Decided to take the plunge and learn the guitar? There are plenty of great schools in New York City that cater to both beginner and professional musicians. Whether you’re looking for a one-on-one lesson or learn better with a group class, there’s a place for you to strum your heart out in New York City. Just head to our picks for the best guitar schools the city has to offer.
New York City Guitar School
251 West 30th St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Take classes or private lessons with the Guitar School and you’ll be plucking tunes on the guitar in no time. With two locations in Manhattan — one each in Queens and Brooklyn, and even one in Westchester — there’s no excuse for not learning this cool instrument. Teens can join a rock band group and even your littlest ones can start in the Suzuki program. Summer programs and school break camps are also available.
92Y Guitar Institute
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128
Learn any number of guitar moves, from beginner to advanced, at 92Y. Taught by practiced guitarists, classes can be group-based or private instruction. Learn some basic chords and music from famous compositions. Learners of all ages are encouraged to join. Before you know it, you’ll be playing guitar almost as well as many of the famous recitalists who play at the 92Y. Membership at the 92Y also has all sorts of great benefits, from concert tickets to gym classes, celebrity talks, and everything in between.
Chris Conly Music Studio
130 West 19 Street
New York, NY 10001
Chris Conly has been performing, recording and teaching the guitar ever since he was 10 years old. He’s lived in New York since 2007 and is dedicated to giving each individual guitar student the attention they need to get that chord just right. Chris’ focus is on blues, rock and jazz music, so if you’re looking for a jam session, this is the place to be! His studio in Chelsea caters to intermediate and advanced guitar players, and offers different membership options. Group classes and ensembles are also available.
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The Collective School Of Music
541 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
Full-time music programs, short-term intensive programs, summer intensives, private lessons, evening programs and more are all offered through The Collective. Serious students can gain a great amount of experience through the full range of courses available. Learn how to perform and gain one-on-one instruction. Students can learn not only guitar, but bass, keyboard, drums and vocals — everything you need to start up that band you’ve been talking about!
Sage Music School
33 Nassau Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
This year, the Queens Courier voted Sage Music School the best arts school in the borough, and with good reason — they’re known for their exceptional quality of music education. At Sage Music, you can receive training in guitar, piano or voice. Private music lessons or group classes are available. At Sage, you not only learn how to play guitar, but you also learn the best way to practice. Confident and proper playing is what you’ll end up with as a result of your lessons.
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