Guitar Course

Guitar Courses

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The guitar lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced in Lausanne, Switzerland are designed to help young people of all levels.

For a beginner, our method teaches the basics of the guitar in a musical way, focusing on right hand rhythmic setup and left hand dexterity (if the student is right-handed). Students will be guided in learning basic chords, playing techniques and reading musical scores. The goal of the course is to enable students to play simple pieces quickly and enjoyably, while exploring music theory in a fun and interesting way. Lessons are tailored to the needs and goals of each student to ensure optimal learning. 

In addition to lessons for beginners, our program also offers options for intermediate and advanced students. For intermediate guitarists, practice and curiosity are essential to progress, so as not to fall into the trap of redundant playing reflexes. By regularly working on new chords, techniques and songs, guitarists can improve their technique and musicality. It's also important to focus on different styles of music to broaden your musical palette and become a more versatile guitarist. To do this, intermediate guitarists can benefit from private lessons that allow them to receive personalized guidance and work on their specific weaknesses. This can help accelerate their progress and bring them closer to their goal of becoming an accomplished guitarist.

For advanced guitarists, playing music should be a challenging and rewarding experience. Beyond simply strumming strings, an understanding of music theory and theory can help one to better understand how chords and melodies work together, to explore the world of songwriting for example. Advanced guitarists should also explore different genres of music to expand their repertoire and technique. While working to develop their skills, it is important that advanced guitarists continue to find joy in their practice, constantly seeking new challenges and striving to become more complete musicians.

In short, our lessons are customized to best meet the needs and goals of each student, regardless of their level. Our teaching is designed to help students reach their full musical potential on the guitar, and beyond!

Objectives and skills

Guitar lessons focus on the study of various playing techniques, chords, harmony and rhythm. This study is done through pieces of music of various styles, chosen according to the tastes of the student(s), in order to correspond to their desires and desires. Students will also learn the maintenance and structure of their instrument, as well as the reading of tablature and classical scores.

Concerning this last point, it is important to specify that at Apolline's, the music theory is integrated into the instrument course, sparingly and in a manner consistent with the subject studied by the child. In this way, theory sticks to practice and becomes digestible and interesting. To learn more about this subject, see our article on music theory lessons.

Learning music with Apolline

How do you get out of the usually rigid framework of the early years of musical learning found in most schools in Switzerland? 

Based in Lausanne, Apolline has a different philosophy. Rather than offering children and teenagers the opportunity to learn in individual lessons, the emphasis is on small group lessons - of 2 or even 3 students, depending on the instrument. This group work will encourage listening, playing with others, improvisation, as well as a sense of musical sharing. The students will progress technically, while having the pleasure of playing music. The extra motivation generated by learning and progressing together is an important driving force.

The groups are always formed according to the age and level of competence of the students, in order to allow a coherent exchange and dynamic progression. For more information, see our article on private VS semi-private music lessons.

Apolline offers its students the possibility of integrating a music band workshop, in addition to the basic instrument course, to allow them to play with other musicians of their own age. Accompanied by a teacher, they will learn to play in a group, through covers or their own compositions.



Cours Duration Monthly price* One price**
Children and adolescents (under 18):
Semi-Private - 2 students 40 minutes 111.00 CHF 1'250.00 CHF
Children and adolescents (under 18):
Privé 30 minutes 149.00 CHF 1'690.00 CHF
Privé 40 minutes 166.00 CHF 1'890.00 CHF
Privé 50 minutes 179.00 CHF 2'090.00 CHF
Adults (from 18 years old):
Privé 30 minutes 166.00 CHF 1'890.00 CHF
Privé 40 minutes 175.00 CHF 1'990.00 CHF
Privé 50 minutes 189.00 CHF 2'190.00 CHF

* 12 monthly payments from September to August(voir notre règlement).
** Price for the payment of the whole year's courses in one payment.

Prices are valid for annual registration (courses from September to June). All fees are included in the prices listed. Registration during the year is possible (prorated according to the number of remaining courses)

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For a beginner guitarist, it is recommended that you learn your first scales on an electric guitar rather than an acoustic guitar. This of course depends on your personal preferences and goals as a musician. However, an electric guitar is often easier to play at first than an acoustic guitar, because the strings are thinner and closer together. In addition, there is a wide range of electric guitar models available for beginners, with positive reviews regarding their quality and value for money. It is important to visit a music center to try out several different models and choose the one that best suits your budget and musical taste.

The price of a guitar lesson for children varies between Geneva and Lausanne depending on the teacher chosen. Rates can vary from Fr 50 to Fr 200 per hour for an experienced teacher. Students can also benefit from reduced rates, depending on their age and financial situation. At Apolline, we are proud to offer affordable rates for all, allowing all children access to music learning. Thanks to our semi-private tuition system, we can offer very affordable rates compared to other music schools in Geneva and Lausanne. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to discover their passion for music, and we are delighted to help them achieve this goal.

There is no minimum age to start learning guitar at Apolline. Children can enroll from a very young age, although we recommend waiting until age 6 to start. It is important to keep in mind that playing any instrument is a musical process that requires time and patience. We obviously encourage adults to take the plunge, keeping in mind that it may take more time and determination than for children. Regardless of the age of the learner, Apolline's guitar instruction focuses on the learner's enjoyment and motivation, encouraging creativity and a love of music.

The main difference between these two types of guitars is in their construction, operation and use. Classical guitars are generally smaller and have a wider neck. For these reasons, it is advisable to start a child on an electric guitar. They also have nylon strings rather than steel strings. Classical guitars are generally used to play acoustic music, folk, classical, flamenco... while electric guitars are more commonly used in rock, jazz, soul music... They require an amplifier to produce an audible sound, while classical (or folk) guitars can be played without amplification. To learn more, read our article on this subject. Our teacher Arnaud Paolini is obviously able to teach on all types of guitars, as long as they have strings!

Yes, a guitar lesson can be given online via webcam, provided the teacher is able to give it. With the advances in technology and the popularity of online lessons since the pandemic, many teachers of all kinds are now using webcams to teach their students. Webcam guitar lessons can be effective, especially for students who have busy schedules or live far from their teacher. We use several methods to teach online, using visual aids and screen sharing tools to enhance the quality of the lesson. It is important to note that a face-to-face class will always be more effective than an online class, especially when the teacher and student are playing simultaneously. Webcam courses can therefore offer a satisfactory teaching quality for motivated and autonomous students.

Yes, it is definitely possible to mix singing and guitar in a guitar lesson. Many guitarists sing along with their guitar playing, and some students may find this more motivating and enjoyable than just playing the guitar. Our guitar teacher has extensive experience in both areas, as he sings and plays guitar at the same time during his concerts. He will therefore easily integrate singing into a guitar lesson, using songs adapted to the student's level and working on technical skills such as hand-guitar coordination and vocal accuracy. Some teachers may have a different approach to the place of singing in a guitar lesson. At Apolline, it is entirely possible to mix the two and customize the lesson to the student's preferences.

There is no particular diploma given to students throughout their learning process. Indeed, Apolline favors learning that is based on pleasure through progression and not on performance. This is why we do not organize exams, and why there are no diplomas. Every year we organize a festival with the colors of the school: The Apolline Fest. You can read our article on this subject. Each student who wishes to do so has the opportunity to register and perform in front of an audience of friends and family. This is a good opportunity to showcase all the work done during the year. It is also common for our teachers to write letters of recommendation for students to help them achieve their goals. In addition, for experienced students, our teachers offer a professional curriculum to prepare motivated students for the art school entrance exams. All of our music teachers have a degree from an art school.

There is a lot of confusion about this. The main difference between a bass and a guitar is the range of notes they can produce. A bass usually has four strings, while a guitar usually has six. The strings of a bass are tuned lower than a guitar, which allows it to produce low notes that are often used to play the bass line in music. They do not have the same musical role. Basses are considered the "foundation" in a song along with drums, while guitars are often used to play chords and melodies. The playing approaches also differ, with different techniques for each instrument. To learn more, you can read our article on this subject

At Apolline, we organize workshops for the most motivated students who wish to discover playing in a group. Within this framework, we encourage our students to perform in concerts, in particular in bars/clubs in the city of Lausanne as well as during the annual Apolline Fest. This program is not suitable for beginners, but rather for students who have already mastered their instrument. A workshop room with a good acoustic treatment is provided to the students to allow them to play in the best possible conditions. We will also teach them to acquire a good stage presence and the specific codes of the stage world. We take care to ensure that the pieces chosen appeal to everyone, in order to guarantee an enriching experience combining pleasure, high standards and progress.

Yes, the teaching of these two types of guitars differs in terms of technique, style and repertoire. The classical guitar is usually played with the fingers, while the electric guitar is played with a pick. The classical guitar is often used to play classical music, flamenco and other acoustic styles, while the electric guitar is commonly used in jazz, rock, pop and other amplified styles. The musical repertoire for the classical guitar often includes pieces by classical composers, while the musical repertoire for the electric guitar can include rock, jazz and blues songs. However, there are points of intersection between the two styles, particularly in jazz and pop where classical guitar can have its place, and where technique and playing style can work together to create unique sounds.