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.

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

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


Arts Mastery: CCGS Education

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

Looking Back at CCGS Education

Established in 2012, CCGS Education Program provides classes and lessons at multiple site locations throughout Cleveland. This video (above) takes a look at some of the performance and media highlights from past years.


During the 2020-21 school year,
CCGS Education served students across Cleveland
through virtual lessons and online classes.


Virtual Private Lessons:
Guitar@Home Academy

Since April 2020, students have received one-on-one mentorship and instruction through the Guitar@Home Academy private lesson program. In addition to lessons, students have the opportunity to participate in guitar club, online recitals, events with International Series guest artists, and video projects. Find out more on the Guitar@Home Academy webpage.

Over the past year, students have participated in 10 video projects
…and counting!

This past year, CCGS students participated in various group video projects, designed to include students of all levels. Some projects featured professional guest artists, including the video for Brown Skin Girl (above), which included guitarists from Mexico, Brazil, and Nigeria. Upcoming projects with the Creative Fusion artists-in-residence will be released over the summer. Click here to see more student projects.

Student Events with
International Series Artists

During the 2020-21 International Series concert season, all guest artists worked with CCGS students in virtual events. These events provided an opportunity to meet and learn from world-renown artists, and served as an outlet for students to share performances of pieces they learned in their lessons. A collaboration with Berta Rojas (above) combined the talents of CCGS students with teens in Paraguay.

IntroducingCCGS Guitar Club

In February 2021, the CCGS Guitar Club was formed to give students in the Guitar@Home Academy a chance to connect with each other through group projects in weekly club meetings (hosted on Zoom). In May and June, Guitar Club students will work together on a long-term composition commission to create theme music for The Asterisk* podcast.


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:



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