Gavin Lawrence

Gavin L.

Bedminster, NJ
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Teaching guitar, and music for over 15 years, 10+ years of that time spent in professional music schools and shops. In addition, I spent 6 years in a special needs school, teaching general music, and guitar to students with learning and behavior issues.

I have had the pleasure of learning from numerous guitar teachers and mentors over the years including, T.T. Quick guitarist, David Dipietro.
Recently having toured the US with national acts in the band McClinton, sharing stages with national acts such as: Saving Abel, Adelita's Way, Framing Hanley, Red, Winger, Steelheart, Bad Seed Rising, LA Guns and many more. I'm proud to say that I have taken the skills I've honed during those years to stages and studios around the country. I am currently active in the local NJ cover circuit with the band "Our Vicious Circle".

I can help you make sense of concepts that many students find confusing, while focusing on the goals the student wishes to achieve. Ultimately, I teach a student to be able to progress independently. Learning songs is fine, and a great way to get motivated, but in the end it's about learning the concepts that allow the student to learn those songs on his/her own and be able to use those elements to create their own music.
I teach all styles, and levels!

I am currently unable to offer lessons at my home studio, but still provide lessons online or in your home. Also offering lessons for Bass guitar!

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Teaching since 2003

Reviews (24)

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Lisa Jul 18, 2019
Guitar · In home

Gavin has it all. Proud to know him and entirely thrilled about the work he has done with my teenager. He's a gem and wonderful to be around on top of being an excellent musician and gifted teacher.

Vijay May 29, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Gavin was very patient with and inspiring at the same time to our 6yr old boy who took guitar lessons at our home. Like any 6-yr old who is interested in music but also very easily distracted, Gavin did a great job in keeping him engaged and get him started with the basics. Thanks Gavin god bless you!

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Brady M. Jan 15, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Gavin is thorough, patient & engaging. Wonderful instructor I would recommend to everyone!

John O. Apr 17, 2018
Guitar · In home

Awesome teacher!!!! I have taken several lessons with Gavin over the past few months. I have learned way more than expected. Gavin is very patient and is excellent at teaching you at your pace and ability level. If you are looking for a teacher that can help you improve at all styles of guitar playing he is your guy!!

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John O. Jan 24, 2018
Guitar · In home

First lesson went very well. Gavin is very patient. I look forward to continuing with him.

Jen Aug 2, 2017
Guitar · In home

Gavin has been phenomenal with my son, who has some special needs. Gavin has taken the time to get to know him, and the music he likes. He goes at my son's pace and I have seen such success in the year he has taken lessons with Gavin. I highly recommend Gavin to anyone looking for an instructor for their child.

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Lore A. Apr 24, 2017
Guitar · Online

Gavin is right up my alley. Patient and informative. I look forward to my next lesson. Already strumming as recommended!

Mike. T. Feb 1, 2017
Guitar · In home

Gavin is an exceptional teacher. I have progressed so much in six months it's hard to believe. He gives me exercises for skills as well as explanations of music theory which help everything makes sense. Highly recommended

Louis A. Dec 20, 2016
Guitar · In home

My son enjoys his time with Gavin.

Robert L. Oct 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My 11 year old son has been taking weekly lessons with Gavin for the past 6 months or so. We are very happy with the outcome. Gavin is patient with kids and flexible on schedules. Most importantly, he teaches with passion. We highly recommend him.

Paul L. Oct 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

very knowledgeable fun to work with, 5 lessons and learned something new each time

Michael T. Jul 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

First lesson and Gavin was very quick to assess my ability and goals and show me some exercises. Very helpful and I'm looking forward to working with him!

Ethan Jul 19, 2016
Guitar · In home

Gavin is a great instructor! He is very patient with my 9 yr old son and keeps him super motivated in learning and practicing everyday! Also Gavin is very flexible with our schedule too!

Nicholas Jun 6, 2016
Guitar · In home

Gavin is very patient, provides a structured lesson & is very good with a challenging / special needs student.

Liv Apr 19, 2016
Guitar · In home

Real nice lesson, great to find an experienced instructor who is patient, skilled and extremely knowledgeable about the instrument and who tailors instructional strategies on what your really want to learn on guitar! Many thanks Gavin see ya next week!

Riya G. Apr 15, 2016
Guitar · In home

GAVIN ROCKS!!!!! Literally he can rock it out like your at a live concert, it is amazing. Even more amazing are his teaching skills. He has the kids excited & engaged. He makes me want to try to learn guitar myself. I would HIGHLY recommend Gavin. Thank you
Eva Gujral

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Debbie Apr 12, 2016
Guitar · In home

Gavin is a very friendly guy and makes that first meeting very comfortable. I had only one lesson so far and enjoyed it immensely.

Kim Mar 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Patient & provides positive feedback for encouragement.

Karli C. Jan 31, 2016
Guitar · Online

He was calm and civil in the face of many frustrations and issues, all of them our fault. My daughter's amp broke during the start of the first lesson, she had no electronic tuner ready for the first lesson, her guitar was badly out of tune, and she knew nothing about the fundamentals of music or reading music. It was frustrating; but she got through it and even learned a few things. She will be ready with a new or repaired amp for the next lesson and has been encouraged to practice daily until then. Thank you for being so patient and professional.

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Brent Nov 25, 2015
Guitar · In home

Just started with Gavin, but have learned a lot in a short period of time. He's a great teacher and a great musician!

Bhavna C. Nov 17, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I had a wonderful first guitar lesson with Gavin. Hearing him play a little while teaching me really inspired me to practice and continue taking lessons. Looking forward to my next class!

Kyle Aug 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Gavin was the best guitar teachers I've had out of the 4 I've studied under. His teaching granted me the ability to play guitar very cleanly without letting notes ring etc. He also had various exercises and methods to offer whenever I would want to learn something random instead of a song. He himself is a great guitarist who I could listen to play for hours on end. He can play many different styles very well including my favorite style metal. I am still a guitar player solidifying my skills (aren't we all) and just look to get better with no hopes of giving up. From time to time I'd jam with some of the many music friends I have around the area and alway play through the exercises taught to me by Gavin for warmups to solidify the playing session at hand.

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Tina Aug 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Gavin is, by far, the best guitar instructor I've ever had. I took lessons from him for 2+ years and learned a great deal from him. He incorporates teaching the essential skills every guitar player should master with music that the student wants to learn. This method really motivated me to play more and become a much better guitar player! I've learned so many valuable skills (chord recognition, improvisation, scale shapes etc) while taking lessons from him, and it has made me a much better player in the long run. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to take guitar lessons, regardless of their prior skill level. Thank you Gavin!

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Lisa Aug 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I took lessons with Gavin for 9 months starting out with very little knowledge, just a basic understanding of guitar. He was able to show me scales, modes, chords, and gave me cool tips and tricks to make guitar playing fun. I am currently in a band as the lead guitar player and was able to develop my ear way more then i would of if i tried learning on my own. now i can play several instruments using the skills i used to play my first. Thanks Gavin!

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Experience

Guitar Player
Apr 2014 - Present

McClinton

Touring guitar player.

Guitar teacher
Aug 2007 - Apr 2015

Big Bang Music Center

1 on 1 guitar lessons, and rock ensemble lessons. I also pioneered a beginner ensemble.

Teacher Tech/Aide
Oct 2003 - Nov 2009

East Mountain School

In class aide, dealing with behavioral and special needs issues. Guitar teacher within music classes, and elective guitar ensemble classes.


Education

Theater
Aug 1998 - May 2002

West Virginia Wesleyan


Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certifications

NJ Substute teacher certification
Sep 2007

State of New Jersey

Certified Substitute teacher in NJ

Affiliations

BMI
Sep 2014
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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