WHERE NEW YORK CITY PLAYS GUITAR

OUR TEACHERS AND TEAM

Adam Kryzan

Adam comes to us from Calgary, Canada via Boston as a recent graduate in songwriting and performance from The Berklee College of Music. Fluent in nearly every style of music from country to jazz, Adam has been performing and writing since he was 14 when he joined a local blues trio. As a musician, Adam prides himself on serving the music, but as a teacher he strives to serve the musical needs of h
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Aki    Ishiguro

Aki Ishiguro has been playing and practicing for more than 11 years. He still remembers the first lesson he received when he learned to play a Nirvana song.
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Alex   Rubin

When Alex Rubin was seven years old, his guitar playing father gave him a guitar and a method book. We are happy to report that Alex has not put down the guitar since!
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Anthony Hollock

Anthony has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, as well as various theaters around the US. He has received a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. Throughout his training, he has shaped his voice with almost a dozen voice teachers combining all of their best methods into a succinct vocal strengthening exercise. Anthony specializes in various styles from Pop, Rock to
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Austin   Mendenhall

We are excited to welcome Austin to the teaching staff of New York City Guitar School! Austin plays, writes, records, sings, and teaches with incredible enthusiasm. 

Is he on fire? Yes he is!
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Brett   Parnell

Brett comes to NYC Guitar School after receiving his masters from Yale University, where he studied guitar with Benjamin Verdery. Brett was first taught to play guitar by his brother David, who really just needed a rhythm guitarist to play with so he could solo all day.
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Brittany Brook

Brittany Brook is Montana-raised folk artist and performer with a Big-Sky-Country heart for teaching. She specializes in acoustic rhythm strumming and finger-picking for folk, rock, bluegrass, and americana music styles. She is also a singer/songwriter, an actor (Shakespeare, musical theater, film), and the lead guitarist for the all-women’s bluegrass band, The Snowy Mountain Sisters. Brittany wou
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Cameron Morris

Fostered by Greenville South Carolina’s hidden rock and metal scene, Cameron found his way to the guitar at age 14. With a passion for bands like Megadeth and Carcass it was not long before the stage became his second home. After leading bands throughout high school, his studies took him to Anderson University where he would earn a Bachelor of Music Performance degree with a concentration on Class
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Curtis Brewer

American guitarist Curtis Brewer occupies a diverse style ranging from riff-heavy grunge to twang-tinged rock while simultaneously honoring every shade of old school groove. He’s gained a reputation as a first-call studio guitarist, charming vocalist, and trusted educator, teaching music at Southern Illinois University, McKendree University, and Principia College. His original music has led him ac
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Daisy Press

What makes you want to sing? That’s the first thing that Daisy wants to find out, because she knows that it points to something awesome in you. Lessons with her are lively, relaxed, informative, occasionally deep, and frequently hilarious. She is passionate about guiding you to a clear understanding of your voice, always returning to the ways in which you, yourself, hold the keys to singing well.
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Dan   Emery

Dan Emery is dedicated to bringing the thrill and pride of guitar playing to all who desire it. He is the founder of NYC’s friendliest and fastest growing guitar schools, New York City Guitar School, Brooklyn Guitar School and Queens Guitar School.
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Danny Campbell

Danny Campbell is an experienced vocalist in both jazz and classical settings. At C.W. Post, he sings with Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz, the Long Island University Chamber Singers, and the Long Island University Chorus. With these ensembles, Danny has toured France, Switzerland, and Canada. Fill out my Wufoo form!
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David   Gonzalez

David Gonzalez has been performing and teaching classical guitar for over 30 years. He has two degrees in music and received his Suzuki training from Paul Landefeld and Frank Lontay.
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Dylan    Charles

Dylan Charles was so excited when he got his first guitar at age thirteen, he started waking up extra early so he could jam a few chords before catching the bus to school. Only two years later he was gigging professionally in his hometown of Ann Arbor, MI.
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Dylan Gleason

Dylan Gleason first picked up a guitar at the age of 7 and has been making music a vital part of his life ever since. He developed a passion for music when he first discovered The Beatles and has since explored music and found inspiration in a wide range of influences from indie artists such as Radiohead, The Strokes, and The Pixies, to jazz composers Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Django Reinha
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Eliane   Delage

Eliane Delage has been playing the guitar since the early 80's when she started learning the guitar in São Paulo, Brasil. She's been in several bands ranging in style from Funk, Brazilian Music, Hard Rock, Blues, and even Metal!
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Eliane Chu

Elaine began her tenure with us as a doting mom; her two daughters Jessica and Meghan began taking guitar lessons here and we loved her so much that we secured her as a bookkeeper so we could see her all the time! Now she rocks all night and all day (literally...she works hard around the clock, she cares so much!) with us. Elaine lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters, and often shar
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Emilio Tostado

A Chicago native, Emilio picked up a guitar at the age of 12 with his dad at a local music store. Fueled by the excitement and energy he got from classic rock, Motown and 90s alternative, guitar went from being a hobby to an all out obsession. Since then, he recorded and shared the stage with with the Four Tops, Glen Hansard, Melvin Davis, Dennis Coffey, and many others others. He has recorded, pe
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Emma Munger

Emma Munger grew up in Manhattan and began playing guitar when she was 13 years old—taking private lessons and performing in rock clubs around the city. She attended Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, where she studied jazz guitar and performed in motown and funk groups regularly. During the summers in NYC, she worked at Kids Creative Summer Camp and Come Join the Band (teaching kids ages 5-13 to writ
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Eric Thachuk

Eric is joining us from Hamilton, Canada. This is his second stint making America “home”. The first was as a scholarship student at Berklee College of Music in Boston studying bass and guitar performance. His professional experience includes everything from bar gigs co-starring the weekly hockey game to cross-country indie tours stuffed in a cramped van to backing up Grammy and Juno (Canadian Gram
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Gaby Pilagonia

Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Gaby has been singing since she could talk. She started as a Summer Camper and intern at NYCGS some years ago, and blew us away with her awesome vocals and sparkling personality! Along the way she's picked up drums, keys and guitar. Gaby is currently studying vocal performance at Hunter College.
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Hannah Kaplan

Hailing from Connecticut, Hannah is a Brooklyn based actor, singer, and avid crocheter. She has a BFA in acting from UCONN and is one of two parts of the cover band Ham Sandwich. Hannah is a member and co-founder of the theater company The Brooklyn Actors Troupe which has a residency at The Wild Project in the East Village. Thanks to the New York City Guitar School she has finally achieved her goa
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Hector   Marin

Hector Marin joins the NYCGS team of amazing teachers from Costa Rica, has been playing the guitar for over ten years, and has been been teaching guitar for many years as well.
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Issac Hernandez

“Music is not what I do, it’s who I am.” Issac Hernandez first picked up the guitar at age 12 and began with traditional Mexican ballads that he heard his grandfather play on the Spanish Guitar. However, it wasn’t until the day he heard the screaming sounds of the blues and rock that his musical world expanded! Inspired by a diverse collection of musical influences such as Howling Wolf, Jack White
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Ivan Orellana

Born somewhere in the mountains of Ecuador, Ivan came to the Land of Dreams with a guitar on his back and a big smile. He has been playing guitar for over 15 years. He studied popular music at the City College of New York. He loves all styles of music, especially Psychedelic Cumbia, Tropical Rhythms and Latin Rock. Some of his biggest influences are Gustavo Cerati, Manu Chao and Cafe Tacvba. He is
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Jack Skuller

Jack picked up a guitar when he was 11 and he released a record on an indie label by the time he was 14, setting the stage for an authentic rock and roll teen life. Radio Disney took notice and gave Skuller the opportunity to tour 15 major cities in the U.S. In 2014, his songwriting and musicianship were recognized by the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and they awarded him the Holly Prize in tribute to
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Jaime Garamella

Jaime teaches guitar, voice, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica. He has been teaching since 2001, and especially loves working with beginners. He also likes to incorporate singing into lessons.
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James Wellington

James is currently earning his Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance at SUNY Purchase where he has studied with João Luiz and Frederic Hand. James has taken the stage in various styles of music and has experience in teaching genres such as rock, metal, jazz, blues, and classical. He encourages his students to experience the many passions that musical diversity has to offer. James follow
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James Wengrow

James Wengrow began performing at the age of 14 in his hometown (Gold Coast, Australia) with the city's established jazz musicians before relocating to the neighboring city of Brisbane in 2008, and then to Melbourne in late 2011. During this time, James played with some of the country’s leading jazz and improvised music practitioners. Since June 2013, James has been performing, teaching and studyi
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Janel Ridley

Hailing from Queens, NY, Janel studied Sociology, Anthropology and Social Justice/Social Policy at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. She loves music, singing and all forms of visual and auditory art. When she’s not taking classes to further her dancing and singing  skills, she runs her own clothing line, called Dope Produce. She loves to coach others in finding their passions, and we’re so hap
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Jason Balish

Classical guitarist Jason Balish is a dedicated teacher and a passionate performer. He is currently completing a post-masters Professional Studies diploma under the renowned performer David Leisner at the Manhattan School of Music. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music which he completed under the guitarist and composer Mark Delpriora. Jason has performed in Eur
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Jeff   McLaughlin

Guitarist Jeff McLaughlin is a composer/performer who loves teaching his students. He started playing guitar at age 13 and fell in love with the instrument immediately. Soon after he began learning the solos of Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Buckethead.
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Jen   Elliott

Jen started out as a singer and songwriter before she found the guitar. Releasing two albums on indie label, City Canyon Records, her band toured the east coast.
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Jessica Ackerley

In the past decade, Jessica Ackerley has already established herself on the Canadian and American jazz scene as a unique guitarist and composer. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada; Jessica holds undergraduate degrees from Grant MacEwan and St. Francis Xavier University as well as a Master's in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University. Mentors throughout her musical growth include Todd Neufeld, Tys
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Jessy Dorsett

As a little farm girl from Connecticut, Jessy had always dreamed about moving to the big city to pursue a singing career. She started out by getting involved in her schools music programs and study with some incredible voice teachers. She was one of the original six vocalists picked out of the entire state of Connecticut for The Ensign- Darling Vocal Fellowship, which is a full-scholarship vocal p
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Julia Weldon

Julia Weldon is a Brooklyn based teacher, songwriter and nationally touring indie-folk pop artist. She picked up the guitar at age 13 and never put it back down! Julia has 20 years of guitar experience and nearly that many years composing original songs. After receiving a Masters in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Weldon continues to hone her skills as an instructor of guitar, son
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Justin Gaynor

Justin has just reached his 10th year anniversary of teaching guitar. Since his time studying with Jazz Guitar icon Vic Juris at Rutgers University, Justin has worked with over 100 students of all ages and skill levels to develop their skills on guitar. In his years teaching, Justin has seen students go on to play at a collegiate and professional level. Justin’s excels at setting a rock solid foun
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Ti - one of our Suzuki early childhood certified teachers

Katty Mayorga

Katty Anna Mayorga began her guitar studies in Guatemala at the age of 6, concentrating in Latin American pop music on acoustic guitar. She also studied electric bass, mandolin, ukulele and banjo, but fell in love with the classical guitar. At the age of 18 she decided to concentrate solely on classical guitar and in New York, she began her studies with Peter Press (accomplished classical guitaris
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Kenji   Shinagawa

Kenji comes to us from many avenues of the world. In Osaka, Japan, he first learned about music, and was exposed to Classical and Japanese music. In Bethesda, MD, he found his life's calling in a guitar as a teen, and began to spend several hours everyday practicing and playing music with his friends.
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Kenta Shimakawa

Born and raised in California, Kenta Shimakawa started guitar at the age of 14 and since then it has been his keys to opening up the world of music. He began musical training at a young age with voice and cello and was surrounded by the sounds of Flamenco by friends and family; but the electric guitar was the most pivotal instrument in shaping his love for music. His passion for music was initiall
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Koby  Williamson

A graduate of Mannes College’s classical guitar program, Koby has been studying the guitar for 16 years, thanks to some amazing teachers! He has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Neue Galerie...
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Kyle   Tigges

We are so pleased that we convinced the amazing Kyle Tigges to join our staff! Hundreds of students of all ages and levels have become proficient guitar players and intelligent musicians with Kyle's patient and expert coaching.
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Kyle Green

Born in a small town in the Midwest, Kyle grew up listening to a diverse range of music. Through his parents he was exposed primarily to Rock, Country, Folk, and Celtic music. Listening to artist from these genres aided in developing a musical sensibility that is continually reflected in Kyle’s playing. In his teens, Kyle was immersed in a music scene that was defined by heavy guitar riffs and shr
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Leanna Burton

A Chicago native, Leanna moved to New York City to pursue a career as a writer and performer. Leanna has been singing since her childhood, and has been playing guitar since age 16. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Brooklyn College, and when she isn’t working on a new story, you can find her performing at open mics and shows across the city. She loves music of all kinds; from 90s grun
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Lenny   Molotov

Lenny is an accomplished finger picker and applies this technique to both folk and blues. You could say he wrote the book on finger picking–literally, since he is the author of the book “Finger Style Basics for Guitar”, which is published by the Guitar School.
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Lucas Brode

Lucas Brode is a jazz, rock, and experimental guitarist/composer who regularly performs throughout the Northeastern US. He has a wealth of experience teachi ...
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Mariela Rosales

Mariela was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her love of music began at a young age. When she was 14 she began learning the guitar and piano at Brooklyn Guitar School and has been playing ever since. She loves all types of music, especially rock and alternative. Her favorite bands include Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Eagles, Guns N' Roses, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana. She has be
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Martin Jacobs

Martin is returning to NYC Guitar School after spending a few years back in his home state of Oklahoma. 3 things brought him back to New York City -- the people, Shake Shack and Brooklyn. His love for music, passion for building meaningful connections and eagerness to continue to become a better guitarist bring him back to NYC Guitar School and he is excited to be a part of the coolest guitar scho
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Matt   Boas

Matt Boas began teaching in 1992. His past teaching experience includes conducting guitar courses at Brooklyn College. 

He has developed and continues to refine a proven method which focuses on essential fundamentals and developing strong, consistent habits.
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Michael   “Suke”   Cerulo

We are so excited that Michael “Suke” Cerulo is teaching for NYC Guitar School. Suke’s band Schleigo charted in the top 20 on CMJ and college jazz radio charts, and played with not only The Allman Brothers, but Bela Fleck, John Scofield, G. Love and Special Sauce, Galactic, Moe and many more top acts.
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Michelangelo Quirinale

An expert in all things rock, Michelangelo brings over 15 years of teaching experience to the Brooklyn Guitar School. A childhood learning the music of rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Guns N' Roses brought him to Berklee College of Music, where he received his BM in Guitar Performance. He loves teaching all styles and levels, specializing in classic rock, pop, heavy metal, and le
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Mike Bennett

Mike is a versatile guitarist and composer from Brooklyn. Having studied at both Oberlin College and Wesleyan University, Mike has developed a unique integrative approach to guitar playing and composing.
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Pete   Matthiessen

Pete began playing the guitar when he was 11 years old. He soon began working on his calluses learning songs by Megadeth, Metallica, The Beatles, and Yes. He also made sure to attend the National Guitar Workshop every summer.
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Priyal Maheshwari

 Priyal Maheshwari is one of our newest additions to the faculty of NYCGS. Born and brought up in India, Priyal discovered his passion for music at an early age, when he started his professional training in Classical Indian Music as a Tabla player (Indian Percussion). Coming from a diverse background of Science and Engineering, he spent 5 years in Indian Institute of Technology discovering his new
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Rob   Adler

Rob has come to us in New York City from Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a young teenager Rob became captivated by blues greats Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King and decided guitar was the thing for him.
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Sam  Allen

Sam Allen first picked up his first guitar to play all his favorite Clash and Ramones songs at the age of 10 and has been playing and writing music ever since! Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude...
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Sebastian Cruz

Sebastian is a guitarist, songwriter, composer, arranger and educator. In his original projects he often includes musical elements from his Colombian roots rubbing against elements of urban New York City life: multi-cultural mesh, recycling, discarding, minor epiphanies, major cacophonies and modern jazz and other languages. His main personal projects are Coba (songwriting project) and The Cheap L
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Shane Chapman

Chapman comes to us from Seattle, where the summers aren't that hot, the winters aren't that cold and it doesn't rain as much as you'd think. Since he left his hometown of Anacortes, Washington in 1997, he has taught English in Prague, waited tables in Scotland, played shows in Australia and rocked it as a poor musician in five continents and over thirty countries. In Seattle, he was a teacher at
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Shirley Williams

Shirley comes to us from Westchester County, New York. She took up the guitar over 10 years ago, and hasn't been able to put it down since. Shirley has experience teaching kids and adults in styles ranging from rock, pop, metal, to classic acoustic songs! She is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor, and enjoys inspiring her students through guitar. She looks forward to helping you achieve y
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Steve Martinez

After getting his first guitar at the age of 13, Queens native Steve Martinezbegan spending all his time teaching himself to play and learning from his peers, developing a love for all things music. After high school, he studied music at the City College of New York. We are so pleased he joined NYC Guitar School, where he has helped students of all ages in genres ranging from rock, punk, pop, and
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Subrina Torres

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Subrina Torres moved up north to become a part of the amazing music and art community in NYC!  Whether its playing over-the-top characters in musicals or rocking out with her band The Good Good, she loves to entertain and have fun onstage. She also enjoys checking out jazz and chamber music performances in the Lincoln Center area. Subrina is absolutely elated
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Tia   Vincent-Clark

Tia Vincent-Clark grew up in a family of professional musicians and began her teaching career in 1999. Her patience, enthusiasm and committment to teaching are all reasons that we are thrilled to have Tia as an integral part of NYC Guitar School!
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Tom   Burda

Mesmerized by the powerful guitar sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom first picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He spent his free time studying jazz, classical, and flamenco guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
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Tony   Calabro

Tony has been playing guitar since he was a young child and teaching for over 15 years. He simply loves what he does and it shows.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied guitar performance and music production.
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Vanessa Malanga

Vanessa is a lifelong lover of music. Her greatest musical influence is her father, who raised her on the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Star Wars soundtrack. Her first favorite artist was Michael Jackson, closely followed by the Spice Girls. Vanessa graduated from Catawba College with a BFA in musical theatre and recently completed one year at the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Conservato
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Vinnie   DeMasi

Vincent has been a full-time musician and teacher since 1995, and is especially patient with adult beginners. He's performed on Broadway as an understudy lead guitarist in the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaborative Moving Out, is currently a regular sub in the pit orchestra of Mamma Mia.
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Vinnie Arbona

Queen’s native Vinnie fell in love with music when he began singing in church at the age of 8, and he fell in love with the guitar at the moment he first heard “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix being played on the radio. Vinnie studied voice, theory and the performing arts at Queens College. Vinnie is a warm, patient and inspiring teacher who specializes in helping beginners get off to a strong and fu
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William Taylor

William has loved music for as long as he remembers. Coming from Greensboro, NC, he began playing guitar at age 10 with an amplifier and a patient family. Soon after, he was learning new chords from songbooks of The Beatles and trying to emulate his first guitar icon, Eric Clapton. After playing in bands and making records throughout high school, William studied classical guitar at the University
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Zak Fisher

Zak Fisher has played guitar for most of his life. In his teaching, he draws from an eclectic array of professional experiences in classical, jazz, theatrical, and rock contexts. In his hometown of Las Vegas, NV, he studied guitar under the tutelage of Bill Swick at the nationally recognized, Grammy Award winning Las Vegas Academy for the Arts. He also studied music at Middlebury College, from whi
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