July 2021

Guitar Tip of the month

Master Classes

Mirabilis Studio : at Schreiner University

Guitars for Sale

Mirabilis Studio Calendar

We are gradually settling into our new space at Schreiner University and the overwhelming consensus is: We love it!

I don’t have everything in place just yet, but we’re almost there.  Unfortunately for my online students, the Wi-Fi is still not working properly, so thank for your patience on this—the technology team is working on it.

Guitar Tip of the Month: Explore!

For the intermediate and advanced player, Summer Session is a great time to explore different aspects of your playing or even music study.  If you want to look into composition or theory or if you’d like to do some intensive technique workouts just ask.  Or maybe you just want to try a different style for a few weeks.  Just let me know and we’ll work on it!


Next week we will finally have a return to our master classes.   If you started lessons after March 2020, this will be a new experience. Master classes are an opportunity for guitarists to study, perform, and work in a group setting.  The purpose of the master classes is to give students a comfortable and friendly environment to practice playing for others.  We take turns playing individually and offer feedback.  Sometimes there are group activities and other times we study music theory or history or another interesting topic.  Sometimes we play music together as an ensemble.  It’s a great chance to meet other students and play music together—important for guitarists who are usually playing solo.

Bring your guitar and your footstool/guitar support and your music.  If you have a particular chair that you like you can bring that too.

Unless you are a very new beginner, you will be a part of the master classes.  We have four different master classes generally divided into age groups and we meet on Monday or Tuesday of the master class week.

For the Summer Session we will have master classes the week of July 12.  Master classes are 55 minutes for younger players and 2-hours for the adult group and serve as your lesson for the week. Master classes generally work with students of a similar age.  Some students who are more advanced for their age may move to an older group at the instructor’s discretion.

**Additionally, the master class week serves as a make-up lesson week.  This is especially helpful during the summer with all of the vacations and camps. Let me know if  you need to do a make up lesson next week and we’ll schedule it.**

We are planning to have the Master Classes meet on the Trailhead Stage behind the new studio building. Parking for master classes should be in Lot C across from the Trailhead Stage. However I will keep an eye on the weather and let you know for sure this weekend.  If it looks like rain we’ll find a place inside.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, July 12
4:00 – 4:55  Elementary
5:00 – 5:55  Middle School
6:00 – 7:00  High School

Tuesday, July 13
6:00 – 8:00 Adult

Mirabilis Studio at Schreiner University

As you all know, we are now located on the Schreiner University campus in the Rock House (#13 on the campus map). The Rock House is an older building incorporated into the newly constructed Trailhead area at the back of the campus. As it’s name implies, it is easy to identify for it’s orange rock exterior.

DIRECTIONS: The simplest way to get there is to enter the main Schreiner University gate at 2100 Memorial Blvd in Kerrville.  After you enter, take the main road  to the left and follow it to the back of campus.  Just past West Parking (Lot C) you will see the Trailhead Stage on the left.  Go past the lot until you see the sign for the Trailhead.  Turn leftthere  and take it all the way to the Trailhead parking area.

PARKING: For the moment, the easiest parking will be the Trailhead cul-de-sac right in front of the studio.  The gate to the Trailhead area will be open from dawn to dusk.  If ever you find the gate to the Trailhead closed, there is a small gravel lot outside the gate and you can walk to the Rock House from there. Until we get everything worked out, please do not park on the gravel area in front of the Rock House.

THE STUDIO: The front door to the Rock House will be our usual entrance.  Our Mirabilis Studio is located in the back room on the right.  The main room in front will be for the SU SongKeepers group and Director Bill Muse, but you are free to go through this space to the studio room.  If the front room looks crowded you can come around to the back door which enters directly into the studio.

As always parents of young students are encouraged to attend the lessons if they can (at least periodically).  Our “parent’s” easy chair has made the trek to the new space.  We do have a bathroom attached to our room again and actually the room is similar to our previous place.  Also there is a restroom across the street from the Rock House.

The Kerrville River Trail is right at our building.  Parents can explore the trail past the cemetery toward the river or follow the 20-minute path around the campus.  There’s a nice sand volleyball court nearby and plenty of space for young siblings to play near the stage area.  The Frisbee Golf course is right there too.

Campus Map

River Trail Map


And don’t forget we have some students selling some great guitars.

June 11 – Regular Lessons
June 14 – 18   Regular Lessons
June 21 – 25   Regular Lesson
June 28 – July 1   Regular Lessons

July 5 – July 9   Regular Lessons
July 12 – July 16   MASTER CLASS WEEK
July 19 – July 23   Regular Lessons
July 26 – July 30   Regular Lessons

Aug 2 – Aug 6   Regular Lessons