Guitar Lessons in Alhambra, CA

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Guitar Lessons in Alhambra & San Marino

If you are looking for guitar, ukulele, or electric bass lessons in Alhambra, CA, or surrounding areas, you have come to the right place! We have an excellent and highly-credentialed guitar faculty and cover many genres and styles including rock, blues, jazz, classical, pop, Spanish, and chordal accompaniment. Typically, a student would have to be 6.5 years old in order to begin guitar lessons (due to hand size requirements), but younger students can successfully start with a junior-sized guitar, or begin with ukulele. Private guitar lessons are one-on-one instruction, and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.

At the Alhambra School of Music, all of our guitar teachers are not only chosen for their musical credentials, but for their ability to relate to and encourage all ages and levels of students. Whether you are just starting out, or are looking for instruction to enhance your Senior Recital piece, we would be honored to be a part of your musical journey.

Our guitar classes are offered at our state of the art facility, conveniently located on East Main Street, just two short blocks East of Garfield Avenue (between Chapel and Garfield Avenue). All of our highly-qualified guitar teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in music, although most have Masters Degrees and DMA’s, and have decades of experience teaching children and adults.

The lessons are conducted in our individual sound-treated music teaching rooms. Parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons, observe the classes through the observation windows in every door, or wait in our large and comfortable waiting area with magazines and high-speed WiFi. Free parking is available to all students!

Additionally, our Alhambra-based music school offers regular performance opportunities and recitals (held in June & December) and optional preparation for MTAC Certificate of Merit and ABRSM Exams.

Levels of Guitar Lessons

Although private guitar lessons are custom tailored to each student’s learning style, interest, and needs, specific fundamental concepts are covered at each “level.”


The fundamental concepts for beginners include note names, time signatures, beginning scales, beginning chords, beginning duet pieces, beginning sight reading, beginner-friendly fingerpower technical exercises to improve finger strength, and beginner-friendly ear training and theory.


The fundamental concepts for intermediate students include key signatures, intermediate sight reading, intermediate rhythms, intermediate chords including barre chords, arpeggios, intermediate-level pieces and duets (Levels 3-5), as well as more in-depth ear training and musical theory concepts.


The fundamental concepts for advanced students are advanced rhythms, advanced level sight reading and ear training, improvisation, transposing, music composition, harmony, advanced level pieces, custom-styled repertoire, as well as audition preparation.

Fun Facts About Guitaar Lessons

1. Did you know that children who learn to play the guitar often perform better academically? Studies show that guitar lessons can enhance cognitive abilities, boost memory, and improve overall academic achievement. At Alhambra School of Music, we believe in harmonizing music and education for a brighter future.

2. Ever wondered how musicians effortlessly read sheet music? Learning the guitar not only introduces you to the world of melody, but also enhances your visual and spatial skills. At Alhambra School of Music, we're not just teaching notes - we are teaching you music.

3. Guitar lessons at our school aren't just about hitting the right keys; they're a therapeutic escape. Playing the guitar has been linked to reduced stress levels in many well-regarded studies. Our expert instructors not only nurture musical talent, but also provide an engaging space for emotional expression and the love for music.

4. Joining our guitar classes isn't just a solo act. Students often form lasting friendships through shared musical experiences. It's not just about learning notes; it's about creating connections and relationships that will allow music to be a part of your life.

5. Joining our guitar classes isn't just a solo act. Students often form lasting friendships through shared musical experiences. It's not just about learning notes; it's about creating connections and relationships that will allow music to be a part of your life.

Guitar Lessons Tuition

The tuition listed below are for private guitar lessons taking place at the Alhambra School of Music facility or online via our Meet@ASOM virtual lesson platform 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.

Our Student Photo Gallery

Step into our Student Gallery, where we celebrate the musical journeys of our students. Our students are at the heart of the Alhambra School of Music, and we are immensely proud of their progress.

Why Choose Our Academy

With our team of world-class 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 teachers are at the heart of our music school. As mentioned previously, we receive hundreds of music teacher applications every year, and each guitar teacher is meticulously selected for their professionalism and engaging and fun personality. Their music education, performance, and teaching experience speaks for themselves as well. All of our highly-qualified guitar teachers have university degrees in music (many with Masters Degrees and DMA’s), and have experience teaching children and adults.

Our lessons are conducted in professionally sound-treated teaching rooms, equipped with the highest-quality violins, guitars, acoustic drum kits (yes, we teach on real kits and not their electronic counterparts), as well as high-end Yamaha commercial-grade upright pianos. Parents are welcome to sit in on the lessons, observe the classes through the observation windows in every door, or wait in our large and comfortable waiting room.

Since 1993, we have been an integral part of the Alhambra community and its surrounding areas, including San Marino, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, East Los Angeles, Pasadena, South Pasadena, and others. Over the years, we have had a chance to craft an outstanding learning environment for music and the arts by imparting knowledge to thousands of students within our local community!

Our students get the chance to spotlight their musical achievements through our exciting lineup of semi-annual performances across all programs, offering thrilling showcases to our entire community. While these opportunities are entirely optional, we highly encourage our students to participate. Additionally, we take pride in organizing music-themed fundraisers and collaborating with external organizations, such as the Walmart Foundation, Children’s Hospital Miracle Network, and others, to make your musical journey even more extraordinary and fun.

As a distinguished member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, a professional organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in music education, and a designated Steinway & Sons Teaching and Educational Partner — an esteemed recognition for private music schools — we establish valuable connections with local nonprofits, public and private schools, and charter schools in our mission to spread the love for music and the arts. Our esteemed alumni include accomplished professionals in the music industry, actors, and performers in the music industry. Additionally, we have garnered endorsements from both the California State Assembly and California State Senate, recognizing our longstanding contributions to the community. Furthermore, we have been recognized as a Best Music School by Expertise Magazine for over a decade in a row!

Guitar Lessons Gallery

Take a look inside our guitar lesson 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!

Dr. Regina
Dr. Regina

Academy Director

Doctorate of Musical Arts

Mr. Jon
Mr. Jon

Guitar Faculty

Bachelor’s Degree in Music

Mr. Gaetano
Mr. Gaetano

Guitar Faculty

Bachelor’s Degree in Music

Mr. Mike
Mr. Mike

Guitar Faculty

Bachelor’s Degree in Music

Teachers with the Best Credentials

Our teaching team is comprised of professionals with decades of experience and credentials from the best conservatories around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions About Piano Lessons

See below for the most frequently asked questions about guitar lessons.Call us today at (626) 495-1515 or visit the Alhambra School of Music and Arts to start guitar lessons. We also offer a variety of other lesson programs. Click here to go back to the list of instruments.

At the Alhambra School of Music, our guitar instructors are highly-qualified professionals with advanced degrees in music and extensive teaching experience. Each instructor is selected through a rigorous process to ensure they meet our standards for excellence. Research shows that qualified teachers significantly impact a student’s musical development, and our entire teaching and administrative team is dedicated to providing top-notch instruction.

Our guitar lessons are customized to suit each student’s unique learning style and goals. Through personalized lesson plans, we address specific musical interests and adapt teaching methods accordingly. Research indicates that personalized learning enhances student engagement and skill development, and our instructors are adept at tailoring lessons for optimal results. 

This approach also helps ensure that students stay engaged throughout their musical journey and do not lose interest, as getting bored with lessons is one of the top reasons students (especially younger students) lose motivation to practice!

We take pride in offering numerous performance opportunities, including recitals and events throughout the year. Our students showcase their progress regularly to friends and family, contributing to a well-rounded musical experience.

We leverage cutting-edge technology to enhance the learning experience. Our instructors incorporate interactive tools and multimedia resources to make lessons engaging and effective. Research has shown that technology integration in music lessons can foster creativity and deepen understanding. Our tools include our cutting edge student portal for homework and practice materials, our Meet@ASOM virtual lesson platform in cases when you need to switch your lesson to a virtual session, as well as our LessonRewind platform, offering lesson recaps and recordings from lessons! 

All in all, we are committed to providing you with ample resources to supplement your learning. The resources are there – and you can choose to use all of them, or only those that work for you – the choice is yours!

Absolutely! Our success stories and testimonials from satisfied parents and students underscore our commitment to excellence. Feel free to explore the testimonials on our website to gain insights into the transformative experiences our guitar students have had at the Alhambra School of Music. Unlike other music schools, we also regularly post the performances of our students. We invite you to check out our Gallery of Student Performances and see what our music school is about for yourself!

We believe in instilling a love for music from an early age. Our guitar lessons are usually open for children as young as eight (8) years old, though some children start at a younger age with a junior-sized instrument. Research suggests that starting musical education at a young age can positively impact cognitive development.

At the Alhambra School of Music, we prioritize the use of high-quality instruments to enhance the learning experience. We offer well-maintained instruments for rental, and our instructors can provide suggestions to students for acquiring their own quality instruments.

Yes, we do provide guitar lessons in the comfort of the student’s home! This convenient option offers a personalized and familiar environment for learning, promoting a positive and focused practice space. In-Home lessons have slightly different tuition rates – please visit the Registration Page for details on pricing!

Our Partners

The Alhambra School of Music and Arts is partnered and contracted with a variety of local organizations in Alhambra, Pasadena, San Marino, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, and surrounding areas. This includes local public schools, private schools, charter schools, nonprofit organizations, and other community arts organizations.

Embark on your musical and artistic journey with the Alhambra School of Music

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