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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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Alexis Babini

Alexis Babini is a performer and songwriter who loves sharing his enthusiasm with students. His favorite thing is to see music move and inspire others. Since his graduation from Berklee College of Music, Alexis has toured nationally and released albums as a solo artist. In that time he’s shared the stage with acts such as Blues Traveler, Howie Day, and even the New York Yankees during a charity ev
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Anne Husick

Anne Husick’s students love her! Anne has worked with her own band Shameless, Band of Susans, The Ronnie Spector Band, Wilson Pickett, Lida Husik, Lach, Siberia, and many other national recording artists.
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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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Bryan   Ladd

Bryan Ladd grew up in the Hartford, Connecticut area and began playing bass when he was 11 years old. His father is an accomplished bass player, so there was always an instrument in the house.
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Cariad   Harmon

British born and New York based singer/songwriter Cariad Harmon has been performing original music in and around New York City since her graduation from Berklee College of Music in 2004.
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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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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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Deen   Anbar

Deen Anbar (b. 1985) is a modern electric guitarist and recent arrival to the New York music scene. Having studied with such luminaries as George Garzone, Wayne Krantz, Chris Potter, Jean-Michel Pilc and Gil Goldstein, he is an active participant in a vibrant musical community.
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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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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 about 10 years and received his Bachelors Degree in Music from the City College of New York. He enjoys many different genres of music, especially Blues, Rock, Jazz and Classical. He is very passionate about teaching, learning and helping every studen
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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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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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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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Kyle   LaLone

Kyle started taking lessons when he was 9yrs old and formed his first rock band, Myth, at age 12. He hasn't looked back since! 

By the end of high school, his band had played numerous festivals and parties and opened for recording artists American Hi-Fi, Willa Ford, and Dream.
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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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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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Matt   Williamson

Matt Williamson comes to NYC Guitar School from Alabama. As a child, every year he asked his parents for an electric guitar. After four years they gave in to what they assumed was a passing fancy.
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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

Michelangelo comes to us from Boston as a recent graduate and scholarship student of Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in Guitar Performance. He has over 15 years of playing experience in all styles of music, with Classic Rock and Metal holding a special place in his heart (Led Zeppelin heavily influenced his switch to electric guitar). Michelangelo’s musical journey has led
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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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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 Seatt
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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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Tim Wendel

Tim is a versatile guitarist, composer, and educator who enjoys guiding students of all ages and abilities toward a fun and rewarding musical experience!
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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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Woody Quinn

Woody has been studying and performing guitar for over 16 years. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami, Woody traveled to New York City. Since arriving in NYC he’s played hundreds of gigs ranging from rock gigs at CBGB’s to jazz gigs at The Blue Note. Woody enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanc
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Zac Selissen

Zac Selissen is an electric guitar-wielding classic rocker who also has a passion for the classical guitar. He received his masters degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a focus on classical guitar.
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