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We offer the following types of lessons (all skill levels, ages 7 and up) in virtually any genre:
Learning to play music can be an amazing, life-changing experience. That’s why we’ve designed our studios to be creative, comfortable places for learning and growing. Our fully-engaging lesson program provides a solid academic foundation and at the same time, encourages students to express themselves through music and helps them discover their inner artist.
Guitar Center has helped countless musicians reach their goals.
Our studios provide a welcoming, non-intimidating environment.
Our instructors are highly trained experts with a passion for music.
All locations use the same curriculum, with well-defined milestones.
Schedule lessons when it’s most convenient for you.
Designed to be comfortable and musician-friendly, our studios are acoustically-treated and stocked with state-of-the-art equipment to help you sound your best. Clean, well-lit lesson spaces have full-glass doors, creating an open atmosphere that facilitates engaging with other musicians and encourages a sense of community. And, since our studios are housed within our stores, you have access to our retail area for gear, incidentals, repairs and service–all under one roof.
We have studio locations throughout the country. Contact your local store for details.
Our dedicated instructors are fully screened and certified, with multiple years of experience in music instruction. They are truly experts in the instruments they teach, often with credentials from highly esteemed schools of music. With a positive, nurturing attitude, they motivate and inspire students to reach their goals.
For more information about our instructors, contact your local store.
Take Advantage of Open Office Hours
Any time you need extra help with your musical performance, feel free to consult with an instructor during store hours.
Practice In Our Rehearsal Rooms
Our rehearsal rooms are professionally run, acoustically tuned and stocked with gear from top manufacturers. Available in select locations.
Attend Workshops & Clinics
No matter what your style or instrument, chances are we have a free workshop or clinic to help you learn more about it.
Be Part of a Jam Night
Our Jam Nights are a fun, casual way to meet and play with others. We match musicians of similar skill levels together.
Perform in a Rock Show
You’ll be placed in a band with other musicians, learn three to five songs and ultimately perform a concert for your friends and family.
What is Guitar Center's education philosophy?
Our philosophy is simple. We make learning music fun, and
are committed to the integrity of a quality music education. In
addition to a foundational education, students are given ample
opportunity to make music with others. The confidence gained by
learning music parlays with other areas, giving students the
self-assurance to take on new challenges.
What instruments do you teach?
We offer private one-on-one and group instruction for
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Banjo and Mandolin. In
addition, we have a full recording software curriculum for
learning popular DAWs.
How do you select your instructors?
We've carefully selected the most qualified and
well-respected instructors—a great fit for those who are
just learning to play as well as those who want to advance their
skill and become master musicians. Beyond having celebrated
careers, every instructor is personable, patient and well educated, often with advanced degrees in music from renowned
schools of music. For added peace of mind, all of our instructors
are required to pass a thorough background check.
How will I be assigned an instructor?
The Guitar Center Lessons Education Manager will work with
you to determine your current skill level, stylistic interest and
ambitions. Then, we'll help you choose an instructor who best
suits your style and goals as a musician.
How do I schedule lessons?
GC Lessons students are able to view or modify an upcoming lesson with our exclusive online lessons scheduler.
The Lesson Scheduler is available in the My Account section.
What if I want to change instructors?
No problem—we want you to be happy. If your instructor
is not in tune with your needs, let us know. Our standardized
curriculum means you can switch to any of our qualified
instructors or another instrument without missing a beat.
What is the Jam Night program and how can I be included?
As an extension of your lessons, Jam Nights are a fun,
casual way to meet and play with others. To help put you at ease,
we'll match musicians of similar skill level together so you can
easily swap great musical ideas. All Jam Nights are free for our
What is the Rockshow program?
This unique Guitar Center program matches you with other
musicians of similar skills and musical interests, regardless of
your playing experience. An experienced band coach will help you
learn how to play together, write songs, produce music and be a
Workshops and clinics — how can I attend and what does it cost?
Guitar Center hosts a regular series of free workshops and
clinics on a variety of subjects and instruments. Ask an associate
for more details on our Music Mentor program.