Banjo Lessons

The Banjo is a great fingerpicking instrument.  Our teachers will get both hands working together quickly to get that classic banjo sound!

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More about banjo teachers:

Andrew McLeod

I teach banjo and guitar. I graduated in Political Science from West Chester University in 2013 and began working on farms around Southern Lancaster county.  After getting more serious about playing music, I moved to Philadelphia to pursue the craft, and now I play clawhammer banjo and backup guitar at old-time music events around the Philadelphia area, and travel to music festivals for the same purpose.  I also compose finger style guitar and instrumental banjo music and play/perform around the city.  Over the past few years I’ve immersed myself in the community around this music to try to get a full grasp of the style and mentality behind the playing, which I encourage all learners to try to do.  I take a traditional approach to learning the instrument, picking up tunes mostly from other musicians at informal jams, and also learning from source recordings. - Read More About Andrew

Phil Smith

I teach GuitarBass and Banjo. I am a music producer, composer, guitarist, and teacher with a rich background in many different musical styles. I have a B.M. in Classical Guitar from the Oberlin Conservatory, and have extensive performance experience in rock, r&b, pop, gospel, latin, and world music. As a producer I have recorded and written with many of Philadelphia’s finest musicians and artists. My head is constantly filled with music, and my days are usually spent making that inner music come to life. It’s a joy to guide others into their own discovery of music, and it’s my duty as a teacher to equip students with skills (both technical and theoretical) that make playing music joyful and effortless. - Learn More About Phil

Joseph Primavera

I teach Guitar, Bass, Piano and Ukulele. I am a music educator, performer, composer and producer with over 15 years of experience. Since obtaining my Bachelor’s of Music in Performance from Temple University in 2007, I have been teaching private music lessons in the greater Philadelphia area to students of all ages and skill levels. My teaching style focuses equally on technique, theory and improvisation. I like to tailor the lessons to each individual student's goals and interests, all while focusing on the music that they find interesting and inspiring. In 2002, I was one of only two guitar players in Pennsylvania chosen for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2010, I recorded the music for a full length documentary called “Libertopia". In 2011, I co-lead the launch of a recording program at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Since graduating with my degree in jazz performance, I have been featured as a guitarist performing in a variety of genres, and have contributed guitar to multiple recordings, including works recorded at Miner Street Recordings in Fishtown. In addition to guitar and music in general, I have been teaching audio engineering, production and mixing. I have also had a key role in the production and engineering for the albums of many local bands, including Juston Stens (former drummer for Dr. Dog), TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Grubby Little Hands, and The Looks of It (my personal project). In 2009 I founded Philly Music Lessons to bring a unique form of music education to my own neighborhood and to Philadelphia at large. Whether you are just starting out and want to learn some of your favorite songs or preparing for a college audition, I have the tools and experience to help you achieve your musical aspirations. Schedule a Lesson