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Learn to Play Guitar With Wilton Parks and Rec

WILTON, Conn. – Want to learn how to play the guitar? Wilton Parks and Recreation has teamed with guitar teacher Shane O’Reilly to offer classes in the spring.

Four one-hour lessons will be available on Mondays starting April 2, program coordinator Jim Lewicki said. Two classes are offered for beginners, 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m. will be a class for more advanced children. Adults can take a class from 7 to 8 p.m. And each class will hold a maximum of nine students.

“I don’t think we’ve ever really had this type of class before,” Lewicki said, saying he is looking forward to them.

O’Reilly has taught classes in recreation departments around Fairfield County for about six years. “I started this as kind of a part-time thing,” O’Reilly said. Since starting in Darien, he has expanded to eight towns.

“Not everyone is meant to be a guitarist, but it’s good to try,” O’Reilly said. The classes last for eight weeks. He has guitars that students can rent if they’re not sure about continuing with the lessons. “Why waste money on a guitar until you gauge the child’s interest level?”

Since expanding, O’Reilly has hired teachers to help, but he said he tries to be personally involved as much as possible.

If you’re interested in signing up for the guitar classes, click here to find the registration forms.

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