Guitar Lessons in Murrieta, CA

Further your Guitar Skills at Murrieta’s Award-Winning Music Academy

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About Guitar Lessons

The Guitar Academy provides private guitar lessons for ages of 6 and up. We also have a group guitar class called Group Guitar 101 (Guitar Basics) for beginning guitar students and Rock Starz™" rock band classes for students that would like to play in a band. Whether you want a guitar teacher for rock, blues, jazz, fingerpicking, vocal accompaniment, classical, or most other styles, we've got you covered.

All of our guitar teachers not only have the necessary academic musical knowledge, but they are also working professional musicians that regularly play in world-class venues, casinos, and recording studios both locally and throughout Southern California. Guitar lessons are posted to each student's LessonRewind account for easy review from any computer or mobile device.

Levels of Guitar Lessons

Different stages of learning as well as personal preference will dictate different programs of study, which is why except for beginning students starting at square-one, private instruction is best. Most students will not reach the advanced level of playing, which is fine because not everyone wants to be a professional guitarist. What is important is that each student can go as far as his or her dedication and desire will allow.


How to tune (and why you need a chromatic guitar tuner)
Simple technique exercises for proper picking
Beginning chords
Beginning strumming techniques
How to read TAB
Basic level songs


Further arpeggio / chord development and theory
Major, minor, and pentatonic scales
How to read standard music notation
Performing tips
Basic soloing concepts
More complex songs
Basic Ear Training (play what you hear - you don't always need written music)


Advanced chords, progressions, and application
Advanced arpeggio theory and application
Advanced scale theory and application
Advanced soloing
Advanced reading
Advanced Ear Training

Fun Facts About Guitar Lessons

1. The guitar is one of the most popular instruments worldwide, known for its versatility and ability to adapt to a wide range of musical genres, including rock, pop, classical and even jazz.

2. The guitar is a rhythmic powerhouse. Guitar lessons delve into strumming patterns, fingerpicking rhythms, and syncopations that form the heartbeat of any song.

3. Electric guitar lessons may introduce you to effects pedals, gadgets that alter your sound. From distortion to delay, these tools let you create a sonic palette all your own.

4. Guitars are found in a multitude of cultures and musical traditions worldwide, bridging gaps and connecting people through a common love for music.

5. Guitar lessons at the Murrieta and Menifee Academy of Music cover a wide variety of styles, including classical, flamenco, blues, rock, folk, and more. You'll be able to explore the genres that make you fall in love with the instrument!

Our Student Photo Gallery

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!

Guitar Lessons Tuition

The tuitions listed below are for private guitar lessons taking place at the Academy and/or online once a week.

30 Minutes


30-minute lessons are recommended for younger students or adults looking to pursue music casually.
45 Minutes


45-minute lessons are ideal for older children and teenagers, as well as adults looking to make faster progress.
60 Minutes


60-minute lessons are ideal for students of all ages looking to pursue music seriously and make progress at a stronger pace.

Why Choose Our Academy

With our team of world-class guitar instructors, we offer guitar lessons for students of all ages and levels. We’ve been a community staple for over 30 years, and pride ourselves on creating a welcoming environment for all students.

Our guitar teachers are at the heart of our music school. As mentioned previously, we receive countless teacher applications every year, and each guitar teacher is meticulously selected for their professionalism and great personality. Their music education, performance, and teaching experience speaks for themselves too!

We find joy in teaching students on the finest quality instruments including but not limited to our acoustic pianos, guitars, and drums. We feature a waiting area for parents with high-speed WiFi, and an entire performing arts space, equipped with a professional stage and PA system. The Academy has plenty of free parking, and is located right in the heart of the Murrieta Town Center - near restaurants, stores, and other awesome spots!

We have been a part of the Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, and Lake Elsinore community since 1990. We have learned how to create the most exceptional learning environment for music and the arts over the years through teaching thousands of students within our community!

Our students have an opportunity to showcase their progress over the 10 performances per year we hold for all of our programs, averaging nearly 1 performance every month. All opportunities are optional, but highly recommended for students! We also pride ourselves on holding fundraisers and events with outside organizations, which in the past include the Lakers, Walmart Foundation, Children’s Hospital Miracle Network, and Rady’s Children’s Hospital, amongst others.

In addition to being a proud member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music education) and a Steinway & Sons Teaching and Educational Partner (an extremely rare designation for private music schools), we also partner with local nonprofits, public and private schools, and charter schools. Among our alumni are music industry professionals, actors, and performers, such as America’s Got Talent-2018 Golden Buzzer recipient, Makayla Phillips! We have also received endorsements by the California State Assembly and California State Senate for our long standing benefit to our communities, and are proud recipients of the 2023 Spectrum Student Satisfaction award.

Guitar Lessons Gallery

Take a look inside our student community!

Staff and 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. Alan



Mr. Mike



Mr. Paul



Ms. Kayla



Frequently Asked Questions About Guitar Lessons

See below for the most frequently asked questions about guitar lessons. If you have a question that is not listed here, please contact us at 951-698-9891 for assistance. For more information and guitar learning tips, check out this free report: "9 Ways to Get the Most Out of Guitar Lessons.”

Our guitar lessons cater to a wide range of ages, from children as young as 7 years old to adults well in their 80s. Our experienced guitar teachers always tailor their teaching methods to match the learning pace and preferences of each individual student.

No prior musical experience is required to enroll in guitar lessons at the Academy of Music. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some familiarity with music, our instructors will guide you through the basics and help you develop your guitar skills.

Our guitar lessons cover a diverse array of topics, including chord progressions, strumming techniques, fingerstyle playing, reading tablature (tab) and sheet music, improvisation, and exploring various musical styles from classical to contemporary.

Guitar lessons typically come in three pre-set durations – 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour, depending on your age and proficiency level. Most younger students start off with 30-minute lessons, while children ages 10+ benefit from 45-minute lessons. Many adults enroll in 60-minute lessons, although if you’re looking to pursue guitar lessons casually, 30-minute lessons can be enough to make consistent progress. Twice-a-week lessons are recommended and offered to students showing passion and dedication to their instruments.

Absolutely! We encourage all our guitar students to participate in recitals, showcases, and performances (we host over 10 shows every year!). These events provide you with the chance to build confidence, share your progress, and connect with fellow musicians and the audience. Rocktoberfest Concerts, as well as our RockStarz Bands are wonderful outlets for students looking to gain more formal performance experience.

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

Murrieta Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Menifee Academy of Music and Performing Arts

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?

Contact our amazing office - we are here to help!

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