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.

10 Benefits of Becoming a Minnesota Guitar Academy Student:


1) Guitar, Piano, Voice, Woodwind, and Music Theory Lessons in one location.

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.


2) Most qualified teaching faculty

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.


3) Wide range of music lesson times, available 6 days a week

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 - Friday12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday10:00am - 5:00pm


4) A proven track record of excellence

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.


5) Parental involvement

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?


6) Instruments, accessories, and sheet music

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.


7) Free, semi-annual recitals at University of Minnesota School of Music

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?


8) State-of-the-art recording studio onsite

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.


9) Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) certificates

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.


10) No long-term contracts

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.


It's easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first served.
Contact us today to arrange your first lesson:

Call us at (763) 432-9713,
email us at info@mnguitaracademy.com or

Click Here to Request Info

3529 88th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55014
(Located near Lake Drive and 35W across from Kwik Trip)

Offering quality guitar, voice, piano, woodwind, and music theory lessons in the Blaine and Circle Pines area.


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.

Performing Life

Mr. Nehring has enjoyed a prolific performing career that includes several local and national media appearances, performances for United States Presidential candidates, and several events for members of the United States Armed Forces. In addition, he has performed at venues throughout the Twin Cities including Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Northrop Auditorium, the National Sports Center, and Orchestra Hall. He has also played the side stages at several music festivals including Moondance Jammin' Country, Moondance Jam, and Winstock.

Academic Life

Mr. Nehring graduated from Centennial High School (1998), earned an Associate of Arts degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College (2001), a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas (2007), and a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota (2012). In addition, he completed nearly two years of post-graduate research at the U of M within the field of music education. His primary research foci were curriculum development and playing-related musculoskeletal disorders of performing musicians.

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.



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