NCGS provides a variety of group class offerings for students who wish to learn in a supportive and fun environment. These classes are designed to off-set a student's private lesson, however non-NCGS students can register for any of these classes.
*NEW * Guitar Basics Boot Camp - This 5 week class provides interested newcomers the basics to playing the guitar! This class is open to students ages 15 and older. Limited to 6 students! The class meets Thursday evenings. Click Here for more information.
Suzuki Guitar Group Class - Integral to the Suzuki Method, NCGS offers Suzuki Guitar Group Classes to its' students. The group classes provide students the ability to learn from one another in a fun and nurturing environment. In the class they learn to apply the skills and techniques learned in the private lessons as well as develop ensemble and basic music theory skills. The Suzuki Guitar Repertoirie provides the students with shared pieces to play and perform together. NCGS provides group classes for Beginner and Intermediate students. Afterwards, students are invited to register and join the Manchester Guitar Ensemble and/or take Chamber Music Coachings to continue developing their ensemble skills.
Sight-Reading Class - For traditional guitar students no matter what style they currently study, the Sight-Reading classes develop the student's core music theory skills. Learning the logic of the fretboard and how to navigate is important in learning and performing more advanced repertoire. The class is presented in 2 levels, focusing on music theory and ensemble skills. After completion of both levels, students are invited to register and join the Manchester Guitar Ensemble, RockLab (for Electric Guitar/Bass students) and/or Chamber Music Coachings.
Manchester Guitar Ensemble - The MGE is a community ensemble for students between the ages of 12-18. Conducted by Nick Cutroneo, this group aims provide guitar students (both NCGS students and guitar students throughout the Greater Hartford area) a performing ensemble much like that which is found for orchestral and band instruments in public schools. MGE provides students studying guitar with the opportunity to experience the same group performance experience with their peers and other musicians, that is Please visit the Manchester Guitar Ensemble Page for more information.
RockLab - Open to students 12-18, RockLab provides guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists an platform to perform together. In addition to learning songs together as a group, students apply their songwriting skills to craft new music together. This class is open to NCGS and non-NCGS students.
For a group class to run, a minimum of 4 students must be registered.
Manchester Community College Classes
Currently, Nick Cutroneo is on faculty at the Manchester Community College where he offers group guitar classes. Below is a listing of the courses he offers and information on registration.
Introduction to Classical Guitar
Learn the basics of fingerstyle classical guitar technique and note reading. This class is for both beginners to music and guitar, as well as people who want to learn classical technique and develop their reading skills. You will learn to play simple and familiar melodies, basic accompaniment patterns and a simple classical guitar piece. Some break-out sessions, with an opportunity to work individually and in small groups with the instructor, will be included as part of the course.
Required text: A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition
(ISBN 9780793570652), available at MCC Bookstore for approximately $7.
CRN: TBA; 11 Thursdays, 9/25-12/12 (does not meet 11/27), 7-8:30 p.m.
Please use the Flyer and Registration Form below if you are interested in registering for the class.