Instruction in Guitar, Music Theory, Music History, Pedagogy & Ensemble 


Private Study

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

Private Lessons

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

Tuition: $25

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

Tution: $20

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:

  • Scholarship opportunities

  • Recital and performance opportunities

  • Variety of classes

  • Helpful staff

  • Community

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

Teaching Resume



  • 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

Additional Skills

Distance (online) education

Course design

Pedagogical coaching and mentorship

Hagerstown Community College

11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21742

Phone: (240) 500-2000  Web: www.hagerstowncc.edu


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 cemowbray@hagerstowncc.edu 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.


Student Comments

"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." 

Guest Teaching


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. 

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