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(763) 432-9713

3533 88th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55014

Are we the right music school for you?

If you’re looking for professional music lessons that are both educational and FUN, you’ve come to the right place. Because at Minnesota Guitar Academy, we balance musicianship and fun by teaching  you the music YOU want to learn. Located in Blaine, MN, we are the area’s leading music school and offer piano, guitar, and voice lessons to students ages 5 and up. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors  are 100% devoted to helping you reach your musical goals. What’s more, as a national award-winning music school, our professional office staff is here to support you along your musical journey.

So, whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, we are here to make your musical dreams come true.  To get started, give us a call at (763) 432-9713. Or, to  learn more, simply click the Request Info button below, and one of our friendly staff members will reach out to assist you.

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While you’re here researching the best music school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming a Minnesota Guitar Academy student.

10 Benefits of Becoming a MNGA Student:

1) Named to “Best Places for Guitar Lessons in Minnesota” List by CBS News

With so many music lesson providers in the Twin Cities area, how do you know who to trust? Well, how about starting with the only place in Minnesota that was named to two different “Best of Minnesota” lists by CBS News in 2015. Our commitment to high-quality music lessons and excellent customer service has earned us a reputation few others in the area can match. If you are looking for music lessons, we would be honored to earn your business. Give us a call today at (763) 432-9713 to learn more.

2) Building Value Through Music

At Minnesota Guitar Academy, we believe the best way to help others reach their potential is through one-on-one music lessons. According to Forbes, American teenagers spend a whopping 9 hours per day in front of digital screens! That is compared to only 3 hours in 1995. At MNGA, we provide the opportunity for kids to put down their gadgets and develop the life long skill of music making.

3) Instructors With Character

Our instructors are friendly, encouraging, and patient. Put simply, they are people who care. Though many schools select instructors on résumé alone, we select instructors based on character and love for teaching.  When you choose MNGA, you can be sure your teacher will be a person of character who is fully invested in your success.

4) Safe, professional environment

When choosing a music lesson provider, there are many important aspects to consider. Are the lessons offered in a safe, professional environment? Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable? Are the facilities clean and well maintained? 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 have received both local, and national acclaim.

5) Convenient location

When we ask our customers why they chose MNGA, the first thing they usually say is “the quality of education.” The second thing they often say, is “location.” At MNGA, our students don’t have to bother with messy downtown commutes or spend time looking for open parking meters. Instead, we offer a spacious parking lot directly in front of our facility so you can save time and money. Located just 1 block off I-35W on the border of Blaine and Circle Pines, we offer lessons in a safe, convenient, and family-friendly location. In fact, CNBC recently named Circle Pines as the “3rd Most Perfect Suburb in America.” What better place to learn music?

6) Spend time with your child

Parents, 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. Extensive research 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?

7) Free, annual recitals at Sundin Hall at Hamline University

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  worth it is to have their child participate in a recital. And what better place to watch your child perform than at a premier Twin Cities venue?  University students spend thousands of dollars for the opportunity 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: Audio Technology

At Minnesota Guitar Academy, we recognize the increasing role technology plays in modern music making. For that reason, we’ll soon be launching the area’s only recording arts program for kids. Open to elementary, middle-, and high-school students, our S.T.E.M. program will give students the kind of hands-on experience they’ll need to become professional musicians or audio engineers. Call us today to inquire about our inaugural cohort beginning Summer 2017.

9) Trophies, wristbands, and certificates to celebrate student achievement

We are the only school in Blaine that gives students the opportunity to earn trophies, colored wristbands, and certificates for passing musical tests. Students become inspired as they earn wristbands and climb the “Musical Ladder™.”

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!

Lessons are $128/mo

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

We are pleased to have been named to the “Best Music Shops in Minnesota” list by CBS News.

Minnesota Guitar Academy named “Ab Fab” by Jason and Alexis of MyTalk 107.1 FM.

MNGA is a proud member of Metro North Chamber of Commerce.

Offering quality piano, guitar and voice lessons in Blaine, MN.

Serving the communities of  ​Andover, Arden Hills, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Minneapolis, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, Oak Grove, Roseville, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, St. Francis, St. Paul, Vadnais Heights,  and White Bear Lake

Meet the Director

Minnesota Guitar Academy director Eric Nehring and son Caleb

Minnesota Guitar Academy director Eric Nehring and his family


My name is Eric Nehring. As the Director here at MNGA, let me be the first to welcome you to our website. As a husband, educator, and father of three, my life’s mission is to live “Guided by Christ, in Service of Others.” And at MNGA, that is what we are all about—serving others. In fact, our school’s mission is to build value into the lives of our students at every lesson.  Though we’ve grown to become a nationally recognized school in just three short years, we began with very humble roots. For those of you who like “rags-to-riches” stories, feel free to grab a coffee and cozy up in your favorite E-Z chair.

It was May, 2013. I was teaching at the University of Minnesota as a Doctor of Musical Arts student. My wife and I had one child, and were expecting our second. Though teaching at a Big 10 university was an incredible honor, I felt unfulfilled. Sure, I was teaching. But, “Am I really making a difference?” I often asked. Driven by the desire to mentor young people, I did what any married father awaiting a second child would do—I quit my job and started a music school. Well, sort of.

You see, we didn’t exactly have any students. We didn’t yet have a building. Aaaaand…we didn’t have any money. Worst of all, very few people believed in us. Frankly, it was hard. Demoralizing. Maybe you have been there. Before we even got started, we were ready to give up. Thankfully, God had a different plan.

In June 2013, we began selling all of the personal belongings we could. TV’s, radios, mini-fridges, the list goes on. Every day was a different item and a different pawn shop. To save on expenses, we often ate toast for dinner and I began cutting my own hair (it was ugly). But, by mid-Summer, we managed to save $155 and on July 13, 2013, we officially filed with the MN Secretary of State—Minnesota Guitar Academy was born.

In August, we rented a bedroom of a rambler home. Modest, but it was a start. We began placing flyers around town, set up a few internet profiles and, within a week, we had enrolled our first student. By September, we had three. Then, October came and we had earned just enough to build a DIY website. By Christmas, we had a total of 12 students and were beginning to smile again. Fast forward.

In May of 2014 we opened our first commercial location. Over the next 6 months, we grew. And grew. And grew. By December 2014 we had outgrown our space and signed a lease on a 2500 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Blaine. To say we have been blessed would be an understatement. But it wasn’t easy.

What began as a dream has blossomed into a full-blown reality. We now open our doors to hundreds of guests each week. Our customers are people who share our values of family, education, and hard work—people who want their children mentored by positive role models. This is a responsibility we take very seriously and we are grateful to have earned the trust of our community. We continue to work tirelessly toward our vision of becoming Minnesota’s leading music lesson provider. And if we sound like a company who you can relate to, we’d like to welcome you as well.

If you are still reading, I invite you to give us a try. If, after your first lesson, you are not completely convinced you’ve come to the right place, we will refund 100% of your remaining tuition. This is a guarantee we have offered since we began in 2013; a guarantee we proudly stand behind; and, due to our high customer satisfaction rate, a guarantee we have never had to honor.

If you or your child to learn music from people who share your values, give us a call. You’ll be glad you did.


Eric Nehring, Director