The best music tutors in Canberra

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Who are the best music tutors in Canberra? Photo: Jordan Whitfield.

Keen to take up a new instrument or work towards becoming the next Beethoven? If you’re interested in taking up music or mastering the instrument you already love, a quality music tutor can help. The best music tutors are inspirational and support you on your musical learning journey.

Music tutors can provide one-on-one coaching. They can also provide learning through small groups and in-school. Many music tutors work with students of all ages and all levels of experience.

The key is to research and find a tutor who teaches your instrument of choice and meets your learning needs.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a music tutor, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great music tutor?

Choosing the right music tutor can fast track your musical skills and motivate you to achieve at the next level.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a music tutor.

  • Passionate and engaging. Knowledge is essential for a quality music tutor, but so is a genuine passion for music and teaching. You’ll want your tutor’s enthusiasm to shine through during your lessons. This will keep you engaged, inspired and motivated.
  • Goal-oriented. You’ll benefit from a music tutor who helps you set goals and supports you to achieve them. This includes goals for individual lessons and longer-term aspirations.
  • Tailored lessons. Great music tutors understand there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to learning music. They know that every student is different. You’ll want a music tutor who tailors support to your style of learning and challenges.
  • Prepared and well-organised. You’ll benefit most from an organised music tutor. This way, you’ll get the most out of each music lesson. The best music tutors prepare lessons in advance and pack a lot of learning into each one.
  • Patient and understanding. Patience is a virtue with the best music tutors. You’ll want an understanding approach as you progress along your music journey. You’ll also want someone who is patient while you learn at your own pace. And you’ll want gentle guidance to help you break through to the next.

The best music tutors in Canberra

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Mojo Guitar Teachers

The team at Mojo Guitar Teachers have been teaching music to the Canberra community for over 10 years.

Since opening their first studio in 2011 in Griffith, Mojo Guitar Teachers have since expanded to numerous locations across the city. They teach at several schools and in their brand-new rooms at the Molonglo Precinct in Fyshwick, but also have tutors who regularly travel to students’ homes.

Mojo offers private guitar, bass, ukelele and drum lessons. The team uses established teaching methods to deliver engaging and inspiring lessons, and maintains regular contact with students to ensure they feel supported. For students who prefer to learn in a group, Mojo hosts ukulele and percussion workshops, and a one-of-a-kind ‘Rock School’ program every holidays where kids learn to write songs and perform in a band.

Elise Monge wrote on Google, "Best guitar teaching business in Canberra! Can come to you, school or have it at the studio. Each teacher I have experienced has been lovely, welcoming and is super knowledgeable."

Canberra Music Tuition

Canberra Music Tuition, a large, independent music educator, has serviced the ACT for over 22 years. Thirty-minute lessons, longer lessons and in-school lessons are available for violin, piano, guitar, woodwind, cello and drums. Teaching is in studios, in schools and online, with tailored, individual programs.

On Google, Gemma Morgan wrote, “Friendly and knowledgeable. Hugh is an amazing, fun drum teacher. Michael is great. He has patience with teaching my son, who has learning difficulties, how to play the guitar.”

Music Classes Canberra

Music Classes Canberra, an independent music school specialising in adult education, is run by award-winning composer and pianist Rasa Daukus who teaches piano, music reading and theory, composition and arranging, and world music classes. Small group classes include one-hour, face-to-face or virtual collaborative group lessons. Continuous online access to progressive course material is also available.

On Google, Nicolette Bramley wrote, “Rasa's music classes are inspiring, innovative and inclusive. She has opened up a new way of learning and understanding music for me …”

Canberra Premium Piano Lesson

The teaching style and philosophy at Canberra Premium Piano Lesson is fun, practical and flexible. Musician Ming is passionate about teaching piano across multiple genres, including classical, anime, pop music and jazz. Ming believes that learning the piano is a journey. He works with students who have medium and long-term aspirations.

Nguyen Mien wrote on Google, “Highly recommended Ming. I'm an adult beginner and Ming has been flexible and patient. He keeps me motivated to practice more.”


Fretvision is a modern music academy covering piano, guitar, bass, school lessons, and music production. Students of all ages develop musical skills and take playing to the next level, in modern studios. Fretvision also teaches in-school programs. A free trial lesson and fortnightly payment plans are available.

Danielle Harrington wrote on Google, “I’ve been trying to find a good music tutor for my children for several years and am very happy to have found the staff at Fretvision.”

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Your experience with music tutors in Canberra

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Frequently Asked Questions

What age is best to start music lessons?

There’s no hard-fast rule on what age to begin music lessons. Some students are very young, say three years of age. Some students start studying music late in life. You can start music lessons at any age.

How do I find the right music teacher?

To find the right music teacher, conduct your research. You’ll find lots of information online and by asking those who have used a music tutor. Ask what instruments the tutor teaches. Learn about their music education background, the length of time they’ve played, and whether they’ve taught students your age. In addition, you can talk to prospective music tutors about their approach to teaching. Last, but not least, make sure the tutor has a personality you can work with.

Do music teachers need a degree?

Private music tutors don’t require a degree, but formal studies are valuable, including music theory. You’ll want a teacher who is experience in playing your instrument of choice.

How much does it cost to take music lessons?

The cost for taking music lessons varies. Many factors are involved, including whether you want private or group lessons. Another factor is your teacher’s experience and reputation. Location can also be important. It’s best to ask your tutor for a detailed, written quote.

Do online music lessons work?

Online music lessons can be effective. They have other benefits too. Online music lessons are flexible and allow you to learn from home. Ask your music tutor how they handle online lessons.

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