Thank you for your interest. I run my guitar lessons as a one-man operation that offers uniquely personalized, high quality instruction. It's great to work with such a happy, dedicated and diverse group of students and parents, with an extraordinary attendance and retention rate over the years. Many perform in school and community settings while others continue to pursue their own performing and recording projects. Most of all, students develop a passion for guitar and music, while enjoying all the rewards of playing an instrument.
In a relaxed, friendly environment and in the comfort of your home, have fun learning your favorite styles and songs, while learning the art of music making. Various techniques, principles of language acquisition and immersion, other philosophies and problem solving skills will take your playing to the next level. In addition, topics of music history, world music and cultures, classical guitar technique and improvisation are applied to broaden the student's applied working knowledge, appreciation, and versatility.
My students include former/current performing and touring musicians, songwriters, young rockers, older rock n' rollers, classical players, and fascinating people from all walks of life. It is a pleasure to help you along your musical journey.
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."
5/5 star Testimonials:
"I am a self-taught 50 year old guitar player who touched various styles of music over the years. Earlier this year, I decided to break away from the same old rock and blues riffs and learn something new. I didn't even know what I wanted to learn at that time, but after a brief phone interview, I decided to work with Leon and I never looked back since.
Leon is such a versatile player and his knowledge and ability in all kinds of styles never cease to amaze me. We started with Bach pieces that I always admired, but considered to be too intimidating for non-classical players. In no time, I found myself thinking and playing differently whenever I grabbed a classical guitar. Occasionally we jumped around to touch Latin style or good old blues, and I always walked away with new practical knowledge.
Above all, I would like to point out that Leon is a very patient teacher, and he understands each of his student's unique needs, never insisting one way or one style. I would recommend Leon to any level of players, but especially to the advanced ones. We all know how hard it is to find a teacher who can challenge and cultivate advanced level players."
"Leon is a fantastic teacher. I first started taking lessons with him nearly six years ago on the recommendation of a friend. As a teacher he is very clear and very patient. He can take the time to explain every position of every finger and can give you a music history lesson about almost every chord progression. Best of all, he'll often stick around a little longer to jam or give you new ideas. Although we started out with classical and rock pieces, I was able to branch out into other genres like gypsy jazz and flamenco. In fact, Leon introduced me to some of my now favorite jazz guitarists. He has seemingly boundless enthusiasm for whatever your musical interests may be. Plus, he is just generally a great and really friendly person.
Leon is a patient, experienced and dedicated teacher who will take the extra steps to make you happy as you learn to play this beautiful instrument. With over 15 years experience, he has a proven track record of great guitar students. Whether you are just getting started or an advanced player, you can save money and frustration by learning the tricks that will take your playing to the next level! Learn in a relaxed, comfortable and encouraging environment to help you tackle your personal goals and become a great guitar player.
"I have learned a lot from you these past few years and I will continue to use everything you have taught me to grow and become even better. Hopefully one day you will be hearing big things about me, and I will never forget the tutelage I have received. You'll always be welcomed up to the stage to take a solo. Just keep the whammy excursions and guitar smashing to a minimum when you do, okay? :) " - Brandon
"Thank you for teaching my son so much and for all of your hard work" - Kathy
"I have learned more in a few weeks than my entire semester at University as a performance major" - Joe
"I have been taking lessons from Leon for over 7 years now and I can honestly say that I would not be the musician I am today without his help. He provided me with a stable foundation in the beginning of our time together, with classical guitar training. He shared his musical tastes with me which spanned a wide variety of artists and composers. I found the pieces to be engaging, challenging, and still fun. I am now in college and see Leon irregularly, but he still manages to aid me. I write my own music now and he helps cultivate my works with his own knowledge of the music, including how the industry works. In total, he is a kind, considerate, and vastly talented music teacher who I would recommend in a heartbeat." -Demi
"I had been seeking a guitar teacher to further along my attempts to get better at finger-picking and learn how to play some of the tunes of my favorite folk singers-- I found Leon online and exchanged a few e-mails with him before we met up for the first lesson. He seemed like the ideal choice for me. Leon is a fantastic teacher-- he immediately was enthusiastic and interested in helping me along to grasp the songs I wanted to work on. His teaching style is very clear and has had me learning at a faster pace with a more thorough understanding of the material then I ever have before. He's extremely personable and always inviting you ask questions and grasp the theory behind the music. He writes everything out for you, and makes it pleasurable and easy to practice. I'm extremely happy with Leon and would recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar -- beginners or advanced players-- Leon is a great teacher." - Tom
"Thank you so much for the lessons. I feel like I have grown so much over the years and have learned so much about the guitar. It's been fun!" - Gwyneth
"Thank you for your dedication!" - Susan
"Thank you for teaching me guitar all these years. You have taught me so much and have expanded my tastes greatly. I can't thank you enough." - Eric
"Thank you for another great year of lessons!" - Hailey and Family
Guitar lessons (Acoustic or Electric) are uniquely tailored to meet the student's needs and interests. Have fun while learning your favorite songs/pieces and learn the tricks that will make you a great guitar player.
Leon teaches privately and is also on faculty at Woodside Music Studio in Park Ridge, NJ. With a busy teaching schedule of over 40 students per week, Leon teaches a wide range of styles to students from beginners to advanced players. Many of his students participate in school and community settings while others perform regularly with various groups and projects, and continue to pursue their musical education, career, and passion.
The benefit of receiving private one-on-one guitar lessons is the opportunity to have focused, individualized instruction that is uniquely tailored to address the student’s personal needs. Here, the student can ask questions and receive instant feedback, continuously working together with the teacher.
In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in partner/group sessions with others of similar age, level, and interests. Interacting with others will help improve listening skills and gain an understanding of different roles in a group setting.
A focus on Classical Guitar studies will help students develop a strong technique and musical approach, while gaining an appreciation for the history of the guitar and repertoire of compositions.
Learn the Tricks that will make you a Great Guitar Player!
- Styles: Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle, Latin, Spanish Guitar, Pop, Rock, Metal, Blues, Bluegrass, Funk, Jam band, Grunge/Alternative, and various World Music styles.
Subjects: Posture, Technique, Sight Reading Notation/Tablature, Improvisation/Lead Playing, Theory, Ear Training/Transcription, Composition, and Songwriting. In addition, topics of music history, cultures, and world music styles are applied to offer the student a more holistic approach to their musical studies, broadening their appreciation.
Partner & Group/Ensemble classes available
Discount Packages Available
Help in selecting proper instrument, materials, accessories
- Lessons in English, Russian, or Spanish
- Skype and Online Lessons available
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