Harrisburg, PA

Lesson Details

Electric Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching all styles on the electric guitar from blues, rock, heavy metal, and some jazz
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TYLER teaches



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

Teaching since:

Hello perspective students and parents!

My Name is Tyler Jazz Straining, why yes Jazz is my real middle name! I have been playing guitar, bass, piano, and songwriting for over 10 years! I teach electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, classical guitar, music theory, and songwriting! I am a formally trained musician with a BA in Guitar Composition and an AA in the Music Industry, currently I am in obtaining my Master's Degree in Songwriting and Production form Berklee College of Music! I teach all ages and all skill levels my youngest student being 5 and my oldest right now being 67. It's never to early or to late to learn the gift of music!
I host songwriting forums and videos online while also going to school and teaching full time. But no worries, I always have time to take emails and phone calls from students who struggle with any of the material. My passion is watching students grow into the awesome creators of tomorrow!

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Classical Guitarist
Dec 2014 - Present
Tyler Jazz & Krisztina Szabo Duet

Classical Guitar and Opera group performing across central PA

Owner, Composer, Songwriter, Lessons Teacher
Nov 2009 - Present
Tyler Jazz Music

Run and operate Youtube Channel, Soundcloud account, and other social media pages. There you can find original compositions, songs, and more!

Lead Guitar Player
Jan 2014 - Nov 2018
Gryla Band

Lead guitar player and songwriter for local heavy metal band

Production Stage Manager and Audio Engineer
Apr 2012 - Aug 2018
Hershey Entertainment

Act as the primary liaison between production companies and the entertainment complex communicating technical and personnel needs, while finding creative solutions to various troubleshooting issues. Maintaining accurate records for the technical department and the HR team as it pertained to personnel and stage repairs.

Set up and operate audio & lighting equipment including microphones, house speakers, monitor mixes, video screens,
projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound / mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for major concerts and theatre productions. Also set up and operated associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

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Guitar Instructor
May 2014 - May 2016
Messiah College

Teaching students and guest a like

Student Guitar Instructor
Nov 2011 - May 2014
Harrisburg Area Community College

Worked as a student guitar teacher


MFA in Songwriting and Production
Sep 2018 - Present
Berklee College of Music
BFA in Guitar Composition
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Messiah College
Certificate of Completion in Songwriting
May 2013 - Sep 2013
Berklee College of Music
AA in Music Industry
Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Harrisburg Area Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


AV Technologist
Mar 2019

Live Sound Reinforcement
Nov 2018

QSC Audio Systems
Oct 2018


Vidjam 2018 Best music for a short film
Jun 2018
Vidjam Harrisburg
Musica Nova Composer of the season 2016
May 2016
Messiah College
Musica Nova Composer of the season 2015
May 2015
Messiah College


National Association of Music Merchants
Oct 2018

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Jan 2014

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Berklee College of Music Alumni
Jun 2013

The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits.

Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.

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Audio Engineering Society
Apr 2012

Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by TYLER S.

Photo by TYLER S.

Tyler Jazz & Krisztina Szabo Duet


6 Reviews

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Elizabeth Apr 29, 2019
Electric Guitar · In studio

My son Austin took lessons with Tyler while he was a student instructor at Messiah College for just over a year. I saw my son go from barely being able to hold the guitar to playing songs he loved. I was so happy to see my son play his guitar.
Unfortunately we had to move being a military family and we had to stop our lessons. But as a parent I highly suggest Tyler. I was able to attended every lesson and help take notes for my son and Tyler made me feel involved in every lesson! Great teacher!

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Lisa Apr 26, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Tyler's is a highly gifted guitar player who is passionate and knowledgeable in many different areas of music. He has worked in several facets of the music industry and has a plentiful network of connections who are successful in making music their full time career.

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Tiffany Apr 26, 2019
Electric Guitar · In studio

Tyler has been a mentor to so many music students whether they are just learning to play, or seeking advice on how to build a career. His professional experience with production, song writing, performing, and work with high profile musicians makes him highly credible and sought after by students. He is non-judgmental and very open to all musical styles, which is rare and allows him to connect with almost any student! He always makes himself available to answer questions, takes extra time to meet, and is knows all the new technology advances and opportunities available in the field-- so he's able to provide the best quality music instruction and suggestions to students pursuing a career.

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Leah Apr 26, 2019
Classical Guitar · In studio

An amazing classical guitarist and one of the best people I've worked with. He is easy to talk to and is very encouraging - a genuine interest in helping you succeed!

Patrick Apr 25, 2019
Guitar · Online

So I took lessons with Tyler at college online for like 2 years. As a drummer I knee nothing about picking up the guitar how to pick or anything. After the first month I was playing one of my favorite Blink 182 songs and soon enough I was playing a lot of my pop punk favorites. Tyler was really cool to work with and I really felt like I learned a lot over the past 2 years.

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Krisztina Apr 25, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Throughout the years I have taken multiple music lessons in all kinds musicao subjects with many different teachers. Tyler has been one of the best, highly organized, patient, and an app around great player and teacher.

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