Providing instruction in beginner to intermediate level classical guitar including technique, tone, interpretation, and repertoire.
Hello All! I am a guitarist/composer/educator who holds a M.A. Jazz Performance degree from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. I also have a B.A. Music degree with a concentration in classical guitar performance from Buffalo State College in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. However, most of my training and experience comes from playing many different styles of music with many brilliant musicians on the scenes of Buffalo and New York. If there is just one thing I know about music, it is that playing music is supposed to be fun and satisfying! It is my job to help my stud
ents maintain that mindset as they navigate through the obstacles of musical growth. One of the reasons why I teach is the sense of fulfillment I get watching my students learn and improve. Its something I take great pride in. Another almost equally important reason why I do what I do is because even though I am an educator I am forever a student as well. I am constantly learning new things and trying to improve my craft as a musician and a teacher, and this job makes it all possible. Now, lets make some music!!! Sincerely, VJ B.
*** Lesson Details *** In my 7-plus years of professional teaching experience I have encountered students from all walks of life. All of them have come from very diverse musical backgrounds and interests. I have taught students from ages 5 to 75 styles of music ranging from Metallica to Michael Jackson, Miles Davis to Justin Timberlake, and everything in between. I construct my lessons based on the student's skill level, musical taste, and personal goals. Students will be encouraged to learn the music that is aesthetically pleasing to them, while gaining knowledge of how to build a solid foundation in guitar playing and overall musicianship.
P.S. (to parents of younger potential students)
Studying music and learning an instrument has been proven to increase levels of focus and overall attention span in many young children. Several parents whose children I work with, ages 5-10 or so, have noticed attention and concentration levels trending upward in their child's other school work and activities as a result of studying music and learning the guitar!
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Rock n Roll, Blues, R&B, Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, Music Theory/Reading, Ear Training, Music Performance
Min H. February 10, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I am excited to write a review for our awesome guitar instructor~! Our little 8 (just turned 9) year old son took lessons prior Mr. Brown for about 6 months and couldn't remember a thing he learned in his lessons and had no motivation to practice. However, since we met Mr. Brown, our son has been so motivated! Only after his second lesson, he understood how to read notes, he was engaged, and must've picked up his guitar to practice at least 3 times a day for a good 20-30 minutes on his own (under no request by Mr. Brown)!
Mr. Brown is very knowledgeable and an amazing instructor! He patiently goes step by step to make sure all the basis for a firm foundation in music is there and then thoroughly goes to all the steps to keep it simple in learning! He builds great rapport and brings his personal experience to make him more relatable! I would highly recommend Mr. Brown as an instructor!
Mehardad A. August 18, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I studied classical for two years as an undergraduate student.
I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 12 and have been a guitar teacher for 22 years. My first influences were rock and metal. In my later teens, I became very interested in other music genres such as jazz, fusion and classical. I began my formal music education as a Classical Guitar performance major, ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.
The road I have taken with music has been paved with many unexpected twists and turns. Throughout my many years of learning and making new discoveries, I have now arriv
ed at a point where I am able to productively incorporate knowledge from various experiences with music and education into my own creativity and teaching. I never expect to stop learning or exploring, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm, valuable experiences and knowledge with my students.
James W. November 25, 2014
Marco is one of the best teacher ever, I knew him way back in 1997 when I first came in to the state. At first, one of my friend was taking the session and he didn't mind me just staying and observed. After a few classes, I decided to go with Marco. As a new immigrant, language barrier is a problem. He 's patiently teach me from a to z. Making sure I understand everything. Although, I knew some of the basic of the guitar. I was surprisingly I could learn how to read music. Be able to improvise with him during lesson. You're not just learning how to play song/guitar. You learn music theory all in a packet. I still remember one day I was playing in the local shop in HK, people was whispering this guy is good. This is a good memory that I have until now.
Myles H. November 24, 2014
I was a student of Marco's for about two-almost three years, and his excitement, love, desire, wisdom and passion for music and teaching is something that can't be described in words. Marco is a teacher that likes to have fun with whatever it is he may be teaching, but he is also very serious about it to make sure his students learn what they want in the best way possible to them. He will encourage his students if they need it and congratulate you every time you complete whatever it is you may have learned from him. I mostly learned techniques/songs from artist's such as Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, and much more from Marco. He will not let you down. He won't give up on you. I would gladly learn from him any time /any chance I'd get.
mia M. November 19, 2014
Marco has been teaching my son how to play the guitar since 2008. I feel that we were blessed having Marco as my son's first teacher. He really understood him and I was brought to tears at his very first recital when I was amazed how much he had learned in just a short few months. He is a senior in HS now and he has a love for the guitar and a passion to learn new music on his own.
Marco is an exceptional teacher who is very patient and understands his students and listens to their needs. He is extremely talented and anyone would be very lucky to have him as their music instructor. I recommend him highly. He is the best!
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 16 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.
-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]
-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
"Summer of 2013, Nick R. performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Ma
rtin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with him while he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel
-Toured/recorded and/or worked as sideman with Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant, Jim Nolet (former violinist for the Jazz Passengers), Anastasia Rene, Jon Weber, Mona's Hot Four, Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra, with Jesse Gelber, Raphael McGregor, Emily Asher's Garden Party, and many other groups.
-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"
-Movie Soundtrack: King George.
-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.
-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)
M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (partial scholarship)
B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters
-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)
-Playing guitar/banjo on first episode of new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"
- Current adjunct professor at Essex College
-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College
-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College
-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.
-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)
-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)
-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current
-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser
-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht
*** Lesson Details *** With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time. As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique, ear-training. We will also work out of method books and use other sources of information.
*** Studio Equipment *** Chairs, music stands, instrument stands, classical foot pedals, classical guitar pillows, guitar amps, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drum set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson. (free street parking right in front!)
*** Specialties *** Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.
-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar) -acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar - jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres. - tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music) -5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country]) -tenor guitar -ukulele -mandolin -resonator slide/Dobro. -baritone resonator (slide)
Sabrina S. January 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I started my lessons with Nick just one month. I know I am inquisitive, intense, overly involved and very detail oriented with my interests in general and I treat guitar the same way. I enjoy and immerse myself into it. I think Nick has a very broad knowledge of guitar playing and comes across as a very conscientious instructor in the way he handles my overachieving demands. I would surely recommend him.
James B. January 2, 2015
Exceptional musician. Skilled and patient teacher.
I have been taking weekly guitar lessons with Nick for nearly four months now and it has been all I hoped for and more. As a recent retiree and amateur musician one of my goals is to rapidly improve my novice guitar skills. I was looking for a teacher who would push me hard but was willing to work with the particular songs and musical questions that I might bring to him each week. I could not be more pleased. Nick is able to immediately bring his knowledge and experience to any material that I bring to a lesson and he uses it as the basis for a wide range of teaching moments – whether it be technique, harmony, or improvisational approach. What I didn't anticipate was the extent to which his holistic, listening (and singing) based approach to playing an instrument has challenged me. Nick is making me a better musician not just a better guitar player. (And it is very helpful that he types out notes on all that we discuss and sends an email following each lesson.)
Koji Y. December 24, 2014
Jazz Guitar ·
Mr. Nick R. is an absolutely great guitar player and music instructor. I'm a young professional jazz guitarist and instructor and have been taking jazz guitar lessons with Nick R. weekly since September of 2014. Every lesson, I receive a lot of information that I didn't know before and Nick always give me proper quantity and quality of task
Many ideas, information from his suggestions, including how to practice myself and instruction that goes beyond musical and guitar technique, also including psychological and philosophical concepts from Nick's experience and knowledge. His explanations are incredibly clear and easily to follow.
I've been playing guitar over 15 years. In my experience, it's very, very difficult to find a mentor like Nick R.
I truly appreciate meeting him and have tremendous respect for Professor R.
Thanks as always Nick!!
Koji Yoneyama (professional jazz guitarist and instructor), Dec. 23, 2014
Classical guitar in a variety of modern styles is my specialty, though I have experience in repertoire from the Renaissance and onward. I put a lot of importance in tone and dynamic production, as well as conventional technique, in order to coax out every little bit of potential the instrument has in the hands of a capable musician. Welcoming beginner through advanced students.
Hi there, thanks for checking out my page! My name is Cory and I'm a professional musician born and raised in NYC. I've been playing guitar for about 13 years, and in that time music has become my utmost passion in the world. I've always listened to and appreciated music; for the joy, excitement, emotion, intellectual value and pure entertainment in can give to people. Music is a universal language that brings people of any and all kinds together, and just as much as listening to and performing music, I love teaching. I've been teaching guitar and bass guitar for a number of years now, and sha
ring my knowledge, experience, and love of music has increased by devotion to the art even more than I thought possible. I love guiding a beginner along on their first steps to discovering their musical selves, reigniting an old flame in those who have put down their instrument for a while a seek to pick it back up, and help to hone and refine the skills of the more experienced musicians who are looking for that direction in their practice that they just can't grasp on their own. No matter your experience level, age, gender, race, height, hair color or favorite ice cream flavor, you can always turn to music as an outlet for your creativity and happiness.
A little about myself: I first picked up the guitar after listening to AC/DC pound out those riffs like their lives depended on it and defined rock and roll for me as a young teenager. My dad bought me my first guitar, and after playing my first power chord I haven't left the instrument since. After classic rock was my first musical love, I continued along and delved into more contemporary rock and heavy metal genres later in my teenage years and learned how to play some of my favorite songs. Soon after, I became obsessed with technique and music theory and started shedding to play like the pros. Eventually I realized that music would be all that I really wanted to do professionally, and enrolled at the music program at Hunter College. I have since studied classical guitar and jazz and became obsessed with that music as well, performing several solo guitar recitals, chamber music recitals, jazz combo and big band gigs. I have recently graduated Hunter with a Master's degree in guitar performance and am playing in a couple of full time bands, collaborating with other classical musicians, and practicing and writing solo guitar repertoire.
I have been teaching guitar in a huge variety of styles for a number of years, and have been teaching bass guitar for the last couple of years as well. If you want to learn it, I will teach it to you.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will be friendly and laid back, yet emphasize hard work and practice. You should come to my lessons with both a desire to learn and a desire to have fun. If you are a beginner, at first we will drill the basics and fundamentals, but in new and creative ways that will get you playing real music as soon as possible and as often as possible. I tailor the lessons to your specific interests and goals, taking material from a variety of resources to enhance the learning process. You will learn to play the music you want to, and also improvise and compose music of your own. Technique and creativity will be achieved with hard work, and in time you will learn to play anything you can come up with.
For more experienced guitarists, I expect you to come in and either play something and/or have an idea of what you want to work on, and we'll go from there. We can work on everything from pure chops, to learning specific songs or pieces, music theory, composition, improvisation and everything in between. All I ask is that you bring pencil and paper, a metronome if you have one, and a desire to make some real progress.
*** Studio Equipment *** Practice Room: guitar amplifier, grand piano, nearly soundproof rooms Home Studio: guitar amp, bass amp, cables
*** Travel Equipment *** I will come with my guitar, a metronome, and a cable if my student is studying electric guitar. My student should have a guitar, paper, a pencil, a metronome, and an amplifier and cable if he were studying electric guitar.
*** Specialties *** I take an approach that is universal to genres and stylistic preferences, using a combination of demonstration and conversation to get concepts across. I then attempt to gauge the student's tastes, goals, and overall skill level, and I tailor the lessons specifically to them. I encourage an understanding of musical fundamentals and an understanding of musical purpose first, and then I get into specific teaching methods; such as the teaching of specific pieces, the teaching of composition, or the teaching of improvisation. I try to incorporate history and musical philosophy whenever I can, and I try to simplify big concepts into their essential points.
I specialize in classical music from all periods with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st century. I play and teach jazz from the straight ahead standards to free jazz, which I also specialize in. My background comes from blues, rock, and heavy metal playing, and I am adept at playing and teaching those genres as well. I also am beginning to study Eastern European, Central Asian and Eastern Asian music, and I find that many practices in those styles apply to western music in many ways.
Jim M. May 4, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Cory is excellent at mixing up the lessons, teaching me different things and making it relaxed end enjoyable. I would give him the highest ratings possible. I have been very pleased and I am learning a lot from Cory!
David W. December 30, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
During a lesson, Cory can take any question of mine and explain the core concepts and ideas regarding music theory I might have had in a way that gets me excited about guitar. He can easily tailor a lesson to a particular topic of interest while still incorporating planned topics into our time. My tastes in music run wide and luckily so does Cory's so we can work on harmony in a jazz context and connect that to metal or even take from classical. He has a lot of guitars, including a 7 string and his home studio is equipped with amps so two guitars can be plugged in. I'd highly recommend Cory to anyone.
BrunoV June 15, 2012
Cory was my first guitar teacher and I learned a lot with him! Very honest on the points I needed to focus and great practicing tips!
Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given may community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rh
odes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.
Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.
*** Studio Equipment *** N/A
*** Specialties *** Patience
Kendall H. June 21, 2015
Catherine is a really good teacher. My daughter has learned a lot from her in the way of music theory and violin playing. Catherine also stresses good practice habits, which I like. Catherine knows her music and holds the students to high expectations. She has taught my daughter a lot.
Students are raving about their Classical Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Ernest
My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading
music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"Martin was very gentle in mood and helpful. He didn't waste time and I felt comfortable talking with him immediately. He wasn't at all intimidating and
that helped me feel comfortable making noise and telling him about myself. He focused entirely on me. Perfect manner. The HW he gave me was not overbearing and makes perfect sense in retrospect. He gave me confidence that I could achieve my goals much sooner than I expect. I'm hoping I can stick with him. He knows my technique is good, which it is, and I look forward to working with him. Just after getting back home, I really feel like practicing."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Jose
"Classical Guitar with Raymond is the best
I have been taking guitar lessons with Raymond for almost two years. I have enjoyed the lessons tremendously an
d have improved my playing. Raymond is a very patient teacher and is able to effectively communicate his ideas on how I can improve."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
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Review by Dennis
"As at least an intermediate guitarist I learned classical guitar from my daughter, William's student.
Although I am a parent of a former student of Willi
am's I would like to submit a review that has been long overdue. It is late here in NH but it took me an hour to figure out how to get here AND write this review and dread missing the opportunity. I felt compelled to find my daughter guitar lessons. I taught myself rock and fingerpicking by ear, never learned to read music but was convinced that classical guitar was the foundation on which guitar playing is best built. So I found the only guitarist I felt I could afford. To this day I have never got more for my money on ANYTHING than the lessons for my daughter with William. He was NEVER late. He epitomizes the virtues of a genuine gentleman - personally,warmly human, and professionally. Though he always came on time he seldom left on time as my daughter had many questions and he never hesitated to answer them until she had no more. I finally confirmed that the version of Stairway To Heaven I had been playing for years was very close to note for note but not note for note when I heard the right notes as my daughter played it - having learned it from William FROM the sheet music! I would go on if it wasn't this late and would be glad to if anyone reading this is interested. Feel free to contact me or comment."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Greg
"Liam taught guitar lessons to one of my daughters for a couple of years, and I personally played with him for several years in our church's praise team.
He's both a gifted teacher and a talented musician, and his passion is clear for both. What's perhaps most impressive is the ease and grace he displays when either teaching or playing; he makes it all look and feel easy. Equally impressive is the breadth of his musical knowledge and styles. He's equally versed with all types of music, from classical to jazz to some of the more contemporary artists like Mandisa."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Sophia
Joel is very knowledgeable with music and is easy to learn from. He's patient and works at your learning speed! I look forward to my weekl
y class and I definitely have improved because of him. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn in a fun, easy going way."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Gavin
"I couldn't have asked for a better teacher!
Blake Clifford goes beyond the 'call of duty' & really takes the time to make sure that his students receive
exactly what they need. The teaching environment is comfortable & relaxed with all of the professional resources you would expect & more.
With Blake Clifford you get real professional training - he knows what he's talking about, & he gets straight to the point. In just the little time that I've been taking classical guitar with Blake, I've learned so much. He teaches skills that you can actually apply - it's not just a bunch of theory, and that helps me out a lot by getting to the real 'meat' of the training fast.
I highly recommend Blake Clifford to anyone who is absolutely serious about improving their musicianship & getting over stubborn plateaus."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Alexander
"I've played guitar for many years on and off at times and didn't really consider myself more than a casual player. I had the amazing fortune of meeting I
zaac and he caught my interest with his great technique and amazing ability to play Classical guitar. I've always wanted to learn Classical Guitar and really thought it was something reserved for gifted musicians. Izaac proved me wrong on this one.
His lesson plans, exercises, and overall amazing ability to teach really helped me grow as a person and a musician. With practice and hard work I've been able to play some great classical music that I felt was impossible to do in the past.
Izaac was really the first person that made me realize that I have potential as a guitarist. I felt like I was actually a musician and not just some guy trying out the guitar. That feeling is priceless and I am forever grateful for having taken lessons with Izaac.
Truly one of the best instructors I have taken. I highly recommend watching his videos and taking his lessons.
- Alexander Casanova"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by tina
"My 11 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Scott for the past 3 years and has become a beautiful classical guitar player. I credit Scott in dev
eloping her passion for classical guitar when other kids may just want to learn popular music. You see in every lesson how much Scott loves sharing his craft!"