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  • Jamie Sherwood Guitar Lessons

    Jamie Sherwood Guitar Lessons

    Southington, CT 06489

    5.0 (10)

    My teaching approach: Welcome to SherStudios My motto is music can change everything if you let it into your life. I give lessons with a passion so everyone can enjoy the incredible world of music. Each student is taught specifically to his or hers interest and goals in a comfortable and affordable setting. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Hartt School of Music and have toured with signed bands as well as recorded for hundreds of artists. I have taught for 30 yrs. and sent many people to music school and prepared them for careers in music as well as given others a fun hobby to enjoy. Guitar,
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  • Francesco Barone Guitar Lessons

    Francesco Barone Guitar Lessons

    Newington, CT 06111

    4.7 (3)

    Francesco Barone is a leading classical guitar instructor in the Greater Hartford area and currently teaches at The Hartt Community Division and maintains a private studio. Francesco studied Classical Guitar Pedagogy at the Hartt School with Christopher Ladd and has had Suzuki training with Marylou Roberts. He has over ten years of teaching experience at institutions including The Hartt School of Music, Columbia University, Capital Community College, Middlesex Music Academy, Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Hebrew High School of New England, Settlement Music School and The Cla
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    Best of 2018
  • Connecticut Guitar Lessons

    Connecticut Guitar Lessons

    Mansfield Center, CT 06250

    5.0 (1)

    - The World's Top Guitar and Music Theory Teacher For Over Twenty Years - Professional Guitarist/Keyboardist With Over Twenty Years Experience Who Has Performed in Multiple Continents - Theory Made Easy and Practical Like Nowhere Else - Lessons Customized To Your Musical Interests and Goals - Lessons For All Instruments, Styles, and Skill Levels - Highest Rated Guitar Teacher In CT On Google Reviews With More Five Star Reviews Than Any Other Guitar Teacher In Connecticut: https://www.google.com/search?q=Connecticut+Guitar+Lessons
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  • MusicMakers International Academy

    MusicMakers International Academy

    Manchester, CT 06040

    5.0 (1)

    Hello!  MusicMakers is a family owned and run business which was founded in 1996 by Paula Penna, MMed., BMus.  For the past 21+ years we have been the "quiet" staple of the Greater Hartford Area arts education sector, providing thousands of children and families with progressive music education.  Our foundation is classical (since everything stems from here), which allows our students to explore any genre they want.  We instill passion and purpose in our students - THEIR WAY - out of our genuine love of music and our own passion for music education.  At MusicMakers, yo
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  • Middlesex Music Academy

    Middlesex Music Academy

    Middletown, CT 06457

    5.0 (1)

    Our main goals are to advance our students’ musical abilities through first class instruction and to encourage their talents by providing them with opportunities they would not receive elsewhere. Our teachers are professionally trained, most have degrees in Music. Our professionally designed lesson studios create the optimal learning environment, where a student can focus on their instrument and tone.We also offer opportunities where students can perform. Whether at the local performing arts center or the downtown coffee shop, students can choose to perform and showcase their talents eit
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  • Highland Guitar Studio

    Highland Guitar Studio

    Manchester, CT 06042

    5.0 (1)

    My teaching approach: I received my B.M.-classical guitar from Hartt in '96, but have played electric guitar since the beginning way back in '85. In my career as a professional guitarist, I've become proficient in many styles allowing me to play gigs ranging from musical theatre to classical weddings. As a teacher, I teach students about music through the style they want to learn. My aim is to make you self-sufficient. I have also written a beginning method book that teaches music fundamentals better than most of the methods out there. There is also an online component guiding students to play
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  • Guitar Star Instruction

    Guitar Star Instruction

    Newington, CT 06111

    I have been teaching guitar for over 33 years after starting as a student teacher at Hartford Conservatory. Over the years I added other instruments - bass guitar, mandolin and ukulele. My specialty is that I am a highly trained specialist in study and teaching techniques (as well as a certified tutor) which makes lessons well organized, easy to understand, fast and fun. Students do very well (as long as they practice!) and enjoy playing in talent shows, school bands and orchestras, their own bands, become teachers themselves and some make it into the professional spotlight. Emphasis is o
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  • Justin Zamm Guitar Lessons

    Justin Zamm Guitar Lessons

    North Meadows, CT 06101

    My teaching approach: Hello! We'd love to see you at TheLittleMusicStudio.com. Stop by for more information, videos and audio of our students, our guitar blog, and much more! Signing up is quick and easy; you'll find a musical home at The Little Music Studio! B.M. 2007 Eastman School of Music M.M. & Performer's Certificate 2009 Eastman School of Music Winner, 2005 D'Addario Classical Guitar Competition - Ithaca, NY My influences are: For more information, visit our brand new website at TheLittleMusicStudio.com My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guita
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  • Arnold Ewings Guitar Lessons

    Arnold Ewings Guitar Lessons

    North Meadows, CT 06101

    My teaching approach: I have a freeform approach with some structure. Mostly looking to have a stufent play and have fun while doing it. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Bristol, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Terryville, Southington, Harwinton, West Hartford Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing
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  • Peter Marotto Guitar Lessons

    Peter Marotto Guitar Lessons

    North Meadows, CT 06101

    My teaching approach: My approach to teaching guitar centers on basic skills for the beginning and intermediate student that will maximize their range and versatility as a guitarist. By teaching a combination of rhythm, finger picking, music theory, scales, and chords students are able to further develop their range as a guitarist. My guitar lessons take place in: In the student's home Guitar Techniques: Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Improvisation, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing
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  • Beyond Basics Guitar With Paul Shumsky

    Beyond Basics Guitar With Paul Shumsky

    East Hartford, CT 06118

    My teaching approach: Performed and booked over 700 performances with Boston-based worldbeat group Wildest Dreams. B.M. in Jazz Guitar, New Eng. Conservatory of Music. Add'l studies: Berklee College, Eastman School of Music. Many of my students have gone on to music schools and successful careers in music. I enjoy working with each student, discovering their strengths and finding the best way to teach each individual. My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming
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  • Bob Porri Music

    Bob Porri Music

    Windsor, CT 06095

    I draw from a wide experience performing Rock, Blues, Classical, Jazz Fusion, Pop, Alternative and Country in a number of bands and solo situations. I went to College at Hartt School of Music for my degree and learned Classical Guitar. I continue teaching (in person and to many online for both individuals and groups). I've produced hundreds of video lessons for local cable TV and my website. I adapt lessons to what a student wants to learn. Lessons can be as easy or challenging as a student prefers. My lessons can take place in my home studio in Windsor, CT or via webcam. I have
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  • The Little Music Studio

    The Little Music Studio

    North Meadows, CT 06101

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: We'd love for you to visit us at: TheLittleMusicStudio.com . There you can find information about our teachers, audio and video of our students, testimonials, and our blog. Signing up is quick and easy; you'll find a musical home at the Little Music Studio! Guitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours: Lesson times are available 7 days a week between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM. Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Music
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  • Frank Guglielmino Guitar Lessons

    Frank Guglielmino Guitar Lessons

    Harwinton, CT 06791

    My teaching approach: Each student gets an individualized approach according to his or her needs. You will learn your chord shapes, and families according to key signatures. You will learn major , minor, blues, pentatonic, diminished, melodic and harmonic scales up the fretboard. I strive to be patient and realize that a good teacher can be the difference between improving on the instument or never getting anywhere My influences are: Santana, Stevie Ray Vaugh, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, James Taylor, just to name a few. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or t
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  • Affordable Musical Endeavors

    Affordable Musical Endeavors

    Harwinton, CT 06791

    Description about my music education organization's philosophy, experience, community, curriculum, and faculty: Affordable Musical Endeavors is an independently owned and operated business with a commitment to offering musical services and products at reasonable prices. Currently, all of our products are in the prototyping stage, but we are offering private lessons on piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals Instrument Type: Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Classical guitar, Electric bass Music Styles Rock Guitar, Blues Guitar, Alternative Guitar, Metal Guitar, Classical Guitar Guitar
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  • Luke Hendon Music

    Luke Hendon Music

    Cheshire, CT 06410

    I am a professional musician with over 20 years of high level experience performing and teaching. I recently moved to CT with my wife and children from NYC to give our children the luxuries of suburban life.  I look at each student individually and try to expose them to material that will not only spark thier enthusiasm, but give them a focused path to success.  I have enjoyed much success in the field of music as well as had the pleasure to learn countless musical tips from many great teachers. I enjoy helping people discover the joys of music and hope- that it is my way of helping
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  • Pat Russo Music LLC

    Pat Russo Music LLC

    Wallingford, CT 06492

    Pat Russo Music LLC is a local music school located in Wallingford CT. It's professional instructors have over 100 years combined experience in teaching and performance and specialize in getting the most out of its students. We offer lessons in both Band instruments (flute, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin, viola) and Rock instruments (guitar, bass, vocals and drums). The music school is clean and comfortable with state of the art lesson rooms equipt with Protools recording equipment as well as audio/visual capabilities. We live to educate so you can live your dream of playing
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  • Dave G Music

    Dave G Music

    East Hartford, CT 06118

    Dave Giardina is an award recipient member of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, he has performed extensively throughout the Northeast at major festivals, bandshells, First Nights, schools, clubs and both casinos as a soloist and with ensembles. His compositions are featured on two releases by the CT Guitar Society of which he is a founding member and presently serving as artistic director. He founded 2 Latin ensembles in the early 90s: Fiesta del Norte, an educational Mariachi band and Goza Latin Jazz, playing rhythms from all of Latin America. Dave also plays mandolin, banjo and many
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  • The Sound Advisor

    The Sound Advisor

    Trumbull, CT 06611

    Hi my name is Dennis Hrbek. I have been playing the guitar and recording ever since I can remember.  I feel in love with creating and recording sound when I was a 12.  I Have worked in big studios along side Grammy winning producers and engineers for the past 25 years.  I began as an intern than assistant engineer...than as an editor that could edit anything before the producer could finish his thought.  Now I record and produce all sorts music in studios throughout the country. I work in small home studios or large tracking
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  • Ed's Music Sessions

    Ed's Music Sessions

    Meriden, CT 06451

    I am one of the best music instructors in the area with 15 plus years teaching full time. You will enjoy a serious yet laid back environment and will be pleasantly surprised ESPECIALLY if you have tried other teachers in the past. I teach classical, rock, jazz, blues, several world music styles and much more. Lessons generally occur at my fully equipped home studio where you can record your ideas and learn about recording, music software etc.... Graduated With a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2010 having taken pretty much every undergraduate course available from classical to jazz to ethnomusico
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  • Lake Poets Music

    Lake Poets Music

    New Hartford, CT 06057

    I have been writing songs and performing locally and afar for 15 years. I started teaching in 2004 and have since developed dynamic lesson plans for all ranges and styles of guitar players. I am extremely fluent in music theory and composition. I offer songwriting lessons as well as record production instruction. I am open to any and all recording DAW platforms and can make recommendations based on skill sets. Teaching is a true passion of mine that I have developed over many years of experience. I have lead workshops and taught large groups, I also offer group session rates. Another passion
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  • Sylvia Harris Guitar Lessons

    Sylvia Harris Guitar Lessons

    East Berlin, CT 06023

    My teaching approach: Each student is gradually taught all the fundamentals of guitar in a methodical and fun manner. between! My influences are: I have influences in every style, too many to list. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Norwich, Salem, New London, Groton, Colchester, Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Performance, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: After tea
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  • Scott Daggett Guitar Lessons

    Scott Daggett Guitar Lessons

    East Berlin, CT 06023

    My teaching approach: I am a professional classical guitarist with a jazz studies degree and a B.A. in music from Rhode Island College. I have over ten years of private teaching experience. I have taught students of all ages in many different genres of music. I teach my students not only how to play the guitar but I also show them the techniques they need to learn more effectively. These skills will help them succeed not only in their academics but also in their everyday lives. Studies show the highest scoring students are those who participate in music. Music teaches discipline, memory recall
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  • Charles Domler Guitar Lessons

    Charles Domler Guitar Lessons

    East Berlin, CT 06023

    My teaching approach: I thoroughly enjoy working with all students regardless of skill level, age or goals. I make it as fun as possible and try my best to make the learning atmosphere comfortable. All students are unique and learn differently so I take it as a personal challenge to make you the best player you can be. My many years of teaching and performance experience gives me a huge range of teaching techniques . I also believe that the learning environment should always be kept fun and relaxed. Students learn more when they're enjoying themselves and smiling! My influences are: Too many
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  • Katie Child Guitar Lessons

    Katie Child Guitar Lessons

    North Meadows, CT 06101

    My teaching approach: I teach the Classical Guitar technique as well as the basics of acoustic guitar. I think it's important for students to have a basic knowledge of acoustic guitar. Once the basics of acoustic guitar are established, students will become more educated in the classical guitar technique. Learning how to read notes and music theory will be taught from the very beginning. My influences are: Andres Segovia, John Williams, Ana Vidovik, Johann Sebastian Bach. My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the fol
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  • Patrick Ryan Guitar Lessons

    Patrick Ryan Guitar Lessons

    Harwinton, CT 06791

    My teaching approach: I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and hold a B.A. in Music and for the past two years I’ve been working with the National Guitar Workshop. I am going on 6 years of acoustic and electric guitar instruction, and electric/acoustic bass (upright). I am trained in contemporary music and jazz but I teach all styles of music, ear training, theory, technique. My guitar lessons take place in: Either location My cancellation/booking policy: 6 hour notice is fair enough for any cancelation. When you call we will talk about availability and schedule. Guitar Techniques: L
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  • Paul Howard's Valley Music School

    Paul Howard's Valley Music School

    Avon, CT 06001

    I've been teaching from my location in Avon, CT for 30+ years. I take on students of all ages and experience and specialize in adult lessons. I am a very patient teacher with a flexible approach. I am very good at assessing a student's needs and opening up the next door. I also am well versed in many styles of music from rock & pop to bluegrass, swing & jazz. I have a BA degree from CCSU and was on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop for 15 years.
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  • Guitar With Tom

    Guitar With Tom

    Unionville, CT 06085

      I am a professional teacher and performer.  I have been working as a musician all my life. Music transcribing from mp3, cd or lp is also a skill I offer. Songs can usually be learned on the spot to offer a variety of music for the student to learn.   I work with people right now from 5 years to 72!

  • The Music Shop

    The Music Shop

    Southington, CT 06489

    The Music Shop has been offering private music instruction in the Greater Hartford Area since 1985. We teach over 300 students each week and are one of the largest private music schools in the area.  We pride ourselves on offering lessons that are custom tailored to suit the student's needs. We make learning fun! We offer many types of activites that allow the student to enhance their lesson experience from recitals, to open mics, weekend rock band camps, summer rock band camps, and more!
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  • Acoustic & Blues Guitar Lessons

    Acoustic & Blues Guitar Lessons

    Rocky Hill, CT 06067

    Need a professional who offers acoustic guitar lessons that suit your needs? David Hughes offers quality advance and beginner to advanced guitar lessons that are customized to fit the level of students. Other genres he specializes in is blues guitar, country, bluegrass, music theory, and songwriting.


Hartford Guitar Lessons

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Hartford Guitar Instruction

Peter Cocolla · Hartford, CT

What or who inspired you to start teaching?

People ask me how I got started teaching and developed it into my own business. Truth is that a few things happen all at once so there were several turning points, many years ago, that built the life I have now. Of course I'm supposed to say something like "Oh, I always liked helping people and teaching others to play guitar really became a passion of mine as I got involved with teaching." While there is a lot of truth in that statement, life isn't always that heroic or grand so here's how it really happened for me...

I was studying at the Music Conservatory in Hartford after high school and in the second year, the school administrator asked me if I'd like to teach beginners in their after school program. As a struggling musician in 1971, the $5 fee sure looked good. You have to realize that $5 would buy either a tank of gas, 3 lunches at a hamburger joint or a couple sets of strings! So yes, I started!

Another key point was when the teaching program ended at the end of the school year and one of the mom's asked if I could continue teaching her son through the Summer and since they lived very close to my home I agreed. Plus, there was still that $5 fee! After that I wanted more $5 fees so I began little advertisements in the newspapers (back when people actually read them), posted signs on bulletin boards, etc. That turned into a little business of my own. I was driving house to house giving people lessons.

The next big advance came when I arranged for a space in my rental apartment so I could get off the road and teach in one spot. This made it possible to develop lesson plans, materials, song charts, etc. ready to hand to the students to get more out of the lesson time.

The biggest improvement I had though was when I studied a new subject in a private academy and learned the science of studying, correct learning and how to apply any subject learned. I began using this in my lessons and what this means is that I actually became a highly skilled instructor with very effective teaching techniques! I didn't know something like this existed but it does and that is what makes my lessons different - my students not only learn to play the guitar but they have a higher level of understanding and become able to think on their feet, figure out songs, improvise successfully, write songs and more.

So in the end, I really did develop a passion for teaching and seeing that people really learn correctly which makes the whole process actually faster and a lot more fun!

What do you love most about your job?

So what I like most about my job is when the student is learning some new idea or I may be clarifying some confusion they picked up and I see the light go off in their eyes, a smile comes to their face and I hear "Oh, oh, oh then this means this and that means... Oh, I get it!" Big Smile! And of course then they play better and enjoy themselves more. I also really like when my students begin to perform at talent shows, in their own bands and at least one of my students made it to MTV. Remember Dire Straights? Well the second guitarist after the band's first lineup was my student, Jack! So when a student asks for a Dire Straights song I pull up YouTube and show my old student! Pretty cool.

What types of students have you worked with?

Now here's a funny one. My advertisers and marketing people ask me who my "clients" are. What age? What gender? What professions? Etc! And I can't answer them because the ages go from 7 to 77, one third are female, the professions are all over the place so there is no type except "everybody and anybody can play guitar and they do! So like I just said above, I can see my 8 year old student playing on YouTube at the local talent show followed by a Dire Straights concert followed by my ex student in New York using his guitar sound bites in the commercials he creates for his job at the Ad agency. What can I say? All are welcome.

What advice would you give aspiring students?

Finally, the best thing I can say to someone who wants to learn the guitar is to learn it for real. Find a teacher who can really teach and help you understand the guitar and about music, not just play themselves. Be curious as to what music is all about and learn about it. And then play as many songs as you can especially the ones you really love. You'll get it. You'll enjoy yourself and feel a level of satisfaction in the beauty of music. There's power and majesty in them there notes.

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