Our guitar teachers are all degreed professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In guitar lessons, we focus on establishing great playing technique, working through scales and chords, and learning everything from rock, jazz, and funk, to classical approaches. Whether you're 5 or 55, brand new to the instrument or gigging professionally, our goal is to help you become not just someone who can play the guitar, but a guitarist.

Call us for a free lesson to see what we're talking about.

You can also view our guitar teachers' bios below to see who's right for you.


Charlie Ballantine, B.A.

INSTRUCTOR OF GUITAR

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Named Indianapolis' "Best Jazz Musician" of 2015 by NUVO Magazine, Charlie Ballantine, is a professional guitarist who performs regularly around the midwest. Charlie has been a featured artist at notable events such as the Penrod Art Festival and The Indianapolis Jazz Festival and is a frequent performer at renowned jazz clubs such as The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox.  He also holds a degree in jazz studies from Indiana University where he studied under Corey Christiansen, David Baker, and many others.

His music stems from the traditions of folk, jazz, and blues music with influences such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.
In early 2015 Charlie released his debut album "Green" which earned him local acclaim as well as being very well recieved nationally. Charlie's sophmore album "Providence" was released in May of 2016 and has helped him develop even more of a presence on the national level through reviews from a wide variety of publications (Vintage Guitar Magazine, Absolute Sound, Midwest Record) as well as making it into the top 100 on the jazz radio chart and being played on hundreds of stations worldwide.


Ryan Collins, A.A.

INSTRUCTOR OF GUITAR

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North), Carmel

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Ryan Collins has a unique blend of real world experience and education from some of the leading contemporary guitar institutes of the world. Ryan spent nearly 7 years as a guitarist in the Navy band, touring and teaching masterclasses all over the US and throughout southeast Asia. During this time, Ryan performed virtually all styles of contemporary music, including blues, rock, jazz, big band, New Orleans style brass bands, and original music.

After serving nearly seven years of honorable service in the US Navy, Ryan decided to continue his education at Musicians Institute in LA, where he completed the year long Guitar Performance program in only 6 months and was awarded an A.A. Ryan is also pursuing a Bachelor degree in guitar with Berklee College of Music online, and is expected to graduate in 2018. Ryan has opened for acts such as Umphrey’s Mcgee, Darius Rucker, Katy Perry, and The Hackensaw boys. Ryan has studied under Allen Hinds, Travis Newlon, Jinshi Ozaki, Scott Parker, and currently studies with Bruce Bartlett with Berklee College of Music.