Clayton Hopkins is a NYC/NJ based guitarist, songwriter, and singer. He studied Music Engineering, Production, Contemporary Guitar, and Composition/Songwriting at Frost School of Music before moving to NYC to pursue his original music full-time. Clayton’s contemporary rock n roll group, Clayton-Ellis, has toured the UK 3 times and Clayton co-wrote and co-produced all the material on the band’s debut album. In addition to teaching with NYC Guitar School, he is currently writing and producing material for a new album and he also has a featured role in a television pilot. Clayton is excited to share his love of rock and acoustic guitar with students. His patience and enthusiasm allow him to connect and nurture students from beginner to expert as they discover and pursue their passion for music.
“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, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Issac continues to strive to master music like one of the greats. Currently Issac studies jazz at City College of New York and teaches at our NYC Guitar School! His teaching philosophy is centered around holding his students to their highest possibilities while creating a fun and interactive learning environment.
Josh Torvi is a Brooklyn based guitarist, composer, and instructor. He spends his time leading his own Jazz groups, preforming with the funk/soul band “The Haveners”, and teaching students of all ages. Josh received his BA in Music from Bard College where he studied with Erica Lindsay, Thurman Barker, and John Esposito. He has received awards such as the Larry McLeod jazz scholarship, the Nesuhi Ertugun scholarship, as well as an outstanding musicianship award at the Berklee Jazz Festival. He has performed at Rockwood Music Hall, The Shrine, and many other venues throughout the northeast. Josh can be found actively engaging in the New York music scene, where he loves to spread positivity and excitement.