Our Story

Sybil Grace created Portland Guitar Academy because she believed guitar education could be done better. As a life-long student of guitar herself, Sybil knew that there was a need for a lesson experience that was more holistic, more personalized, and more effective than what was available to most people. 

Sybil Grace – Founding Instructor

In 2010, she began formalizing the Portland Guitar Academy method and teaching students of her own. After building a loyal following of local students, Sybil realized that there was an opportunity to share guitar with even more people by creating a school. In 2013 Portland Guitar Academy was born.

Jesse Marseille – Operations Manager and Instructor

It was at that time that Jesse Marseille came on board. A fellow musician who shared a passion for teaching guitar and building community, Jesse helped develop the curriculum and added to the school’s offerings. He created additional group seminars and eventually took on the role of operations manager at Portland Guitar Academy.  Since then, Jesse and Sybil have worked in close partnership to deliver a world-class guitar education.

Sybil continues to teach boutique private lessons to students around the world, and is actively involved in the progressive rock music scene. She is passionate about developing innovative and forward thinking educational tools for guitarists. Jesse handles day to day operations at Portland Guitar Academy, while maintaining a roster of private students, group classes, and working on music of his own.


Our Faculty

Jesse Marseille - Executive Director & Guitar Instructor

Sybil Grace - Founder & Head Instructor

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