Newport Beach In-Home Guitar Lessons

Offered by VTMA Founder Ryan Van Tuyl

Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy has been Orange County’s original school of rock, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for guitar. Whether you have a child that wants to learn the guitar or you’re looking for yourself, Van Tuyl Music Academy is the place for you. Newport Beach In-Home guitar instructor Ryan Van Tuyl has extensive experience with students of all ages and ability levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.


VTMA is more than a music factory for guitar lessons, we’re an immersive, one-of-a-kind school that teaches you how to find your true tone and style. Learning guitar is more than just learning how to recreate the notes and chords of your favorite songs. When you learn a song, chord, solo or riff with Ryan, he will show you both the how and the why. Music theory, technique, rhythm and tone are just a few of the elements that make a VTMA guitarist sound like a real pro who was born to play the guitar.

13-Year Old VTMA Guitar Student Performs Sweet Child O' Mine

Guitar Lesson F.A.Q.’s

At what age is it appropriate to begin guitar lessons?

Age 5 is when a child has developed enough physical size and dexterity to properly hold and play the guitar.

Do I need to own a guitar to take guitar lessons?

Yes, it is very important to be able to practice the instrument at home in between lessons. We offer guitars for rent if you don’t own one, but can’t wait to begin learning.

Are private guitar lessons the only thing offered at Van Tuyl Music Academy?

Not at all! We also have Band Workshops for guitarists of all ability levels and ages through our Performance Academy. For more advanced players that have taken guitar lessons before or currently have a guitar instructor, we have the ultimate performance experience for young players! 

About our program:

In our Newport Beach in-home guitar program, students are invited to learn whichever style of music that interests them, whether it is Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Punk, Blues or even Classical Finger Style. Ryan has mastered the art of combining the convenience of in-home guitar lessons, with the professionalism and tools of a music school. Beginning Electric Guitar students start off with songs like Smoke on the Water, American Idiot, Iron Man, the 12 Bar Blues, and House of the Rising Sun. This gives them the foundation from which most music is based. Our advanced students master scales, improvisation, speed picking, slide guitar, and famous guitar solos to give them the tools necessary to begin writing their own music and performing it live. Acoustic Guitar students start by learning songs from Bob Dylan, Collective Soul, Tom Petty, and The Eagles which teaches them all the open chords needed to sound like a pro when at a camp fire. Once these chords and songs are mastered, students learn finger picking, open tuning, and advanced right hand rhythms so they can perform material from Acoustic Guitar greats such as Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters, and Robert Johnson.

Taking in-home guitar lessons with Ryan at Van Tuyl Music Academy is an experience unlike any other. Just because you’re learning guitar in your home doesn’t mean you can’t have all the tools of attending a music academy in person. Ryan combines the convenience of in-home lessons with the professionalism and tools of a music academy. Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Newport Beach’s original school of rock, metal, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for guitar. We’re so much more than just a music factory of lessons in OC.