Testimonials

 

  • “Wesley has been teaching guitar lessons to my son for a few years now. He is a committed and creative teacher, who goes out of his way to make it pleasurable for his students. His yearly concerts with his students are a great way for them to experience playing in a real rock band. I can’t imagine a better guitar teacher.” (K. Lauder)

 

  • “If anyone is looking for a guitar teacher in the Oakville / Burlington area, Wesley is IT! He gets the kids engaged early by teaching them songs that they can learn – even on the first lesson. He ensures that they are playing songs that they like so they continue to be engaged. He then builds the kids techniques to build their skills. Wesley is very personable and builds a strong raport with his students.” (S. Lai)

 

  • “I was part of a group that hired J. Wesley Russell to upgrade our musical skills. As a teacher and demonstrator, Russell was an excellent teacher, methodically paying close attention to the needs of everyone in the group. His friendly, easygoing nature and great ear helped each of us to move to the next level in our playing. I appreciated the fact that he was always professional, courteous and well organized, making the learning experience a pleasure. It was a delight to hear him play, and to learn through his coaching how to enhance my own skills. I would unhesitatingly recommend him as a teacher of practical music skills and as a performer of delicate spirit-enhancing music.” (G. Ott)

 

  • “Wesley is a talented, skillful guitar player with an uncanny ability to convey his lessons in a way that is easy to understand and fun to learn. His teaching approach allows students to learn the specifics that they are looking for while also absorbing skills and techniques they may have otherwise over-looked. On top of that, his infectious love of the guitar (and music in general), combined with his friendly, easy-going demeanor make the learning environment incredibly enjoyable.” (B. Hill)

 

  • “I have been a student of Wes’ since late 2007. When I first signed on, I was cautious due to previous bad experiences with guitar teachers and had previously never stayed with a teacher more than 3-4 lessons. After the first lesson, it was clear to me that Wes had the student’s interests in mind and he worked intently to build a program tailored to each student that was not only very helpful but also a lot of fun. His depth of knowledge is exceptional and he has made a big difference in my playing. After 2 years, I’m enjoying guitar much more now than ever before (I’ve played for almost 20 years) and am surpassing the goals i initially set with Wes when I started.” (P. Lamb)

 

  • “Wesley is a patient teacher. He understands what his students want to achieve and he teaches in a manner that is easily absorbed. He’s a great communicator and he makes learning fun. He plays like a son of a gun too.” (K. Conroy)

 

  • “I had the pleasure to meet Wesley after we had hired him and his band to perform at our company Christmas party. The event was outstanding; planning was simple and effecient and we received great reviews from our staff afterwards. Last year, my son Vincent saw Wesley for Guitar lessons and since then he has improved his skills substantially and is returning next year. Wesley is extremely professional and attentive to the needs of his customers. I highly recommend Wesley.”(A. Paquette)

 

  • “Wes is an amazing musician and he shares his knowledge/techniques with a passion that is both contageous and motivating. He can work with individuals, or groups and various skill levels. Not only has he helped mt to improve my guitar-playing but I’m a better person for knowing Wes, a very inspiring individual.” (J. DePalma)

 

  • “Wesley taught my 9-year old son – Armaan absolutely loved every session. Wesley has a unique style and approach that combines expertise, empathy and yet a no-nonsense approach that I believe makes this ordinarily tough to get to do anything age to love music, want to play and even practice! Highly recommend Wesley.” (R. Hamlani)

 

  • “Wesley has been teaching guitar lessons to my son for the past two years and we are very happy with the results. My son is very excited about music in general and gets impressed every time Wesley plays his favorite songs on the guitar. My best recommendations for Wesley and his work!”(D. Mantilla)

 

  • “I consider Wesley to ba an excellent instructor.  He draws on his extensive experience and training to analyze the technical problems of the learner, and to suggest strategies both for improvement of technique and for development of style.” (D. Hawkins B.Sc. B.Ed.)

 

  • “In the past, my children have had various music instrucors and have made satisfactory progress.  A friend higly recommended Wesley and as soon as my children started their lessons with him, I noticed a vast improvement in their progress and enthusiasm.  I don’t have to remind them to practice, they do it all independantly now.  They are especially motivated because Wesley asks then what type of music they want to play and he gets that music for them.  His calm and gentle manner inspires them to put forth a grest deal of effort and to learn.  I’m impressed.” (C. Connor)

 

  • “Wes truly helped me enhance my guitar palying ability and understanding of music today through structured teaching while providing realistic applications to what I was learning.  Some aspects of guitar theory can seem daunting and repetitive, but Wes somehow made those lessons fun and informative.  Most importantly, he made sure that I knew how to apply what I was learning to songwriting and soloing.  If it wasn’t for Wes’s enthusiasm and knowledge, I doubt I would have progressed as far as I have in the past two years of having him as a teacher.”  (S. Sapra)