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Hacking Music Practice


Dan Emery

Dan Emery is dedicated to bringing the thrill and pride of guitar playing to all who desire it. He is the founder of NYC’s friendliest and fastest growing guitar schools, New York City Guitar SchoolBrooklyn Guitar School and Queens Guitar School.. He is the author of the Amazon best selling guitar book “Guitar For Absolute Beginners” and several other books on guitar playing and deliberate practice. He has a Masters in Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and extensive performing experience as songwriter and guitarist for The Dan Emery Mystery Band. Besides loving to play guitar and teach guitar, he enjoys coaching new business owners in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Accelerator Program, learning about music from his three kids, going for long walks with his wife, and reading books. His official life mission is “coaching personal greatness, one lesson at a time.”


Podcast Summary

On this week's episode, we hosted Dan Emery. Dan is the Founder and CEO of NYC Guitar School, one of the fastest growing guitar schools in the country. Dan attributes much of his explosive growth to their emphasis on teaching students how to fall in love with music through effective practice. During this conversation, we discussed what science tells us about effective practice when learning an instrument, how to help your students form great practice habits from the get-go, and why will-power alone isn't enough when learning an instrument.


Video Recording

After Hours S2E10: Hacking Music Practice with Dan Emery






Professional Development Letter



Downloadable PDF of NYC Guitar School's Student Workbook, "A Journal Of Personal Greatness One Lesson At A Time"

Dan has provided 20 lessons that you are welcome to copy and share with your students, or just read on your own. Although the workbook is focused on guitar, most of the lessons are useful for any music student. 

Overview of Basic Practice Concepts

Ready, Set, Play! Free Guitar for Beginners Video Quick Start

This is a free course for beginner guitarists with 24 videos and a 22 page PDF. Please share with your students!

Purchase the Beginners Guitar Songbook

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