WHERE NEW YORK CITY PLAYS GUITAR

OUR TEACHERS

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Josh Walker

As a Broadway actor, Josh was recently seen as the World's Tiniest Cossack in the Broadway revival of Side Show (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominated) directed by Academy Award winning Director Bill Condon. He originated with role at the John F Kennedy Performing Arts Center production where Side Show earned the Helen Hayes Award for Best Musical and Outstanding Ensemble. He can be heard on
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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...
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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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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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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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Maddie Rice

After spending her childhood studying Suzuki violin, Maddie was inspired to pick up guitar in high school when she discovered classic rock greats like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd...
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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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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
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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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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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