Q: How old should my son or daughter be to start lessons or classes?
A: At New York City Guitar School, we accept young people for private guitar lessons beginning at age three for Suzuki guitar lessons, six years old for private lessons and eight years old for our Kids and Teens Guitar group class program.
Q: What are your lessons for young people like?
A: That depends on the kid! We will carefully select a teacher who matches up with your child's age and interests, and your priorities. All of our instructors will help their students develop musically in a fun and motivating context.
Q: Where will my child's lessons be located?
A: Private lessons are available in one of our five locations or in your Manhattan home or office.
Lessons are 45 minutes long, once per week.
For children under 12 lessons are 30 minutes long, once per week.
Q: What times are available?
A: Studio lessons are available Monday-Thursday 1:30pm-9:30pm, Friday 10am-5pm, and weekends 10am-6pm. Home visit lessons are available in Manhattan seven days a week. Click here for a list of neighborhoods we serve within Manhattan.
Q: How do private lessons work?
A: The first step is to set up a trial lesson. Call or e-mail our friendly staff. We'll ask you about your child's age, experience and interests and suggest one of our expert teachers for a single, no-obligation trial lesson.
Q: How much is tuition?
A:The trial lesson is discounted and runs from $40 to $60 depending on location. After the trial you can continue with individual lessons at $50-$80 per lesson, however most of our students take advantage of our discounted on-going sets of 5 lessons. Complete pricing is shown below:
45 minute lessons: $60 for home / $50 for studio
30 minute lessons: $50 for home / $40 for studio
FORTY-FIVE MINUTE LESSONS
PEAK STUDIO (Mon-Thu 5pm or later). Individual Lesson: $80. Block rate for on-going sets of five=$63.50 each (20% discount).
OFF-PEAK STUDIO (Mon-Thu 10-4:45pm and weekends). Individual Lesson $65. Block rate for on-going sets of five=$53.50 each (20% discount).
HOME VISIT (Anytime at your home or office). Individual Lesson: $90. Block rate for on-going sets of five=$73.50 each (15% discount)
THIRTY MINUTE CHILD LESSONS (available through age 11)
OFF PEAK STUDIO (Mon-Thu 1:30-4:45pm and weekends). Individual Lesson: $50. Block rate for on-going sets of five=$38.50 each (20% discount).
PEAK STUDIO (Mon-Thu after 5pm)= Individual Lesson: $60. Block rate for on-going sets of five=$48.50 each (20% discount).
HOME VISIT (Anytime at your home or office). Individual Lesson: $70. Block rate for on-going sets of five=$58.50 block rate
SUZUKI lessons=$85 per home lesson/$65 per studio lesson (For Suzuki tuition and information go here.)
You can withdraw at anytime from a set of lessons for a one hundred percent refund or credit for remaining lessons.
Q: How much will my daughter or son need to practice?
A: For young children, we encourage 15 minutes of practice, three or four times per week. For teenagers, we encourage 30 minutes of practice, four or five times per week. Of course, if a student wants to practice more, our teachers will be encouraging.
Q: Does my son or daughter need to bring her or his guitar to the school?
A: No. Guitars are available for the use of students during lessons in the studio. Teens are welcome to bring their own guitars, but most prefer to use one of the guitars available for their use. This way, they don't need to bring their guitar to school or around the city.
Q: Are there any discounts available?
- Children under age 12 can also take 1/2 hour studio lessons in our school Monday-Friday before 5pm and save $10 per lesson.
- Your child can also learn with a friend or sibling! They will experience extra motivation and fun by learning for only an extra $10 per lesson.
- Purchase 19 lessons and get the 20th for free!
Q: What kind of guitar should I get for my daughter or son?
A: For young children, we recommend a three-quarter size nylon string guitar. For teenagers we recommend either a steel string acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. We also provide economical guitar rentals.
Q: Do you have gift certificates?
A: Yes! Attractive gift certificates are available for any number of lessons.