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  • David First

    David First

    Brooklyn, NY 11222

    5.0 (5)

    I'm a composer, performer and teacher, written up in Pitchfork, The Village Voice, Guitar Player, and NYTimes, who makes it fun for beginners and fully develops the advanced. I teach all styles and desires, from songwriters who are interested in developing their creativity/improv skills, to those who'd love to play their favorite songs. I teach electric and bass guitar, midi and computer recording, fingerpicking, songwriting, noise, improvisation, rocking out, psychedelic sonic landscapes, blues, funky stuff, alternative tuning, various jazz-avant theories, guilty pop pleasures and ???
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  • Brazilian, Jazz And Classical  Guitar Playing/composing/arranging/theory

    Brazilian, Jazz And Classical Guitar Playing/composing/arranging/theory

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    5.0 (4)

    I offer a unique approach to guitar and lessons in general.  I don't believe in a linear process in my method of teaching, however I do believe that learning fundamentals such as sight reading, music theory and understanding/learning about chord structures and harmony are very helpful tools to better express yourself as an artist. I will focus on your goals and helping you reach them. Whether you are looking to write your own music, arrange for different instruments, play songs you love on guitar, learn solos, develop your own sound/voice. I'm dedicated to helping you express yourself and
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  • Littman Guitar Studio

    Littman Guitar Studio

    Haledon, NJ 07508

    5.0 (4)

    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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  • Mercedes Escobar Online Lessons

    Mercedes Escobar Online Lessons

    New York, NY 10011

    5.0 (4)

    In this course, you are the star! Having performed live for 15 years (and counting), I specialize in providing students with the right tools for them to be able to start playing in an intuitive way. Focusing mainly on practical goals, you can learn quickly and in a motivated way. No one is saying starting something new is easy, but it does get easy if you practice! If what you are looking for is a standard, classically-oriented education, look somewhere else! I'm here to teach you how to start playing songs from week one. If singing is something that interests you, I can also work with you to
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  • Dave Ross Productions

    Dave Ross Productions

    Suffern, NY 10901

    5.0 (4)

    You can check out Dave's lesson profile @ http://www.shakabliss.com/the-inspirational-guitar-lessones

  • Paul Meyers

    Paul Meyers

    Denville, NJ 07834

    5.0 (4)

    Paul Meyers here, I'm a jazz guitarist, both a performer and teacher ( at William Patterson University and New Jersey City University ) for many years. I have recorded and toured world-wide with my own groups and with name jazz artists. Please take a look at my website for more info - www.paulmeyers.info  

  • Yonder Recording

    Yonder Recording

    West Nyack, NY 10994

    5.0 (3)

    Hi, my name is Chris I have been teaching guitar for over 20 years and have been playing guitar since I was 7 years old. I am an enthusiastic teacher and I love teaching for so many reasons. The way I teach is simple, I teach my students how to play correctly while having fun. Whether you are a beginner or someone with a few years experience, take lessons with me and I promise that you will get better and enjoy your lessons. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!
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  • Reverb Lessons

    Reverb Lessons

    New York, NY 10014

    5.0 (3)

    Reverb Lessons is on a mission to make learning to play, sing or create music as easy as possible. Unlike a traditional music lesson company, Reverb Lessons has designed its customer experience around you: simply sign up online, book a time with your instructor and explore your creative side. You have the choice of taking lessons online, at the instructor's location, or at your place — whatever works best for you. All payment is taken care of head of time, so no need to worry about having cash for your lesson. Reverb Lessons puts all of its teachers through a rigorous interview process, ensuri
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  • Tony Buggman

    Tony Buggman

    Bayonne, NJ 07002

    5.0 (3)

    Friendly, laid back, relaxed approach to doing something that brings millions of people great joy.

  • Dave Crum Music Lessons

    Dave Crum Music Lessons

    Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

    5.0 (2)

    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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  • North Jersey Guitar & Music Center LLC

    North Jersey Guitar & Music Center LLC

    West Milford, NJ 07480

    5.0 (2)

    North Jersey Guitar & Music Center is a full service music store and music school. Located in West Milford New Jersey, we have been serving the needs of local families and musicians for nearly 2 decades. Family owned and operated, we are dedicated to personal one on one service with every customer. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority and we are confident you will not find better service anywhere else. We will find a way to bring the love of music into your life. Learn music with Fun, Caring, & Patient teachers at the areas largest music school
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  • Take Note Lessons

    Take Note Lessons

    Queens, NY 11106

    5.0 (2)

    I have been teaching for over 10 years. I teach privately full-time and run my own company. I personally hire other enthusiastic and experienced music teachers to work with me. I believe learning music should be fun. While it also takes hard work and dedication, a student must first enjoy music in order to continue and progress. My teachers and I incorporate well-known songs into lessons so that students can relate to what they are learning. We also use many of our own games and worksheets to keep students engaged at all times. We offer many different types of lessons including voice, piano, g
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  • Tripp Dudley Lessons

    Tripp Dudley Lessons

    New York, NY 10001

    5.0 (2)

    My teaching approach: My teaching approach really depends on the student. I don't know what they need until we meet. But some things are across the board. I feel that technical skills are necessary tools for getting you where you want to go. Scales, chord shapes and arpeggios are very important to being able to get around on a guitar. I also like to teach students to apply Indian vocal rhythms (tala) to guitar. My guitar lessons take place in: either your home or my studio Guitar Techniques: Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory
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  • DJ

    DJ

    New York, NY 10023

    5.0 (2)

    Education: · Piano course at Institute for musicians “Tom Jobim” –Sao Paulo – Brazil · Intensive Drums practice at Conservatory “Souza Lima” – Sao Paulo – Brazil · Clarinet and Saxophone lessons at Sao Paulo state music conservatory · Guitar (acoustic and electric) at institute of guitar and technology · Intensive piano class in VA with Maestro James Westerhouse · Guitar Classes at NOVA (North Virginia University College) Manassas VA · Piano Certified at Juilliard school – NY · Jazz cl
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  • Dom Minasi Guitar Lessons

    Dom Minasi Guitar Lessons

    New York, NY 10025

    5.0 (2)

    I have been teaching guitar and electric bass a long time at my studio on the upper Westside (10025). Although I am a jazz musician/composer/ recording artist/ performer, author and journalist, I love teaching. I teach all genres and levels of music including improvisation, harmony, theory and composition etc. I may charge a little more, but many students come to me from other teachers because there is so much lacking in their musical education. All my lessons are customized to meet the students’ needs. I use all available tools such as, the internet, mp3's, pdf and customized videos.&n
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  • Eric Jayk Teaching Studio

    Eric Jayk Teaching Studio

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    5.0 (2)

    I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and over 3 million youtube views. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor's of Music in jazz guitar, and am currently teaching around 50 lessons a week to students ranging in ability from beginner to professional. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun.Currently, I play in 3 active bands gigging regularly & produce artists for their own projects. I spent much of the past 15 years touring, writin
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  • Santiago Restrepo Music

    Santiago Restrepo Music

    New York, NY 10001

    5.0 (2)

    My service has 3 ways to learning music: 1- Technique (scales,arpegios) 2- Music and Improvisation (all about music theory) 3-Repertoire of songs I like all types of music and I want to know what is your favorite type of music that you would like to play.

  • Music Is Life

    Music Is Life

    Brooklyn, NY 11226

    4.0 (1)

    I love teaching guitar  and I'm  a music lover anyone who interested to learn guitar,I can teach you 20$ dollars an hour of lessons. I know many people want to learn to play an instrument  I live in Brooklyn. I teach you to play music in weeks try me and you won't regret it.

  • Justin Thompson Guitar Lessons

    Justin Thompson Guitar Lessons

    Long Island City, NY 11101

    5.0 (1)

    My teaching approach: 23 years of teaching experience Berklee College of Music graduate Author of six transcription books for Mel Bay W.O. Smith teacher of the Year -- Nashville's non-profit music school Best Jazz Musician of Nashville Two-time winner of Nashville's Starving Artist Award Top pick from the NY Times, NPR, USA Today, and 4 stars from Down Beat for Django Bells My guitar lessons take place in: either your home or my studio Guitar Techniques: Guidance In Equipment Selection, Recording and Production, Song Writing, Scales and Exercises, Music Theory, Reading Music, Jamming Skills,
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  • Guitar Instructor At Van Martin Entertainment

    Guitar Instructor At Van Martin Entertainment

    Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

    5.0 (1)

    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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  • Music Zone

    Music Zone

    Yonkers, NY 10703

    5.0 (1)

    Hi my name is rich I've been playng guitar for fifteenth yrs....music is a lot like God in my opinion it's has no beginning and no end..

  • GUITAR DAVE

    GUITAR DAVE

    New York, NY 10028

    5.0 (1)

    I have been teaching over 20 years. I'm also a music therapist. I'm very patient and have a lot of experience working with special needs students and adapting lessons to the individual needs of the students. I have a masters degree in music therapy from New York University and have also played professionally and have recently performed at the Bitter End as part of the NYC Songwriters Collective. I've recorded a CD 'Soul Harvest' which can be found on most of the online streaming services.
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  • John Blevins Music

    John Blevins Music

    Brooklyn, NY 11201

    5.0 (1)

    My teaching approach: I like to tailor my teaching towards both students' interests and needs. I've found that the best way to keep students engaged and excited about practicing is to learn music and songs they enjoy, and I try to incorporate the necessary technical and theoretical instruction within that framework. I have experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, and I've taught with a variety of NYC teaching programs including Creative Play for Kids, Feed Your Mind Music, and The New York Pops. I've also served as an adjunct guitar and trumpet professor at New York University.
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  • David Karakas Guitar Lessons

    David Karakas Guitar Lessons

    Hawthorne, NJ 07506

    4.0 (1)

    Hey, everyone, my name is David Karakas and from a very early age, I have had a love for music and playing guitar. I've spent hours taking lessons as well as teaching myself to push past my plateaus and would love to teach you what I know as well as become a better player myself. Whether you have never played the guitar before or you know your way around a fretboard; I will give you a custom lesson based on your needs and desires. Some of my favorite things to teach are songwriting, chord building, scales and modes and general music theory.
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  • Carlos Chong Guitar

    Carlos Chong Guitar

    Clifton, NJ 07011

    5.0 (1)

    Hello dear students ,i am carlos  i have 30 years of experience to playing guitar and 12 to teach,i am from Ecuador . I have a complete and practical method of teaching jazz guitar, rock ,poular, harmony,improvisation, so you can check me on instagram, or on my fan page carlos chong...best regards to all

  • Steve Krause Guitar Lessons

    Steve Krause Guitar Lessons

    Mahwah, NJ 07430

    5.0 (1)

    Steve Krause is an American guitarist, producer and sought after music teacher with over eight years of experience in the music industry. Steve has been an avid guitar player for over ten years and has been teaching people of all ages, backgrounds and levels for the last six years. His experience with professional musicians includes studying under guitarist Jack Broad, attending a masterclass with jazz musician Bruce Forman, vocal lessons with Zuke Smith, showcasing with Sony, Island Records, Universal Music Group and touring with his band. Steve is currently in the process of writing, recordi
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  • Annamaria Menconi, Music Instructor

    Annamaria Menconi, Music Instructor

    Clifton, NJ 07011

    5.0 (1)

    I teach quality private lessons for piano, guitar, and mandolin, using the great classical European techniques, and I give my students skills that guarantee them a lifetime of playing.  Also, my students can join the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra (BMO) and be a part of other performance opportunities that I regularly arrange. There is a right way, and a wrong way, to study music.  Allow me to show you what European masters have taught for centuries!
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  • Chad McLoughlin Guitar Lessons

    Chad McLoughlin Guitar Lessons

    New York, NY 10031

    5.0 (1)

    I have 40 years of teaching experience including teaching well know stars like NY Yankee Bernie Williams. I focus on proper technique, theory, ear training, practice methods and having fun while learning. I have taught all ages of students from 6 to 60 and design customized lesson plans to meet individual student's needs and schedules. You can hear me perform on Facebook here; Chad McLoughlin - Guitar Instruction and my website at www.chadmcloughlin.com
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  • Olive Tree Music Academy

    Olive Tree Music Academy

    Morris Plains, NJ 07950

    5.0 (1)

    We are not a music business that has become distracted by the business of selling instruments or rentals. We've never been in that business. We are here exclusively to provide quality private music lessons with highly qualified and likable teachers. 

  • Easy Español

    Easy Español

    New York, NY 10018

    5.0 (1)

    Ours is one of the best programs to learn Spanish.  We have thousands of hours of teaching experience and have created an exclusive approach: The Audio-Cognitive mehod. Learning a new language is a remarkable human experience but sometimes it can lead to frustration and disillusionment. We take great pride in how we teach the language and how quickly our students learn. We are experts in the field and have incorporated coaching and mindfulness in the way we teach Spanish. We have worked with students of all levels and ages.
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Paterson Guitar Lessons

(63 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

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

Ileen Zovluck: Oh, thanks, James. It’s a pleasure.

Lessons.com: 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

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.)

Lessons.com: That’s beautiful, Ileen. Thanks for playing that for us.

Ileen Zovluck: You’re welcome.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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?

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: Once again, it sounds like Paterson is a great place to be to teach guitar.

Ileen Zovluck: It is. Yeah.

Lessons.com: 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.

Lessons.com: Thank you, Ileen, and take care. Have a good day, now.

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

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