Reviews & Testimonials from Parents and Students


“I would love to take a moment to tell you all about the incredible music instruction we have been receiving. I am a busy mom with three boys,and we have been taking lessons with Jerry Dawson for almost 5 years now. Jerry started my oldest on the guitar at 6 years of age and the middle one on the bass guitar at 5. The youngest is 4 and can’t wait to pick his instrument so he can take guitar lessons as well. The boys are very different in their learning styles and Jerry works with them appropriately. They are learning correct technique but also, and most importantly to me, to love music. The older one writes music, and Jerry takes the time to encourage and praise him. They record it, and send it to me via emails which I love to keep and put on our iPods. It is something special when your little ones music comes on the radio in the car. I think that is part of the reason in 5 years he has never asked to stop taking lessons. When anyone asks who we take lessons from I never hesitate to promote the instruction we have received from Jerry. His love of music is contagious."

~Amy Cozart

Jerry is a fabulous teacher!! My daughter had learned so much. He is very reliable which is so very nice!! I highly recommend Jerry as a teacher. Personally- he is an amazing musician!

~Deanie Sexton

My daughter Rachel really enjoyed her years taking lessons from Jerry Dawson, an outstanding instructor, guitarist and person! Rachel's now away at school, but still playing her guitar and uke.

~Paul Babikow

Looking for electric guitar lessons????? This is the place! One on one instruction with the best! Jerry will let you pick your style of music and even let you pick the songs you want to play. Corey was always impressed that no matter what song he wanted to learn Jerry Dawson would listen to it and teach him on the spot how to play it in one lesson. To this day Corey's passion is music --thanks to Jerry! He kept Corey motivated through years of lessons. That was the one class Corey never wanted to miss. I'm thankful to have had Jerry as an influence in my son's life.

~Claire Baughn

"When our son Brandon told us he wanted to take guitar lessons, we thought “OK," just another one of those things kids want to do and we wondered how long it would last. Well 8 ½ years later of hour-long sessions and he is still going strong! Thanks to Jerry, our son has gone from learning the basics of guitar playing to expressing himself through music. Brandon’s dedication to his weekly sessions is a testament to Jerry Dawson as an instructor and mentor. He encourages, motivates, and challenges his students. Jerry has been an integral part of Brandon’s musical education."

~Emma Fish

“Best instruction around!!Can never thank Jerry Dawson enough for all he did for our son Dusty. You have all been great and are highly recommended- Great experiences!!"

~John Sanderson

My kid has been with Jerry for a few years and has greatly improved. He enjoys the lessons and appreciates Jerry's knowledge and personality. I would definitely recommend Jerry!

~Helena Waldie

"My son Corey started lessons with Jerry at the age of 8. Jerry did an amazing job of bringing out the best in Corey and he still, at the age of 17, loves the instrument. My wife and I credit Jerry with keeping him challenged and never losing patience as he grew in his talent. Jerry Dawson came highly recommended to us and we pass along the high recommendations at every opportunity."

~Tim B. 

Acoustic & Electric Guitar Lessons in Pensacola, Cantonment and Gulf Breeze.

Greg D.

5 out of 5 stars

Feb 6, 2018

"Really enjoy taking guitar lessons from Jerry. I'm 71 yrs old and he is very patient and understanding for someone taking their first music lessons. I would highly recommend him for anyone just beginning or someone who has been playing for yrs."

Steve S.

5 out of 5 stars

Feb 6, 2018

"My son takes guitar lessons with Jerry and loves it. Jerry seems to create a good mix of technique and fun to keep a 12 year old motivated."

Kenneth S.

5 out of 5 stars

Feb 6, 2018

"Jerry Dawson (Pensacola Guitar Instruction) is an experienced teacher who can teach a variety of styles and techniques. He is able to work with guitarists of all levels from beginner to advanced. His knowledge of the instrument and of music theory ensures that the student gets whatever he or she needs to achieve their goals. I have taken guitar lessons from Jerry for a number of months and I can say that his teaching has had a profound effect on my approach to the instrument. I have taken lessons from several different teachers (beginning in the 1970's) and I can say without reservation that Jerry is as good as you will find. If you are interested in learning the guitar - or expanding on what you know already - I highly recommend that you give him a try.

Lee M.

5 out of 5 stars

Feb 6, 2018 

"I’ve been to many teachers but Jerry Dawson is by far better than any of them. 

On my one of my first guitar lessons with Jerry, he looked at my playing and set an ongoing plan to improve my playing technique. 

He has already opened so many doors in my mind to help me understand what I need to do to be a very good musician. 

Thanks Jerry!"

Jeff L.

February 5, 2018

5 out of 5 stars 

"A Great Teacher makes a difference, Jerry is that Teacher. My son Tyler started taking electric guitar lessons from Jerry at age 9 because of a recommendation from a local

Musician who said “if you want the best you go to Jerry”. Tyler took lessons for 11 years and never missed a week in that time. Jerry kept Tyler engaged and motivated every week always pushing him to the next level of learning. Jerry has an incredible work ethic with his guitar and has passed that along to my son. Jerry can take you to whatever level you want to play at. Thanks for all you’ve done Jerry, you have definitely made a difference in my son’s life."

Joey M.

February 5, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

"Taking guitar lessons with Jerry Dawson has been a great experience and very much worthwhile! His broad knowledge of music theory and techniques has helped me tremendously. He can customize your music lessons as needed."

Troye S.

February 5, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

"My fourteen year old loves how well Jerry knows the guitar and relates to his students. And, as a mom, I appreciate Jerry’s professionalism and willingness to work with our busy schedule."

Wendy U.

February 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

"Jerry is the best!  His talent is mind-blowing, and he's wonderful with his students.  My son really enjoys his time with Jerry and wouldn't want to take guitar lessons from anyone else."

Tim M.

February 8, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

"If you want to take guitar lessons from the very best instructor, then look no further. Jerry Dawson is the best you will ever get. Jerry is professional; Patient, and fun! He will work with you every step of the way to learn the instrument. I take weekly lessons and can hardly wait for my next lesson. You are excited to get home and practice." 


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