VJ Brown


New York, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Specializing in various styles including Jazz, Blues, Rock n' Roll, R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, and Classical.
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VJ teaches



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

Teaching since:
January 2008

Hello All!
I am a guitarist/composer/educator who holds a M.A. Jazz Performance degree from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College. I also have a B.A. Music degree with a concentration in classical guitar performance from Buffalo State College in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. However, most of my training and experience comes from playing many different styles of music with many brilliant musicians on the scenes of Buffalo and New York.
If there is just one thing I know about music, it is that playing music is supposed to be fun and satisfying! It is my job to help my students maintain that mindset as they navigate their way through the obstacles of musical growth.
One of the reasons why I teach is the sense of fulfillment I get watching my students learn and improve. Its something I take great pride in. Another almost equally important reason why I do what I do is because even though I am an educator I am forever a student as well. I am constantly learning new things and trying to improve my craft as a musician and a teacher, and this job makes it all possible. Now, lets make some music!!!


*** Lesson Details ***
In my 7-plus years of professional teaching experience I have encountered students from all walks of life. All of them have come from very diverse musical backgrounds and interests. I have taught students from ages 5 to 75 styles of music ranging from Metallica to Michael Jackson, Miles Davis to Justin Timberlake, and everything in between. I construct my lessons based on the student's skill level, musical taste, and personal goals. Students will be encouraged to learn the music that is aesthetically pleasing to them, while gaining knowledge of how to build a solid foundation in guitar playing and overall musicianship.

P.S. (to parents of younger students)

Studying music and learning an instrument has been proven to increase levels of focus and overall attention span in many young children. Several parents whose children I work with, ages 5-10 or so, have noticed attention and concentration levels trending upward in their child's other school work and activities as a result of studying music and learning the guitar!

My pricing shows only 30 minute and 60 minute rates. However, if you are interested in a 45 minute lesson or a lesson longer than 60 minutes we can certainly negotiate a price!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rock n Roll, Blues, R&B, Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, Music Theory/Reading, Ear Training, Music Performance

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Guitar Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present
Private School of Music

I have had the pleasure of working with students of all different backgrounds through this fine establishment. I am happy to currently be teaching guitar and various other subjects at this school.

Guitar Instructor
Jan 2008 - Aug 2012
Music City (Buffalo NY)

I have held positions as a private guitar instructor and music theory teacher at several distinguished music schools in the greater Buffalo, NY and New York City areas for over 7 years.


M.A. Jazz Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Aaron Copeland School at Queens College (CUNY)
B.A. Music
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Buffalo State College (SUNY)


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Marie Dellas Award for Creative Achievement in Music
Mar 2009
Buffalo State College (2009)

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3 Reviews

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Min H. Nov 10, 2017
Classical Guitar · In home

Oh! I should have done this sooner, but we wanted to keep him to ourselves!!! Awesome instructor! Always patient with my 10 year old son! Inspired him, where my son would want to practice and even play the guitar for his little brother to sleep!

He knows his stuff as my son did not hesitate to challenge him with all these questions about the guitar, the build of, the construction of, how the music and sounds form, etc. he answered all the questions no matter how small. Knows all the theories!!

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Min H. Feb 10, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home

I am excited to write a review for our awesome guitar instructor~! Our little 8 (just turned 9) year old son took lessons prior Mr. Brown for about 6 months and couldn't remember a thing he learned in his lessons and had no motivation to practice. However, since we met Mr. Brown, our son has been so motivated! Only after his second lesson, he understood how to read notes, he was engaged, and must've picked up his guitar to practice at least 3 times a day for a good 20-30 minutes on his own (under no request by Mr. Brown)!

Mr. Brown is very knowledgeable and an amazing instructor! He patiently goes step by step to make sure all the basis for a firm foundation in music is there and then thoroughly goes to all the steps to keep it simple in learning! He builds great rapport and brings his personal experience to make him more relatable! I would highly recommend Mr. Brown as an instructor!

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Mehardad A. Aug 18, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

He is very professional.

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