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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 Fannin
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
Anabel, 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. Anabel teaches all styles of piano.
Francis Rodriguez
Francis is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, producer and recording musician born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was awarded his bachelor degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico with a major in Music Composition and has a Master degree in composition at New York University (NYU), specifically in Scoring for Film and Multimedia, Music Technology and Contemporary Jazz Composition. Rodriguez' music has been performed in the Lincoln Center of New York, NYC St. Patrick's Cathedral, and has been featured on HBO New York Latino Film Festival, L.A. Short Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Radio Universidad Puerto Rico 89.7fm, Allegro 91.7, MTV'U, Cannes Festival, among others.
Francis instructs all styles of piano and beginning guitar and offers instruction in English and Spanish.
James Lenger
Founder of the Guitar Cities schools and a graduate of Hope College in Psychology and Music, James Lenger has been teaching guitar and bass professionally for 22 years and has given over 70,000 lessons during that time. After touring with his band for a number of years and teaching privately, he founded the Guitar Cities music program in 2006, now located in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and London. In addition to teaching in Chicago, James instructs privately in London and New York. He also heads up the Guitar Cities London "Rockshop" program, which promotes performing and playing music on famous sound stages in a group setting. He instructs all ages and abilities, and features a specially designed program that focuses on the needs of beginners, and caters to what they want to learn. Even if you've never picked up a guitar before, he can teach you the song you've wanted to learn, dive into the theory you want to go through, or put a program together for you that will make you a well-rounded musician!
James will be start instructing in New York on a bi-weekly basis starting on Friday, July 17. Recommended lessons are an hour long. Lesson times are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve your time online to secure a spot when these times become available!

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