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Guitar Lessons with Payton Kerkes

Guitar Lessons with Payton Kerkes

Instruments and Services

Guitar Lessons | Artist development, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, Online Lessons


779 Wyckoff Ave, Flushing, NY

will travel to you please enquire.

Jazz, Rock, Pop, Folk, Funk.

Age 10 and up

$30 per Hour


Payton Kerkes is a guitarist, composer, and educator living in Ridgewood, NY. Payton is a versatile guitarist whose artistry draws inspiration from a diverse palette spanning jazz, folk, rock, and pop. Living in New York City has given Payton the opportunity to expand his musical knowledge and his music reflects the energy and emotion of this vibrant metropolis. Payton’s nine years here has allowed him the opportunity to perform in the Burlington Jazz Festival, as well as numerous venues in all 5 boroughs. Payton has also self-released two records, his debut record “Songs For Two Guitars”, and “Double Standard” with Saxophonist Eli Hershiser which are both available on all platforms. Payton grew up in the quaint town of Fairfax, Vermont and moved to New York in 2014 to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Under the tutelage of legends such as Reggie Workmen, Vic Juris, Billy Harper, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson, Peter Bernstein, Payton honed his craft, weaving a sonic narrative that transcends genres.

Teaching Info

Unlock Your Musical Potential with Payton!

With over a decade of teaching experience, I’ve had the privilege of guiding students of all levels on their musical journeys. My passion for music stems from my training at The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where I graduated with honors and honed my skills under the mentorship of renowned maestros like Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Vic Juris, Peter Bernstein and Jane Ira Bloom.

Beyond academic excellence, I’ve cultivated a practical insight into music through my two self-released albums, ‘Songs For Two Guitars’ and ‘Double Standard,’ in collaboration with Saxophonist Eli Hershiser. Both albums, available across platforms, reflect my dedication to artistic expression and innovation. Moreover, I bring a wealth of real-world performance experience from nine vibrant years in the heart of New York City’s music scene. This dynamic environment not only nurtured my growth but also allowed me to flourish as a musician and performer.

My teaching expertise spans a wide spectrum: from ear training to sight reading, improvisation, music theory, rhythm, arranging, composition, and even guitar doubling on bass. Versatility is key—I can delve into any music style and play at a high proficiency level.

Having tutored across various subjects for three years at the New School, I’ve gained an in-depth understanding of curriculum’s, ensuring a comprehensive approach to teaching music.

Let’s embark on this musical journey together! I take immense joy in nurturing talent and helping students carve their unique paths in the realm of music. I can’t wait to meet you and explore the endless possibilities of music!

Guitar Lessons with Payton Kerkes

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779 Wyckoff Ave, Flushing, NY

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