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Learn what you want, gain what you need.

 

At Philadelphia Guitar School, our mission is to expand musicianship and personalized music education to the Greater Philadelphia area via in home, in studio, and online lessons for all. 

Our philosophy of “Learn What You Want, Gain What You Need” permeates through all of our interactions. Philadelphia Guitar School’s goal is to give you the tools to explore the music that you are interested in. Wherever your tastes may be -- pop, jazz, rock, classical, hip-hop, ambient, or experimental -- we love them all and we work with each student to further enrich their love of music via technical proficiency.

In today’s world of fast paced and hectic schedules, we strive to help our students embrace time in their days for the enjoyment of their craft. As such, our lessons are offered in home, in studio, or via online instruction to both accommodate students and enable instructors to have flexible, fulfilling schedules. 

We bring our love of music and passion for learning to every session and look forward to you joining our growing community of musicians!

 

 

Phone

(914) 213-3486

 

Hours

M-F 10a–9p
Sat & Sun By Appointment 

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Meet Our Teachers

We are a team of dedicated music educators eager help guide you to become a better musician!

Dan Levine

Founder, Instructor

photo credit: Jacob Klensin

Dan Levine is a musician, instructor, and buffalo chicken aficionado. Music has been of paramount importance to him since childhood and being able to share its awesomeness with others has always brought him tremendous joy. He has worked with students as young as 5 years old for private guitar instruction, taught group music classes, worked in public schools teaching elementary, middle and high school, as well as at Brandeis University working with students to develop arts and cultural programming.

Dan began studying cello and guitar while still in elementary school. By age 12 he was a competitive cellist and a member of touring orchestra. After graduating high school, he continued his guitar and music education at Clark University, Berklee College of Music, and privately under Grammy nominated jazz guitarist, Jeff Ciampa. While he is well-versed in rock, jazz, folk and pop, Dan maintains a unique expertise in the use of live sampling, looping, and effects pedals.

Having toured the US and numerous other countries, Dan has shared stages with such notable acts as The Books, Landlady, Victor Villarreal (Owls, Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc), Saintseneca, Tobacco, Golden Bloom, Grass is Green (members of Speedy Ortiz, Palehound, Two Inch Astronaut),  among many others.

Instruments: Guitar, Electric Bass, Cello Mandolin, Ukulele
Styles: Rock, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Experimental, Looping 

Avi Wisnia

Piano

Avi Wisnia is a performer, composer, and educator based in Philadelphia. Playing piano since the age of 5, Avi received his bachelors degree in Music Performance and Composition from New York University, with a special focus on Bossa Nova and Brazilian studies. Avi has experience teaching in classes, camps, group workshops, and private lessons, working with students of all ages to encourage creativity and confidence. 

In addition to teaching, Avi continues to perform around the country, having shared the stage with an eclectic array of artists from hip-hop legends (and Jimmy Fallon's house band) The Roots, Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer Arturo Sandoval, and pop darlings Maroon 5, performing at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center (DC), World Café Live (Philly), and in renown music festivals including SxSW and CMJ. Avi is the winner of several OutMusic Awards (2009, 2010, 2012) and was named Outstanding Keyboard Player of the Year at the MoBucks Music Awards (2013) in Pennsylvania. His songs have been featured in independent films, as well as on ABC and NBC network shows. Avi has also performed with The Moth storytellers, and he has given a TED talk about “The Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova”. 

Giving back and creating community through music has always remained a priority. In 2008, Avi created The No Brainer Benefit Concert with his family, which continues to raise funds and awareness for The National Brain Tumor Society. He has organized and hosted events like the annual Make Music New York Festival, The Bent Compass Party (for LGBT artists) and The House of Tribes Fundraiser (for Habitat for Humanity). He also founded and runs the Philly Songwriters Circle.

Instrument: Piano

Styles:  Pop, Jazz, Classical, Bossa Nova

Todd Marston

Piano

Todd Marston has pursued a diverse musical career ever since his days playing in both punk bands and jazz combos as a teenager. His love of music has guided him to receive a jazz piano education at Berklee College of Music, tour nationally as a sideman with singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell and indie folk rock band The Grownup Noise, and perform extensively in Asia with the Sam Hooper Band and Mike Null’s Soulcasters. However, Todd’s main passion has always been composing and songwriting. In 2012, one of his original projects, Boston-based instrumental quartet Choose to Find, released their 2nd album titled Songs Without Words. This music draws on influences ranging from post rock to minimalist classical music. Todd’s composition, Above Water (featured on Songs Without Words) won 5th place in the 2013 Indie International Songwriting Contest.

Todd is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music & wellness at Portland State University. In his studies, he has worked under the tutelage of notable pianists/educators Joanne Brackeen, Charlie Banacos, Lisa Marsh and George Colligan. As a teacher, Todd focuses on working with the student on a practical and energetic level, always gearing lessons towards facilitating the advancement of the student to the next step in their musical journey. All styles of music are fair game for him!

Instrument: Piano, Accordion 

Style: Jazz, Rock, Classical, Pop

Todd is available for in-home lessons in the Portland, Oregon area, and Skype lessons everywhere! 

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Cancelation Policy

Philadelphia Guitar School maintains a strict 24-hour cancelation policy. Lessons canceled under 24-hours are considered completed and count towards paid lessons. Students are permitted one cancelation per month eligible for a make-up unless otherwise noted by your teacher. Lesson make-ups are encouraged at the availability of your teacher.