Avi Blum

Avi B.

New York, NY
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Avi delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2007

Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible. My goal is to guide my students and cultivate their interest in music into a life-long passion. Learning to embrace our creativity through music won’t just get you playing and having fun; but can teach us about ourselves, about life, and aid us in reaching any goal that we set for ourselves.

Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York with over 10 years teaching experience, my approach is personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning.

As a heavy empath, I'm the kind of teacher who will connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with the material we learn; whether it’s a concept in music theory or learning a new riff. My teaching style revolves around fun and laughter. We tend to remember things that make us laugh, so it’s my goal to make this process as fun as possible.

My main subjects are Guitar, Music Theory, and Songwriting for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students. No matter what age or level you’re at, from hobbyist to professional, I can help you reach your goals, or guide you into creating them in the first place!

Here are some of the concepts I can teach you:
-Developing Technique
-Practical Music Theory
-Reading Tabs and Music Notation
-Developing A Personal Style and Sound
-Lead Guitar and Soloing (legato, sweep & tremolo Picking)
-How To Write A Riff
-Developing Your Ear
-Creating A Quick And Effective Practice Routine
-Songwriting and Arranging
-Basic Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

Styles of music:
-Classical (composition and theory)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask using TakeLessons' amazing “Ask A Question” feature. There, I can give you personalized answers to start you on your journey to becoming the musician you want to be.

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Guitar Instructor
Feb 2017 - Present
C-Note Music School

At C-Note, I teach students from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds all with different goals in mind.

Feb 2007 - Present
Avi Blum Music

Teach guitar, bass guitar, songwriting/composition, and basic recording/audio engineering to students.

Compose, record, perform, and engineer music for digital media and personal fulfillment.

Music and Prayer Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Woodbury Jewish Center

Teaching 3rd through 6th graders music, folk songs, and traditional chants!

Assistant Audio Engineer
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
Masterdisk Studios

Assist in everyday studio responsibilities. QC mastered projects for clients, bounce files, spectral cleaning, and project setup.

Studio Intern
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Nightlife Production Studios

Cleaned the studio space, performed artist outreach, and shadowed engineers.

Premiere Composer
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014
Mannes New School for Music

An original piece entitled, "Two Songs by William Ernest Henley" premiered at the Master's Recital of Mezzo-Soprano, Yiselle B.

Composer, Lead Guitarist, and Lead Vocalist
Apr 2003 - Nov 2008
Disposable Heroes

Metal band with influences like Metallica, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down. Played many shows in the Long Island area.

Jun 2003 - Jun 2007
Temple Beth Shalom

Performed guitar with the Friday Night Live Band at Temple Beth Shalom, including improvised solos and harmonies.


BA in Music
Feb 2010 - Feb 2014
CUNY City College of New York
Sep 2004 - Jun 2008
Paul D. Schreiber High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Bachelors In Music, Specialty In Composition
Feb 2014
CUNY City College Of New York

Nov 2009
Habitat for Humanity

I helped build a house!


The Pro Musica Award
Feb 2014
CUNY City College of New York
The Mark Brunswick Composition Award
May 2013
CUNY City College of New York
The Sydney Zolot Graduation Award
Feb 2013
CUNY City College of New York


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2017

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.

Game Audio Network Guild
Nov 2014

This organization is the central hub for composers and sound
designers of the video game industry. G.A.N.G. is your global game audio community. G.A.N.G. provides one voice to articulate, discuss and confront issues affecting the interactive audio industry as well as build a strong community for its fellowship through an online forum, local chapters and industry-wide events

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Golden Key International Honor Society
Sep 2010

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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Photos & Videos

My introductory video to Logic Pro X! This program is a fantastic value and is invaluable to any musician looking to create their own music,
A Blindfolded Cover of "Of Prometheus And The Crucifix" by Trivium off of the album "Shogun."
A snapshot of my studio!

One of my first guitars ever! I bought this Ovation Celebrity back in 2002 after playing guitar for a year!

My Gibson SG Standard! This was the first electric guitar I ever bought, and has been my partner in crime for over 13 years!

A snapshot of a live show!

An original from my old band, Disposable Heroes
An original demo of a song that I wrote and recorded.
A demo of a track I produced while still in college.
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7 Reviews

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Theresa Jul 18, 2017
Guitar · In home

Avi works with my 8 year old son once a week. He is prompt, friendly and my son looks forward to seeing Avi every week. My husband and I could not be happier with this experience.

Dylan Jan 13, 2017
Guitar · In studio

My son loved the first lesson. He is very excited for his next lesson.

Caitlin Dec 6, 2016
Guitar · In home

He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson

Caitlin Dec 6, 2016
Guitar · In home

He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson

Nick May 14, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Avi has always been a helpful resource when learning to approach any number of instruments and musical experiments. His encyclopedic knowledge of theory and music technology, coupled with his adaptability to different tastes and approaches and willingness to experiment, makes him a great source of knowledge and an endlessly awesome collaborator.

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Alex May 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I had just gotten a guitar as a gift for my birthday, but had no idea how to play. I heard about Avi through a friend for lessons, so I figured, "why not give it a try?"

So far the lesson's have been great: he's very understanding and patient, and has a good structure and method to the way he teaches. I'm still a novice, but I'm able to play a few songs, and my chord knowledge and technique have been improving rapidly!

Strongly recommend1

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Taylor May 11, 2016
Guitar · Online

This guy is a true master at his craft, but also a delightfully positive and patient instructor. Words really don't do him justice, but I can say with great certainty, I am ten times better after only a few months.
He has all kinds of 'hacks' to make guitar easier. I tried learning for years, but only now am I really improving tonally as well as musically.
If you want to really play with joy, and the knowledge/technique to back it up, who's your guy? THIS GUY. PERIOD.

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