Payton Kerkes

Payton K.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 5 years able to teach all levels of experience. I am a graduate of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary music. While at the New School I studied with some of the masters including Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson, Dave Glasser, Peter Bernstein, Vic Juris and many others. Additionally, I was a tutor for three years in every subject so I know their curriculum back to front. I am available to teach Ear training, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Music Theory, Rhythm, Arranging, Composition, Music Appreciation, Guitar doubling on bass and much more. I am able to teach all music styles. I also play French Horn and bass at a high level. I love teaching and helping students on their own musical paths. I am looking forward to meeting you!
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Payton delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Payton is an guitarist, French hornist, composer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Payton’s music is rooted in everything from jazz, rock, classical, and pop. Along with his unique combination of influences, his music is focused around expressing specific emotions and feelings through composition. He has had the opportunity to perform in the Burlington Jazz Festival, Flynnspace, as well as several venues in New York City. Payton is a graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.


Jun 2015 - Present
Self employed

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017
The Jazz Gallery

I was an intern who assisted in running sound, selling tickets, room management and other tasks.


Jazz Performance: Guitar
Aug 2014 - May 2018
The New School


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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6 Reviews

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Jay V. Jul 21, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Very professional my son really like the class

Nick May 1, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Payton has done a great job helping me grasp the material. He knows how to pinpoint what is giving you trouble and how to effectively solve it. Overall my playing has greatly improved since taking lessons with him and I would highly recommend.

Marie May 1, 2018
Guitar · In home

Payton is a fantastic musician and guitar instructor. He is able to teach any type of music from beginner to advanced. He is fun to take lessons with and very helpful with any problems you may come across. I have improved tremendously since taking lessons from him. He also can help with composition, theory and ear training. I would highly recommend him!

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Ben Fortunato Apr 30, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Payton is a fantastic teacher who is extremely knowledgeable about all things guitar and music. He is very reliable and a great person. I've enjoyed every lesson and learned so much!

Matt Apr 30, 2018
Guitar · In studio

My guitar lesson with Payton was really excellent. He took the time to listen to my goals and then catered the lesson to me. He gave me direction for future lessons and attainable goals that also presented a challenge. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great teacher!

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Jason Apr 30, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Great lessons! He is really great at tailoring the lessons to what you want to do. Really friendly and upbeat person. Its great he has such a command of a wide variety of subjects so you can go to one person for a bunch of different things.

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