At MI you’ll find students from every creative and cultural background united by a common desire to excel. It’s not only about studying and practicing, it’s about getting to know your fellow students to form friendships and musical relationships that will last.

The first step in applying to Guitar Craft Academy Nashville is to complete an application form.


The Admissions Department must receive a completed written application, all official documents/required materials by the deadlines.

Fully completed applications will be reviewed with placement priority given to the applications received prior to the established due dates. Accepted applicants will be notified by mail and telephone. Applicants who are not accepted will receive notification by mail only, along with the specific reasons for non-acceptance.

For your application to be considered for final approval you must submit all items below:

  • Copy of Photo ID (driver’s license or passport)
  • Copy of your high school diploma or equivalent (must be in English, high school seniors submit your diploma when you graduate)
  • $300 tuition deposit (refundable- see catalog for details, you may send one check for the application fee and deposit at a time of initial application)

Application for Admission

GCA Brochure

GCA Nashville Campus Map

Guitar Craft Academy Nashville cannot guarantee the transferability of credit except between its own degree programs. If the credits or certificate that you earn at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting the institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Guitar Craft Academy Nashville to determine if your credits, degree or certificate will transfer.
Guitar Craft 2 $7,995.00 30 $533.00 $15,990.00
Guitar Craft/Acoustic Design 3 $7,995.00 45 $533.00 $23,985.00

All programs are refundable.

This program trains students in the full spectrum of contemporary luthiery skills, with core classes including Instrument Design, Instrument Fabrication, Fretwork & Setup, Instrument Repair, Electronics, and Finish Work.

During the program, every student designs and builds a custom electric guitar or bass for their personal use.

Each student also receives weekly private instruction in stylistic instrument performance techniques.

CERTIFICATE Application (non-refundable) Equipment Cost Per Quarter Technology Fee TOTAL
Guitar Craft $100.00 $400.00 $15.00 $530.00
Guitar Craft / Acoustic Design $100.00 $400.00 $15.00 $545.00
  • Tuition and fees for all programs are charged on a quarterly basis and are due at the time of registration for each quarter of instruction.
  • All programs require students to source their own materials, software and equipment.
  • Students are not allowed to enter MI facilities or attend classes until required tuition and fees are paid in full.
  • See student Billing department for current information.
  • Costs vary according to manufacturer prices and features.
  • Please contact our Admissions Department for details on the fees pertaining to your specific start date.

† Multiply technology fee by number of quarters referenced in the Tuition section above.

Administrative Fees Quarter Needed Fee Amount
Re-application fee As needed $50.00
Late registration fee As needed $100.00
Retest due to Rescheduled/,Missed Exam Fee As needed $50/test
Transcript request fee As needed $15.00
Rushed transcript request fee As needed $20.00


Each student at Musicians Institute must have a device that allows for access to our Learning Management System (LMS) and corresponding materials. This is a requirement of enrollment at Musicians Institute. Musicians Institute has made every effort to ensure that this material is available on a multitude of different devices/operating systems.

As such, you will need a device that meets the following specifications below:


  • A smart phone, tablet or laptop computer
  • Internet connection for device/computer (wi-fi or ethernet recommended)
  • Built-in or external speakers, headphones, or similar for audio playback.

Apple Devices
iPad (iPad2 or newer recommended**) iPad Mini (Retina display suggested**) iPhone (4s or newer recommended**) iOS 7 or above is recommended.
** All device versions are technically compatible with the delivery application. However, older devices may be limited by memory and CPU requirements of a given book/ le size. It is likely that students with iOS devices pre-iPad 2/iPhone 4 will experience diminished functionality the deliver application.

Android Devices
Phone & tablet devices utilizing the Android OS are compatible with the deliver application. Due to the wide variety of manufacturers and models, a standardized list of actual devices cannot be issued.
Android OS 4.4 or above is recommended.

Desktop Readers (Mac and Windows)
These desktop reader applications require Adobe AIR to be installed and current on the machine. All tech speci cations are related to same minimum requirements for Adobe AIR installation.

2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel AtomTM 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Classic
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended).

Mac OS
Intel® CoreTM Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

Questions about your device’s specifications and requirements may be directed to Instructional & Information Technology Services at

For all other inquires, please contact your Program Chair or the Student Affairs Department at

We have made every effort to ensure that this material is available on a multitude of different devices and operating systems.

Much of MI’s course and curricular content is delivered solely in an electronic format, so each student must possess a device that allows for access to our Learning Management System (LMS) and corresponding course materials. This is a requirement of enrollment at Musicians Institute.

Purchase of digital curricular materials is required for many courses. For a complete list of these books/materials, as well as prices and purchasing information, please visit

The cost of living while attending MI Guitar Craft Academy Nashville varies with each student’s personal needs. Below are sample living expense budgets per month for the 2016-17 academic year based on average costs statewide. To arrive at a total cost for your program, multiply the monthly costs by the number of months in that program (for example, Certificate in Guitar Craft = Six months).

Student living at home with parents (per month)
Tuition: varies by program
Books & Supplies: $172
Food & Housing: $372
Transportation: $124
Personal/Miscellaneous: $193
Total (not including tuition): $861

Student living at home with parents (per month)
Tuition: varies by program
Books & Supplies: $172
Food & Housing: $531
Transportation: $177
Personal/Miscellaneous: $276
Total Not Including Tuition: $1,156

Re-Registration November 26 – December 22
New Student Registration December 26 – January 4
New Student Orientation January 3
Financial Aid Application Deadline 1 Week prior to registration
*New Year’s Day January 1
Quarter Begins January 7
*Martin Luther King Day January 21
Final Exams March 18-22
Graduation March 23
Quarter Break March 24 – April 7


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.