Lighthouse for Learning, which provides adult continuing education and is a joint effort by Waxahachie ISD, Texas A&M Extension Agency, Ellis County Master Gardeners and other organizations and businesses, provides classes in many areas of life – and one such class is Melinda Fontenot’s class on “how to play the guitar.”

Fontenot explained the fulfillment she receives from teaching guitar.

“I have taught lessons for many years. I teach because I want my students to really understand how much pleasure music can bring to their lives,” she said. “It is so enjoyable to me to see many of my students I have taught or those I am teaching now to play for church or to be able to play in music concerts or become music instructors themselves.”

Fontenot believes her guitar has been a catalyst in her life.

“Playing the guitar has allowed me to be involved in many nice music shows and go places I otherwise would have never had the opportunity,” she said. “Teaching has made it possible for me to meet many people, children and adults as well, and I like that. I know I am very blessed to be able to make my living at something I dearly love I really feel it a privilege to teach something as wonderful as music.”

She notes that becoming involved in guitar is enjoyable – and it’s not necessary to invest a large amount of money to own a nice guitar.

“Once you start playing you will feel such a great accomplishment – plus, it is something you can do always,” she said. “Music lessons are definitely a lifetime investment.”

For further information about enrolling in Fontenot’s guitar class, email her at

Contact Paul at or 469-517-1450.