Our instructors seek to give students a thorough understanding of their instrument while teaching them to play music that they enjoy.
Lessons follow a basic outline that is personalized to match each individual’s musical taste and ability. Most importantly, we believe that playing an instrument should be fun. When playing becomes fun, learning also becomes fun.
Jack Mansk, Guitar
Education: Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance (magna cum laude) from McNally Smith College of Music, St Paul MN. While attending McNally Smith, he also completed the Artist Diploma program.
Currently Jack is the guitarist for the 80’s super show Brat Pack Radio that performs throughout the Midwest. He has also worked as the Contemporary Music Director at various churches in the Twin Cities area including Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Maplewood MN.
Jack has a firm background in various styles of music (jazz, classical, pop, rock, blues, metal, acoustic/fingerstyle, funk, r&b) from his formal education as well as real-world experience from the countless gigs he has performed with various bands and also solo performances. Jack loves what he does and welcomes new students of any level.
Ryan Butler, Bass
Ryan Butler is an electric bass player from the Twin Cities area who is well versed in all contemporary music styles. Ryan began playing bass his sophomore year in high school while playing for the school’s jazz ensemble, and upon graduation he was given the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.
After high school Ryan was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At Berklee, Ryan studied with some of the world's greatest electric bass players, such as Matt Garrison and Oscar Stagnaro. He also studied theory, composition, and ear training at an advanced level. Ryan graduated Berklee (Summa Cum Laude) with a Bachelors degree in Professional Music in 2007 and was awarded the Professional Music Achievement Award.
Butler is currently busy teaching private bass lessons in down town St. Paul, MN, and is also involved in a demanding recording and performing schedule in and surrounding the Twin Cities area.
Joe Anderson, Guitar
Growing up in Iowa City, IA, Joe Anderson started playing guitar at age seven and never looked back. It was at about that time that he met one of his idols, Johnny Lang, whose inspiration led him to make playing guitar his life. He gave private guitar lessons in high school for three years before moving to St. Paul in 2009 to attend McNally Smith College of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance and a Minor in Sound Production.
An active musician, Joe co-founded and manages Cantharone, an original metal band that also features his brother, and plays in various bands in the Twin Cities covering many genres including jazz, rock, blues, country, and metal.
Mary Cutrufello, Guitar
Mary Cutrufello started playing guitar at age 9, in 1979. She grew up in Connecticut playing classic rock, but moved to Texas in 1991 to learn and play country music. A former major-label artist, she has released 7 albums, toured around the world, and played on such TV shows as The Tonight Show
and Austin City Limits
. She is also an accomplished songwriter, and is happy to work with students on developing their writing skills. Along with her own band, she has played as a sideman for various classic country and Americana acts in Texas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Styles include rock, country, singer-songwriter, acoustic, and blues.
If you'd like to learn more about getting started with Guitar or Bass lessons, or if you have any questions, please contact us.
Our policies regarding private lessons:
- The rate is $25.00 per half hour lesson.
- Please pay your instructor directly.
- We ask that students pay in advance for 4 lessons at a time. Payment is due on or before the day of the first lesson, then on or before the 5th lesson, 9th lesson, etc.
- Please provide at least 24 hour notice if you need to miss a lesson.
- The student will provide his/her own transportation to and from Capitol Guitars for lessons.
- If the student is late for a lesson, the lesson still ends at the scheduled time (out of fairness to the next student).