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12 Jan 2024

Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Learn or Improve Your Classical or Flamenco Guitar Skills in the GSI Guitar School!


Our GSI Guitar School is about to resume lessons after the Holiday break! If you are looking for any goals for 2024. enroll in our guitar school and learn or improve your classical or flamenco guitar skills! We offer both in-person lessons in our store in Santa Monica and online lessons.

We believe in excellence and, therefore we hired two excellent teachers last year - Ashley Lucero and Mircea Gogoncea. You might already know both of them from their performances on our YouTube channel.

About our teachers

Dr. Mircea Gogoncea is a 31-year-old Romanian-German and an award-winning concert guitarist based in Los Angeles. In 2022, he made his debut as a composer with an hour-long show consisting of music he wrote for guitar, live electronics, and audience interaction. Through this innovative format, he breaks down barriers between performers and listeners, encouraging audiences to engage with music more deeply. In 2018, he organized the first-ever guitar masterclass and workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. Fundraising for the project consisted of a 7-concert tour of India. The documentary he made about his journey inspired luthiers and performers to donate a series of professional instruments to the young musicians in Lagos.

Mircea holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance from the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. He also graduated with honors from the Advanced Diploma doctoral-level program of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the post-master’s excellence program Konzertexamen of the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Ashley M. Lucero is a guitarist, composer, and educator. As a classical and flamenco guitarist, she explores multiple styles and is a known improviser. She has earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio under the tutelage of award-winning composer Matthew Dunne. Currently, Ashley is also pursuing her doctorate degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. Ashley's GSI videos have been very popular on the GSI YouTube channel!

Who can learn?

Lessons are available for people of all ages and levels of playing, including complete beginners and advanced guitarists. Our goal is to create a supportive environment and community of guitar players in Santa Monica.

When can I start learning?

Any time! If you want to join as a student, please contact our scheduling coordinator, Tomasz Fechner, or click on the link below to schedule lessons via our website. Our current promotional rate is $90 for a 50-minute lesson.

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Schedule lessons via phone or email:

Scheduling Coordinator: Tomasz Fechner, [email protected], (310) 857-1704

If you haven't already, please check out our lesson policies.

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