Pat Brennan
Old Lyme, CT
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Pat Brennan

Pat B.

Old Lyme, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching guitar for 10 years and have been a professional musician for the same amount of time. First and foremost I want my student to have fun while learning the guitar! I will base our lesson plans around the songs and styles you want to learn. I will write out easy to read chord charts, sheet music, tab, and even record video examples for you to reference when you are practicing at home. I have taught ages 5-70 and all levels of players from total beginners to college students majoring in music.

I have taught through the City College of New York, The Larchmont Music Academy, Music Box NYC, and tons of my own private students.

About Pat B.

I have taught lessons since 2008 and love it! I enjoy teaching all levels and truly enjoy seeing my students improve and fall in love with playing music. Teaching has been one of the most fulfilling endeavors of my life.

I began playing guitar at the age of 10. With the encouragement of my father, who is also a guitarist, I began to listen to and practice jazz. While in High School I was chosen to be the guitarist in the 2008 Connecticut All State Jazz band. After High School I attended the New School and then the City College of New York, receiving his undergraduate degree in 2014. In 2015. I was selected as a semifinalist in Wes Montgomery International Jazz Competition. In 2017 I finished graduate school and received his Masters in Jazz Performance from the City College of New York.


Aside from teaching, I am also a busy performer I have played at venues such as The Birdland Theatre, Fat Cat Jazz Club, The Rainbow Room, Club Bonafide, the Surrey Hotel, and too many others to name here!


I have been busy playing and teaching all around New York City. I have performed with Ian Hendrickson-Smith (Tonight Show Band), Billy Kaye( drummer for George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Donaldson), John Mosca, Chris Byars, Behn Gillece, J.J Wiggins, Joe Cohn, Paul Sikivie( Grammy Award Winner), Charles Goold, Don Hahn( Buddy Rich, Beach Boys), Ray Gallon and hundreds of other fabulous musicians.

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Chris
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Pat is a top notch NYC jazz musician with an excellent teaching style. He quickly zeroed in on my current level of ability and goals and helped design a practice plan that delivered results and kept me motivated. My strongest recommendation!

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Jon
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Pat really knows his stuff with jazz guitar. My goal has been to study chord melody with some jazz standards and modal jazz, and Pat has a lot of ideas with chord shapes, voicings, scale choices and alternate and passing chords. I play a lot of rock tunes as well and I've found the lessons with Pat have really helped me expand how I look at playing those songs as well. As a teacher, Pat is really patient and provides really useful supplemental charts. Highly recommended.

Posted Jul 13, 2020
Aliza h.
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Pat is the best guitar teacher I have ever had! Pat makes all the lessons super enjoyable, yet I still learnt a ton! Pat always explained everything super clearly and I had so much fun! I have learnt so much in the year I have been playing guitar and pat made that possible!

Posted Jul 13, 2020

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Experience

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2018 - Present

Music Box NYC

Guitar Teacher at the Music Box NYC

Guitar Teacher
Jan 2018 - Oct 2019

Larchmont Music Academy

Guitar teacher at the Larchmont Music Academy

Private Guitar Teacher
Aug 2018 - May 2019

City College of New York

Taught undergraduate Jazz Guitar Majors at the City College Of New York

Education

Jazz Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2018

The City College of New York Graduate Studies

Jazz Performance
Sep 2012 - May 2016

The City College of New York

Jazz Performance
Sep 2008 - Dec 2009

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Semi Finalist in the Wes Montgomery Jazz Guitar Competition
Nov 2015

Resonance Records

Guitarist in 2008 CT All State Jazz Band
Jan 2008

All State Jazz Band

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