Deputato Guitar & Music Lessons

Deputato Guitar & Music Lessons


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I'm a professional guitar player/multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who grew up in a family of musicians that placed a high value on music and music education. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, I began a musical journey that would take me around the world, from New York to Europe, West Africa, India and the Far East.  I’ve had the privilege of making music and collaborating with some of the finest musicians in the world.  These experiences have contributed unique elements to my own artistry and informed the musician and teacher I am today.  I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to learning guitar. Those types of lessons can become tedious, and more often than not, students quit because they hit a plateau that the teacher can’t help them surmount. I believe each student learns differently.  A great teacher will recognize where the student’s strength lies and where they feel challenged and tailor a program that allows the student to flourish, creating an atmosphere of joy and creativity; after all, playing guitar is about having fun.  And my lessons aren’t just about learning the guitar.  They’re about learning how to easily understand and hear music and applying that knowledge to the guitar.  This will make you a more complete guitar player.  This applies to the serious student who wants to develop into a professional musician, as well as the student who just wants to learn the guitar for fun and play their favorite songs. 


For me music is life, like breathing.  Playing music adds a new dimension to every person.  I find in quite rewarding seeing my students getting to the point where they can play things they never thought possible.  

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Brooklyn, NY 11215
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I begin by assessing what the student already knows and determing which lesson plan will work best for them.  I have proprietary lesson plans for beginners, intermediates and advanced students.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Graduate of Berklee College of Music.  Prior to Berklee, I studied with Van Moretti, guitar legend of the jazz swing era, Van Morretti.  I've also traveled the world extensively, collecting instruments and learning how to play them by collaborating and recording with world-class musicians.  This has been the best training of all! 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

In order to achieve good results an hour is usually required for all lessons with teenagers and adults.  For younger children, a 45 minute lesson usually works best. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've always had the ability to learn songs rather quickly by ear. From the moment I started playing the guitar I was teaching my friends what I had just taught myself.  When I was 16 years old I was teaching guitar in music stores and when I was in college at Berklee, I was tutoring students.  I am, by nature, a teacher, so I'm always imparting what I know. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all types of students:  Beginners (people who haven't even held a guitar) to the intermedite level, as well as professional musicians who are looking to add a new dimension to their playing.  

And guitar is not the only focus.  I'm a producer so when I'm working on a recording I'm responsible for ensuring that all the musicians on a production play and sing at their best.   

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

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