Students can begin guitar lessons at age eight. It is important that they have the strength and dexterity in their fingers to be able to play properly. The size of the instrument is also a factor in determining when to start lessons. While there are ½ and ¾ size guitars available, we generally recommend beginning lessons on a full-size instrument.

Study of the guitar at the Stouffville Academy follows a disciplined, focussed study of both technique and repertory. Initially, the student will be learning the basics of the instrument, technique and the reading of music. We will introduce technical and conceptual challenges in a progressive fashion to ensure the steady development of musical skills. When a sufficient level of proficiency is achieved, the student will begin study in the Conservatory Curriculum.

The Conservatory Curriculum is designed to provide students with a clear, well-paced path for their musical development. It aims to develop the technique necessary to successfully meet the student's developmental challenges. It will also expose students to the full range of the instrument's repertoire and potential.

Each level in the Curriculum Series features compositions from the Renaissance to the present day. By learning music from each period, students gain a comprehensive overview of the evolution of musical styles and of guitar music in particular.

In addition to the Conservatory Curriculum, students are provided the opportunity to learn and develop other musical styles that meet their own personal interests and goals.

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