Carla Ulbrich

Carla U.

Somerset, NJ

About Carla U.

Carla teaches: Ages 9 and up
Teaching since: October 1990
Last sign in: Yesterday


Music is my LIFE!

After 24 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.

And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.

I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.

I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.

For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).

The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.

I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants either of those styles.

My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.

In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.

Whether you want to sing to your kids or to an audience of 50,000, you first have to get started.

Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!

Photos and Videos


Performing Songwriter

Feb 1995 - Present
Professional Smart Aleck

Perform original humorous songs for festivals, concert venues, house concerts. 5 indie CDs of humorous songs released. Aired on Dr. Demento, Sirius XM, the BBC, numerous college and community radio stations.

Guitar Teacher

Oct 2008 - Jun 2014
Golden Age Guitars

teach weekly private lessons in a music store.

Guitar Teacher

Jun 1999 - Aug 2011
Hummingbird Music Camp

teach class guitar (35-45 students) with 2 other teachers. Short private lessons daily. Prep class to perform 3 songs as a group by week's end, and each individual to perform a solo at week's end. Perform at faculty recital. Play volleyball, dance, be goofy.

Guitar Teacher

May 1996 - Jul 2001
National Guitar Summer Workshop

teach small classes (6-8 students) of adult students (14 and up). Prepare for concert performance at the end of the week, individually and as a class.

Guitar Teacher

Jan 1994 - Sep 1998
Private Studio

private weekly lessons (sometimes duet lessons with brothers or father/ son).

Guitar Teacher

Sep 1997 - May 1998
Lander University

private weekly lessons for students majoring in music as guitarists. Also, lead weekly guitar ensemble.

Guitar Teacher

Aug 1996 - May 1998
North Greenville Baptist University

private weekly lessons for college students, on campus.

Guitar Teacher

Oct 1990 - May 1993
Pearson Music company

private weekly lessons at a studio in the store


Bachelor of Arts: Music: Guitar

Aug 1986 - Jun 1990

Summer Certificate

Jun 1987 - Aug 1987
Guitar Institute of Technology

AFA Music

Aug 1984 - May 1986
Brevard College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Novelty Song of the Year

Feb 2006
Just Plain Folks

New Folk Finalist

Jul 2004
Kerrville Folk Festival

Most Wanted Emerging Songwriter

Aug 2003
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Best Upbeat and Best overall

Jan 1999
South Florida Folk Festival


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 1996

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.

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12 Reviews on Carla U.

Allen P. Sep 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Carla is always willing to go the extra mile to help her students make progress!
Renee G. Aug 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Just one lesson in but I'm really looking forward to this. I have a little bit of guitar background, but Carla put together a path forward to help me to advance. Great instructor!
Allen P. Jul 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Always a pleasure to take a lesson with Carla,
Gary Jul 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Carla is an awesome guitar teacher. She is patient, communicates well and is intelligent.
Susan De Angelis Jun 3, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Carla is easy to talk to, learn with and makes learning comfortable. She goes out of her way to find new music to try and I appreciate all that I've learned in just a few lessons.
Robert R. May 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent startup process for newbies as well as advanced. Puts you at ease to focus on the learning process. Highly recommended!
Lorenzo M. Feb 28, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Patient, organized, talented, great teacher!
Sara S. Dec 18, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Carla sent me home with so many songs/chords to practice on my own after our lesson, so prepared! I learned much more from just our first lesson than I would have thought. She also was fine when our lesson ran overtime, some instructors will cut you off right at 30 minutes. Very helpful, can't wait for the next lesson!
Zan Farooq Jun 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson.
Mike Z. May 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Highly recommended! Classes are fun and I learned tons. Carla designed my lessons according to my background, pace and goal. Her method of teaching is effective, and in my case has resulted in achieving my goal in a short period of time - being able to play some of the songs from the radio. I needed to move out of state or else I'd definitely take more lessons. Carla described that "the lessons are all about you," and she truly delivered it.

She is very professional and responsible. She challenges you to learn but doesn't make you feel bad or have much pressure. Her classes were never boring maybe because they were all the stuff I want to learn or need to learn, and none of the things that I don't care about.
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