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 with a degree in music from the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase in 2011. Enrolled in the Studio Production program, he learned music theory and performance with a focus in recording and arranging in a recording studio environment.
Sam started teaching guitar at the Ossining, NY music school where he studied in high school and continued teaching at a music school in Rye, NY during and after college. Sam enjoys giving young students the foundation to become life-long musicians, as well as helping more advanced students fine-tune their skills. Sam specializes in teaching rock and blues guitar, along with digital music and rock band classes to students of all ages. He also enjoys writing songs with his students, from songs about missing teeth with young beginners to adults flexing their creative muscles. Sam loves sharing his performing experience with his students and teaching stage presence and rock guitar tricks of the trade.
Sam currently lives in Brooklyn where he records other artists and composes his own material for films. Sam plays guitar and writes songs for the rock n’ roll group Wyldlife. Wyldlife has had two songs become the “Coolest Song in the World This Week” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM radio. He has also toured the US several times sharing the stage with "Handsome" Dick Manitoba, CJ Ramone, Dramarama, Biters, Pains of Being Pure at Heart among others. Sam also appears as Ronnie Wood of The Faces in the upcoming Martin Scorcese-Mick Jagger produced HBO Series "Vinyl".
Dylan Charles is a singer/songwriter based in New York City. His music runs the gamut from acoustic americana and rock/blues to jazzy soul and electo-pop. Touring nationally as a solo act and as a bandleader, he also co-founded and continues to perform with NYC soul band On The Sun and Arizona-based americana band The Border Crossers. In addition to his own projects, he frequently works with other artists as a multi-instrumentalist sideman, producer, co-writer and studio musician.
Dylan has been playing guitar for over 20 years and teaching almost as long. He started working with New York City Guitar School when he moved to NYC in 2012 and is currently the program director for the school’s Rock Band program as well as a teacher at the Midtown and Brooklyn locations.
In high school he taught lessons to fellow teens as part of a “Community Resources” program in his home town of Ann Arbor, MI. He frequently played local gigs through the Community High School jazz band program as well as with his own original music projects. He continued to teach, perform and record while studying jazz guitar at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006.
In 2008 Dylan moved to Bisbee, AZ where he created and coached an after school rock band program at the Bisbee High School and worked as a substitute teacher for the Bisbee elementary, middle and high schools. Dylan also founded a non-profit program called “The Friday Project” when, because of budget cuts, Bisbee Unified School District cut Fridays from the school week. The program provided a wide variety of free workshops to kids and teens that were all taught by local residents in an effort to keep kids engaged in learning and exploring their passions in the absence of a traditional public school structure.
Dylan’s positive energy and encouraging teaching style has helped so many students reach their music goals. Call or email us to set up a lesson with Dylan yourself and visit www.dylancharles.com for music, videos and a calendar of his upcoming performances.
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, Clayton-Ellis, has toured the UK 3 times and Clayton co-wrote and co-produced all the material on the band’s debut album. In addition to teaching with NYC Guitar School, he is currently writing and producing material for a new album and he also has a featured role in a television pilot. Clayton is excited to share his love of rock and acoustic guitar with students. His patience and enthusiasm allow him to connect and nurture students from beginner to expert as they discover and pursue their passion for music.
“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 world expanded!
Inspired by a diverse collection of musical influences such as Howling Wolf, Jack White, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Issac continues to strive to master music like one of the greats. Currently Issac studies jazz at City College of New York and teaches at our NYC Guitar School! His teaching philosophy is centered around holding his students to their highest possibilities while creating a fun and interactive learning environment.