The Academy of Music offers guitar lessons in Oakville for children age 6 and up
Guitar Lessons for kids
Our guitar lessons in Oakville for age 6 and up combine the stability of traditional guitar lessons with the fun of playing the music your kids love. Not only will they learn songs that they really want to learn they can also learn how to read music and guitar tabs, and understand chords, rhythm, and music theory. This combined approach to lessons is designed keep them motivated from their very first guitar lesson!
Our one-on-one private guitar lessons mean that the teacher can focus 100% on your child’s learning style and customize the program for them. Private lessons also means that they can learn the type of music they enjoy the most. Private guitar lessons are generally 30 minutes for beginners or 1 hour for more advanced students
Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Lessons at The Oakville Academy of Music:
What will my kids learn in guitar lessons?
This is one of the most popular questions asked by parents. Our guitar teachers make it a priority to get to know you and your child 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.
Are there guitar recitals?
Yes! All of our students have the option to participate in our recitals at least twice a year. These recitals are free for our students and their families. There are no tickets to purchase or recital participation fees. The recitals are always optional however we do encourage our students to participate as it can dramatically enhance their guitar lesson experience.
What is the best age to start guitar lessons?
We recommend children be at least 6 years old before starting guitar lessons. Playing the guitar requires a certain amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing down on the the strings. This can be uncomfortable for younger children. It’s important that all children have a positive experience in music lessons from the very beginning. For younger children (age 6 – 8) we recommend a 3/4 size guitar with nylon strings to make learning a little easier and more rewarding. We recommend ukulele lessons for children under 6 years.
What styles of guitar do you teach?
We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, folk, country, blues and classical.
Are your guitar teachers 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 guitar teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.
Try ukulele lessons for your children under 6 years.
If your little one is 5 or younger why not try the ukulele? The ukulele has four strings and is considerably smaller than the guitar. Most kids will be able to play a few chords after only one lesson. The ukulele is one of the best instruments to start on because it’s easy to play, and the techniques are similar to the guitar, making for a smooth transition into private guitar lessons when they are ready. Click here to learn more about our ukulele lessons.
How to get the most out of your Children’s guitar lessons
Your kids are still begging for guitar lessons and you’re finally ready to sign them up! Of course you want to make sure they are learning and that your not wasting your time and money. Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we’ve been teaching guitar to children since 1994. Here are a few of the ways we have discovered that will help them get the most out of lessons with us.
1. MAKE GUITAR LESSONS FUN
This may seem obvious but many guitar teachers focus so much on technique and theory in the beginning that it may actually scare younger children off. It is important to learn proper guitar technique it just needs to be taught in a fun and approachable way. There are many ways a good guitar teacher can make the lessons fun from doing songs that kids love to playing music related learning games. It’s our opinion here at the Oakville Academy of Music that hiring fun and relaxed guitar teachers can make all the difference in the world to a new student.
2. TEACH THEM MUSIC THEY LOVE ON THE GUITAR
We highly encourage kids to learn how to play their favorite songs from the radio or YouTube. These are the songs that inspired them to take guitar lessons in the first place. There’s a lot of great modern music and much of it is accessible to the beginner guitar student. In addition using solid method books our teachers will use your kids favorite music to help develop their technique and keep them engaged in lessons.
3. TAKE LESSONS FROM QUALIFIED AND FUN GUITAR TEACHERS
Sure, you can get guitar lessons from some guy up the street. Maybe he can play a bit and he has really cool hair! But can he teach? Can he break the lessons down into easy to learn concepts? Will he teach your children how to love the guitar by showing them what they can really do with it? It’s important to find a qualified teacher that knows how to explain the guitar lessons and concepts so that your kids can understand them. Oakville Academy of Music guitar teachers are fun, they love music, and they love to share their love of the guitar with their students!
4. HELP THEM SET GUITAR LESSON GOALS
Learning how to set and achieve a goal is key factor in learning any skill including the guitar. Our exclusive Musical Ladder System is great for kids to learn how to set and achieve personal musical goals. Students work with the teacher in their guitar lessons to pick the right material for musical challenges which are done every 90 days or so. When they pass they receive really cool colored wristbands and certificates. Some levels include trophies.
5. START WITH RIGHT GUITAR
Choosing the right guitar for your kids is very important and can make a big difference in their guitar lessons. We recommend that younger children start on a 3/4 size guitar with nylon strings. Children younger than 9 often have smaller hands and may find a full size guitar difficult to hold and play. The nylon strings are much easier to push down than steel strings which makes makes playing the guitar much easier. Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we want your children to have the most rewarding guitar lesson experience possible. To help with this we offer small guitars for rental or purchase to make sure your kids are successful from their very first lesson. Learn more about our guitar rentals
6. ENCOURAGE THEM TO PERFORM IN A GUITAR RECITAL
One great way to help your kids get the most from their guitar lessons is to have them perform in a recital. Performing music in a live setting will encourage them to practice the guitar more to get ready for the show. This also helps them set goals in their guitar lessons. Studies show that children who perform regularly stay in guitar lessons longer and become better guitarists. Our Oakville music school offers at least 2 music recitals per year. These events are completely free for our students with no tickets to purchase or participation fees on any kind. We present the recitals at a beautiful venue right here in Oakville Ontario with all the equipment necessary to make them sound great on the guitar.
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