Daniel Erdahl

Daniel E.

Jersey City, NJ
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Levels Taught:

Beginner banjo lessons. Basic technique, chords, strumming. So much fun playing songs!
Disclaimer: I am not a traditional bluegrass player. I am finding many students nowadays that enjoy the sound of banjo, but want to play modern music with it. I have had a great deal of success with this type of student, but advise anyone looking for traditional scruggs lessons to seek that out. Thanks!

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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1998

- I have a record of success with students of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and goals
- I teach using a variety of methods and styles, including my own authored books
- I own a music academy where I train others to be successful instructors
- I have a very high student retention rate
- I've been playing over 25 years
- I have a BA in Music from Florida State University
- I have been teaching for 17 years
- I have personally taught over 15,000 private lessons
- I have played in numerous bands
- I have gigged professionally

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize the lessons to the goals of each student. Whether it's for fun and leisure or a driven passion with serious goals, I can give you the tools to accomplish what you want! I love teaching people through the music that they love. So, whether that's Britney Spears, Metallica, or Bach, the concepts underlying music are basically the same. I will make sure you can play the music you love and hopefully help you explore new music as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a Guild Classical, Alvarez Acoustic, and Epiphone Electric.

All the accessories needed as well. Music Stands, Foot Stools, Picks, Straps, Slides, Tuners, Books, etc.

I also use an iMac in lessons. I like incorporating technology when appropriate, to look up tunes, or do a recording session, it's a necessary tool to learn nowadays.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring everything we need to conduct a proper lesson remotely. I do recommend you have your own guitar though.

*** Specialties ***
For all the advanced knowledge I have and years of teaching students of all kinds, my favorite is teaching beginners. I love seeing someone come in with no knowledge of music, and taking them from milestone to milestone. I love watching new musicians blossom.

I play, teach, and perform most frequently in classical, rock, blues, and pop genres.

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Guitar Instructor
Apr 2014 - Present
Metropolis Music

Jersey City Private Lessons

Guitar Instructor/Owner
Jan 2008 - Present
Broadway Music Academy

Taught up to 60 students per week.
Ran studios of 15 teachers instructing 300 students per week.

Guitar Instructor
Aug 2013 - Apr 2016
Musician's General Store

Private Lessons

Ukulele Instructor
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Private Lessons

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2006 - Jan 2008
Bird Dog's Music House

Taught up to 60 students per week

Guitar Instruction
Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
Avalon Music

Orlando FL

Guitar Instructor
Jan 1998 - Jan 2000
Music Music

Taught 40 students per week


BA in Music
Jan 2000 - May 2003
Florida State University
A.A. with Emphasis in Music
Aug 1996 - Aug 1998
State College of Florida
High School Diploma - Emphasis in Music
Aug 1993 - May 1996
Booker Visual & Performing Arts High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fastest Growth
Jan 2010

Photos & Videos

Here are some of my past students rocking out! This was the rock portion of the younger student recital.
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Photo by Daniel E.

Photo by Daniel E.

Excerpt from Malaguena
Duke Ellington's Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Photo by Daniel E.
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30 Reviews

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David G. Jun 19, 2019
Banjo · Online

Great first lesson

Alexia May 18, 2019
Ukulele · In home

Daniel is a fun and easygoing instructor who tailors to your needs, adapting to your musical interests as well as your preferred lesson style. And it is clear that he has years of teaching experience under his belt. He has also helped me improve my music theory understanding, which has become rusty over the years. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor.

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Rosalyn M. May 10, 2019
Ukulele · In home

Dan is an amazing teacher. I am early in my lessons with him but I am sure he will take me where I need to be as a player. He is patient and encouraging. I look forward to meeting with him and representing him the best way I can by becoming a fine Uke player under his tutelage . I highly and profoundly recommend him as a teacher.

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Rasheena Mar 17, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Daniel is a very good instructor. Very patient and easy going. I am progressing at a nice and steady pace and always excited for my next lesson

Hannah H. Mar 13, 2019
Guitar · Online

Daniel makes the lessons fun and keeps my son’s music preferences in mind when choosing songs to play. He is very patient and good at explaining things. He communicates well.

Dawson Jan 22, 2019
Banjo · Online

My son loved his first lesson!

Rebecca Jan 19, 2019
Banjo · Online

thank you. it was fun.

Ryan H. Dec 4, 2018
Guitar · Online

Ryan really enjoyed his first lesson with Daniel E. It was thorough and interesting enough to keep his attention. Daniel had good rapport with him through the online interface.

Nishant D. Jun 6, 2018
Piano · In studio

Daniel was my sons first piano teacher. He is great with kids, my son really enjoyed taking lessons from him. He was sincere and flexible and was great to work with.

Ledia E. Apr 22, 2018
Guitar · In home

I was really glad to finally find a very patient, expetienced and very knowledgeable tutor who I very much enjoyed my first lesson with. It was especially nice learning a great deal while having fun...I very highly recommend Daniel for all.ages and levels...

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Bess P. Dec 15, 2017
Banjo · In home

Dan is very patient and helpful, I enjoy every lesson.

Jean-Baptiste Apr 28, 2017
Mandolin · In studio

Daniel knows music and teaching very well. Looking forward the next lesson!

Tom Apr 9, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Dan has been really great to work with. He made sure to cover all of the necessary basics during our first session and gave me several techniques to practice on my own before our next lesson. I would definitely recommend him if you're looking to take lessons in the Jersey City / Hoboken area.

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min Oct 16, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio

Good instructions, and perfect teaching pace according to student's skill level.

Adam G. Oct 10, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Dan is a great teacher. I have completed 5 lessons with Dan so far and have learned a lot at each lesson. He also does a great job of making sure that you have the tools to practice and improve on your own in between lessons.

Kayla E. Sep 18, 2016
Guitar · In home


Srikanth Sep 17, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Good instructor and teacher

Carolina Aug 31, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great first lesson! Fun and easy to understand.

Bharatkumar P. Aug 18, 2016
Guitar · In home

This is review is for the first class I had with Daniel. He is very easy going and thorough in teaching guitar. More classes to go..so will update my reviews.

Dom O. Jul 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

He loved the instructor and how patient he was !

Emma Jul 20, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Very experienced instructor, great with little kids ( mine just turned 6). Lesson was fun with clear instructions that a 6 yr old can understand. And by the third lesson, my daughter is playing short songs!!! Highly recommended!

Baltej Jun 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Daniel is a wonderful and very patient teacher. My kids loved all lessons they have had with him. Even though we were just visiting, and had a few lessons that could be scheduled, he made sure that the kids learnt something to take back home.

Nathaniel C. Jun 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I was happy with the first lesson. Daniel was very patient and encouraging with my grandson.

Joe M. Jun 6, 2016
Guitar · In home

I have enjoyed all of the lessons.I have learn a lot,from Daniel

Jack B. Apr 29, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Dan's the coolest!

Tom D. Nov 15, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Very talented musician and a great teacher: upbeat and patient.

Nathanael Aug 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I started taking lessons with Dan randomly but quickly grew to enjoy and appreciate his unassuming style and incredible versatility so much that I signed up both my kids. And now they love him too. I can't recommend Dan highly enough.

Natalia Aug 7, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home

My 9 year old really loves his guitar lessons with Dan. Dan has inspired him to learn new songs and to keep practicing, which can be challenging at this age. Lessons with Dan are the highlights of my son's week. Dan is always on time and we never had any issues with scheduling. We both highly recommend Dan.

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Sean Aug 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I took guitar lessons from Dan for many years. He helped me establish great fundamental techniques and made lessons fun. He would always ask what I wanted to learn about and made it a very personalized experience. Dan is the main reason I stuck with the instrument. I had taken guitar lessons prior but the instructor was dry and uninspired, switching to Dan was the best decision I could have made.

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Sean Aug 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I took guitar lessons from Dan for many years. He helped me establish great fundamental techniques and made lessons fun. He would always ask what I wanted to learn about and made it a very personalized experience. Dan is the main reason I stuck with the instrument. I had taken guitar lessons prior but the instructor was dry and uninspired, switching to Dan was the best decision I could have made.

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