Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Introduction to Guitar


Age group: 6th grade & up

This guitar class is designed for individuals who are interested in learning how to play the guitar from scratch. The class is perfect for beginners who have no prior experience with the instrument, as well as those who may have played a little bit but want to solidify their foundational skills. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of guitar playing, including guitar nomenclature (components of the guitar), how to hold and tune the instrument, how to read guitar tabs and chord charts, and how to play basic chords, strumming techniques, and melodies. The course will also cover basic music theory concepts such as rhythm, timing, and scales, as well as techniques for playing with proper hand placement, posture, and fingerpicking.  They will learn how to play basic rhythm guitar in a variety of musical styles, with a focus on the Contemporary Christian Music genre. The guitar instructor will provide personalized attention and guidance to each student, ensuring that they progress at their own pace and receive individual feedback and support. Students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in a supportive and collaborative learning environment, working both individually and in small groups. By the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation in guitar, and will be able to play a variety of basic chords and songs. They will also have a deeper appreciation for the instrument and the role it plays in creating music, as well as a newfound confidence in their own abilities as guitar players.

Requirements:  Access to a guitar for daily practice and a 3-prong binder.  Printed materials will be provided.

Recommendations:  For a smoother guitar playing experience and to maximize your student’s potential for success, it is recommended that you provide them with: a guitar tuner, 0.60 mm picks, coated guitar strings (such as Cleartone or Elixir), and a professional guitar setup performed by a luthier.

Maximum enrollment: 12

Required Books: materials supplied as needed


Copy/Supply fee: $25.00 (check written to Nathan Cooper due at Orientation or the first class attended)

Tuition fee: $390.00 ($39.00/month for 10 months, August - May or $44.00/month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)  

Pastor Nathan Cooper

B.s. - Multidisciplinary Studies - Liberty University

Pastor Nathan has lived in Virginia for most of his life, where he attended Liberty University and focused primarily on Biblical Studies, Pre-Law, Apologetics, and Evangelism & Church Growth.  He has played guitar for 30 years and has served in ministry for over 25 years as Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Christian Education Pastor, and Associate Pastor.  He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in North Chesterfield, where he enjoys leading worship every week alongside his wife.

Pastor Nathan and his wife, Lynlee, have been married for eighteen years and have been homeschooling their ten children, four of which attend Bridge Academy, for fifteen years.  They are both extremely passionate about teaching and nurturing future generations, instilling within them a sincere desire to worship King Jesus in Spirit and in Truth.