Guitar Lessons

Brian Lee

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages.  Great with kids!

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Theory, Songwriting, Composition, Recording

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

 

Brian Lee, Owner of Galliard Music, is a guitarist, pianist, and composer based in New York.

He studied the guitar with Steve Salerno, the piano with Geoffrey Burleson and Gary Hammond, and composition with Sidney Boquiren. Brian holds a Masters of the Arts in Music Education from Hunter College and a Bachelors of Science in Music Performance from Adelphi University.

A licensed NYS certified music teacher, Brian has taught elementary school music in Manhattan and Queens, in both public and private schools. An instructor of the guitar and piano since 2005, Brian has taught students of all ages and levels and is experienced in aiding students with special needs. In addition to preparing most of his students for numerous live performances, he has also sent most of his students to NYSSMA all of which have received outstanding scores.

Brian has been performing live since 2003 in multiple bands on the guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and vocals across Long Island, NYC and other parts of the northeast. Currently, he is making music in his solo project called "Yellow Rainbow", which combines live field recordings with synths to create atmospheric soundscapes. Collecting sounds from various cities, forests, parks, and within his own home in NYC, electronic ambient sounds collide with sounds found in everyday life.

 


Dan Keene

Areas of Work: Queens, Nassau, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Folk, Metal, Rock, Pop, Blues, Music Theory, Songwriting, Composition

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Lute: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

 

New York native Daniel Keene is a guitarist, lutenist, arranger, composer, and chamber player. A dedicated teacher, he is currently on the faculty at SUNY Nassau Community College and Adelphi University teaching courses pertaining to composition and performance.

A multi-instrumentalist, Daniel plays on an array of plucked string instruments, including the Renaissance lute, Renaissance bandora, Baroque guitar, nineteenth century guitar, modern guitar, mandolin, and electric bass. He has concertized extensively in New York and along the East Coast as a soloist and chamber musician, performing at The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Opera America, New York Historical Society, Shapeshifter Lab, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, Spectrum NYC, The Custer Observatory, The Staller Center for the Arts, The Buttonwood Tree, and at a multitude of other venues. Daniel is a member of The Red Door Chamber Players and The Samadi-Keene Piano & Guitar Duo. In addition, he has performed with Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Golden Williams Duo, The Bacheler Consort, Impetus Dance Collaborative, and Musical Amoeba. An avid performer of new music, Daniel has collaborated with composers all over the globe, premiering many new works on guitar.

Daniel began studying music at the age of nine. He studied lute and guitar with Jerry Willard and William Zito, guitar with Stephen Leonard, composition with Dr. Joanne Metcalf, Dr. Sidney Boquiren, and Dr. Paul Moravec, and worked with tenor Jonathan Goodman, pianist Dr. Susan Sobolewski, and violinist Dr. Linda Sinanian on musical interpretation.


John Velsor

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Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles Taught: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Theory

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

 

John Velsor received his bachelor degree in music performance on guitar in 2010 from Molloy College. In addition to studying under Dan McGann at Molloy, he had also received an associate’s degree in performance at Nassau Community College, studying under the direction of Stephen Leonard and Bill Zito. Although focusing on classical guitar technique and performance for his degree, John has done fieldwork in the field of music therapy, giving him experience working with children on the autistic spectrum as well as children suffering from other learning disabilities. He has the ambition to ultimately become a professor, aiming to do his master degree work in either music education or ethnomusicology.

John has been giving private guitar lessons since 2006, and has been employed through several notable institutions since. His teaching style aims to meet the personal desires and ambitions of his students while simultaneously instilling a solid understanding of music theory and structure. His laid back and patient approach allows students to feel comfortable to learn and develop at their own pace. Each student is developed a specific lesson plan that is custom designed to help the individual reach their musical goals both personal and academically, allowing them to become the competent musician they want to be.

Aside from his academic achievement, John is also an avid performer. He performs locally as well as touring regularly as a one man band under the title "Astronauto", along with playing guitar in the band "Medicine Fish". John's wide array of musical taste and diverse style has also lead him to playing in and working with many different bands of diverse genres.


Jared Lucow

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages. Fun and Friendly with Kids

Styles: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Theory, Songwriting, Composition, Recording

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Voice:  Beginning, Intermediate

 

Jared comes from a musical family. By age 5 he was a roadie for his parent's traveling stage show. For his 10th birthday he received his first electric guitar. Throughout high school he participated in the renowned Jazz program of Semiahmoo Secondary (Surrey, BC Canada). This program took him across Canada, to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, and eventually Cuba. Following high school Jared completed his 4 year program at Humber College in Toronto where he received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. Since 2008 the guitar has taken him around the world. He has performed in Spain, Italy, France, Cuba, South Korea, Thailand, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cambodia, Singapore, and the Canary Islands. From 2009-2017 Jared was primarily stationed in Phuket, Thailand where he performed music in 5-Star Resort Hotels and taught music at International Schools. In January 2018 he relocated to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming an original recording artist and performing his 200+ song catalogue.


Reid Riddiough

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Areas of Work: Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical

Levels Taught:

Guitar:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate 

Reid’s love of music began at the age of eight when he began studying the piano in Phoenix, AZ. He quickly became fascinated by composers such as J.S. Bach and Frederick Chopin, as well as Ray Charles and Bill Evans. By the age of twelve, he began studying guitar in addition to piano and began growing very interested in blues, rock, and metal music. From there, he began focusing on guitar as his primary instrument. 

Reid was introduced to jazz at the age of fifteen when he began attending weekly jam sessions at The Nash, Phoenix's premier jazz venue. This led him to begin performing professionally in the Phoenix area on a regular basis during high school. From there, he was admitted to the Arizona State University Jazz Studies Department, where he studied with Jeff Libman, Michael Kocour, and Lewis Nash and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance in May 2017. 

While living in Phoenix, Reid became an integral part of the Phoenix jazz community, performing regularly at venues such as The Nash, Sacred Grounds, and the Lost Leaf. Having relocated to Queens in August 2018, he is quickly establishing himself as a musician, composer, and educator in the New York City area. In his experience as a professional musician, he has performed with George Colligan, Will Goble, Eric Rasmussen, Dom Moio, Dennis Rowland, Lenny Roberts and others. Additionally, he has performed in school ensembles with Cyrille Aimée, Miguel Zenón, George Garzone, Marshall Gilkes, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, and Ben Wendel as guest performers. 


BEN PINNOLA

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Areas of Work: Nassau County, Western Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, NYSSMA prep, Music Theory, Composition and Arranging

Levels Taught:

Saxophone: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Flute: Beginner, Intermediate

Clarinet: Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate

 

Ben Pinnola is a musician, composer, performer and music teacher from Long Island, New York. Ben is a multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly on saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion and vocals. Ben performs at music venues, restaurants and private parties all over the Long Island and New York City area. He plays in jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras and also performs solo.

Ben plays as a featured musician, all over the New York City area, at venues such as The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade NYC, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Revolution Music Hall, 89 North Music Hall and more. He plays with jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras as well as performing solo. Ben enjoys playing music of all genres.

Ben earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Five Towns College, graduating as a member of the Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society. Ben also created and performed two original arrangements with the Vocal Jazz at the seasonal concerts at Five Towns College.

Ben's latest musical endeavor is an original music band called GeoTribe, in which Ben composes and sings as well as plays piano and saxophone. GeoTribe is a jam band who's sound is influenced by rock, funk, jazz, folk and beyond. Ben also has jazz project called the Fresh Tones. The Fresh Tones have been featured live on WUSB 90.1FM. They play original compositions, as well as jazz standards. Ben grew up in a musical household, and has been playing music his whole life. He has been playing professionally with his father’s band, The Suburban Brothers Band, since the age of 15.

Ben has a deep passion for music, that he shares whether he is on stage or in a music lesson. Ben loves to teach students of all ages and skill level. Ben has taught private music lessons for over ten years on Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Drums and Voice.


John Meier

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Areas of Work: Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginner, Intermediate

At the age of 10 John began studying music privately. Starting on the piano and saxophone he eventually decided to choose guitar as his primary instrument and went on to receive a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University.

John is a highly motivated performer and teacher with strong communication skills aimed at meeting the needs of diverse groups of students. Competent in performing a wide range of genres; He seeks to equip students with the fundamental performance composition and theoretical skills that will see them excel no matter which path they take in music.

Although he performs variety of genres including jazz, rock’n roll, country, R&B, blues, classical and musical theatre, John specializes in the composition and performance of contemporary improvised music. Some of his compositions have been showcased at the Nash Jazz Club, the Arizona State University Jazz composition contest, and the Reno Jazz Festival.


Alex Mejia

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids and Adults!

Styles: Jazz, Rock, RnB, Pop, Classical, Blues, Flamenco, Ear Training, Music Theory, Songwriting/Composition

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate

 

Alex is a musician, composer, educator and performer from the mid-Michigan area. Having grown up in a musical family, Alex first learned to play guitar from his father until age 10 when he began studying music seriously with John Campbell(Sea-Cruisers). Alex has always had a love for all music whether that was Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Art Blakey, or Stephen Sondheim. In 2015, Alex graduated from Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program led by world renown musician Rodney Whitaker(Jazz at Lincoln Center, Roy Hargrove.) While at MSU, Alex had the privilege of touring and performing with Ettienne Charles, Michael Dease, Randy Napoleon, Peter Bernstein, Christian Mcbride, and Jeff Hamilton.

In 2015 Alex relocated to Portland, Oregon and began a career as an independent recording artist releasing the self-recorded Compositions on the Guitar Vol 1 & 2 in 2018 under the name A.F. Mejia. In addition to his solo career, Alex led the song-writing collective and progressive-pop group The afternooners which released a self-title EP in the summer of 2018. He continued performing jazz, rock, rnb, and pop with other groups including Mr. Vale's Math Class, Kingsley Music, Amirah, and the Jeff Chilton Duo. In 2018, Alex moved to New York and began performing with internationally known singer/songwriter NyaLi and as a founding member of the Richard Cortez Quartet. He continues to performing regularly with his band Alex Mejia's Brass Fantasy.

Alex has been teaching music since 2012 in MI, OR, and NY; He teaches students of all ages (4yrs-70yrs). With a strong focus on fundamental exercises and source material, Alex encourages students to let their interests drive lesson plans in turn leading students to have a focus in everything from Flamenco guitar to Blue-Grass to Indie-Rock to Heavy-Metal and Ragtime. Alex is a patient, understanding and focused educator that loves to share his excitement and passion for music in an educational setting. He continues to pass along keys phrases and life lessons he learned while at MSU: "Each One Teach One" and "How you do anything is how you do everything." In addition to music, Alex has interests in theater, visual art, photography, dance, yoga, film and sports!


John Gray

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages: All Ages

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Theory, Composition, Recording, Songwriting

Levels Taught:

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

 

Since moving to New York City in 2005, John has been one of the most in-demand bassists and teachers in New York. John attended Manhattan School of Music, studying bass with Larry Ridley and Jay Anderson while studying piano and composition with Garry Dial and Richard Sussman.  

After graduation, John formed a band called The Jazz Thieves, and has performed his original compositions with them. The Jazz Thieves have played extensively throughout the city at Spike Hill, Rockwood Music Hall, Tea Lounge, Flatiron Room, and the Greenpoint Gallery to name a few. Their first self-titled album was signed to Fervor Records under the name “The John Gray Band”. They have been featured on radio programs throughout the world, and continue to perform in NYC often.

As a teacher, John has taught piano, guitar and bass to students privately, as well as at Pelham Music Arts Studio in Pelham NY, Dea School of Music and Art in Staten Island, and New Canaan Music in New Canaan, CT. John has also worked at the Caedmon School and St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's schools, helping to produce their fall and spring concerts. John works with students to improve their musical skills, teaching them both important works from the past, and modern, popular songs. John's hopes to inspire confidence in the student's musical and life skills with his teaching method.

John also plays in many other projects. John has played jazz with jazz masters James Moody, John McNeil, and Wayne Bergeron. He also had played with with Jason Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) and currently plays with Tim Cronin (of Camera Obscura/Freelance Whales/Los Campesinos) in his band Floating Compass, at venues such as the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Glasslands Gallery.


Ayumi Inoue

Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles Taught: Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Electronica, Music Production, Songwriting, Recording, Mixing

Levels Taught:

Music Production: 

Logic Pro X: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Propellerhead Reason: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate

 

Ayumi is a self-taught musician, who started playing drums as a teenager. He quickly formed a metal band as a drummer, starting with benefit shows and eventually sharing the stage with touring bands across Long Island. As he developed as a drummer, he played with several bands and musicians to explore the different styles of indie rock and metal.

As he transferred to a new university, he was no longer able to play drums as he once had. A friend introduced him to Propellerhead Reason, a digital audio software, and he began digging deep into music production and songwriting. He picked up guitar, bass, and piano along the way and began creating a repertoire of solo works, influenced by Eastern vibes and hip hop elements.

Currently, he is part of a music production duo, Aurora Spectra, where he utilizes up-to-date softwares such as Logic Pro X and Native Instruments to create diverse works, ranging from atmospheric electronica, alternative rock and video game tunes. Aurora Spectra was given the opportunity to perform in NYC, where they mixed live and electronic elements into their performance. He recently began teaching drums, guitar, and music production to students as young as 8 to students in their 30’s.


Julian Maultsby

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Areas of Work: Nassau, Queens, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Music Theory, Musical Theatre

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Voice: Beginning

 

Julian Maultsby has been playing music since he was 8 years old. He started off as a percussionist in his elementary school band. Since then he’s learned to love music through multiple genres and instruments, most notably on the guitar and bass.

Throughout high school, he was instructed on the guitar by Latin jazz artist Michelle Marie. To further his education, he attended Molloy College for his Bachelors in Music, with a concentration in classical guitar (instructed by Dan McGann and Christopher Gotzen-Berg) as well as voice (instructed by Terence Goff and Nicholas Dosman). While studying guitar and voice, he was also the drummer for the jazz ensemble, which travelled to Ireland to play at Dundalk IT in 2014.

He is a self taught bassist and is an avid performer with his band Medicine Fish. He has also performed in various musicals, both on stage and in pit bands. He is currently attending the Nassau Community College Studio Recording Technologies program to better understand the production side of music using Pro Tools.

Julian believes music, being an art form, is an essential element to everyone’s well being because at its core, it’s just pure fun. Julian believes that the more you play, the better you get; the better you get, the more you want to learn; and the more you learn, the more you want to play: a never-ending cycle that constantly brings happiness!


Mary Alouette

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids!

Styles: Pop, Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Electronic Music, Songwriting, Ear Training

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate

Ukulele: Beginner, Intermediate

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

 

A stunning song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mary Alouette's voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz and pop singer. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, have laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound.

Mary's Gypsy jazz singing brought her to stay in a Gypsy caravan in France; she’s also headlined at venues including 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Rainbow Room and SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for the Major League Baseball teams: the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals and for the Major League Soccer team DC United; studied opera singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, as well as received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer in Brooklyn. She’s won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the We Are Listening Singer-Songwriter Competition, won New Artist of the Year (2013) and Best Debut Album (2013) with WAMA, and has twice been nominated by WAMA for Best Jazz Vocalist. She was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Center for the Arts in Maryland and her performance has been highlighted in the New Yorker. From releasing three EPs of original music that combine Gypsy jazz and electronic music to composing and performing live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City, her creative muscles have flexed a complex vibrancy reflected from her formative years in Washington, DC and Montreal, Canada.

Mary has been teaching for ten years to students of all ages and levels of experience.  Her students have won the Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night: Making a Star” Competition, passed the entrance exam to the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, and are songwriters with music publishing organization BMG.  They have also won tiny victories that make up more than grand victories.  Mary loves guiding her students to find their passions in music and is their biggest advocate!


Kaitlin Pelkey

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Pop, Folk, Classical, Music Theatre, Alternative

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

 

Kaitlin Pelkey is a composer, educator, and music therapist. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Kaitlin is a singer and multi-instrumentalist, teaching voice, ukulele, guitar, piano, and songwriting. She strives in her lessons to help her students discover curiosity and joy in music-making, setting up sustainable creative practice that will serve students in and out of the classroom. Kaitlin had toured and recorded with multiple music acts for the last seven years and is currently working on her first solo record. 


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