Elizabeth Leidel

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Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Music Theory
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Guitarist, bassist  and string specialist  Elizabeth Leidel  has been performing and teaching in the New York area for the last twenty years . She has performed with legends "The Replacements" , with jazz quartets,contempory christian bands and in pit orchestras. She received her B.A. in  Music Specializing in Music Education at Five Towns College where her studies included jazz guitar,theory and arranging.  She received her master's in music education at The Aaron Copland School of Music .  For the last twenty years she has been teaching  guitar, mandolin, ukulele and all orchestral instruments privately and in a public school.  She has been a high school guitar and orchestra director and has prepared many students for NYSSMA and college auditions.  

Her current obsession is the Puerto Rican cuatro.

I believe that you have to find the best way each student learns.   A student needs to have success early so they will continue.  I believe learning to read music and teaching the fundamentals are essential but you are going to encounter students who want to learn all different styles, etc., so you have to be prepared.  You have to be approachable and flexible.  Lessons will be tailored to the students needs and interests.  Lessons will include chord and scale studies, picking and right hand technique, strumming methods and theory.  Improvisation can be taught on all instruments. 

All are welcome!  I teach adults, children  and  those with special needs.  I look forward to working with you.


Curriculum will be tailored to each students needs and interests.  The following is some of the materials that I would use with various students.

GUITAR: Beginner's - Method book for music literacy, triad chords, right hand strumming exercisies, a beginning song that would suit the student's interest.                                                                                          Intermediate- Barrre chords, advanced music literacy, right hand picking exercises, improvisation                                                                                                                                                                                                        Advanced-Books: George Van Eps-Original Guitar Solos, jazz blues, advanced chords and chord voicings.                                                                                                                                                                                       Classical- Aaron Shearer, Liona Boyd: A Guitar for Christmas

MANDOLIN: Method book-Mel Bay Mandolin Method Volume 1, scales, reels, bluegrass tunes etc,, chordal studies   

More to added soon!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   



Reviews of lessons with Elizabeth Leidel

She was flexible, very knowledgeable and gave me options.
Lori, Verified Student
January 23rd, 2017