Jeff Denny Bio

Specialties: Rock, Blues, Country, Fingerstyle, Classical, Composing, Arranging, Performing, Music theory, Ear training, Producing, Recording  songwriting. Also teaches piano, drums, bass, and voice.

Teaching Philosophy/MethodologyI believe it is a privilege to share my encyclopedic knowledge of songs and guitar styles to any student who trusts me with their education.  I recognize each student learns differently and will be inspired by different styles of music. I can teach them the proper theory and techniques while guiding them on a path that will bring out the best in their talents. We will work on a course of study together, created to suit the students abilities and above all..have lots of fun!   What sets me apart from other instructors is that I encourage the students to “practice” correctly and guide them through the techniques they must use at home. They will not be left unprepared. Results will come faster with proper practice! 

Teaching ExperienceJeff is the owner of THE MUSIC STATION in Shirley, New York. He has been teaching for 20 years and has taught countless musicians on Long Island. From humble beginnings, his business has blossomed and serves his community well. He also offers his expertise at local colleges and libraries where he can connect with larger groups of students throughout the South Shore. Denny has taught many students who have gone on to become accomplished musicians and teachers themselves. Ryan Formato, one of DennyÕs students, competed in the Guitarmageddon competition and in 2004, won the East Coast Regional Finals and would later go to Dallas, Texas to play in the National Finals.  Ryan made it to the top 6 in the country out of 3,500 contestants and played to a crowd of 15,000 people sharing the stage with many of music’s finest players.

 Performance and Recording ExperienceEndorsed by Gibson/Steinberger Guitars. Jeff Has played with Rick Derringer, Bernard Purdy, Jeff Ganz and notes artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen and Eric Johnson as his inspirations. Jeff is the founder of The Jeff Denny Band, which has been a staple throughout  the New York music scene.  They have headlined at The Riverhead Blues Festival, Suffolk County Fairs, The Vail-Leavitt Theater, Brookhaven Cultural Center Blues and Rock Festivals. Jeff is also a songwriter and has written and performed many original songs that have received fabulous reviews.

 Accolades“I have found Jeff to be one of the top instructors on Long Island. He teaches my son with great enthusiasm, spirit, care, and knowledge. He inspires his students to practice with a sense of purpose and with that, comes great success. I would recommend Jeff as a teacher and mentor.”