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Students learn how to chord and play leads in a bluegrass style while also learning great Americana tunes!

About Jon
I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a student and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.

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I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have
a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.

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Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
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Valerie October 4, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
With more than 20 years experience, and the variety of ages and genres that Jon has taught, he provides a unique and personalized approach to each of his students. Professional, educated and personable - I highly recommend Jon for anyone looking to learn any one of the many instruments that he offers in his curriculum!
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Sherrie September 22, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jon is awesome, fun, skilled, great personality. Highly recommend for all ages
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Ryan September 21, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My son looks forward to his lessons with Jon as he makes learning to play guitar fun. I highly recommend Jon to anyone wanting get the most out of learning this instrument.
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About Gio A.

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New York, NY
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I've played guitar since I was only eight years old (over 20 years!) in many different bands, styles, and genres. I played in a traditional Irish ensemble when I was in college and have since picked up banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and bodhran (an Irish hand drum). I love playing and teaching bluegrass music, it's a special challenge both for me and the students!

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

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Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Hardy S. August 22, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
tough connecting, but success...next week will be easier
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Gio A.

Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Tara L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY
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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara
I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro
m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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Andrea December 6, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Great teacher! Precise, patient, playful, inspiring and talented!
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Cindy April 28, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
My first lesson was great! I am a brand new player and Tara made it very easy to understand. I am very excited to learn more.
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Rob April 11, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Great start. Tara was patient and easy going. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.
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Tara L.

Tara L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Kenny S.

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Chicago, IL

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Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Canada Council, and is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to teaching guitar helps students learn quickly and maximize musical potential.

I'm a guitar player and singer songwriter from Montreal, Canada, have been living in Chicago for seven years, and have been playing electric, dobro, and acoustic guitar in the studio and on the stage for 20+ years. I play fingerstyle in a variety of tunings and am also a proficient flatpicker covering folk, bluegrass, electric, blues, and country picking techniques.

Whether you are a songwriter looking to improve your basic skills to perform a wider range of material, or a flatpicker looking to refine your improvisation skills or learn fingerstyle and open tunings, I can help you learn the correct approach to help bring your playing to a new level.

We all have within us, the ability to be an excellent player. ...

About Kenny
Kenny has been playing guitar since the age of 14, has received awards and grants from the Canada Council, and is an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His approach to teaching guitar helps students learn quickly, have fun, and maximize musical potential. Kenny has played at Festivals and venues across North America.
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jamison odling June 16, 2016
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I studied guitar with Kenny for five years and his lessons undoubtedly made me not only a better guitarist but a better musician. Kenny is an incredibly patient teacher with well thought out lessons that follow a natural scope and sequence while always fitting the needs a likes of the student. He is an expert communicator and an inspiring performer. I highly recommend his teaching to any and all levels of aspiring guitarist whatever the style of music.
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Michel Zabitsky June 8, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar ·
I took weekly lessons with Kenny back when he was in Montreal and it was a great learning experience. He was not only open to working on the songs that I wanted but also introduced me to new and exciting stuff that have really broadened my horizons. Kenny is not only super knowledgeable and talented but above all is a great communicator and teacher who makes you feel comfortable learning new techniques and material in a stimulating and exciting way. Highly recommended!
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Michael G June 6, 2016
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Great musician. Great guy. Most important, a great teacher. Kenny can clearly articulate what you need to know.
Technique, right/left hand position, theory, altered tunings.
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About Maria P.

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New York, NY
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We have more than 10 years of experience teaching guitar and piano to adults and children 3 and up. We personalize each lesson to motivate you and help you reach your musical goals!

About Maria
Maria Pulgarin is a professional musician who has been awarded a scholarship by Berklee College of music. Born in Colombia, she is bilingual and can teach and play any style in guitar and piano. Currently works at guitar center where she has the opportunity to teach piano, guitar, ukelele and vocals.
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German November 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Maria is a great musician, with lots of experience despite her young age. Has a very nice way to teac music to kids and adults.
Will not hesitate to recommend her.
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New York, NY 10016
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New York, NY
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I've been teaching and playing professionally in many countries as well as the US. I know how to see what the student needs to advance their playing. I offer expertise in several types of guitar playing from folk finger picking to blues, country and city styles as well as soul and funky grooves and how to practically apply what you learn both with bands and solo. I am passionate about music and love to convey that enthusiasm to my students as learning should be first and foremost fun and a joyful experience.

About Jonathan
I am a highly seasoned professional guitarist, bassist, singer and harmonica player and have earned my living performing and teaching in the US and around the world in many different countries. I have released a several original albums under my own name and have worked with many well know artists in blues, rock and roll, soul, country and other musical genres from gospel and reggae to morrocan rai music. I bring to teaching wide experience having taught both privately and with workshops in several countries as well as the US. I enjoy teaching and have both the patience, passion and knowledge to help the student be at one with their guitar. Making the experience of learning both joyful and rewarding.
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Joe November 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I have known and taken guitar and bass lessons over many years. Jon is one of those great musicians who not only possesses great knowledge of the axe – he also knows how to teach! -- Joe
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Rachel November 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
"Jonathan Kalb has been my guitar teacher now for a little over 2 year and ​​I’m delighted to say, I am much more than pleased with my lessons.
I took lessons previously and was OK with them, but found myself wandering and lacking a sense of ‘commitment’ to the teacher and to my studies. Dry.
I’m not a kid anymore and was looking for a teacher who could work with my adult enthusiasm, excitement, and I didn't want to be rooted to teaching me the pentatonic scales in all keys before we could get to some playing and having some fun, too... I was hoping for a teacher who could personalize his teaching skills, and for me, Jonathan came through with flying colors. He’s so much more than a “One Size Fits All” teacher; he’s a real person – reachable, able to identify my needs, my strengths and weaknesses, and takes this into full consideration during our lessons. He’s an experienced, talented teacher. Simple.
He’s a person that really knows his stuff from musical theory to the many styles of playing, i.e., blues, jazz, folk, country and even rock; he can play and more importantly – he can teach um all! I’m an aspiring singer/songwriter and in addition to helping me define those strange chords I’m playing, he inspires me to ‘grow on.’
Oh, and one more thing: If your lesson is an hour long and there’s something important happening, he won’t cut you off - he’ll take the extra time needed to get you to the end of ‘the measure,’ comfortably." Feb 2017 Rachel I.
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John November 12, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
Jonathan Kalb is a professional blues artist, a multi instrumentalist, and a talented teacher. I have been taking harmonica lessons from Jonathan for over seven years and my playing has improved dramatically as a result of his instruction. He often accompanies me on either piano or guitar in order to help me master a difficult harmonica lick.
Whether you are looking for a teacher on guitar, piano, bass, harmonica or drums, I highly recommend Jonathan Kalb as your teacher.
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About Taylor S.

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Want to learn your favorite song? Want to jam out with your friends? How about writing that song you've been thinking about? I've been playing guitar for over half of my life and love it with all my heart. Music is so powerful and learning to write and play it, is one of life's greatest gifts! As your friend, I will do everything I can to help you obtain the guitar skills you want! We will get to know not only each other but how to jam like no one else! Let's go!

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Hi there! My name is Taylor and I like to party! I've been playing guitar for as long as I can remember and the best word to describe playing guitar is a party! Throughout my 10+ years of experience, I've learned that ANYONE can have fun playing guitar.

Anyone who truly wants to can play guitar. It fits every mood! Hyped up? Play Guitar. Feeling down? Play Guitar. In Love? Play Guitar. No matter how I feel, playing guitar always helps and writing songs help me express how I feel in a way nothing else can!

I absolutely love being a guitar teacher! Beyond helping you learn how to learn the most beautiful instrument, I love to get to know new people like you and become friends with musically passionate people!

Honestly, I already know we will both be amazing friends and learn and write some incredible music!
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About Elizabeth R.

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New York, NY

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Energetic, supportive & fun... my students will grow as players, musicians and songwriters. Learn new songs, skills, and/or how to play in a band. Together, we will advance you towards your goals.

"You are a great teacher and have helped me to grow in my skills as a musician and a person...I aspire to be a musician just like you.." HP, high school student in Elizabeth's guitar club

About Elizabeth
I love to teach. I have a few openings for students for whom I'm the right teacher. I say "yes" to your dreams of making music, acknowledge your passion and give you tools to improve your skills as a guitarist, songwriter, singer, basic keyboard theory and/or recording. We play in my studio in NYC or online.

"You are a great teacher and have helped me to grow in my skills as a musician and a person...I aspire to be a musician just like you.." HP, high school student in Elizabeth's guitar club

I wrote and performed "Relative Pitch," a one-woman musical comedy at NY's Cherry Lane Theatre, Off Broadway, toured with the Broadway cast of "Beatlemania." My songs have been heard on tv and in film. I've just composed a musical and am working on a ballet(!).

Whether she's enticing you with come-hither invitations or giving a dead
beat beau the boot, Elizabeth shows her depth and versatility as a wicked-smart contemporary singer/songwriter in Sleep Naked.

Elizabeth is a facile cross-genre writer, delivering an alluring, gospel-tinged lullaby in the album's title track, "Sleep Naked," while exhibiting her pluck in the strutting and self-assured send-off songs "I'm Too Beau'ful (for you)" and "One Last Look." Her talents even cover Western Swing with "Back Seat Driver," a good-time road trip replete with rapid-fire wordplay. Through it all, Elizabeth puts forth compelling turns of phrase and agile moments of melody, both as composer and singer.

Even when she's meting out stinging barbs, Elizabeth keeps her good humor, as evidenced by "Enlightenment" (with its erudite imputations) and "Oil" (an indictment of the fossil-fuel industry). But she turns on an emotional dime to render a heartfelt plea in the sultry, loping "Baby Please Come On Home" and serves up a haunting, evocative reverie in "Ferris Wheel."

As if singing, writing, and leading the band weren't enough, Elizabeth lays down some serious guitarwork on Sleep Naked. On acoustic, she is equally deft comping jazz-chord passages ("Enlightenment") as she is fingerpicking Piedmont-style blues ("Leave Me Alone"). When she dons an electric, Elizabeth coaxes slinky, lyrical lines from her Tele for "Sleep Naked" and punctuates the simple acoustic-bass texture of "Baby Please Come On Home" with tasty slide fills.
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Bryan November 29, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
This class is what makes me look foward to Wednesdays.
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Havi November 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Working with Elizabeth is always so helpful. I get to spend time with great company and learn so much about my curiosities. Elizabeth challenges students in the right way and ultimately is a teacher that is there to help students grow, changing what they can do and their belief in what they can play.

An teacher that truly cares.
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Charlie November 28, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I’ve been studying with Elizabeth Rose for some time. She an excellent teacher, patient, kind and inspiring. If I could give her 6 stars, I would. She’s that good.
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Elizabeth R.

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New York, NY 10065
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A few blocks from the ocean Simon keeps busy teaching and performing, often with his longest-running band, Simon and the Bar Sinisters, a stalwart of New York bars since 1991. Mr. Chardiet’s style runs from surf guitar to blues to rockabilly, not to mention punk and bebop.

Mr. Chardiet said he began playing in bars at age 14 and fell in with the Lower East Side punk and rock scene, often working as a bike messenger to scrape by.

“I did everything on the street level,” he said in his apartment as his cat — a stray that Mr. Chardiet adopted and named Dee Dee, after the Ramones’ bassist, Dee Dee Ramone — strolled through. Mr. Chardiet recalled jamming with Mr. Ramone, as well as with many other prominent rockers.

Mr. Chardiet has lived all over this town, from the Lower East Side to Williamsburg to Bushwick, always trying to keep a step ahead of the gentrification, he said.

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Far Rockaway, NY 11693
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I am a multi-instrumentalist performing singer-songwriter with 20 years of teaching experience. I surround the lesson with a musical context that enriches the simplest of beginner melodies with fun, dynamic accompaniment - and I can
delve into far more advanced material in multiple styles: jazz, classical, improvisational, pop, rock, blues etc. I teach multiple instruments and also
compose with students - a creative process that engages them instrumentally and even lyrically.

These days, for younger students, I even invite parents to sit in on drums
- even if they are inexperienced. The results are fun and often very musical and encourage the family to make music together. My new open mic series brings the music into the community and provides performance opportunities in a relaxed setting at a local all-ages venue.

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Hello and thanks for considering lessons with me! I have been teaching all ages for over 20 years in Connecticut and I am also a performing singer-songwriter. I teach piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, bass, violin, saxophone, harmonica, songwriting, and more, including coaching students on a variety of instruments such as cello, banjo, accordion, etc.
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New England singer-songwriter Jim Allyn is known for his freewheeling improvisations on mandolin, guitar, piano and harmonica. β€œHe plays a lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe.*

With a musical compass forged in roots, rock, country, blues, and gospel Allyn writes songs that cut a path straight to the heart and keep moving
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This summer marks the release of his first full length album Backyards of the Brave, featuring all original works: true stories from train yards, backroads, battlefields and coal mines (see review below). Recent years have included multiple tour dates with folk legend Jonathan Edwards as a member of Edwards' band. Allyn has also performed extensively with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and at venues and festivals over the years including onstage jamming with Bela Fleck, Livingston Taylor, Dar Williams, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Christine Lavin, Vaneese Thomas, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, legendary fiddler Kenny Baker, and many others. Allyn's multi-instrumental work and vocals are also heard on recordings by numerous regional artists.

As Music Director and co-creator of the Flagpole Radio Cafe in Connecticut (2008-2014) Jim and the house band/ensemble garnered rave reviews: a "hit" show, according to the New York Times. The band, featuring Francine Wheeler, continues to do concerts each year and the show itself is likely to resume this year.

Pianist Tom Snow offered this recent praise for Backyards of the Brave:

"This album is a treasure. The amount of sonic and compositional variety is really quite incredible. One of the many wonderful attributes of this creation is that it stands up to multiple listenings. There is so much richness on many levels that I find myself hearing new things on successive listenings. Priority Gal and Lindytown and This Old Guitar and Jazzbo are real stand-outs for me. I love the compositional subtleties that inform the songs, especially chord choices! "
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