Minnesota Guitar Academy is a private music school dedicated to setting a new standard in guitar lessons. Our commitment to excellence ensures students receive the finest music training available anywhere in Minnesota. We offer proprietary, research-based curriculum and house the Twin Cities' only licensed Childbloom Guitar Program™ — the nation's largest and most successful guitar program for kids. In addition, we stock a variety of guitars and accessories to ensure our students have access to high-quality, affordable products that serve their educational needs.

10 Benefits of Becoming a Minnesota Guitar Academy Student:

1) High quality, age appropriate instruction

We are proud to be the Twin Cities' exclusive provider of The Childbloom Guitar Program™. Childbloom was founded in 1980 by Kevin Taylor of Austin, TX and has become the nation's most successful guitar lesson program for kids.

To learn more about our other programs, including those for teens and adults, fill out the Request Info form and receive a free $25 voucher.

2) Two convenient locations

Choose from either our Blaine or Spring Lake Park locations. For an interactive map, visit our Locations page.

We currently serve the communities of Andover, Anoka, Arden Hills, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Mounds View, Minneapolis, New Brighton, Spring Lake Park, and St. Francis.

3) Wide range of lesson times

Lessons are offered 5 days a week:

Monday3:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday3:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday3:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday3:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday3:00pm - 7:00pm

4) Track record of excellence

Since our inception in September 2013, we have gained acclaim from students, parents, university professors, and national guitar organizations. To see what people are saying about our program, please visit the Testimonials page.

5) Parental involvement

Would you like to spend more time with your child? Well, at Minnesota Guitar Academy, we encourage parents to attend lessons. We believe that students learn best when their parents are actively engaged in the learning process. Of course, parents who wish not to attend their child's lesson may unwind in our comfortable waiting area.

6) Guitars available

Don't have a guitar? No worries. We carry a full line of guitars in all sizes and price points. For a free appointment to be fitted for a guitar, call (763) 203-4296.

7) Free, all inclusive recitals

Would you like to see your child apply their skills onstage? Then don't miss our semi-annual recitals. The best way to see your child progressing is to watch them perform.

8) Referral Rewards program

Get paid today with our Referral Rewards program. Just refer a friend, and when they enroll, we will mail you a certificate redeemable for $25 cash. It's that simple.

9) Studying guitar may improve schoolwork skills

Studies show that students with musical training have higher composite IQ scores and achieve better grades in school than students with no musical training.

10) Affordable

Minnesota Guitar Academy offers high quality instruction at prices you can afford! With lessons starting at just $79 per month, we are confident that you will not find higher-quality, more affordable instruction elsewhere.

Call us at (763) 203-4296 or

Click Here to Request Info

Lessons are first come, first served.
Limited space available.

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Guitar Society Logo, Minnesota Teachers National Association Logo, Audio Engineering Society Logo, Minnesota Music Teachers Association Logo, Nashville Songwriters Association International Logo, Guitar Foundation of America Logo

Meet the Director

Minnesota Guitar Academy director Eric Nehring and son Caleb

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. In 2013, Mr. Nehring resigned from his teaching position at the University of Minnesota and founded Minnesota Guitar Academy. To date, he remains the only licensed Director of The Childbloom Guitar Program™ in the Twin Cities.

When not teaching or performing, Eric enjoys time with his wife Erin, and their two children Caleb and Ava.