Instruments: Guitar, Electric Bass, & Ukulele
Styles: Rock, blues, pop, jazz, reggae, funk, improvisation, composition & music theory
Originally from Ithaca, New York guitarist Park Evans moved to Minnesota to attend Saint Olaf College where he studied composition and classical guitar. He became a fixture of the vibrant Minneapolis/Saint Paul music scene performing constantly with jazz, rock, reggae, funk, and neo-soul bands. He has released 5 albums of his original music, and his work as a studio musician can be heard on numerous recordings including rock, alt-country, and folk albums. He has performed with numerous groups including genre-bending jazz quartet Enormous, modern jazz trio Fire Bell, Nicaraguan folk artist Carlos Lumbi, reggae/world music ensemble New Primitives, and indie rockers Corey Palmer & Love Trade.
Park has worked extensively with jazz vocalists Sophia Shorai, and Katie Gearty as well as collaborating with cellists Michelle Kinney, and Jacquelline Ultan. He has played with drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee (Vijay Iyer), John Scofield, and bassist Anthony Cox (Stan Getz). Currently he resides in Seattle performing locally and around the U.S. and Canada with vintage swing/rockabilly/country outfit Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints as well as accompanying projects produced by the Verlaine & McCann dance company.
Park has taught guitar lessons for over 20 years privately and with tenures as a faculty member of the Music Connection, the Rogers School of Music, the Yinghua Academy, and the Kaleidoscope School of Music. He is known for his excellent communication skills, patience, and flexible approach to instruction to best fit a student’s individual learning style and musical interests.
Park approaches teaching in a non-dogmatic way and arranges the lessons to fit the individual learning styles and interests of his students. He works to help students develop ergonomic technique that allows them to play with ease and avoid injury and incorporates ear training and practical music theory in the lessons to develop their musicianship. He has worked with many students on the psychological aspect of learning to play an instrument and helped them develop calm and focus during performing situations. His primary teaching goals is to empower students to associate music making with joy and confidence and to help them find their individual voice on their instrument.
30 min. – $40
60 min. – $70
- Lessons are invoiced at the top of the month.
- Lessons must be paid for in advance.
- Park accepts Venmo and Squarecash.
- Lessons cancelled with at least 48 hours’ notice are credited for the next month.
- Make-up lessons may be scheduled, depending on Park’s availability.
- 2 weeks’ advance notice is required to discontinue lessons entirely.