MW Guitar Academy: Personalized Guitar Lessons in Your Main Line Home
YOU'RE DIFFERENT. SO ARE WE.
At MW Guitar Academy, we know that every student comes to us with unique goals, abilities and learning styles. Whether you’re new to guitar and hoping to learn the basics, a seasoned pro hoping to explore new genres, or a songwriter hoping to sharpen your skills, we have the talented faculty to guide you every step of the way.
MW Guitar Academy’s convenient, high-quality acoustic or electric guitar lessons are taught by current, professional performing musicians who play in bands both locally and nationally. You also get three unique performance opportunities each year: our popular Year End Shows, our spring Guitar & Band Showcase, and our exclusive, invitation-only Songwriters Showcase.
"Our guitar teacher, Doug, is wonderful! He relates well to Leo and appropriately challenges him weekly. He is organized and on time, as well as easy to speak with. He resonates well with Leo as a teacher, and we really enjoy seeing them work together so well. … Doug also performed with Leo at the end of year showcase, which was a big step forward for Leo. After a number of years of guitar lessons with your teachers, we continue to be huge fans of your School of Music." - Andy and Denise, Bala Cynwyd
OUR LESSONS ARE CUSTOMIZED FOR YOU.
We take great care in matching each student with a compatible music mentor, and lessons are individualized according to the student’s personality, learning style and musical preferences. MW Guitar Academy hires musicians from every genre of music so we can find the perfect fit for your unique personal goals.
Our method includes activities for different learning styles, including ADD & ADHD, Autism, as well as kids participating in their schools' gifted programs. Materials are designed to capitalize on each learning style's unique strengths and systematically encourage and mentor other areas.
WE COME TO YOU.
There’s soccer, or baseball, or homework, but there’s always something. Main Line families are BUSY, so we help you make time for music by coming to you. Music is a skill that lasts a lifetime, and studies continue to show that music lessons positively impact kids in many other aspects of learning. We’re glad we can make it more convenient and accessible by traveling to your Main Line home. This cuts down on drive time for you, and allows the student to learn in a comfortable environment.
YOU WANT THE BEST TEACHERS. WE HAVE THEM.
Our teachers go through a rigorous hiring process, comprehensive training, and attend monthly workshops on topics including songwriting, performance prep, alternative learners and more. MW Guitar Academy seeks out the best applicants possible, and on average, only ten percent of applicants get an interview (with even fewer being offered positions). The interview itself is structured to look for creativity, passion and teaching ability – in addition to musical skill.
Beginner Guitar Lessons
Beginning Guitar lessons start with basic chords and finger patterns to get you playing and sounding musical as soon as possible. After learning just a few basics, you and your teacher will start building a repertoire of songs you love. If you’d like to sing and play, or compose your own pieces, your teacher can help with that too! As you progress, you will have opportunities to perform in Main Line area concerts, recitals or recording sessions.
Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons
Intermediate and advanced guitar students expand their skills by selecting song projects from different eras and styles of music. You will learn soloing, composition, optional vocal skills and advanced techniques while working on in-depth studies of your favorite guitar heroes, bands or music styles. You will have opportunities to perform in Main Line area concerts as a solo artist, in a duo with your teacher, with a backup band or in your very own band.
Do you play in a band – or want to? We offer private “Band Prep” coaching.
Your in-home Main Line guitar lessons can also prepare for and/or support you while playing in a band. Our teachers have professional band experience and can privately coach you toward becoming a top-notch player. With their guidance, you can show up at rehearsal confident, prepared and ready to rock! Your teacher will coach you on skills such as learning songs and sets, playing by ear, learning solos, performing with solid rhythm, songwriting and improvisation, rehearsal practice prep and performance prep. Because lessons are in your home, you can privately and powerfully focus on trouble areas or new skills to keep advancing yourself to the next level. Your teacher can also help you with your personal equipment, strings, tuning, and effects set up.
Personal Band Trainers: “Basement Band” Program
Do you already have your own band with your friends and need help to take the group to the next level? Are you thinking of starting a band? Do you want to put on great shows or record an album? One of our pro "personal band trainers” can come to work with your band in your space, on songs of your choice. You will be coached on skills such as learning songs and sets, playing by ear, songwriting, improvisation, soloing, recording albums, rehearsal practices and performance prep. If you need some expert coaching, but don't want to be in one-size-fits-all group classes, then having your own personal band trainer is for you!
About our Elite Guitar Teachers
Our guitar teachers are all active, creative, enthusiastic musicians and recording artists. They can energize your thoughtfully individualized lessons by helping you find music you love, accompanying you on different instruments, and more. This will make lessons more alive and musical and help you gain the skills you’ll need to play in a band or performance setting. Over the course of your studies you will get the chance to study with more than one MW Guitar Academy teacher, gaining a wealth of experience and insights from each one. Because guitar lessons are in your Main Line home, your teacher can also help you with your personal equipment, strings, tuning, and effects set up. CLICK HERE to learn more about our MW Guitar Academy teachers
Here is a local map of our Main Line teaching area.
We teach students of the following schools (and also offer adult lessons):
Baldwin School, Episcopal Academy, Friends School, St. Aloysius Academy, Shipley School, Torah Academy, Akiba Hebrew Academy, French International School, Friends Central School, Merion Mercy Academy, Waldron Mercy Academy, Harriton High School, Bala Cynwyd Middle School, Belmont Hills Elementary, Gladwyne Elementary, Penn Valley Elementary, Lower Merion High School, Welsh Valley MiddleSchool, Cynwyd Elementary, Merion Elementary, Penn Wynne Elementary, Gladwyne Montessori, Haverford High School, Haverford Middle School, Manoa Elementary, Lynnewood Elementary, Coopertown Elementary, Chestnutwold Elementary, Chatham Park Elementary, Ithan Elementary, Radnor Elementary, Radnor High School, Radnor Middle School, Wayne Elementary