Kaz Araki

Kaz A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Kaz delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
December 2007

Hi! As a music educator, I have been active since graduating with my music performance bachelor's degree from Mason Gross Rutgers University in 2006.

I believe music offers invaluable lessons for developing creativity, hard-work ethic and self-awareness.

I consider myself to be an easy-going but effective teacher. Students have told me that I'm patient and great at explaining difficult things.

Prior to the first lesson, I will ask you for some background information about the student's experience with music
(lessons/teachers, listening habits, attention/focus, etc.).

During each lesson, we will go over fundamental techniques, songs and improving overall musicianship.

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Guitarist for church of radiant light worship service
Oct 2016 - Present
Church of Radiant Light in Bloomfield, NJ

Performed gospel music in the 6-piece worship group
• Learned, memorized and played new gospel repertoire every week
• Arranged music without written music or charts for a group consisting of two organs, drums, bass, saxophone and guitar

Guitarist in wedding music duo
Sep 2013 - Present
Kaz and Cam wedding music

Provide music for weddings and parties for up to two hours. Music includes repertoire from the pop, rock, classical, jazz or traditional genre. “As a guitar-violin duo, we can play quietly and set the tone for an intimate dinner party with well-known popular or jazz classics. We can also play traditional songs appropriate for that treasured sentimental moment during a wedding ceremony.”

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Guitar Instructor
Jun 2013 - Present
Along The Hudson Guitar Lessons

Freelance musician
Jan 2001 - Present

Organized, booked and performed for duo, trio, and quartet in various performance settings
• Hosted Weekly Jazz Jam sessions at Old Bay-New Brunswick, NJ May 2005-July 2005
• Performed with group at Cecil’s Jazz-West Orange, NJ August 2006
• Weekly performance at the Spring Grill-Rutherford, NJ April 2008-July 2008
• Love Bakery performance every other week-Jersey City, NJ March 2009-February 2010
• Music Director at Gammeok Restaurant-Fort Lee, NJ January 2012 – March 2013

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Guitar and Rock Band Instructor
Dec 2010 - Jan 2015
CJC Music School

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2006 - Apr 2008
Music Den

• Weekly lessons for students of various ages and skill levels, learning to play popular, classical and jazz music on the guitar
• Coached student bands consisting of middle and high school students for annual concert at CJC music studio
• Areas of focus during lessons include: note reading, right and left hand technique, chords shapes and strumming, scales, arpeggios, improvising, ear training and music theory
• Basic piano lessons for ages 7-9
• Bass guitar lessons for beginners and intermediate level students

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Music Performance for guitar
Aug 2003 - Apr 2005
Mason Gross Arts at Rutgers University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Teacher Of The Year
Jun 2014
CJC Music School
Blue Note all star jazz combo
Aug 2004
Blue Note Venue
Dean's List
Jun 2004
Rutgers University


Jan 2010

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Kaz A.

Photo by Kaz A.

Kaz Araki-guitar
Anthony Pocetti-organ
Jarrett Walser-drums
"Time After Time" is a jazz standard with lyrics written by Sammy Cahn and music by Jule Styne in 1946.
Solo Guitar arrangement of Stevie Wonder's Golden Lady on Yamaha AES 1500

Photo by Kaz A.

Photo by Kaz A.

Photo by Kaz A.

Photo by Kaz A.
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5 Reviews

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Steve Apr 2, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Took guitar lessons from Kaz a few years ago, & couldn’t recommend him more highly. He is extremely patient, & willing to work with your strengths as opposed to pointing out your weaknesses like other instructors I’ve had.

Celeste Apr 2, 2019
Guitar · In home

Kaz was a great instructor. As a beginner, my son felt comfortable with him and learned pretty quickly. Unfortunately, my son didn't was to play but I would hire him again.

M Apr 1, 2019
Guitar · In home

Kaz was amazing. I unfortunately had to cut my lessons short when I moved which was super disappointing. I would highly recommend Kaz as a teacher.

Maria Apr 1, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Kaz is great! Thorough, inventive and an excellent teacher. If he's got a spot available, snatch it up!

Akash Apr 1, 2019
Guitar · In home

Kaz is one of the best teachers I've had in or out of school. He's very personable and makes learning fun, something that is difficult to do. I've had lessons with him for more than 10 years and I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn guitar and gain a greater appreciation for music.

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