Lenny Ranallo

Lenny R.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been writing songs since 14. I have recorded my songs with the Dharma Bums and Thunderbug Collective. During my time at Oberlin, I sought to improve my songwriting through courses in the creative writing department and workshops with the Oberlin Songwriters Association. I was an active member of this organization and was a featured performer at the annual showcase from 2014-2016.
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Lenny teaches



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

Teaching since:

Studying music has tremendous benefits including: discipline, self confidence, problem solving, and stronger connections in the brain! Understanding music can give you new perspectives on how to look at the world. If you have felt the power of music then you owe it to yourself to understand and harness what is already a part of you. OWN IT!

While studying with me we will work on many facets of music including technique, sight reading, critical listening, music theory, improvisation, and how to apply these skills to a piece of music to truly express yourself. My goal is to instill a deep understanding of music to my students while letting their individual sensibilities show.

STYLES: I can teach all styles of American music (i.e Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B etc.) as well as classical and fingerstyle.
I have a degree in classical guitar and have performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as done concerts in the USA, Italy, and the UK.
I have experience playing in many different bands in many styles including: Rock, Reggae, African, Blues, and Jazz groups.

SUZUKI METHOD: I am trained and certified in the Suzuki Guitar Method and spent 3 years teaching Suzuki in studio with children as young as 5. This involves a significant parent-teacher-student commitment and regularly yields impressive results.

ON TALENT: I agree with Shin-ichi Suzuki that talent is irrelevant and a myth. I believe that the potential of all my students are the same but they come to me with various starting skills levels and all learn at a very different pace. I believe that the myth of “talent” really just means that the individual has had a long exposure to music. This is why I emphasize critical listening in my lessons. If you have a large knowledge of music and sounds in your head it makes it easier to make connections and better assess your ideas.

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Guitar Teacher
Oct 2017 - Present
School of Music

Guitar Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Aug 2014 - Present

Acted as producer engineer for:
Dharma Bums "Rotten EP"
Thunderbug Collective "Tour Sampler 2016"

Edgar Allen Sharpshooter "Life Lessons from Auto Racing"

Session Guitarist
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017

Provided electric/acoustic/classical guitar tracks on recordings
Projects include:
Brendan Eprile's "The Flow" 2015
The Conductor's "Blastoff" 2015
Andrew Seligson's "The Sounds of Spruce" 2015

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2014 - May 2016
Oberlin Conservatory Secondary lesson Department

Develop individualized curriculum based on each student’s needs and goals
Provide weekly lessons covering technique, interpretation, musicality, and theory

Summer Guitar Instructor
May 2013 - Aug 2015
Amherst School of Guitar

-Develop individualized curriculum based on each student’s needs and goals
-Provide weekly lessons covering technique, interpretation, musicality, and theory
-Manage schedule and maintain a studio of 20+ students, age 5 and up
-Received overwhelmingly positive feedback on quarterly reviews by parents, students, and employer

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Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2016
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Sweet Home High School


Limited Proficiency


Suzuki Guitar Instructor
Aug 2012
Suzuki Association fo the Americas/Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute

Course include:
Every Child Can!
Book 1

*Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Development Scholarship


James Stroud Entrepeneurship Award
May 2016
James Stroud/Oberlin College
Donald Havas Memorial Scholarship
Sep 2013
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Young Musicians Scholarship
Jun 2012
Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


Guitar Foundation of America
Jan 2014

Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is the America's leading classical guitar organization founded in 1973 at the National Guitar Convention sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

Suzuki Association of the Americas
May 2012

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Lenny R.

Thunderbug Collective performing Bob Dylan
Photo by Lenny R.
Photo by Lenny R.

Photo by Lenny R.

Photo by Lenny R.


3 Reviews

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Anthony R. Dec 2, 2018
Guitar · In studio

My first lesson with Lenny was great. He is very knowledgeable and personable. I look forward to continuing to take lessons from him.

Brandon Mar 9, 2017
Blues Guitar · In studio

Lenny is a great instructor. He's both personable and patient, brings extensive theory knowledge as well as technical guitar playing abilities to the table. His rates are reasonable and he's flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend lessons with Lenny, regardless of your level of experience.

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Louise Nov 5, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Lenny was my daughter's first instructor for guitar, she had two years of piano - she was not as motivated with the piano instructor as with Lenny. He took his time with any questions she had, he was totally patient with her, he really has a understanding of music and is able to explain it in a way with minimal if no confusion. No matter what kind of day he may have had at school he remained absolutely consistent from week to week with how he taught during the lesson. His focus was where it should be, even when other family members needed to take my daughter he was undaunted yet caring. I would highly recommend this young man hands down. I told him personally through emails how thankful and blessed we were with him as a teacher. I have other children, older, and I have had them through various teachers with various instruments and Lenny is definitely a 5-Star.

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