Music Lessons: Virtual and in person

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I have been offering music lessons on a variety of instruments for individuals and groups since 2010. My primary focus is on Zoom meetings, with select in person appointments in Greater Boston and around Newport, Rhode Island.

Guitar styles I have taught include: acoustic blues, finger picking and classic rock, as well as songwriting, beginners' bass, drums and piano.

Virtual Benefits

  • Comfort of meeting in the privacy of your own home
  • Video recordings can be made for later reference
  • Eliminates commute (saves time and energy, reduces pollution)
  • Integrated use of technologies streamlines learning

In PErson Benefits

  • Direct experience of energetic resonance between people
  • Acoustic purity of being "in the room" with the instruments
  • Being able to play together in real time without latency
  • Screen-free


Educational articles I have written include:
Introductions to
Bentonia blues, North Mississippi blues and Indian slide guitar for Premier Guitar Magazine.

I see teaching as part of my own musical path, which I deeply enjoy and value as a way to be of service to others and as part of my continuing artistic and personal development. I believe that the exchange between student and teacher can at its best become a sacred bond that has potential to transform the lives of both parties.  

After more than ten years of offering guitar lessons, I strive to continually deepen and refine my approach, but my overall objective remains fundamentally the same, which is to help students connect to music, culture and themselves through the study of songs, technique and applicable theory. As a teacher, I aim to provide a safe, welcoming space for learning and the exploration of creativity, which at times can be a vulnerable process.  

I currently work online with a base of students that range in age from 7-70, each at their own stage of musical development. I am glad to be in a position to support aspiring musicians, just as others have done and continue to do for me. For scheduling and more information, please contact me at


“I had literally never held a guitar in my 57 years when I asked Ryan to teach me to play the acoustic blues. He is an amazingly skilled and empathetic teacher, with a deep knowledge of blues tradition and music. It has been a total joy and eye-opener working with him; he is great both at maximizing the impact of one-on-one lessons and at structuring practice exercises that help me improve between sessions." - D.B., Cambridge, MA 

“Our daughter has taken guitar with Ryan for several years and really enjoys the lessons. Ryan is incredibly calm and patient with students. He always listens and my daughter feels at ease asking questions. Ryan provides so many good tips for working through challenges and he is very supportive. We feel lucky to have him as her teacher!" - A.W., Cambridge, MA 

“Our 13 year old son has been taking lessons with Ryan for many years and we have been absolutely delighted with Ryan's teaching skills, his enthusiasm, and his wonderful kindness and generosity. Ryan has established a fantastic rapport with our son, instilled a real love of playing the guitar, and fostered an intellectual interest in music.  We so appreciate the positive and productive student/teacher relationship our son has with Ryan -- it is a joy to work with him." - J.B., Boston, MA