Private Lessons

With a Doctorate in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and over 20 years of teaching experience as both a private and classroom instructor at schools such as Shenandoah Conservatory and Hagerstown Community College, Dr. Mowbray teaches all levels of guitar performance as well as history, theory and pedagogy. She has been a guitar instructor to music majors, recording/engineering students, music theater students, general music educators, fellow musicians and hobbyists. Dr. Mowbray is glad to help new enthusiasts explore guitar as well as experienced players. Students will receive well-rounded and individualized guitar tutoring that includes technique, theory, repertoire development, and historical insights as well as an awareness of classical guitar events and opportunities in the greater community.

Private lessons are held in Hagerstown, Maryland. 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 fees and scheduling, please contact Dr. Candice Mowbray at candice mowbray (at) gmail (dot) com.

Cumberland Valley School of Music


Dr. Mowbray offers private lessons, group guitar and workshops through Cumberland Valley School of Music in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania one day per week. CVSM is a long-standing community-centered organization for music education and offers recital and scholarship opportunities. For information and to register for lessons at CVSM, visit cvsmusic.org.  *Lessons and classes through CVSM may soon be offered in Hagerstown. Please check back for updates.

Upcoming CVSM Chambersburg Classes:

January 21, 2020 - Private Lessons Begin

January 20, 2020 - Group Guitar for Beginners 7-8pm

February 1, 2020  Guitar Starter Workshop 11:45am to 1:15pm

April 6, 2020 Introduction to Classical Guitar Workshop (Evening Time TBA)

Register at cvsmusic.org

College Lessons and Guitar Ensemble


Classical guitar lessons are offered for credit at Hagerstown Community College where Dr. Mowbray has been an instructor since 2004. 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 the instructor at cemowbray@hagerstowncc.edu with questions. Contact the administrative offices to enroll: www.hagerstowncc.edu. The course numbers are:

MUA 116 - First Semester 1 credit - Time as scheduled

MUA 126 - First Semester 2 credits - Time as scheduled

MUS 116 - Guitar Ensemble - Day and time to be announced


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 registration office of the college for more information.

Guest Teaching


In addition to working with her own students, Dr. Mowbray is often a guest workshop presenter, ensemble coach or adjudicator. 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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