Best Places For Guitar Lessons In Washington DC

January 14, 2013 8:00 AM

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Art and music are steadily being wiped out of school systems for more standardized, testable subjects. Make an effort to guarantee art and music a major part of everyone’s life. Whether it’s for fun or to exercise your brain, here are few great places in D.C. to get guitar lessons.

Middle C Music
4530 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 244-7326

Price: $40 per lesson/$25 one-time registration fee

Middle C Music has provided D.C with an underrated valuable service for 10 years, supporting D.C.-based artists and composers. Some of these artists and composers make up its amazing group of guitar teachers. From professors, guitarist who have taught and performed for more than 30 years, to award winning singer/songwriters, these are some fo the city’s best instructors. Expect knowledgeable, well trained and experienced educators every time here.

Levine School of Music
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 897-5100

Price: from $50.50 private lessons

The Levine School of Music is a nationally recognized and locally beloved music school. Founded in 1976, it has gone from the basement of a small church to boasting multiple locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. There are few schools in the area that can match the school’s level of quality and commitment to musical instruction. Enjoy a wide variety of private and group lessons, including a Suzuki program and rock band classes. Levine offers tuition assistance for in-need students. Regardless of your age, if you are interested in taking guitar classes, The Levine School of Music should definitely be on your radar.

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DC Guitar Lessons
1800 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
(305) 731-6818

Greg Hammond boasts enough qualifications for at least four people, including studying music neurology. As the owner and operator of DC Guitar Lessons, Hammond is his business. His students have described him as a “wonderful, patient and caring” teacher and person. This personal commitment to each student’s success is what makes him stand out as a guitar teacher. So much so that he was awarded with the D.C Gold Community Service Award for his work with Guitars Not Guns.

Georgetown Guitar Lessons
Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(301) 461-6934

Price: $30 for 30 minutes/$45 for 45 minutes/$60 to 60 minutes/$75 to 75 minutes

There is something to be said about wanting to learn from the best. If you want to learn classical guitar from the best in D.C., Piotr Pakhomkin is certainly one of them. He was awarded first prize at the fifth Mexican International Guitar Competition and at the Great Lakes Guitar Competition. Pakhomkin teaches in a studio in Georgetown, but is so highly sought after that he offers Skype lessons for international students.

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The Guitar Gallery
3400 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-4200

Price: $190 adults for four weeks/$65 children’s lesson/$165 for four weeks/$55 a lesson

Learning to play the guitar is great, but learning to play tango Argentino guitar is cool. The Guitar Gallery offers more than just your standard guitar lessons. Along with tango Argentino, it also teaches interesting styles such as Bossa Nova, Flamenco and Afro-Latino. Its instructors are just as diverse, many from around the world and all with years of experience. If you want to learn your favorite Rodrigo y Gabriela song, The Guitar Gallery is the place for you.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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