Group Guitar 101 - Guitar Basics

Explore our introductory guitar class in a playing-based approach to learning the guitar. The course is a great way to determine the interest level of the student and prepare for private guitar instruction.


Guitar 101 - Guitar Basics

Guitar 101 (Guitar Basics) is an introductory guitar class intended for the curious beginner. Designed as a journey through the fundamentals of the guitar, the course is best for students looking to get a great foundation and also gauge their level of interest in pursuing private guitar lessons.

However, if you have had prior experience with the guitar, or feel that you are committed to lessons prior to being enrolled in Guitar 101, private guitar lessons may be the way to go! 

Current Class Schedule

Explore our Guitar 101 schedules below! Please note, we are always launching new sessions as students enrolling exceed the capacity of the classes listed on this page, so please give us a call for the most up-to-date times. 

Day of the Week Time Location Session Dates Age Group
Monday Call Menifee Session 2: Enrolling Now Ages 6 - 13
Wednesday Call Menifee Session 2: Enrolling Now Ages 6 - 13
Friday 4:45pm - 5:30pm Murrieta Session 1: September 1 - December 1, 2023 Ages 6 - 13
Friday 4:45pm - 5:30pm Murrieta Session 2: Enrolling Now Ages 6 - 13

What to Expect from Group Guitar 101

This specialized guitar class has been specifically designed for students to get an introduction to and a fundamental understanding of guitar.

Learn letter names and numbers of strings
How to hold the guitar
How to hold the pick
How to tune
Basic 3-finger and 4-finger technique
Basic chords
Understanding Tab notation
Understanding Standard notation
Strumming in 4/4 and 3/4 time
Beginning songs

About the Academy


If you are looking for music lessons, performing arts classes, or fine arts classes in Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore or the surrounding areas, you have come to the right place!

The Academy of Music and Arts, with campuses in Murrieta and Menifee, has been offering private music lessons for students as young as 5 on guitar, voice, piano, drums, strings, woodwinds, brass, ukulele, and more since 1990. Programs for group lessons, including piano, guitar, and vocal ensembles are also available for students of various ages, as are our community-staple Rock Bands. For the aspiring actors, we offer drama classes and musical theater classes. For children 2 through 7 we now have Music Fun Time, a nationally recognized music program for young beginners, backed by research at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University.

Our Murrieta music and arts school also offers low-pressure performances for our private students to perform in if they wish. All of our Performing Arts Classes also have regular performances for family, friends, and the public.

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Our music students are having a blast. We are so proud of their progress. Here are some highlights from our showcases, recitals, and music lessons from the past year!

Group Guitar 101 - Guitar Basics Tuition

Guitar 101 - Guitar Basics is a 12 Session Course (Class Size - 9 Students Maximum)

Monthly Payments


First payment of $105 + registration fee due at enrollment
Second payment of $105 due one month into class
Third payment of $105 due two months into class
Full-Tuition Option


Covers all 12 sessions (3 months)

Teacher Spotlight

Every month, the Academy of Music features some of our wonderful administrators and teachers. These are the folks that make us awesome!

Mr. Paul

Head Teacher

Guitar 101

Mr. Alan


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Hear From Parents and Students

Rated 5 of 5

Murrieta and Menifee’s Award-Winning Music School

See for yourself why thousands of families choose the Academy of Music for their musical and artistic journey.

Kristina EskildsenKristina Eskildsen
01:39 14 Dec 22
My daughter started vocal lessons here a few months ago with Denise and she loves it. She has developed so much technique in just a short amount of time. Denise has a strong passion for what she does and it shows in her teaching.
Amanda HallenAmanda Hallen
22:57 06 Dec 22
My daughter takes violin lessons here and loves it. Her instructor is kind and knowledgeable. They reply quickly to phone calls and emails. All staff is very nice.
Angelika RinesAngelika Rines
18:13 17 Oct 22
We love this Academy! My children attend drama classes. My daughter also has private voice lessons and private lessons for music theory. All with ms. Regina. She is a wonderful teacher - nice and very talented at everything she does. Always makes everyone feel heard, comfortable and included. And she is funny! All office workers always have been friendly and helpful, creating a positive experience at all times. We have only experienced friendly atmosphere in group classes from being around other students. Everything is well organized here. My children have learned so much, I can really tell a big difference, even in short period of time. I definitely recommend to come and experience for yourself. They are always looking forward to the classes!
Janice KoupalJanice Koupal
17:48 06 Jun 22
My daughter was so excited to start violin lessons. The studio was very helpful in getting her set up. The staff is very friendly to kids and adults. Her teacher is wonderful assessing her skills and making the lessons are relevant and fun all while learning. Great studio to partner with for your kids musical journey!
Miss KMiss K
00:39 20 May 22
My daughter started guitar lessons not to long ago and likes it. First time playing an instrument, the place is small but it does have a few chairs you can wait. Or just wait in the car. I sat in for one lessons and I think 30 min isn’t enough time for anything after the note taking and set it up/breaking down. I do like the instructor he’s awesome, kind and informative.

Embark on your musical and artistic journey with the Academy of Music.

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New Programs Now Enrolling!

Programs with new sessions can be found below!

  • Musical Theatre 
  • Drama Kids
  • Drama Teens
  • Musical Theatre for Little Folks

For schedule, please visit this page!

The Hollywood Starz Vocal Ensemble for students ages 6-15 currently has two remaining spaces. To enroll in the ensemble and conquer the stage, please contact our office!

Voice 101 is coming soon! Please give us a call to be placed on the waitlist as Session 1 of the program is beginning to run out of space!

Our all-favorite MusicFunTime program loved by hundreds at the Murrieta location is soon coming to the Menifee location! To get on our initial registration list for the MFT program, please contact our office! MFT is an award-winning program based on Johns Hopkins Research, promoting music to students ages 18months - 6 years old. 

Questions about our programs?

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