Cory Jacobs

Cory J.

Somerville, MA

About Cory J.

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Cory teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi there, thanks for checking out my page! My name is Cory and I'm a professional musician born and raised in NYC. I've been playing guitar for about 13 years, and in that time music has become my utmost passion in the world. I've always listened to and appreciated music; for the joy, excitement, emotion, intellectual value and pure entertainment in can give to people. Music is a universal language that brings people of any and all kinds together, and just as much as listening to and performing music, I love teaching. I've been teaching guitar and bass guitar for a number of years now, and sharing my knowledge, experience, and love of music has increased by devotion to the art even more than I thought possible. I love guiding a beginner along on their first steps to discovering their musical selves, reigniting an old flame in those who have put down their instrument for a while a seek to pick it back up, and help to hone and refine the skills of the more experienced musicians who are looking for that direction in their practice that they just can't grasp on their own. No matter your experience level, age, gender, race, height, hair color or favorite ice cream flavor, you can always turn to music as an outlet for your creativity and happiness.

A little about myself: I first picked up the guitar after listening to AC/DC pound out those riffs like their lives depended on it and defined rock and roll for me as a young teenager. My dad bought me my first guitar, and after playing my first power chord I haven't left the instrument since. After classic rock was my first musical love, I continued along and delved into more contemporary rock and heavy metal genres later in my teenage years and learned how to play some of my favorite songs. Soon after, I became obsessed with technique and music theory and started shedding to play like the pros. Eventually I realized that music would be all that I really wanted to do professionally, and enrolled at the music program at Hunter College. I have since studied classical guitar and jazz and became obsessed with that music as well, performing several solo guitar recitals, chamber music recitals, jazz combo and big band gigs. I have recently graduated Hunter with a Master's degree in guitar performance and am playing in a couple of full time bands, collaborating with other classical musicians, and practicing and writing solo guitar repertoire.

I have been teaching guitar in a huge variety of styles for a number of years, and have been teaching bass guitar for the last couple of years as well. If you want to learn it, I will teach it to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be friendly and laid back, yet emphasize hard work and practice. You should come to my lessons with both a desire to learn and a desire to have fun. If you are a beginner, at first we will drill the basics and fundamentals, but in new and creative ways that will get you playing real music as soon as possible and as often as possible. I tailor the lessons to your specific interests and goals, taking material from a variety of resources to enhance the learning process. You will learn to play the music you want to, and also improvise and compose music of your own. Technique and creativity will be achieved with hard work, and in time you will learn to play anything you can come up with.

For more experienced guitarists, I expect you to come in and either play something and/or have an idea of what you want to work on, and we'll go from there. We can work on everything from pure chops, to learning specific songs or pieces, music theory, composition, improvisation and everything in between. All I ask is that you bring pencil and paper, a metronome if you have one, and a desire to make some real progress.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice Room: guitar amplifier, grand piano, nearly soundproof rooms
Home Studio: guitar amp, bass amp, cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will come with my guitar, a metronome, and a cable if my student is studying electric guitar. My student should have a guitar, paper, a pencil, a metronome, and an amplifier and cable if he were studying electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I take an approach that is universal to genres and stylistic preferences, using a combination of demonstration and conversation to get concepts across. I then attempt to gauge the student's tastes, goals, and overall skill level, and I tailor the lessons specifically to them. I encourage an understanding of musical fundamentals and an understanding of musical purpose first, and then I get into specific teaching methods; such as the teaching of specific pieces, the teaching of composition, or the teaching of improvisation. I try to incorporate history and musical philosophy whenever I can, and I try to simplify big concepts into their essential points.

I specialize in classical music from all periods with an emphasis on the 20th and 21st century. I play and teach jazz from the straight ahead standards to free jazz, which I also specialize in. My background comes from blues, rock, and heavy metal playing, and I am adept at playing and teaching those genres as well. I also am beginning to study Eastern European, Central Asian and Eastern Asian music, and I find that many practices in those styles apply to western music in many ways.

Photos and Videos

Rehearsal video of my band Octopus 2000!


Guitar and band instructor

Aug 2012 - Present
iSchool of Music & Art

I teach guitar to students of all ages and experience ranges, as well as coach kids' rock bands and prepare young musicians to hit the stage.

Guitar Teacher

Aug 2010 - Apr 2011
Joe's Music Center

Guitar instructor to students of all age ranges and experience levels.


Master's Degree in Guitar Performance

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
Hunter College

Bachelor's in Music, Guitar Performance

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010
Hunter College

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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8 Reviews on Cory J.

Jessica Jan 2, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Cory is a fantastic instructor. Having previously taken violin lessons with very impatient instructors, I was anxious that classical guitar lessons would be the same since I had no experience. But Cory is not only patient, willing to repeat concepts and move a pace that best suits you, but also kind and genuinely enthusiastic about your progress with the instrument. I would highly recommend him as a teacher.
Casey J. Sep 17, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Hello...I would give Cory more than 5 stars if available. Cory is a very professional person and enthusiastic. He loves what he is is quite obvious. He keeps his lessons interesting and my child remains focused and interested as well.
I highly recommend Cory and no one will ever be disappointed.
Heck...I'd give him 100 stars!
I can't stress enough how important music is in a child's life.(Or an adult's life as well)
Thank you
New York NY
Phil Sep 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Cory is an amazing guitarist with lots of patients and the ability to explain himself thoroughly with compassion for his instrument. I would recommend him to anyone learning guitar at any level.
Jim M. May 4, 2013
Verified Student
Outstanding lessons

Cory is excellent at mixing up the lessons, teaching me different things and making it relaxed end enjoyable. I would give him the highest ratings possible. I have been very pleased and I am learning a lot from Cory!
David W. Dec 30, 2012
Verified Student
Great Lessons!

During a lesson, Cory can take any question of mine and explain the core concepts and ideas regarding music theory I might have had in a way that gets me excited about guitar. He can easily tailor a lesson to a particular topic of interest while still incorporating planned topics into our time. My tastes in music run wide and luckily so does Cory's so we can work on harmony in a jazz context and connect that to metal or even take from classical. He has a lot of guitars, including a 7 string and his home studio is equipped with amps so two guitars can be plugged in. I'd highly recommend Cory to anyone.
BrunoV Jun 15, 2012
Great Experience!

Cory was my first guitar teacher and I learned a lot with him! Very honest on the points I needed to focus and great practicing tips!
MaggieB Mar 1, 2012
Cory Rules!

Cory is absolutely wonderful! He is articulate, very knowledgeable, patient and has a pleasant personality. I look forward to learning from him as I believe he will help me accomplish a goal I had given up years ago - to be a good guitar player.
AnnikaR Apr 6, 2011
learning guitar for the first time

Cory's a great teacher. Patient, clear, encouraging, an expert, totally professional- I'd recommend him to anyone.

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