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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 of the original teachers at Queens Guitar School, first starting with us in 2009.
His joy and focus is inspiring others in the love of music and the guitar. He treats each student uniquely, developing their strengths through their challenges with joy, love and patience. Vinny also brings his experiences of songwriting, performing arts, dance and the journey of self discovery to each lesson. Vinny works best with children and beginners, and he works with students of all ages, from the very young (6 years old) through retirement. He is a warm, patient and inspiring teacher who specializes in helping beginners get off to a strong and fun start with the guitar, and we are delighted that he is teaching for New York City Guitar School. In his own words, “I love what I do and what the guitar and music has to offer”.
I’m in my seventh session in the Absolute Beginner class and truly, I just walk out of every class brimming with happiness.
The make-up policy is great — go to any other class or have a one-on-one
– Young R. (5 STARS)
One of the best things I’ve ever done is sign up for classes here. This is the friendliest staff that has ever existed anywhere ever, and every student feels welcome and encouraged.
They make sure every student is beyond satisfied with his or her experience. They also provide extra challenges and
sometimes give us material based on the students’ interests. They provide ample opportunities to participate in events outside of class, and I’ve never felt out of place here. I’ve taken classes with both Lenny and Jon, and they’re both incredibly nice, talented guitarists with a sense of humor and a great knack for teaching. […]
I can’t say enough good things, and I’ll be a student here for a long, long time!
– Elizabeth S. (5 STARS)
Don’t be afraid to try picking up guitar as your next obsession, the class is
rewarding and enjoyable. Environment is relaxing and everyone I met is
– Daphne P. (5 STARS)
I started with zero musical or guitar experience and now 18 months later have a fun rewarding hobby than I am enthused to continue.
– Simon P (5 STARS)
Seriously, the people here are so friendly and nice it takes me aback sometimes after being in New York 3+ years) but they really do create a warm, friendly environment/atmosphere and there is no judgment as to skill.
This is one of the few places I’ve rated where if I could give them an extra star for awesomeness, I totally would.
– Susan A (5 STARS)
Even though I’m still a beginner, by week 7 my friends asked me to play them some songs. They were impressed! I was impressed!
– Paul H (5 STARS)
I have learned so much in 10 weeks. I fiddled around with a guitar here and there but the absolute beginner class really helped me get my feet wet. I can already play a few beginner songs by heart. Can’t wait to take the next series of classes.
Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn how to play guitar.
– Nitin G (5 STARS)
What an amazing experience! The instructors are knowledgeable and
encouraging. It’s quite affordable too! They host all sorts of events and have classes for all levels of experience.
– Monica M (5 STARS)
This school rocks. They are super nice, super accommodating and if you ever need to miss and make up a class that is not a problem. I have now taken two ten-week classes there and I am starting on a third. I have made a lot of progress. I am excited to practice and to go to class. I highly recommend this school!
– Mary M (5 STARS)
Best place by far to learn how to play guitar. Whether you’re 4 or 24, teacher’s here are awesome and the staff is extremely helpful and pleasant.
– Elizabeth A (5 STARS)
I have loved my experience at NYC Guitar School. I have been taking private classical guitar lessons with Michael who is so enthusiastic, encouraging and talented. My positive experiences with my teacher have been a huge motivator to keep me practicing. His pacing for me is just perfect, I never feel like I have too little or too much to practice in a week, and my improvements in such a short amount of time of taking lessons are drastic.
The office environment is another huge part of what makes NYC Guitar School so great. Awkward timing in my schedule makes it so I have over an hour to kill in the neighborhood before my
lesson every week. I usually just practice and warm up on the guitar a little in the office, which as a total guitar beginner would be a little awkward in such a public space but for the incredibly welcoming staff in the office. Everyone who walks in and out of the guitar school is all smiles and friendliness–it makes for a positive vibe that just needs to be experienced to be understood. NYC Guitar school is just the best, and I look forward to my lesson every week.
– Katie G (5 STARS)
Great guitar school! I was looking for a place to take group classes and this place is awesome. Everyone is super nice, from the teachers to the staff. The rates for classes are good. Also, they have guitars available to be used during class so I don’t have to lug mine back and forth for each class, which makes it so much easier. I’m on my third session of classes (10 classes/session) and I’ve definitely learned a ton. […]
– Heidi K (5 STARS)
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