Minnesota Guitar Academy is a local, family owned music school specializing in music lessons for kids. Our mission is to inspire and cultivate student achievement through standardized music education. As a result, all of our programs adhere to the standards set by the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. 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. We currently serve the communities of Blaine, Circle Pines, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Coon Rapids, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, Spring Lake Park, Andover, St. Francis, Anoka, Hugo, and Ham Lake.

Give us a call at (763) 432-9713 to see if we are the right music school for you.

10 Benefits of Becoming a MNGA Student:

1) Music training improves academic performance

Research shows students who receive regular, sustained music instruction enjoy higher IQ’s, higher test scores, and more academic success. If you are looking for ways to help boost your child’s school performance, weekly music lessons offer proven, time-tested results.

2) We help students succeed

At Minnesota Guitar Academy, students learn to set and achieve goals; to face challenges; and to become self-guided learners. Though our short term efforts are focused on musical development, our students receive lasting, non-musical benefits that help them become successful in life. To learn how one of our programs can help your child discover their potential, call us at (763) 432-9713.

3) Most qualified teaching faculty

Our instructors are some of the friendliest, most well educated, and sought after in the Twin Cities. Our Director only selects applicants with college degrees who have extensive teaching résumés and who love working with kids. When
you choose Minnesota Guitar Academy, you can rest assured you’ve found a teacher who will love working with your child.

4) We are Blaine’s trusted choice for music lessons

When choosing a music lesson provider, there are many important aspects to consider. Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable? Are the facilities clean and well maintained? Are there office personnel to properly coordinate lesson schedules and ensure customer satisfaction? Well, at Minnesota Guitar Academy, the answers are yes, yes, and yes!
From the moment our customers walk in the door, they often remark about how courteous and professional our
staff is. Enroll at MNGA, and you’ll immediately see why we are Blaine’s trusted choice for music lessons.

5) Spend time with your child

Would you like to spend more time with your child? If the answer is “yes,” you’ll be happy to know 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

One of the biggest hassles parents face when enrolling their child in an activity is driving around town looking for all the required gadgets and gizmos. Can you relate? If so, you’ll be happy to discover we stock all of the instruments and accessories required for participation in our programs! That means no more trips to the mall or searching endlessly online. This will ultimately save you time, save you money, and save you from the pastel-colored checklist.

7) Free, annual recitals at the University of St. Thomas

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. And what better place to watch your child perform than at the University of St. Thomas?  University students spend thousands of dollars for a chance to perform in a professional concert hall and we offer this experience to our students for free!

We also offer a variety of other performance opportunities throughout the year for students seeking additional experience.

8) S.T.E.M. Program

At Minnesota Guitar Academy, we recognize the increasing role technology plays in modern music making. For that reason, we offer the area’s only audio engineering program for kids. Open to middle and high-school students, our S.T.E.M. program gives students the kind of hands-on experience they’ll need become professional musicians or audio engineers.

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 your child is interested in attaining the highest level of musical proficiency, we encourage participation in MMTA standardized testing.

10) No long-term contracts

While many of our competitors require families to sign costly, long-term contracts in order to stabilize
business revenue, we have a different approach. We offer the best music instruction at a fair price so our
students not only remain satisfied, they can’t wait to come to their next lesson. No contracts necessary!

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

3533 88th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55014
(Located near Lake Drive and 35W across from Kwik Trip)


Offering quality guitar and piano lessons for kids 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

Minnesota Guitar Academy director Eric Nehring and his family

Eric Nehring is a guitarist, vocalist, and educator from the Minneapolis area. Over the past
15 years, he has taught 1000+ 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, and 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.