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Celebrating Three Decades of Creative Music Education
at Sten's Guitar Studio on the U.S. East Coast, in New
York City and Internationally

Sten's Guitar Studio, also known as NYC Guitar Studio, is a New York City music education enterprise, operating at studio locations in Manhattan's Midtown and Lower East Side and in Ridgewood, Queens, catering to educational projects, schools and organizations in New York and elsewhere ever since 2006.

Building on all in all four decades of musical activity both as a performer, composer and educator, on the U.S. East Coast, and in New York City since 1989 and overseas since 1977, Sten Hostfalt registered his NYC music production business Sonus Rex in 2006, with it's educational divison NYC Guitar Studio, a creative
multi-genre facility, notably known as one of few places anywhere to offer systematic studies of microtonal music for the traditional, standard 6-string / 12-fret guitar.

Catering to the local New York City community and it's many regular national and international visitors, Sten Hostfalt also maintains a virtual online teaching activity through SKYPE in order to cater to students elsewhere in the United States as well as to the international community.

L-R : Andre' Hetu and Sten Hostfalt in session. Photo by Javier Arau.

Among the many hundreds ( thousands ? ) students that veteran music educator Sten Hostfalt has worked with since teaching his first lessons in 1977 ( four decades and counting ), one of the particularly memorable is ace student Andre' Hetu', a true real-life success story and exemplary study in talent meets diligence, patience and hard work. Andre' started on acoustic guitar with Sten Hostfalt at East Village's First Flight Music School in 2011, switched to Electric Guitar and attended Third Street Settlement's ensemble programs, before a focus on Jazz Guitar got him accepted into Manhattan School of Music's summer program, but opting to attend New York Jazz Academy's Summer Jazz Intensives instead. After intensifying his Jazz Guitar studies with Sten Hostfalt, in 2016 he was accepted into the prestigious and highly selective Special Music School's High School Music program at Kaufmann Center, New York. We thank Andre' for his creative contribution to us all and look forward to be hearing more of his music.


Sten Hostfalt with longtime regular, multi-instrumentalist Americana, Folk and roots music afficionado and friend Kenny Young, in session Uptown Manhattan at the studio's Broadway location in 2010.

With a documented history in recording since 1982, in-studio as well as field audio recordings are an integral part of the creative process and general activity at Sten's Guitar Studio.


Sten Hostfalt New York 2002, Photo by L.U. ________________________________________________

A former ( 2001-05 ) teaching faculty member of one of the world's oldest conservatories, The Royal College Of Music in Stockholm, Kungliga Musikhogskolan Sten Hostfalt holds a Master of Music Degree in Composition and a Graduate Diploma in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied privately with Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Mick Goodrick, and theory ( as well as briefly also ensemble ) with George Russell, classical tonal composition with Malcolm Peyton, twelve-tone music with James Hoffmann, mathematical systems in music with Pozzi Escot, orchestration with Lee Hyla, Indian music with Peter Row and microtonal music with Joe Maneri.

As a NEC big band member, in an edition that among others included trumpet players Cuong Vu and Takuya Nakamura, he appeared in concert with legendary Jazz composer, arranger and pianist Clare Fischer. As a New England Conservatory emissary due to academic excellence, a member of the 1992-93 NEC Honors Jazz Ensemble, he participated in representative educational clinics, workshops, concerts and academic community outreach music projects.

He received his Bachelor Of Music Degree ( Cum Laude, Outstanding Musicianship Award ) from Berklee College of Music where he apprenticed in Phil Wilson's 'Rainbow Band' before succeeding guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel to appear alongside classmates Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Melvin Butler and Scott Kinsey as the guitarist in one of the last editions of Herb Pomeroy's legendary 'Recording Band' widely known as Berklee's 'inner circle' famous for the historic 'Jazz in The Classroom' recordings of the 50's, 60's and 70's and in which among many others jazz greats Joe Zawinul, Quincy Jones, John Abercrombie, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bill Frisell and Branford Marsalis got their careers started.

He has since served as an invited lecturer at New World School For The Arts, University of Florida/Miami-Dade College, Miami FL, and at Berklee College of Music as well as participated in ensemble clinics at Colegio Ward and Centro Cultural San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Former students of Mr. Hostfalt have been accepted into music and peforming arts programs at Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New York City, The Special Music School High School at Kaufman Music Center NYC, Western Illinois University WIU, SUNY Purchase (State University of New York ), Berklee College of Music, Bard College, New York City's Third Street Settlement and Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls. Sten Hostfalt's former Royal College of Music, Stockholm ( KMH, Kungliga Musikhogskolan ) students ( 2001-05 ) are among Europe's most active and successful musicians.

As a long-time educational fixture in Manhattans Midtown and Downtown East Village, New York City - Mr. Hostfalt's musical expertise have also ben sought out by students already enrolled at prime New York City institutions for higher education including Juilliard School of Music, New York University, Columbia University and Mannes School of Music.
His longtime commitment to coaching professional musicians, performing artists and music professionals have included on-offs or regular lessons with members of popular, world famous acts like The Strokes, Afghan Whigs, Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus, Psychic Twin, La Otracina and Barnum & Baileys Ringling Brothers Circus.

With former NYC teaching assignments including multi-genre & multi-string instrument instruction at First Flight Music School, East Village (2007-15) Kingsbridge International High School, Bronx (2010) and Queensborough Youth Conservatory, through Queensbourough Community College's * office of continuing education ( 2010 ) Sten Hostfalt is currently also, since the 2009 inception a teaching faculty member of New York Jazz Academy, described by Down Beat Magazine as one of New York's fastest growing music schools, and where Mr. Hostfalt has helped students of all ages and from just about everywhere in the world get introduced to jazz and the New York music scene, as well as participated in assisting recent academic Jazz school graduates starting out as professional educators and twice appeared in student-faculty concerts at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium. www.nyjazzacademy.com

Sten Hostfalt is a member of leading string manufacturer
D'Addarios Educator Collective.

* Disclaimer: Sten Hostfalt / NYC Guitar Studio are not affiliated with Queensborough Community College or CUNY The City University of New York.

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Snailmail : Sten's Guitar Studio, c/o Sten Hostfalt 6072 Madison Street Apt 5K, Ridgewood NY 11385, U.S.A.

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