I am the guitarist and co-songwriter in pop-punk-dance feminist band The Julie Ruin and have been a full time guitar instructor in NYC since 2003. My students are primarily one-on-one but I've also created "Chicks with Picks" group guitar class and full band courses for women. I find learning music theory fun, but won't force it on you (well, just a bit). I believe learning the fundamentals and ideas behind WHY songs work will help you to teach yourself and grow a foundation to build upon. Learning fom several angles in the beginning is essential - songs, patterns, a little theory, creative accidents - they all add up to you becoming a guitarist and musician. If you have gaps in your knowledge, we can fill them. I have a large library of educational resources and cross reference from several books and study materials. We will aim towards any style(s) you are most interested in. Students of all ages are welcome. Specialization includes adults learning an instrument for the first time.
MFA Sonic Arts, Brooklyn College (ongoing 2018)
MB.A. in Art History , Columbia University
Professor, Brooklyn College "Introduction to Music History" 2017-current
The Julie Ruin - debut album 2013 "Run Fast", new album 2016 "Hit Reset". Guitar, co-writer, back up vox. Film credits include "The Punk Singer" and new series "The Skinny". Television appearances include Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Carson Daly Show.
Gowanus School of Music - Band coach.
Learning Annex, NYC - My courses for the Learning Annex NYC include the seminar "How to Read Music in One Night" and the ongoing class "Learn to Play Guitar." Both were written up in the Village Voice "Best of Education" issue.
Producer - I've produced and engineered dozens of bands , kid bands, solo performers, Broadway actors, and professional musicians in the NYC area.
GUITAR LESSONS: learn sight reading, tablature, rhythms & strums, fretboard theory, song structures, fingerpicking, extended chord theory, harmony, inversions, scales, modes, lead playing, textures, soloing, music theory, time signatures, ergonomics aand proper hand technique. Beginners and all ages are welcome!