I have been getting lessons for about a year now. Couldn't be happier. He is a great teacher, talented musician and fun to be around. He spent a lot of effort finding a specific way to teach me as an individual to maximize my progress and i'm sure that is the same for every student.”

Patrick M.

Chris is a brilliant teacher who makes learning music enjoyable. My 7 year old son has been working with him on the Ukulele for over a year and made incredible progress: he's reading music, gaining an ear for playing, and progressing to play lots of fun tunes. Most importantly, he's having a great time and loves going to see Chris. He recently played a whole set of songs on stage at the Burren in a recital show organized by Chris and we couldn't be more proud and happy of all the progress he's made.”

Brad C.

My daughter started learning Guitar lesson with Chris at powers music school at age 9. It's been a couple of years now, she enjoys the lessons, and learns very quickly. Chris constantly gives her positive feedback to encourage her.”

Qing C.

Chris teaches my daughter guitar for the last 2 years and we couldn't be happier. She loves his lessons, has improved profoundly in her guitar playing and became a lot more interested and enthusiastic about practicing as the lessons continue to progress. We like that Chris teaches both the structure and theory of music, as well as note reading, chords, popular songs etc. If my daughter suggests a song she likes and wants to learn it, he incorporates that into the lesson. He is very flexible, easy going, friendly, professional, great guitarist and wonderful teacher! Highly recommended!”

Yael G.

Chis is a wonderful teacher and my kids adore him! They've been working with him for several years now and they look forward to their weekly lessons more than anything else on their schedules -- they even ask for more frequent and longer lessons! They have made tremendous progress in their time with him, and most importantly Chris has imparted and inspired a love of music and of their instruments (one plays guitar, the other ukulele). Chris is patient, kind and calm and he makes every lesson fun and interesting. We couldn't recommend him higher!”

Julie B.

I'm a long-time student of his. Great guy, great teacher. Zero pressure. He helps you define your goals, then patiently works with you to get there. He can play or teach anything, kids to adults of literally any age group. I've been playing 50+ years and he's taught me more than I could have imagined.”

Mal B.

I took guitar lessons from Chris for three years between the ages of 12 to 15. Chris was an incredible guitar teacher and gave me a sturdy foundation for what is now a lifelong hobby. He does a great job of keeping students interested by letting students choose the songs they want to learn, while also keeping a great amount of structure in the lessons to make sure that students learn some fundamental music theory. Excellent teacher, and a great guy!!”

Nick C.

Chris has been teaching my now teenage boys for over five years and they have learned so much from him. He is very talented and caring, even arranged a performance concert for his students. I have recommended him to several friends, he is a wonderful teacher.”

Marsha P.

I am beginning my third year of guitar study with Chris. Chris is a gifted teacher, a master. He has such in depth knowledge of the instrument, different styles of playing, different types of guitar music, all on a solid foundation of how music functions. He's encouraging, friendly, accommodating and has a good sense of humor. I should add that i am not naturally given to such praise. If you study with him, you'll count yourself lucky. ”

Don M.

Chris was my banjo teacher for about 8 months. I stopped lessons because I wasn't making the time to practice on my own. Chris was extremely patient with me, I was very much a beginner. He explained things clearly and consistently. He was also flexible about schedule times and locations, sometimes lessons were in his home and sometimes at my place. Highly recommend!”

Sarah P.

Lesson Info

Private instruction for Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo or Ukulele

Lessons based at a studio in Medford/Cambridge/Somerville MA area.

*Can also do home visits, rates determined by distance/frequency/length 

*30min/45min/60min available 

*Popular Topics:
Jazz, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Rock, Fingerpicking, Clawhammer Banjo, Scruggs Style Banjo, General Guitar, Pop, Improvisation, Theory, Ear Training, Soloing, Comping, Reading Music, and tips on how to play in a band.    


Private Lesson Style

Chris Hersch teaches a wide variety of topics and styes, including: general technique, reading skills, jazz improvisation, country, rock n roll, western swing, pop/contemporary, blues, bluegrass, folk and fingerpicking styles.

Chris tailors his lessons to each student's needs and unique interests, believing no one approach is all encompassing. His teaching is flexible yet disciplined, and he strives to find the right mix of fun and challenge.

Whether it is a 5 minute practice on a single string, or 30 minutes on a jazz standard, Chris wants to communicate the excitement of making music and the joy of progressing over time with smart practice.

He also teaches the 5-string Banjo in the 'Clawhammer' and 'Bluegrass' traditions, as well as Ukulele for kids.

Chris Hersch is also a very active performer, and has toured Nationally and Internationally since 2007. While teaching at Powers Music School from 2004-2012, his performance schedule grew to over 200+ dates a year...compelling him to take time away from teaching to tour Europe and all 50 states multiple times. He is excited to be returning to Powers Music School, bringing real world experience into his lessons.

He was voted among the Best Roots Guitar Players Nationwide by The Alternate Root, and was picked in Rolling Stone Magazine's '10 New Artists You Need to Know' (with Girls Guns & Glory). He also won two Boston Music Awards for 'Best Americana Act of the Year' (with Girls Guns & Glory).

Chris Hersch graduated from New England Conservatory in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance, where he also earned a Concentration in Music-In-Education. He served as Guitar Chair at Powers Music School from 2008-2012, and also taught at other schools including the Community Music Center of Boston, Brookline Music School, and Cape Cod Conservatory.