Ian Schwartz

Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ

About Ian S.

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Ian teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2006
Last sign in: 4 days ago


A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.

Photos and Videos

Guitar and Piano instructor Ian Schwartz introduces himself, discussing and demonstrating different guitar styles.


Guitar and Piano Instructor
Sep 2011 - Present
Institute of Music for Children

• Teach guitar and piano to students age 5 and up
• Teach private lessons as well as group classes with up to 16 students
• Develop and implement music curriculum for summer guitar program
• Prepare students for semester-end recitals
• Communicate with students’ parents on a weekly basis
• Adhere to IMC regulations, guidelines, and objectives
• Submit lesson plans and student evaluations at the end each semester

Guitar, Piano, Chinese, Meditation and Spiritual Counseling
Apr 2006 - Present
Private Studio


B.A. Chinese
Sep 1994 - May 1998
Rutgers University

Languages Spoken

Mandarin Chinese
Professional Proficiency

28 Reviews on Ian S.

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Vera Mar 12, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Excellent lessons! Ian teaches fun songs that engage kids but also about technique & theory in a very casual and relaxed manner. Highly recommended!
Wenjing Feb 5, 2017
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ian is an excellent teacher!
Alexander May 3, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Great instructor, I really like how he explains all the different methods to learn piano. Now is much easier for me to know what to parctice to get better.
Nancy Colon Apr 26, 2016
Verified Student · Meditation · In home
Ian was a great listener, very kind, and had some great suggestions to help me on my way to becoming a meditator! Highly recommend.
Ezinne M. Mar 8, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very patient and a great instructor. My daughter very pleased with her first piano lesson.
Ingrid M. Mar 8, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ian has a great way of developing musicality and diligence in our active 9-year old boy while somehow keeping lessons lighthearted and fun. Our son genuinely looks forward to his lesson every week.
Paul U. Mar 4, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Ian has been great. He provides a very comfortable learning environment and I look forward to my lesson each week. Highly recommended.
Alexa M. Feb 12, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Had my first lesson, Ian was patient and very knowledgeable. He did a fabulous job at assessing my skill level and needs. Looking forward to the rest of my lessons!
Gail S. Jan 21, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
He was excellent!
JonJon C. Dec 11, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher! I have learned a ton from him in a short amount of time and he has helped me further my knowledge with composition on the piano!
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