Dan Spencer
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Dan offers AP music theory preparation. He also can work to support, explain and help students with their current AP course.

About Dan S.

Online lessons with Dan are enhanced by top of the line 5 GHZ wifi and professional full 1080P HD Video for a better online experience.
Online lesson times are available for anyone, worldwide.

Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure each student gets exactly what they want and what they need to know to accomplish any musical dream. Dan has extensive experience working with children and teens as well as adults.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary instrument of musical expression. Dan is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe. He also enjoys a career as a international recording artist and songwriter. As a recording artist he has reached the top 100 charts on Beatport. He has co-written with some of the biggest names in Dance/House music and those songs have gone on to be remixed by some of the biggest DJ’s around.

His musical influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock, Funk, Jazz, House and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique, while also informing a well rounded approach to educating.

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Patrick F.
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I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.

Posted Aug 9, 2016
Patrick F.
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Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.

Posted Jul 13, 2016
Maria B.
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First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!

Posted May 3, 2016
P. F.
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In my first lesson with Dan I learned more than I did in all the lessons I've taken before. He clearly prepared for me, he inquired and listened to my objectives and he was full of great advice and feedback. I've been trying to learn how to play guitar for a long time and I feel like Dan is the right teacher for me at the right time. The fact that we were jamming together by the end of the lesson is a testament to his skill. I can't wait for the second lesson.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Kate
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enthusiastic, patient, inspiring

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Juliana
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My 7 yr old daughter has been taking lessons with Dan for about 2 years now and I can't say enough about what an incredible teacher Dan is! His passion for music radiates and is infectious!! Aside from really knowing his stuff, he is funny and really great with kids. He makes the lesson fun and his teaching tactics keep young children engaged! We really enjoy having him as a teacher!!

Posted Dec 11, 2015
Sandra S.
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First session was great. Dan taught me what I asked to learn and gave me some basic building blocks. Looking forward to the next session! Thank you Dan.

Posted Nov 21, 2015
Kelly

I first encountered Dan when he was playing guitar as part of a group at a local event. Everything about him-his playing, his singing, his demeanor, how he related to the other musicians and the audience, caught my attention. He managed to hold the room, while being rather understated. When the musicians were done with their set, I introduced myself to Dan, and asked if he also gave lessons. Thankfully, the answer was yes.

My favorite thing about the way Dan approaches teaching, is his adaptability to different ways of learning. He has given lessons to both my daughters, and to my husband. Dan is quick to pick up on how each of them processes the information he is imparting, and creative in the way he tunes his approach to fit their different learning styles. (My older daughter and husband will be getting back to their lessons when their schedules allow.)

My daughter who is currently taking lessons, is an absolute beginner, and Dan consistently brings energy and enthusiasm to her lessons. More importantly, he really respects her efforts, and she feels that. It motivates her to practice, and to stay engaged. Plus, he's fun! I love hearing the laughter that peppers every lesson.
He has my highest recommendation.

Posted Nov 4, 2015
Irina
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Dan is a wonderful guitar teacher. Our son has been taking guitar and music theory lessons from Dan for over two years, and we couldn't be more pleased. Our son has made a lot of progress in both areas. Dan has very structured and balanced approach which he tailors to student's age and growing abilities. His patience and well versed musical experience makes learning fun. He is demanding and easy going at the same time. He is always punctual and responsible, so scheduling lessons is easy. Highly recommended!

Posted Oct 30, 2015
Katherine
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Great chemistry with our 10 year old son! Dan is very professional, attentive, punctual, and flexible. He is able to keep our sun interested and excited about playing guitar! We are lucky to have him as our son's teacher!

Posted Oct 19, 2015
Tony
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Getting back to technique was quite easy with this instructor. My speed and timing is much better and I dont feel like a beginner again. Dan teaches lessons with better learning strategies so his students catch on faster. I learned some cool songs and i now feel confident jamming with my friends and other musicians.

Posted Oct 17, 2015
Laura
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Dan is a wonderful guitar teacher who is serious but also fun. He is passionate about his instrument and incredibly dedicated to his students. Young and relatable. Strong on theory, but also a performer, he brings a well rounded approach. He is also very reliable and prompt. We recommend him highly.

Posted Oct 11, 2015
Oren
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I've had many teachers over the last several years and Dan is by far the best. He really takes the time to understand how I learn (and what I want) and structures each lesson accordingly. Dan knows all genres of music so I've been able to explore a lot and find something I really like to play (jazz at the moment).

Posted Sep 15, 2015

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Experience

Guest Artist - Ukulele Instructor
Feb 2018 - Present

Seth Boyden Elementry School

Teaching a group Ukulele class to 15 children weekly.

Extension Devision Faculty - Montclair State University
Jan 2018 - Present

Montclair State University

Guitar and Ukulele Instruction

Guitar Instructor
Jul 2013 - Present

Stokes Forest Music Camp - Montclair State University

Private Guitar Instructor
Jan 2008 - Present

Self Employed

Dan has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream

Guitar/Ukelele Instructor
Oct 2013 - Jan 2018

Montclair State University

Guitar Instructor
Jun 2016 - Sep 2017

The Melody Institute of Music And Art

Guitar, Rock Band, Songwriting and Theory Instructor
Jul 2012 - Jul 2013

Stokes Forest Music Camp - Montclair State University

Two summers working with children.

Education

Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz
Sep 2011 - May 2015

Montclair State University

Diploma in Modern Guitar Performance
Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

La Musique Academy International

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Substitute Teacher's Certification
Mar 2018

State Of New Jersey

Certified to teach music k-12 in public schools

Awards

Dean's List
Dec 2013

Montclair State University

Dean's List
Dec 2012

Montclair State University

Affiliations

SoundExchange
Mar 2015
SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age. SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a cappella to acid rock to multi-platinum stars and master rights owners including major and independent record labels. It’s our job to ensure that these artists and copyright holders are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Mar 2012
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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