Education Program

What is the CCGS Education Program?

CCGS provides pathways for students to explore their musical potential and offers opportunities that allow for their continued development as artists. This is especially important due to the current trend of disinvestment of arts programs in schools throughout the city. With so many musical opportunities disintegrating, some inner city students do not have a chance to learn an instrument at school. In fact, some schools have even cut music altogether, completely removing music from the classroom. This is paired with the reality that those students coming from low-income families don’t have the financial means to pursue musical interests on their own, such as purchasing instruments or taking private lessons.

CCGS Education combats these challenges by providing an economical and efficient approach to music learning, filling a void in instrumental music education in Cleveland. CCGS Education Program serves hundreds of students throughout the City of Cleveland each year, with hands-on classical guitar instruction at no cost to students.

CCGS removes barriers and provide opportunities and mentorship to students in the City of Cleveland. See media interviews about this program on our Watch and Listen page.

Pathway from elementary, to middle school, to high school

The CCGS Education Program offers a comprehensive pathway for students in Cleveland to pursue instrumental music studies on the guitar. Instruction begins as early as third grade, continues to middle school (representing the majority of current CCGS students), and into high school at Cleveland School of the Arts. CCGS Education’s first college partnership is with the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Musical Pathways Fellowship, a new commitment dedicated to increasing diversity at the conservatory level.

71% of our students

Survey results show that 71% of CCGS Education students believe that guitar classes are what have made them more interested in school. That alone is enough to change the course of a young life.

CCGS students have presented over 60 performances this year and counting!

The dedication of CCGS teachers and the passion of students are expressed in the more than 60 times a year for over 4,000 people, ranging from informal performances at school to concert performances at Cleveland’s most prestigious venues (Severance Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Institute of Music). CCGS students have been featured on CBS This Morning(with an estimated national audience of 3-4 million viewers), First Friday on WCLV 104.9 FM, Applause on WVIZ (PBS), and News 5 Cleveland.

Cleveland Youth Guitar Orchestra

The Cleveland Youth Guitar Orchestra is a program for students in grades 7-12 to participate and perform in a high-level ensemble. It includes students from around Northeast Ohio (including from CCGS’s Education Program). Visit the Guitar Orchestras page to learn more and register for this ensemble.


Contact CCGS

Interested in contacting CCGS Staff with questions about the Education Program? Please send us a message via the CCGS contact form.

In this video…

Martez Price, a former student of CCGS Education, talks about his experiences in the program. While a student, Martez became the first Junior Teacher, a position that allowed him to gain teaching experience working in collaboration with CCGS and Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Since graduating from high school, Martez has become an assistant teacher for the CCGS Education Program, working alongside CCGS teaching artists in the classroom.