Avi Rothbard

Avi R.

New York, NY
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Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I am a guitarist, bassist, composer, and a bandleader. I have been very fortunate to share the stage and record with some of the world’s greatest musicians and performers, both as an accompanist and a bandleader in a variety of styles. I also have nearly thirty years of experience in teaching ensembles and individual private lessons. I have taught all age groups and levels.

My goal is to create the most enjoyable lesson environment for students by teaching them fundamentals through the music they love.

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

Teaching since:

I have been a professional teacher, composer, guitarist and electric bassist for over thirty years, and consider myself very fortunate to share the stage and record with some of the world’s greatest talents in contemporary music- both as an accompanist and as a bandleader. The mission of teaching music was always something that came to me as second nature, as I am thrilled every time when communicating with my students through the love of music.

I believe in being attentive to the student’s musical needs and preferences while making sure I provide all the fundamentals of music creation and playing experience. I do not discriminate between any musical styles and levels of playing experience.

For your convenience, I offer my lessons in a comfortable setting, at the heart of New York City.

I am looking forward to sharing my love and joy of music with you!


New York City-based artist Avi R. has been teaching guitar, bass, and jazz improvisation for over thirty years. Although he is well known as someone who specializes in jazz, Mr. R has a special approach to the art of teaching young children and beginners. His patience is simply infinite, and he always enjoys teaching regardless of the student's level, while making sure the student keeps the highest level of interest in the material. Mr. R. also has specific exercises based on repertoire for young children, he often arranges for guitar by himself to enhance student music fundamentals techniques and basic sight-reading.

As a player, Avi R’s guitar style is synonymous with lyricism, hard-swinging grooves, effortless chops, humor, and fresh harmonic innovation. His name is included in Scott Yanow’s book: “The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide”.

Mr. R. has been teaching many advanced students who are currently taking an active role in top music acts around the world.

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Private Instructor
May 1989 - Present
Rothbard Music

Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
CUNY, The City College Of New York

Jazz Ensembles Teacher.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2008
Berklee College of Music, Guitar Summer Sessions, Boston MA.

Guitar Harmony Class, Jazz Ensembles Teacher.

Sep 2000 - May 2002
JCC Turnhauer school. NJ

Music Theory for kids.

Sep 1992 - Aug 1995
Conservatory at Alon School, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Pop and Jazz Band Teacher

Aug 1993 - Jun 1995
Hakarmel High School, Maagan Michael,Israel

Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Pop and Jazz Band Teacher.

Sep 1989 - Aug 1991
Menashe Regional School

Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Pop and Jazz Band Teacher, Jazz improvisation.

Sep 1989 - Aug 1991
Boyer High School, Jerusalem

Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Pop and Jazz Band Teacher


Master of Art
Sep 2007 - Aug 2010
Bachelor of Music
Aug 1995 - Aug 1999
Berklee College of Music


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Group Guitar teacher
Jul 1993

Special teaching program for young children who study in-class setting.

Music Instructor
Aug 1990
Menashe Regional School, Gan Shmuel

Certification for Non-Education Major in Music teachings.


John Lennon Award
Mar 2014
John Lennon Songwriting Competition
Jun 2013
Bronx Council on the Arts , NY
Best Recording
May 2010
Japan Gold Award
The William Leavitt Award
May 1998
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
Guitar Dept. Achievement Award
May 1998
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
Boston Jazz Society Award
Jun 1997
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
The Jimi Hendrix Award
May 1997
Berklee College of Music, Boston MA


Jan 2003

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Jess Sep 6, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Avi is simply the best teacher that I have ever had! I had trouble with tackling jazz improvisation for a long time and needed someone who can explain to me the whole A to Z of it while being able to demonstrate it on the guitar. It is very rare to find a great teacher that is also a great player. My search is over!

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