Minnesota Guitar Academy is a local, family owned music school serving the communities of Blaine and Circle Pines, MN. Our commitment to excellence in education ensures our students receive the finest music lesson experience available. We offer guitar, piano, voice, woodwind, and music theory lessons to students of all ages. What's more, we are the Twin Cities' exclusive provider of The Childbloom Guitar Program™ — the nation's leading guitar lesson program for kids. In addition to providing high-quality music lessons, we stock a variety of guitars, instrumental accessories, and sheet music to ensure our students have access to high-quality, affordable products that serve their educational needs.
Give us a call at (763) 432-9713 to see if we are the right music school for you.
By offering instruction on a variety of instruments at one location, we can save you time and money. No more driving around town from piano to guitar to voice lessons. At Minnesota Guitar Academy, we realize your time is valuable and we are proud to offer high-quality instruction on a variety of instruments as a convenience to our customers.
Our Director has a Masters degree in music performance from the University of Minnesota, completed his doctorate work in music education, and has extensive post-graduate training in child development. In addition, we are the Twin Cities' exclusive provider of The Childbloom Guitar Program™ — the nation's leading guitar lesson program for kids. We are committed to providing only the highest quality music lessons and you can rest assured our instructors meet the highest professional standards. In addition, they are friendly, engaging, and supportive of each student. Whether you want to learn Bach or Bruno Mars, our instructors are committed to helping you reach your goals.
We are open six days a week and will do our best to accommodate your schedule. We offer music lessons during the following hours:
|Monday - Friday||12:00pm - 8:00pm|
|Saturday||10:00am - 5:00pm|
Visit our Testimonials page to see what students, parents, and fellow educators are saying. Our full-time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by families throughout the Twin Cities.
Would you like to spend more time with your child? Well, at Minnesota Guitar Academy we encourage parents to attend lessons with their child. Our experience indicates students learn best when their parents are engaged in the learning process. What better way to spend time with your child than to attend their weekly music lesson?
We stock a variety of guitars, instrumental accessories, and sheet music to ensure our students have access to high quality, affordable products. Feel free to visit our showroom and browse our selection of music supplies. Don't see what you need? Don't worry, we have vendor accounts with dozens of manufacturers and can special order just about anything from guitars, band instruments, pro audio, etc.
We are the only music school in the area that offers free, all-inclusive recitals at the University of Minnesota. The facilities contain Steinway grand pianos and first-class acoustics.
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it is to have their child participate in a recital. What's more, each performance is professionally recorded by U of M staff and recordings are available for a small fee. What better way to document your child's achievement than by a DVD of their performance in a professional facility?
Have you or your child ever dreamed of recording music in a state-of-the-art recording facility? Well, at Minnesota Guitar Academy, that dream can become a reality. Our fully stocked recording facility features a Pro Tools HD recording system that utilizes the finest analog outboard gear available. With equipment from AKG, Avid, Avalon, B.L.U.E, Chandler, Focusrite, Manley Labs, Neumann, Universal Audio, Yori Designs, and more, we can handle just about any small to medium-format recording project.
We are professionally affiliated with the Minnesota Music Teachers Association and our students have the opportunity to perform before faculty to earn certificates. Several times per year, MMTA invites affiliated instructors to have their students complete standardized performance and written exams before a certified judge. Students receive written and oral feedback as well as a certificate of completion for each level of the program.
If you or your child is interested in attaining the highest level of musical proficiency, we encourage participation in MMTA standardized testing.
At Minnesota Guitar Academy, we do not require families to sign long-term contracts. All of our students are enrolled on a month-to-month basis.
If you are ready to enroll, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here.
Offering quality guitar, voice, piano, woodwind, and music theory lessons in the Blaine and Circle Pines area.
Eric Nehring is a guitarist, vocalist, and educator from the Minneapolis area. Over the past decade, he has taught hundreds of students across the Twin Cities how to play the guitar.
During his decade-long academic tenure, Mr. Nehring studied with some of Minnesota's finest guitar educators including Jeffrey Van, Dr. James Flegel, Dr. Christopher Kachian, Anthony Titus, Joan Griffith, Michael Hauser, Steve Morgan, Kelly Peterson, and Maja Radovanlija. Further, he studied piano with Dr. Rudolfus Budginas and Anna Chepikova. He also studied voice with Judy Bender, Andrew Barrett, and Joseph Reed.
In May 2013, eager to bring high level music instruction back to his hometown, Mr. Nehring resigned from his teaching position at the University of Minnesota and founded Minnesota Guitar Academy. In August of that year, he attended intensive child development training in Austin, TX under the tutelage of Childbloom President, Kevin Taylor. To date, Mr. Nehring remains the only licensed Director of The Childbloom Guitar Program™ in the Twin Cities.
When not teaching or performing, Eric enjoys yoga, photography, audio production, and spending time with his wife Erin, and their two children Caleb and Ava.