Since 1983, the Longay Conservatory of Guitar has brought quality music education to the Santa Clara Valley. LCG offers a variety of educational opportunities for children, parents and teachers through the Suzuki approach as well as individual and small group instruction for adults and teens.

Suzuki Guitar

realizing the potential of every child

The Longay Conservatory of Guitar is dedicated to raising the potential of children through the Suzuki approach to music education. Our experience demonstrates that all children may achieve very high levels of musical ability in an enriched and motivating environment and that music and the arts cultivate a happier, more capable individual.

Students from 3 to 18 years old study music and the guitar with active family support. Curriculum activities include the development of superlative instrumental technique, deeply engaged musical expression, musicianship, theory, sight-reading and ensemble in a positive and enjoyable educational environment. Performance opportunities are provided in monthly recitals, concerts and community presentations.


New performance video

We are happy to offer five new videos featuring duets and updates to our advanced ensemble performances. Take a look at the performance video page.


an amazing duo

Chris Mallet and Robert Miller have formed an outstanding duo, performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Take a look at their video performance of Lo Que Vendra by Astor Piazzolla.


Spirit and Compassion in Action

Ben, one of Mr. Longay’s students helped remind us of the incredible impact that we all can make in aiding others in need. His love of guitar and his desire to help Iraqi children through his music is truly inspirational.

Ben was recently acknowledged for his efforts by being featured in the Arts Leadership program sponsored by the famous PBS radio program From the Top. To see the article go to the Arts Leadership page.

Fund–raising Concert in Austin

Inspired by Ben’s efforts, Dr. Kim Perlak, professor of guitar, and her colleagues at Concordia University, Austin, Texas, will give a concert this April to raise funds for Ben’s cause. The concert features some of the finest classical musicians in Austin and will include, together with Ms. Perlak, Ben’s performance of Bogdanovic’s Mysterious Habitat. The Concordia community of students, faculty, and administration will donate their time, energy and talents to ensure that 100% of funds raised will be directly applied to Ben’s work. The concert will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3pm, Concordia Univesity, Austin, Texas.

Ben has now raised over $18,500! He is not done in his ambitious effort for supporting this cause. Learn more about Ben’s on–going efforts.

Early Childhood Music Classes

Sharing music with your child creates a special bonding and fosters personal capabilities and intelligence. Led by popular music educator, Sean Mendelson, this Music Together offering will enable your family to share rich and unforgettable musical experiences with your infant or pre–schooler. Learn more...

Instructor : Sean Mendelson

Download : flyer | registration form


Kids Sing!

A Special New Music Together® class starts this semester

Presented by Sean Mendelson, our new Kids Sing Music Together class consists of 4–6 year old children exploring musical concepts through circle singing games, dancing, chants, improvisation, and instrument play. Learn more...

Frank Longay Memorial Concert featuring
Berta Rojas

Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 1:30, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, San Jose. An event for the whole family.

On-line ticket sales are available through South Bay Guitar Society's web site.

Renowned for her flawless technique and innate musicality, Berta Rojas ranks among the world's foremost classical guitarists. Her warmth and heart touching musical artistry delight audiences wherever she performs. She has been praised as “Guitarist Extraordinaire” by the Washington Post, and by Classical Guitar magazine as an “Ambassador of the classical guitar.”

A Concert for the Whole Family!

If you are unable to attend the concert you can make a donation to the Memorial Foundation.

Download a Concert flyer.

LCG wins “Best of Bay Area Parent!” three times!

The Longay Conservatory of Guitar was awarded Bay Area Parent publications highest rating for music lessons in Silicon Valley and beyond for the third year in a row! We are excited about this prestigious award and thank all the families that voted and consider us the best place for their chidren’s music education.

new offerings

We are offering a number of new programs in order to meet the musical needs of the Santa Clara Valley. See the special offerings page for a more thorough description of the offerings.

adult instruction

LCG enjoys a long standing tradition of offering outstanding instruction for the classical guitar. We are happy to offer instruction to adults. In addition to private lessons instruction is available to adults and teens in small groups of 3 to 4 students.

small group instruction

for adults and teens

download a registration form

In addition to private lessons, we now offer casual instruction at an affordable rate. The classes are available to adults and teens in small groups of 3 to 6 students. Learn more...

gift certificates

for teenagers and adults now available

The gift of music is a very intimate one especially when offered to someone who longs to realize their musical potential on the classical guitar. Your gift will be remembered for years to come. These certificates are best suited for beginning or advanced, teenagers and adults. Download a simple gift certificate form to learn more.

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music...
... I get the most enjoyment in life out of music.”

— Albert Einstein

NEWS & EVENTS Learn about our exciting events which include concerts, recitals, parent education as well as professional development offerings. Remember to check this page regularly.

Welcome, Mason!

In order to meet the needs of our growing conservatory we are extremely pleased to invite Mason Fish as our newest member of the LCG faculty. Mason comes to us with impressive credential and recommendation.

Learn more about this extraordinary musician and teacher.


Advanced students performing at Omni Concert Series in San Francisco

The Longay Conservatory of Guitar Advanced Ensemble performed as an opening act for the Beijing Duo on Friday, December 3, 2010. The event took place in the Green Room of the War Memorial Opera House. A special thanks to Omni Concert artistic director, Richard Patterson, for extending this opportunity to our students.

Berta Rojas Workshop

Sunday, October 10, 2010

berta rojas

Berta Rojas, Adjunct Professor of Music at Columbian College, is an international performer and gifted artist. She brings to Columbian College an international reputation for artistry and performance excellence in the world of classical guitar.

Students and families of LCG were given a very special treat last Sunday, October 10th, as Ms. Rojas guided them through an exploration of their repertoire. She was especially adept at challenging the students to raise their musical sensitivity and dynamic expression in an extremely congenial and nurishing manner. Berta Rojas inspired our students to heightened musicianship with her enthusiastic and uplifting personality.

berta rojas

Rojas made her professional debut on the international stage in London at Southbank Centre in 1992. Performing would soon become a way of life for Rojas as her touring career took her to London, Salzburg, Vienna, Bonn, Rome, Budapest, Paris, Brussels, Taipei, Seoul, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Caracas, Bogota, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

Ms. Rojas began the day working with the advanced student ensemble repertoire. The afternoon was dedicated to a masterclass featuring the advanced students of LCG and was open to the public.

Other Bay Area engagements included her recital on Friday, October 8 at 7:30pm at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, San Jose and Master Class on Saturday, both sponsored by the South Bay Guitar Society. Learn more about Ms. Rojas on her website.


LCG Students Presented at GFA Convention

The Guitar Foundation of America, the preeminent organization for the classical guitar in the world, featured the Longay Conservatory of Guitar Advanced Ensemble, under the direction of Frank Longay, in the Youth Ensemble Showcase Concert held on June 26, 2010, during the annual GFA convention in Austin, Texas. Only one group was selected for each of the two categories of large and small ensemble. A duo from the Music Institute of Chicago was selected for the small ensemble.

The selection committee states that they had the largest number of applicants to date — submitting high quality performances. This is a tremendous accomplishment and honor for these fine young players who have earned our acknowledgement for their dedication and hard work.


All around the town...

Annual Spring Concert — a tremendous success!

Our 23rd Annual Spring Concert took place on Sunday, May 23rd at 3:00 pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center Auditorium. Here is what one of our families has said about the event...

“I am sure you frequently hear thanks from parents and students for your leadership and excellence in holding high standards for education and also for keeping learning fun.

“I want to add one more such note to your many notes &ndash as Will was beaming today after such a great opportunity to share what he enjoys with others. This is a direct reflection of your dedication and ability to create a learning discipline that builds skills in steps that are achievable – and are consistent, and lead to fantastic music from your students.

“The concert was an amazing show. I look forward to many years of attending, while my family enjoys learning at LCG.”

— WJ, Los Altos Hills

And another parent...

“We are always so proud of our kids and enjoyed the show very much. We especially enjoy the ensemble pieces. The little ones are so cute and adorable and it is a reminder of how far we’ve come and we always get a kick out of that the most.”

— HW, Woodside

If you didn’t make it to the concert this year, try to make it to our 24th in June of 2011! Admission is free.

endowed scholarship program

We are especially pleased to announce that, thanks to anonymous contributors to our endowed scholarship program, three, half–semester scholarship, are now available to deserving families.

We believe that dedicated families in need should not be denied a quality music education. Thanks to the generosity of contributors, we have implemented the means to help those who demonstrate a responsible commitment to their study. The LCG scholarship fund is available to families in need. Only students who demonstrate a consistently high level of dedication to the guitar and instruction are eligible.

Don’t hesitate to learn more about enrollment possibilities or how you can contribute to helping deserving children realize their musical potential.

new video performances

We are very pleased to be able to present to you a number of recently published streaming Quicktime™ video clips of special performances of our students. These clips include selections by Mauro Giuliani and J. S. Bach. Please enjoy! (High-speed internet access recommended.)

Frank Longay presented the Creative Learning Award

Article in American Suzuki Journal

At the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ Teachers’ Conference held in April 2006, Mr. Longay was a recipient of the prestigious "Creating Learning Community Award." The recipients were featured in the American Suzuki Journal publication. You can download a copy of the article about Mr. Longay's award.

For more information about the Creating Learning Community Award and the Suzuki Association of the Americas see their web-site at Suzuki Association of the Americas.

take a tour of our conservatory

Longay Conservatory of Guitar
4701 Patrick Henry Bldg. 9, in Santa Clara.

Our conservatory is centrally located, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Our building has been thoroughly remodeled to suit our growing needs. We are very excited about this incredible opportunity to provide expanded music education for all our families, as well as, be able to accommodate new families from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Fremont and other surrounding areas.

professional development

The success of the Suzuki Method relies heavily on thorough and organized professional development. Teacher Development is periodically offered at LGC and at locations throughout the US and abroad for those teachers who wish to pursue a career in the Suzuki approach as it applies to the guitar.

lcg publications


The Longay Conservatory of Guitar is pleased to make available this new offering which is tried and tested here at the LCG.

our staff

Our staff is dedicated to bringing the very best music education to your child. Learn about the teachers’ qualifications and accomplishments.

contact us

This page contains everything you need to know to contact our school. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish further information. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


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