Music has played a big role in my life ever since I was 4 and heard The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." From that point on, I committed myself towards a life in music, soon after beginning lessons on classical guitar. Through high school I studied classical and jazz guitar at Philadelphia's esteemed Settlement Music School, and I subsequently attended New York University as a jazz studies major in both guitar and composition for a bachelors and masters degree.
As a teacher, I love to pair my academic knowledge of music with my decades of experience listening to and playing popular music ranging from rock and funk to bluegrass and hip hop. I've performed in settings ranging from jazz clubs in Italy, to theater in New York, and rock clubs in Philadelphia. In my lessons I like to bring that diverse experience to create a curriculum that compliments the interests of the student.
*** Lesson Details ***
In a private lesson setting I like to say, "What you put in is what you'll get out." Students who show up having practiced a lot, who are eager to dive in depth into a subject, will grow immensely in a short amount of time. Those who are interested in practicing guitar as a casual activity also have plenty to gain, and I try to push my students in accordance with their interest level.
As a teacher, I like to support my students' personal ambitions on the instrument and with music on the whole, drawing on a wide range of materials. My goal is to put the proper resources in front of my students and ask them questions that will push them to discover the elements of music they knew they were looking for and some they didn't.
Every student has personal goal, and I like to draw on my diverse background in music to help each of mine achieve theirs.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Common space seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have an instrument, paper, and a pencil. I can bring a music stand if necessary.
*** Specialties ***
I have been playing various styles of guitar, from classical to jazz to rock and beyond, for most of my life, so I feel comfortable showing all students the style they are most interested in.
Managing registration, billing, attendance, and facility setup.
Teaching guitar, and assisting in orchestral string and choir classes.
Teaching 8-15 year-old kids the foundations of guitar and working
in a rock band in two-week intensive "bootcamps."
Diva, Little Town Blues (Less Than Rent Theatre)
Take/Sacrifice, No Place Like, Glow, Eurydice (Kaleid Theatre)
Once We Lived Here (Australian Made Entertainment)
¡Olé! (Theater In Asylum)
Dreamgirls, Rent! (The Gallery Players)
A Light In The Piazza, Violet, Fiorello, Bat Boy (NYU Steinhardt)
Tommy, Tick, Tick... BOOM!, Gone Missing (NYU Tisch)
Town Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 48, Theatre Row (New York)
World Cafe Live, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Plays & Players (Philadelphia)
The Blue Note, Florence International Music Festival (Italy)
Taught private and group guitar and music theory classes.
Created Curriculum; Taught Rhythmic Exercises, Music Theory,Music History, And Songs; Wrote Music With Students.
Verified Student · Guitar ·
Adrian's teaching style has helped me to understand the music pieces in an intuitive way. His ability to breakdown a complex concept into simple ones makes the learning fun and natural. Adrain makes the lessons interesting by discussing the music piece in length and also by sharing the music history behind it. He lets the student decide the pace of learning, but at the same time nudges him to take the next step. I will recommend Adrian to anyone who is interested in learning music.
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Adrian's passion for music really comes through in his lessons, always making lessons both informative and fun. Having no prior experience with the guitar before taking lessons from Adrian, he really catered to my strengths and passion points to find a teaching method that suited me well. It wasn't long before I was able to play a song and all the while, in addition to learning the very basics, Adrian also tuned into music theory and songwriting, which gave our lessons great depth. Additionally, Adrian was always very accommodating with my hectic schedule. I highly recommend Adrian to anyone seeking to begin or advance their guitar skills.
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I had Adrian as a teacher in group lessons and was always impressed by his ability to connect with each student on a personal level. Adrian is helpful and understanding in his teaching and extremely talented to boot. It was always a treat to see him demonstrate and he always made the students feel like he was equally happy to be there.
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Adrian's a great teacher, very professional. We didn't get to go into classical guitar much, but I'm almost glad because that meant I got to learn some jazz. I especially enjoyed the jam sessions, even when I wasn't doing that great I still got to enjoy just playing music with him and having a good time. All in all, I recommend having him as a teacher. You'll be sure to improve tons and have a good time doing it.
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I had Adrian for private lessons during the spring of 2012. After we broke the ice, I felt that Adrian's level of playing and teaching was constantly pushing me to strive to become better, not just in my physical playing technique but my theory and notation application as well. He really leaves the lesson material up to the student, which gives them a responsibility to carry out and something to think about weekly. An amazing and modest teacher that can take the willing student the places they want to go.