Featured Guitar Teachers Near Throggs Neck , NY

Ileen Z

Ileen Z

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I first taught guitar at the unlikely age of ten. To my surprise, my first student became very proficient very quickly and still plays today. The idea that anyone has the potential to do something well really sold me on teaching. There are standard ways to learn this instrument, but when a reliable method falls short, it's up to a qualified teacher to get their students to achieve their goals. The guitar has a poor reputation as a serious instrument, when it fact it is quite difficult, even physically un-natural to play. Bad habits can not only set you back, but take a great deal of time and effort to un-do, and can even cause physical pain or damage. I can't understate the importance of selecting a guitar teacher who has extensive experience with physical technique, and how it can free the guitarist from sluggish learning, frustration and most musical limits in their playing.

Alan L

Alan L

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For any student, my primary desire is to see them love what they learn. Rather than teaching to a standardized curriculum and following a textbook, I like spending the first class getting to know the student and why he decided to play the instrument in the first place. I want to learn who his favourite artists are and what inspires him. After that, I can craft an individualized course of study that ensures the student will learn to play in the style that he wants to play. While catering to their specific interests, I also find it very important to spend part of each lesson broadening their musical horizons and introducing them to styles of music/playing they wouldn't generally listen to. This is a great way to enhance musical understanding and gain a deeper appreciation for the diverse musical languages that exist. 

Anthony T

Anthony T

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The most rewarding part of teaching for me is seeing how much my students have progressed after each lesson. There is nothing more I could ask for than having a student realize that when he/she walked into their first lesson, they had absolutely no idea where to even begin.. but now they can play a whole song (or even a whole album!) I make sure my students are clearly understanding the material we had gone over. This is a very important aspect as the student must understand what he/she is practicing. My lessons always end with an outline of what we covered, how well he/she has covered the passages and what needs improvement. The main vision I have at all times as a teacher is my student satisfying the goals they had before they picked up lessons. I want my students to accomplish their dreams and goals they never thought were possible. For a student to realize what they thought was impossible was now possible to me is a successful student.

David M

David M

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I've been teaching guitar lessons for 5 years, starting when college began, and I have 15 years playing experience. I've found that the biggest part of teaching music is understanding what exactly your students want to get out of their lessons and tailoring their lesson plan to their goals and needs. I remember my biggest issue when I was learning: my teachers would just teach me whatever they wanted without actually understanding my goals. For me, that created a lot of boredom and disinterest at times, so I just can't really think of any good reason to avoid that way of doing things. The teacher is the one giving the service, and I personally believe that this specific type of service should be defined by the student and not curated by the teacher! I believe in short, consistent, daily practice times, but I think practice can be useless if it isn't done correctly. One of the most important things in learning an instrument is not only practicing, but knowing HOW to practice. 

Jared H

Jared H

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I am a professional musician and educator in New York City, I love talking about anything related to music, I am constantly challenging myself to learn new things about music and the greatest process to learn more about music is to share it with others. I've arguably learned more from my students over the years than they have from me. I went to Berklee College of Music on a full-ride scholarship, I graduated in 2013 with an honors diploma in music education and performance from the Global Jazz Institute. After Berklee I moved directly to NYC, I have performed extensively with my own band in Europe and the United States and also with other groups as a sideman in Central America, Africa, Europe and across the United States. I have studied and performed closely with many Grammy Award winning and renowned artists such as Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade (drummer for norah jones), Ben Stree, John Patitucci and many others.

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