Maurice Arenas Guitar Academy

Maurice Arenas Guitar Academy

5.0 (17)
4 employees
19 years in business

About this pro

  • We provide quality musical equipment for our students to learn with and are always updating it for the best possible learning experience.
  • We provide a clean and friendly atmosphere for learning.
  • Maurice Arenas is an instructors instructor. His best students are instructors in this area as well at many colleges and music schools and conservatories all across the country.
  • We are the only studio in Frederick that is recognized by the American Federation Of Musicians. We teach all the fundamentals of music to help a student go to a music school or conservatory. 
  • Some of our students have gone to schools like Juilliard, San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes School of Music, Berklee and many more.
  • We offer programs for students to learn and perform in master classes with some of the worlds best guitarists
  • We offer recitals, group clinics and master classes for all our students. 
  • We accept all levels, from complete beginners to advanced musicians, semiprofessional and professional musicians as well.
  • We help you achieve your musical goals while having fun and not neglecting the most important fundamentals of music.

We enjoy sharing the gift of music to people of all ages. It’s gratif seeing students grow into musicians. 

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Frederick, MD 21701
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17 Reviews


  • Joseph Altidore

    Absolutely the best lessons anywhere

  • Joe Pinnavaia

    Maurice really cares about delivering a great experience for his students and thus students are more likely to get the results they are looking for.

  • Joe Knotts

    Maurice has an incredible way of teaching you not just to play music and understanding the theory involved but he breaks down the mechanics of playing technique like no other instructor I’ve studied under. He helped me take my guitar and mandolin playing to another level. Highly recommended!

  • Russ Main

    I’ve been taking lessons for a few years. Maurice is willing to help you learn anything you want to play.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1. Access the students level

2. Determine the students long term and short term goals

3. Determine the genre and styles of music the student wishes to learn 

4. Teach foundational aspects of music (music theory, technique, aural skills, etc) while introducing music in the style and genre the student enjoys as he/she progresses 

5. Teach students how to properly practice so they can achieve their goals musically

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

We are the only studio in Frederick that our instructors are 100% professional musicians who make a living doing only music. Our instructors have touring experience and degrees in music up to the doctorate level here. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$26 for one on one 30 minute private lesson 

$52 for one on one 60 minute private lesson 

How did you get started teaching?

I was asked to start teaching while at music conservatory at age 19. I later became a student teacher for my masters and the teaching continued on to other schools and the studio. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All levels and ages. As young as 4 years old to 87 years old. We specialize in teaching all levels (even semi-professionals and professionals) but we love teaching beginners and intermediates. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I’ve released a number of music instructional videos on TrueFire. Truefire is the world largest source of online music education and I’m proud to be part of it. 

I also write for various guitar magazine publications and my last article was on Riff Journal. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

1. Does the teacher have a degree in music?

2. Is the teacher a member of the Musicians Union?

3. Does the teacher have performance experience on tour? 

4. How many years has the teacher been teaching? 

5. Does the teacher only do music for a living?

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1.  What are your short term goals in music?

2.  What are your long term goals in music?

3. What music genres do you wish to study?

4. How much time should I commit to music?

5. How do I practice effectively and efficiently?