Guitar Lessons

(AGES FIVE AND UP)

Overview

Our guitar instructors teach rock, blues, metal, country and classical styles on both electric and acoustic guitars. Beginners work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. Each lesson will challenge you with a new technique or music theory, and ends with something fun – such as your favorite riff or song. We employ a variety of guitar method books based on student needs and preferences, and encourage students to bring smartphones or CDs to their lessons to learn their favorite tunes.

Mandolin and Ukulele are similar instruments as the guitar, but are easier to play for young students. They are smaller and the strings are easier to press down. Plus, they sound amazing and are very popular in music right now!

What’s the #1 reason to study guitar at Okemos Music Academy?

Our guitar instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you to craft a lesson plan that fits your individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the guitar after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.

What styles of guitar do you teach?

We teach all styles, from rock, pop, jazz, and blues to metal, country and classical guitar – on electric and acoustic guitars. 

How qualified are your guitar instructors?

Our guitar teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as Berklee College of Music, Grand Valley State University, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, University of Miami, University of North Texas, Istanbul University State Conservatory, Marshall University, Saginaw Valley State University, Washburn University, The University of Kansas, Boise State University and Michigan State University. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US, North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. Our teachers have even performed for 3 different US presidents! In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.

What will I learn from guitar lessons at Okemos Music Academy?

Beginner guitar students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. Our instructors balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson presents a new technical challenges or theory concept, and ends with something fun, such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books, and encourage students to bring their smartphone or CDs to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes. 

Do I need to purchase a guitar to learn the instrument?

Yes, to practice at home, you will need a guitar.

Interested in a different instrument?

We offer a wide variety of instruments to choose from