Kevin, long considered one of the top music and guitar instructors in the Northwest, is once again accepting students who want to expand their music knowledge and talent professionally or simply for personal pleasure.

Several of Kevin's students have taken top prizes in international level classical guitar competitions, some are teaching at the university level, while others have achieved rock-star status in pop, rock and other genres.

Lessons make extensive use of digital audio, scoring and midi software to help unleash the creative process.

Sight reading
Ear training
Music theory


Now Available!

Lessons via
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Links to some of my students

Michael Partington - Michael Partington is one of the most engaging of the new generation of concert players. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine for his "lyricism, intensity and clear technical command," this award-winning British guitarist has performed internationally as a soloist and with ensemble to unanimous critical praise... Micheal teaches at the Rosewood Guitar and at the Univ. of Wachington.. Michael Partington

Stone Gossard (founder, Pearl Jam) - Stoney has played with Pearl Jam, Brad, Mother Love Bone,
Temple of the Dog, and Green River...
Stone Gossard , Pearl Jam

Skye Skjelset (founder, Fleet Foxes) - Skye is co-founder of  Fleet Foxes with Sub Pop Records. Fleet Foxes have just finished a 2 year tour across Europe and the USA. They performed on Saturday Night Live in December 2008 ... Skye Skjelset , Fleet Foxes

Roger Fisher (founder, Heart) - As founding guitarist of the rock group Heart, these adventurous energies made themselves globally known through the sales of more than twenty-seven million albums ... Roger Fisher, Heart

Steve Allen - Seven time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Steven Ray Allen has teamed his classical guitar with the woodwind instruments of the multi-talented Doug Ostgard to produce a 70 minute CD, “Silhouette,” that will be released May 4, 2007 at Baker Street Books in Black Diamond, Washington.

Steve Allen began playing music professionally at age 12, and performed with various groups on and off the road through his teens and 20s, playing all styles of music from rock to classical. He became especially known for his bass playing, and became a house bassist at Jazz Alley in Seattle. He has played with such jazz greats as Tommy Flanigan, Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Diane Schure and Kenny G. He was bandleader and bassist for “The Almost Live Show” from 1984-89. He earned a degree in Musical Engineering from the University of Washington and has a music production company, AM Music Productions in Fall City, Washington. His reputation as an arranger and conductor has led him to arrange orchestral scores for David Lanz, earning him his first gold record for “Christofori’s Dream.” .Steve Allen

Michael LeFevre - Michael’s talents have earned him the following awards (among many others): first prizes at the Portland International Guitar Festival, North Guitar Festival, and International Guitar Festival in Corfu, Greece. He has performed with the Seattle Opera and the New York Performance Group. Michael is a graduate of Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. His first solo recording, Chronicle, was released on the Rosewood Recordings label in 2003. Michael LeFevre Michael teaches at the Rosewood Guitar.

Arvey-Francis Duo - Seattle’s Arvey-Francis Guitar Duo (Evelyn Arvey & Mark Francis) is rapidly becoming a favorite in the region.  Their ensemble and tasteful blend of technique and tone continues to elicit high praise from audiences all over.  You can find their music and concert schedule here: Arvey-Francis Duo.

Elizabeth Brown -Elizabeth Brown is head of the Guitar and Lute program at Pacific Lutheran University and is active throughout the Pacific Northwest as a solo and ensemble performer. Known for her musically passionate performances, she has given solo recitals and performed concertos throughout the West Coast from Vancouver to Southern California, and has been a featured soloist for the Seattle Bach Choir, Fresno Pacific University's Musica Pacifica Baroque, the Northwest Chamber Chorus and St. Mark's Cathedral Associates. Also active as a chamber musician... Elizabeth Brown

Robert Vierschilling  Robert Vierschilling is one of the region's premiere Suzuki Guitar instructors. Robert earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in classical guitar at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied with Ray Chester, Julian Gray, and Manuel Barrueco, and has performed in Master Classes for artists such as David Leisner, David Starobin, and Dennis Koster. He completed Suzuki guitar teacher training through unit 6, and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  Robert Vierschilling

Julius Reder Carlson- Julius started lessons with me at age 12 and studied up and through his collegiate years.  He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.A., 2002) and the Universidad de Chile, Santiago (M.A., 2005). His thesis dealt with Chacarera, a genre of Argentine folk music.  He spent the 2005-06 academic year as a DAAD scholar in Berlin, Germany, where he conducted research on Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Vincenzo Johnson- At just 18 years of age, Vinnie has shown exceptional promise as a jazz guitarist.  Selected as the  All-State, All-Northwest  guitarist several years running.  In the four years we’ve been working together, I’ve seen Vinnie grow from having great potential to  treating audiences with remarkably sophisticated jazz improvisations.  Chops galore and unmatched dedication, Vinnie is a guitarist certain to make a mark in the jazz community.  Vinnie studies via iChat iSight video lessons. UPDATE: Vinnie is now on full scholarship at NYU .  Of the 26 jazz guitarists in the music program, Vinnie is one of only 5 students to be accepted into the John Scofield improvisation class, mostly made up of graduate studtents.  As a freshman, that’s quite an accomplishment! When I talked  with John Scofield recently, John said to me: “Vinnie is unbelievable ... he’s a world class guitarist!”  Vincenzo Johnson

Mark Wilson - Masters from Eastman School of Music. Founder of Seattle Guitar Orchestra... Mark teaches at the Rosewood Guitar and at Bellevue Community College.  Mark is also a prolific arranger and composer... Mark Wilson

Hilary Field - Hilary Field, classical guitarist, is a 1992 winner of the Northwest Young Artist Series Competition and, in addition to having been the head of the Guitar department at Pacific Lutheran University, has recently joined the music faculty of Seattle Pacific University. She has appeared on television and radio throughout the United States ... Her CD titled "Music of Spain & Latin America" (produced by Kevin Callahan) won her a National Association of Independent Record Distributors award ... Hilary Field

Michael Hebert - Michael Hebert is known for his versatility in several idioms including Rock, Jazz and Classical guitar. He's now focusing on writing music for films... Michael Hebert

Erik Madsen - "Erik has the ability to be an inspiring guitar force in diverse musical environments. Combining his refined skill, technique and sensitivity, Erik generates passion and excitement whenever he picks up his axe. He's a player you can't afford not to hear! ... Erik Madsen

Jeff Hoover - Northwest Guitar Competition, 1st place.

Jason Williams - described as "impassioned and having a keen ear for phrasing, as well as an ability , to make a gentle, sublime musical statement" - is an affiliate professor of guitar at Western Washington University. Masters degree in guitar and performance University of North Texas. Top finalist in Northwest Guitar Festival and Competition. Jason teaches at the Rosewood Guitar... Jason Williams

Derrick Robinson - Derrick recently graduated from Western Washington with a degree in music.  Post graduation, he held a teaching assistant position in the guitar department.  Derrick has placed among the top five in several classical guitar competitions in the Northwest.

New York Times article by Peter Wayner featuring Kevin teaching guitar using Apple's iSight and iChat audio & video coferencing technology: view article or download PDF

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Times of India article by Kavita Kukday featuring Kevin teaching guitar using Apple's iSight and iChat audio & video conferencing technology: view article or download PDF


Guitarist     Composer      Coder

By Peter Wayner

Published: SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2005

When Kevin Callahan started offering classical guitar lessons over an Internet video link, he said  ...  he blended the sound with Apple's GarageBand software before sending it out over the Internet.  (link)


“Kevin Callahan has an amazing ear for detail and an eye for technique.  Lets face it. Anybody who knows me can see that I have gotten faster and more musical and I owe a lot of that to Kevin and his teaching method.” 

                                             -Jason Williams

Jason is an affiliate professor of guitar at Western Washington University. Masters degree in guitar and performance University of North Texas. Top finalist in Northwest Guitar Festival and Competition. Jason also teaches at the Rosewood Guitar...