We work with each student’s goals and interests. Therefore, the path of learning for each student will differ from person to person, changing and evolving over time. Here’s a chord melody beginner students might expect to play about 6 months into learning how to read notes on the guitar (from Mel Bay’s beginner guitar book):
We work with a variety of intermediate and advanced guitar students. Soloing, improvising, songwriting, theory, performance experience, classical technique, and recording are just some of the avenues for an intermediate or advanced student to take. We need only to get to know you to take you where you want to go! Below is an improvised solo in the Gypsy Jazz style, playing over minor blues chord changes – something an intermediate student might work towards.
I play guitar. I am a performer, educator, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. I am originally from Sacramento, CA and I decided to stay in Philadelphia after completing a degree in Jazz Composition/Arranging at Temple University in 2018. My primary instrument is guitar and I play some piano and drum set as well. I have experience playing jazz, rock, folk and other related styles, and I love writing music that combines elements of many genres. - Read More About Sasha
I teach guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. I am currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, where I have taught for the past 18 years. Because of my ability to perform on many string/fretted instruments, (Guitar, Bass, Tenor Banjo, 5 string Banjo, Mandolin and Ukulele) and my comfort with a variety of styles, I am one of the most sought after Musician/Teachers in the tri state area. - Read More About Stephen
I started playing the piano at age 5, and added the guitar at age 12. By 15, I was performing professionally on both instruments. By the time I finished high school, I was not only performing regularly around the DC area, I was also teaching around 10 students per week on piano, guitar, ukulele, and electric bass. I perform often in the Philadelphia area, and travel regularly to DC to perform there as well. My goal as a teacher is to develop in my students the same love for music that I have felt since first taking up piano at age 5. My mission as a performer is to create music that stimulates the mind, soul, and spirit of its listeners. - Read More About Elijah
I teach guitar, bass, and ukulele. I am a long time musician, Philadelphia resident, and teacher of private lessons for almost a decade. I was lucky enough to receive a guitar at age 13, and have been playing for over 15 years. I had a private guitar teacher who gave me the tools to become the player I am today, and years later I am here to do the same for my students. - Read More About Daniel
I teach violin, viola, piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele. I took up playing viola at age 10 in my elementary school orchestra. A year later I took up guitar and began studying both instruments privately, as well as playing in orchestra, jazz band, and chamber ensembles at school. In 2014 I moved to Philadelphia to study viola performance at Temple University, but I soon switched over to studying composition and music technology. During my time at Temple, I also became more and more involved in playing with various rock bands in the local DIY scene, and in the last couple of years I've released a number of albums and had the amazing opportunity to tour up and down the east coast playing this music with some of the most wonderful and talented people I could have ever hoped to meet. As a teacher, I seek to inspire that same creative passion that has carried me through so many of the trials and tribulations of my own life. If you can create music for yourself, then you'll always have something positive to turn to no matter what else is going on. I emphasize good technique and reading ability in lessons, but also make sure that my students know how to improvise and ultimately, have fun making music they enjoy. - Read More About Kyle
I teach guitar, bass, and piano. I am a guitarist and composer who utilizes music as a vehicle for interpreting various aspects of life and art, for engaging students in exciting learning experiences, and for connecting with other people. It is my strongest belief as an educator that each student has their own special way of learning and connecting with music, and that students’ personal needs take priority over all else in the studio or classroom. As a result, I actively take note of what works best for each person or group, and adapt my presentation of the learning material to best fit those requirements. Lesson plans revolve around a healthy balance of technique, music theory, and exploration into various styles or composers from which students may benefit. My vision as a teaching artist is to ignite musical artistry and passion in every one of my students, and channel it toward improving upon their own personal goals. - Read More About Will
I teach Banjo, Guitar, Bass Guitar. I primarily play the guitar, and also play the five-string banjo and bass guitar, among other instruments. I am well-versed in a variety of styles and techniques in addition to possessing a strong background in music theory. I’ve toured internationally and released records with bands that have been praised by Pitchfork, Noisey, and many other outlets and publications. I have a BA in English from the University of Connecticut. Read more about Tyler
I am a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Bass (electric and upright), Guitar, Piano, and Cello. I began teaching myself how to play guitar when I was eight, after my dad introduced me to the instrument. Since then, I have mastered many other instruments. At fifteen I discovered my love for the bass and when I was sixteen I began to play both electric bass and upright. In college, I played in the Montclair State University Jazz Ensemble and combo led by Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker. - Read More About Austin
Aside from playing the bass, I also play drums, piano, ukulele and guitar and possess a strong working knowledge of music theory, notation, and history. I am a musician-educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of the Arts (UARTS) in Philadelphia, PA. Throughout my studies and experiences at UARTS, I have amassed a wide range of skill sets in music performance, education, and music business/technology. I have performed throughout the tri-state area with my own quartet as well as with various other UARTS ensembles. - Read More About Patrick
I teach Banjo, Guitar, and Piano. I started playing professionally when I was 16, starting out playing for swing dances with a pianist I'd met at a music camp in West Virginia. I also recorded my first CD, "Blue Skies" that year. When I was 18, instead of going to college, I tried out for a full time bluegrass band and started playing with them on the road. I've got to play bluegrass in some very interesting places, including The Netherlands and Switzerland. I've taught myself by doing a lot of listening, some thinking, plenty of practice, and a whole lot of love for the music! Having found success with this path, I teach my students using those four guidelines, and I believe that listening and thinking, in addition to practicing are fun and rewarding ways to learn! - Read More About Brennen
I teach violin. I was born and raised in the sweet Midwest city of Saint Louis, Missouri. My dear mother signed me up for Suzuki violin when I was 5 years old, and I am eternally grateful that she kept me doing it until I loved it. I am living in Philadelphia now, teaching music, playing gigs with several bands I lead or co-lead, composing music, and practicing more deeply all of the information I received in college. I like to approach music as a language very similar to any other spoken language. The instrument is an extension of the human voice. I incorporate a lot of listening, singing, movement, games, play, improvisation, and consistency into my lessons and practicing assignments. We learn to speak before we learn to read, and I take the same approach in music. - Read More About Gabe
I teach guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, and mandolin. I moved to Philadelphia to study music at University of the Arts where I graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Performance (Guitar) as well as a Masters of Arts in Teaching. While at Uarts I was lucky to be able to study all of the specific fields of music which initially drew me to the school; performance, writing, recording, and teaching. I am truly happy to say that all 4 of those are still present in my day-to-day life. I write and perform music with my band, The Phonies as well as solo music and various collaborations with other Philadelphia songwriters. I've been lucky to perform music in a wide variety of styles. I have been teaching private lessons (originally only guitar and piano) for 7 years. My goal in teaching music is to help each student reach their musical goal, no matter what they may be. If you aren't quite sure, that's ok too! I'll help to figure it out. No matter what goals my student may have I always try to approach the material in a way that empowers the student to learn more information on their own. - Read More About Sean
I teach trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. I came to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, where I studied with Bill Pusey, George Rabbai, Matt Cappy, and Matt Gallagher; Their credits include work with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Jay-Z, and NFL Films. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in trumpet performance, then dove headfirst into the Philadelphia music scene. As a teacher, my goal is to help students develop their musical ears, along with proper technique and theoretical understanding, so they can find their own personal sound. - Read More About Rick
I teach Trumpet, Upright Bass/Electric Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano. I grew up in a musical family with two double-bass playing parents, and picked up many instruments along the way to becoming a professional musician. I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade when another family member gave me his student trumpet to try out. A few years later, when I started taking the trumpet to jam sessions in my hometown of New York City, I realized that I wanted to pursue a life in music.
I did most of my musical studies at City University of New York, earning a degree in Jazz Performance, and a Masters in composition, with a minor concentration in music ed. Around 2012 I began doing more work with young musicians and found I had a real passion for teaching music. With that passion in mind, I moved to Philadelphia in 2015 to build a music program in a North Philadelphia charter school serving the Latinx Community. I found this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My students went on to perform at the Kimmel Center and the Clef Club, and many still play and study music.
These days I'm usually going to various schools to help with their music programs, or performing with jazz bands and orchestras around Philadelphia and New York, as I continue to work on my own compositions and develop my trumpet playing (it's a life-long pursuit!). Read more about Daniel
I teach Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Fiddle. I grew up in a house filled with classical music, show tunes, and folk music. I really can’t remember not knowing about Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, The Weavers, and Leadbelly. Already a veteran of 3 years of piano and a few months of cornet lessons (I never got past the wet goose noise stage,) I found my home with my first guitar at age 12. I was fortunate to catch on with Jerry Ricks, who later moved to Europe where he toured playing blues as “Philadelphia Jerry Ricks.” Lessons with Jerry formed a broad and deep survey of folk guitar styles–blues, country, bluegrass, and (then) modern folk–fingerpicking and flatpicking styles and techniques. He was also particularly close with Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt and it was my privilege and inspiration to get to know them both a bit, tagging along to club dates at the Second Fret on Sansom St. The John Hurt and Doc Watson repertoires were the core of my student syllabus and as it’s still wonderful stuff and covers at least 2/3 of folk guitar technique, I still feature those tunes with those students who want folk guitar. - Read More About Ted
I teach Voice, Guitar, and Violin. I grew up playing the violin and the piano, and played in school orchestras through high school. I then began to play the guitar and really started focusing on my voice and songwriting. I went to college at Berklee College of Music for Violin Performance and there learned Jazz and Blues styles on Violin. I began to gravitate more towards Rock and Blues styles and became more and more interested in being a singer-songwriter. I teach all ages, and love focusing on Rock, Pop, and Blues styles. Many of my vocal students also play guitar, so we work on coordination between playing and singing at the same time and even songwriting. My teaching style for vocals has a strong focus on finding your voice in chest and mix voices, learning how to project and belt and achieve a full body sound. I love to instill a strong sense of technique, feel, and confidence in my students, and most importantly I want them to have fun! Music lessons are about learning, obtaining goals, and gaining confidence in yourself. I strive to make all of my students well rounded musicians, encourage creativity and live performance, and help to start their musical journey in the most positive and encouraging way possible. - Read More About Stef
I teach violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, and piano. I've been playing music on various instruments for nearly twenty years. I come from a family of musicians and grew up listening to a strange combination of classical music and the Beatles. I played in orchestras and ensembles all throughout grade school. I earned a BA in music production from the College of Media and Communication at Temple University, where I also electively studied music theory and technique. I started teaching while working at a music shop after graduating. I picked up some lessons as a substitute teacher when needed and quickly realized that I loved teaching. My students are a constant reminder of why I fell in love with music in the first place. I've learned that there is no one method that works for every student. I teach using a blended method catered to each student's individual needs, while making sure we don't forget to have fun! - Read More About Jenny
I teach cello, guitar, voice and piano. I grew up taking piano, cello and voice lessons, writing songs and teaching myself to play guitar, which I ended up majoring in at the Berklee College of Music. My passion in music lies in singing and songwriting and I’m very happy to incorporate songwriting into lessons. I’ve taken lessons in traditional classical settings and in much more creative/informal ways. Similarly, I’ve played in a wide variety of styles and settings, from classical music in orchestras to punk music in rock bands. Because my experience with music was partially very traditional and partially self-motivated and based on intuition, I like to make sure I connect with students in the way they learn best. Some people like to learn the theory and see the sheet music, some people prefer to listen, improvise and experiment. There’s no wrong way to learn to play, as long as you’re practicing with the kind of technique that keeps your body healthy! In addition to teaching, you can find me around Philly playing with several bands, including my original project Ellen Siberian Tiger, Mother Moses, Two Girls and Manic Pixi. - Read More About Ellen
I teach bass, guitar, piano, drums, and voice. I grew up in a musical household taking piano lessons from my mother, jamming on drums with my father in the basement, and writing songs with my younger sister. At 13 I discovered my love for bass guitar and enrolled in the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, PA. I attended Berklee College of Music where I graduated with a BA in bass performance and music education in 2014. Currently, I play bass and sing backup vocals for Philly-based indie rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses and for Boston-based Bengali Pop singer Prithwiraj Choudhury. - Learn More About Collin
I teach Guitar,Bass and Ukulele. I am a composer, sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher here in Philadelphia with wide ranging experience working in a variety of styles and settings. According to my mom I’ve been singing since I could talk (though I think she might be exaggerating slightly), but more concretely my musical journey began with piano lessons in kindergarten and continued by playing saxophone and singing in choir up through high school. Receiving my first guitar as my 13th birthday present proved to be a monumental moment in my life and nowadays it’s rare to see me travel anywhere without a guitar somewhere in my possession. My teaching style is based entirely on the needs of my students. Everyone learns differently and has different interests so I believe that keeping that at the forefront of any lesson plan keeps students interested and hungry to learn more. It’s my job as a teacher to not only illustrate the technical and theoretical side of playing music but also provide encouragement for them in their journey of musical discovery. - Read More About Dan
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
I am a professional singer/songwriter originally from Los Angeles currently residing in Philadelphia. I graduated from The University of the Arts in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Vocal Performance. In addition to songwriting, I also specialize in singing Jazz, Pop, Indie, Classical, Rock, and Musical Theater. I have over 15 years of vocal experience, and over 6 years of teaching private instruction in voice, songwriting, guitar, piano, percussion, and ukulele. I also have experience teaching music in group environments, using collaborative and creative approaches. I have had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall, The Sidney Opera House, Preservation Hall, The Kimmel Center, and various venues throughout Los Angeles, such as House of Blues, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, Molly Malone's and more. I recently won a 3 month long vocal competition in Philadelphia, entitled, Songbird: Search for Philly’s Best Singer. When teaching, my approach is to focus on the student’s needs and reach goals that he or she is focused on. I gear lessons towards broadening the student’s mind, and am open to all forms of creating art. I currently teach group music classes, voice for all levels, and piano and guitar (beginner/intermediate levels). -Read More About Keely