Savage Classical Guitar is now offering lessons with the following teachers: Richard F. Sayage, Christopher Gotzen-Berg,  Mike Alessi and Dan Bouza.


DominicanRepublic_091206_068rfsayage_headshots_02Richard F. Sayage

I only offer lessons in my gallery location in Bohemia, and am making myself available for two days a week.

As of now, Wednesday evenings starting at 5PM (I’m trying to be flexible, but have a gallery to run as well!).  The other day is still up in the air, but will be firmed up by the needs of my student base as I create my book.

What are my accomplishments?  Huh, you know, it’s weird to list your own credits.  Who I studied with? Where did I go to school?  Name it in and around NY, I’ve been there.  Name guys from the 70’s and 80’s, yep, I probably studied with them.  I have 55 books to my credit, and 2 books of composition.  I have degrees in Music, Business, Economics, and Mathematics (and something else, but I’m not proving I’m a big ole nerd).  I’m a published author in other venues, and yes, it’s really weird to say all this out loud.  I’m not big on any of it.  I’m big on learning, teaching, and finding great guitars for people to play.  Standing on a box, beating one’s chest about this and that?  Nah, not for me.  Moving on…

Lesson rates are $75/hour for adults, $50/hour for younger students.

My thing is to conduct a class much like a Master Class for accomplished players, interpretation, angular attack, positioning, analysis, etc.

Younger and beginning students of the classical guitar will be prepped and taught a number of methods, including old school exercises focusing on the likes of Sor, Aguado, Carcassi, etc

True beginners of the classical guitar should purchase:
Classic Guitar Technique, Vol 1 (Book & CD) (Shearer Series) by Aaron Shearer – which should be available from

We will work from this very simple yet effective method book for a number of reasons, but especially because I like the fact that there are duets that we can play together, while you are learning the technique.  It can be a lot of fun and that’s the whole point while learning.

My basic philosophy is simple, have fun, work hard, practice hard, play like an angel.

My address is listed in the sidebar.  My direct line is 631-335-5447 – email is savageclassical at outlook dot com


Chris Gotzen-Berg offers lessons at his home studio in Massapequa, NY – Skype Lessons with Chris are also available.

Both Dan and Mike offer in home and skype lessons, based on your needs.


Please contact the teachers below for additional information.

Teacher Bios:

chris_gotzenberg_ performing_01Christopher Gotzen-Berg

Christopher has been teaching guitar privately for over 20 years and has students of all ages and levels. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Crane School of Music and was on faculty at the Crane School of Music as an instructor of “Functional Guitar”, a course to help music education majors learn how to utilize the guitar within the classroom. Former students have been accepted at many prestigious colleges and universities including Florida State University, University of Southern California, Peabody, the Crane School of Music, Ithaca College, Indiana University, and the Hartt School of Music.  He is now the Professor of Classical Guitar at Molloy College.

As a performer, Christopher has performed throughout the US, as well as on National Public Radio. His 2003 WEPA Records debut recording earned him an ASCAP award for original compositions. He is a Savage Classical sponsored artist and a Hill Guitar Company featured artist.

He can be contacted at [email protected]



Dan Bouza

has been playing, performing and teaching the guitar for over a decade. He is well versed in several styles of playing but specializes in Classical Guitar. He is an accomplished

Audio Engineer and Producer and brings his musical expertise to you. Dan works with all levels of musicians and all ages. Whether you are picking up a guitar for the first time or playing the Aranjuez, 3 years old

Dan Bouza | Classical Guitarist | Producer | Audio Engineer

or enjoying your retirement, his musical guidance is highly prized.

Before working

for Savage Classical Guitar, Dan studied with Dr. Douglas Rubio at the Crane School of Music, and has since gone on to a freelance career in Music. At Savage Classical Guitar Dan handles all of our recording, media, and web needs. Outside of the guitar, he is an active producer, audio engineer and owner of SteamWalker Studio. In his spare time Dan dabbles in web design and he finds a passion in reading novels that are far too long.

Contact Dan at [email protected]


Mike Alessi

Mike Alessi | Guitarist | Educator

studied for four years at The Crane School of Music under Douglas Rubio for classical guitar, and is also currently studying jazz, and flat-picking (blue/new grass) styles. Mike has extensive experience in teaching beginner and intermediate players, and truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with up and coming players. He teaches the necessary skills you need to be a well-rounded musician.

Originally attracted to the guitar by Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The blues is what shaped him as a guitar player for years, but as time went on his tastes began to broaden and Mike started to enjoy other types of music. It was then that he began to branch out into other styles, shaping Mike into the versatile musician that he is now. He brings his originality and his diverse skills into this pedagogy.