Daniel Erdahl
Jersey City, NJ
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Daniel Erdahl

Daniel E.

Jersey City, NJ
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Learn mandolin chords, strumming, and of course songs!

About Daniel E.

Teaching Background:
* 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 owned a music academy for 10 years where I trained others to be successful instructors
* I have a very high student retention rate
* I've been playing 30 years
* I have a Degree in Music from Florida State University
* I have been teaching professionally for over 20 years

Background as a Musician:
* I have played in bands, duos, and as a solo artist.
* I play gigs professionally as a working musician.
* I grew up playing rock and blues. I studied classical guitar in school, and I also play some jazz and metal.
* I play electric, acoustic, nylon/fingerstyle, etc.
* I play classical guitar, blues, bluegrass, rock, metal, jazz, country, etc.
* I also write music, classical composition, singer-songwriter, and more improvisational styles as well.
* I'm into theory: Improv, Chord/Scale relationships, analyzing songs, etc.

*** 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.

*** 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.

Reviews

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Kate
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Great lesson! Daniel was patient, upbeat, and gave very understandable explanations. We covered quite a bit of ground at a pace that kept it all easy to handle. Now it's time to practice!

Posted Sep 21, 2020
Diman T.
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Studying with Daniel has been an incredible experience. He is very knowledgeable but also very flexible. Whatever aspect of your music adventure you are looking to improve, Daniel has a path for you to follow.

Posted Jun 4, 2020
David G.
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Posted Apr 7, 2020
Gary A.
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Daniel is extremely knowledgeable and capable . He is patient, experienced and understands what students really want. Great instructor.

Posted Feb 9, 2020
Eldora M.
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Dan is a patient and encouraging teacher. Even after taking months off I was able to pick up a song after just one lesson because he breaks everything down to your skill level. I highly recommend him for banjo or any music lessons!

Posted Nov 7, 2019
Girish Shahdadpuri
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Daniel is very knowledgeable and kind. He understands student's strength and weakness and also the areas to focus on. I am a beginner and have self learned on and off for a few years. Daniel teaches progressiveIy and I throughly enjoyed my first session with him!

Posted Oct 16, 2019
David G.
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Great first lesson

Posted Jun 19, 2019
Alexia
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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.

Posted May 18, 2019
Rosalyn M.
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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.

Posted May 10, 2019
Rasheena
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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

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Hannah H.
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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.

Posted Mar 13, 2019
Dawson
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My son loved his first lesson!

Posted Jan 22, 2019
Rebecca
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thank you. it was fun.

Posted Jan 19, 2019
Ryan H.
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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.

Posted Dec 4, 2018
Nishant D.
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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.

Posted Jun 6, 2018
Ledia E.
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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...

Posted Apr 22, 2018
Bess P.
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Dan is very patient and helpful, I enjoy every lesson.

Posted Dec 15, 2017
Jean-Baptiste
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Daniel knows music and teaching very well. Looking forward the next lesson!

Posted Apr 28, 2017
Tom
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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.

Posted Apr 9, 2017
min
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Good instructions, and perfect teaching pace according to student's skill level.

Posted Oct 16, 2016
Adam G.
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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.

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Kayla E.
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Excellent!

Posted Sep 18, 2016
Srikanth
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Good instructor and teacher

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Carolina
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Great first lesson! Fun and easy to understand.

Posted Aug 31, 2016
Bharatkumar P.
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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.
Thanks

Posted Aug 18, 2016
Dom O.
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He loved the instructor and how patient he was !

Posted Jul 28, 2016
Emma
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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!

Posted Jul 20, 2016
Baltej
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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.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Nathaniel C.
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I was happy with the first lesson. Daniel was very patient and encouraging with my grandson.

Posted Jun 15, 2016
Joe M.
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I have enjoyed all of the lessons.I have learn a lot,from Daniel

Posted Jun 6, 2016
Jack B.
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Dan's the coolest!

Posted Apr 29, 2016
Tom D.
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Very talented musician and a great teacher: upbeat and patient.

Posted Nov 15, 2015
Nathanael
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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.

Posted Aug 7, 2015
Natalia
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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.

Posted Aug 7, 2015
Sean
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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.

Posted Aug 7, 2015
Sean
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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.

Posted Aug 7, 2015

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present

Mr. Dan's Music Lessons

Instructor for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Piano, Banjo, Mandolin.

Guitar Instructor
Apr 2014 - Present

Metropolis Music

Instructor for Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

Guitar Instructor/Owner
Jan 2008 - Jan 2017

Broadway Music Academy

Personally taught 60 students a week, while running a studio of 15 teachers, instructing 300 students per week. BMA also had band & orchestra rentals, repairs, and retail sales.

Guitar Instructor
Aug 2013 - Apr 2016

Musician's General Store

Private Lessons

Ukulele Instructor
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Group ukulele class instructor until I moved away.

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

Education

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

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Fastest Growth
Jan 2010

KMC/Musicorp

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