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  • Vinny Valentino

    Vinny Valentino

    New Milford, NJ · Vinny Valentino

    (2 reviews)

    I have been teaching music / guitar for more than 35 years and have always enjoyed connecting with students and helping them reach their full musical potential. I would say that my strenths lie in the ablity to decipher exactly what a student needs to reach and achieve their musical goals.   I have a bachelors of music with a concentration on jazz studies, performance and composition.  Besides guitar I teach recording, songwriting, composition, ear training, theory and bass.   Here is a brief bio.   Guitarist Composer Vinny Valentino continues to redefine musical genre
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  • Dave Crum Music Lessons

    Dave Crum Music Lessons

    Ridgefield Park, NJ · Dave Crum

    (2 reviews)

    I've been performing and teaching professionally for over 20 years. While the guitar is my main instrument, I have a degree in Music Education from NJCU, where I learned to play and teach multiple brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. I have been an elementary  public school band director in North Jersey for 17 years. I have been honored with the Governors' Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and have won several awards with my school ensembles. I can teach beginning through intermediate levels on most instruments, and advanced/professional lessons on all styles of the guitar. Please
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  • Gene Gardiner Guitar Lessons

    Gene Gardiner Guitar Lessons

    City Of Orange, NJ · Gene Gardiner Gene Gardiner

    My teaching approach: I teach the students to read the music and play the proper way so they have no bad habits with the way they do this. I use the Melbay guitar guitar methods to reinforce the reading and presentation of the music. Help with song writing methods also. do guitar and bass guitar instruction. I have played many years in the music industry. Made the top forty on the country music charts so they will be My guitar lessons take place in: In the student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: I teach all around outside the Belvidere New Jersey areas. Just
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  • Mr. Tony Rivera Guitar Lessons

    Mr. Tony Rivera Guitar Lessons

    Lodi, NJ · Mr.Tony Rivera

    My teaching approach: I’m a firm believer in thoroughly covering all subject matter, including music theory and staff and chord chart reading. Learned in acoustic, electric and bass guitar and piano instruction, I incorporate computer-aided teaching techniques to capture students’ attention and maintain a logbook of student progress, supplementing reports with digital images of each student’s technique. I’ve developed a chord specific teaching methodology and created my own teaching curriculum. I Offer points of motivation and obtainable objectives to encourage each student’s growth and develo
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  • Sean Faust's Art Of Music

    Sean Faust's Art Of Music

    Hawthorne, NJ · Sean Faust

    201-314-8906 - Call this number and you'll get an immediate response.  My teaching approach: There is no joy greater than learning a new instrument, playing a song, writing a song, all of the above, and more!!!! My influences are: ALL music influences and inspires me. My favorites are Pink Floyd, Phish, Dream Theater, Tesla, Live, Yes, Rush, Grateful Dead, James Horner, John Williams, Alice Cooper, 80's rock, 90's rock, James Newton Howard........this list can really go on forever! My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio or the student's home Guitar lessons typically take p
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  • Littman Guitar Studio

    Littman Guitar Studio

    Haledon, NJ · Ed Littman

    My teaching approach: I truly enjoy teaching guitar as well as all aspects of performing and composing music. I believe that learning to play the guitar or bass should be fun and rewarding, and I have developed an exciting, multi-faceted approach to teaching. My influences are: call for details My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: North Haledon, Wycoff, Franklin Lakes Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Ski
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  • Master Your Guitar Music Academy

    Master Your Guitar Music Academy

    Totowa, NJ · Marcus Diaz

    Let me ask you a few questions before we decide if this is right for you: Do you play guitar now, want to sharpen your skills and go from good to great? Have you played some guitar in the past but still feel like a beginner? Do you feel like no matter how much you practice, no progress is made? Are you a total beginner and have no idea where to start or how to decide who the best guitar instructor will be for you? If you answered 'yes', 'Yes' or 'YES!!!' to any of these questions, I have a training program for you, and we should get together again. Soon. ASAP. The great news is whether you'
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  • Music With Victoria

    Music With Victoria

    Clifton, NJ · Victoria Warn

    Hi! My goal is to help you have as much fun playing guitar as I do. I've been teaching for over 12 years. I currently teach two days a week in local music stores, but I am always accepting private students. I've been a full time, professional musician for most of my life in the New Jersey/New York area. I lead my own power trio that performs rock, blues, and original music. I've toured the northeast US, and the UK. I'd be happy to share my knowledge of the guitar and music theory with you!
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    West Orange, NJ · Dina Melucci

    We offer private piano lessons for adults and children ages 5 and up. All levels accepted. Lessons are given in my West Orange home. We teach Jazz, rock pop, show tunes, what ever you like, up to the professional level. I have been teaching piano over 25 years. I also taught elementary school music, grades K - 8. You can learn how to read music as well as chords for creating your own styles, and how to use a Fake Book. I perform. Most teachers will claim they have experience teaching, as do I. I also have experience performing. Not all piano teachers perform. This does make a difference! Kn
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  • Jeannie Kelly Music Teacher

    Jeannie Kelly Music Teacher

    Teaneck, NJ · Jeannie Kelly

    Come learn to play piano with a teacher who loves music and can teach you to love playing! Or learn to sing.... gain that confidence and sound you've been wanting! I've taught college, preschool and everything in between, which means I can teach you no matter your age or background. You can take piano, voice, or both! Lessons are given from my home studio in Teaneck.

  • Guitar Instructor At Van Martin Entertainment

    Guitar Instructor At Van Martin Entertainment

    Rochelle Park, NJ · Van Martin

    Productions. A full-scale entertainment company providing talent worldwide, we represent top name artists, character actors, variety acts, musical groups, stage shows and revues. In addition, we always have fresh new acts, illusionists, hypnotists, contortionists, fire-eaters and more. For parties and corporate events, please check out our custom written Murder Mystery package or the incredible team building event, the Treasure Hunt, the perfect tool for special corporate needs
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  • O. DiBella Music, Inc.

    O. DiBella Music, Inc.

    Bergenfield, NJ · O DiBella Music

    O.DiBella Music is a family owned business that was founded in 1910. Our large facility located at 456 S. Washington Ave in Bergenfield, NJ showcases our musical instrument sales, service and rentals and also is the home of our music school.  The Music School at O. DiBella has eleven spacious lesson rooms where private lessons take place. Our accomplished and dedicated teaching staff takes pride in making every student’s learning experience enjoyable and successful. Recitals are an exciting part of the curriculum. Call or stop in t
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  • Lyric Performing Arts Center

    Lyric Performing Arts Center

    West Orange, NJ · Ricardo Pena

    Lyric Performing Arts Center, offers unique elements within Dance, Music, Drama and Visual Arts for ALL AGES “It’s a place where no one is too young or too old”. Our goal is to help students realize their greater self-esteem and confidence, by training them in the arts in a fun, and family-friendly nurturing environment. Lyric Performing Arts Center instructors are certified and experienced professionals who provide an unforgettable and positive experience for every student no matter their level of skill. Lyric Performing Arts Center is where shy, or withdrawn children blosso
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  • The Modern Music Academy

    The Modern Music Academy

    Caldwell, NJ · Jarrett Zellea

    We have over 20 music teachers, all with college training and professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With at least three music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.
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  • Master Your Guitar Music Academy

    Master Your Guitar Music Academy

    Totowa, NJ · Marcus Diaz

    As part of the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle, you get the trainer's expertise PLUS the combined expertise of 180 Guitar School owners from all over the world - making sure you get the best, most up to date instruction on the planet! Time to say goodbye to the old, difficult and frustrating ways of learning guitar and finally be able to release your inner music through YOUR fingers, on YOUR guitar!

  • O. DiBella Music, Inc.

    O. DiBella Music, Inc.

    Bergenfield, NJ · Mike DiBella

    O. DiBella Music is a 107 year old musical instrument retailer that is in its third generation as a family business. Our knowledgable sales team and superb teaching staff are ummatched. Our service stands out because we consistantly go above and beyond to satisfy our customers.

  • Emile Hsu's Music Lessons

    Emile Hsu's Music Lessons

    Allendale, NJ · Emile Hsu

    While I am a recent graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music for Audio Recording, I have taught privately and held music sessions while still in high school, and also have an absolutely solid understanding for music theory. I started piano when I was about five years old. Since then, I performed at the Walter Engel Festival of Young Performers for eight years, and received a scholarship in 2011. I also received high commendations for eight years at the National Piano Playing Auditions, and made it all the way to Collegiate Level. I am adapt at classical,
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  • Waldwick School Of Rock

    Waldwick School Of Rock

    Waldwick, NJ · Eddie Rivera

    Welcome to School of Rock Waldwick, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Waldwick has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.  At School of Rock Waldwick, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Waldwick together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our studen
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  • Richie Travers Guitar

    Richie Travers Guitar

    Caldwell, NJ · Richie Travers

    of all the links offering lessons you click mine?  It's my lucky day! I've been playing guitar for 13 years.  Before moving to New Jersey a few years ago, I lived in Massachusetts and worked with 30 students over a six year period.  I've been lucky to find a couple of students in my new area but I'm always looking for more!  Thanks!

  • Neil McNamara Guitar Lessons

    Neil McNamara Guitar Lessons

    Hillsdale, NJ · Neil McNamara

    My teaching approach: We proceed at the students pace. We start with easy melodies and basic chords and progress as the student develops in proficiency My influences are: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery My guitar lessons take place in: The student's home Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Hillsdale,River Vale,Montvale,Park Ridge.Washington Twp, Saddle River,Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerstyle, Improvisation, Reading Music Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: Basic melodies in tablatur
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  • Domisol Music Academy

    Domisol Music Academy

    Paterson, NJ · Juan Ubiera

    My name is Juan Ubiera founder president at Domisol Music Academy. My passion is to teach and play music with new students that share the same feel about music. I believe that music should be taken seriously as any other subject due to its complexity and extension. Therefore, for a better understanding of music in general, I prefer to teach the students to read music with hands on the instrument.


Paterson Guitar Lessons

(4 reviews)

Paterson Guitar Instruction

Ileen Zovluck · Paterson, NJ

Featured Instructor

Ileen Zovluck is a dedicated classical guitarist, who gives classical guitar lessons in Paterson, NJ, and we were fortunate enough to recently speak with Ileen and learn about her approach to teaching her guitar students the art of playing classical guitar. We invite you to watch our interview with her and find out more about how she guides students to becoming the guitarist they want to be. You can click here to view the video profile or read the interview below.

Classical Guitar Teacher Ileen Zovluck We’re here today with Ileen Zovluck, who teaches guitar, and who has a profile on Welcome, Ileen. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today.

Ileen Zovluck: Oh, thanks, James. It’s a pleasure. It’s a pleasure for us also. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your guitar teaching. Can you tell us, first, where you teach guitar? What city and what state are you in?

Ileen Zovluck: I’m in the state of New Jersey – in Paterson, New Jersey, which is about six miles from Midtown Manhattan And do guitar students come to you, or do you travel to your students’ homes?

Ileen Zovluck: Students exclusively come to me, in my studio here, and the reason for that is because students usually do better with no distractions, and when they’re in their homes, there’s lots of distractions, obviously, even in the most quiet home. There’s televisions and refrigerators, and this (Ileen’s guitar studio environment) is very, very concentrated; it’s very quiet, and it’s soundproofed, and there’s no distractions here. How would you describe the guitar lessons climate in Paterson? Do you find that there are a lot of people who want to learn guitar?

Ileen Zovluck: Yes! I was actually very surprised when I moved here a few years ago that it’s probably more guitar lesson … guitar friendly … instrument friendly than even Manhattan. People here are very culturally and arts oriented, and they really want to learn an instrument, especially one that’s portable, as much is guitar is. So, it’s really very embraced here. That’s great! And, what styles of music do you teach?

Ileen Zovluck: Well, I’m trained classically, but I teach about 80% classical, and the rest are a combination of folk, pop, a little blues, but, usually, all acoustic. And, tell us, Ileen, what guitars do you use? Are there any particular instruments that you play frequently when you’re teaching guitar?

Ileen Zovluck: Right now I’m exclusively playing guitars by a Massachusetts luthier, who is still making guitars. His name is Alan Chapman; he’s in central, rural Massachusetts, and I’ve got two guitars of his. One is a … they’re both vintage now … One is a 1980, and that’s custom made, and one is a 1984 that wasn’t custom made, but I’ve had customized quite a bit. The next instrument I have, I actually have on order, and it’s a shout-out to the fabulous New Jersey luthier, Garrett Lee, who lives in Wayne, New Jersey. And, he’s making me a double top guitar. It will be ready in a couple years. I’m sure that will sound beautiful when it’s ready. Do you have either of the Chapman guitars available to play? We’d love to hear you play something, so that we could get a feel for the guitar style that you play.

Ileen Zovluck: Oh, yeah. Yes. Sure. (Ileen picks up a guitar) This is the Chapman 1980. I call it Guitar A, because I just like it better. I’m going to play a little Ponce – a little Ponce Prelude, which is F#minor Prelude – the first one. (Editor: Ileen plays a resonant interpretation of the prelude, and we invite you to listen to her performance by visiting the Ileen Zovluck guitar teacher page.) That’s beautiful, Ileen. Thanks for playing that for us.

Ileen Zovluck: You’re welcome. Well, that leads me into my next question. Hearing you play makes me think about your approach to guitar teaching. When you’re with a student who comes to you – 1) Do you teach different levels of guitar students – beginners, intermediate, or advanced?

Ileen Zovluck: I teach all levels, up to professional. Beginners – that’s an interesting question. I prefer to take beginners who have already played an instrument or can, at least, read a little music, or have played by ear in the past. Rank beginners are a little … it depends … I’m a little … I screen them. But, I prefer to teach the intermediate and advanced levels, but any level will do. And say, when a typical guitar student comes, who would be a more intermediate or advanced, what would be your approach to teaching that student guitar?

Ileen Zovluck: You mean in regards to what methods I use? Exactly. Say a prospective guitar student is watching this interview … What would you say to them to explain to them how you would be teaching them they’d come to you?

Well, no matter what instrument you play, it’s important to know how to play, regardless of the style. Whether you’re a jazz player, or a classical player, you still have to know the layout of an instrument well, and that frees you up to do whatever you want. With most students, I begin with either the Alfred Method, especially for younger students, or the Mel Bay methods, or, very often, the Frederick Noad methods, which are super. I incorporate, with intermediate and advanced players, a lot of individual pieces, not necessarily method books. And, that’s a gradual process, beginning with Carcassi, or Sohr, or Albeniz, or Granados … very much of the basics. Then you can get to more advanced work. Of course. And, can you tell us a little more about your guitar lesson fees and your scheduling format? How often do you work with your guitar students?

Ileen Zovluck: The lessons are once a week – no more than that, because you need that much time to prepare what you’ve played over the course of a few days. It’s too soon to do it twice a week. My lessons are usually hourly. I do do thirty minute lessons for young children – children under the age of twelve. The one hour lesson is sixty dollars, and the half-hour, for children under twelve, is forty. Going back to equipment and guitars and so on, I would imagine guitar students have a lot of questions about what guitar to buy. Do you offer guidance to your students?

Ileen Zovluck: Oh, yes! It depends on how little or how much they think they want. It’s often a question of budget. But there are … We’re very lucky, because in this area of New Jersey, there are quite a number of really reliable, trustworthy instrument retailers … guitar retailers specifically. And, I work with them because I want my students to get the best guitar suited for them, so I don’t want to have it with the retailers to sell me something. So, I ask them to keep some instruments in stock. But there are quite a few, and I will either choose a guitar for them, and they can just come and pick it up, if they feel comfortable with that. Or, very often, I’ll go shopping with a student. They usually do better when they have a buddy system, especially one that can hear what they’re doing to buy an instrument. That helps out a lot, when you’re going to choose an instrument. It can be something that can cause a lot of anxiety, when you’re first playing the instrument, and you’re thinking about purchasing one of your own. So, it sounds like a good approach to it.

Ileen Zovluck: It gives a lot of anxiety even when you know what you’re doing. It’s a purchase. It’s a purchase and it’s a bit of a stretch to buy something that you’ve never seen before. So, it works out really nicely. It’s hard to do that in a lot of cities, but it’s really, really easy here. Once again, it sounds like Paterson is a great place to be to teach guitar.

Ileen Zovluck: It is. Yeah. Well, Ileen, I want to thank you so much for taking this time to be with us today and discussing your guitar teaching with us, and we look forward to seeing you on FindaGuitarTeacher very soon.

Ileen Zovluck: Great. Thank you. Thank you, Ileen, and take care. Have a good day, now.

Ileen Zovluck: It’s been a pleasure. You too!