Perryville High School teacher Tim Myers isn't going to fret.
The first session of his new program didn't go exactly as planned but he's convinced that it will be a big success after a little fine-tuning.
Myers came up with the idea of having students build electric guitars. He had hoped to have six participants but wound up with one – Vincent Debeauvernet.
"We were shooting for six students," said Myers. "With the weather we didn't get everybody. We were planning to build six guitars but we scaled it back."
He remains confident the program will strike a chord with students. "Next year we will get six and Vinnie will help lead it," said Myers.
A special education teacher, Myers served as an apprentice in Frederick where he first learned how to build banjos. While working at Urbana High, he led a guitar building class for four years.
"We started with three kids and ended up with 12," he said. "We built the program there. Now we're trying to do that here."
Myers and Debeauvernet meet after school in the shop where they get assistance from teacher David Hollis.
"It gives students an opportunity to learn what is in a guitar," said Myers. "You can learn about individual pieces because you're able to hold them in your hands."
Debeauvernet is building a solid body electric guitar. He already knows how to play guitar but had no idea what goes into constructing one. "It gives me more of an appreciation of my guitar's sound," said Debeauvernet. "I appreciate my electrical guitar now a lot more than originally."
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