Academie Guitar

Bert Harbison

has been the Director of Guitar Studies at Academie Musique of Central Texas since August 2013. Mr. Harbison has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Azusa Pacific University. He taught music K – 8 in the public schools in Texas for 18 years. He was the first to start a classroom guitar program in the public schools in Temple ISD at Lamar Middle School. Mr. Harbison is a certified Suzuki guitar instructor for beginning and advanced courses through the Austin Classical Guitar Society.  He currently is assistant director of Mariachi at Temple High School responsible for guitar, vihuela, and guitarrón.  Mr. Harbison also performs with a local Classical guitar ensemble, the Cloverlea Quartet, which performs a wide variety of repertoire.


Prices include ALL registration fees

14 Private Suzuki guitar lessons and 45 minutes/week group lesson

30 minute lesson       $397                                                                                                45 minute lesson       $542                                                                                                60 minute lesson       $667


What is the Suzuki method? Here are some main points.
Dr. Suzuki studied the way children learn to speak their native tongue and applied it to music. His ideas include parent responsibility, loving encouragement and constant repetition.
Parents are involved (especially if the student is very young) by attending lessons with their child and helping them practice at home.  Some parents will take private lessons themselves to better help their children with practice at home.
Listening to music is very important. Just like children listen to words and begin to speak they will listen to the Suzuki songs on their CD’s at home and in the car, and are able to recognize them.
Repetition is very important. Students do not learn a piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary (repertoire) and gradually use it in new and sophisticated ways.
Encouragement is essential. Every effort on their instrument is met with praise and constructive criticism. Each student learns at their own pace building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Students are encouraged to support each other’s efforts which creates an attitude of generosity and teamwork.
Learning With Other Children is a huge help! Students will attend their private weekly lesson and participate in a weekly group class with all other Suzuki students. They will learn from watching each other and will motivate each other.



Traditional guitar for beginners through advanced is offered to students ranging in age from 16 to adults.  Popular guitar books published by Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, Berklee School of Music, etc. are used.


Beginning Bass guitar instruction is offered for players age 13 and up. Basic fingering, 1st position notes, right hand picking techniques, and scale patterns are taught at this level.  Jazz guitar is taught by a Temple College professor. Teacher recommendations are preferred.


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