Mark Wilson About the Educator

Mark has devoted his entire teaching career to the development of an innovative program that inspires and empowers students to realize their full potential. Early on in his own learning development, he was often frustrated when studying with teachers who had great technical skills yet had no organized plan to expand their students understanding or abilities. Out of this frustration, Mark created his popular teaching program for guitar and bass… an instructional method modeled on the ideal program he always envisioned when he himself was a student.


Sunnyvale School for Guitar (SSG), Mark’s music school, has a 20-year reputation for producing confident, high-caliber players. SSG offers a wide variety of opportunities for students of all ages and levels — ranging from private instruction and group workshops, to recording in the studio and live performance ensembles. Five Star Music is Mark’s instructional enterprise, and it offers a wide assortment of music-learning products for guitar and bass. The method, consisting of books and CDs, is the summation of years of developing, organizing, and recording thousands of lessons. Mark is a published author and his Secrets to Better Musicianship shares, through the written word, his keen philosophy and musical knowledge gained through decades of experience.


Mark has been involved in almost every aspect of the music business; as an active musician, Mark has played guitar and bass for more than 30 years and is a master-level player of the Chapman Stick. His recording resume includes three self-released CDs of original music, as well as production and session work for both his educational products and local musicians.