Guitar lessons at Sage Music

Guitar Lessons

Learn the music you want in a way that works for you. At Sage Music, you’ll get custom private guitar lessons in a community that cares about you and your success.

More than teaching you songs, we’ll give you (or your child) the skills to play any song on guitar. Our goal is to enable and empower you.

Lessons are with our trained, professional guitar teachers using our proven Arpeggio® lesson system and personalized to your goals.

Are you ready to reach your musical goals?

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“Can hardly believe it’s already been 1 year since I started taking guitar lessons in Sage Music, and I can say all the progress, support and benefits that Sage Music and the awesome faculty has provided me with can be scarcely overstated.” – Fred Lee, Google Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Let’s personalize your guitar lesson experience

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The details matter

We’re not your ordinary music school

As a smart, conscious learner who is looking for the best, you’ll want to pay close attention to the details that make our program different from other guitar schools.

And we know you’ll appreciate the Sage Music® difference.

A smarter way to learn guitar

sage : \ ˈsāj \ wise through reflection and experience

Sage Guitar Teachers

Our guitar teachers are highly trained in the best methods for learning and teaching music. You or your child will get the best instruction anywhere. So skip the amatuers, and learn with the pros who can properly guide you toward your goals.

Proven Methods

Our Arpeggio® lesson system – backed by learning science – will help you learn guitar quickly and easily with direction in a structured and step-by-step way. Plus we’ll teach you what to do, how to learn it, and why you’re doing it.

Steady Progress

We know you’ll get the best results because our students see steady progress. So we’d never need to lock you into a contract. Yet students stay with us 3x longer than other schools. Get in touch to see why now.

Adult Guitar Lessons

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Believe it or not 63.8% of our students are adults

Whether you want to be a professional musician or have had lifelong dreams of playing music, you’ll find yourself in good company at Sage Music.

Our students range from absolute beginners to intermediate players to advanced professionals looking to improve their skills and practice.

No matter what you want to learn, we’ll get you there.

Advanced Guitar Lessons

Our students have included cast members of Saturday Night Live, Broadway performers, and producers. We’ve even helped students prepare for graduate degree auditions.

We go above and beyond other programs by developing more advanced skills, practice habits, and learning techniques. You’ll learn more music, in a shorter amount of time, and with greater skill and security.

Intermediate Guitar Lessons

As an advancing guitarist, we’ve got the skills to get your guitar playing to the next level. We’ve worked with beginners and pros, so we know exactly how to get you from one level to the next.

Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Don’t want to play kids songs? No worry! We’ll work with you to help you play the music that you want. We personalize our lessons for you.

Sometimes we can jump right in with what you want, but other times it takes a little prep work. But we’ll always get you there.

In fact, most of our guitar students are adult beginners. So you’ll find a welcoming environment with a team that knows how to work with folks just like you.

Other Guitar Programs

Most of our students come to us after they have tried lessons somewhere else. They tried video courses or lessons that weren’t personlized for them – YouTube, Justin Guitar, Keith Urban, Fender, or TakeLessons. They took lessons with teachers who were not trained professionals.

And they just didn’t see the results they wanted.

They didn’t get better or ended up frustrated. They paid for videos but still had to teach themselves. They took lessons with someone who showed them what to do, but not how to do it.

And that left them unhappy. Feeling like they wasted time and money. So they looked for a better program.

The good news is that you’ve just found the #1 science backed program, guaranteed to get you results. That’s the Arpeggio® lessons system, designed right here at Sage Music®.

Guitar Lessons for Kids

Develop your child’s skills in a fun and engaging way

Just like you, we want to see your kid have fun, enjoy music, and grow into a capable, successful adult. And we also know you want a program you can trust because you are busy with so many things.

That’s what we’ve designed our Arpeggio® lesson system to do. Systems such as Suzuki, ABRSM, the Royal Conservatory simply provide a sequence of songs to play. But our system is designed to develop your child’s skills, enabling them to play any music they want. That’s real growth, and real learning.

Guaranteed results

In addition, our system provides you with detailed notes every week so you can stay in touch with your child’s development. Plus your child will have the opportunity to perform every week in our student sharing hour, in our open mics, or in our regular recitals. This gives you results that you and your child can see.

Music Match & Sharing Hour

Your child can meet other students at Sage Music and practice or play music in our Music Match and Sharing Hour programs. Peer learning is an effective way for your child to grow and stay engaged while learning guitar from home.

Music Match provides for a more focused one-one-one experience, while the Sharing Hour is about social learning experiences.

What you’ll get at Sage Music that no other music school offers

  • The Sage® Student – Our flagship course will teach you everything you need to know to learn and master any music. When you graduate, you’ll know more about learning music than teachers at other schools do.
  • The ARPEGGIO® lesson system – Quickly and easily learn the music you want in our proven music lesson system. Classes are structured, step by step, and designed to keep you on track to achieving your goals.
  • Sage® trained teachers – There is no better teacher than the Sage Music teacher. Where other schools hire performers to teach music, we hire professional teachers. Then we put them through our rigorous music teacher training, so you’ll get the most qualified teachers around.
  • Music Match – Looking to meet new people to share your passion for music? Just lest us know and we’ll connect you with other students just like you so you can practice or make music together.
  • Relationships – We want a relationship with you, not a transaction. We promise to treat you like the unique person that you are.
  • Community – We’ve got an incredible community of great people like you, in person and online. Join our online groups, concerts, recitals, open-mics and more.
  • Student Onboarding – Before starting your guitar lessons, you’ll meet with a senior member of our team to determine your goals, set your preferences, discuss your learning style, and assess your skills and experience. Together we’ll build a plan for your guitar studies in your student onboarding.

“Looking for a place to get lessons and get the added benefit of being part of a musical community? Then Sage is the best! …I’ve been blown away by the quality of my lessons, the pedagogy and the warm, friendly faculty! They have done everything to make this beginner feel like a musician and my playing has never been better! Highly recommended!”

5 out of 5 stars
– Steven Silva, Google Reviews

How it works

Get in touch with us at (833) 537-0680 to get started.


From your first phone call to your ongoing private guitar lessons, we’ll get to know you. We believe in building strong relationships so we can customize everything we do to your wants, needs, and goals.

Practice and Learn

Our professional teachers, using our proven, science-backed Arpeggio® lesson system, will help you learn the music you want. Lessons are clear, step-by-step, and structured so you will you steadily progress toward your goals.

Play and Perform

Show off your newly developed guitar skills by performing in our recitals, weekly open mics, or in our music match program. Perform with others, or simply enjoy your own playing.

How much do guitar lessons cost?

Since our ARPEGGIO® program has been custom built to work around the needs and goals of the individual student, pricing plans vary. We do cost more than most other schools, but we simply provide a better lesson, experience, and value. You’ll get way more than other schools.

Our pricing includes access to our online community, free enrollment in our flagship music course The Sage Student ($549 on its own), our professionally trained Sage Music teachers, and the science backed ARPEGGIO® lesson system. Plus free enrollment in our recitals, open-mics, events, Music Match program, and more.

Contact us today for our best advice about the programs and pricing that are best for you.

Are guitar lessons worth it?

See what our students have to say!

Based on 60 reviews
Elliot H.
Elliot H.
14:05 10 Apr 20
I’ve been a guitar student of Matt’s at Sage Music for about a year, and I’m excited about my progress. The teaching methods are fantastic, the lessons are very customized to my goals, and it’s been great to understand the theory behind the music I enjoy and exactly what makes it interesting. I came into the lessons simply wanting to rekindle and old hobby, but I’m very thrilled with my newfound ability to play with stronger technique, more intention, and to be able to improvise along with other musicians in the group classes.The lessons and teaching methods at Sage are very structured and meant to create progress, and to help students get more substance and more enjoyment out of individual practice sessions outside of the lesson. It’s a really unique way of teaching. I’d highly recommend taking a class!
Matthew O.
Matthew O.
02:25 23 Oct 19
I 'taught' myself guitar in high school over 16 years ago and even though I was able to work up the skills to play some pleasant sounds, I always felt this barrier and level of doubt kept me from truly enjoying the act of playing and expressing myself. Basic music theory made sense on a superficial level, but true understanding and the ability to apply it in my playing often felt out very of reach.I am now closing in on my first full year of weekly lessons with Matt Kaplan and while it is remains clear I have a lot left to learn, it is significantly less daunting and discouraging. Things have finally started falling into place and the "language of music" comes more naturally the more I practice and "eat my (arpeggio) veggies."With increasing frequency I find myself picking up my guitar, getting lost in my playing, and realizing 30, 45, 60+ minutes have passed by. I am actually starting to LOVE playing guitar instead of feeling defeated by what I can't do or don't know.
Christian B.
Christian B.
03:49 21 Aug 19
For learning classical guitar, this was one of the wisest choicest I have made. Matt Kaplan is a fantastic teacher at Sage Music and he is to be recommend to anyone of any age. I started at 44 and have gotten very good at playing in almost 3 years. You can indeed teach an old dog new tricks. The staff is very friendly and make you feel like you are part of the family.
Kate B.
Kate B.
17:23 15 Jun 19
Sage music teachers are highly qualified, kind, and unbelievably helpful. Not only does Matt, my classical guitar teacher, offer extremely helpful feedback during lessons, he also listens to audio clips I make during the week and answers questions between lessons. His generosity and commitment to his students is unwavering. Not only is there the opportunity to participate in recitals, but also in open mic nights, where the ambiance is relaxed and less intimidating.Veronica, who manages the business side, is professional and friendly, and makes time before your lesson starts feel like free time with friends. Not to mention the occasional appearance of Jason’s dog, Bijou, who can’t help but make you feel at home!The combination of elite level instruction and warmth is really unique, and is an experience I can only recommend wholeheartedly.
F L.
F L.
00:11 14 Jan 19
Can hardly believe it's already been 1 year since I started taking guitar lessons in Sage Music, and I can say all the progress, support and benefits that the Sage Music and the awesome faculty has provided me with can be scarcely overstated. With a goal to become an approachable art teacher to my own group of students, break a stereotypical view that I have towards myself(not-born-for-music) due to all the trouble I've gone through with all the musical instruments I tried in the past and develop a life-long hobby/profession, I discovered Sage Music to help me with my great mission. As a fresh new beginner with zero guitar experience who was in need of a professional's guidance, every lesson and session I took since day 1, I've witnessed and experienced my instructor's(Matt Kaplan) professionalism, passion and willingness to do the best for his students in every way possible. No matter how stuck and discouraged you maybe, Sage Music will be there for you and will help you and they will succeed. When you are packed with overwhelming passion to learn and/or get musical therapy to soothe, spice up yourself and your life style and step up to a new level but not sure where to seek the right people, Sage Music is the one for you.-Fred Lee-
David L.
David L.
04:59 19 Dec 18
I studied drums at Sage Music with Brian Reynolds earlier this year. The very first day, Brian asked, "What are your goals?" — by the end of the first practice I was behind the kit, holding down a beat. It was amazing! He picked up a guitar, and we were jamming AC/DC "Back in Black" Just like that!Brian is an excellent teacher. He's a good listener, he didn't try to persuade me, he taught me exactly what I was hoping to learn which I really appreciate. He's an excellent communicator, patient, and superb musician. Lessons were fun, we shared music, and inspired one another.I would definitely recommend Brian if you're interested in learning to play the drums!
Lynn L.
Lynn L.
03:24 07 Dec 18
I am so impressed with Sage Music - this school has it down! I feel like I have a family there, taking such good care of me...they create an unusual container that I've never experienced in any type of school before. The support and encouragement is so genuine, they really, really care for their students and will go the extra mile to see them succeed and make progress. My guitar teacher, Matt, invited me to participate in the next open mic and kindly offered to accompany me for my song. Highly recommend!
Emily W.
Emily W.
20:18 02 Jul 18
Such an incredible experience. Would highly recommend Sage Music to anyone - whether you are picking up an instrument for the first time, or just looking to improve your practice in a specific area, Sage Music really meets you where you're at. Matt is an INCREDIBLE guitar teacher and only have amazing things to say!
Mario E.
Mario E.
02:11 26 Jun 18
The teacher i was assigned was amazing at teaching me the, what I believe are the best ways to play the instrument I chose to learn. Which is the guitar, teaching me technique and a bit of reading music to further expand this new hobby that I fell in love with and made it grew immensely. Honestly I would recommend to any aspiring musician to give these lessons a try. Worth every single penny.
Cillian S.
Cillian S.
20:26 11 May 16
Have taken guitar lessons for over a year here with Jason - fantastic teacher, highly recommended.
Josiah M.
Josiah M.
19:08 24 Mar 15
I've been taking guitar lessons with Taro for over a year, and I can't recommend them (and him!) enough. I'm continuing to steadily improve, and I'm enjoying both playing and practicing more than ever.
Adam L.
Adam L.
14:52 23 May 14
I take guitar at Sage Music with Jason Sagebiel and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the lessons. The teachers here, Jason especially, are knowledgeable, experienced, and patient. Most importantly they are able to tailor the lessons to a student's specific goals and needs, which is not necessarily the norm in music education. I highly recommend Sage Music to students of all ages, levels, and goals.
Brigitte C.
Brigitte C.
01:36 12 Jan 14
I have taken guitar lessons with Jason and I can only highly recommend him and his school to anyone like me who wanted to get re-acquainted with music and playing the guitar. I was very apprehensive at the idea of taking classes and Jason's approach and philosophy about music and teaching it was a complete unexpected discovery for me. He is patient and keeps you focused on what needs attention. He is detail oriented and teaches you to see the little details that make all the difference in how you are progressing with a particular exercise. I have learned so much about technical skills which I had never been aware of before when I took music lessons and am very grateful to Jason for taking the time to patiently pointing me in the right direction. Jason is a terrific tutor for private lessons especially when it comes to technical skills -- which is also reinforced in group practice. All around, Jason is an amazing music teacher.
Samantha G.
Samantha G.
22:35 12 Jul 13
I really loved my lessons at Sage Music! I had purchased a deal through Amazon Local and I wish I had done it earlier! I was studying Guitar with Jason and he really took the time to understand what I wanted to get out of the lessons and helped me learn proper technique to achieve my goals. I would highly recommend their studio in LIC!
Robert G.
Robert G.
06:24 20 Apr 13
Though an experienced guitarist in many styles of music, like many others I've long felt I lacked the basic technique and focusing skills necessary to be fully in control of my playing and musical satisfaction in general. Jason's refreshing back-to basics, direct and supportive approach to technique has given my playing a new lease on life. It's been well worth the trek from Park Slope to LIC and back each Saturday!
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Types of Guitar Lessons

While they are similar, the types of guitar are all slightly different to play and are used for different music.  If you need help choosing the right kind of guitar for your lessons, let us know. We’ll be happy to help.

Acoustic Guitar Lessons

We offer specialized lesson on the acoustic guitar. Whether you are looking to strum some chords while you sing, play fingerstyle guitar, or learn how to play in a band, we’ll design a program for your specific needs.

There are many different styles and shapes of acoustic guitar too, so we’d be happy to help you find the right one for you.

Having the right instrument will help you make the fastest progress possible in your lessons.

Classical Guitar Lessons

We take pride in our Classical Guitar program. The school’s founder is a nationally recognized teacher of classical guitar, director of the acclaimed NYC Guitar Orchestra, and a professor of music at a major university.

Under his leadership, we are able to provide you with the highest level of classical guitar training, plus additional opportunities and access to the classical guitar world. Not only will you learn solid technique, but you will learn artistry and interpretation, and everything you need to know about the business of making music on the guitar.

Electric Guitar Lessons

The electric guitar offers a whole range of opportunities and sounds that are not possible on the acoustic or classical guitar, which we find very exciting!

In your lessons at Sage Music, you will learn not only the proper technique for playing the electric guitar, but also the ensemble skills you need to play with others, how to improvise and solo, and how to set up your amps and effects to get the best possible sound and tone. We take a holistic approach to your learning of the guitar.


Styles of guitar you can play

Our goal is to give you the skills to play any music that you want. So in addition to the types of guitar, you can try many different styles.  We won’t hold you to a particular style, so you get to be you! Let us know what styles of guitar you want to play!

Classical · Rock · Folk · Pop · Jazz · Blues · Country · Gospel · Metal · Slide · Bluegrass · Flamenco · Compose your own music on guitar · Or invent your own style