Aaron Cloutier

Aaron C.

Cedar Grove, NJ

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced guitar teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels! My philosophy and teaching style is generally dependent upon their individual needs of the student. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation the basics in technique (strumming, picking, hand technique, rhythm) harmony and theory. I specialize in heavy metal rock and experimental music, typically use Hal Leonard books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: sound recording equipment, tablature, sheet music and more.
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Aaron teaches



Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
February 2006

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amp, spare instrument cables.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their own guitar, practice amp, spare strings, chromatic tuner, instrument cables, notebook, pencils, pens, guitar picks and any pedals they wish to use. If they have an acoustic guitar then I would expect them to also have a capo. I bring all materials listed above as well as my list of books and study material. I try to keep all materials in digital form to send to the student and parents at their convenience. In addition to the aforementioned, I also will come equipped with a macbook laptop computer with Pro Tools 8.0.3 and Logic Pro X professional recording software installed on it. I also will bring a fast track pro recording interface, a Sennheiser e935 vocal microphone.

*** Specialties ***
Genres I specialize in include rock and metal vocals and guitar. Songwriting, production and performance

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Full Time Guitar/Vocal Instructor
Feb 2011 - Present
School of Rock Chatham

School of Rock is a is a music education program specializing in live performance coupled with private instruction. As an instructor, my responsibilities include private music lessons and running various summer music camps for student musicians ages 7-18+ of all skill levels.

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Assistant Engineer
Jun 2010 - Oct 2010
Sound War Studios

Sound War Studios is both a recording studio and band rehearsal space. My duties included assisting with recording and editing performances as well as minor custodial duties.


Audio Engineering
Oct 2009 - Jun 2010
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pro Tools 8.0.3 recording software
May 2010
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

Logic Pro 9 recording software
May 2010
Apple Inc.


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2008

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

A post beginner guitar lesson recap filmed from the student's perspective where we work on barre chords, technique and posture
Performing with Saint Avarice at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. Photo courtesy of Laura DeSantis-Olsson

Performing with Saint Avarice in NYC

Cover artwork from "Dichotomy".  The independent debut from my  extreme metal solo project Davola.  Artwork by "Cube in the Desert"

Yours truly in NYC attending a metal guitar rhythm masterclass hosted by Christian Andreu (center) of the mighty french metal band Gojira.

Photo by Phil Silverberg for Mr Silverberg photography
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2 Reviews

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Phil Aug 7, 2015
Music Recording · In home

Very Broad range of knowledge on ProTools v8.
Had a lot of very useful information and tips to get started quickly.
His style of teaching made it fun and interesting.

Lawrence S. Jun 5, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I took guitar lessons with Aaron and then later did both singing and guitar lessons. I found him very proficient in both. The lessons were enjoyable and I learned a lot. Highly recommended.

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