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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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Aden Brooks

Aden Brooks is a New York City-based musician and educator. He received his Masters Degree in trombone performance at Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors Degree in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music. Aden performs regularly with various chamber orchestras, ensembles and opera companies in the NYC-area, as well as his hometown band, Stockade Kids. He received the John Clark
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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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Alec Goldfarb

Alec Goldfarb is an American composer, guitarist, artist, writer, and Indian classical musician based in NYC. Winner of Downbeat magazine’s 35th annual student composition award, he has worked with the Illinois Modern Ensemble & most recently with Jonah Bokaer Choreography as a guest composer on his production NEITHER (made possible by the Guggenheim). Alec’s art seeks universality through au
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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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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 very passionate about helping singers become musicians, both independent of needing an accompanist and able to join in the band! Brittany has taught kids k-12 for over a de
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Caroline Contillo

Originally from New Jersey, Caroline Contillo moved to New York 17 years ago to explore all the city has to offer, especially the live music! Since then she has been involved in indie musicals, comedy, and most recently sound meditation. She is stoked to join the NYC Guitar School team and looks forward to supporting people who are interested in taking concrete steps towards their wildest dreams.
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Charlie Looker

Charlie Looker has been teaching guitar since 2004 to children and adults of all skill levels, in many different styles and traditions. Born and raised in New York, Charlie holds a BA in Music from Wesleyan University, and also studied jazz guitar privately with Chris Rosenberg, and music theory with J Mark Stambaugh (both of Manhattan School of Music). With a deep love of all musical forms, and a
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Christian Cepeda

Christian is a professional musician and instructor from Long Island, NY. He received his Bachelors Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of the world-renowned Fred Hand at the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory. Through his studies he’s channeled his passion for jazz, education in classical music, guitar pedagogy, and experience in teaching contemporary music to gain a mul
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Curtis Brewer

American guitarist Curtis Brewer educates in diverse styles ranging from riff-heavy grunge to twang-tinged rock while simultaneously honoring every shade of America music. 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 acro
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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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Dalton McLaughlin

Dalton found his niche as a guitarist during his high school years, where he was inspired by flamenco legends such as Paco de Lucía and Vicente Amigo. He was also introduced to the revolutionary guitarist Andrés Segovia, which gave him further interest in Spanish music and the classical guitar. Originally from California, Dalton earned his BM from San Francisco State University, where he studied u
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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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Doug Bostick

Doug Bostick has been playing guitar for 13 years. In that time he earned a degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University where he studied jazz music in depth as well as composition and music theory. Doug has used his facility on the guitar to travel the world as a guitarist for Royal Caribbean but now turns his focus to New York. His love for soul, R n B, rock, and indie mus
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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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Elaine Chu

Before she found NYC Guitar School, Elaine graduated with a degree in psychology from NYU and held a position as a Compliance Officer in options trading surveillance on Wall Street.  Through her daughters’ desire to learn the guitar, she joined us through our work study program and later transitioned to becoming our bookkeeper.  Her interests including beading (animal shapes), yoga, energeti
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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. He has recorded, performed
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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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Erin Christina

Erin is a South Carolina native who recently moved to New York City. She has been a lover of music and the performing arts since childhood and received a bachelors degree in theatre directing from the South Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating, Erin realized her true passion lies in using the arts to promote positive change in her local community, and she is so excited to be joining the N
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Ethan Sipe

Ethan Sipe is a guitarist, violinist, mandolinist and Singer Songwriter who currently lives in Manhattan. Ethan started music lessons at a young age, first starting with violin at age 6, followed and accompanied by guitar lessons starting at age 10. Ethan is currently in a pop/folk band called the EJJ (pronounced “edge”) with his twin brother Jeremy Sipe and his cousin Jacob Friedmann.
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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. Fill out my Wufoo form!
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George England

A native of Northern California, George is a performing classical guitarist, lutenist, and music teacher living in New York. He performs as a soloist, in his trio Third Person Narrative, and in the newly formed, Duo Raccontare with soprano, Kathleen O’Rourke. He also performs as a continuo player on historical instruments with Ensemble Musica Humana in New York City and Sinfonia Spirituosa b
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Greg Sardella

Born and raised in the outskirts of New York City, Greg began studying music at an early age into his college years. Starting with the saxophone in grade school and later moving on to guitar, it became clear that music would be a lifelong passion. Greg moved to the city in 2010 to intern at a recording studio and focus on his musical path. He has played guitar and bass in various NYC bands for ove
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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 trib
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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 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
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Jason Balish

Jason has been described as an extremely versatile educator and performer. Aside from being a classically trained guitarist and Suzuki certified teacher working with young children ages 2 and up, he specializes in Jazz, Classical/Fingerstyle guitar, lead/rock/pop guitar, song writing/arranging and Music Theory. Jason received his formal training from the Manhattan School of Music and holds a Maste
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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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Jobelle Mesa

Jobelle graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College with a degree in music and psychology, because her two passions in life are music and helping people! In the past, she strove to make a difference in the lives of children and students of all ages in many different settings, from schools and private tutoring to hospitals and a psychology lab. Now as the director of Queens Guitar School, Jobel
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John Romano

John began playing guitar at the beginning of middle school. At home he learned how to play his favorite songs by The Beatles and Nirvana, and at school he joined the jazz and symphonic bands. He quickly began to play and write music with friends outside of school, at which point he discovered his passion for songwriting. It remains his passion to this day and he enjoys writing music both by himse
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Josh Torvi

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 E
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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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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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Lance Piebenga

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Lance made his way to Los Angeles as a studio musician before moving to New York, where he currently studies classical guitar performance at Hunter College. Over the years Lance has performed as a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist in number of different groups, ranging in style from indie-rock to shoegaze to punk. He currently performs around the city with his solo
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Landry Levine

Born and raised in Arlington, Texas, Landry came north to study drama and philosophy at Vassar College. After that, the next logical step was to jump into the amazing artistic community in NYC! Besides his passions for performance and theatre, Landry loves music and has played guitar for the past ten years, so he feels right at home at NYC Guitar School. He is so excited to be a part of our amazin
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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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Madeline Johnson

Madeline is a classically trained soprano who is excited to take on the role of Student Experience Coordinator for NYC Guitar School East. She graduated from Western Carolina University and taught Chorus and Orchestra in the mountains of North Carolina before relocating to NYC. As a former teacher herself, she strives to assist the amazing teachers of NYC Guitar School in any way possible. In addi
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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
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Mateo Vintimilla

Born and raised in Cuenca, Ecuador Mateo began his guitar studies when he was 10 years old, and ever since he played his first notes on the guitar he knew that there was only one path for him. In Ecuador he started his performance and teaching career at the early age of 14 where he performed in numerous recitals and guitar festivals, where he played in masterclasses for some of the biggest names i
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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,
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Nick Pierok

Originally from Cincinnati, Nick is an active guitarist, composer, and teacher, and hopes to use those skills to share as much music as possible. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education with a Jazz Specialization. Not wanting to pin himself into one genre of music, Nick has performed in a wide variety of scenarios, from blues ba
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Olin Clark

Olin Clark is a Michigan native and current resident of Brooklyn, NY. Although he performs many styles of music, his specialty is jazz and rock/fusion guitar. As a composer and arranger, Olin’s music has been performed by many ensembles around the United States and abroad. He is an advocate for mentorship in music, believing that the music should be taught to generations through mentorship.
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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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Shane Chapman

Shane Chapman is the lead singer and guitarist for Brooklyn Americana band anacortes who has just released their second album. When he’s not doing that, he is the guitarist and arranger for NYC’s premiere Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts. Also as a performer, he was featured on the steam punk album Tempus Fugitive by The Peter Ulrich (of Dead Can Dance) Collaboration. As a composer,
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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 ach
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Stephen Howard

Stephen Howard is a North Carolina native that made his way to NYC to pursue his love of teaching music. With over 7 years experience teaching children and adults, he is incredibly patient and knows exactly how to make a personal connection and adapt each lesson to suit students’ needs. With a specialty in teaching elementary and middle schools students, Stephen excels at finding creative wa
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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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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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