Musicians Institute’s Guitar Craft Academy Nashville is dedicated to inspiring excellence in the art of guitar building and design, while preparing students for careers in the music industry.

By providing hands-on instruction from top professionals in a state-of-the-art educational environment, we give students the skills necessary to achieve their goals.

We strive to develop a diverse array of talented individuals who can enrich the global community by contributing their expertise and craftsmanship.

The Guitar Craft Academy (GCA) provides intensive, hands-on training in the specialized skills of luthiery—the art of guitar building and technical maintenance.

In just six months at GCA, you will be trained to design, fabricate and nish your own electric guitar or bass—turning raw wood into a completed instrument of your own creation. You’ll also gain detailed knowledge of:

  • Guitar Pickups & Fretwork
  • Wiring Modifications
  • Repairs & Maintenance
  • Advanced Electronics

You will also develop musical skills through weekly private lessons focused on sound, design, and technique.

In addition to giving you the satisfaction of taking home an instrument you built with your own hands, GCA will train you to work in the music industry, preparing you for careers including:

  • Working at a guitar maintenance and repair shop
  • Being a luthier for a custom boutique shop
  • Touring as a guitar/bass tech for artists and bands


Musicians Institute is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment for the community it serves. Members of the MI community include students, faculty, administration, families, and visiting artists. As an institution that is dedicated to preparing students for careers in the diversified music and entertainment industry, MI strives to cultivate talented individuals from across all backgrounds with conscious efforts to enrich the global public.


Program requirements, course information, and GCA details.


Admissions department is ready to answer any questions!


The first step is to complete an Application for Admission.

Musicians Institute Guitar Craft Academy Nashville is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.