Picture of banjo lessons in Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY Banjo Lessons

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

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 5 9 , 2 2 1

lessons and counting!

Popular Banjo Teachers near Rochester, NY

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Rochester, NY including Victor, Fairport, Pittsford, Webster and Bloomfield.

Showing 10 of 49 results View More

About Aaron D.

Close
Profile_79799_pi_IMG_1077
San Diego, CA

View Full Profile

I specialize in teaching Clawhammer style and 3 finger "Scruggs" style.

About Aaron
Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile!

To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and
Dominic Castillo, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, who was a student of Jerry's as well. After studying under these talented musicians, I went on to pursue my education in music and received my BA in Music from San Jose State University in 2004. I started teaching music privately during my time with Jerry and Dominic and continued to teach during college up until the present, and have taught hundreds of students since. I now live in San Diego where I teach, work as a freelance musician, and play in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kickstomp outfit Quel Bordel!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couches, table and TV, music stand, student can borrow instrument for first lesson, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, and reggae. I studied jazz in college so I also have extensive knowledge of jazz theory.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Brandy W. September 6, 2018
· Banjo · Online
So far so good! My first lesson, and even though I broke a string RIGHT before the lesson, Aaron still was able to work with me.
Thumb_78666_pi_Newdo2014
Melissa B. August 31, 2018
· Banjo · Online
I was a little nervous about an online lesson but Aaron made it easy. The video quality from Take Lessons is really clear and there were no hiccups or drags. Looking forward to the next one!
Silhouette-80
Joann May 31, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
It was awesome! I learned how to read chords, how to ensure my chords are clean, how to tune my ukulele, and play a few chords all in one session.
View Details
View Profile
Aaron D.

Aaron D.

Online
(43)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Zachary J.

Close
216284_327147_32832
Saint Paul, MN
View Full Profile

Prefer the Mel Bay method books.

About Zachary
Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirational and motivational based teacher; he will make you or your child LOVE making music rather than dreading their weekly lesson. He has a BA in music performance and has taught for 10 years. He is an exceptionally talented and in-demand teacher and performer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Zach is very motivating and inspiring. He will not yell or discourage you or your child. He will have reasonable and attainable weekly goals. He will seek the best from you but will maintain professionalism and makes learning enjoyable and fun. Works well with all ag
es, from beginners to advanced; from young children to adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio, f/w keyboard, and all other instruments he teachers, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide instrument, stand. I will provide my own instrument (except piano).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for violin (I'm comfortable with other methods, too)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Aubrey C. April 11, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great with kids!
Silhouette-80
Abby W. November 1, 2014
· Singing · In home
Relates to a 13 year old very well and is very professional.
Silhouette-80
Janet L. February 2, 2014
· Piano ·
supportive and encouraging

I found Zach through 'take lessons' after my daughter had a few years with an intense classical pianist. I want my daughter to have fun and appreciate music and not feel the intense pressure she was feeling with our previous instructor. Zach was the perfect choice. My daughter loves her lessons. Zach does take time off for his professional endevors. Good for him. He has always let us know and connected with us when he returns.
View Details
View Profile
Zachary J.

Zachary J.

Online
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Phil H.

Close
265828_xhdx4s9bjp2kdmzy2sh2
Rochester, NY

View Full Profile
About Phil
I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others.

*** Lesson Details ***
"If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins and outs of your instrument and music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is
expected to provide the instrument including full keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
all
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Dave September 24, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
very insightful
Silhouette-80
Cameron January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron didn’t like his lesson, he LOVED it. It was his first lesson and Phil was extremely patient. He’s looking forward to future lessons and promises to practice! Thank you, Phil, we think we have a winner that will hopefully take time away from video games.
Silhouette-80
John November 6, 2017
· Banjo · Online
View Details
View Profile
Phil H.

Phil H.

Rochester, NY 14608
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Michelle Y.

Close
Profile_132697_pi_125123C5D4651small
Rochester, NY

View Full Profile

-clawhammer technique
-arranging tunes in your own style
-learn to play with other musicians
-learn how to participate in a jam session
-learn to play and pick up tunes by ear or with tablature
-advanced melodic clawhammer arranging
-learn to accompany yourself while singing
-writing and arranging tunes
-history of the banjo and of Appalachian old-time fiddle music, and history of each specific tune
-basics of three-finger style
-old-time
-bluegrass
-folk

About Michelle
I am a professional banjo player/guitarist with the internationally touring band Harpeth Rising. I have a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. I have extensive experience performing, recording and teaching.

I teach all levels of clawhammer banjo and guitar, from absolute beginner to advanced students and musicians. I cater each lesson to the specific student. If you want to learn to read music and understand music theory we will do that. If you want to learn by ear we can do that, and anything in between.

Banjo lessons can include:
-clawhammer technique
-arranging tunes in your own style
-learn to play with other musicians
-learn how to participate in a jam session
-learn to play and pick up tunes by ear or with tabl
ature
-advanced melodic clawhammer arranging
-learn to accompany yourself while singing
-writing and arranging tunes
-history of the banjo and of Appalachian old-time fiddle music, and history of each specific tune
-much more!

Classical Guitar lessons can include:
-fundamentals of classical guitar technique and playing
-reading music
-fundamentals of music theory and how it applies to what you're playing
-focus on getting the best sound from your instrument
-history of classical guitar music and pieces
-how to give a solo performance
-how to play cleanly with as little effort as possible
-increasing and developing your repertoire
-much more!

Bluegrass/Folk Guitar lessons can include:
-basic chords in first position and strumming basics
-advanced chords in other positions
-flatpicking basics
-advanced flatpicking techniques (cross-picking, speed and agility)
-basic and advanced fingerpicking techniques and styles
-learning to accompany yourself while singing
-learning to play with other people
-participating in jams
-basic of chord theory and structure
-reading music OR reading tablature OR learning by ear (or all three)
-much more!

Clawhammer banjo and classical/acoustic guitar are my main specialties. I am also experienced in teaching, playing and performing bluegrass and country steel string acoustic guitar (flatpicking, accompanying, comping, jamming, etc.), three-finger bluegrass banjo, old-time clawhammer banjo, beginner bluegrass mandolin and ukulele, and music theory.

**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own.
...
View Details
View Profile
Michelle Y.

Michelle Y.

Rochester, NY 14620
starting at
$34 / 30-min

About David F.

Close
Profile_108003_pi_IMG_4156
Nashville, TN
View Full Profile

Learn the music you want to learn! Any style, any genre!!

About David
With a Bachelor's Degree from Morehead State University and three years teaching experience I can offer you the most fulfilling learning experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced players welcome! Lessons for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, or Electric Bass!

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Leo May 24, 2018
· Banjo · In home
David is on time, well prepared, flexible with scheduling and he tailors his lessons to his student’s wants and needs. Our 12 year old grandson enjoys his banjo lessons with David.
Silhouette-80
Rachel March 7, 2018
· Mandolin · In home
David is a mandolin/musical magician. Anyone would be very to lucky to have him as their teacher.
Silhouette-80
Gordon S. September 19, 2017
· Banjo · Online
It's hard to judge a man on the first meeting. He appears to be knowledgeable about music. Also, he was able to pick up on a deficiency i have playing music and recommended the best way to overcome it. I believe that David will be a good teacher for me.
View Details
View Profile
David F.

David F.

Online
(3)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Sam K.

Close
Profile_66245_pi_Sam%20Selfie%20CrpContrstColor%200207150230a
Oakdale, PA
View Full Profile

Bluegrass (Scruggs/Keith) and Old-Timey (Clawhammer)

About Sam
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Katharina K. June 18, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
Silhouette-80
Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
Silhouette-80
Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
View Details
View Profile
Sam K.

Sam K.

Online
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Daniel P.

Close
Profile_34666_pi_541917_10152127423430819_1204844227_n
Castalian Springs, TN
View Full Profile

I play banjo with several different country acts. Knowledge of bluegrass and pop/country banjo styles.

About Daniel
Daniel toured with the violin troupe, Barrage for two years playing Violin/Fiddle, Bagpipes, and Irish whistles. While touring with Barrage, Daniel performed for audiences in 11 different countries, and was involved with 103 high school and middle school workshops for over 6,861 students in 3 countries. He is certified through Book III of the O'™Connor Violin Method. He has a working knowledge of many different styles of music and has a passion for helping students to overcome performance anxiety to become the best players that they can be.

Daniel competed on bagpipes in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) in Grade II, and currently tours with The Tartan Terrors all over North America.

Daniel is a full-time touring and studio musician, so whatever your desire is with your playing, he can design and impleme
nt a program to help you reach your goals.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Heather H. August 14, 2017
· Bagpipes · Online
loved it it was so so so much fun :)
Silhouette-80
Heather H. January 16, 2017
· Bagpipes · Online
Silhouette-80
Jennifer B. December 12, 2016
· Mandolin · Online
Daniel is a Excellent teacher. Very patient with me. Look forward to many more mandolin lessons with him.
View Details
View Profile
Daniel P.

Daniel P.

Online
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Lisa A.

Close
Profile_93247_pi_Mule%20Ridge%20Show%20accapella
Lake Charles, LA

View Full Profile

I teach a 3 finger style of Banjo playing and how to read, hear, and play music. I teach you how to play the chords, read the tablature and play by ear.

About Lisa
Lisa Abrams has a Vocal Music Education Degree from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

She graduated in 1997 and has been teaching professionally, both in schools and privately, since that time. She has taught General Music grades K-8 in the Parochial School System. She has been the Music Director and Worship Leader for several Churches where she has directed Adult Choir, Praise Team, Bell Choir, Chime Tone Choir, Orchestra and Children's Choir. She has accompanied all these ensembles on Piano, Guitar, and Organ.

Lisa Abrams teaches all areas of music: Theory, Technic, Reading, Counting, Ear Training, Composition, etc. When you take lessons from Lisa, her goal is more than teaching you how to play or sing a song. She gives you the tools necessary to be able to play ANY song. She teaches what few others teach; how to BE a music
ian. She wants you to be able to pursue any avenue of Music that appeals to you, professionally or personally.
...
Reviews
Thumb_116395_pi_IMG_4991
Lorraine D. September 27, 2018
· Banjo · Online
going to be a lot of fun starting me out right where I want to be
Thumb_102884_pi_13450775_10209799769649312_1571955173580930442_n
Sean P. April 10, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Good lesson
Silhouette-80
Madonna Z. August 2, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Lisa is a multi-talented musician. She has been gifted with voice as well as the understanding and ability to play music. It was an honor to be in the Mt. pleasant choir and be led by her. She shows compassion and patience and her love for music is contagious. She is a blessing to everyone she teaches .
View Details
View Profile
Lisa A.

Lisa A.

Online
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Ani K.

Close
Profile_120669_pi_Screenshot%20%284%29
Fort Lauderdale, FL
View Full Profile

Learn to read music and hand positions.

About Ani
Lessons are tailored to the students' level and goal. Caring and compassionate instructor. Your dream is my dream and I will diligently work with you to help you on your path. If you have the will to learn and practice, you will see improvements and achievements. ​
I've been teaching music to children and adults for about 20 years both privately and at teaching studios.
I have played as a substitute church pianist, ballet accompanist, and have spent the last four years playing for a variety of private and corporate events and weddings.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Robert N. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing teacher, fantastic personality, excellent with my two kids! Very flexible with schedule, we are super happy with Ani!
Silhouette-80
Angella W. May 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Today is my first day with Ani, not too much to say yet, but I gave her a four because of her knowledge and patience
Silhouette-80
Frank Baratta March 6, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
View Details
View Profile
Ani K.

Ani K.

Online
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Justin S.

Close
Profile_134475_pi_34846288_10156171582850767_3322506753664352256_n
Tampa, FL
View Full Profile

Experienced teacher for over 8 years! I began playing the 5-string banjo when I was 6 years old, have played with bluegrass bands, and have instructed many students. I am currently a public school teacher with an active Florida Educator's License. I hold the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

About Justin
Mr. Justin O. Swaim is a versatile conductor and banjo player with experiences in orchestral, bluegrass, wind band, and chamber music settings. He currently serves as director of Bands at Paul R. Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida where he oversees all aspects of the music program and serves as department chair.

He began his career as Director of Orchestras at Junius H. Rose High School and E.B. Aycock Middle School in Greenville, North Carolina. While there, Mr. Swaim was responsible for a comprehensive string program where he collaborated with students and colleagues to provide high-quality instruction and performance opportunities for all students. His students earned top honors at the North Carolina Music Educators Association Orchestra Division Music Performance Adjudication as well as positions in county and state-divisional ho
nors events.

As Director of Orchestras at Vance High School and J.M. Alexander Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Swaim was responsible for the direction of both middle school and high school orchestral activities. His students were selected to perform in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools honors orchestra event, an honor that had not been achieved by any J.M. Alexander student for several years.

Mr. Justin Swaim holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music. At UNCG, he studied both wind and orchestral conducting with Dr. John R. Locke and Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi. During this time he made conducting appearances with the University Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, Wind Ensemble, Casella Sinfonietta, and Symphonic Band. While completing his studies, he served as Assistant Conductor of the University Band, was a graduate assistant for the Music Education department, and was a founding member and conductor of the Foothills Chamber Ensemble of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After completion of his graduate studies, he conducted internationally in Austria and Italy.

Mr. Swaim is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and also holds active professional memberships in the Conductors Guild, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), and the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA).
...
View Details
View Profile
Justin S.

Justin S.

Online
starting at
$42 / 30-min

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 Rochester, NY?

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

Get Started with Free Resources

Recent Banjo Articles from the Blog

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

Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument

Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument

Thinking about buying a new instrument? It's a big decision, as an instrument is truly an investment -- especially if you're spending several hundred dollars (or more, for higher-end brands and models) on it. Before making your purchase, you'll want to do some research. But where do you start? With so many brands out there, how do you know which ones are worth the money? What do you really need to ensure years of playing and practicing? We came across a great article over on Donna Schw … Read More

Here's What to Know Before Buying an Instrument
Thinking about buying a new instrument? It's a big decision, as an instrument is truly an investment -- especially if you're spending several hundred dollars (or more, for higher-end brands and models) on it. Before making your purchase, you'll want to do some research. But where do you start? With so many brands out there, how do you know which ones are worth the money? What do you really need to ensure years of playing and practicing? We came across a great article over on Donna Schw
Are Heavy Metal Banjos The Next Big Thing?
Loud, jangly, and twangy, the banjo is an instrument with a distinctive voice that immediately evokes the spirit of the American South. Long a mainstay of bluegrass music, banjos have recently been incorporated into pop music as well by bands like Mumford and Sons. And, if YouTube trends are any indication, it looks like the banjo is making another genre shift! A pack of viral videos featuring banjo covers of hard rock classics are making the rounds and proving that banjos can shred just a
6 Destructive Beliefs That Hold Beginner Musicians Back
Do you ever wonder how good your skills would be now if you started practicing a year ago? A question like this should motivate, not dishearten you. In this article, guest writer Elizabeth Kane will take you through six destructive beliefs you might face as you're learning how to become a musician, and how you can overcome them...   Mind Over Matter Your mind is a powerful tool. Your thoughts dictate just about every conscious decision you make. Whether you're a beginner guitari

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More