Biography

Eli ZollerEli Zoller, Head of New York Guitar Teachers

New York Guitar Teachers has become one of the fastest growing guitar studios in Manhattan. New York Guitar Teachers promise enjoyable experiences and positive growth to both beginners and professionals alike. Director Eli Zoller strongly believes in his shared philosophy with all of his fellow NYVC associates that the best learning environment is one full of personal attention positive encouragement and completely free of judgment. Most importantly, music (especially guitar!) should be FUN!

Currently serving as the music director for the Off-Broadway rock ‘n roll musical F#%KING UP EVERYTHING, Eli has accomplished a successful career playing professional gigs, recording, and touring in multiple styles and genres playing guitar, bass (up-right and electric) mandolin, banjo, and ukelele. He has music directed and orchestrated shows in New York and regionally. A few of these include GONE TOMORO (A.P.A.C., 2013, music by Galt MacDermot), THE FANTASTICKS (Virginia Stage Co.), LOVE TRAPEZOID (A.P.A.C., 2012 Kleban Award winner Matt Schatz, writer), MRS. JONES AND THE MAN FROM DIXIELAND (E.S.T., Tony Award winners Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik, writers) and GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE (N.A.M.T 2011, 59E59, Peter Mills writer). He also served as a record producer with the GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE Original Cast Album, now available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Eli also enjoys playing his original compositions and orchestrations with is band: Eli Zoller & The O Pioneer Band.

Eli enjoys coaching numerous actors, actresses, and performers in performing/auditioning with instruments. His clients of film, television, and the Broadway stage have enjoyed a personal coaching atmosphere dedicated to attention to the detail, often resulting in bookings and, in specific cases, rave public review!

Eli received his BFA from The University of Michigan School of Music. Eli offers lessons of all kinds and at all experience levels- from beginners to seasoned professionals. Eli’s extensive knowledge and versatility enable him to create individual lesson plans for any and all who seeks to improve their skills on the guitar.

Mike RosengartenMike Rosengarten, Guitar Associate (Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukelele, Banjo)

Mike Rosengarten has been teaching stringed instruments privately for over a decade. His students range in age from 4-84 years, from the hobbyist or beginner to the professional or aspiring professional. Mike’s tailor-makes his lessons to the goals and needs of individual student and strives to create a friendly learning environment for all his students. Mike has studied privately or in workshops with artists such as Pat Metheny, Robben Ford, Jim Hall, Greg Koch, Ric Molina, Dennis Koster, and others.

He has played in professional pit orchestras both on Broadway and Off- Broadway. He has toured nationally and internationally with shows and bands, and regularly performs in New York City. As a studio musician, his work can be heard on numerous studio albums and television programs.

Mike’s lessons emphasize proper technique and a strong musical foundation, which free the student to be able to play any style or artist that interests them. His friendly approach to lessons is great for younger students as well as professionals. Mike is available for lessons on guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and ukulele, and in the styles of Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Country, Flamenco, and Classical.