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Learn Guitar With Merriam School of Music

Learn how to play guitar with Merriam’s top-rated teachers and amazing lesson programs. Whether you’ve never picked up a guitar or been playing for years, you’ll learn faster, have more fun, and be inspired by one of the most elite teaching staff of any school in North America. 

Focus on electric guitar and learn today’s modern licks and rhythm guitar styles, or pick up the acoustic guitar for beginning technique and start strumming your favourite guitar chords. We teach classical/blues guitar and ukulele too. 

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Guitar Lessons

Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors

Fast Progress, Fun Lessons

Guitar Lessons for All Ages, Beginner to Advanced

Anyone can learn guitar, and our beginner guitar lessons prove it every day. We accept students aged 7 and up (exceptions considered with assessment), and we offer specialized one-on-one lessons for kids, tweens, teens, and adults. We also have the programs and staff to work with beginners in every age group as well as burgeoning experts. 

Some people join us right at the beginning of their path, while others are seeking out specific coaching to help them get into college or university, pass an exam, work on a song or an album, or create new content for their socials.

Good Fit Guarantee

Love Your First Guitar Lesson, or It’s Free

We are confident that you will thoroughly enjoy your lesson experience. That is why Merriam Music offers a “Good Fit Guarantee” for every first trial lesson. Unless you are completely satisfied with your teacher and lesson, you do not pay.

Expert Instructors

Our coaches are among the very best in the entire country. They undergo a demanding process of three interviews, extensive background checks, and over 80 hours of training in order to teach with Merriam Music. Our extensive faculty with a diverse range of specializations ensures that you can study with the perfect teacher that fits your preferred learning style.

Convenient Scheduling

Merriam School of Music’s doors is open 7 days per week. Regardless of how busy your schedule is, we are confident that our convenient lesson options and scheduling will allow you to pursue your musical aspirations. In-studio, in-home, and online lesson formats are available.

RCM Exams

If you are looking to work through the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum and complete your RCM exams, we can help you through the process. Merriam Music has been prepping students for RCM exams ranging from grade 1 all the way up to ARCT for over 30 years.

HD Performance Videos

Sometimes life gets in the way of allowing our friends and family to see our moments in the spotlight. That is why Merriam Music provides custom-tailored High-Definition Video Logs to every student each year. Every one of your performances will be captured and recorded for you to relive and share with your loved ones at any time.

Customized Lessons

No two students are alike. Each student has their own unique interests and goals. That is why we have a highly-experienced and diverse teaching staff that collectively has the musical knowledge and expertise to teach every facet of music education. Regardless of what your musical aspirations are, we will help you accomplish them.

15+ Recitals

The only way to become a more confident performer is to perform. Merriam Music gives students a chance to participate in well over 15 concerts and performances each year. Concert settings range from casual jam nights to formal evening recitals. Workshop your skills and put your talent on display in front of a live audience.

No Long-term Contract

While other music schools and extracurricular organizations may try to lock you in with yearly contracts, Merriam Music does not pressure students into long-term commitments. We know you will love studying at MSM. That is why there are no long-term contracts. You can cancel your lessons any time penalty-free with 30 days written notice.

5-Star Google Rating

Merriam School of Music is proud to have a 97% customer satisfaction rating. We are the most reviewed and highest-rated music academy in not only the GTA but the entire country. Come experience firsthand what makes Merriam Music so celebrated.

Guitar Lessons in Person or Online

In-Studio & Online Guitar Lessons

With in-studio and online guitar lesson options, studying the guitar has never been more convenient. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and feature the latest and greatest technology, instruments, and equipment. If you are looking to study guitar in person, you will be blown away with our lesson environments. Like are in-studio classes, there are no corners cut in Merriam Music’s online lessons.

Having to switch exclusively to online lessons at one point during the COVID-19 pandemic, Merriam Music set out on a mission to ensure that the caliber of our lessons and the experience for both our students and teachers did not have to suffer even remotely. This goal led us to developing our own proprietary online platform, which gives students and teachers an unprecedented number of resources to work with. In fact, many of our students and teachers praised our online lesson format for being more engaging and impactful than in-person.

Guitar Teachers With Degrees

The Perfect Guitar Teacher For You

Simply put, there is not merely one way of playing guitar. In addition to the fact that there are various types of guitars, such as acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar, there are also a variety of playing styles that are distinctly unique.

While some guitar teachers are well-versed in a multitude of styles, generally speaking, jazz guitar playing, folk fingerstyle guitar playing, and flamenco guitar playing are all unique disciplines that require years of study to master. We are fortunate to have an extensive list of guitar teachers that all specialize in different styles and genres. This allows you to study the genre or style of your choosing with a true expert.

Whether you are a brand new beginner or a professional player looking to refine your chops and gain a deeper understanding of fretboard theory, MSM’s faculty can work with you to achieve your goals. We have specialized coaches that are dedicated to working with child and adult students. Enrol today to be connected with the perfect teacher that aligns with your interests.

Best Quality Guitar Lessons

Exceptional Customer Service

Any top music school cannot run effectively without a top administrative team. That is why Merriam Music has a full-time customer service department that is exclusively dedicated to assisting our students, teachers, and families. Our customer care representatives will take care of any question or concern to ensure that you can focus entirely on your lessons.

Beyond their administrative expertise, our customer service department is one of the key facets of the Merriam Music community. Each member of the team is truly passionate about their job and always strives to go the extra mile. They get to know every student, family, and teacher closely, which makes the school feel like a home away from home.

Earn School Credits with Music Lessons

Earn Highschool Credits

Very few music academies in North America can boast that they are a fully-accredited private high school. Merriam School of Music is proud to have attained this unique distinction. This unique title allows our students to acquire Ontario high school credits through their music education with our school.

If you are interested in earning high school credits through your work at Merriam Music, please contact your teacher or Education Counsellor today to learn more.

Guitar Classes & Programs

In-Studio • Online • Performance

PRIVATE IN-STUDIO GUITAR LESSONS

IN-STUDIO GUITAR LESSONS

Toronto-based guitar students now have the opportunity to enrol with Canada’s leading private music academy to take their playing to all new heights. Merriam Music’s holistic curriculum will make you a well-rounded guitarist in no time. The incredible lesson facilities of the Toronto campus are sure to inspire students of all ages and skill levels. You will have access to the best equipment and resources while you study with a top-tier coach through a lesson itinerary that is custom-tailored to your specific goals. You will be a master of the fret-board in less time than you ever could have imagined.

Private Guitar Lessons

PRIVATE ONLINE GUITAR LESSONS

ONLINE GUITAR LESSONS

Online guitar lessons are not necessarily all that new. However, online guitar lessons through Merriam School of Music’s proprietary online lesson platform are most certainly new and unlike any other online music lessons being offered. Gone are the days of simple Zoom or FaceTime calls. Our unique platform was developed in tandem with teachers and students to properly bridge the gap between the in-person and online lesson experience. Immediate access to sheet music, audio/video libraries, games, exercises, theory pages, and more, gives students and teachers resources that completely transform the lesson experience and enhance its efficacy. Come see why our students and teachers alike are raving about our online lessons.

Online Guitar Lessons

GUITAR LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

IN-HOME GUITAR LESSONS

An increasingly popular offering brings our teachers to your home. For customers within the adjoining neighbourhoods of our Toronto MSM campus, we bring our expertise, inspiration, and organization to your own home. Teachers will come with lesson plans, books, and students can still participate in recitals, festivals or exams. An ideal offering for those with a fine at-home instrument and a distraction-free lesson & practice space.

The in-home program has limited capacity, so please get in touch with us to explore the possibility of having lessons at home.

Best Guitar Lessons in Toronto

Music Is Fun. Guitar Lessons Shouldn't Be Any Different

Between work, school, and house chores, there is a long list of things to be stressed about. Music lessons should not be one of them. Playing an instrument like the guitar should be a fun, enjoyable process every step of the way. While some music schools may still subscribe to the sterile conservatory approach of long, gruelling lesson books with outdated repertoire, the Merriam School of Music experience is different.

It should come as no surprise that students that enjoy their guitar classes stick with playing the instrument far longer. Fun, engaging lessons lead to more technical proficiency as well as lower stress levels; a true win-win you could say. Merriam Music incorporates engaging and interactive assignments like composing, arranging, and improvising in order to ensure that our guitar students are given a well-rounded music education.

As any professional guitar player can attest, having strong aural abilities and being able to play by ear is vital to being a performing guitarist. The only way to truly establish this is to expose a student to all areas of music literacy. Learning to read standard notation, chord charts, and TAB are definitely important, but there is far more to learn as a modern guitarist and that is what Merriam Music’s guitar teachers seek to accomplish.

A Music School Beyond the Notes

There are a variety of ways in which people learn a new discipline or craft. Music is no different. While some students may thrive in an academic setting that involves working through lesson books and completing written exercises to solidify their understanding of the language of music, other students may flourish through aural activities such as ear training and improvising. This is just one of the reasons why Merriam Music seeks to explore more than just notes on a staff.

The simultaneous exposure of all areas of music literacy to each and every one of our students regardless of their age or skill level is one of the key ingredients to Merriam School of Music’s educational success. There is something new to learn with every aspect of music. Practical exercises like composition and improvisation can be an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of music theory. Similarly, performing with an ensemble in front of an audience can be a fantastic way to acquire stronger teamwork abilities and confidence. This is why we seek to expose our students to every dimension of music right from the beginning.

The results of this holistic approach to learning music are overwhelmingly positive. It does not just make students more well-rounded musicians, it makes students more well-rounded people. Greater success in athletics, academics, and relationships are just some of the many lifelong benefits that are established through this educational approach.

The Science of Musical Excellence

Developing an engaging and effective curriculum and environment is not something that happens randomly. It takes careful consideration and meticulous planning, research, and experimentation to create the perfect formula. The Merriam School of Music has been committed to perfecting this scientific formula for over 30 years. We call it the science of musical excellence.

Nothing at the Merriam School of Music is left up to chance. Our lesson facilities and studios are specifically designed to enhance a student’s learning experience. The way we train our teachers and devise our curriculums are no different. Through data, research, and consultation with the top music educators in the world, we have devised a music education experience unlike any other.

The best part of Merriam Music’s science of musical excellence is that it is accessible to every student. Whether you are taking your very first lesson or preparing for an audition to a top university music program, we believe that all students should get to experience the very best. That is why every single student of the Merriam School of Music is given access to the same amazing resources and experiences from their very first day. Enrol with Merriam Music today to experience the science of musical excellence for yourself.

The Merriam Curriculum 

A Complete Music Education

Students at Merriam don’t just learn differently. Their entire experience is broader and more engaging. They learn creativity and free expression while building confidence, self-esteem, and friendships. It all begins in the classroom, but where it takes them, goes far beyond.

private Guitar lessons

One-On-One Guitar Lessons

The fastest, most fun, and long-lasting way to learn guitar. Faster than Youtube, more fun than an app, and the real musical background to understand and ultimately build your own musical vocabulary and ‘sound’.

It starts with motivating, inspiring teachers who’ve lived the same journey as you. Feel accountable to someone you admire, and watch as they set attainable goals that excite you.

Online Guitar Course

Online Guitar Lessons

Merriam offers one of the most engaging and well-organized online experiences of any school in North America. Your lesson launches with all the right tools on the screen like Youtube, Soundcloud, Miro, and Google Drive all in a single environment. Scale your video windows the way you want to see your teacher better when you need to. Set your audio and video bit rates to maximize the quality of the streaming. And access our huge library of sheet music and audio tracks for a jam-packed lesson.

If you’re convinced that Merriam’s the right school, but don’t live in our area, then online lessons are your gateway to you learning the guitar.

"Our mission and purpose is to help foster and inspire creative, connected, and well-rounded lives with the power of music."

- Alan Merriam, President of Merriam Music
Common Questions & Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

Guitar lessons differ in price depending on a number of factors. For instance, private teachers operating out of their home are typically a little bit less expensive than established music schools. While there is additional overhead that comes along with operating a bricks and mortar school, the higher cost of taking lessons through a school is often to account for the multitude of resources, opportunities, and extracurriculars that a student has access to as well.

The most inexpensive music schools usually charge around $1200 annually for guitar lessons while the most expensive music schools can charge $5000 or more annually. When being assessed from a per lesson cost structure, this roughly works out to be around $25 each lesson and $100 each lesson respectively. The format of lessons may impact the cost as well. More specifically, online lessons may be a bit less expensive than in-person sessions depending on the teacher or school.

The Merriam School of Music has several tuition rates, which are determined by the lesson duration, lesson format, and level of required instruction. The average annual rate for tuition is usually between $1500 and $3000 depending on the aforementioned details. For more details and information regarding enrollment and lesson costs, please feel free to contact 647-953-5223.

While there are a number of different guitar courses and series of method books, the best option totally depends on the student. Different courses and method books can be geared towards specific age ranges, styles, and skill levels. From that perspective, there is no one-size-fits-all approach that is successful. With that said, studying privately with an experienced guitar instructor can save a lot of time and experimentation as they will be able to assist you with establishing a custom-tailored curriculum that aligns with your needs and interests.

While there are a variety of free guitar lessons and tutorial series available through social media platforms like YouTube, most guitarists will attest to the fact that nothing can quite replace the benefits of private one-on-one guitar lessons.

When you work privately with a teacher, they are able to focus exclusively on both your personal goals and obstacles in each and every lesson. They will work with you to establish a customized lesson itinerary to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want out of your guitar lessons. From this perspective, paying for guitar lessons is often an excellent investment.

While opinions may vary between guitarists and guitar instructors, research shows that a holistic approach to music education yields the best results in terms of both musical and academic proficiency.

A holistic approach to learning the guitar would entail the simultaneous exposure to various aspects of music literacy. This might include creative activities such as composing, producing, or improvising music, theoretical and historical analysis of music, practical ear training in order to play by ear, and more. Studies show that this mode of learning establishes many benefits, such as increased cognitive abilities, heightened expressivity, and a greater sense of confidence.

There are a large number of private guitar teachers that offer lessons in the Toronto area. There are also a number of established music schools operating out of Toronto, including Merriam School of Music, Toronto Arts Academy, Toronto Guitar Institute, Long & McQuade, Royal Conservatory of Music, and more.

While Merriam School of Music has been exclusively operating from two campuses in Oakville and Vaughan for many years, the school has just recently expanded with a third campus located in Toronto. Merriam Music’s Toronto campus is located in the same building as the legendary Robert Lowrey Piano Showroom. The school offers guitar, piano, and voice lessons.

The benefits that come along with taking guitar lessons are countless. Playing guitar is a lot of fun and serves as an excellent stress reliever. Furthermore, the simultaneous coordination of your brain, body, and senses leads to the development of many beneficial attributes, including increased cognition, creativity, and confidence. Playing in an ensemble and band settings can also help establish stronger communication and teamwork skills.

While there is no set-in-stone timeline for a beginning guitarist to become proficient at the instrument, most people that have learned multiple instruments find the guitar to be one of the most accessible instruments to learn.

Although it can take many months or even years to get to a point at which you’re able to learn and play your favourite songs and pieces on other musical instruments, many students will be strumming the chords to their favourite songs in just a few short weeks of lessons with proper instruction and sufficient practice.

Becoming proficient at the guitar is a marathon more than it is a sprint. Because of the fact that muscle memory is established through consistency and repetition, it is usually better to practice a little bit every day than only once a week for a long, extended duration. Seeing material and being reminded of technical details each and every day keeps things fresh in your brain, which leads to more consistent progress and avoidance of backtracking.

Every teacher and music academy may have a different approach to how guitar lessons are structured. However, generally speaking, there are a few key elements that nearly all guitar instructors will cover in lessons.

Learning to read and play from notation, chord charts, and TAB is a critical skill for any guitarist regardless of which style or genre they wish to specialize in. Developing good fretting hand technique and strumming, picking, and fingerpicking techniques with the alternate hand are also crucial. Most guitar teachers will also incorporate some type of repertoire assignment each lesson. Working through an actual song gives the student a chance to workshop their reading abilities and technique in a fun and engaging way.

Lessons durations are usually in 30 minutes or 60-minute durations. However, some teachers and schools may offer 15-minute or 45-minute sessions. With that said, it is recommended for most younger students to limit their lesson duration to 30 minutes. This is to ensure that young students do not get restless or bored and maintain a favourable sentiment towards weekly lessons.

On the other hand, teenage and adult students may prefer to take 60-minute lessons in order to cover more material or cover material in greater depth. The only thing to remember is that, the longer the lessons are, the more practice time will be required to review lesson material and homework each week.

There is no definitive “best” guitar brand, but there are certainly a number of guitar manufacturers that have established a great reputation for very good reasons. Companies like Yamaha, Fender, and Gibson have been manufacturing guitars for a very long time and have a proven track record of high-quality, good value, and consistent manufacturing standards. Most of these companies offer entry-level lines that make their products accessible to even beginners on more limited budgets.

One thing to be wary of when it comes to lesser or unknown brands is the quality of their finishing. The factory setups of some cheaper acoustic and electric guitars make them either very uncomfortable to play or even completely unplayable without significant adjustment and set up from a guitar technician. Keep in mind that any work from a technician costs money. So, from that perspective, it may be wise to spend a bit more money upfront to get an instrument that is ready to be played right off the shelf.

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