Atif Afzal

Atif A.

Suffern, NY

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

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I am a professional guitarist and music composer for movies. I have been teaching since 13 years now and just like the way you want to learn guitars, I was in the same spot many years ago. Having found a great teacher, all his guidance helped me eventually become a professional guitarist and work for the movies and TV jingles. I have composed music and played guitars in 8 movies and 100 jingles that you hear on your TV. Two of my movies have been selected at one of the world's biggest and most reputed film festivals - CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. Living your dream is the best thing you can do for yourself!

It took me many years to design a curriculum which is focused on not only teaching guitars, but also how you can record your own guitars and make them sound great. Isn't that exciting! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert, I will strive to teach you that no one else does. I have mentored more than 200 students and many of them went on to become part of bands and performing artists.

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Creative Director
Oct 2010 - Present
Atif Afzal Music

You can read about my career and achievements on Wikipedia -

As a Creative Director of Music, I have worked on over 100 advertising jingles for televisions with leading global agencies like JWT, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, Publicis, McCann, BBH

I have also composed music and recorded guitars for the following films:
- Monsoon Shootout (Cannes 2013, LIFF, Sydney Film Festival, BIFFF, IFLA)
- The Alternative (Thesis Film – New York University, 2018)
- That Sunday (Cannes Short Film Corner – 2014)
- Bombay 92 (Northam Music and Film Festival, 2015)
- Prague (2013, Tashkent Film Festival)
- Pune 52 (NYIFF, SAIFF, Mumbai Film Festival)
- The Wait (NYIFF, IFFSA)
- Horn Please (NYIFF, PAAFF, CSAFF)
- Gift (German TV Film, 2017)
- Then A Hero Comes Along (UK, 2017)

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Voice Modulation and Relative Pitching
May 2013 - Apr 2014
Dean Music
Jun 2011 - May 2012
Veera Lobo Music School
Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Claver Music School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Composer - Entertainment
Jan 2018
Inquilab Awards
Official Selection - That Sunday
Mar 2014
Best Upcoming Composer - Nomination
Nov 2013
Radio Mirchi Awards
Best Soundtrack Production - Nomination
Nov 2013
Radio Mirchi Awards
Best Film Score - Nomination
Aug 2013
DD Awards
Official Selection - Monsoon Shootout
Mar 2013

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Safaque Mar 21, 2018
Guitar · In home

I tried learning guitars many times using online lessons on youtube. But, when I started taking guitar lessons from Atif, I realised that my technique was wrong as there was no one to correct me earlier. He made me change my technique which was quite difficult to unlearn and re-learn, but I am a much improved guitarist today thanks to Atif. His way of teaching is simple yet effective.

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