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The Guitar Academy ~ Michael Ridenour - Director

Michael Ridenour Performing On A 19th Century Guitar, Ca: 1840

Welcome To The Guitar Academy

The Guitar Academy was formed in June of 1997 to meet the music education needs to Henderson and surrounding Western North Carolina counties. Since it's formation, the Guitar Academy has become one the the largest, private instruction studios in Western North Carolina.


The Guitar Academy offers private and group instruction for all ages. The Guitar Academy also offers music theory classes for all instrumental and vocal performers. All lessons incorporate music theory, music history and performance practice methods for a complete music education.

Musical Influences

  • Douglas James
  • Christopher Parkening
  • Anthony Glise

Favorite Recordings

  • In The Spanish Style - Christopher Parkening
  • Italian Romantic Music of the Early 19th Century - Douglas James