Acting Lessons!

& Acting Lessons


Rates & Policy

Hi, my name is David Putnam, and my goal is to teach and to inspire. To those who have no experience playing musical instruments, I would like to introduce the new and exciting world of playing an instrument and reading music. You will also learn to play by ear. For the more experienced players, I would like to challenge your ability and help you to the next level. I will be a coach, encouraging and motivating, as well as a teacher, providing the fundamentals.  Currently, I am teaching guitar, banjo, beginner bass, piano, and ukulele lessons.  I offer my time to those who are willing to meet with me as scheduled.

                      Payment Options                  Policy & Travel Option

Private Lessons (in person)

 Option 1 – Per Month (4 lesson commitment)

30 minutes - $32

1 hour - $52


Option 2 – Per Individual Lesson 

(1 lesson at a time - no commitment)

30 minutes - $37

1 hour - $57


 Private Lessons (via WebCam)

Option 3 – Per Month (4 lesson commitment)

30 minutes - $32

1 hour - $52


Option 4 – Per Individual Lesson

(1 lesson at a time - no commitment) 

30 minutes - $37

1 hour - $57


 Group Lessons (two to five people)

Option 5 - Group (4 lesson commitment)

Two to five people per group

4 – 1 hour lessons - $132 per person 

       ♪ Payments Due

Monthly (options 1 & 3) and group lessons (option 5) are paid in advance with the payment being due at the first lesson of the month.

Individual lessons (option 2) are paid at the time of the lesson.

  ♫ Travel Fee

If you prefer, I can meet at another location away from my studio (i.e. your home) for a service charge of $10 per lesson. For example, 4 – 1 hour private lessons (option 1) would cost $248 at your house instead of $208 at mine.

 Lesson via Audio/Video Chat is an excellent way to learn from the convenience of your home.  

All you need is a WEBCAM, HEADPHONES (or speakers) , & a MICROPHONE.  

Lessons are administered through iChat if you have a mac or via GMAIL (recommended), AIM, Yahoo messenger, or Skype.  

I would be more than happy to test out the connection before the lessons begin free of charge! 

♪ Group lessons are always fun. While one person strums rhythm another can solo!

♪All lessons are paid in person (if lessons are given in New Orleans) or by credit card through your choice of Amazon, PayPal, or Google Checkout here.   Payments paid in New Orleans paid in cash or check are discounted as shown here.  Credit cards can be paid here for your convenience.   A $10 late fee may be charged if payment is not paid before or by lesson's due time and $10 per week after.  A NSF charge  of $35 will be charged if checks do not clear. 

New Orleans Music Lessons, LLC does not give refunds.  However, we will give credits to be applied towards private lessons, classes and ensembles. Credits can be used at anytime, within a year of purchase. 

  ♫ Gift certificates are available! 

♫ Sign up for a 12 lesson package get the 13th half-off!   

♫ Sign up for a 24 lesson package get the 25th free (becoming more popular!!)

♫ Sign up for Sound Recording Rates Class! Rates differ for sound recording class and can be found here.

 ♪ The student must bring his or her own instrument (i.e. guitar, banjo).  Everything else is provided by the instructor (i.e. amp, music, etc.)

♪ To purchase an instrument visit our Recommended section to buy through Amazon. 

♪ All other class rates can be found in the Course Catalogue here. 



Special #1:  You are special to me and to thank you I would like to offer a month of free lessons! If you get two of your friends to sign up for a month in guitar, banjo, or ukulele lessons, you will receive a month of lessons free of charge!  All other lessons can receive cash by referring students to us here.  Print out some free business cards to hand out to your friends, family, and/or coworkers.

Special #2: Buy a Recital DVD and have a friend sign up for 2 months of lessons (8 lessons - half hour or 1 hour) and receive 2 - 1 hour lessons for yourself! 


Sometimes the unexpected happens. Meetings come up, someone gets sick, etc. so if you must miss, all I ask is for a 24-hour notice after which you have 2 weeks from the day you missed to make up that lesson. Otherwise, you forfeit your money for that lesson. My time is valuable, and I offer it with respect and a commitment to you, so if you can give advance notice sooner than 24 hours it would be greatly appreciated.


I would recommend practicing at least 30 minutes a day. Leave your instrument out of its case where you will most likely pass by it often so that you can pick it up every chance you get. Listen to music you'd like to play. Nothing inspires us to play music more than music itself. Experiment; try playing by ear with the radio, make up new chord, melodies, picking patterns, etc... If needed, I would write up a personal practice routine for you – all you have to do is ask. The most important thing is to have fun that is what this is all about. So, when practicing, always start by playing something you love and always end playing something you love.  New Orleans Music Lessons


 To setup lessons contact David at [email protected] 

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Acting Parties & Lessons

Acting lessons are offered for private and group classes.

We also are available to host an acting party at your next shindig. Contact us for details!

Student gives guitar teacher, David Putnam, an electric guitar!

When I have a student get excited about our lessons it really makes me happy inside to know that I can bring other people joy, especially, through music! I've had many tips given to me from my students over the years as a thank you to me for all they have learned from our lessons. I've received gifts that have ranged from money to books and more and I am so grateful for all. Just recently, I was given a guitar as a thank you from one of my jazz guitar students, Matthias. How cool is that?! (it's the cream guitar on the right).

Check out Matthias' band, Indyus. His music will definitely get you going!

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Scale Practice in the Mornings with David

Looking to practice your scales, arps, and/or sight reading?  Practice guitar with our teacher, David, every morning Monday through Friday at 10AM.  If you'd like to meet earlier that can be arranged, too.  This is not a lesson, but a practice session.  $10 if you pay-as-you-go or $40 if you meet everyday of the week.  All stringed instrumentalists are welcome!



Are you a business that would like your ad to be seen by thousands daily?  Contact David for details.  We can also design ads for you or your business.

Free Coffee & WiFi For You!

We know how it can be to be a parent or spouse waiting for your child or loved one to take a lesson.  For your comfort, David, offers free Starbucks coffee and free WiFi at his music studio so that you can relax with your iPad or laptop while you wait.  For $2 you can get a fresh vege and/or fruit juice to help you think more clearly during your lesson. For the mom's that are waiting for their children to take a lesson we also offer mini ice cream for those that would like to indulge for only $2.  What's your favorite ice cream?