My name is Dan Cosley. I'm a guitarist, composer, and dedicated teacher. My aim is to assist people on their path to becoming creatively-fulfilled musicians. My focus is on healthy practice habits, efficient technique, and creating a welcoming atmosphere for creative risk-taking and experimentation. Explore classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, bass, keyboard, improvisation, music theory, composition, songwriting, and arranging.

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My lessons are relaxed, but focused. You’ll learn about technique and theory, but always in relation to songs or pieces by your favorite musicians; the emphasis will be on learning to play by playing.


  • Master's degree in guitar performance and composition, teaching assistantships in guitar, jazz, and music history. University of Denver.
  • Over 15 years of teaching experience, including university positions.
  • Worked in Tokyo, Japan for 5 years as a guitarist, composer, and teacher.
  • Performances as a classical and electric guitarist in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
  • First foreign-born guitarist elected to the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association's board of directors.
  • Published composer and arranger. Compositions and arrangements by Canadian publisher Les Productions d'OZ and Japanese publisher Gendai Guitar.

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