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Find music lessons in New York, NY

Find music lessons in New York, NY

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Top 10 music classes in New York, NY

Students agree: these New York music lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Silvan Joray

Silvan Joray

5.0(2)
1 hire on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Vincent M. says, "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." Read more
Reimann Music

Reimann Music

5.0(2)
3 hires on Lessons
33+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Michael says, "Hannah is an excellent teacher and virtuosic musician. A great and adaptive coach and teacher. " Read more
The Joyful Singer

The Joyful Singer

5.0(3)
Offers online services
11 hires on Lessons
15+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Michael G. says, "All the lessons were well taught with high confidence and understanding. Jenna is a great singer and that shows in her lessons, and that is really inspiring. On top of that she is one of the nicest people you'll meet and it really makes it easy to be vulnerable so that all your little problems can be addressed." Read more
James Cleveland - Fiddle

James Cleveland - Fiddle

5.0Exceptional(14)
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
Serves New York, NY
Mark K. says, "James is a very able teacher and A very pleasant man. I felt my confidence building rapidly despite having no previous experience. Even though I was in a large class James was able to give lots of individual attention to me and everyone else. We learned many songs and I’m still playing today 3 years later. James is also very much involved in local nyc Irish music scene. " Read more
Music Lessons

Music Lessons

5.0(1)
Offers online services
49+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Mike P. says, "This is a professional organization I highly recommend." Read more
Labrosse Music Lessons

Labrosse Music Lessons

5.0(4)
Offers online services
16+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Joe D. says, "Personal, focused approach got me to a higher level" Read more
David First

David First

5.0Exceptional(7)
Offers online services
16 hires on Lessons
38+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
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 ???...
(DUPLICATE) Dash Drums And Percussion

(DUPLICATE) Dash Drums And Percussion

5.0(1)
Offers online services
6+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Carri F. says, "Brian is really patient. And an excellent teacher. He explains things in a way that I - as a beginner - can understand!" Read more
Justin Bischof

Justin Bischof

5.0(2)
Offers online services
38+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Sonny P. says, "Very patient and skilled teacher I'm looking forward to next week" Read more
Chris Bedward Guitar Lessons

Chris Bedward Guitar Lessons

5.0Exceptional(12)
Top Pro
Offers online services
7+ years in business
Serves New York, NY
Ebony M. says, "Chris has a vast knowledge of genres that is evident in his playing and teaching style. Whether you are a novice or have years of experience, he individualizes the lessons by highlighting your strengths and progress with guitar while finding plausible methods to tackle your weaknesses. The most significant aspect of Chris’ teaching is that he provides foundational skills necessary for every kind of guitarist so that you are better equipped for live performances, session work, etc. Chris’ musical repertoire, gregarious nature, and dedication to the guitar combined with his student-focused teaching approach places him above any other music teacher that I have ever experienced!" Read more

Your Music Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do music lessons cost?

Music lessons cost $40 to $90 per hour. Most teachers offer weekly lessons in order to provide regular feedback, keep students motivated, and provide enough opportunities to learn new techniques and pieces of music. More frequent lessons do not provide enough time to practice and master skills between lessons.

To save money on music lessons consider group lessons, which are often cheaper than private lessons and allow you to learn from other students. Another option is to take online lessons which tend to be more affordable than in-person lessons and can be a great way to learn from a qualified teacher that isn't local. Finally, look for scholarships or grants to help pay for music lessons.

At what age can you start music lessons?

The best age to start music lessons depends on the individual and their interests. Most experts agree that children can start learning music as early as 3 or 4 years old when they can communicate and follow instructions. There is no age that is too late to take music lessons – even seniors can benefit from learning or improving their musical skills.

Studies have shown that children who are exposed to music at an early age have better language skills, memory, and problem-solving skills. Music lessons help improve fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity which are important for other activities like writing and drawing. Learning to play an instrument can also build a child's self-confidence and help to develop a child's creativity.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

The amount of time it takes to learn an instrument depends on the instrument, the student's age, and the amount of time they practice. In general, it takes several months to a year to learn the basics of most instruments including how to read music and play basic scales and chords. With regular practice, students can expect to play simple songs within a few months.

Piano, guitar, and percussion instruments are some of the easier instruments to learn. Strings and horn instruments take a bit longer to learn. Becoming proficient at any instrument takes several years of lessons and regular practice.

Do I need an instrument at home to take music lessons?

No, you do not need an instrument at home to take music lessons, but it does make it easier to practice and improve your skills. Without an instrument at home, you will need to find an instrument to practice between lessons if you hope to improve.

Before investing in any musical instrument, you will want to talk with the music teacher to find the instrument that is right for you. Guitars are a popular instrument for beginners since they are relatively inexpensive to buy. The flute is another simple instrument to learn and is a good choice for students who want to learn to play an instrument quickly. Pianos are a more costly instrument but are a popular choice for families since everyone can enjoy playing the same instrument.

How do online music lessons work?

Online music lessons are similar to in-person lessons, only the teacher and student are not in the same physical location. Using video conferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom, the teacher and students can communicate with each other from the privacy of their homes.

In order to take advantage of the affordable online lessons, you need a computer and internet connection with good audio and video quality to avoid frustration. The teacher and student join the video call and the lesson proceeds in the same way they would for an in-person lesson. Online music lessons require more focus and patience and are not suggested for very young students.

What questions should I ask a music teacher?

Here are some important questions you should ask a music teacher before you start taking lessons:

  • What is your teaching style?
  • What is your experience teaching music?
  • What are your rates?
  • How long are your lessons?
  • What is your availability?
  • What are your expectations for students?
  • Can you provide references from your current and past students?

How do I choose a music teacher?

Choosing a qualified music teacher is important for those wanting to learn or develop their musical skills. Find a teacher that fits your schedule, budget, and learning style by following these recommendations:

  • Look for a teacher with a degree in music or years of experience teaching your preferred instrument.
  • Make sure the teacher with a teaching style that suits you. For example, if you learn better with a more formal teacher that focuses on technique, don't choose a teacher that is more relaxed and focuses on creative, free-style playing.
  • Find a teacher that is affordable for your budget and has availability for lessons that fit your schedule.
  • Confirm that the teacher will help you reach your goals whether it is to learn a new instrument, read music, learn music theory, or just have fun.How do I choose a music teacher?

Reviews for New York music classes

Recent success stories from people in the New York area.
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.
Silvan Joray
Marie S.
Great!! I've learned a lot and willing to continue my lessons with them.
Reimann Music
Noah W.
As one of her former vocal students, I completely recommend Jenna. Her lessons were extremely beneficial in my vocal development. She is an amazingly talented and extraordinarily gifted teacher. Anybody would be very lucky to have Jenna as their vocal instructor.
The Joyful Singer
MG G.
James is SO patient and explains everything really well. He is an excellent teacher, and he is wonderfully encouraging to all.
James Cleveland - fiddle
Ryan N.
James is a monster guitar player with a proper education, and I'm a self-taught beginner, and still feeling a bit insecure about my playing. I never feel like he thinks he's too good to be teaching me. His lessons have been really encouraging and I've already seen loads of improvement.
Labrosse Music Lessons
Batya R.
David First
Alexis D.
Justin Bischof
Trevor P.
Chris is a working professional. His experience informs his lesson material and brings them into invaluable context. He is well-spoken, direct, and clear. His teachings on guitar fundamentals provides a strong foundation to the student. He will encourage the challenging stuff when he believes you're able to go the next step instead of throwing the wall. He genuinely cares about your progress and will support you as you practice and learn. A good man.
Chris Bedward Guitar Lessons
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