Our Teachers and Team

Our Teachers and Team

Aki Ishiguro

Aki Ishiguro has been playing and practicing for more than 11 years. He still remembers the first lesson he received when he learned to play a Nirvana song.
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Alec Goldfarb

Alec Goldfarb is a Brooklyn based composer, guitarist, and Hindustani classical musician. He performs in diverse settings across the East Coast, and as a teacher coaches fundamentals that translate to novel musical situations. A graduate of the University of Illinois with degrees in Music Compositio
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Anthony Hollock

Anthony has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London’s West End, as well as various theaters around the US. He has received a BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University. Throughout his training, he has shaped his voice with almost a dozen voice teachers combining all of their best methods i
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Ben Fitts

Ben grew up with New York City Guitar School. After studying with NYCGS in camps and lessons, Ben began gigging as a professional musician at 17 and started teaching lessons soon thereafter. Ben has a B.A. from Hampshire College where he studied music composition, guitar performance, and music produ
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Clayton Hopkins

Clayton Hopkins is a NYC/NJ based guitarist, songwriter, and singer. He studied Music Engineering, Production, Contemporary Guitar, and Composition/Songwriting at Frost School of Music before moving to NYC to pursue his original music full-time. Clayton’s contemporary rock n roll group, Clayto
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Coleman Bartels

Coleman was born in Hanover, New Hampshire. He began playing the drums at the age of five and by high school was playing professionally around New Hampshire and Vermont. At an early age he had the opportunity to share the stage with jazz greats such as Arturo O’Farrill and Marty Ehrlich. In 2006, he
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Curtis Brewer

American guitarist Curtis Brewer educates in diverse styles ranging from riff-heavy grunge to twang-tinged rock while simultaneously honoring every shade of America music. He’s gained a reputation as a first-call studio guitarist, charming vocalist, and trusted educator, teaching music at Southern I
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Daisy Press

What makes you want to sing? That’s the first thing that Daisy wants to find out, because she knows that it points to something awesome in you. Lessons with her are lively, relaxed, informative, occasionally deep, and frequently hilarious. She is passionate about guiding you to a clear understanding
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Dan Emery

Dan Emery is dedicated to bringing the thrill and pride of guitar playing to all who desire it. He is the founder of NYC's friendliest and fastest growing guitar schools, New York City Guitar School, Brooklyn Guitar School and Queens Guitar School.
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David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez has been performing and teaching classical guitar for over 30 years. He has two degrees in music and received his Suzuki training from Paul Landefeld and Frank Lontay.
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David Kuhn

David was born in Nashville, TN (Go Titans!) and began playing guitar at age 12. He holds a BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance from the New School and also has a strong background in hospitality. David is a patient, caring, and enthusiastic teacher. He is excited to build relationships with his students
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Dorothy Griffin

Dorothy Griffin is currently studying with Frederic Hand at Mannes School of Music where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. Before moving to New York City she had her own private guitar studio in the Washington D.C. area, teaching students of all ages a wid
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Doug Bostick

Doug Bostick has been playing guitar for 13 years. In that time he earned a degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University where he studied jazz music in depth as well as composition and music theory. Doug has used his facility on the guitar to travel the world as a guitarist fo
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Dylan Charles

Dylan Charles was so excited when he got his first guitar at age thirteen, he started waking up extra early so he could jam a few chords before catching the bus to school. Only two years later he was gigging professionally in his hometown of Ann Arbor, MI.
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Eddy Marshall

Eddy Marshall was born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia. He received a guitar for Christmas sixteen years ago and has been playing ever since. After high school he attended University of Vermont where he studied elementary education before transferring to Berklee College of Music. Later, he grad
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Elaine Chu

Before she found NYC Guitar School, Elaine graduated with a degree in psychology from NYU and held a position as a Compliance Officer in options trading surveillance on Wall Street. Through her daughters' desire to learn the guitar, she joined us through our work study program and later transitioned
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Eliane Delage

Eliane Delage has been playing the guitar since the early 80's when she started learning the guitar in São Paulo, Brasil. She's been in several bands ranging in style from Funk, Brazilian Music, Hard Rock, Blues, and even Metal!
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Emilio Tostado

A Chicago native, Emilio picked up a guitar at the age of 12 with his dad at a local music store. Fueled by the excitement and energy he got from classic rock, Motown and 90s alternative, guitar went from being a hobby to an all out obsession. Since then, he recorded and shared the stage with with t
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Emily Kay Shrader

Born and raised in Northern California, Emily discovered her love for music when she began to sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” at the top of her lungs on a family bike ride. Her parents took her to her first voice lesson and she instantly fell in love. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts
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Eric Thachuk

Eric is joining us from Hamilton, Canada. This is his second stint making America “home”. The first was as a scholarship student at Berklee College of Music in Boston studying bass and guitar performance. His professional experience includes everything from bar gigs co-starring the weekly hockey gam
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Gabriel Wareing

Originally from England, Gabriel Wareing is a Manhattan-based guitarist, composer, and arranger. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he specialized in Jazz performance and composition. After college, Gabriel continued to steep himself in Blues, Soul, a
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Gaby Pilagonia

Gabrielle is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Bronx. Growing up as a student at New York City Guitar School herself, as a teenager she became an intern here and eventually rose through the ranks to become a full time teacher! Gabrielle studied Vocal Performance at Hunter Colle
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George Allan

My name is George Allan, a first generation United States Citizen from New Jersey. I began my musical career in the 3rd grade with piano lessons, began to experiment with guitar in middle school, and taught myself electric bass in high school to play in a band with my friends. While our band was rec
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George England

A native of Northern California, George is a performing classical guitarist, lutenist, and music teacher living in New York. He performs as a soloist, in his trio Third Person Narrative, and in the newly formed, Duo Raccontare with soprano, Kathleen O’Rourke. He also performs as a continuo pla
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Greg Sardella

Born and raised in the outskirts of New York City, Greg began studying music at an early age into his college years. Starting with the saxophone in grade school and later moving on to guitar, it became clear that music would be a lifelong passion. Greg moved to the city in 2010 to intern at a record
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Hector Marin

Hector Marin joins the NYCGS team of amazing teachers from Costa Rica, has been playing the guitar for over ten years, and has been been teaching guitar for many years as well.
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Issac Hernandez

“Music is not what I do, it’s who I am.” Issac Hernandez first picked up the guitar at age 12 and began with traditional Mexican ballads that he heard his grandfather play on the Spanish Guitar. However, it wasn’t until the day he heard the screaming sounds of the blues and rock that his musical wor
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Jaime Garamella

Jaime teaches guitar, voice, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica. He has been teaching since 2001, and especially loves working with beginners. He also likes to incorporate singing into lessons.
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James Wengrow

James Wengrow began performing at the age of 14 in his hometown (Gold Coast, Australia) with the city’s established jazz musicians before relocating to the neighboring city of Brisbane in 2008, and then to Melbourne in late 2011. During this time, James played with some of the country’s leadin
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Jason Balish

Jason has been described as an extremely versatile educator and performer. Aside from being a classically trained guitarist and Suzuki certified teacher working with young children ages 2 and up, he specializes in Jazz, Classical/Fingerstyle guitar, lead/rock/pop guitar, song writing/arranging and M
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Jeff McLaughlin

Guitarist Jeff McLaughlin is a composer/performer who loves teaching his students. He started playing guitar at age 13 and fell in love with the instrument immediately. Soon after he began learning the solos of Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Buckethead.
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Jen Elliott

Jen started out as a singer and songwriter before she found the guitar. Releasing two albums on indie label, City Canyon Records, her band toured the east coast.
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Joel Knopf

Joel started playing guitar at age 7 when he could be found rocking a red plastic Burt and Ernie guitar on the roof of his Mom’s car. Since then, his instrument may have changed, but his enthusiasm has not! With a repertoire ranging from pop to jazz and folk to Frozen 2, Joel loves to help students
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Josh Torvi

Josh Torvi is a Brooklyn based guitarist, composer, and instructor. He spends his time leading his own Jazz groups, preforming with the funk/soul band “The Haveners”, and teaching students of all ages. Josh received his BA in Music from Bard College where he studied with Erica Lindsay, Thurman Barke
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Kareem Devlin

Kareem “Jesus” Devlin is a professional guitarist, artist, and producer who was born and raised in New York City. He was given the nickname “Jesus” by Lady Gaga while playing lead guitar on her Monster Ball Tour and while working on the Born This Way album. He has toured arou
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Katie Savina

Katie is a marketer with a passion for oldies, soul, and downright groovy music. She originally started off as a student at New York City Guitar School and later joined our team as the Marketing Coordinator. Her musical inspirations include Neil Young, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, The Band, among cou
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Ti - one of our Suzuki early childhood certified teachers

Katty Mayorga

Katty Anna Mayorga began her guitar studies in Guatemala at the age of 6, concentrating in Latin American pop music on acoustic guitar. She also studied electric bass, mandolin, ukulele and banjo, but fell in love with the classical guitar. At the age of 18 she decided to concentrate solely on class
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Koby Williamson

A graduate of Mannes College?s classical guitar program, Koby has been studying the guitar for 16 years, thanks to some amazing teachers! He has performed at Lincoln Center?s Alice Tully Hall and Neue Galerie...
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Kyle Tigges

We are so pleased that we convinced the amazing Kyle Tigges to join our staff! Hundreds of students of all ages and levels have become proficient guitar players and intelligent musicians with Kyle's patient and expert coaching.
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Lance Piebenga

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Lance made his way to Los Angeles as a studio musician before moving to New York, where he currently studies classical guitar performance at Hunter College. Over the years Lance has performed as a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist in number of different groups, rangi
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Lenny Molotov

Lenny is an accomplished finger picker and applies this technique to both folk and blues. You could say he wrote the book on finger picking—literally, since he is the author of the book "Finger Style Basics for Guitar", which is published by the Guitar School.
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Madeline Johnson

Madeline is a classically trained soprano who is excited to take on the role of Student Experience Coordinator for NYC Guitar School East. She graduated from Western Carolina University and taught Chorus and Orchestra in the mountains of North Carolina before relocating to NYC. As a former teacher h
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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson first moved to America from his hometown of London, UK in 2005 as a scholarship student studying guitar and composition at Berklee College of Music. He has since taken up residence in NYC, where he has worked for Interscope records, Atlantic Records, Sony Music, The Oscars, Google, YouT
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Martin Jacobs

Martin is returning to NYC Guitar School after spending a few years back in his home state of Oklahoma. 3 things brought him back to New York City — the people, Shake Shack and Brooklyn. His love for music, passion for building meaningful connections and eagerness to continue to become a bette
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Michael “Suke” Cerulo

We are so excited that Michael ?Suke? Cerulo is teaching for NYC Guitar School. Suke?s band Schleigo charted in the top 20 on CMJ and college jazz radio charts, and played with not only The Allman Brothers, but Bela Fleck, John Scofield, G. Love and Special Sauce, Galactic, Moe and many more top act
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Michelangelo Quirinale

An expert in all things rock, Michelangelo brings over 15 years of teaching experience to the Brooklyn Guitar School. A childhood learning the music of rock greats such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Guns N’ Roses brought him to Berklee College of Music, where he received his BM in Guitar Pe
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Miguel Alonso

Miguel is a guitarist, bassist and composer from New York City. He recently finished his Masters degree in music at Goldsmiths, University of London and he is back in the city working as a session musician, recording music, and teaching students. While in London, he helped found The Composer Platfor
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Nick Pierok

Originally from Cincinnati, Nick is an active guitarist, composer, and teacher, and hopes to use those skills to share as much music as possible. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education with a Jazz Specialization. Not wanting to p
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Olin Clark

Olin Clark is a Michigan native and current resident of Brooklyn, NY. As a composer and arranger, Olin’s music has been performed by many ensembles around the United States and abroad. Olin has has played with bands/artists like Etienne Charles’ Creole Soul, Ray Parker, Marcus Elliot, Randy Na
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Pete Matthiessen

Pete began playing the guitar when he was 11 years old. He soon began working on his calluses learning songs by Megadeth, Metallica, The Beatles, and Yes. He also made sure to attend the National Guitar Workshop every summer.
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Rob Adler

Rob has come to us in New York City from Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a young teenager Rob became captivated by blues greats Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King and decided guitar was the thing for him.
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Sam Allen

Sam Allen first picked up his first guitar to play all his favorite Clash and Ramones songs at the age of 10 and has been playing and writing music ever since! Sam graduated Magna Cum Laude...
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Sean McCann

As a native New Yorker, Sean is a performing musician in multiple bands across the tri-state area. He plays bass in the avant-pop act Diana Lopez, as well as the rock group Damn Jackals. Sean’s musical identity has always been defined by his curiosity for different styles. Although his first love is
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Shane Chapman

Shane Chapman is the lead singer and guitarist for Brooklyn Americana band anacortes who has just released their second album. When he’s not doing that, he is the guitarist and arranger for NYC’s premiere Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts. Also as a performer, he was featured on the ste
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Subrina Torres

Subrina started with the team in 2013 as desk staff, then as Director of NYCGS East and is currently teaching voice and guitar online. Her encouraging vibes and patient teaching style has helped many students over the years gain confidence and land cool opportunities including Broadway. She speciali
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Tia Vincent-Clark

Tia Vincent-Clark grew up in a family of professional musicians and began her teaching career in 1999. Her patience, enthusiasm and committment to teaching are all reasons that we are thrilled to have Tia as an integral part of NYC Guitar School!
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Tom Burda

Mesmerized by the powerful guitar sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom first picked up the guitar at the age of 14. He spent his free time studying jazz, classical, and flamenco guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
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Tony Calabro

Tony has been playing guitar since he was a young child and teaching for over 15 years. He simply loves what he does and it shows.??A graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied guitar performance and music production.
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Vinnie Arbona

Queen’s native Vinny fell in love with music when he began singing in church at the age of 8, and he fell in love with the guitar at the moment he first heard “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix being played on the radio. Vinny studied voice, theory, and the performing arts at Queens College. He was one o
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Vinnie DeMasi

Vincent has been a full-time musician and teacher since 1995, and is especially patient with adult beginners. He's performed on Broadway as an understudy lead guitarist in the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaborative Moving Out, is currently a regular sub in the pit orchestra of Mamma Mia.
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