About Us

Amy Di Giambattista - Director
Michael Gumley - Founder & CEO

Our Story

Melbourne Guitar Academy was founded in 2015 and has been a hotbed of guitar talent ever since. With humble beginnings teaching out of the spare room of his parents house, to now operating out of a professional studio in Essendon with a team of 5 teachers and over 150 students, Melbourne Guitar Academy is the home of Melbourne’s best guitar lessons.

Our teaching method goes beyond simple guitar lessons and draws influence from the
fields of learning psychology, sports science, martial arts and success principles so that
our students not only become the best guitar players they can be, but also the best
versions of themselves.

Our Mission Statement here at Melbourne Guitar Academy is

  1.  To share our passion for music with all of our students as we guide them on their own musical journey
  2. To offer the highest quality guitar tuition in Melbourne and to get our students
    tremendous results while making lessons both fun and engaging.
  3. To create a strong sense of community around our school and to bring all of our students together through music and a shared appreciation of guitar.

Melbourne Guitar Academy is at the forefront of modern guitar education. Whether it’s
ascending the ranks our Guitar Ninjas Program, learning through our Online Training Dojo,
jamming and performing in our Band Workshops & Student Concerts, or a creating a
successful music career in our Artist Ascension Program, we offer a learning experience
like no other and can help everyone no matter their age or ability level achieve their guitar
playing goals.

Meet Our Awesome Team Of Teachers


Michael Gumley

Rock, Metal, Blues, Funk, Pop/Top40
Guitar Technique & Practice Expert


Amy Di Giambattista

Piano & Vocal Coach
Children’s Education


Jake Kougi

Rock, Blues, Punk, Pop/Top40
Songwriting & Recording Expert

Joe Zreikat

Jazz, Fingerstyle, Classical
Improvisation Expert


Frank Lo Monaco

Rock, Blues, Pop/Top40
Blues Guru

Christian Dupre

Rock, Acoustic, Pop/Top40

Numbers Speak




Exam Pass Rate

5 Star

Google & Facebook

#1 School

For Guitar In Melbourne

What Our Students Have to Say

I have had the pleasure of playing with Michael and learning at the Melbourne Guitar Academy for approximately 18 months now. Within that time, we have improved my playing considerably, and always had a great time in doing so. Michael’s vast knowledge of musical theory makes him an excellent resource to learn from, his keen eye can identify and rectify any problematic playing techniques, and his passion for music and guitar playing lend him his patience, ability to teach and willingness to go above and beyond for his students. Not only that, but Michael is also a great guy, and is always interested in hearing what his students are up outside of the classroom. If you are interested in learning guitar, improving your playing, playing along with others, or pretty much anything else guitar related, I would highly recommend Michael and the Melbourne Guitar Academy.
Moonee Ponds, Vic
I started here after a motorcycle incident in order to rehabilitate couple of broken fingers on my left hand. Having 'some' but minimal experience I was hesitant at first because my past experiences had kind of stolen my zest for guitar due to stagnation of progress. Well heading towards 3 months at MGA and I can proudly say this is NOT the case here and i'm confidently coming to terms with 3 songs of my choice, understanding multiple aspects of guitar and music in general that all seemed so daunting just a short time ago and very excited even at my age , to be participating in the inaugural student concert. This is all because of the quality of the instructors and the simple methodology they use to impart skills and encouragement not so much for the business but for the students to achieve the goals set by the students themselves. As it happens my first set goals whilst still incomplete are now being added to as a result of the potential I now feel is realistic because of the great personal approach and support here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 🙂
Tullamarine, Vic
I can not rate Melbourne guitar academy highly enough. It has been the most positive, rewarding and motivating experience. I had never had guitar lessons before and as an adult I felt nervous and unsure about beginning the journey. Michael took all the apprehension and fear out of the initial process and made me feel so comfortable. I look forward to my weekly lessons. Frank is an absolute gem of a teacher and we always have the best time learning and laughing in our beginners group. I have already come such a long way with my guitar playing in such a short amount of time. Playing with others has given me confidence and I’m feeling more creative as a result. I especially like that we are playing the music we like to play and learning our own favourite songs from the get go. For all things guitar MGA is the place to be, hands down.
Essendon, Vic
Highly recommended MGA. I've been learning here for 18 months now, and I've really been enjoying it. All of the staff are very friendly and always feel welcome and comfortable during the lessons. Quality of the content is very high and all of the teachers are very knowledgeable, and helpful. Initially i wanted one on one lessons, however after joining and attending a few classes, I've realized that learning in a group environment is much better. The social aspect of the classes is very fun and engaging and I look forward to the lessons every week.
Strathmore, Vic
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