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 shredding guitar solos. Rock music had taken over the local scene as well as Kyle’s musical interest for several years. Through out his teens Kyle performed with many local rock bands. Shredding guitar licks continued to be his passion until later in his early twenties when he was exposed to Jazz. The new textures, sounds, and rhythms that Jazz offered changed his playing forever. In his mid twenties Kyle had the opportunity to travel the globe performing as a guitarist with recording artist from both the UK and USA. This experience helped to give Kyle a better understanding of music and art. Now in his late twenties, Kyle is exploring musical avenues that allow him to explore all of his influences and interest, giving respect to each art form, but also being sure to stay true to who he is, therefore being able to create a music that is true to him.
Kyle is grateful to have had the opportunities to study music with many incredible talents. These mentors have inspired and given him direction that has not only influenced his playing but also his views of art and life. In Michigan Kyle studied with the talented classical guitarist Carlos De La Barrera of Argentina at Grand Valley State University, as well as Jason Werkema, a wonderful talent and mentor to many. While performing nationally and internationally Kyle studied with some of the guitar worlds greatest innovators. Through their lessons, and music, these musicians remain highly influential in Kyle’s playing. Kyle is grateful to have had the opportunity to study with Adam Rogers, Gilad Heksleman, Jack Wilkins, Julian Lage, and Zvonimir Tot.
Now settled in New York after several years traveling the globe performing, Kyle is grateful to be sharing the joy of music with his students as well as ambitiously pursuing new musical avenues writing music in his own projects and creating music with many talented artists around the city.
I'm in my seventh session in the Absolute Beginner class and truly, I just walk out of every class brimming with happiness.
The make-up policy is great -- go to any other class or have a one-on-one
- Young R. (5 STARS)
One of the best things I've ever done is sign up for classes here. This is the friendliest staff that has ever existed anywhere ever, and every student feels welcome and encouraged.
They make sure every student is beyond satisfied with his or her experience. They also provide extra challenges and
sometimes give us material based on the students' interests. They provide ample opportunities to participate in events outside of class, and I've never felt out of place here. I've taken classes with both Lenny and Jon, and they're both incredibly nice, talented guitarists with a sense of humor and a great knack for teaching. [...]
I can't say enough good things, and I'll be a student here for a long, long time!
- Elizabeth S. (5 STARS)
Don't be afraid to try picking up guitar as your next obsession, the class is
rewarding and enjoyable. Environment is relaxing and everyone I met is
- Daphne P. (5 STARS)
I started with zero musical or guitar experience and now 18 months later have a fun rewarding hobby than I am enthused to continue.
- Simon P (5 STARS)
Seriously, the people here are so friendly and nice it takes me aback sometimes after being in New York 3+ years) but they really do create a warm, friendly environment/atmosphere and there is no judgment as to skill.
This is one of the few places I've rated where if I could give them an extra star for awesomeness, I totally would.
- Susan A (5 STARS)
Even though I'm still a beginner, by week 7 my friends asked me to play them some songs. They were impressed! I was impressed!
- Paul H (5 STARS)
I have learned so much in 10 weeks. I fiddled around with a guitar here and there but the absolute beginner class really helped me get my feet wet. I can already play a few beginner songs by heart. Can’t wait to take the next series of classes. Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn how to play guitar.
- Nitin G (5 STARS)
What an amazing experience! The instructors are knowledgeable and
encouraging. It's quite affordable too! They host all sorts of events and have classes for all levels of experience.
- Monica M (5 STARS)
This school rocks. They are super nice, super accommodating and if you ever need to miss and make up a class that is not a problem. I have now taken two ten-week classes there and I am starting on a third. I have made a lot of progress. I am excited to practice and to go to class. I highly recommend this school!
- Mary M (5 STARS)
Best place by far to learn how to play guitar. Whether you're 4 or 24, teacher's here are awesome and the staff is extremely helpful and pleasant.
- Elizabeth A (5 STARS)
I have loved my experience at NYC Guitar School. I have been taking private classical guitar lessons with Michael who is so enthusiastic, encouraging and talented. My positive experiences with my teacher have been a huge motivator to keep me practicing. His pacing for me is just perfect, I never feel like I have too little or too much to practice in a week, and my improvements in such a short amount of time of taking lessons are drastic.
The office environment is another huge part of what makes NYC Guitar School so great. Awkward timing in my schedule makes it so I have over an hour to kill in the neighborhood before my
lesson every week. I usually just practice and warm up on the guitar a little in the office, which as a total guitar beginner would be a little awkward in such a public space but for the incredibly welcoming staff in the office. Everyone who walks in and out of the guitar school is all smiles and friendliness--it makes for a positive vibe that just needs to be experienced to be understood. NYC Guitar school is just the best, and I look forward to my lesson every week.
- Katie G (5 STARS)
Great guitar school! I was looking for a place to take group classes and this place is awesome. Everyone is super nice, from the teachers to the staff. The rates for classes are good. Also, they have guitars available to be used during class so I don't have to lug mine back and forth for each class, which makes it so much easier. I'm on my third session of classes (10 classes/session) and I've definitely learned a ton. [...]
- Heidi K (5 STARS)