Zak Trojano

Zak T.

Greenfield, MA

About Zak T.

Background check: Last verified 12/28/2016
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Zak teaches: Ages 10 and up
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Teaching since: 2002
Last sign in: 3 days ago


I graduated with a BS in music from Skidmore College in 2002 and have been making my living as a professional musician ever since by touring internationally as a performer, making studio records, composing for film and television, and teaching. I am primarily a guitar player and a songwriter. I grew up playing drums and studied them well into college. I'm deeply influenced by the blues and country music, but I love anything that's good! I studied jazz and composition in school with a focus on improvisation. I wouldn't be half the musician I am today without the help of a few wonderful teachers. I think of them when I teach and do my best to inspire my students with the same joy and support that was offered to me.

Photos and Videos

My version of "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" by John Prine. Played on baritone lap-steel, Weissenborn style guitar.


Band Member in Rusty Belle
Jan 2005 - Present
Rusty Belle

Rusty Belle has been one of my main projects for the last ten years. A great family and trio of musicians. We have spent hundreds of nights together in clubs and on stages around the country. WWW.RUSTYBELLE.COM

Jan 2002 - Present
Zak T.

My solo work has taken me around the country and beyond. I write, sing, and play guitar.

Chris Smither and the Motivators
Jan 2007 - Jan 2009
Chris Smither

I had the privilege to play with blues legend Chris Smither. I worked on his record "Time Stands Still" and performed with his touring band on and off for two years.


BS in Music
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency

7 Reviews on Zak T.

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Lisa Dec 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home I have been taking lessons from Zak for about six months. He is always enthusiastic and supportive. I recommend him to other students.
Ethan Dec 29, 2016
· Guitar · In home I took guitar lessons with Zak for about 4 years and it was a great experience! I would pick a song to play, and as I learned the song he would teach me the scales that go with it. So I would learn the song and the music theory behind it, super cool. I also learned how to read sheet music from Zak. I enjoyed taking lessons from him!
Carole Dec 29, 2016
· Guitar · Online Zak has been teaching for a few years and I am one of his former students. He asked me to write a review recommending him, as he is new to this website. I recommend him highly! I am an older adult and have wanted to learn to play the guitar for a long time. He is a very patient and motivational teacher that I am sure you will enjoy.
Melonie Dec 29, 2016
· Songwriting · In studio I am a college student located in the same area as Zak and am very interested in writing my own songs. Zak showed me the songwriting process he uses and helped me to find my own style. He is very talented as a musician, songwriter and teacher.
Martha Dec 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home I was a beginning student in guitar. Zak provided me with the chance to choose my own style of music and I learned better that way! He is very patient and finds just the right way to keep his student's interest.
Nathan Dec 29, 2016
· Guitar · Online I had a great time taking lessons with Zak. We mostly played Neil Young songs, and worked on scales. He is a great teacher and guitar player.
Issac Dec 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Zak is a great teacher!!! He is very knowledgeable and patient. We worked on fingerpicking and music theory. He really helped me bring my playing to the next level! Highly Recommended.
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