Stephen Dydo

Stephen D.

Yonkers, NY
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Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The technique I teach is applicable to classical, acoustic and electric guitar. It is based on finding the most relaxed position for the entire body, and ultimately the hands and fingers. It's the most fun way to play!

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Stephen teaches



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

Teaching since:
September 2004

I have been playing music on the violin since the age of 7, composing since I was 14, and playing and performing on the guitar since I was 18. I've written a lot of music, and this past spring had works performed in Virginia and two in Manhattan.

I have taught music for over 15 years, in colleges, music schools and privately. One thing that I have noticed is that, with more experience, I have a lot more fun--and so do my students.


Teacher; member Faculty Council
Aug 2008 - Present
Greenwich House Music School

Teach violin, guitar,banjo (!),, ukulele (!). Maintain the school's inventory of stringed instruments. Work with string teachers to resolve any problems with teaching environment (which almost never exist her, it's a great place!)


MA Music composition
Sep 1996 - May 1999
Columbia University School of Arts and Sciences
DMA, Music composition
Sep 1982 - Oct 1987
Columbia University


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Joseph H. Bearns Prize
Apr 2001
Pulitzer committee
BMI Young Composers Award
Nov 1999
Sep 1999
US government

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4 Reviews

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Sandra Mar 8, 2017
Banjo · In home

Stephen is amazing and talented. He is very understanding of the initial frustration of learning a new instrument and makes it interesting and fun.

Megan Oct 14, 2015
Violin · In home

Mr. D is a very good teacher at violin. I give him 5 stars because he is nice and a good teacher.

Eve Sep 29, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio

Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a very motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!

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Sharon S. Sep 25, 2015
Guitar · In home

Mr. Dydo has been teaching my kids for the last 2 yrs in guitar and violin. My kids has excel in their instrument both in reading music as well as playing their instrument. Mr. Dydo is very devoted, patient and kind and helpful. Mr Dydo comes highly recommended by me.

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