The Academy of Music offers guitar lessons in Oakville adults of all ages and levels
Adult Guitar Lessons
Since 1994 we have taught hundreds of adults how to play the guitar in Oakville! Over the years we have learned one very important thing. Adults don’t generally want to have the same kind of lessons as children. Every adult has their own idea of what they want out of guitar lessons. Our guitar teachers are happy to teach you songs that you really want to learn. Whether you want to play acoustic guitar around the camp fire or rock out to some ACDC we have the right teachers for you.
Our one-on-one private guitar lessons mean that the teacher can focus 100% on the music you love. You can take private guitar lessons for 30 minutes or 1 hour per week. We offer guitar lessons 7 days a week because we know that you’re busy. With lessons available earlier in the day and later at night we’re sure to find a time that works for your hectic schedule.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Lessons at Oakville Academy of Music:
What do you learn in your guitar lessons?
That question is quite common among adult students. Our guitar teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.
We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach. A seven year old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than an adult taking up the guitar for the 2nd time after having had lessons as a child.
Do I have to play the guitar in a recital?
Of course not! Our music recitals and concerts are always optional. As an adult you will not be forced to play the guitar in a recital but you should know that preparing for a performance is a great way to set guitar lesson goals and hone your skills. These events are held right here in Oakville and are free for our students with no tickets to purchase or participation fees of any kind.
What is the best age to start guitar lessons?
Adults can start guitar lessons at any age!
What styles of guitar do you teach?
We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, folk, blues and classical.
Are your guitar instructors qualified?
Our guitar teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as York University, Western University, Humber College, Mohawk College, and the University of Toronto. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of Canada, the US, and Europe and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. 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.
Do you teach beginner guitar lessons for adults?
We sure do! Many of our adult guitar students start with no experience at all. We understand that you may be a bit nervous and you’re not sure what to expect as a new student. Our guitar teachers are very easy going and care about your individual journey. At your first guitar lesson the teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music. You will build a plan together to get you playing the songs you love. It’s important for you to love your guitar lessons from the very beginning so you stay motivated to continue. Our goal is to give you the skills and desire to want to continue learning the guitar. We want you to love playing the guitar as much as we do!
How to get the most out of your adult guitar lessons in Oakville
Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we have taught hundreds of adults how to play the guitar. Over the years we have learned a few thing about how to help adults get the most out of their lessons with us. Here are a few of them:
1. SET PERSONAL GOALS IN YOUR GUITAR LESSONS
As an adult you very likely have learned the value of setting goals. Learning the guitar is no different. If you don’t have something specific to work towards your interest will wane. The very nature of learning music offers many goal setting opportunities. Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we have a really cool program called the Musical Ladder System. The Musical Ladder is designed to help you set and achieve personal musical goals at regular intervals. You and your guitar teacher will choose the material for “Musical Challenges” to be done in your lesson every 3 months. When you pass the challenge you’ll receive a certificate and a wrist band, and at certain levels a trophy. If you’re thinking that the Musial Ladder is just for kids think again. The magic of goal setting is universal and has proven links to higher achievement. If the wristbands and trophies aren’t your thing you should at least challenge yourself to master certain guitar songs or concepts by a specific date.
2. BE PATIENT
Learning the guitar takes time. While you should be playing something recognizable in a fairly short time true mastery take years. You know the old cliché Rome wasn’t built in a day? Well, it’s true and it applies to skill development as well. Be patient with yourself and celebrate the little wins along the way. You will run into road blocks and challenges in your guitar lessons. Relax and work through them. Be patient and don’t give up. It will be worth it!
3. PLAY THE MUSIC THAT YOU LOVE ON THE GUITAR
We highly encourage students of all ages to learn how to play their favorite songs on the guitar. These are the songs that inspired you to take up the guitar in the first place. They may be older songs from your youth or something more modern. Whether you want to learn classic rock, blues, folk, or classical our guitar teachers are happy to help you become the guitarist you’ve always wanted to be.
4. DON’T GIVE IN TOO QUICKLY
Quitters never win and winners never quit! This old adage applies to many things in life including (and especially) your guitar lessons! You will run into difficult or challenging guitar concepts and you may want to give up. These are the times that you have to choose to stay with it and practice more to conquer the lessons! If it was that easy everyone would be doing it. These challenges are very good for you and will help you to grow as a musician. Try not to give up on your guitar lessons too quickly. If you have a rough moment put the guitar down for a few minutes and come back to it with a fresh perspective. This is how you succeed in music!
5. TAKE LESSONS FROM A GUITAR TEACHER THAT CAN ACTUALLY HELP YOU LEARN
Sure, you can get some guy from up the street to show you a a couple of guitar chords but is he really going to help you long term? Unless your friendly neighborhood guitar guy is a professional teacher it might not last. A great guitar teacher doesn’t just play a few cool songs. He can actually teach them to you, and so much more! The guitar teachers at Oakville Academy of Music are hand picked for their education, relatability, and personality. You really want to learn so don’t take a chance from someone that teaches on the side. Choose a pro, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
6. PRACTICE THE GUITAR EVERYDAY
This may come as a surprise but it’s not enough to just show up for your guitar lessons every week. You need a regular practice schedule as well and it should be daily, at least for a few minutes. 15-20 minutes of guitar practice each day will give you better results than practicing for 2 hours the day before your guitar lesson.
Ready to start? You have nothing to lose.
IT’S EASY TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP
Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff at the front desk seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no semester minimums.
Lessons are first come, first serve, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!
$36.00 / 30 minutes
$72.00 / 60 minutes (Recommended for the serious student)
Lessons are available seven days a week as early as 9:00 am to as late as 9:00 pm, and scheduled once a week.
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 7:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
A one-time registration fee is $25 (due only at time of registration)
Music lessons are HST exempt
Fees must be paid by auto debit or pre-authorized credit card at time of registration