Our budding guitarists will be both encouraged and challenged by their instructors and learn the following:
2. Simple songs and melodies
3. Note reading and basic music theory
Once you have mastered chords, basic melodies, and sight-reading our instructors will challenge you with a new technique or music theory, dive deeper into music theory, learn different scales, advanced picking techniques, different modes for soloing/improvising, and even writing your own music!
Throughout the years of running a music school, we have found that music learners benefit most from a customized approach. This is why all of our guitar lessons are private one-on-one sessions. In these classes, our music teachers will tailor a music education program that best meets the needs, goals, and musical interests of the individual student. Our guitar teachers are experienced in crafting lesson programs that will help each student succeed, and have fun while doing so.
We offer customized lessons for guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, ukulele, bass, and all band instruments. Lessons are offered at our conveniently located facility, or from the comfort of your own home if you choose to have virtual lessons.
We know you're busy and it can be difficult to find a reliable guitar teacher; that's why we go above and beyond to find the best guitar teachers in the area. Greenwich Music's teaching staff are handpicked for both their credentials and versatile teaching styles, which allows them to work with a wide range of age groups and ability levels from the beginner to the most advanced students. Our teachers are university trained, and most are professional performers.
We know you'll find our guitar teaching staff to be friendly and dedicated to teaching you the music that you want to learn. We are proud to be independently owned and operated, and strive to offer ongoing support to our instructors to ensure we always provide our students and parents with the best possible music learning experience.
Since 1985, Greenwich Music has helped thousands of students begin or continue on their musical journey. We have a proven track record of offering quality guitar, voice, singing, piano and drum lessons in the Greenwich, CT area year round. We are the largest music school in our area, offering private lessons in more than 15 different instruments, as well as comprehensive vocal instruction.
Our approach inspires musicianship by providing a strong foundation in the fundamental concepts of musical instruction as new musicians learn to play their chosen instruments. This means that the student will be provided with the basic principles of musical theory as they play songs that they enjoy, all while fostering a meaningful and fun relationship with music.
Our full time mission, to teach music lessons, has been trusted by thousands of families for over 30 years.
Instead of waiting in a retail showroom, our clients enjoy a parent's lounge with comfortable chairs, free wifi, magazines, and water. We also provide large observation windows for every room so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or if you prefer, you can sit in on the lessons at any time.
Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for lessons, including amplifiers, full drum kits, keyboards, pianos, and more.
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing, and if they're progressing. A great way for a parent to see their child's progress is to have their child participate in a performance. Throughout the year Greenwich Music offers students several performance opportunities that include open mic jam nights and a spring student concert showcase. Parents never have to pay admission, or any related fees for performances.
Centrally located, our school draws students from Riverside, Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Cos Cob, Stamford, Darien and Rye Brook. With a convenient location, we're easy to find, right off of I-95.
Find directions or contact us with any questions here.
Does the student need their own guitar for their lessons?
For your first lesson, a guitar is not necessary! In fact, Greenwich Music will gladly provide an appropriately-sized guitar for a student’s lessons at no cost. However, we recommend that they have access to a guitar in between lessons so that they can practice. Only with this regular practice will students get the most out of their lessons.
My student is new to guitar. Should they start on an electric or acoustic version of the instrument?
Although learning the guitar is essentially the same on acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, they can feel a little different. Acoustic guitars can have wider necks and support either nylon or steel strings. Although nylon strings can feel easier on an amateur’s fingers, a wider neck can be less comfortable for smaller hands. Alternatively, electric guitars use narrower steel strings, have a lower string height, and are made with smaller necks. This means a beginner may find an electric alternative easier on their hands.
In considering comfort of an instrument, Greenwich instructors will look at three key factors: that the guitar isn’t too big, that it will fit the student’s hands well, and that the student will be enabled and empowered to form the chords and play the exercises given. If you have questions, the instructor would be happy to fit your student to the perfect instrument for them.
Does the student have to learn to read music in order to play guitar?
Not necessarily! Guitar music often comes in a simplified form called tablature, which uses a numbered system to show the student which finger to place on which string and where to play the chords or notes. However, at Greenwich Music we believe that learning to read music enhances the experience of playing an instrument. Upon request, our experienced and knowledgeable instructors are happy to teach the theory of reading music along with their lessons on guitar.
How often should the student practice?
Simply put, the more the student plays, the better they will get. Greenwich Music recommends that music students practice every day, even if the practice is as short as 5-10 minutes in length. For further details, inquire with your instructor.
At what age can a student begin guitar lessons?
Due to the finger strength and coordination required to play the instrument, guitar lessons are best suited for students ages 6 and up. For younger students who want to play an instrument, we have found that the piano and ukulele can be great alternatives.
Greenwich Music does not offer music lessons for children younger than 5 years of age. Thank you for your understanding!