Chris Breen

Chris B.

Butler, NJ
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We know that starting lessons is a big step and we want you to feel confident booking with us. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll help you find a new teacher or you can receive a refund for any unused lessons within the first year from the date of purchase.

Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I fully customize my lessons for the individual student!
See all subjects

Chris teaches

Loading-circle

About

Chris passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8+

Teaching since:
January 2011

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!

+ Read More

Experience

Guitar Instructor
Jul 2014 - Present
The Music Den (Butler, NJ)

Account Manager
Apr 2010 - Feb 2013
Ricoh Legal

Account Manager
Jul 2007 - Oct 2009
Equivalent Data

Education

Business Administration
Sep 2003 - Jun 2007
William Paterson University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My mashup video of The Weeknd and Michael Jackson!
Photo by Chris B.

View
MASHUP: Mario Bros and the Darth Vader Theme Songs
Mashup of The Weeknd's "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The End of Heartache" by Killswitch Engage
The guitar solo from one of my original songs "All That I've Saved"
GUITAR LESSON - Unconventional Pentatonic Patterns

31 Reviews

Write a Review
Pennie Jul 21, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I had my second lesson with Chris today. He's exactly the type of teacher I've searched for. He's very easy going and optimistic. I appreciate the fact he grabs his guitar and plays along with me, it makes learning rhythm so much easier for someone who learns by seeing and following along. I highly recommend him.

+ Read More
Rich Jun 17, 2017
Guitar · In home

Chris is an incredibly knowledgeable guy, an incredible producer and an incredible musician. An absolute master at his craft. Not too mention he is an all around solid guy, amiable, meticulous and professional in everything he does. I have gained huge strides with his tutoring. He is everything you can ask for in an instructor and more. I owe whatever skills and knowledge I have gained to his instruction and I have achieved far more than I could have ever expected under his tutelage.

+ Read More
Jon Jan 30, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

he was great

Ed Jan 30, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Chris does a great job. My daughter and I both enjoy his lessons. Always ends it with something new. And yes Chris we still practice every day!

Jon Jan 23, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

he is really nice

Rebecca B. Dec 11, 2016
Guitar · Online

I had a great first lesson. Chris tailors the lesson for the individual. He asked me what songs I wanted to learn and customized the lesson around that, so I can learn those songs first. I would definitely recommend Chris. I am a beginner and he keeps it simple and gives good direction. I look forward to continue lessons and see my progression.

+ Read More
Carlo Nov 18, 2016
Guitar · Online

aron Sep 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I had my first meeting with chris today. I was feeling a bit intimidated before i met him seeing all his credentials and experience. I need not have worried. He made me feel super comfortable and explained all the nuts and bolts of guitar on my level of understanding which is very basic. He was able to relay the lesson to me in a way that made so much sense, it just clicked. I left feeling very accomplished and very much looking forward to the next lesson

+ Read More
Casey May 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Chris was such a great instructor! I first started lessons with Chris a few months ago and I told him I only had a limited time to learn guitar. Taking the knowledge I already had with music, Chris helped me in only a few months to pick up and to be able to jam to some awesome songs on my acoustic guitar. He is very patient and works very well with whatever level you come in as! I came in knowing only one or two chords, and now I know many more and can confidently play some songs! Since I was a crazy busy college student, Chris was also very flexible with when lessons were, which I was very thankful for! I'd highly recommend taking lessons with him!

+ Read More
Janice S. Apr 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I love my lessons with Chris! I have no music background and have always wanted to play the guitar but never got around to making it happen. Now as I am older I think why not now?! I looked around for local lessons and found Chris's site. I loved his philosophy of how he teaches an individual based on what they want out of it! His statement of "some people just want to learn to play their favorite song" sold me! So glad I found him! It's never too late to pick up a guitar!

+ Read More
John Goode Mar 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online

My lessons with Chris were amazing!! Chris teaches at a pace that is manageable and you never will feel overwhelmed. The bast part about his approach is his ability to teach music theory and not make it boring or complicated. Chris is also great at changing the lesson plan on the fly if we stumble on to something to explore further. My guitar playing improved greatly under Chris and I would recommend him to anyone looking to take lessons.

+ Read More
Belkis J. Feb 5, 2016
Guitar · In home

Chris was very professional. This was my first guitar lesson in years and he took the time to guide me patiently. I look forward to continue my guitar lessons work Chris.

Jason P. Jan 5, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

My boyfriend said he loved it. Chris said he was catching on quick and has the finger strength already.
I'm looking forward to hearing more positive things about him and the next lesson.
Thank you!!!

Jim S Dec 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Totally satisfied! I don't have a lot of experience with the guitar but Chris has made every lesson build on prior lessons so that I consistently see progress. He pays attention to what interests the student rather than focusing on what he necessarily wants to cover. He's reliable and punctual. Easy going, he communicates well.

+ Read More
Gary Berardi Oct 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Had a great first lesson. Looking forward to next weeks lesson.

Jesse Klipp Oct 19, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

My first lesson was great! Chris was on time and very informative. I can't wait for our future lessons.

Anthony Oct 18, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Worked with Chris for the last 9 months weekly, I was a complete beginner on Acoustic only having a small background on Bass 20 years ago. Chris came in with a formal plan that incorporated the important foundation concepts and practice strategies, all while ensuring that we used music that kept my interest in keep up my playing. He was very flexible, sometimes we jammed, sometimes we focused on concepts and technique - it was all dependent on the mood of the week, but he always came prepared for both. I *highly* recommend Chris, I look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.

+ Read More
John H. Sep 11, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chris was wonderful, what a great teacher, my boss is so excited to learn the guitar and felt very comfortable with Chris.

stephanie yang Aug 6, 2015
Guitar · In home

He's very friendly with young children. We had a positive experience. Recommend!

Lucas &. Aug 3, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chris is a great tutor to our boys, Lucas (8) and Nicolas (6). They are learning a lot and are very excited about playing the guitar. Chris is patient, calm and keeps they involved by teaching them songs of their interest. Chris is always punctual and courteous with us. We are his fans!

+ Read More
Griffin C. Jun 23, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chris was great!! Very prompt. Our 9yo son could not stop practicing what he learned today!! Chris has a good strategy for teaching and explains it very well to both child and parent!

Anthony S. Jun 5, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chris is always on time, ready to go, enthusiastic and patient :)

Christa S. May 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

This was Christa's first lesson ever and Chris was very patient.

John S. Apr 20, 2015
Guitar · In home

I've been taking lessons from Chris less than a year (I think), and it has been a very positive experience. He is well-versed in many styles of music and has a excellent grasp of music-theory, which he is happy to share and apply to my style. I've been playing guitar for several years, and the fact that Chris will adjust his teaching methods to fit my style is invaluable.

On a professional-level, these lessons take place in my home, and Chris is super-punctual, and is never late, which helps with my hectic schedule. His communication is excellent, and he responds quickly to all messages via text and email.

Great experience. Great guy. Highly recommended.

+ Read More
Sandra K. Apr 15, 2015
Blues Guitar · Online

I am a 64 year old woman who wanted to learn to play electric guitar blues lead. I have worked with musicians who teach and have been very disappointed. As soon as I read Chris' profile, I knew he would be a good teacher. I am a professional tutor and I could tell by the way Chris wrote about teaching that he would be skilled. I was absolutely accurate. Chris knows a lot about music and guitar playing, and he is also thoughtful and very present to the student. He is flexible and can move with a student who needs that. He also can work from a theory based place if the student needs that. To help me, he has written tab guitar licks for me, recorded Mp3 examples, and chord diagrams. I cannot speak highly enough about Chris as a teacher and highly recommend him.

+ Read More
Laurie C. Apr 8, 2015
Guitar · In home

My daughter is 13 years old and has been taking lessons with Chris for approx. 6 months. She loves her lessons and she is playing all the time, he has wonderful patience and he teachers her the music that she likes, so it remains fun for her. Chris is great and highly recommended.

+ Read More
Adam B. Mar 14, 2015
Guitar · In home

My 17 year old son and I have been taking weekly in-home lessons with Chris for about 4 months now. Gotta say Chris is AWESOME. My son is picking it up super fast, he definitely has ADD - especially with music. Chris keeps right up, they are playing some Ed Sheeran, Eagles, Sam Hunt, Tyler Farr - all over the map and all both have a blast. I have been plugging along a little slower and Chris is very patient. We are working on some FGL, Parmalee, Logan Mize (Can't get away from a good time), Toby Kieth (Red Solo Cup), we even did a little Carol of the Bells around Christmas. I have a changing schedule and Chris is very accommodating - even up to last minute - which I really appreciate! IF you are looking for a flexible, dynamic, friendly, and fun instructor (his place / Skype/ your place) Chris is your man. Full Disclosure: I did not know Chris before I found him on TakeLessons. I am not receiving anything for this review. My son and I are simply big fans of Chris!

+ Read More
Terry M. Oct 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Chris is a fantastic teacher. His approach to teaching makes sense and is very effective. My son is 10 and immediately had an excellent rapor with Chris.
Chris explained that he has several different ways of teaching and he tailors it to the child's experience and personality. Listening to him teach is pretty amazing. I want to video tape it and show it to the world. As you can see...we just think he's great!

+ Read More
Juliette S. Oct 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I love taking lessons with Chris! He has the best way of explaining concepts and theory so that it is easy for someone like me, with no background in music, to understand. He's always professional, on time for lessons, and customizes my lessons based on songs I want to learn. Any student is lucky to have him as a teacher :)

+ Read More
Aly S. Sep 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Chris has been giving acoustic guitar lessons to my 10 year old daughter for several months now. He is great at communicating with her and is very encouraging and patient. He chose very relevant songs for her that she really enjoys learning and practicing. Each week he builds on the techniques he taught her previously and we can see real progress! I highly recommend Chris!

+ Read More
John K. Sep 25, 2014
Guitar · Online

Chris has had a great impact on my overall guitar playing. I needed to improve my lead technique and Chris helped out in a way that wasn't boring or tedious. He used specific songs that I liked as examples for key concepts. Chris is also a great communicator and patient. I would definitely recommend him!

+ Read More

You may be interested in

Similar teachers: