About the Milwaukee Guitar School
Milwuakee Guitar School is a cooperative effort by Gare Hofstad and Keith Watling to provide guitar lessons in Milwuakee. Both are veteran guitarists and have been successfully teaching guitar in the Milwaukee area for many years.
They have combined their individual teaching methods to offer a down to earth guitar instruction that gets results . They demystify the task of learning the guitar for beginners and also provide sophisticated methods for advanced students.
Gare Hofstad has for many years been an exceptional guitarist, performer, and educator in the metro Milwaukee area and the midwest. He started playing music as a child on the accordion and various woodwind instruments. He attended UW Madison studying music theory and composition. After traveling with bands here and abroad for some years he moved back to Milwaukee and entered the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music where he earned a degree in classical guitar performance.
His repertoire includes a vast array of styles including rock, funk, blues, country and pop specializing in finger style jazz, classical , Latin and other ethnic music. As a professional musician he has shared the stage with a variety of artists/organizations such as Del Shanon, Willie Dixon, Fats Domino, and the Racine Symphony Orcastra. You can see him performing locally with the jazz/latin group Trio De Janeiro, Latin/gpysy-jazz/swing group the Insouciant Guitar and as a soloist or acommpanyist for parties, events weddings and recitals playing a diverse repertoire.
Keith Watling started playing musical instruments early in life. He studied piano where he learned music theory and moved on to play saxophone in junior hight school that gave him a passion for jazz. He went to UW Parkside and studied music theory and education gaining teacher accreditation. He also taught himself to play guitar and played as a soloist performing contemporary and original music.
To satisfy his passion for jazz he attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and studied jazz guitar receiving two scholarships.
He has shared the stage with Melvin Rhyne, Brian Lynch, Manty Ellis, Dean Lea, Dan Schneck, Dick Eliot, Bill Sargent, Paul Spencer, Penny and the Jazz Guy. He currently performs with his partner Gare in an acoustical guitar duo, The Insouciant Guitar with a wide repertoire covering many styles.