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Avi Rothbard

Avi R.

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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!



Bio:

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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  • Speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of 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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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner

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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Experience

Private Instructor
May 1989 - Present

Rothbard Music

Teacher
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011

CUNY, The City College Of New York

Jazz Ensembles Teacher.

Teacher
Aug 2000 - Aug 2008

Berklee College of Music, Guitar Summer Sessions, Boston MA.

Guitar Harmony Class, Jazz Ensembles Teacher.

Instructor
Sep 2000 - May 2002

JCC Turnhauer school. NJ

Music Theory for kids.

Instructor
Sep 1992 - Aug 1995

Conservatory at Alon School, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Pop and Jazz Band Teacher

Instructor
Aug 1993 - Jun 1995

Hakarmel High School, Maagan Michael,Israel

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

Instructor
Sep 1989 - Aug 1991

Menashe Regional School

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

Instructor
Sep 1989 - Aug 1991

Boyer High School, Jerusalem

Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Pop and Jazz Band Teacher


Education

Master of Art
Sep 2007 - Aug 2010

CUNY, CCNY

Bachelor of Music
Aug 1995 - Aug 1999

Berklee College of Music


Languages

Arabic

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Hebrew

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certifications

Group Guitar teacher
Jul 1993

Yamaha

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.

Awards

John Lennon Award
Mar 2014

John Lennon Songwriting Competition

BRIO
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


Affiliations

BMI
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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