Leon Muhudinov

Montclair, NJ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I run my guitar lessons as a boutique, one-man operation that offers uniquely personalized, high quality instruction at a reasonable price. I have a proven track record of great students who have studied with me for years. I pay much attention to detail and I am sensitive to your interests which will help you tackle your goals while enjoying the process. In a relaxed, friendly studio environment, or in the comfort of your home, students will learn various techniques as well as mindset adjustment, basic principles of language acquisition and immersion, and other philosophies and problem solving skills that will take your playing to the next level. In addition, topics of music history, world music and cultures, and classical guitar technique are applied to broaden the student's appreciation and versatility.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to teach, and particularly to such a variety of students. Whether it is an beginner 8 year old or an experienced 50 year old player, it's a exciting to develop a unique program of study for each student. It is really rewarding to see a smile on the student's face when they learn a song they like, or when they improve on a technique. Sharing that enthusiasm about learning the guitar is great. For most students, the lesson becomes one of the most enjoyable hours in their week and they really look forward to the next one. It feels great to know that you're making a difference by sharing something that is so therapeutic and rewarding in many ways.
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Location

Montclair, NJ 07042

Years in business

18

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Stephen Y. Sep 27, 2012
    I am a self-taught 50 year old guitar player who touched various styles of music over the years. Earlier this year, I decided to break away from the same old rock and blues riffs and learn something new. I didn't even know what I wanted to learn at that time, but after a brief phone interview, I decided to work with Leon and I never looked back since. Leon is such a versatile player and his knowledge and ability in all kinds of styles never cease to amaze me. We started with Bach pieces that I always admired, but considered to be too intimidating for non-classical players. In no time, I found myself thinking and playing differently whenever I grabbed a classical guitar. Occasionally we jumped around to touch Latin style or good old blues, and I always walked away with new practical knowledge. Above all, I would like to point out that Leon is a very patient teacher, and he understands each of his student's unique needs, never insisting one way or one style. I would recommend Leon to any level of players, but especially to the advanced ones. We all know how hard it is to find a teacher who can challenge and cultivate advanced level players.
  • Demiyan S. Aug 9, 2012
    I have been taking lessons from Leon for over 7 years now and I can honestly say that I would not be the musician I am today without his help. He provided me with a stable foundation in the beginning of our time together, with classical guitar training. He shared his musical tastes with me which spanned a wide variety of artists and composers. I found the pieces to be engaging, challenging, and still fun. I am now in college and see Leon irregularly, but he still manages to aid me. I write my own music now and he helps cultivate my works with his own knowledge of the music, including how the industry works. In total, he is a kind, considerate, and vastly talented music teacher who I would recommend in a heartbeat.
  • Eugene S. Jul 10, 2012
    Leon is a fantastic teacher. I first started taking lessons with him nearly six years ago on the recommendation of a friend. As a teacher he is very clear and very patient. He can take the time to explain every position of every finger and can give you a music history lesson about almost every chord progression. Best of all, he'll often stick around a little longer to jam and give you new ideas. Although we started out with classical and rock pieces, I was able to branch out into other genres like gypsy jazz and flamenco. In fact, Leon introduced me to some of my now favorite jazz guitarists. He has seemingly boundless enthusiasm for whatever your musical interests may be. Plus, he is just generally a great and really friendly person.
  • Tom V. May 19, 2012
    I had been seeking a guitar teacher to further along my attempts to get better at finger-picking and learn how to play some of the tunes of my favorite folk singers-- I found Leon online and exchanged a few e-mails with him before we met up for the first lesson. He seemed like the ideal choice for me. Leon is a fantastic teacher-- he immediately was enthusiastic and interested in helping me along to grasp the songs I wanted to work on. His teaching style is very clear and has had me learning at a faster pace with a more thorough understanding of the material then I ever have before. He's extremely personable and always inviting you ask questions and grasp the theory behind the music. He writes everything out for you, and makes it pleasurable and easy to practice. I'm extremely happy with Leon and would recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar -- beginners or advanced players-- Leon is a great teacher.
  • Brandon C. May 10, 2012
    Passionate guitarist shares his knowledge and enthusiasm in an easy to understand, friendly approach. Learned both contemporary and classical styles of guitar playing. Fantastic Teacher

Q&A

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing depends on travel and location of lesson. Lessons are 60 min and payments are monthly. Discounted rates apply to multiple weekly lessons and semester packages.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with a variety of students from beginners to advanced and pro level performers. Usually, students take lessons one-on-one. They really enjoy their lessons because the material we learn is always applied to their interests/favorite songs. This really motivates them and keeps them practicing, which is great for the student, (as well as whoever is paying for the lesson.) It's really inspiring and rewarding to see how enthusiastic students become about playing the guitar or learning an instrument in general. Occasionally, students will also take classes with a friend or in a group setting which is great because they gain experience interacting with others. Many of my advanced students go on to perform with their own groups.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would make sure the teacher has expertise on the instrument you want to play and the style(s) in which you are interested. Experience and a proven track record of great students is also more important than credentials or other sales pitches. I would suggest to look for a teacher that will not only help you learn guitar, but really encourage and inspire the student in developing a passion for playing an instrument because that is something they can enjoy and share for years to come. Furthermore, when students apply what they learned in occasional group settings, they really gain experience interacting with others. Also, feel free to ask any questions you might have whether it is about experience teaching, other references & testimonials, or questions about selecting a guitar.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Do I have the time and energy to dedicate to a new activity? Can I commit and invest in guitar lessons regularly? Can I take at least a 1 hour lesson per week? Can I practice at least 30 min each day? What style, songs, bands, etc am I interested in learning? Is the teacher well-versed in these particular styles? Is guitar the teacher's main instrument? Is the teacher willing to talk to you about your vision and interests? Does the teacher work with you to develop a uniquely tailored program? Does the teacher pay attention to detail? Does the teacher have great students that have studied for many years? Can I get help with selecting an instrument? Does the teacher provide books and other materials? Can I get help with recording, performing, or songwriting?