Instruction in Guitar, Music Theory, Music History, Pedagogy & Ensemble
Students will receive well-rounded and individualized guitar lessons that include technique, theory, repertoire development, and historical insights as well as an awareness of classical guitar events and opportunities in the greater community. Advanced as well as beginning students are welcome.
Private lessons are held in Hagerstown, Maryland (and one day per week in Chambersburg, PA). For students who live out of the area or perform at an advanced level, it is possible to schedule periodic sessions or receive tutoring through Skype. For information about tuition and scheduling, please contact Dr. Candice Mowbray at candice mowbray (at) gmail (dot) com.
Cumberland Valley School of Music
1015 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: (717) 261-1220 Web: www.cvsmusic.org
Upcoming CVSM Classes with Dr. Candice Mowbray
Chambersburg, PA Campus
Starting Tuesday January 21
Limited availability. Contact cvsmusic.org to schedule.
Group Guitar for Beginners
Tuesdays January 21 to March 3 @ 7:00-8:00 PM
Tuition $79 for 7 Sessions
This course is designed for students with no prior guitar experience. Students will learn how to hold the guitar, strum chords, play simple melodies, read music, fingerpick and more. The skills learned in this class can be applied to a variety of musical styles. Each student must provide his/her own guitar, picks and a music stand.
Guitar Starter Workshop
Saturday, February 1 @ 11:45 AM -1:15 PM
If you received a guitar as a gift over the holidays and you aren’t sure what to do with it, this class is for you! When we say “absolute beginners,” we mean it: learn how to hold the guitar, use a pick, play chords and strum. Sign up with a friend or family member.
Introduction to Classical Guitar Workshop
Monday April 6 @ 5:00-6:00 PM
Participants will receive an introduction to basic techniques needed to play guitar in the classical style. Absolute beginners are welcome but knowledge of a few open chords will be helpful. Some discussion and listening activities will be included. Students must provide their own guitars.
Added benefits of study through CVSM:
Recital and performance opportunities
Variety of classes
TO REGISTER: Click here or call 717-261-1220 opt. 1
CVSM lessons and classes may soon be available in Hagerstown, Maryland. Please call or message to inquire.
Dr. Candice Mowbray
Doctorate of Musical Arts - Classical Guitar Performance, Shenandoah University
Master of Music, Shenandoah University
Bachelor of Arts - Music Composition, Shepherd University
Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts, Hagerstown Community College
Private Study and Masterclasses
Berta Rojas, Victor Villadangos, Maximo Diego Pujol, Ricardo Cobo, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, Sharon Isbin, Julian Gray, Serap Gray, Ron Pearl, Adam Holzman, Bruce Holzman, Denis Azabagic, Gerry Kunkel, Glenn Caluda
Teaching Experience (20+years)
Shenandoah University (2007-2017)
Hagerstown Community College (2004-present)
Frederick Community College (2005-2015)
Shepherd University (2007-2008)
Mount St. Mary's University (2006-2008)
St. James School, Levine School of Music, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Machen Music
Distance (online) education
Pedagogical coaching and mentorship
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21742
Phone: (240) 500-2000 Web:
Dr. Mowbray's Spring 2020 Courses:
MUA 116 WM01 - Private Lessons
First Semester 1 credit - Time as scheduled
Meets 12 weeks, 25 minute sessions
MUA 126 WM01 - Private Lessons
First Semester 2 credits - Time as scheduled
Meets 12 weeks, 50 minute sessions
MUS 116 M01 - Guitar Ensemble
1 credit - Wednesdays @7pm
Spring 2020 Classes begin the week of January 13
Students for whom guitar will be a primary instrument of study at the college level should consider signing up for lessons and are welcome to contact Dr. Mowbray at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
It is also possible to participate in these courses as an auditing (non-credit) student. Tuition discounts are available for senior citizens. Please contact the admissions office of the college for more information.
"Your style of teaching is outstanding and we have learned so much in such a short time frame."
"The education I received in one semester of Dr. Mowbray's class will have a lifetime of impact. What was taught was so much more than a curriculum, it was the beginning of a genuine love of art, and for that I will always be grateful. Bravo."
"I feel blessed because after all the years I wanted to try to play guitar, you came along! ...Having a great instructor like you [has] given me the motivation to play."
In addition to working with her own students, Dr. Mowbray is often a guest instructor, ensemble coach and adjudicator, and has worked with organizations such as:
Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival
Northern Virginia Public Schools
Performing and Visual Arts Northwest (PAVAN)
TESS Guitar Festival
Aguado Guitar Competition
Marlin-Engel Solo Competition @ Levine School
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition
Guitar Foundation of America Regional Symposium
Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy
She offers workshops for a variety of audiences and levels of performers. Sample workshop topics include:
Kickstart to Guitar - A 2-hour workshop for Absolute Beginners
Beginning Group Guitar Lessons (5, 8 and 10 week sessions, General or Classical)
Introduction to Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar
Fretboard Harmony: Applying Music Fundamentals to the Guitar Fretboard
Expressing Melody in a Variety of Textures: A Look at Luise Walker's "Kleine Romanze"
The Art of Classical Guitar: An appreciative look at the classical guitar's history, music and players
Women in Classical Guitar History: A survey
To request workshops, musical talks, ensemble coaching or adjudication for your organization or festival, please contact candicemowbray @ gmail.com.