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Proven teaching method

Lessons are taught in a low-stress format, meeting once a week for a half-hour or full-hour lesson, and follow a program developed by Guitar Cities based on their experiences as instructors and their careers as touring and recording professionals. Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of every individual student. Students also have the opportunity to apply their instruction by writing and recording their own songs on professional studio equipment.
The goal is to provide students of all ages with an education about the instrument and music in general through personable and fun instruction, while offering a purpose for this theory through learning songs and writing them. Ear training and lead guitar are also utilized in this program, so eventually a student can begin playing songs that they hear just by ear! Lessons are given one-on-one (unless you would like to take them with a friend, family member, colleague, etc., that can be done also). If you are not interested in this format of lessons, we can cater a program to you!

Often, lessons can also be rescheduled in case there is a problem with your schedule. Guitar Cities - New York is set up as an oasis to get away from a busy work day, so you can pursue the goal of playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or bass guitar.

Convenient Location

Guitar Cities - New York is located at 55th and 6th, 1350 Avenue of the Americas (the building with the "LOVE" sculpture). Perfect for those working in Midtown Manhattan, lessons are a short walk from most businesses. We are located at 1350 Avenue of the Americas - 2nd Floor - New York, NY 10019

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Professional Instructors

Troy received his BFA in music performance, and has since toured in most of the United States as well as Mexico, Kenya, and Australia. He predominantly performs as lead guitarist with 'St. Van Cortlandt & the 101', 'Marcellus Hall', and as a freelance guitarist with several other New York based artists. He has performed on and executive produced numerous albums and currently works as the main session guitarist for the Pilcrow Media record label here in NYC. Troy Instructs guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Anabelinda de Castro, a native of Baltimore, MD, holds a MM in piano performance. As a prizewinner in many local and international piano competitions, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC at the age of 11 and gave her first solo concert in the Philippines at the age of 14. While pursuing her piano performance degrees, Miss de Castro completed additional studies in jazz piano and organ and collaborated with esteemed musicians, including members of various symphony orchestras in the NY metropolitan area and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she is continuing her musical studies on a scholarship in NYC, where she is an active performer and dedicated teacher. Anabelinda teaches all styles of piano.
Alessandra Levy is a musician in all genres of music and multi-instrumentalist from New York. She attended The University of Miami's well-known Frost School of Music for Studio Music and Jazz Performance for Voice as well as continuing her previous studies on upright/electric bass and piano. Since graduating in 2011, she has moved back to NYC to gig in several bands, choirs, touring the northeast and Europe, as well as working in the studio for recording. Alessandra has worked with notable artists as Ben Folds, Jon Secada, Sharon Jones, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, and many more.
Alessandra teaches piano, bass, beginning ukulele, and beginning guitar.
Tim Norton is a multi-instrumentalist native to Hartford, Connecticut. He attended the renowned Berklee College of Music and has received several scholarships. In recent years, Timothy has worked with such notable artists as Ralph Peterson, George Garzone, Danilo Perez, Vitali Imareli, Jimmy Greene, Joe Lovano, Julian Shore, Godwin Louis, Darren Barrett, Alan Palmer, Cedric Hanriot, Josh Evans, Alex Conde, and many more. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree Timothy has been touring with several bands, playing at clubs and major jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe. When Timothy is not playing he spends his time composing music for his own group and teaching music to others, sharing his gift of music with the world. Tim instructs guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano.
James Hanna has been an active teacher, composer and performer for or over fifteen years. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a degree in classical guitar performance, James was the recipient of the Albert Augustine scholarship. Previous teachers include world-renowned performers David Starobin and Oren Fader. He has participated in master classes with Manuel Barueco, Ana Vidovic and the composer Richard Danielpour among others.

A well-regarded performer, James has toured the world several time over. Regularly giving concerts of his original music throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. His original music has been featured in television and movies such as Suits (USA), Ugly Betty (ABC), and Skins (MTV).

James has been teaching students of all ages and skill levels a wide variety of styles from pop to classical to rock guitar since 1999. He believes that every student has individual needs and that the teacher's primary is job tailor the lesson in a way that is fun, informative and inspiring.
Marcel received his Bachelor's degree in Performance from the Berklee College of Music where he studied with Matthew Garrison, Esperanza Spalding and Anthony Vitti among others. Since then he has toured nationally as a guitarist and bassist with productions of the shows *Cabaret *and *Bye Bye Birdie*, as well as having appeared on numerous recordings. Marcel has been teaching both guitar and electric bass for seven years.

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