Guitar Lessons at Wilton Music Studios

Why Should I Take Guitar Lessons at WMS?

Our guitar teachers are consummate musicians and are comfortable teaching very young children, professional musicians polishing repertoire, and adult amateurs. If you’re a complete beginner, want to prepare for concerts, competitions or college auditions, or simply take lessons just because you love the guitar, our teachers will work with each student and parent on a personal level to craft a lesson plan that fits the student’s individual needs and favorite genres of music. Whether a four-year-old taking their first lesson, a retiree returning to the instrument after a long separation, or someone prepping for concerts, our teachers will share their love of music and lay the foundation, so that students may explore their own personal musical journey.

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Guitar Fun fact

There are nine different types of guitars and many, many different subgroups!

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What Styles of Music Do We Teach in Your Guitar Lessons?

Our teachers tailor music lessons to the needs and desires of the student. The enormous versatility of the guitar (not to mention its portability!) combined with the wide-ranging experience of our faculty means their lessons can take the student wherever they want whether it be serious classical, folk, rock, jazz, or popular music. All students will learn the fundamentals of playing so that they can play any type of music to the best of their ability.

Historical Guitar Tidbits

Like most musical instruments, the guitar has had a long path on its way to being the version we know today. The oldest guitars came from Persia, (modern-day Iran) and date back 3500 years!  As the instrument traveled from culture to culture through trade or conquest, it often was adapted and changed. A number of the variations spun off into the sitar (India), lute (Europe), and oud (Arabic culture developed it in what is now Spain) and are still are in use today. In 1890, Spanish guitarist Antonio Torres Jurado created the guitar design that the majority of acoustic guitars follow to this day. The invention of the electric guitar in 1931 would go on to revolutionize the popularity and reach of the instrument through its many forms (electric, electroacoustic, bass guitar to name a few) and use in every genre. From jazz to classical to pop to rock…the guitar’s versatility is practically unmatched.

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Who Are Our Music Teachers?

Everyone on our faculty is a professional performing musician and very at home teaching all ages and levels.  They are tuned in to the needs of each student since everyone learns differently. Our teachers have graduated from some of the world’s greatest conservatories including the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Aaron Copland School of Music, the Bard College-Conservatory of music and serve on the faculties of many schools and universities, including the Mannes College of Music, Western Connecticut University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport.

Nick Arne

Nick Arne is a Connecticut-based guitarist, singer-songwriter, and teacher. He graduated with Cum Laude Honors from Western Connecticut State University in 2018 with a BM in Jazz Guitar and a minor in Professional Writing.

Fangfang Liu

Fangfang Liu, originally from Henan, China, began studying guitar at the age of six, additionally studying piano, sight-singing, theory, and chamber music at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.


Elliott Moberly-LaChance

Elliott Moberly-LaChance has been playing guitar since the age of 3, with training and experience in both classical and jazz. Initially taught in the Suzuki method by David Madsen.

Rob Russo

Rob Russo, brings his 35 years of professional experience as a songwriter for major record labels, session player, and arranger along with a lifetime of live performances touring with Grammy Award-winning acts to bear as a teacher.

Kenny Wessel

Kenny Wessel, a versatile, sensitive, and soulful guitarist, and composer has performed in 28 countries. He toured with revolutionary jazz artist Ornette Coleman for over 12 years.