Guitar Lessons in Santa Clara and Redwood City
The California Conservatory of Music offers guitar lessons with the most qualified teachers in the Bay Area at both our Santa Clara and Redwood City schools. Whether you're looking to start your young child with Suzuki guitar classes, preparing for a college audition, or just picking up the instrument for fun, we are here to help. We offer the Bay Area’s most comprehensive guitar lessons which include technique, sight reading, music theory, and in addition to the private lessons, we offer ensemble, repertoire, and theory classes on the weekends.
The guitar program at CCM is a one of a kind: a community: a place where young and adult beginners can start to build a solid foundation while also being able to see and hear some of the best young guitarists in America today!
Students from CCM have:
Won first prize in the Parkening International Youth Competition (where 4 out of the 10 semifinalists were from CCM!)
Earned first, second and fourth at the Guitar Foundation of America's International Youth Competition
Multiple students have been featured on NPR’s program “From the Top”, which showcases young talent from around the country.
We pride ourselves on having developed a community that can foster young or beginning students with their first all the way up to the most advanced of students!
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Why Choose CCM?
The most qualified guitar instructors in the Bay Area
Our guitar lesson teachers are all university-trained with tons of performing experience. Not only that, CCM instructors are friendly, professional, and dedicated to learning about your musical goals and helping you achieve them. We are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs.
Free Introductory Guitar Lesson
We offer all prospective students a free introductory guitar lesson. We understand that signing up for lessons is an important decision. If you are not sure where to begin, this is an excellent opportunity to come in, see the school and meet CCM teachers. We can provide you with a guitar for this class, and if you sign-up we can help you find a guitar as well. Here is a helpful guide to guitar sizes!
Trophies and certificates to celebrate student achievements.
We believe that small steps will lead to bigger success. CCM students constantly have goals to work towards starting with the 30-day challenge and on to the 50-day, 100-day, and yearly challenges. For each completion, students receive a ribbon, medal, or trophy as well as a certificate.
Suzuki program for young students
Our Suzuki teachers are experienced in teaching CCM students as young as 3. Developed by the Japanese Violinist Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method teaches music by ear before reading notes on the instrument so teachers can focus on setting up each student with correct posture and technique to ensure the student's continued success. Parental involvement is required for students under the age of 8 and before the child starts, parents are required to attend a private 3-week parent education class.
Performance opportunities, group class, and ensembles
We believe that music is a social activity so we present students with numerous opportunities to interact with each other. Each year we hold multiple recitals which offer a low-pressure opportunity to perform in front of an audience with other like-minded music students. In addition to recitals, students frequently go out into the community to perform outreach concerts at local hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. Students also have the option to join group classes at our Santa Clara location. This offers students a chance to perform for each other more frequently, as well as join on our many performance ensembles.
A proven track record of excellence since 2011
One of our goals at CCM is to instill in students a great appreciation for guitar and music that will last them a lifetime. Students at CCM have won numerous international guitar competitions, performed outreach concerts all over the world, and have gotten into the best colleges in the United States. Recent CCM graduates have gone on to Harvard, Stanford, Brown, and USC. Visit our Yelp pages to see what families have to say about our program.
We prepare students for success
CCM prepares its students for multiple types of certifications including the Royal Conservatory of Music Certification, the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit, and the Suzuki Method for children under the age of 8. Once you enroll in our program, our teachers will help you decide what works best for you or your child.