Ian Schwartz

Ian S.

Jersey City, NJ

About Ian S.

Background check: Last verified 09/03/2015
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Ian teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday


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 teacher in New Jersey. With 26 years experience in guitar and 30 years in piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written and recorded 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

*** Travel Equipment ***
Note: Although I do not have a car, I live just outside of Manhattan, and therefore have reliable transportation methods to travel to students who are in NYC. I would expect the student to provide whatever instrument he/she is learning.

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

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


Guitar and Piano Instructor

Sep 2011 - Present
Private Studio

• 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


B.A. Chinese

Sep 1994 - May 1998
Rutgers University

Languages Spoken

Mandarin Chinese

Professional Proficiency
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20 Reviews on Ian S.

Gail S. Jan 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He was excellent!
JonJon C. Dec 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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!
Jean Francois Dec 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Seriously would recommend Ian to anybody who is looking for a fun , passionate and very laid back teacher. A lot of respect to the work and music . He is very flexible and understanding , I have a very last minute schedule and he always arranged for both of us to be able to meet. Pays a lot of attention to the students goal. In only a few lessons I was able to Understand , notes, chords and why a chord is based a certain why and what not . I know play some of my favorite songs .I never wanted to learn to read music as I thought of it as boring . He is the only teacher that made me want to practice and practice and enjoy breaking down a music sheet . I will continue studying with him . Hope you get to enjoy it as much as I do
Sneha Oct 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Great, Esha enjoys the session.
Sneha Sep 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Ian was great!!!
Katherine B. Oct 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I can sum up my opinion of Ian in one word, WONDERFUL !! I started piano lesson as a way to help me get thru the grieving process because I had just lost my husband. Ian is a very caring and understanding human being. His patience is amazing! In just 2 months, with his instruction, I was not only able to play basic tunes on the piano, BUT, I wrote a song. Pretty cool !! :)
Karim S. Oct 29, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Ian is extremely talented and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand. This is particularly important for online lessons!!!
Kuy Hun K. Sep 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Awesome. I've only taken a few classes so far, but the exercises that Ian give me have really helped me get better and I constantly feel progress.
Nancy W. Jul 31, 2014
Piano · In home
Ian has been teaching my grandson piano at my home for approximately 8 months. Ian is very knowledgeable and talented in his own right, and he has the ability to transmit that enthusiasm and technique while maintaining a level of professionalism which makes lessons both fun and productive.

In particular, Ian is able to keep my grandson interested and enthusiastic by encouraging suggestions for new songs, as well as my grandson's own ideas for his own music.
Stacy M. Jul 31, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ian has been my 8 years old son's piano instructor for several months and I hope for years to come! My son has improved so quickly and greatly with Ian's instruction and his love for the piano has grown tremendously as well. Ian works with my son on music that appeals to him and that helps so much. Ian is always on time (he comes to us), and has never cancelled. Additionally he has been flexible the few times we have needed to change an appointment.