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Children’s Learning: Guitar for Life

Children benefit so much from learning to something well—developing. a skill and a passion that gives them confidence, through which they will be able to express themselves and upon which they will be able to build friendships, relationships, communication skills for the rest of their lives. 
Inspiring them to trust in their own inspiration, taste, ability to master and excell at something that may seem impossible, and to share the joy of music with their friends and family is a priceless gift. 

Jay is a gifted teacher who works with the student and engages them. He develops students as musicians and also develops their confidence in playing in front of an audience. He’s a fantastic teacher.

Matthew Solum

Guitar Student Parent, New York

My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with Jay Kauffman since September of 2017. Over these past few years she has enjoyed learning to play many different styles of music on guitar. Jay has always made lessons fun and always presented an array of song choices for her, so that she could focus on a piece that she was interested in. My daughter has always said that Jay is a very patient teacher, taking time to explain different notes, chords, and techniques, so that she really has a handle on it.
In the spring of 2020, during covid, we transitioned from our in person lessons to Zoom based instruction, and Jay continued to give the same quality attention in this new format. He was flexible with his time, and emailed music sheets for her to practice with between lessons. He went above and beyond sending multiple music files for my daughter to listen and practice along with during the week. They even moved beyond acoustic guitar and explored playing some songs on the electric guitar, which was really fun for her.

Overall, Jay has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter. He has made the learning experience fun and enjoyable for everyone. It’s great to watch her learn and master new songs. Jay is easy to communicate with, and responds to any questions we might have between lessons in a prompt manner. We feel lucky to have Jay as Molly’s guitar teacher!

Maureen Cesario

Guitar Student Parent, New York

My son and I have been taking lessons with Jay for a few months now. My husband and I had really wanted our son to take up some sort of musical instrument and he went back and forth between the drums and the guitar and ultimately chose the guitar. I had taken a semester of guitar back in high school but hadn’t really played anything since and thought it might be fun to start back up so I asked Jay if it would be possible for us to take back to back lessons and of course Jay was incredibly accommodating. It has ended up being such a great experience and something new and fun that my son and I can share together. Since we are both taking lessons, I am able to help him with the fundamentals he is learning and can play and/or sing along to help him a bit. I have been able to jump around a little more and learn some pieces that I was interested in and Jay has taught me some picking techniques which I had never learned before. Jay makes lessons incredibly fun and engaging and immediately puts both of us at ease even if we are having a hard time with something. We have so much fun practicing together and we look forward to our lessons every week!

 

Brittany Bouschard

Guitar Student AND Guitar Student Parent, New York

At first I thought guitar was too hard and took too much time and effort, but then I decided to give it another shot. Now I find myself looking forward to my guitar lessons every week. Over the past year I have seen myself improve at guitar. I’ve learned to play a lot of my favorite songs like Hey Jude and Don’t Let Me Down. I love how I get to learn how to play the songs I love on the guitar, and learning has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. Mr. Kauffman is a great teacher

Zoe D

Young Guitar Student

My daughter started taking on-line guitar lessons with Jay Kauffman this school year. Jay is a warm, encouraging and highly qualified teacher who clearly enjoys teaching guitar. In a relatively short time, our daughter has progressed from a complete beginner to learning how to play increasingly complex strumming patterns and chords, as well to play with a pick. Jay works with a variety of music, some selected by our daughter and some by Jay, all of which serve to increase her skills while having a lot of fun along the way. It’s been a terrific and rewarding experience. We recommend Jay highly.

Lauren Irwin

Guitar Student Parent, New York

Jay has been my 12 year old daughter’s guitar teacher since she was 6 years old, She loves that he is calm and patient and works with her to find pieces that she is interested in learning. With his knowledge, skill and guidance she went from playing 2 verses of “Brown Eyed Girl” to playing the guitar solo in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Sweet Child of Mine” !

Lisa Gemmel

Guitar Student Parent, New York

My daughter Nadia was a complete beginner at age 5 when she started taking guitar lessons with Jay. He is a patient teacher and has given her the confidence and knowledge to grow and get to the next level with the guitar.  Over time, she has displayed increased levels of self-assurance whether playing at school recitals or for family. Due to COVID we transitioned to online lessons this year but Jay ensured it was seamless. Now in their third year together, he structures the lessons to not only meet her where she is but also to what her personal interests are – this last academic year she has been learning multiple folk ballads from Latin American countries
Natasha R.

Guitar Student Parent, New York

Lessons for Your Children

I’m an experienced teacher of children and teenagers, and have been the faculty private guitar teacher for Marymount School (Pre-K through High-school) since 1996.

The most important thing for me when teaching children is making sure that their unique individual musical gifts are encouraged and gently challenged, so that they can shine.

I include classical guitar principles, music reading, and music theory in the lessons, and mix this with popular guitar chords and songs that they can enjoy singing and playing  I’m careful to make sure they are playing music that motivates them to practice enthusiastically.

Once they have learned the basics they get to have even more say in what they want to learn. Some choose to focus on singing and playing and even songwriting, while others choose to keep getting better at ensemble playing, and at playing classical guitar solos. Fair warning to parents: some choose rock guitar solos as well.