The First Lesson is free!
We offer a dynamic music program that is tailored to the needs of each student. We create an encouraging and exciting learning environment and teach music styles that students want to learn. Whether you simply want to learn some songs for fun or you want to play in a professional band, we will help you achieve your goal. Students learn how to play in the styles of rock, pop, blues, folk, jazz, country, etc. Lessons are fun and challenging. Learn to play songs by Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, and Avril Lavigne.
30 minute weekly lessons are $15.
45 minute weekly lessons are $25. The $25 includes all lesson books and music.
The Rocking Giraffe Music Studio is operated by Tom Quinn. Tom has taught guitar at Indian Hills Community College and the Ottumwa Teen Center. He has a Specialist’s Certificate in Blues, Rock, and Jazz Guitar from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He also has a Professional Certificate in Rock, Rhythm, and Blue Guitar from Berklee. Tom toured with the Purdue University Jazz Band and played saxophone in the Purdue University Concert Band. He has played guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, and piano for over 45 years. Tom currently plays in the band "Double Treble" with his son, Brian.
My Teaching Philosophy
The Rocking Giraffe Music Studio is located upstairs above the Iowa State University Extension Office at 214 1/2 East Main Street in downtown Ottumwa, Iowa. We're between S. Market and S. Green streets.
I'm sorry, but there is no elevator to our second floor studio. You have to take the stairs. Please contact me if you want to take lessons, but cannot climb the stairs. I will arrange a more accessible location for your lessons. The big yellow arrow in the picture below points to the music studio door.