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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ

Learn repertoire that ranges from pop to contemporary, fingerstyle, and jazz, with a bit of blues thrown in.

You can use a pick or fingers, learn to read music or tab, learn technique idiomatic to the guitar as a melodic or accompanying instrument.

We can explore song writing and recording as well!

About Cheryl

I specialize in teaching music to ages 7 through 18 including college prep. I can prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who are serious about taking their music skills beyond tablature.

The focus is to learn how to read music, play melody and chords and progressively acquire skills as a guitarist. Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out the musicianship of the student.

With regular daily practice, and as the student becomes more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment/ensemble work and so
ngwriting.

Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction, self-esteem, how to reach a goal, plus the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!

I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.

I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.

This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs. Children age 7 and up, properly seated with the right size guitar and under the guidance of an experienced teacher (me!) do very well.

PLEASE SPEAK TO ME before purchasing you or your child's instrument. A standard size steel string guitar is frequently difficult for a child (and some adults!) to handle.

***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***

Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!

Be aware that there are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
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Olivia September 8, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Cheryl was excellent. My 9 year old loved her first lesson and can't wait until next week. We highly recommend.
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Valerie November 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is great. This is the first time I'm taking professional guitar lessons, and I was very nervous when starting, but she made me feel comfortable. She is very patient, and even after only 4 weeks of lessons I feel that I've learned a lot and I'm very excited to continue!
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Phil L. August 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter Michelle learned from Cheryl since 2015 Spring. After three months, Michelle could play a song in June in front of audience in Madison Hotel, NJ. Michelle got inspired from Cheryl so much and she liked to attend guitar lessons all the time. We believe that Cheryl is an outstanding guitar teacher for any beginning guitar learner.
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Cheryl C.

Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Robert H.

Randolph, NJ

As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

*** Lesson Details ***
GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar ...

About Robert

I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

*** Lesson Details ***
GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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rein April 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
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Terry S. April 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
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Katherine M. April 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
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Robert H.

Robert H.

Randolph, NJ 07869
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ

I fully customize my lessons for the individual student!

About Chris

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believ
e that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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aron September 15, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first meeting with chris today. I was feeling a bit intimidated before i met him seeing all his credentials and experience. I need not have worried. He made me feel super comfortable and explained all the nuts and bolts of guitar on my level of understanding which is very basic. He was able to relay the lesson to me in a way that made so much sense, it just clicked. I left feeling very accomplished and very much looking forward to the next lesson
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Casey May 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Chris was such a great instructor! I first started lessons with Chris a few months ago and I told him I only had a limited time to learn guitar. Taking the knowledge I already had with music, Chris helped me in only a few months to pick up and to be able to jam to some awesome songs on my acoustic guitar. He is very patient and works very well with whatever level you come in as! I came in knowing only one or two chords, and now I know many more and can confidently play some songs! Since I was a crazy busy college student, Chris was also very flexible with when lessons were, which I was very thankful for! I'd highly recommend taking lessons with him!
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Janice S. April 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I love my lessons with Chris! I have no music background and have always wanted to play the guitar but never got around to making it happen. Now as I am older I think why not now?! I looked around for local lessons and found Chris's site. I loved his philosophy of how he teaches an individual based on what they want out of it! His statement of "some people just want to learn to play their favorite song" sold me! So glad I found him! It's never too late to pick up a guitar!
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ 07405
(24)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dan S.

Montclair, NJ

Dan S holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He also has performed extensively on the acoustic guitar, playing many venus in NYC/NJ and touring France.

About Dan

Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He has extensive experience working with children.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary i
nstrument of musical expression. Dan Spencer is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area, jamming with some of the best live musicians around. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe.

His musical influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique.
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Patrick F. August 9, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.
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Patrick F. July 13, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.
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Maria B. May 3, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Montclair, NJ 07042
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Sal B.

Clifton, NJ

I have been playing and teaching guitar for 7 years. My style focuses on learning the fundamental techniques and musical vocabulary you'll need in order to write your own music.

Additionally I specialize in jazz, blues, and any type of rock and roll. You will learn how to use a pick, play with your fingers, and even how to tap on the fretboard like Eddie Van Halen!

About Sal

Hi Everyone! My name is Sal and I'm a little obsessed with music. I play guitar, piano, and do a little bit of singing, but my strong skill is composition. I love writing new, original music and I firmly believe everyone has the ability to unlock the musician inside of them.

My approach to learning music is a holistic approach. Music is more than just notes on a page or sounds coming from an instrument. I believe that music is an experience that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. When's the last time you've gone to a concert and didn't belt out song lyrics or danced like no one was wat
ching? We all respond to music in different yet unified ways.

I majored in music at Rutgers-Newark University and have performed with the Rutgers Chorus, Rutgers Jazz ensemble, and with various artists through freelance gigs. Currently, I am a Music Teacher in West Caldwell with the hopes to bring out the potential in my students and showing the world of music to all!
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Rainer H. September 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He established a quick and friendly tone with my son instantly. And, inspired him to dabble in composing musical pieces. He taught class with creativity and zest!
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Rainer H. September 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He established a quick and friendly tone with my son instantly. And, inspired him to dabble in composing musical pieces. He taught class with creativity and zest!
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Chip W. March 4, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Sal was great at breaking down the guitar to the basics and explaining how the strings and chords work together. He also planned out a lesion guide that brought the entire lesion together at the end with homework to help work on the skills we practiced.
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Sal B.

Sal B.

Clifton, NJ 07012
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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