Best Places For Guitar Lessons In OC

January 12, 2014 6:00 AM

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The New Year often encourages people to pursue new goals; if learning the guitar happens to be on your list of resolutions, check out the variety of learning opportunities explored below. Whether you are looking for private lessons, group jam time or even online classes, these music schools have you covered. 

(credit: The Music Factory)

(credit: The Music Factory)

The Music Factory
1125 Victoria St. Suite C
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(866) 796-4443

Instructing more than 12,000 students each each year, The Music Factory is Orange County’s largest music academy, offering lessons for the guitar, drum, piano and voice. The school also provides rock and jazz band classes, as well as DJ classes. Enjoy free recitals throughout the year here as well. Not only are students given the opportunity to learn a variety of contemporary music disciplines at the school, they can take lessons in the convenience of their homes in the Orange County area.

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(credit: Hamrock Music Instruction)

Hamrock Music Instruction
25 Cuervo Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 230-7136

Specializing in guitar and bass lessons, professional musical artist Mark Hamrock teaches a variety of styles, including rock, punk, blues,  jazz, metal, classical and country. Hamrock provides private instruction in his Aliso Viejo studio based on more than 19 years of experience teaching guitar and bass lessons. Additionally, he served as a Princeton Review instructor for two years and graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor of music performance degree in classical guitar and baroque lute.

(credit: Los Rios School Of Rock)

(credit: Los Rios School Of Rock)

Los Rios Rock School
32124 Paseo Adelanto, Suite 5
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 456-1081

If you like the movie, “School of Rock,” then Los Rios Rock School could be the perfect fit. Providing instruction for the acoustic, electric and bass guitar, piano, drums, voice, organ and keyboard, Los Rios Rock School teaches any style of music including folk, rock, rockabilly, jazz, country, blues, bluegrass and soul. Several learning opportunities are available for students, including private lessons, group rehearsals, songwriting and recording instruction, and chances to perform live in front of family and friends. Students use high-quality professional equipment, and the curriculum is taught by musicians who have released albums and are working in the music industry.

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(credit: Premier Music)

(credit: Premier Music)

Premier Music
211 West Katella Ave. Suite B
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 744-8100

Premier Music offers group lessons, private instruction, performance-based classes and even online classes for learning to play the guitar, as well as lessons for piano, voice, drums, concert percussion, flute, trumpet, saxophone and clarinet. Students also perform in a recital a few times each year. Students praise the school’s diverse class schedule and knowledgeable teachers.

(credit: Jim's Music Center)

(credit: Jim’s Music Center)

Jim’s Music Center
14061 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 669-3600

Jim’s Music Center provides the Orange County area with lessons for the guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, flute/piccolo, violin/viola, cello, trombone, baritone horn, trumpet, voice and piano/keyboards. One of the school’s seasoned guitar instructors, Karl Aranjo, has taught at Jim’s Music Center for 20 years and is the author of industry-standard instructional books. He also taught accomplished guitarists including Dustin Kinsrue from the band Thrice, and Sameer Ghadia and Eric Cananta from the band Young the Giant. Email for prices and hours.

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Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at

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