Karl Lyden

Karl L.

Brooklyn, NY

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Karl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
June 2006

Karl is a professional musician in New York City. He plays with ska punk band Streetlight Manifesto and in several Broadway show orchestras. Karl hails from Omaha, Nebraska where he started teaching privately in high school. He received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he became well-versed in jazz and classical. Karl then completed a Master's at New York University where he was an adjunct faculty instructor.

He has taught individual and group lessons to students of many ages on trombone, trumpet, piano, and bass guitar. Karl’s teaching style is grounded in fundamentals but also tailored to each student. He believes that music can enrich one’s life by improving discipline and the ability to multitask. Most importantly, it's fun!

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Music teacher
Jan 2014 - Present
Harmony Program

Teach group lessons in trombone, trumpet, percussion, and orchestra to elementary school students.

Music teacher
Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
Feed Your Mind Music

Taught piano, guitar, and recorder to children ages 5-13. Created lesson plans and assignments to gauge progress.

Adjunct faculty instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2014
New York University

Taught private trombone lessons to non-music major NYU students. Conducted weekly rehearsals for a student combo.

Music teaching assistant
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Community Partnership Charter School

Assisted in teaching general music to 1st-4th graders. Taught weekly group lessons in trombone and bass guitar to 5-6 students.


Master's, Music
Aug 2012 - May 2014
New York University
Bachelor of Arts, Music
Aug 2008 - May 2012
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Undergraduate Scholar Award
May 2011
Presser Foundation
Student Music Award Winner
Apr 2011
Downbeat Magazine


American Federation of Musicians
Apr 2014

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Solo from a show in Portland with Streetlight Manifesto on their 2015 spring tour.
My original "Dragon Snout" which is also on my debut album Undercurrents released this year. Scored for jazz octet.
Photo by Karl L.


4 Reviews

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Merideth Mar 29, 2017
Trombone · In home

Fantastic! He picked up on my skill level right away and tailored the lesson specifically for me. Would definitely recommend!

peter Mar 19, 2017
Trombone · In home

Great ....

Tomin Sep 21, 2015
Trombone · In studio

Karl is a methodical and patient teacher. He is very much inclined to understand a student's needs and shortcomings, and accommodate and teach accordingly. A practical, inspired educator.

Laura Jul 30, 2015
Trombone · In home

My son, a freshman in high school, has been taking lessons with Karl since January 2015 and it has been a great experience. Karl is knowledgeable, patient and punctual. He has helped my son prepare for upcoming auditions and exams as well as helping him improve his technique and breathing. We have been very impressed by Karl's enthusiasm for his craft and how he is able to pass this on to our son.

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