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James Lorusso is a graduate of the Music Conservatory of Westchester, through its collaboration with Mercy College, where he was the recipient of a Conservatory scholarship as well as a scholarship from the Epstein Fine Arts Fund. He studied guitar in Puerto Rico with Leo Brouwer, Alirio Diaz, Angel Romero, and Manuel Barrueco, and musical interpretation with renowned pianist Bruce Hungerford in New York. Mr. Lorusso made his New York debut at CAMI Hall in 1984, and was a prizewinner in the 1983 international guitar competition at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Puerto Rico.
Mr. Lorusso has served on the Conservatory faculty for 41 years and is also a faculty member at Manhattanville College and Westchester Community College. He has also taught at Marymount College and the American Institute of Guitar. He has studied in Spain with guitarists Narciso Yepes and Jose-Luis Lopategui.
Private Instruction Available
Now accepting students in Westchester County. If you would like to sign up for private instruction with James, or lessons at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, please click here to contact Mr. Lorusso.
Lorusso Guitar Studio Reviews
November 15, 2014
I found Jim on Thumbtack after searching for a guitar teacher for my 9 year old daughter. I was extremely impressed with his experience and knowledge. After taking lessons for 1 year with Jim, my daughter is playing beautifully and I know this is mainly due to Jim's patient nature and incredible teaching style. He goes above and beyond to keep her motivated. When he is not teaching her he is creating music pieces based on songs that she has chosen. Jim's passion for and dedication to teaching guitar were apparent from the very first lesson. I highly recommend him!
November 10, 2014
Jim is an excellent teacher and guitar player. Starting out playing guitar over 50 years ago I focused on playing songs not learning the fundamentals of playing the guitar. Jim appreciated my skill and targeted ways to improve my playing and knowledge of the guitar. He definitely enhanced my playing. Jim is also an easy person to like and he works with your availability in scheduling lessons.
January 27, 2013
I found the search for classical guitar instruction rather daunting until I discovered the website of James Lorusso. My initial contact from several other entities and individuals proved far too commercially driven for my taste. I was interested in taking formal lessons and learning how to read music not just learning from tablature or playing by ear which I had done for over fifty years. A few hours following my e-mail inquiry I was surprised and gratified to receive a personal call from Mr. Lorusso and was in his studio the very next day. I was immediately impressed with this gentleman.- read more -
His warmth and finely honed pedagogic approach were so apparent it was only a matter of minutes into that introductory lesson I became convinced I had found the quintessential teacher a true pedagogue and a man of such talent and encyclopedic musical knowledge I was drawn to him like a magnet. Seldom in life does one come across a resource as substantial and charismatic as this gentleman look no further, you have just found a genius who's also as warm as the day is long! My name is Tom I'm 67 years of age and feel like a kid when I'm in Jims studio. In three months he has given me gifts of learning and brought me to places I thought were unachievable. He will do the same for you!
December 21, 2016
It seems I've been non-stop since returning from our honeymoon - I haven't had much of a chance to write you to thank you and MaryAnn for playing so beautifully at our wedding. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. From our initial meeting through the followup discussions leading up to our wedding day, you did an amazing job - everything was perfect. It was clear to me, from our very first conversation, that you truly cared about what we wanted and you also helped me along the way to choose selections that I may not have otherwise thought of. The music selections for the ceremony added such an emotional touch and our guests all commented how this added to their experience. We're so happy that we chose to hire you and MaryAnn to play at our wedding.
Mr. Lorusso is now offering face to face online lessons via Skype video calling. The first call is free! During this video call, we will get acquainted and explore your goals, needs and direction. The second, and all subsequent video calls, will be paid through PayPal. Call or contact Mr. Lorusso for details. To make a payment, click here.
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