Timothy Haufe

Timothy H.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching guitar lessons for almost 5 years. I am capable of teaching from beginner to an advanced level of playing. Guitar is my primary instrument, and has been for 20 years. My focus is on jazz and blues, but I can teach folk, rock, or classical as well.

Each student is different and may require different approaches, but generally I prefer is to use a method book, which introduces and reinforces music fundamentals. Simultaneously, I like to allow the student to select a piece of music that they will enjoy learning and playing. This helps the student apply the often challenging fundamentals to music that they enjoy.

My students have fun, and with practice, learn a lot!
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Timothy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2010

I am a songwriter, composer, and performer living in New York City. I am a formally trained musician with considerable real world performing experience. Teaching music is something I enjoy immensely and something I am extremely passionate about.

During my time as a college student studying music, I began teaching guitar lessons. I found the work to be extremely rewarding. I was happy to be spreading a bit of love for music around, and I believe I made some lasting impressions. I continued to teach music lessons after I graduated, expanding to teach piano as well.

The more I taught, the more I found sincere joy in teaching. As I was was getting to know each of my students better, I realized that I was doing more than just teaching music lessons. I was acting as an example, a friend, and a counselor of sorts. I realized that each lesson was an opportunity to influence each of my students in a positive way, however small or large. To be granted that opportunity was truly thrilling.

I teach guitar from beginner to advanced levels of performance, in many styles. I teach piano and drums up to an intermediate level. I specialize in Jazz, Folk, Blues, Rock, Funk, and pretty much any contemporary style a student might be interested in learning. Although not my specialty, I am capable of teaching classical styles as well.

I am very excited to teach anyone interested in learning about the wonders of music, and I work with all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, students can expect to have fun while learning. I am friendly, warm, personable, caring, patient, and fun. I strive to find the perfect balance between learning the important fundamentals of music, and just plain enjoying music. Music takes hard work, but music is supposed to be fun!

I am a laid back person, and I do not expect any strict formalities when interacting with students. I feel that the more comfortable a student is, the more easily that student can learn and have fun doing so. However, I do expect my students to thoroughly practice, to focus, and to strive to improve.

I tailor each lesson to a student's particular needs. Everyone learns and interprets music in different ways, so I strive to serve each of my students uniquely. From basic fundamentals to advanced techniques, I cover everything. I also give each student an opportunity to choose some music that they will enjoy learning.

My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For guitar lessons, I provide my guitar and any equipment that the student may not have initially, like for example, their own guitar, or music stand. Piano students will need their own keyboard for the very first lesson. Drum students should have their own drum set or practice pad for the first lesson. I can assist in finding affordable options for instruments. The student should eventually provide their own instrument and equipment, such as their own guitar, music stand, and copy of the selected method book; all of which are things that they will need in order to pursue practicing on their own time.

*** Specialties ***
I am capable of teaching using many methods, styles, and genres, depending on the student and their particular needs. However, I specialize in jazz, folk, and rock styles, as well as improvisation.

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Photos & Videos

From 'What Came Next, Tim Haufe with Strings', complete with all original string arrangements!
An original song of mine, performed with the Tim Haufe Band!
An original song of mine entitled "I Do".  My friend Everett Comfort accompanies me with his bass guitar.
I hope you enjoy this little video of me performing one of my original songs on the lower east side.
Performing "All of Me", a wonderful jazz standard made popular by legendary jazz singer and songwriter, Billie Holiday.
A performance of an original song composition, entitled "The Avenue"; filmed at Fulton Street Station, in New York City.
Photo by Timothy H.

Photo by Timothy H.

I'm always composing...
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6 Reviews

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jennifer Jan 2, 2018
Guitar · In home

wonderful person and instructor for children! provides detailed follow ups to lessons - truly cares.

Oscar S. Sep 17, 2016
Drum · In home

Tim is a very thorough, thoughtful and talented teacher to our son on drums!

Mindy L. Oct 28, 2015
Guitar · In home

He is a great instructor. I'm thoroughly enjoying each and every lesson and feel I'm learning exactly as I need to be. Also, he's quite affable in general.

Mindy Jeanne

Mark S. May 14, 2014

Excellent Teacher

Tim is a knowledgeable, competent, teacher who cares about his student's progress and puts good effort into each lesson. He is also pleasant to deal with, and communicates very well with the student.

Mark S. Jan 9, 2014
Guitar ·


Tim is outstanding in all qualities that matter in a music teacher. He knowledgeable, patient, and communicates very well with the student. His genuine appreciation of music comes through clearly, and that makes for an inspiring lesson. My son studies both guitar and piano with Tim, and anticipates each lesson with excitement. You can't go wrong with Tim.

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Mary K. Jan 25, 2013
Piano ·

Great teacher

Tim taught my now 8 year old son piano and guitar lessons. He was kind, patient and encouraging. My son enjoyed practicing during the week and improved at a steady pace. At the little recitals, Tim accompanied my son in guitar, which gave my son confidence and made him feel 'cool' to be playing with an adult. Tim was a great role model for my impressionable son.

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