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Guitar Classes for Kids & Teens from Beginners to Advanced

Guitar Classes for Kids & Teens from Beginners to Advanced

Guitar Classes for Kids & Teens

Rock Guitar Classes for Kids Ages 8-11 and Teens 12-17

• Weekly group classes.
• Experienced and enthusiastic teachers.
• A song based approach to maximize fun and motivation.
• Guitars provided in class.
• Materials provided.
• Discounted trial classes.


Song Based Guitar Classes For Fun (Skill Is A Byproduct)

In the NYC Guitar School Rock Guitar Curriculum, students develop confidence and proficiency step-by-step and song by song. How? We teach great techniques in the context of simple chords and strum patterns, beginning with a focused set of the most essential chords and skills.

The result is that students develop great rhtyhm, good dexterity, and a feeling of fun and confidence with basic chords. Kids or teenagers will be to play many songs–or even make up and sing songs–with wild abandon using just a handful of chords.

Think of the class as literal “play time”–having fun while also deepening skills and confidence with friendly support.After the Rock Guitar classes, students can continue learning with more advanced skills in private lessons or our Rock Band program. And if they just want to enjoy knowing how to play songs for fun–that is also a win!

To enroll in a class, start with a single private lesson for evaluation and placement. Absolute beginners will learn the very basic concepts they need to join a Level One class in a dedicated one-on-one session, and students who have some experience will be confirmed for placement in a more advanced class.

How Classes Work

Each one hour class includes a level appropriate Warm Up, an Icebreaker to help connect, Concrete Coaching to develop and improve fundamental skills, and of course lots of Playing Along with great songs. At the end of each class, the teacher shares how today’s song and skills fit into the classes fuller Context, and students share Goals for their week of practice. (For younger kids there is also typically a music oriented break midway through the class, where the students put down their guitars and play a musical game.)

The curriculum cycles repeatedly to allow students to gradually master the basic skills at a given level. New students joining a group typically spend their first few weeks learning the level specific warm-up, which unlocks all learning and playing opportunities in a given class.

For KIDS 8-11 there are 3 class levels.

  • Level 1 is song based beginning with whole notes & small (partial) chords. Once students have a very high comfort level with the small chords, they learn full fingered basic chords. Students typically spend a year or more in Level 1 gaining confidence and skill with fundamental techniques.
  • Level 2 is song based with full open chords and mixed strumming patterns.
  • After Level 2, kids should go either into private lessons and or rock band and/or Kids Level 3, which is ensemble based.

For TEENS 12-16 there are 3 class levels.

  • Level 1 and Level 2 follow the adult beginners rock curriculum, except that there are more single note lines and riffs.
  • After Level 2 teens can continue with private lessons and/or rock band and/or Teen Level 3, which is ensemble based.

New students start with a private lesson to learn the very basics before joining a Level 1 class, or to confirm placement in a more advanced class.

Upcoming Weekly Classes

All classes are available as a series of private lessons. Reach out to us at or call 646-485-7244 ext 1.

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