Neil B. - Hey Joe Guitar

In-home music lessons. Manhattan and Brooklyn. Any age. Any instrument.

Neil B.

Neil B.

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I tailor my lessons and approach to each individual student. We work fundamentals, technique and musicality by incorporating music and ideas they are interested in to give the student the tools and motivation they need to be able to express whatever it is they want to express.

I graduated from Manhattan School of Music with my Masters in Classical Guitar Performance in 2018.

In your opinion, what is the right way to teach and what do you do in your lessons that makes you a good teacher?​

The right way to teach depends largely on the personality, needs and wants of the students, but what I always strive to give to every student is enthusiasm, internal motivation, a love for music — and also a love for learning, and enjoyment in making progress, no matter how large or small.

How many years have you been teaching music lessons?​

3 years

What are you most proud of in your musical career?​

I’m most proud of all the times I’ve been able to make music with my friends, as to me there’s no greater joy than being able to share music with the people I love and care about and getting to work with friends is always an honor and privilege.

What’s the best compliment you have ever gotten as a music teacher?​

I recently worked with 6- and 7-year-old girls in a group setting. The group sometimes struggled to stay on task and be attentive and I only had a little experience teaching in this type of setting. The parents thanked me profusely for being extremely kind and patient with the girls despite that it was a bit chaotic!

I pride myself on being kind and patient with whomever I’m teaching. These are my most important values as a teacher.

What country have you travelled to that you like the most and why?

I’ve most enjoyed traveling to Italy; I’ve had many formative experiences in that beautiful country. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Italy for music festivals that were instrumental for me in discovering who I wanted to be as a musician, what I was interested in, how I could get better, and generally how I fit into the world as a human. The food there is also not bad!

What languages do you speak?​


If you could perform with any musician (alive or dead), who would it be and why?​

One musician I’d love to perform with is the soprano Barbara Hannigan. In addition to be an astounding singer, she’s a prominent conductor. Ms. Hannigan has the ability to sing repertoire, shows disciplined acting talent, virtuosic singing ability, and is one of the most transcendent musicians working right now.

Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies? If so, tell us about it.​

I love solving crosswords, and I also recently read an entire book on octopi.

What are you currently listening to on the radio, iPod, iTunes, Spotify, etc.?

Mary Halvorsen for one — she’s an incredible guitarist, singer and overall musician. She writes music in a jazz vein but incorporates myriad influences from the avant-garde, free jazz and pop songs. Her music is so unique. I love listening to her.