Saint Jude’s After School Guitar and Ukulele



Do you want your child to perform better in school?

Learn how to be a team player?

Develop a lifelong love of music?

For 14 years, St. Judes’ Parish Community children have been studying guitar and ukulele under the instruction of Donna Zitzelberger. Kids who have grown up in the guitar program have proven all of the above to be true.

Children meet in weekly tuition-based group lessons during the school year, after school. Classes are no larger than 10 students. Students perform in a yearly June concert as well as various school events.

  • Ukulele is a one-year program introduction to an instrument for children age 7 or 2nd grade, and does not require outside practice. Students must provide their own ukulele.
  • Guitar classes are open to children starting at age 8 or 3rd grade. No experience is required for the beginner class. The program is based on a healthy balance of fun and serious study. Students learn to read music, play classical, acoustic pop, and acoustic rock guitar. Regular attendance and practice outside of the class is required. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar.

For video examples of students performing and more info about Donna and the program please go to

Please click here to view Bransle Double from the 2015 Guitar and Ukelele Concert

Please click here to view Canon by Pachelbel from the 2015 Guitar and Ukelele Concert


Classes begin in the Fall of each year. Registration begins in the Spring prior to the Fall semester. To register for classes contact Donna via e-mail: or phone 805-379-1894.

About the Instructor

guitar_teacher_smallDonna Zitzelberger has over 30 years of experience on the acoustic guitar, and performs professionally with flute, voice, and piano ensembles. Donna studied privately with the late James Smith, chair of the classical guitar department at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music; Andrew York, Grammy Award winning guitarist/composer; and Scott Kritzer in the Classical Guitar Immersion Program. She has lectured at USC on the topic of effectively teaching children. Donna is the featured guitarist on these CD recordings: “Prince of Peace” and “In God’s Arms” both featuring vocalist Vincent Adams.