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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored guitar teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best guitar teachers in Cleveland, OH.

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  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Cleveland Guitar and Drum Lessons

Cleveland Guitar and Drum Lessons provides in-home instruction in guitar, bass guitar, drums, harmonica, and ukulele for students of all levels in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. There is a $5 discount for driving to the instructor’s studio rather than receiving in-home lessons, but this option is only available for adult students. The instructor is Faris Azem, who holds a Master’s in Education and has over eight years of teaching experience. Weekly lessons are $40 for 45 minutes or $50 for a full hour. New students older than sixty are eligible for a special discount.

Cleveland Heights, OH(440) 785-7897


Educator's Music

Educator’s Music is a full service, family music store in Lakewood that has been “serving the musical community since 1952.” The store provides high-quality instruments, repairs, lessons, and sheet music. Instrument rentals and affordable rent-to-own plans for band and orchestra students throughout Northern Ohio are also available. Instructors at Educator’s Music are experienced professionals who have successfully prepared students for university music programs and professional music careers. Lessons can be paid on a weekly or monthly basis, with no long-term contracts required.

Lakewood, OH(216) 226-6166


Fairmount School of Music

Fairmount School of Music in Cleveland Heights, founded in 1988, serves the Cleveland metro area and provides private instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and voice. Students of all ages are welcome to experience a customized curriculum that includes music theory, ear training, and composition. The school is open Monday through Sunday to accommodate busy schedules. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $30 for each student. Lessons range between $74 and $100 for a four-week month, and between $92.50 and $125 for a five-week month.

Cleveland Heights, OH(216) 321-5868


Great Lakes School of Music

Great Lakes School of Music has been offering music lessons and voice training in Mayfield Heights since 1996. The school accepts beginner and advanced students, including children from age three and up. Instructors at Great Lakes have university degrees in music and are background checked to ensure the safety of all students. Both acoustic and electric guitar lessons are available for any level of competency. The school’s most popular lesson package includes eight 30-minute private lessons for $156. All lessons must be scheduled within two months of purchase.

Mayfield Heights, OH(440) 833-0206


Guitar & Bass Lessons

At Guitar & Bass Lessons, Eric Hankinson teaches beginner through intermediate levels in guitar and bass, specializing in beginners and children. Eric is available six days a week for private lessons at his studio in Edgewater Park. Students learn scales, modes, chords, arpeggios, improvisation, ear training, music theory, plus a variety of music styles and songs. Half-hour lessons cost $15, and full-hour lessons cost $30. Instrument rentals are available.

Cleveland, OH(216) 385-9390


James Flood Guitar Lessons

James Flood Guitar Lessons is a music instruction center with three locations in the Cleveland metro area, including South Euclid, Pepper Pike, and Lakewood. James Flood is a classically trained guitarist with 26 years of experience and music degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He customizes each lesson to the individual needs and goals of his students. No long-term contracts are required. Lessons are paid on a monthly basis. Half-hour lessons cost $27.50, and the first lesson is free for new students.

Lakewood, OH(216) 224-8578


Lakewood Music Academy

Lakewood Music Academy, formerly Marrell Music Lesson Center, is a music school located in Lakewood. The school received Cleveland Hot List’s Best Musical Instrument Store Award in 2015. Students aged five and up can take private music lessons in drums, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and additional instruments. The Academy also accepts students starting at 18 months of age for MusicFunTime classes, which provide math and science instruction through music. Free 30-minute trial MusicFunTime classes are available for new students.

Lakewood, OH(216) 228-4885


Motter's Music House

Motter’s Music House is located in Lyndhurst and serves the Cleveland and Canfield areas. The shop features an affordable instrument rental program in which 100% of payments are applied to the instrument’s purchase price. Motter’s offers on-site lessons in acoustic and electric guitar, cello, clarinet, drums, voice, piano, and orchestra instruments. Half-hour lessons cost $20. Instrument repair is also available.

Lyndhurst, OH(440) 442-7470


Pfabe's Music

Pfabe’s Music is a full service, community music store located in Painesville. The store offers high-quality musical instruments, lessons, instrument rentals, and in-house repairs. Music training in piano, guitar, percussion, and most band and orchestra instruments is available from beginner to advanced levels for students of all ages. Thirty-minute lessons at the rate of $20 each are scheduled weekly at Pfabe’s in-store studios. Discounts are available for packages of four lessons.

Painesville, OH(440) 357-5513


Royalton Music Center

Royalton Music Center has served the Northeast Ohio community for over 50 years and 3 family-owned generations. The company is the only music store in Ohio to receive a Top 100 Dealer award for Outstanding Achievement in the Music Products Industry in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011. The store offers instruments, rentals, repairs, and nationally-recognized lesson programs on piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, and all wind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. Tuition is $90 per month for 30-minute private lessons. Morning, evening, and weekend Kindermusik group classes are available for young children. RMC also features a unique Music Therapy program for students with special needs. Music Therapy sessions range from $110 for 30 minutes to $220 for a full hour, and funding may be available through the Family Resources department in each county.

North Royalton, OH(440) 237-9400


Skyline Music

Skyline Music is a Westlake-based music store and provider of music instruction that has been “helping people make music since 1987.” The store has 21 highly qualified teachers on staff to teach lessons in guitar, piano, woodwinds, bass, cello, and additional instruments for students of all ages and levels. Half-hour lessons are $20 each and paid monthly, either $80 for a four-week month or $100 for a five-week month. The company holds student recitals throughout the year and encourages students to participate in at least one recital per year.

Westlake, OH(440) 871-4140


The Guitar Conservatory

The Guitar Conservatory provides music lessons and instruction in Cleveland. The primary instructor is guitarist Michael Bay, who specializes in jazz and blues guitar lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Michael began teaching at DiFiore’s Music in Cleveland in the late 1980s, after a successful career as a professional guitarist. He believes that teaching is his “way of giving back” and “encouraging the dreams of others.”

Cleveland, OH(216) 570-8937


The Western Reserve School of Music

The Western Reserve School of Music is located in Solon and offers private music instruction in piano, voice, flute, violin, and guitar, among other instruments for students of all ages and skill levels. The school is a member of the Steinway Educators Partnership. In addition to music lessons, piano tuning services, woodwind instrument repair, and education in musical theory and arrangement are available. Styles taught include classical jazz, rock, and contemporary.

Solon, OH(440) 248-3560


Tom Poore: Classical Guitarist

Tom Poore: Classical Guitarist is a private music instructor offering classical guitar lessons in the Greater Cleveland area. Lesson locations are the Avon School of Music, Solon Center for the Arts, Western Reserve School of Music in Solon, and South Euclid. Instruction is offered to guitar students of all ages and levels. Former students have left positive reviews, saying that “Tom’s devotion and passion for the classical guitar are infectious and they compel students to not only achieve but to exceed their personal goals.” Tom is also available to play music at events in and around greater Cleveland.

South Euclid, OH(216) 691-5949


Vance Music Studios

Vance Music Studios was founded in January of 2006 by studio director Christopher E. Vance. Students aged five and up are welcome. Instructors at the studio hold music degrees, have a minimum of ten years’ teaching experience and are active as local and national musicians. In addition to private instrument lessons for students of all levels, the studio provides lessons in recording technology, composition, music theory, and ear training, as well as guitar repair and the option to buy and sell used instruments. For adult students, weekly lessons range from 30 to 60 minutes. For young students aged five through 12, weekly lessons are 30 minutes long.

Lakewood, OH(216) 227-2886


Warren Henry Music

Warren Henry Music is a full service music store located in Chagrin Falls. The store sells high-quality instruments and gear, as well as offering music lessons and instrument repair. All instructors are professionally trained and certified. Lessons in voice, guitar, bass guitar, piano, viola, violin, woodwinds, drums, and other instruments are available. Music instruction features a range of styles from classical to bluegrass, rock, jazz, and blues. Warren Henry Music also features summer music classes for the whole family, such as Group Violin Workshops and Music Exploration and Creativity for Kids Aged 5-8.

Chagrin Falls, OH(440) 247-0300


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