Brian McNally

Brian M.

Marlton, NJ

About Brian M.

Brian teaches: Ages 18 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2008
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

Hey! My name is Brian and I teach guitar, bass guitar, and music theory out of Duke's Bike Music Studio in Marlton, NJ. A little about myself, I'm 34, married and have two kids. I've been playing guitar and bass since I was 12 and professionally teaching music since 2008. Aside from playing in various bands in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, I'm a guitarist, upright bassist, and vocalist in the 553rd Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. I'm also the Music Director for the 553rd's popular music ensemble. I studied music and music education at Camden County College and Berklee College of Music.
Over the years, I've developed a method of teaching that uses songs my students like as the example for learning technique and music theory. My students are of all ages and range from never-played-a-note to gigging musicians looking to change things up a bit. Duke's Bike Music Studio is conveniently located near the Promenade shopping center. My rates are competitive and my schedule is flexible. Hit me up and we can get you scheduled right away.
Thanks!
PS: I DO have availability! After years of juggling students, gigs, and military obligations, I've found it's best not to list my available time slots because they change so often. Shoot me a message and I'll be sure to make room for you in a way that best fits your schedule.
If anyone is interested, here's my biography on the Air National Guard Band's website:
http://www.bandofthenortheast.ang.af.mil/ensembles/BandBio.asp?BandBioID=1290

Photos and Videos

Veteran's Day concert at The World Cafe Live. That's Mark Rivera (Billy Joel's sax player) playing tambourine.

Experience

Music Director/Instrumentalist/Vocalist

Jun 2009 - Present
553rd Air National Guard Band of the Northeast

In addition to performing as a guitarist, upright bassist, and vocalist, I am the acting music director for the popular music ensemble. Duties include programming our music, running rehearsals, and directing our performances.

Owner/Teacher

May 2008 - Present
Duke's Bike Music Studio

My private studio. I teach guitar, bass guitar, and music theory lessons in Marlton, NJ.

Teacher

May 2008 - May 2011
Crossroads Music

Taught guitar, bass guitar, and music theory lessons.

Teacher

May 2008 - May 2011
Music & Arts Center

Taught guitar, bass guitar, and music theory lessons.

Education

N/A

May 2006 - Jun 2007
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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8 Reviews on Brian M.

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Scott B. Dec 22, 2015
Verified Student
He's very personable and knowledgeable. All around made me feel comfortable. Highly recommend!
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Scott B. Nov 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Brian is very, very talented. A GREAT guitar player. And was very patient with me knowing nothing. I look forward to my lessons with him.
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Hansa D. Sep 18, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, and teaches at a good pace. Would definitely recommend him to any student wanting to learn guitar.
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John O. Sep 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Flexible, freindly, and knowledgeable. Best instructor ever. I would recommend.
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Sheila Jul 17, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Brian is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher. I have gone through some challenging phases while learning basic music theory and technical skills on bass guitar, and Brian has been instrumental (see what I did there?) in encouraging me through those bumps in the road. Learning to read and perform music can sometimes seem daunting, but he's really great at breaking down the information into fun exercises and simple explanations. You can tell he really enjoys what he does.
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Joe Elinski Jul 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
I decided to pick up the guitar in my 30s and soon realized I was in over my head. I spent a few hours with Brian and he has been tremendous in helping me progress. He is a personable guy and has a knack for explaining instructions and techniques clearly. He gives a ton of feedback and has an eye/ear for correcting issues. Also, Brian makes music theory very approachable which has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of the complexities of music. I highly reccomend.
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Dave Silver Jul 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Brian is amazing. He is wonderfully patient with my 10 year old son and knows how to get thru to younger students and communicate with them etc. We are very proud of our son's progress towards being a really great guitar player and it's because of Brian's patience, ability to communicate as well as his knowledge and ability to teach. His rates are very affordable and he's quite flexible with our family's ever changing schedule as we are super busy
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Breanna O. Jul 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Awesome
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