Newett Studios

Newett Studios

5.0 (10)
18 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
37 years in business

About this pro

With more than 30-years experience teaching raw beginners to advanced, I will give you expert instrumental lessons on piano, guitar, bass, 5-string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin and trumpet.  I am also a fully-trained in proper vocal technique.

My styles of expertise are rock, country (all types, including bluegrass), jazz (standards and improv techniques) and classical.  But remember, technique is not always style-specific. There are a number of fundamental things you should learn that will provide firm-footing, regardless of your ultimate style/genre.

I will teach you through traditional notation, by ear or diagram (TAB).  Usually, it's a little of all-of-the-above. Also, I will ensure music theory is appropriately implemented along the way.

Many of my students love learning in a more relaxed style, such as playing riffs directly from your favorite songs, bands and artists.  It's all doable! I'll have you playing in a remarkably short period of time.

You’ll be getting your lessons in a full, state-of-the-art recording studio. This means we'll have access to professional recording equipment when needed.  It has always been my experience that recording is an essential tool of learning to play an instrument. You'll have an opportunity to hear yourself on playback, and self-critique. I will simply email you an MP3 at the end of our session.  This kind of service is difficult to find anywhere.

Each student will be given their own Google Drive folder for detailed lesson logs, as well as audio and video files, when applicable.

The most rewarding part of my work is when I get to witness, first-hand, the enthusiasm when a student learns something they'd been struggling with. I love when people call me or text me after I send them an MP3 of a recording from their lesson.  They can hardly believe it's them playing/singing. It's the "reward factor"; all of the hard work finally pays off when they get to sit back and listen to themselves.

My father was a music teacher. He'd allow me to sit in on some of his lessons, when I was a kid. I watched how he'd encourage the student in a gentle way, helping them to recognize their own strengths.  I knew I wanted to do the same.

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Allentown, PA 18104
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10 Reviews

5.0

  • Ross Bell

    Anthony is an excellent guitar teacher. Anthony creates individualized learning plans catered directly to your goals and interests. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player, there is no question he cannot answer. Lessons are fun and informative. The prices are very reasonable and Anthony is more than willing to work around your schedule. I would highly recommend Anthony Newett.

  • Louis Dasher

    I’ve been taking lessons with Anthony for about 6 months now, and my guitar playing has definitely improved. Some lessons we have deep discussions on music theory concepts, other lessons we’ve worked on songs and used them as blueprints to learn different techniques or chords or what have you. For example, recently we’ve been working on “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, and within a month I’ve gone from never fingerpicking an acoustic to playing the song with a degree of efficiency. Genre-wise, we’ve worked on everything from Megadeth to Louis Armstrong, so he’s definitely versatile. He’s also helped me with writing my own material, and has a great recording setup. His prices are fair, and his schedule is usually pretty flexible if I can’t make a lesson one week he finds time for me. Whether you want to sight read music or play some songs around the campfire or shred like Van Halen, he’s your guy.

  • Mouza Gornostaeva

    Personalized class to meet students specific needs. Explains everything in a manner that is easy to grasp. Ive been wanting to learn how to play guitar for many years and Anthony helps in a way where the proccess seems simple yet very profuctive.

  • Bob Cebollero

    I have not tried a private instructor and so my opinion may seem unresearched. However, I did try recently an online course through a prominent university and dropped out. found that Anthony has The image ability to pick up right away on the strengths and weaknesses I have and opened a whole new Musical world to discover the joy of learning again, making it challenging just enough and keeping it fun. I look forward to every lesson. I am away for a few weeks and he even then has given me a challenging enough remote lesson to keep me thinking and learning. Great guy, awesome teacher and clever musician!


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It's always about recognizing each student's personal strengths and capitalizing on them.  If it's someone with prior experience, I will help them find ways of playing cleaner, more efficiently, or maybe just spruce up their theory-knowledge so they have a more stable understanding of what they're doing.

For a beginner, the process is not terribly different.  There is never a one-size-fits-all scenario. Everybody is different. This is why online lessons are not ideal. The human factor is an essential part of the learning process.


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

I have been trained by some of the best instructors in Philadelphia from the age of two.  By the age of 6, I was awarded a scholarship after having performed for a spring concert at Andrew Jackson School in Philadelphia.  My training continued at The New School of Music, as well as a number of highly-respected private teachers.

At age fifteen, I began an apprenticeship with a private teacher.  This part of my training was invaluable. I learned that no two students are alike.  There's always an important balance between a traditional/rigid approach, and a gentle/flexible approach.


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

I charge $50 p/hour.  After having experimented over the years with other lesson-lengths, I've decided that anything less than an hour can be relatively unproductive.  I will make exceptions for younger students with a short attention-span.


How did you get started teaching?

My father was a great teacher.  I was inspired by him at a very young age.  It didn't take long for me to realize I wanted to do the same thing.  I'm thankful to him for his encouragement.  He and I opened our teaching studio together in 1985.