Contact (712) 250-4398 to inquire about openings. See below about:

  • Advantage of Somers Guitar
  • Getting the right instrument
  • Age to start lessons
  • Attendance policies
  • Cost
  • Practice
  • Video calls



Guy Somers is a driven, encouraging, happy teacher that excels at developing others. His counseling background brings an understanding of personalities, learning styles, motivations, and S.M.A.R.T. goals for success. He is an overcomer that teaches others to do the same.

  • Taught 1,000+ students
  • Mentored 14 bands to pro level
  • Trained 40+ worship leaders, musicians, techs
  • Experience & education
  • Quality, private lessons
  • Practice expectations
  • Video lesson summaries
  • Atlantic In-studio & remote lessons
  • Clean studios, waiting area and restrooms
  • A/C, parking, smoke & pet-free

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



Instruments should be sized to the hand's finger length and finger-tip shape and NOT body size. Most salesman and many teachers do not understand this. This is why Guy personally and correctly fits every student for a successful start. He requires a nylon-string ukulele or classical guitar for children under the age of 11. He recommends Cordoba instruments. Call 712-250-4398 for an appointment. 

  • Instruments are not one size fits all. Body size, nut width and scale are different on each different size. 
  • Guitar sizes - 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 7/8, full, concert, auditorium, dreadnought, jumbo and orchestra



  • Guitar - age 8




How Often Do Beginners Meet For Lessons?

  • Weekly - 25-minute lessons in-studio on the same day & time
  • Video call lessons - are a good supplementary option

How Often do Intermediate and Advanced Players Meet For Lessons?

  • Options - weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, seasonal, summer-only, as needed
  • Extended sessions - 50 minutes or 100 minutes in studio or via video call are a great option

Rescheduling & Refunds

  • Reschedules require prior notice and availability. Our full studio schedule can not always accommodate reschedules.
  • No credits, refunds or make-ups for missed lessons

Teacher Cancellation

We reschedule when the teacher is absent. Also:

  • The teacher cancels in-studio lessons or offers remote lessons during your regular day/time for a student who is sick, has bed bugs, lice, smells of tobacco or cat, or had contact with a either that day (due to Guy's allergy).
  • Weather Closings - are announced via text and email. We do NOT close because schools do
  • Remote Lessons - may be available when time or bad weather does not permit travel

Terminating Lessons

  • Clients give 30-day notice prior to the 25th of the month
  • Returning students - are always welcome back but may be placed on the waiting list
  • Misbehavior - if the (1) student does not practice and/or (2) the student, parent, or guardian become disruptive, disrespectful or does not follow Somers Guitar policy and/or (3) cause damage to the teacher including but not limited to equipment, furnishings, or lost time then the teacher reserves the right to terminate lesson(s) without refund and hold the person(s) responsible for damages. The teacher alone defines what constitutes misbehavior.

Keeping My Spot If I Stop For A Month(s) Or Summer? 

Yes - if you pay to retain it. Instead, we suggest the following if you will be away:

  • Webcam lessons
  • Double sessions before or after you return (if available) when gone a week or two
  • Extended 1 hour 40 minute session (equal to 1 month of lessons) when gone a month
  • Otherwise, the time is usually filled by (1) existing students, (2) waiting list people, (3) or the public
  • You are welcome to return IF we have an opening

Short breaks are better than a long summer vacation. Studies show 70% of students who take the summer off quit because they forget too much and lose interest. We encourage lessons all year long and take 10 weeks off a year from playing and practicing. There are no lessons around busy holidays, common travel & vacation times, and months with a 5th week. This gives a break from lessons and practice when families want time off while progressing the student forward musically.



Lesson payment amounts below are paid in full, in advance, by the 25th.

  • 50-minutes - $50
  • Monthly - $85
  • Trimester - $340
  • 6 months - $510 ($35 off)
  • Annual - $1020 ($85 off)

Other Fees

  • Annual Registration Fee ($85)
  • No 30-Day Notice of Termination ($85)
  • Returned Check ($35)
  • Late Payment ($15)

Rate Reviews

As business costs increase we raise lesson rates. The last lesson rate increase was in 2014 and previously in 2009. Costs determining rates:

  • Labor
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • Operations
  • E-commerce
  • Administration
  • Knowledge base
  • Audio & print music
  • Lesson preparation time
  • Professional development
  • Building improvements & maintenance

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



Days & Times

Have a practice schedule and keep it before, during or after:

  • School or work
  • Break times
  • Study halls
  • Homework
  • Meals
  • Bath or shower times


Practice at least 4 days a week. When developing callouses shorter practices more often are better. Focus on quality to make quantity productive. We encourage exceeding the minimum practice standards. 

  • Ages 6 - 7 (20 minutes)
  • Ages 8 - 9 (25 mins)
  • Ages 10 - 11 (30 mins)
  • Ages 12 (45 mins)
  • Ages 13 & up (60 mins)


  • Place on calender, post-it, email, phone, iPad or iPod
  • Children can use a kitchen timer to know how long to practice

Practice Area Setup With

  • Audio playing device
  • Chair without arms
  • Good lighting
  • Music stand
  • Metronome
  • Instrument
  • Footstool
  • Amplifier
  • Cable
  • Tuner
  • Strap
  • Picks
  • Books
  • Capo
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpener

Progress Depends On

  • Correct size & type of instrument
  • Consistent weekly lessons
  • Student aptitude/interest
  • Student/teacher dynamic
  • Parental encouragement
  • Physical ability
  • Playing publicly
  • Ample practice time
  • Correct practice habits
  • An equipped, setup practice area

Poor Practice Leads To

  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Forgetfulness
  • Frustration
  • Quitting

We Nuture Practice With

  • The student's goals
  • Student responsibility
  • Rewards students like
  • Practice expectations
  • Video lesson summaries
  • A positive outlook that everyone can achieve
  • A structured approach based on learning style
  • Encouragement to play for family, friends, church, nursing homes, school and community events

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.



Great For

  • When out of town
  • Bad weather or sick days
  • Saving on travel time & gas money
  • Intermediate and advanced players


  • High-speed internet
  • Updated operating system, video app or program
  • No other programs open
  • 4 or less icons on the desktop - too many icons distort and disconnect webcam audio and video. (We do not give refunds, credits or reschedules for technical problems on your end)
  • Back to wall and NOT a window
  • Desk Lamp - lighting the student from the front
  • Lesson supplies
  • No distractions
  • Tune before lesson
  • Quiet Room

Questions? Contact (712) 250-4398.