgiving.

Q:  "Can she play drums too?"

A:  Absolutely.  We have stations for several popular music instrument.  Kids and adults can pick up a bass, or play the synthesizer, hit the drum set or even ukulele.  Some students play several instruments.  We will have to schedule it with the appropriate instructor.

Q:  How much are lessons?  

A:  The official website has all the info regarding our current rates.  All major credit cards are accepted with an added 3% transaction fee. Checks are fine, cash is always welcome. Payment is always due before the 5th of any month. More info below. You can save 10% by paying for three months in advance.

Tuition payments cover 4 lessons in 4 consecutive weeks. New students who wish to start lessons mid-month will pay a prorated amount for the partial month.

Tuition is the same for a four week month - or even three, or less.  Regular attendance is up to the student.  Exceptions are made only for certain special circumstances.  

Q:  Can I borrow a pick?

A:  Yeeeesss, however: We teach all students to arrive at each lesson fully prepared and equipped.  Always bring your own extra strings, picks, tuners, cables, etc.  Valuable lesson time is lost over borrowing these items.

Q:  Can we watch?

A:  We have comfortable seats for viewing.  The whole family is always welcome.  If a friend or family member wants to participate in music and join in the group sessions, payment is required.  We may request that private lessons be private for greater focus.  A closed circuit TV channel can be made available for viewing.

Q:  Can we get a "make up lesson"?

A:  We don't offer "make up" lessons. Our schedule as at or near full capacity all the time.  Most often there's just nowhere to put a student for a make up, sorry.  Please read the following information carefully, thanks.

IMPORTANT INFO on Payments and Scheduling

Enrollment in our school is based on monthly tuition paid at the beginning of the month.  That payment reserves your special appointment each week for the coming month.  Like any college course, tuition is the same regardless of attendance.  We are unable to fill an appointment on short notice, or no notice as is sometimes the case.  We don't offer make-up sessions unless a missed lesson is our fault.  Late cancellations for illnesses or other reasons do not lower our cost.  We pay our instructors the same amount regardless of attendance.  Lessons must be based on a four week month.  If there is a month with five weeks in it we will either take the week off or sometimes offer a special music clinic instead.

Why we need this policy

Advance payment in full is the only way we can afford to do business.  In the past we would ask for renewal every four lessons and we would only charge for the number of lessons actually taken.  Then we found we had nearly a 50% attendance loss on the day the students were set to renew.  They were stretching 4 lessons into 5 or often 6 or more weeks, while if we'd had a student with regular payment and attendance we would have been OK.  Students without regular attendance ended up costing us a lot more time than we can afford.

That is why we ask for payment in full before the 5th of the each month and if not we ask for a $15 late fee.  For new students starting in mid month we will pro-rate the amount.  We want to thank everyone for understanding the necessity of this policy.  If it doesn't suit your needs you would have to look elsewhere for lessons, likely with an independent instructor.  All music stores have the same policy. Thanks for your understanding.

BE PREPARED TO BE LOUD AND HAVE FUN!

Always bring your folder, picks, turner, strap, cable, etc. to lessons and performances. If you don't have any one of these things, significant delays in your session will occur! (No amp required, but OK to bring.)

PLEASE NO HELPING STUDENTS! Parents should resist the urge to help the students in any way beyond basic transportation.  Our philosophy is "you learn by doing!"  When parents help the students with setup or just carrying bags, cases, amps, strings, straps, etc., we think of it is a setback for their basic progress toward maturity.

Take all your things home with you when finished.  Lost items are hard to recover from any music venue!

Lessons will start on time and will end on time. This is to be fair to you and other students.If you arrive early, please be patient and know that your lesson will begin at the agreed time.  Coming early is always appropriate in music, to allow proper time for preparation of equipment and material.

If you arrive late, understand that the student scheduled after you is expecting to start on time and therefore your lesson will end at the agreed upon time.

Practice time at home is important to your development. Students who take private lessons should maximize the opportunity by practicing a minimum of 30 minutes per day.  Students who fail to practice may be declined further lessons.

Service is Guaranteed:  If you are not completely satisfied, a refund will be offered (but never requested in over 20 years!)

Thank you for your understanding about the need for this policy.  Please feel free to tell your friends and co-workers about the Rock School.   Thanks for your business and we look forward to our next music session.

Here's what you're looking for in a teacher.

Steady.  Regular schedule.  Always prepared.  Nice to you.  Patient with you.  Dedication to you.  Devotion to teaching.  Passionate about teaching.  Always delivers.  Always there.  Rare cancellations (almost never). Musical focus and training.  Leading, guidance and direction.

Here's what I'm looking for in a student!

Steady.  Regular schedule.  Always prepared.  Nice to me.  Patient with the instrument.  Dedication to music.  Devotion to learning.  Passionate about learning.  Always shows up.  Always pays on time.  Rare cancellations (almost never).  Interested in music.  Musical focus and practice.  Follows my lead, guidance and direction.  

It's called "Regan's Rock School" for a reason!  
When you are assigned by Regan to a particular class, group, instructor or program, it is with the understanding that you trust Regan to provide the best instruction his experience directs, regardless of preconceived notions some have about how students should learn music. 
Here's what we are not!
The "Burger King" of music instruction!

jackClient:  "I'll take the songwriting with the finger picking and a side of theory only, please."

Teacher:  "That'll be 67.50 at the window, please drive through"...


There are many opinions on how to best teach music.  That's why I opened "Regan's Rock School", so I can teach the way I want to.  We always gear our lessons to the unique individual based on their present musical knowledge and aptitude, then we determine how best to musically educate them.

The only instances where the client was not happy, which has happened on exactly two occasions in now over twenty years, was when the client refused to follow my recommendations and allow me to teach in the way I deem to be the most appropriate for the particular student.  A daughter having been asked to sing "Louie Louie" for instance,  She was a beginner, it's a rock anthem, this is a rock school, get the idea? They became inconsolable, were not nice to me and I declined them further service.

During classes I always teach the differences between pros and amateurs.  When asked to perform "Row your boat" the amateur says "no I won't, it's a kids song."  The pro says "what style and what key?  See the difference?

My 20 consecutive years of professional teaching
and the experience of our great staff means we trust you to trust us to teach music the way we know best.  You will see amazing results.

Sincerely,
Regan