Why Study Guitar & Ukulele?

Have you ever wanted to be a rock star? Compose and perform your own songs? Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, or ukulele lessons are a fabulous way to learn a staple instrument in contemporary and popular music.

Using fundamental electric guitar and acoustic guitar skills, you can learn to play your favourite songs, arrange your own original tunes, and perform with rock-star confidence.

Ukulele is the perfect instrument for young aspiring guitar players, or for singer-songwriters who want to write and perform original songs.

No matter your skill level, Bravo Academy guitar and ukulele instructors will teach you how to shine!

Who Should Take Guitar & Ukulele Lessons?

Guitar and ukulele lessons are for anyone at any level who wants to learn instrumental skills and have fun playing music!

Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Styles: Contemporary, Singer-Songwriter, Pop, Rock, Classical
Certification: Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Preparatory – ARCT
Lesson Length: 30 – 60 minutes

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Performance/Audition Coaching

In addition to regular private lessons, our instructors offer occasional coaching sessions. Coachings focus on rehearsing specific material in preparation for a performance or audition. Instructors offer feedback on technique and style, as well as overall performance. If you’re interested in booking a coaching session, please contact admin@bravoacademy.ca for rates and availability.

About the Instructor

Will Hebbes is a Toronto-based guitar player who explores every genre of music, from Country and Jazz to Bungara. His guitar studies began at the age of seven.

After many years of private instruction, he attended the prestigious Jazz Guitar program at Humber College. Once there, he received instruction from some of the finest teachers in Canada. His studies included guitar repertoire, composition, theory, ethnomusicology, and improv with Pat Labarbera (Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones).

After completing his education, Will hit the road, touring with acts the likes of Jarvis Church (Philosopher Kings), Beverley Mahood (Lace, David Foster) and many others. His travels have taken him across Canada sharing stages with Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Tom Cochrane, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brad Paisley to name a few.

On top of being an accomplished sideman, he is an in demand producer and session player. Frequently, he is a top call at studios such as Metalworks. He runs Red Valley Studios with several others and has recorded, produced and played on many records over the last several years.

Recently, an artist produced by Will won the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, securing a record deal with Universal Records. With over 10 years of experience in guitar instruction, Will can provide a well-rounded musical education for students of any age or skill level.

Lesson Structure

Every student is different, so each lesson is approached with the student’s individual goals, strengths, and personality in mind. Our teachers work with individual students to craft customized lesson plans.

A typical music lesson includes some combination of the following:

  • Technical exercises
  • Music theory
  • Rhythm exercises
  • Repertoire
  • Sight reading
  • Aural training
  • Composition

Performance Opportunities

Every private lesson student is invited to perform in our semi-annual recitals in late November and May. Students work with their instructor to select a piece that demonstrates their technique and progress, and perform for family, friends, and peers at our Bravo Academy Zlotnik Studio Theatre. Instructors may also recommend festivals or competitions for their students to showcase their abilities, including:

Royal Conservatory of Music

Every student has their own goals for music study. We encourage many students to pursue Royal Conservatory of Music certification.

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Certificate Program is a standardized approach to music education available across the country. Students work through each grade level, practicing performance technique and music theory, gradually improving their performance skills with a thorough and challenging curriculum.

RCM certification is recognized across Canada by most major music programs and training facilities, and is recommended for students pursuing music at a secondary or post-secondary level. RCM certification at a certain level may also be recognized as high school or post-secondary credits.

Our instructors are qualified to teach RCM and can tell you if RCM is right for you, as well as providing exam preparation and assisting in material selection. Ask your instructor is RCM is right for you!

Policies

Please take a look at our Student Handbook to learn more about our policies.