Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors
Guitar Lessons for All Ages, Beginner to Advanced
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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Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors
Fast Progress, Fun Lessons
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
In-Studio • Online • Performance
Best Guitar Lessons in Toronto
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.
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.
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.
private 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
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.
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