Oakville Academy of Music offers guitar lessons in Oakville for children and adults of all ages
(For ages 6 and up)
If you’re looking for guitar lessons in Oakville then you’re in the right place! Our guitar lessons combine the stability of traditional guitar lessons with the fun of playing the music you love. Not only will you learn songs that you really want to learn on the guitar, you can also learn how to read music and guitar tabs, understand chords, rhythm, and music theory. This combined approach to guitar lessons is designed keep you motivated from the very first lesson!
Our one-on-one private guitar lessons mean that the teacher can focus on your individual learning style. Private lessons also mean that you are able to learn the type of music you enjoy the most. You can take private guitar lessons for 30 minutes or 1 hour. Most students start with 30 minutes and increase to one hour over time.
Guitar lessons for children
We offer guitar lessons in Oakville for children age 6 and up. Not only will your children learn songs that they really want to learn they will also learn about guitar theory and explore different guitar styles. We use a variety of different method books to accomplish this and we encourage all students to bring their iPod or or tablet to their guitar lessons to learn their favorite tunes.
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Guitar lessons for adults
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 the same type of guitar lessons that kids get. Every adult has there own idea of what they want out of their guitar lessons. Our teachers will focus on the music that you really want to learn to make sure your guitar lessons are always fun and motivating.
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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 often asked by prospective 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.
The main reason to choose the Academy of Music is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual.
Will I play in a concert?
All of our students have the option to participate in our recitals twice a year. These music recitals are free for our students. There are no tickets to purchase or participation fees. We want all of our Oakville guitar students to have a positive performance experience.
What is the best age to start guitar lessons?
We recommend children be 6 years old before they start guitar lessons. Playing the guitar requires a certain amount of pressure on the fingertips from pressing down the strings. Children under 6 years generally have smaller hands and might find playing uncomfortable. We usually start bass guitar students at 10 years old Adults can start anytime. We recommend ukulele lessons for children under 6 years. For younger children (age 6 – 8) we recommend a 3/4 size guitar to make learning a little easier and more rewarding.
What styles of guitar do you teach?
We teach all styles from rock, pop, jazz, country, blues and classical guitar lessons Oakville.
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 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 4 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 a great instrument to start on because it’s a bit easier to play, and the techniques are similar to the guitar, making for a smooth transition into private guitar lessons when they are ready. Learn more about our ukulele lessons.
How to get the most out of your guitar lessons
You’re ready to sign up for guitar lessons and you want to make the most of your time and energy. Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we have taught music to thousands of students since 1994. Here are a few of the things we have learned that will help you get the most out of your guitar lessons with us,
1. TAKE A COMBINED APPROACH TO GUITAR LESSONS
Most guitar teachers have a specific repertoire they prefer at the beginning stage. There are fundamentals that are important for beginners to develop good technique and habits. We highly recommend that you learn from a recognized guitar method book. This will help make sure that you don’t miss out on anything important. Some popular guitar programs that our teachers use are the Hal Leonard Guitar Method and Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method. In addition to the method book your teacher will ask you to choose your favorite songs to learn in your lessons. It’s very important to learn the kind of music that inspires you to practice. This combined guitar lesson approach should inspire you to play what you love and work on developing good technique at the same time.
2. TAKE LESSONS FROM QUALIFIED AND FUN GUITAR TEACHERS
Learning is not just about getting some guy from up the street to show you a few cool guitar licks. It’s about finding a qualified teacher that knows how to explain the lessons and concepts so that you actually understand them. In addition they need to be fun and have a love of sharing music. Our guitar teachers have warm personalities and will get to know you and your family on a personal level. Whether you want to learn classic rock or classical guitar our teacher’s focus will always be to help you become the guitarist you want to be.
3. SET GOALS IN YOUR GUITAR LESSONS
One great way to improve your skills is to constantly set and achieve goals in your guitar lessons. Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we have many opportunities for our students to set personal goals. We have at least two optional recitals every year, and our exclusive Musical Ladder System for every music student.
4. START WITH RIGHT GUITAR
There are many different options when it comes to choosing the best instrument for your guitar lessons. Most beginner students start with an acoustic guitar. We do recommend getting one with nylon strings because they are softer and easier to push down. If your acoustic guitar has steel strings it can be harder to press down making your fingers sore fairly quickly. Electric guitars are also a good choice because they have light strings. The student’s age and size can make a difference as well. For younger children we suggest a 3/4 size guitar. As they get older they can move up to a full size guitar. For even more information check out this article from Artist Guitars: How to Choose a Guitar in 2 Simple Steps
5. PERFORM IN A GUITAR RECITAL
One of the best ways for parents to know if their kids are really learning is to have them perform in a recital. Performing in a music recital means that you need to practice one or two pieces of music until you can play them really well on the guitar. This also gives the students and teachers something specific to focus on in their lessons. Many studies have shown that students who perform regularly stay in guitar lessons longer. This can only help them become better musicians in the long run. Here at the Oakville Academy of Music we offer a minimum of 2 recitals per year. These concerts are free for our students. There are no tickets to purchase or participation fees on any kind. Performing in recitals and concerts will help you get more out of your guitar lessons.
6. PRACTICE THE GUITAR EVERYDAY
This one thing may be the most important for learning how to play the guitar! It’s not enough to just show up for your guitar lessons. The real magic is in having a regular practice schedule. You should try to play every day for at least a few minutes. It has been proven that we develop skills over time with consistency. 15-20 minutes of guitar playing every day will give you better results than cramming in 2 hours of practice the day before your guitar lesson. It’s not always possible to play every day so you don’t want to be too hard on yourself if you don’t. You should however try for daily practice because the simple act of setting a goal will increase your chances of achieving it. This will make your guitar lessons more fun and your teacher super happy!
Here at the Oakville Academy of Music our guitar students get access to a really cool practice challenge program. Students work through the levels and earn buttons, achievement medals, and fun grand prizes, just for playing the guitar more often!
7. DON’T GIVE UP
There is an old saying that goes “quitters never win and winners never quit” The is true for your guitar lessons too! Every once in a while you will find a lesson on concept difficult or challenging and you may want to quit. These are the times that you have to choose to practice your guitar a little more and be extra patient with yourself. Let’s face it, if it was that easy everyone would be an expert. These challenges are actually good for you and will help you become a better musician. So don’t give up on your guitar lessons too soon. Try to work past the challenges. Only then will you be able see the other side of progress.
7. TRY OUT DIFFERENT GUITAR STYLES
Music students will often have a certain style in mind when they sign up for guitar lessons. While it is important to learn what you want to learn it can be valuable and fun to explore different styles on the guitar. There are literally thousands of different styles from all around the world to discover. A few common styles you might start with are classical, jazz, metal, and Spanish. Each of these has a variety of sub-styles as well. You generally start guitar lessons wanting to play something cool but over time you may want to develop your own unique style. Learning about different guitarist and styles will help you expand your musical mind. Who knows, you might even find something new that you love!
8. BE PATIENT
It takes time to develop any skill and playing the guitar is no different. Most of the musicians that you love have been playing for may years. Nobody starts as a guitar expert. New lessons are always a challenge. Working through the challenges and perfecting techniques over time is the key to mastering music. Be patient, it’s worth it!
9. START EVERY GUITAR LESSON SLOW
One of the biggest challenges to learning the guitar is starting slow. You want to play fast and smooth like your favorite guitar player but you just cant yet! You need to start all lessons slowly, playing your new song or guitar riff at a pace you can handle. It’s more important to play every note clearly than it is to play fast and mess them all up. After you can play the material well at a slow pace you can then gradually increase your speed. Take your time and get it right the first time. This will help make your guitar lessons experience a great one!
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