Adrian Bridges

Adrian B.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Adrian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 2009

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.

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Teacher, Operations Manager
Apr 2013 - Present
WHIN Music Project

Managing registration, billing, attendance, and facility setup.

Teaching guitar, and assisting in orchestral string and choir classes.

Band Instructor
Jul 2012 - Present
New York City Guitar School

Teaching 8-15 year-old kids the foundations of guitar and working
in a rock band in two-week intensive "bootcamps."

Theater Musician/Composer
Sep 2008 - Present
Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Percussion

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)

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Band Leader/Sideman
Sep 2004 - Present
Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass

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)

Adjunct Professor
Sep 2011 - May 2013
New York University

Taught private and group guitar and music theory classes.

Music Instructor
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
Miquon Day Camp

Created Curriculum; Taught Rhythmic Exercises, Music Theory,Music History, And Songs; Wrote Music With Students.


Masters Of Music (Jazz Studies - Composition)
Sep 2011 - May 2013
New York University
Bachelors Of Music (Jazz Studies - Guitar)
Sep 2007 - May 2011
New York University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Best Musical & Audience Favorite
Oct 2013
United Solo Theatre Festival
Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
May 2010
New York University
Runner Up - D'Addario Classical Guitar Competition
Feb 2007
Ithaca College

Photos & Videos

Photo by Adrian B.

Photo by Adrian B.

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6 Reviews

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Steve K. Apr 12, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Adrian is not only great guitar player but also a great teacher. I had taken private lesson since summer of 2015 and had a great learning experience on both playing classical guitar and understanding a music in general. He breaks down a piece and tries to help me understand how the music should be played and suggests different ways to approach no matter how simple a piece is. I would recommend for classical guitar and big thumbs up!

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vasu A. Apr 13, 2014
Guitar ·

Fun and Inspiring

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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Madison W. Nov 13, 2013
Guitar ·

I would highly recommend Adrian.

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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shelby K. Nov 13, 2013
Guitar ·

You won't be disappointed

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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yusuf A. Apr 23, 2013
Guitar ·

Overall a good experience

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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Peter V. Mar 27, 2013
Guitar ·

Inspiring, real deal guitar teacher

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.

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