Ringwood Music Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Ringwood teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Ringwood?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Music Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 3 0 1 , 6 1 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near Ringwood

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Ringwood including Mahwah, Haskell, Wanaque, West Milford and Hillburn.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Nick R.

Close
306668_7mrk2n897y7sm4nbl8xl
Forest Hills, NY
View Full Profile
About Nick
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.

-Down Beat magazine current issue [Jan/Feb 2016] Hot Jazz Jumpers' "The Very Next Thing" DVD/CD review

-Jazz Insider magazine current issue [Dec 2015]
2.5 page interview

-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 Martin'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)

-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,volume 1 & 2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).

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.

Nick teaches:

-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)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Matthew H. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He does a great job cater the lessons to your needs
Silhouette-80
Bryan October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
At just my 1st lesson with Mr. Russo -- HE'S THE MAN!!! Very concerned with getting the most out teaching/reaching the student!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; thanks to Takelessons!!!
Silhouette-80
Sara G. October 3, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Great musician, great instructor. Learned more than I ever thought I would be able to at this age. Very patient.
View Details
View Profile
Nick R.

Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
(16)
starting at
$42 / 30-min

About David S.

Close
Profile_69820_pi_David%20headshot2
Brooklyn, NY

View Full Profile
About David
David is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and timpanist available for in-studio and in-home lessons in the New York City area. An experienced performer and teacher, he brings an exciting and collaborative approach to lessons with students of all ages.
...
Reviews
Thumb_120833_pi_tlnow_5a739850209bc
Bojun February 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Very professional, organize materials according to your level and needs. best teacher.
Thumb_120833_pi_tlnow_5a739850209bc
Bojun February 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Your review
Silhouette-80
Mark September 13, 2016
· Percussion · In studio
My 9-year-old son, Luke, who is on the spectrum (PDD-NOS) studied with David for the better part of a year and the experience was terrific. In addition to being extremely communicative and reliable, David was kind and patient. David kept Luke focused and entertained while also inviting him to think about rhythm in ways that made sense to Luke's brain. We happily traveled from Inwood to "Downtown Brooklyn" for lessons because the level of instruction was that good and, I think, Luke's progress demonstrates that. Luke was bitten by the hockey bug, so we are taking a break from percussion right now, but I wouldn't hesitate to return to David's studio should time allow in the future.
View Details
View Profile
David S.

David S.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(3)
starting at
$50 / 45-min

About Stephanie G.

Close
Profile_78282_pi_IMG_20150820_234826
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Stephanie
I am a Broadway style performer currently singing for a living in New York City. I have been teaching private voice for the past 15 years and piano for 7 years while still performing professionally around the world. I have theater background, and am in a Broadway gospel choir called Broadway Inspirational Voices, the USO Show Troupe singing and dancing for our troops and their families and in Disney in Concert, singing with Symphony Orchestras around the globe. I love people and teaching others is my way of giving back. I love to share my gifts with others.
...
View Details
View Profile
Stephanie G.

Stephanie G.

New York, NY 10023
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Erica Q.

Close
Profile_121067_pi_IMG_3605
Fresh Meadows, NY

View Full Profile
About Erica
I was introduced to the violin at the early age of 5. I quickly found a deep passion for the violin and would play all day and night, much to my neighbors' dismay. I joined the NY Young Musicians' Ensemble, where I was given the opportunity to travel to Greece to play at numerous concert halls. I attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School as an instrumental major and took music theory/ history and ear training courses along with daily orchestra classes. At Hamilton College, I joined the orchestra and quartet ensemble, appropriately named, “Hamstrings”. I was asked to join the saxophone ensemble in 2015 and also took upon a Teacher Assistant position for a Jazz MOOC. In addition to my vast musical opportunities, I have also had many experiences working with children in education. After graduating from Hamilton College, I taught both 1 on
1 and group violin classes at Real Brave Music School in Queens, which allowed me to incorporate the Suzuki method into my own curriculum for beginner violinists.
In November of 2016, I moved to Chongqing, China to work at Musicool Music & Art, where I was a Music Instructor, an English- Chinese Translator, and the Education Program Coordinator. I had the wonderful opportunity to develop comprehensive and innovative curricula to match the needs of multiple age groups, lead classes in both English and Mandarin Chinese, and assist other teachers in accurately translating class content. I was also responsible for overseeing program/curriculum development for the rest of the company, ensuring that each class had engaging and interactive elements. Please contact me for more information!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
John Y. September 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Very patient instructor. Can't wait to take another lesson.
View Details
View Profile
Erica Q.

Erica Q.

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
(1)
starting at
$37 / 30-min

About Michael R.

Close
Profile_97587_pi_mr%20pic
Philadelphia, PA
View Full Profile
About Michael
Hello there! My name is Michael, I am a trombonist/arranger/educator in the PA/NJ area. I love music and I love teaching even more. In 2015, I graduated from the University of the Arts with a degree in Jazz Performance and a Masters in music education and in 2016

As a musician, I've toured the U.S a good amount, playing in New York City, Syracuse, Rochester, Burlington, Boston, Delaware, Washington D.C, sharing the stage with all kinds of acts, including Banda Magda, Sophistifunk, Shuggie Otis, Lettuce, Soulive, High and Mighty Brass Band, and many more.

I can be seen regularly playing with EBE LA Starz, Swift Technique, The Phonies, Whoaphat BrassBand, Mad Feather Group and many more. I also perform with my own original jazz group in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. I also write quite a bit which keeps me busy. I think teachin
g is what motivates me to do all this, so that I can be the best teacher I possibly can!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Evan April 14, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Tailors lessons and learning to what I need!
Silhouette-80
Evan March 19, 2017
· Trombone · Online
View Details
View Profile
Michael R.

Michael R.

Nutley, NJ 07110
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Stephanie R.

Close
Profile_102150_pi_FullSizeRender.jpg-2
Bronx, NY
View Full Profile
About Stephanie
Stephanie has been classically trained since 1996 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and her home studio. Stephanie has helped students strengthen their rhythmic foundation, expand their theory skills, and build confidence in performance.

Stephanie first received her training at Bloomingdale School of Music in 1996 where she was taught by pianist Dr. Roberto Hidalgo. Passionate in her field, Stephanie looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Each student requires an individual approach, making each teaching lesson uniquely different.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Mary March 23, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Stephanie is patient, professional, and makes learning fun! She is an excellent and humble pianist and a passionate instructor!
View Details
View Profile
Stephanie R.

Stephanie R.

Bronx, NY 10468
(1)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Meghan L.

Close
Profile_108501_pi_meghan-l-079-web
Hawthorne, NJ
View Full Profile
About Meghan
Hi I'm Meghan! I'm a professional singer and vocal coach who has performed and taught professionally all over the country. I received a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in Vocal Repertory. I will provide detailed and constructive feedback on your vocal technique. I will break down the mechanics of singing in a way that is both fun and easy to understand. I am experienced in multiple vocal styles, including Pop, Broadway, Jazz, Country, Classical and more! I will help you sound amazing on all of your favorite songs.

As I always say, if you can learn to speak, you can learn to sing!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Artem January 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Meghan is really welcoming and friendly and is a pleasure to be around. She makes the student feel really comfortable and relaxed. As I entered the studio, I was feeling tense and nervous, but she managed to quickly help me release if not all then most of that tension. I feel like the techniques Meghan has taught me so far are really effective. I know I only have one lesson to go on, but so far I'm feeling very optimistic that Meghan can help me achieve my goals.
Silhouette-80
Samuel July 24, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I was looking for a new teacher, ran into Meghan and I haven't looked back. honestly, i wish I had met her sooner! she is a rare find
Silhouette-80
Todd July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Meghan is truly a fantastic and patient instructor. As she is someone with much understanding and experience, she was more than equipped to read my abilities and gauge what was needed to be fixed/improved upon. Its easy to tell she loves teaching as much as I love performing. Recommend her any day!
View Details
View Profile
Meghan L.

Meghan L.

Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Lauren T.

Close
Profile_117720_pi_Lauren%20J%20Thomas%20%281%29
New York, NY

View Full Profile
About Lauren
I'm an actor/musician in NYC, and have taught kids all over the world! I'm available for in-home, online, and in-studio lessons, where I can teach violin, flute, singing, acting, and English. Although I received my BFA in Acting from Boston University's school of theater, I have been making music since I could walk. As a classically trained singer, violinist and flautist, I've been able to incorporate my musical talents with my career as an actress. Once I chose to go to an acting conservatory, I thought I'd need to give up music, but not a day goes by that I'm not playing and singing! I've played a range of professional gigs from churches to rock concerts to musical theater. I even found myself performing in theaters around the country for the broadway national tour of the tony-award winning actor/musician musical, Once! My range of expe
rience helps me cater lessons to you and your specific needs.

While most of my life has been spent performing, I discovered a love for teaching after college. I have been teaching music and theater for 5 years, and two years ago I began teaching ESL to elementary students in Turkey. I fell in love with teaching English, and feel my training in theater and music helps me use different, exciting teaching techniques in our lessons. I am conversational in both Turkish and Spanish as well!

No matter if we're working on music, acting, or English, I'm incredibly committed to my students and want each lesson to be fun and motivational. I'm a patient, supportive teacher, and know that each student is unique and moves at his/her own pace!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Lauren December 23, 2017
· Violin ·
Lauren is an awesome violinist. I worked with her in a show and watched her tackle many different styles of music, improvise with other musicians, and collaborate on new material. I would recommend her to anyone!
Thumb_5a3aae6e6c6a9_review__MPS1424
Ruby December 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lauren Thomas is an excellent musician with a tremendous amount of patience and a seemingly boundless supply of talents. As a fellow musician who has played professionally alongside Lauren, I have witnessed first hand her skilled mastery of both the flute and the violin -- as intuitive as she is technically proficient. Apart from her musical abilities, she's kind, fun and sensitive and would make for either a great beginner violin teacher or as an instructor for someone with intermediate skills looking to expand their abilities. Cannot recommend her highly enough! Whether you're seeking instruction in the flute or the violin, Lauren's the woman for the job.
Silhouette-80
Ezgi December 20, 2017
· ESL · In home
She’s a wonderful teacher and also very suportive, answering any one of my million questions :)
View Details
View Profile
Lauren T.

Lauren T.

New York, NY 10016
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Alexander S.

Close
Profile_121846_pi_DSC06051
New York, NY
View Full Profile
About Alexander
I've studied with some of the best classical guitarists in the country, at Peabody Conservatory and UNC school of the Arts and I'd like to pass on what I've learned to you.

Various interests and skill levels are always welcomed and encouraged. Student wishes are always taken seriously, whether about genre, pace, or repertoire.

I specialize in classical guitar but I also teach pop/acoustic guitar.
Currently a senior in Music-Technology at New York University.
...
View Details
View Profile
Alexander S.

Alexander S.

New York, NY 10012
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Ilana G.

Close
Profile_121922_pi_Headshot
Brooklyn, NY

View Full Profile
About Ilana
Hello! My name is Ilana. I am a professional classical singer, living and working in New York with both a BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music. My performance experience is available at my website and includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The White House, as well as at Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Castleton Festival, The Chautauqua Institution, and more.

Outreach and education is a particular love of mine and exposing children at a young age to the magic of music and the voice is especially thrilling.

What I love most about music instruction is not only the ability to discover the creative potential that each individual has, but to develop each student based on their individual goals. Whether you are interested in pursuing a more advanced study of music or looking to simply expand your artistic sensibilities,
I am eager to aid you or your child on that journey. I believe in music as literacy and as a musician the balance between the technical and expressive should work in harmony.

Please let me know what your specific goals are in your education, and we will develop together a plan for success!
...
View Details
View Profile
Ilana G.

Ilana G.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Recent Music Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music articles on our blog.

Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs

Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs

Get your uke and start strumming! Music teacher Christopher S. shares how to play five common ukulele strumming patterns... In order to play any stringed instrument, such as the guitar, mandolin, or ukulele, you have to learn how to strum it. Strumming is an essential part to playing the ukulele, which gives it that true Hawaiian-Island sound. In this article, I will discuss the different types of strum patterns used when learning to play Hawaiian ukulele songs and also the positioning … Read More

Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs
Get your uke and start strumming! Music teacher Christopher S. shares how to play five common ukulele strumming patterns... In order to play any stringed instrument, such as the guitar, mandolin, or ukulele, you have to learn how to strum it. Strumming is an essential part to playing the ukulele, which gives it that true Hawaiian-Island sound. In this article, I will discuss the different types of strum patterns used when learning to play Hawaiian ukulele songs and also the positioning
How to Sing in Falsetto: Tips and Exercises to Try
Curious about how to sing in falsetto? Check out these helpful tips from Ann Arbor, MI singing teacher Elaina R...   If you’ve ever listened to Justin Timberlake, you’ve heard falsetto, the upper register of the male voice. Falsetto is the male version of head voice, something that everyone with vocal cords has. Head voice is very important in all kinds of music, since it allows singers to easily access high notes. Do you want to learn how to sing in falsetto? Don’t worry – it’
Learning to Play Guitar: How Should I Practice?
Whether you're just learning how to play guitar chords or you're on your way to being a virtuoso, every guitar player needs to practice. Take these tips from guitar teacher Dee F. to create your perfect practice plan... Now that you have decided to learn how to play guitar, you wonder…how can I get the most out of my lessons? The answer is…practice, practice, practice! Practice What You Are Assigned If your teacher asks you to practice a certain warm-up exercise three times at each practice
What This Lost Boy Did at Costco Will Astound You
In my younger days, getting lost at Costco meant mooching extra cookies at the sample tables and frantically looking for my mom. Not so for this amazing young man, who turned his solo time into an opportunity to shred on the piano. They say all the world's a stage, and this boy is living proof! Check out the video below to see him in action: Are your kids interested in piano lessons? We have some tips for you! And, you can see more videos of this talented young man on his YouTube chann
What is a Capo? Everything You Need to Know Here.
A capo is a helpful device that allows you to easily change the key of a song while using the standard “open position” chords that every guitarist knows. With a capo, you can play those same chords in any fret position along the neck of the guitar. Keep reading to find more answers to all of your capo-related questions! What is a Capo? A capo (pronounced “cape-oh”) is a small clamp that you can attach to the neck of the guitar at a specific fret. What does a capo do? It keeps all of the g

Get Started with Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More