Riley B.

Hendersonville, NC


Shine A Light On Your Guitar

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About Riley

I am a lifelong music teacher. While I do not have a music degree, I have had a lucky education with private instructors while living in the NYC area. I studied composition with Stanley Wolfe at The Juilliard School, classical guitar with Paul Simon's teacher Alexander Bellow, songwriting with #1 hit songwriter Martin Briley and arranging with famed Motown arranger Mickey Gentile to name a few. The relationship between teacher and student is something sacred and special in my opinion, and I hope to live up to the wonderful education that I received from my mentors with each of my students.

I truly believe my headline, that my job is to "shine a light on your guitar". Each student is unique and already has their own unique music inside them, so I design a customized lesson plan for all my students. "One size fits all" does not work with music lessons. While most of my students enjoy guitar as a hobby, I have sent several of my students to music school, including Berklee College of Music and Full Sail University. My goal for you is that you quickly and reliably attain all your musical goals.

I have had an eclectic career in music, including classical guitar, forming several rock bands that performed in NYC, forming an indie record label and building a Class-A recording studio.

I am a member of AES and a current student at Berklee Online studying Music Marketing 101, so beyond instruction on guitar, I can offer mentoring in the entire music business if your goals are professional ones.

My students tend to stay with me for a year or more, which I think is a testimony to my personal dedication and love for what I do as much as it is my musical background.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about me or my unique teaching methods. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
I am a lifelong music teacher. While I do not have a music degree, I have had a lucky education with private instructors while living in the NYC area. I studied composition with Stanley Wolfe at The Juilliard School, classical guitar Read more

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Travels within 30 miles of Hendersonville, NC 28739
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Ear Training

Although I was registered through their Extension Division, I studied ear training in the Regular Division at The Juilliard School with Rebecca Scott for three years for full credit. I continued my own self-study after leaving Juilliard. I also am still studying production ear training using the Golden Ears course by Dave Moulton. In my teaching, I base my entire course structure around the philosophy that the ear is the bridge we cross between ourselves and the stuff of music.


The guitar has been my main instrument for both performing and songwriting since age 17. My first professional teacher was Alexander Bellow, who Paul Simon studied with after the breakup of Simon and Garfunkel. I continually study new guitar methodologies, both for my own edification and to keep growing as a teacher. I tend to gravitate around the Berklee method books and the Musician's Institute series and also really enjoy the many books that Rikky Rooksby has recently published.

Music Production

I am a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES). I built a Class-A recording studio as the in-house arm of my indie record label "soundthing". I have learned recording step by step the hard was...from DIY 4 track rigs, through to ADAT and then onto the digital revolution and currently consider myself expert at both Protools and Digital Performer. I currently study with MIke Smith and his Music Production School (MPG), currently in the Power Compression course.


I have written songs for solo and for many pop and rock band iterations. I have studied lyric writing with Berklee teacher Pat Pattison. I studied privately with #1 hit songwriter Martin Briley for 7 years. I studied arranging with original Motown arranger and producer Mickey Gentile.

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Riley will travel within 30 miles of Hendersonville, NC 28739.