SDML Membership


What do you actually get with membership?

 HUGE Discounts on

Classes, Programs

& Services

Members get deep discounts (30 - 50%) on group guitar classes, online lessons (VGC), SDML Workshops and Clinics, free SAGE Award testing and price cuts on Synthesis Testing and Certification fees. These discounts more than make up for the monthly fee, so if you're taking lessons this is definitely the way to go!

Students enrolled in group classes or VGC who have an SDML Membership get access to hundreds of videos, song charts, and tablature for riffs, scales, and playing concepts in our exclusive Student Resources section of the website.

The SDML Student Recitals are always free for any student, and are fun, casual, family-oriented public performance events in an open-mic format. No pressure to play, and everyone is welcome to attend. (Please don't actually smash your guitar on stage. We just thought the picture was funny.) However, SDML Members also receive additional consideration for performance opportunities through the Skinny Devil Booking service.

This one isn't complicated. When you become a member, you get a free SDML T-shirt. Because we're cool like that. Just choose your color and size!

(Only first-time paid members are eligible for a free t-shirt; free or discounted trial memberships don't qualify. All members get a discount of 50% on t-shirt purchases, however.)

Got questions or need help with anything in your guitar playing journey? SDML Certified Instructors are available to help you out with answers, advice and direction through email, text or chat support. Availability varies, but when instant support isn't online, we'll get back to you as immediately as possible.

Okay, this is really more something that you give, but we think you won't mind. A core SDML philosophy is that no one should ever be denied the opportunity to learn guitar just because they can't afford it. So a portion of your monthly payment will go directly to the SDML Scholarship Fund to make sure money is never a barrier between music and our underprivileged neighbors, friends and family.

Need one-on-one help in person with your guitar goals, but not quite ready for the Mentorship Program? For just $25 per consultation, SDML Members get an exclusive half-hour of expert advice, direction, explanations, demonstrations and education from a certified SDML Instructor. It's like a private guitar lesson, but without a schedule commitment.

By appointment, any guitarist can schedule a personal evaluation. Normally $25, this is free for SDML Members! A Certified SDML Instructor will sit down with you and administer a series of test on multiple components of guitar play. Afterward, your results will be analyzed and added to our national database. You'll receive your personal results showing how you did, and how you compared to the averages. (Don't worry; your results are confidential.)

At different times through the year, SDML organizes trips to facilities and businesses directly connected to the music industry. Visit and participate in excursions to professional recording studios, radio broadcasting studios, performance venues, and more!



Instructor Availability Varies

Typical Availability

10 - 9 M-F

10 - 6 Sat.




Lexington, KY

Louisville, KY

Shelbyville, KY

Chicago, IL Area

Tuscaloosa, AL

Frankfort, KY (Coming Soon!)

Versailles, KY (Coming Soon!)

Cincinnati, OH (Coming Soon!)


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