Ross Clowser

Ross Clowser is a professional guitarist, composer, producer, DJ, and educator from Des Moines, Iowa. After starting guitar lessons at the age of 9, Ross became interested in blues, soul, and jazz music, leading him to participation in a number of jazz ensembles and professional gigs in the Des Moines Area. As a student at the University of Iowa, Ross earned his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies, studying with Damani Phillips, Jon Rapson, and Steven Grismore. Additionally, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. After taking a break from school to pursue performance opportunities, Ross returned to the University of Iowa to earn a Master of Arts in Musicology, focusing on ethnomusicology and jazz scholarship, where he also taught music history courses.


As a performer, Ross has worked with numerous artists from a variety of genres during his career including Ohad Talmor, Melvin Butler, Sherane Callister, Charlotte Blu, Steven Antoine Willis, Damani Phillips, Mitch Towne, and more. Ross also writes and performs original music, a blend of improvisation, jazz, and world music, and has been featured in the Feed Me Weird Things concert series, The Englert Stages concert series, and the University of Iowa School of Music programming. Additionally, Ross has worked with other artists to create cross-disciplinary performances. For example,Ross co-produced Poetry and Motion, a concert series which paired spoken word artists with live backing bands.


In his free time, Ross likes cooking, trying new coffee spots, going to record stores, going to art exhibits, walking in the snow, watching scary movies, going to plays, and sometimes painting. He is new to Minnesota, but is attempting to embrace the chilly winters!



Geographic areas served

Cole is available for lessons in home in a 15 mile radius of downtown St. Paul and at the Opus studio in St. Louis Park.



  • $42 / half hour lesson
  • $63 / 45-minute lesson
  • $84 / hour lesson
  • $77 / 45-minute joint or semi-private lesson
  • $5 more per in home lesson

Attendance policy

Please let me know 24 hours ahead of time if you plan to cancel a lesson if you can. You will only be charged for a lesson if you cancel less than 6 hours prior to your scheduled lesson. If you are canceling due to illness, please let me know.


Teaching Philosophy

I believe in teaching to each individual and helping students achieve their goals through positive and fun instruction. Music is an amazing thing to take part in and I want to encourage students to find their passion in whatever genre or style they most like. Everyone comes to music with a different level of experience, different goals, and different learning styles. Whether it’s just getting started, wanting to write songs, or learning your favorite riffs, I am here to help. I make sure to tailor the lesson experience to student needs, but the basic goals are always the same: to have fun while learning and to make music!