CCGS Education Program

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society provides life-changing experiences for students in Cleveland to explore music through classical guitar classes and private lessons. Paying for lessons and instruments is cost-prohibitive for the majority of students residing in the city, representing the largest barrier to learning an instrument. CCGS Education Program is free to students, including all instruction costs and guitars.

During the 2019-20 school year,
CCGS Education served 685 students
at 18 site locations in Cleveland.

Increasing access to instrumental music in these communities affords all students the opportunity
to express themselves, think creatively, and realize their potential in music, school, and beyond.


Interested in learning more? See media interviews about this program on our Watch & Listen page.

Arts Mastery: CCGS Education

In this video students, principals, and teachers talk about the impact of Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s Education Program, which is part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Arts Mastery initiative.


71% of CCGS students

 …indicate that guitar classes have made them more interested in school (according to end-of-year student surveys).


Prior to the COVID-19 crisis,
students gave
 over 30 performances
during the 2019-20 school year.

The dedication of CCGS teachers and the passion of students are expressed in the more than 30 performances for over 2,500 people, ranging from informal concerts at school to public performances at Cleveland’s most prestigious venues (including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music). CCGS students have been featured on CBS This Morning (with a national audience of 3-4 million viewers), First Friday on WCLV 104.9 FM, Applause on WVIZ (PBS), Sound of Ideas on WCPN 90.3 FM, and News 5 Cleveland.


CCGS Education &
Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Students and administrators from Luis Muñoz Marin Dual Language Academy discuss the positive impact that CCGS Education has made on students’ lives in this video produced by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District:

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



CCGS Education is made possible in part by the generous support of: