Lesson Center

To help grow your abilities or maintain the thrill of picking up your first instrument, TME offers lessons for players of all levels in many styles of acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Some of today's finest players have passed through our Lesson Center, including Jack Tottle, Russ Barenburg, Bela Fleck, and Orin Starr, all of whom supplemented their early careers with teaching gigs at TME!

To schedule a lesson, please complete our online application or feel free to call 781.860.0049 or email: lessons@themusicemporium.com with questions.


Teaching staff

Martin Grosswendt: Fingerstyle & Flatpick Guitar, Old-time banjo & Mandolin
Martin Grosswendt

Martin Grosswendt is a multi-instrumentalist who has played, recorded and taught American traditional music for more than four decades. He is a master of finger style acoustic and electric blues and slide guitar, as well as old-time rhythm guitar and clawhammer banjo. Martin also teaches Cajun fiddle, dobro, and Cajun accordion. He has taught at music camps including WUMB's Summer Acoustic Music Week; Augusta Heritage Center's Blues and Swing Week; the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop; Puget Sound Guitar Workshop; Guitar Intensives; and at the Euro Blues Workshops in the U.K. Martin has been a customer at TME since the 1970s, and is proud to start teaching here. He is available here on Thursdays.

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Audie Bridges: Classical Guitar, Gypsy Jazz, Jazz and Blues
Audie Bridges

A seasoned musician, Audie Bridges has played and taught for many years. He currently teaches jazz, classical and blues guitar, specializing in theory, improvisation and arranging for solo guitar. Audie has a Bachelor's degree in Composition from Berklee College of Music and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from The New England Conservatory. In addition, he has studied jazz with Charlie Banacos, Mick Goodrick, Pat Martino and Lenny Breau. Advanced studies in classical guitar include work with Robert Sullivan and David Leisner.

As a practicing professional musician, Audie is a master of all styles of guitar. He currently plays in a flute-guitar duo with Steve Tapper. Audie also plays in Betty's Bounce, a Django Reinhardt inspired trio. Audie teaches adults, all levels.

Audie is here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.


Danny Cademartori: Rock Guitar
Danny Cademartori

A long-time teacher with experience in programs throughout the greater Boston area, Danny is a knowledgeable and capable instructor. Danny has performed for years in and around the Boston rock scene, most prominently in the band Zug Zug. He is our resident rock guitar expert, with a wide knowledge of everything from classic rock styles to the most modern and challenging shredders of today. He has built a reputation for keeping his students excited as they progress, and always receives glowing reviews. Teaching everyone from our youngest to seasoned adults, and beginners to advanced players, we are proud to have him on our team!

Danny is here Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Raymond Gonzalez: Fingerstyle, Classical, Jazz Guitar and Clawhammer Banjo
Raymond Gonzalez

A professional guitarist from the age of 16, Raymond has performed in styles from classical to jazz, blues and folk to rock, traveling extensively from California to New England. Raymond has a Bachelor’s degree in Composition and Theory from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, and a Master's degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a guitarist he specializes in composition, open and obscure tunings, jazz arrangements and the gamut of classical repertoire.

He has written and produced nine acclaimed albums of original songs and solo guitar pieces, including his recent solo guitar releases; tunes from the blue fish vol 1, vol 2 and Open Tuning.  In addition to his career as a top fingerstyle guitarist, Raymond also continues to compose and perform in the classical and modern music arenas.   He's also an accomplished clawhammer banjo player and singer-songwriter, as highlighted on his 2013 release One Bright Light.

His services as a teacher are very much in demand. All levels are welcome.

Raymond is at the Emporium Monday and Thursday.

Mike Mele: Jazz, Rock Guitar
Mike Mele: Jazz, Rock Guitar

Mike joined The Music Emporium staff in 1992. He has been teaching here full-time for years, specializing in bebop jazz and blues. Versatile as a player and teacher, Mike has students ages eight to sixty-eight. Evenings you will find Mike out around the New England jazz hotspots, playing with the Ken Clark Organ Trio, the Rusty Scott Group, and others. He has toured the U.S. and Europe, has recorded several records, and even some television spots. Mike graduated Berklee class of 1990, student of Jon Damian, Garrison Fewell and Charlie Banacas. All levels welcome.

Mike is here Monday through Thursday, and Saturdays.


Rich Stillman: Bluegrass and Melodic Banjo
Rich Stillman: Bluegrass and Melodic Banjo

The 2002 and 2003 New England 5-string banjo champion, and a six-time bluegrass banjo contest winner at the Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Championships, Rich is a tour de force on the banjo. A tasteful player and composer, Rich adapts a variety of musical genre to the five-string, preserving the melodic heart of the music while retaining an unmistakable "banjoistic" flavor. When he isn't teaching or working professionally outside music, Rich performs with traditional bluegrass bands here in Boston.

Rich is here Saturdays with other days available.

Bob Halperin: Acoustic Fingerstyle Blues
Bob Halperin: Acoustic Fingerstyle Blues

Bob is most known for his intricate acoustic blues and slide work, but over his long career he has also played and sung in many blues, jug, zydeco and folk bands. He has recorded one solo CD, and done a great deal of session work during his years in Cambridge MA and in the Seacoast area. He studied with Rev. Gary Davis, and has performed with many notable musicians.

Bob is here every Wednesday.

Howie Tarnower: Bluegrass Mandolin and Banjo
Howie Tarnower: Bluegrass Banjo; Mandolin

Howie Tarnower is a multi-instrumentalist and well known veteran of the Bluegrass and Folk world. He has recorded and toured extensively with many bands and has performed with many of Bluegrass' finest musical talents; Tony Trischka, Peter Wernick, Don Stover, Chris Jones, Hazel Dickens, and Rose Maddox to name a few. He has played on dozens of recordings, soundtracks and broadcasts from Prairie Home Companion to Car Talk. Since settling in Boston he has taught at many area music schools and arts programs and continues to perform with many local artists as well as his own bands; Boston City Limits and The Blue Suede Boppers. Absolutely indefatigable, he will make your head spin with his energy and enthusiasm, not to mention exceptional technique and musicianship. Beginners through advanced students are welcome.

Howie is here every Monday.

Larry Unger: Old-time Banjo and Fingerstyle Guitar
Larry Unger

A potent multi-instrumentalist, Larry has been with us longer than any other instructor. A musician of great taste and ability, he is a patient and inspiring teacher. He has recorded several records, and toured extensively as an accompanist and in group settings. Larry's specialty as a teacher here is in old-time banjo, an instrument on which he truly excels. All levels are welcome. Larry is here on Tuesdays.


Tim Mann: Ukulele
Larry Unger

Tim Mann has been teaching ukulele since 2005, and has had students ranging in age from 5 to 75. As a founding memeber of 'Ukulele Noir', and current member of the Greg Hawkes Ukulele Trio, Tim has performed throughout the New England area, recently opening for Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro. Tim is here on Sundays with other days available by appointment.