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Teaches Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo

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Teaches at:
Areas of Instruction

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo


Ramapo College of New Jersey, Rutgers University

Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Specialties / Genres Taught

Rock, Folk, Jazz, Country, Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle

About Raymond

I have 40 years of experience as a professional musician teaching, performing, & recording in the tri-state area, nationally & internationally.  
Academic background
-B.A. in Literature & Music- Ramapo College (Magna Cum Laude)
-Graduate work in Education at Rutgers University
-Graduate work in Master of Liberal Arts at Ramapo College
-Studied Jazz with legendary Jazz Guitarists Bucky Pizzarrelli & John Pizzarrelli
Performing- Recording
 I have performed, recorded, toured, & shared the stage with many national acts & million record sellers, including:
Jay & The Americans (lead touring guitarist for 8 years)
Three Dog Night
The Association
Bobby & The Midnights (Grateful Dead)
Michael Allman (Gregg Allman)
Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bob Dylan)
John Pizzarrelli
The Shirellles 
Martha & The Vandellas
The Cowsills
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
The Buckinghams
I teach pick style, fingerstyle, and am well versed in many genres- rock, folk, jazz, country,beginning & intermediate classical guitar, & children's songs.  I also teach mandolin, 5 string banjo, ukelele, & beginning & intermediate bass,
Teaching method(s) 
I teach students at all aptitude & age levels, from beginning to professional.  I have comprehensive knowledge of music theory & stringed instrument techniques.  I specialize in making learning music RELEVANT & FUN for my students.  In addition to teaching the rudiments, (reading, scales, chords etc) I take the time to discover the music that interests my students & engages or stimulates them. This helps to motivate & foster a love of their instrument & music in general. I have great rapport & communication skills with students of all ages.
One of my most important teaching concepts is POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT.  I reinforce correct, good effort & never dwell on stumbling blocks, making sure that student see them as part of 
the journey and not a negative.  I have very strong ears which enables me to transcribe songs that students are MOTIVATED to learn, at a level they can handle.
Ridgewood Music & Arts 201-444-9800 RIDGEWOOD NJ