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Guitar Lessons Hillside, NJ

Guitar Lessons in
Hillside, NJ

Musika has been offering Hillside Guitar Lessons since 2001. Our guitar teachers create customized lesson plans for each student, and help you bring music alive one note at a time!

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Featured Hillside Guitar Teachers

Craig G

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Acoustic & Electric Guitarist,Composer & Music Educator. Craig's early music influence came from his family; he grew up with Mom's jazz, R&B and soul records and his brother's  Rock & Roll albums. Craig started playing guitar at the age of 9. In high school Craig started performing live with his first rock & roll band. He attended Berklee College of Music and studied with private teachers and attended workshops with great musicians including. Dave Creamer, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and many more. For the next 25 plus years Craig has become one of the most versatile guitarists playing many styles including Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Latin, Jam band, rock and Pop music.  You can find him playing intimate solo gigs, with orchestras and band in all types of venues. He has toured in Europe, central America, the Caribbean, Asia and the USA. Besides performances in his original bands he also has performed or recorded with great musicians including  Jeff Andrews, Dave Creamer, Vince DelGato, Joe Deninzon, Mark Egan, Ian Froman, Hans Glawischnig, Craig Handy, Molly Holm, Carol  Lawrence, Donny McCaslin, Aaron Minsky, Danny  Paradise, Bill Rogers, Bobby  Rydell, Paul Simon, Ben Vereen Michael Wilcox, Creatrix, Hexbelt, Rural Free Delivery and others. Craig has also been a guitar instructor since the mid 80's                           

Michael S

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Michael is a musical director, lyricist/composer, and music producer with an extremely varied background. He formed a medieval ensemble to perform at the premier of ROBIN AND MARIAN, and a Country-Western band for the South African equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. He’s a former musical director for National Lampoon's live shows and television specials, including CLASS OF '86, for which he also wrote several songs. Other television work includes the soundtrack for PBS BIOGRAPHY, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, CNN TRAVEL SERIES, and the Jane Leeves sitcom THROB. During its original New York run, he conducted LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician. These include PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES and SONG OF SINGAPORE. During the Toyota Comedy Festival, he was musical director and a contributing writer for FIRESIGN THEATRE. He has performed, produced, or written music and lyrics for numerous corporate clients, such as Bayer, Nike, Verizon, Kraft, CNN, Chase Manhattan, Scholastic, Hallmark, and many others. He continues playing both recording and club dates, and has performed with artists ranging from Jimmy Dean to Richard Gere to Shawn Colvin to MA$E, for whom he arranged and played keyboards on the platinum-selling I’M NO KILLAH. He is a contributing writer to CHILDREN’S MUSIC JOURNAL, NATIONAL LAMPOON, and THE SECOND SPRING (St Augistine’s Press). He was profiled in YOUR OWN WAY IN MUSIC (St. Martin’s Press).

Stephen D

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 Stephen is a graduate of Columbia University. A composer of more than fifty pieces, his music has been performed by both chamber groups and orchestras in the US and abroad. The most notable performers of his compositions include the Gregg Smith Singers, Stitching Combinatie van Utrechtse Muziekbelangen, New Calliope Singers, Group for Contemporary Music, and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. Stephen continues to work as a freelance guitarist and conductor, performing in various national venues with the Gregg Smith Singers, the Group for Contemporary Music, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, and the Composers Ensemble. He also co-founded the New York Qin Society, and has performed qin music and lectured on Chinese music internationally. 

Ileen Z

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I work with classical and acoustic players. For intermediate and advanced players, emphasis on sight reading/crossover styles is given. Group coaching for guitar with all combinations of instruments is available. I have a quiet rehearsal studio 3 miles west of Manhattan via NJ Transit #168 & 175. My early career as a concert musician began in the 1970s. I'm a working musician and musicologist/annotator, published at any given time in approximately 75-100 running technical and cultural publications. In early 2006, I was included in who's who in American Women and who's who in Education in America, and as of 2009, was included in the international who's who in Music. I attended Wittenberg University (sacred music) where I studied conducting and orchestration with John Williams and Ian Polster, New York University for humanities, and the Mannes College of Music (MM classical performance and theory) where I studied with Robert Secrist, Frederic Hand, Charles Kaufman, Julius Levine, Yakov Kreizberg, Leo Edwards and Marie Powers.

Jose Luis A

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I am a musician in the New York City area that enjoys advancing the art of music by performing and teaching it. I graduated from Hunter College in 2013 with a Bachelors of Music Perfomance on Saxophone. I have had a lot of experience playing with big bands, orchestras, and small jazz combos in beautiful performance halls as well as smaller venues geared towards small bands. In conjunction with all of this, I have learned Guitar in varying styles from Pop, Punk Rock, Alternative, and Country as well as the music theory needed to write music in these styles. Music is a great form of art that I hope to spread to as many people as possible. 
 
 

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Convenient

People are busy these days, we get that. So we work around your schedule, giving you the option of taking lessons right in the comfort of your own home.

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Musika Qualified Teachers

Our instructors have been hand-picked for their high standard of musical excellence & love of teaching.

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No Hidden Fees

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More Information About Guitar Lessons

Young students will benefit by starting off playing on a half size or three-quarter size acoustic guitar. If an older student finds it comfortable enough to do so, they may wish to begin playing on an electric guitar. There are many different student model guitars, which can be purchased for between $150-$200. Additional costs will be incurred for those wanting to play electric guitar, as amplification and cables will need to be bought. Consider that higher quality instruments are easier to play, and will increase the chances of the student liking it.
Taking in home guitar lessons saves you time, energy, and money. There is no need to pack up the guitar or amp to take them to the teachers studio, since a qualified, talented teacher can travel directly to your home. We make finding a teacher easy by matching you with a teacher who fits your needs and schedule.
Our guitar students will learn how to hold, tune, and familiarize themselves with the components and notes of the guitar, basic playing techniques such as fretting, fingering and strumming, and learning the various chord-types that they will need in order to play their favourite songs, such as power chords, open chords and barre chords. Students will also get to learn music theory, and will cover such aspects as; reading music, learning different scales, and how to apply these different elements together as part of a full composition. Students will learn the theory and techniques that underlie a wide range of musical genres, and will have fun developing their guitar playing during their lessons. Eventually, students will get to enjoy learning and playing along to their favorite songs!
Whatever your goals may be, our teachers can help you get the results you desire. Most adults want to pick up the guitar and immediately be able to play their favorite songs - this is possible with daily, focused practice. Taking guitar lessons will give you the structure required to steadily progress, no matter if you want to play jazz, blues, rock, classical, or any other style.
The earliest suggested age that students can start their guitar lessons is 6 years old. Students of this age will find it much easier to learn on a half-sized classical guitar with nylon strings. They will start off by learning to play simple melodies on the top strings. Students can begin to form chords, as well as play and sing along to songs by about age 7 or 8. When students get to age 10-12, they should be able to comfortably handle a full-sized guitar. Students often like to play rock music by this age, and will therefore want to play the electric guitar.

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