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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 (Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele) - Senior Instructor/Branch Manager
Troy Fannin, described by the New York Times as "a gifted guitarist and arranger," is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer originally from Milwaukee, WI. Since receiving his BFA in instrumental performance, he has performed in the UK, Taiwan, Africa, Australia, Mexico and here in the United States. When not touring he can be heard at NYC venues such as Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall and musical theater performances throughout the city. He teaches guitar, bass and ukulele and has been an instructor with the Guitar Cities schools since 2008. Troy Instructs guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Rosanna Ferro (Piano)
Rosanna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music. Rosanna studied musical theatre composition at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in Manhattan.
Rosanna has enjoyed teaching piano in Manhattan for 10 years. Rosanna’s students have been accepted to Berklee College of Music, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan.
Rosanna has composed numerous musical theatre productions including, "The Price of Admission” that has been performed off-Broadway. She is currently working on her next musical.
She is a musical director and has studied master classes in conducting and film scoring. Rosanna is classically trained and enjoys playing many styles of music including pop, rock and jazz. Rosanna teaches all styles of piano.
Francis Rodriguez (Piano and Beginning Guitar)
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.
Tom Chang (Guitar)
Born in Seoul, South Korea before moving to the United States as a child, Tom Chang was inspired to play guitar after hearing Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. This initial flush of rock guitar attraction was followed by equally heavy concentration in the blues, then finally jazz, in the shape of guitarists Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery.

In the mid-1980s, Chang enrolled at Los Angeles’ Guitar Institute of Technology where he majored in jazz performance. He studied privately with Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio, and the late Ted Greene. Chang’s rapid advancement led to professional work with everyone from comedian (then cabaret performer) Sandra Bernhard to crooner Luther Vandross. But his background seems oddly disconnected from what was to come. Living in New York for the past 20 years, Chang immersed himself in the City’s boiling jazz scene playing with musicians including Rich Perry, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney, Gerald Cleaver, Chris Lightcap, Tom Rainey, Joey Calderazzo and many others. Chang’s passion for music has led to studies with Southern Indian Carnatic percussion legend T. H. Subash Chandran with whom he has both recorded and performed live.

All the while maintaining an active playing schedule, Chang also successfully curates jazz for New York’s critically acclaimed Cornelia Street Cafe. Tom Chang’s debut release, Tongue & Groove (Raw Toast Records), has received rave reviews from critics and players alike. Joined by saxophonists Greg Ward, Jason Rigby, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Tongue & Groove is experimental, spacious and innovative, full of emotional solos and telepathic group improvisations. “Flawlessly executed yet effortless and natural, Chang’s compositions are boldly orchestrated and never cease to surprise. This is telepathic playing from an incredible group of musicians, not to mention beautifully inventive and nuanced guitar work.” – Mary Halvorson. “What separates these tracks (on Tongue & Groove) from other rock leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It’s not ironic, or cool—they’re just actually working with some sinister rock riffing. It feels authentic. . . Later, things get eerie, as if someone was mixing funk with a New York edge. That someone was Chang.” -Brad Farberman, DownBeat (Four Stars)


Classes

  - there is no registration fee for any of the classes at Guitar New York!

Register for Private Instruction

Most of the students that take lessons at Guitar New York are part of their private instruction program. Lessons are available 7 days a week and are available all day. If you have any questions about private instruction, please email us at info@guitarcities.com. If you wish to take our private instruction classes, please go to the schedule page here: Guitar New York Private Instruction Schedule.

Choose Your Song

Whether you have never played an instrument before, you have just started "noodling" around with the guitar, bass, piano, or drums, or if you just want to brush up on a song, our instructors can help. Pick any song you would like to learn on the instrument of your choice, if you don't have the music, we can learn the song by ear! Our 5-week "Choose Your Song" private instruction course will focus on proper mechanics in the first lesson; following that, we will cater a program specifically for the song you want to learn. You will meet once weekly with your instructor for a half-hour per week. If you have any questions about availabilities, please email us at info@guitarcities.com. To buy a lesson or purchase a gift certificate for our "Choose Your Song" program, visit here: Guitar New York's Choose Your Song Program.

Take a lesson "Playcation"

Guitar New York's "Playcation" program allows you to book an extended 2-hour lesson (even if you are not a current student of Guitar New York). If you want to spend a few hours learning a song, brush up on some technique, or you are new to the instrument and want to dive in to learning, this program is for you! If you have any questions about availabilities, please email us at info@guitarcities.com. To buy a lesson or purchase a gift certificate for our Playcation program, visit here: Guitar New York's Playcation Program.

Book your lesson now!

Lessons can be booked over the phone at (646)380-2467 or fill out the convenient form below to have us contact you!

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