Silvan Joray

Silvan Joray

5.0(2 reviews)


I discovered my passion for music and guitar early on. Music is my life and I have been sharing this passion with my students since I was 15 years old. During my 12 years of teaching, I have seen kids grow up together with their instruments, adults take their first steps in their musical life, but also helped young adults get into college and even professional guitarists broaden their knowledge. I'm looking forward to meeting you and supporting you on your personal musical journey!

Hi, I'm Silvan! I was born and raised in Switzerland where I studied classical guitar for 8 years, before switching to electric guitar and discovering my love for jazz. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in jazz guitar performance (2018) and a master's degree (2020) in music pedagogy from Jazzcampus in Basel, Switzerland. I have released two albums as a bandleader and appear on four other albums as a collaborator. I'm honored to have won prizes at international competitions in South Africa and Poland, and have played concerts and tours in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, the UK, Poland, Norway, Israel, and of course here in New York.

Every person has a different way of learning, so I like to tailor my lessons to every student's specific needs and apply a student-centered approach whenever possible. The most important thing is that the lessons are fun and that we establish a positive environment of trust. Trusting that it is okay to make mistakes and to be yourself. This ensures sustained motivation and progress, and enriches the students' lives in a substantial way.

I accept students of all ages and levels. Together we will develop a personal practice plan for you, based on your interests and goals.

Wether you our your kid are just starting out and want to learn some basics (reading music, playing songs, accompanying yourself or others for singing), or you've already been playing for a while and looking to get into music college, or you're an adult who's always wanted to play guitar (it's never too late!) or even a professional who would like to broaden their horizons and dig deeper into their creative voice – I can't wait to meet you and share my passion for music with you!

Here are some possible topics:

- repertoire in various styles (jazz, classical, pop, rock)

- developing a practice routine

- fretboard overview

- right hand technique (different strumming and picking styles etc.)

- left hand technique (legato, bending etc.)

- scales

- arpeggios

- chords and voicings

- reading music

- ear training

- music theory

- composition

- arranging for guitar


Hired 2 times
1 employee
12 years in business
Serves Brooklyn , NY

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo, Paypal, Zelle

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Musical styles

Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

5 – 10 years old, 11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    vincent M.

    The lessons with Silvan were very helpful for me. He understands perfectly how to bring the student closer to playing the guitar technically and musically. Silvan picked me up from my score and opened up ways for me to progress. I am very grateful to him for that.
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    January 28, 2024


    connor C.

    Easy going, brilliant Instructor. Easily identifies any problems and has given me good feedback and practice regimes. Incredibly punctual and responsive as well has helped make music theory seem less like a far reach subject for myself.
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    January 28, 2024

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