MCCM  Workshops

Group Guitar Lessons - Spring 2020 

Our group lessons are focused on giving you the skills you need to join a jam session.  From beginner to intermediate guitar players we have the right class for you! 

This three series course (Beginning Guitar Levels 1- 3) will walk you through everything you need to know to build good habits from the start. You'll get practice playing simple chord progressions over and over until you can transition smoothly and then starting jamming with your favorite music. If you have some skill already, but want to improve, contact us to discuss your level and which class best would fit you.  


  • Tuition $175 per ten week quarter or $20 per session

  • All group lessons held at 4011 Ohio Street 92104

  • Space is limited: four to eight students per class – reserve your spot below today!


Group Guitar Level 3

Wednesday 6:30 ‐ 7:30 P.M. (Apr 8 –  Jun 10)

This course will build on the skills covered in Levels 1 and 2.


  • Build your chord vocabulary (sus chords, maj7 chords)

  • More barre chords and pentatonic soloing

  • Using bass runs with alternate-bass strumming

  • Basic music theory (using a capo, transposing keys, etc)


Limited Space - Reserve your spot HERE

Group Guitar Level 1

Tuesdays 7 P.M ‐ 8 P.M. (Apr 7– June 9)

Intro level class for total beginners or those who need a refresher on the basic chords: A, D, E, Am, Em, and Dm. We'll focus on changing chords using some fun examples in preparation for joining a jam session!

Book: Beginner's Course published by
Books can be purchased online or in-class at our cost: $25 (while supplies last.)  


Instructor: Luke Henning
Limited Space - Reserve your spot HERE

Group Guitar Level 2

Saturdays 10:00 A.M ‐ 11:00 A.M (Apr 11 – Jun 13)

Building on the skills from Level 1, this course introduces more strumming patterns and chords.  Also introduces:


  • Increased chord vocabulary (minor 7th and dominant 7th chords)

  • More advanced strumming patterns

  • Bass and alternate-bass strumming

  • Introduction to barre chords and the pentatonic scale

  • Instructor: Jeff Finley

    Limited Space - Reserve your spot HERE


Vocal Blues Workshop

Saturdays 2:00 P.M. ‐ 3:00 P.M. (Apr 11 – Jun 13)
Sharon DuBois will take you on a journey to find your inner blues singer by exploring breathing, posture, ear training, and vocalizing techniques all while utilizing the blues scale and form! Have Fun and Unleash you inner Blues Singer! No experience necessary - Everybody can sing the blues!
  • Tuition: $175 per 10 week course including performance opportunities. 
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: Sharon DuBois

Guitar Orchestra with James Clarkston

Mondays 5:30 P.M. ‐ 6:30 P.M. (Apr 6 - Jun 8)
This ten-week intensive guitar workshop will have you playing instrumental hits and holiday tunes with other guitarists.  Each piece will be broken up into parts: chords, melody, and harmony, so that different groups will be playing different parts.  Arrangements with chords and TABS will be provided.    
  • Tuition: $175 per 10-week course including materials and performance opportunities
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: James Clarkston 

Teen Rock Band Workshop

Saturdays 11:30 A.M. ‐ 1:00 P.M. (Ongoing)
This weekly band workshop is an opportunity for teens and tweens to learn to play music in a band.  Basic instruction is provided in a variety of instruments (including guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and saxophone) with a focus on staying in time polishing up a few selected works for public performance.
  • Tuition: $95 per 10 week course including performance opportunities. Scholarships available. 
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: Jeff Finley

Adult Performance Workshop

Thursday 7:00 ‐ 8:30 P.M. (Apr 16 – Jun 18)


The Mid-City Community Music Performance Workshop is a ten-week intensive seminar in playing in a band. This is an opportunity for musicians of all levels to improve their skills playing with others in a small ensemble, focusing on a few songs and polishing them up for a public performance at the end of the workshop.


It covers the technical aspects of sound equipment, the dynamics of playing in rhythm with others, adjusting sound volume to leave space for other band members, and communicating effectively with bandmates.


Participants of all levels and instruments (including voice) are welcome to apply to the workshop but they should have a basic competency with their instrument and some experience playing with others (i.e. jam sessions). Participants will be selected so that each group has a balance or instruments and experience.


To whichever extent is possible, a real-life band situation will be simulated.  Participants will be encouraged to find solutions within their group, just as band members do in real life.  As a result of this course, participants will be more comfortable and have improved confidence playing in a group.  Topics include:



Band Dynamics

  • Communicating with bandmates

  • Team Building Exercises

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Giving and taking constructive criticism


Technical Skills

  • Learning the basics of setting up and using a PA system

  • Balancing sound levels

  • Responding to unexpected circumstances in real-time

  • Using sound engineering vocabulary



  • Basic Improv Training

  • Leading others in musical compositions

  • Developing stage presence / engaging a live audience

  • Using a microphone as an instrument

  • $225 per 10-week course including performance opportunities. 
  • Enroll online here
  • Instructor: Jeff Finley



2nd and 4th Monday, 7 - 9 PM

4011 Ohio Street  San Diego, CA 92104  (619) 200-7498 -

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