Philadelphia Area Guitar Teachers
Katie is an experienced music educator who holds degrees in both Music Education and Music Therapy from Immaculata University, as well as fifteen years of teaching experience on piano, guitar and French horn. She is a lifelong musician – she began studying piano at a young age, and soon added French horn to her studies after an orchestral performance of “Peter and the Wolf” left her fascinated with the instrument. She was classically trained on both piano and horn, and continued to study both instruments while attending Immaculata, adding studies on the guitar along the way.
After graduating, Katie worked in liturgical, therapeutic, and educational settings. She applied her music therapy degree at Massachusetts Hospital School, Easter Seals of Philadelphia, and the Music School of Delaware with programs for children with special needs. She taught music to preschool through middle school-aged children at parochial schools in Delaware and Chester Counties, and also became a group music instructor for the very young. In addition to teaching music, she has also performed with local municipal bands and presents music programs at her local library. When not teaching, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and learning to play the mandolin.
Benjamin Kutner-Duff started his musical adventure in the Philadelphia at age 11. His passion for performance and improvisation lead him quickly to the study of Rock music and Jazz harmony. He discovered his passion for teaching soon thereafter and began teaching music to the neighborhood children in his teens as a way of making some pocket change. While teaching in high school, Benjamin started his first band, playing the improvisational rock music he admired for so many years.
Benjamin took his love of the craft to Boston, where he studied at the Berklee College of Music. Honing his skills, he graduated in three all too short years to return to Philadelphia and take his love of music to the next level by adding the drum set to his repertoire of instruments. Benjamin started playing as a drummer full time in his band, Swwik. There is nothing Benjamin loves more than to see the growth and progress of his students and the musical community into which he invests himself.
Matthew Kelly is an experienced musician who loves to teach music in a exciting and different way. He began playing the guitar at the age of twelve and has only grown more knowledge of the instrument as time went on. As Matthews love for the guitar grew over time, he began to take guitar lessons in High School. He soon found out that learning music is something that he is passionate about and will continue his journey into college.
Having a degree with Music and Marketing, Matthew learned all the fundamentals of theory, teaching, performance and the Music business. He has taught many beginner and intermediate college students who wanted to see their guitar playing progress and get better. Matthew taught many different styles of genres such as, blues, jazz, indie, rock, metal, country, rockabilly and many more! His versatility around the guitar makes his lessons a lot of fun and can teach almost any genre that the student wants to learn or is focusing on.
As a young 23 year old, Matthew has great experience with younger aspiring musicians, as well as older! He understands the learning process and how tedious it can sometimes be, but his goal is to change that way of thinking and to make it an easy and exciting process!
Jake Garrison is a life-long Guitar teacher, singer/songwriter and performer living in Philadelphia. Jake started teaching when he was a teenager at day camps and to his acquaintances. The passion for teaching quickly led to Jake creating his own teaching business and acquiring students of all ages and backgrounds.
Jake studied musical styles such as funk, jazz, classical, blues, world music and more. Naturally, he fused all his favorite styles of music to create his own authentic sound. Songs with social awareness and instrumental acuity make up his catalog of original material. He has experience touring his original music around the North-East and wants to help others create their own music.
Teaching has always been a focal point of Jake's musical career. Passing along the joy of playing, learning, and living is what Jake is here to do.
As a Bass and Guitar instructor with over 30 years in music, Paul Galdi brings real world experience along with the fundamentals needed to help students reach their individual goals. This knowledge is acquired not just from the many great teachers he has had personally, but from countless performances in a myriad of venues playing many different styles of music, from playing with recording artists to gigging on a regular basis in local bands in the Philadelphia area.
As an experienced teacher, Paul strives to understand the goals of the individual and formulates a plan specific to that student's needs. He pinpoints trouble areas and is able to help the student break down how to get past the hurdles we have all faced as musicians in trying to reach higher levels of playing. He instills confidence and gets the student to enjoy the process and the journey of learning their chosen instrument.