Are Community School Music Classes For Me?

Fretmentor Group Classes

Class Instruction for students.

Class Instruction for students.

Its that time of year again.  A new year, new year resolutions, and proud new owners of musical instruments acquired from the holiday.  Now the hard part.  How do you learn to play guitar, banjo or mandolin or another instrument?  Where do you go for instruction?

There are many means of instruction.  Some are free; such as free online tutorials.  Others are an investment; such as private instruction.  A good bargain that fits somewhere in between is your local community education programs, which are taught at a neighborhood high school.  For instance, starting January 22nd, I will be offering many cost effective music classes at the local high school here in Jupiter, Florida.  If you are in the area, I would encourage you to sign up for these classes.

Palm Beach County Community Education brochure

Palm Beach County Community Education brochure

Here is the itinerary for this term: Presents:

The following fretmentor music classes are being offered through the Palm Beach County Community Education. Classes will be held at Jupiter Community High School on Monday and Tuesday nights. Registration can be done in person at the school or online at

Jupiter Community High School:
Register online (at or in person) starting January8th Classes are for 8 weeks 1/22 – 3/13 2018

  • Playing Bluegrass & Acoustic Music – Mon 7:00-8:00pm
  • Learning 5 String Banjo & Mandolin (combined class) – Monday 5:30-7:00PM
  • Children’s Guitar – Tuesday 4:35-5:35
  • Adult Beginner’s Guitar – Tuesday 5:45-6:45
  • Music Theory & Appreciation for all instruments – Tuesday at 7 PM
  • Blues & Rock Music for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin & Fiddle – Tuesday at 8PM

There are many benefits for the student and the instructor when teaching in a classroom setting.  The students get to meet others, learn an instrument in a cost effective manner and get valuable playing experience.  The teacher, on the other hand, has the opportunity to develop a network of music students upon which to grow a business.

More detail can be provided in a later Fretmentor’s Blog, to further explain the pros and cons of classroom teaching.  Until then, have a wonderful new year.


About fretmentor

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced eight instructional books on CD as well as numerous instrumental arrangements. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and has published an article in Issue #37 of the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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