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Band & Orchestra Lessons

We offer band and orchestra lessons for all skill levels, ages 7 and up. Our standardized curriculum includes instruction for woodwind and brass instruments, reed instruments, stringed instruments and percussion.

Our Instructors

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.

Standardized Curriculum

The Guitar Center Lessons curriculum is based on a progressive advancement model. This proven method provides a well-defined roadmap of the material covered and skills taught so you can easily track your past and future progress. Since we use the same curriculum in all locations, students have the flexibility to take lessons from any instructor at any of our locations and progress through the same content. Our program is fun but challenging–both for beginners and serious musicians who want to improve their existing chops.

Additional Learning Resources

Take advantage of open office hours.

Any time you need extra help with your musical performance or are looking for inspiration, feel free to consult with an instructor during store hours. There is no charge for this service and no appointment is necessary.

Attend workshops and clinics.

No matter what your style or instrument, chances are we have a free workshop or clinic to help you learn more about it. Contact your local store for upcoming dates.

Be a part of Jam Night.

Our Jam Nights are a fun, casual way to meet and play with others. We match musicians of similar skill level together so you can easily swap great musical ideas. Jam Nights are free for Guitar Center Lessons students.

Perform in your own Rockshow.

Rockshow is a unique Guitar Center program where you are placed in a band with other musicians, learn three to five songs and ultimately perform a concert for your friends and family.

In the Rockshow program, you are matched with other musicians at similar skill levels. With the help of an experienced band coach, your band will learn a few songs and get tips on performance techniques. After practicing two hours per week in one of our rehearsal rooms, your group will perform a concert on the last Saturday of the month.


Have additional questions about lessons? Contact your local store.


The stage isn't necessarily the end goal for a musician - some of us do our best work on the field or in a concert hall or orchestra pit. If that sounds like the kind of place you'd like to perform, then band and orchestra music lessons are for you. The instruments used in the band and orchestra are highly-refined tools with centuries of development behind them, which means that learning how to play one can be challenging and the best way to do it is to have lots of resources and helping hands at your disposal. When you sign up for lessons at Guitar Center, those are the things you can expect to receive. No matter where you expect your musical journey to take you, we're ready to guide you along the way.

Instructors are the heart and soul of Guitar Center's lesson programs, and we're proud to staff our locations with passionate musicians who know the ins and outs of their instruments down to the finest detail. They'll have the answers for any questions that may come up during your lessons, not to mention a wealth of knowledge accumulated through their own personal experiences with music. Every band and orchestral instrument has its own little quirks, and our instructors are ready and waiting to walk you through them.

Another important part of learning a new instrument, or taking advanced lessons in one you already know well, is having the right environment in which to do it. Our teaching studios are climate-controlled to ensure you're comfortable enough to stay focused, and professionally-designed with sound-insulating materials so you'll hear your progress loud and clear. Plus, they're available, along with our instructors, on a flexible schedule, so even if your days are busy ones, there's plenty of wiggle room to work GC lessons into your timetable.

Taking music lessons could be one of the greatest decisions you ever make - and it all starts with you! Don't hesitate to get in touch with us today to get all the details about band and orchestra music lessons offered at a Guitar Center location near you. A musical career or hobby is a rewarding way to enrich your life, and like anything else worth doing, the sooner you get started, the better! We're ready and waiting to help you make it happen.

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