Laurels
Best Guitar Teachers
in New York City
2017

Why These Guitar Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored guitar teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best guitar teachers in New York, NY.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Brooklyn GuitarWorks

Brooklyn GuitarWorks is a workshop-based studio that provides both private lessons and group classes. Founder Lily Maase was recently named as a Master Guitar Teacher by Guitar World Magazine, where she is a contributor. Classes include unique topics including Get Better Faster, Get Started Faster, and Music Theory You Can Use. These 90-minute sessions meet weekly for six-week semesters.

Brooklyn, NY(718) 679-3665

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Chord Club by Billboard

Located in New York City, Chord Club by Billboard facilitates a modern approach to music lessons with a high-end studio setting with professional-quality equipment. Both private and semi-private guitar, vocal, bass, and drum classes are available for children from 5 to 17 years old as well as adults. The Chord Club also hosts after-school programs, camps, workshops, and private parties.

New York, NY(212) 246-7369

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Chris Conly Music Studio

Chris Conly Music Studio is run by a Berklee School of Music graduate who provides guitar, banjo, and ukelele lessons in New York City. Conly has more than 20 years of teaching experience and offers a free 30-minute lesson for new students. Private lessons are based on student-directed goals with a focus on improving musicianship.

New York, NY(347) 855-6564

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Dan Smith Guitar Lessons

Dan Smith Guitar Lessons provides New York City-based instruction for students of all ages and experience levels. Smith teaches a range of styles, including rock, blues, folk, and country. Students say that he has helped them become more confident in their playing and has a patient, encouraging, friendly, and supportive demeanor that makes learning to play the guitar fun.

Manhattan, NY(212) 721-2382

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David Galvez

David Galvez is an active solo classical guitar performer and a professor at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in New York who provides private lessons for both children and adults in his Queens studio. Galvez's acoustic guitar lessons are tailored to each student's individual interests and goals. Students are taught using the classical method but can also pursue genres of their own choosing.

Sunnyside, NY(718) 786-4865

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Guitar Cities New York

Based in midtown Manhattan, Guitar Cities New York offers private guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano lessons. This business boasts the best instructors from an international team of guitar teachers, individualized instruction in a range of genres, and available Skype lessons. Free instrument rental is available for students taking lessons. There's no registration fee, and both 30 and 60-minute lessons are offered.

New York, NY(646) 380-2467

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Guitar Lessons New York City

Guitar Lessons New York City provides private lessons at two convenient studio locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as at clients' homes. Founder Udi Levy has worked with more than 200 guitar students and is a successful recording artist in the smooth jazz genre. Lessons are available for students at all skill levels.

New York, NY(718) 684-5150

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Guitarist Mark Marshall

Guitarist Mark Marshall provides lessons both in NYC and online via Skype and has more than 20 years of industry experience. He strives to help students enjoy the guitar by teaching songs that they enjoy and basic methods to help theory, composition, charting, and other musical elements. Marshall provides one-hour lessons for students of all ages, including those as young as 5.

New York, NY(646) 715-6538

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Heavy Metal Guitar Lessons

With a proven method designed to help students shred like the leads of their favorite metal bands, Heavy Metal Guitar Lessons offers classes in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Private lessons are available for students at all skill levels. Founder Kevin Delaney developed his method in 2006, and has taught metal guitar in 55 U.S. cities to more than 5,000 students.

New York, NY(212) 340-1184

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Jazz Guitar Lessons

Based in Brooklyn, Jazz Guitar Lessons offers both in-person and Skype-based jazz guitar training. Classes cover basic jazz chords for the rock and blues guitarist, along with scales, rhythm changes, chords, and other techniques. Jazz Guitar Lessons also functions as a comprehensive online resource, with members having access to video lessons, tablatures, printable notation, recordings, and other materials to help improve guitar-playing skills.

Brooklyn, NY(917) 309-7091

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Kevin R. Gallagher

Kevin R. Gallagher is a world-class musician who provides guitar lessons at his New York City studio, in students' homes, and online via Skype. Gallagher is a Julliard graduate and the only American classical guitarist ever to win Spain's prestigious Francisco Tárrega Guitar Competition. He also offers a free monthly guitar salon for his students as well as ensemble classes.

New York, NY(917) 496-7457

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LearnguitarNYC.com

Located in Queens, LearnguitarNYC.com offers private guitar lessons at a convenient location. Lessons cover both open position and barre chords, movable voicings and inversions, chord extensions and alterations, rhythm, scales, techniques, and songs. Students of all ages can opt for either 30 or 60-minute weekly lessons, with discounted multi-lesson packages available.

Jamaica, NY(718) 300-7831

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Lot More Guitar Studio

Based in Long Island, Lot More Guitar Studio offers lessons for both beginning and advanced players. Founder Marc Viola has more than 10 years of teaching experience with hundreds of students. He's also an accomplished musician in his own right, having played with bands including the Goo Goo Dolls, Poison, Incubus, and Fallout Boy.

East Meadow, NY(516) 707-7405

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Metropolis Music

Founded in 2002, Jersey City's Metropolis Music offers private lessons as well as musical instrument sales, consignment, and repair. Guitar lessons are taught by highly-qualified instructors who can tailor teaching to student ability and desired genre, including classic rock, hard rock, heavy metal, and jazz. Metropolis Music is easily accessible from the Grove Street PATH station.

Jersey City, NJ(201) 222-8441

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NYC Guitar Lessons

NYC Guitar Lessons offers studio-based lessons in convenient locations in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as private lessons in students' homes or online via Skype. Founder Josh Lattanzi is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has performed and recorded with The Lemonheads, Norah Jones, and other national acts. Lessons are available for all ages and levels and focus on contemporary music.

New York, NY(347) 687-2794

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NYC Guitar Lessons

Based in Brooklyn, NYC Guitar Lessons provides guitar and music theory lessons at all levels and for all styles of music. Founder Colin Cannon has released three critically-acclaimed albums and has more than 10 years of teaching experience, as well as a degree from Berklee College of Music. The first lesson costs just $10, and discount packages are available for students who want multiple lessons.

Brooklyn, NY(585) 739-5867

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Tribeca Guitar Lessons

Tribeca Guitar Lessons provides classes throughout New York City in the comfort of clients' homes. Founder Michael Steinberg has been playing guitar for more than 35 years and offers lessons at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The classes are customer-driven and include a range of musical genres as well as information about music theory, performance, and guitar fundamentals. Pricing starts at $100 for a one-hour lesson, with discounts available for multiple lessons.

New York, NY(917) 609-6674

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Walker Guitar Lessons

Based in Brooklyn, Walker Guitar Lessons provides in-person and Skype-based guitar lessons for people of all ages, as well as online resources designed to help people learn to play the guitar. Founder Coire Walker has a degree from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and has been teaching guitar for 12 years. Walker teaches students about music theory, reading, ear training, strumming and picking techniques, songwriting, chords, harmony, and much more.

Brooklyn, NY(347) 423-9933

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Woody Mann Guitar Lessons

Woody Mann Guitar Lessons is a New York City-based guitar studio offering online and in-person lessons for all ages. Customers can subscribe to two membership tiers. The first includes access to an online video and audio library, curriculum, discussion forum, and resources for techniques and approaches. The second tier includes all these plus private online lessons with Mann.

New York, NY(212) 239-0555

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