Bruce Arnold 201 E. 12th Street #102, New York NY, 10003
Instruments:Audio Recording, Composition, Ear Training, Electronic, Guitar, Music Business, Other, Recording, Theory

Styles:Jazz, Folk – Country – Bluegrass, Rock – Alternative, Blues, Electronic, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:40 years
Rate:$120 / hr


Personal Statement

I have a deep dedication to teaching students. I been teaching for almost 40 years and have developed a highly organized and personal approach for each of my students. I have also spent a lot of time written music education books so that students have a method that they can use to help them learn. I spend a lot of time making sure a student plays with proper technique so that they don’t hurt themselves and I also do quite a bit of ear training to help a student develop this side of their musicianship. You can see the depth of my commitment at:

I’ve also been very active as a performer you can see and hear some of my recordings here:

Look forward to hearing from you!

Education / Training

Bruce Arnold (born 1955 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA) is an author, composer, educator and guitarist residing in New York City. His explorations into the applications of 20th century classical theory in contemporary forms such as Rock and Jazz has created a unique compositional and improvisational sound. As a guest artist Arnold has toured Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Russia and the United States.

His performance and recording activities include work with a wide array of styles. He has played with such diverse musicians as Stuart Hamm, Peter Erskine, Joe Pass, Joe Lovano, Lennie Pickett, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Absolute Ensemble under the baton of Kristjan Jrvi.

Bruce Arnolds recording credits include over thirty five CDs and DVDs (on Muse-eek Records, MelBay Recordings, Truefire and other labels), ranging from the standard jazz repertoire to free improvisation to the reinterpretations of classical music with the ensemble Spooky Actions. His compositions are published by Muse Eek Publishing, and MelBay Productions.

Mr. Arnolds theoretical works have explored the use of Pitch Class Set Theory within a improvisational setting. He is also written more than 300 music instruction books covering Guitar Pedagogy, Ear Training, Music Theory and Time Studies. Bruce currently teaches at Princeton University and has taught at New England Conservatory of Music, Dartmouth College, Berklee College of Music, New School University, and City College of New York and NYU.


Bruce Arnold EPK

Bruce Arnold Playing “Hobroken”

Bruce Arnold Playing his composition “Runway”

Bruce Arnold Trio Live at NYU Summer Guitar Intensive 05

Bruce Arnold Talks about Music Education

Bruce Arnold Talks about Guitar Technique

Bruce Arnold Talks about Short Term Memory and how it relates to Practicing

Bruce Arnold