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Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Ukulele, Banjo
I never knew I had any talent for music. My mom's guitar was too intimidating, with its long neck and all those strings. But when a new music store opened down the street, I had to check it out. My twelve-year-old eyes took one look at that ukulele hanging on the wall and immediately I was crunching the numbers in my head to figure out how many weeks I'd have to save up my allowance before I could take it home.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
Hey Students and Parents!
I've been performing and studying music since I was 8, and I can honestly say that music is my life. Music has changed my life in so many ways, and few things give me more joy than sharing that with others.
I've been teaching for six years and in that time have seen my students admitted to some of the country's best music schools. My specialty is keeping lessons exciting, fun, and soulful, never losing sight of the feelings that drew us to music in the first place.
Learning to play an instrument well is challenging, and sometimes frustrating. But having been through rigorous conservatory training myself, I know how to tackle most technical and musical challenges in a streamlined way so that my students can progress quickly and consistently.
I teach all styles and levels of guitar, beginner and intermediate drums, beginner piano, songwriting and composition, and computer music production. When I'm not teaching I'm either gigging with several bands (R&B, Rock, Hip Hop, and World Music), playing out as a solo classical guitarist, DJ'ing, at home creating electronic music, songwriting, composing pieces for classical ensembles, or producing local indie artists.
I have years of live and studio experience under my belt, and can confidently prepare dedicated students for real-world careers in music if that is their goal.
For those students who simply aspire to learn an instrument well and play for and with family and friends, we'll focus on learning and finishing songs to show off with!
Some of my teachers and mentors have been Jamie Haddad (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Paul Winter,) Kevin Hanson (The Roots, Jay Z, Jill Scott,) Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Stephen Aron, and Tony Moore (Usher, Patti Labelle.)
Bass Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Ukulele, Banjo
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, bass, drums, composition) Currently, adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 14 years via Kupferberg Center(Queens College), Great Neck Music Conservatory
-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
"Recently performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with him while he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel
-Toured/worked as sideman w/Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant Jim Nolet & others.
-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"
-Movie Soundtrack: King George.
-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.
-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)
-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,volume 1 & 2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).
M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters
-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)
-Playing guitar/banjo on new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"
Peg & Cat. Current adjunct professor at Essex College
-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College
-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College
-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.
-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)
-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)
-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current
-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser
-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
A native of Seattle, Washington, Braden came to NYC a decade ago to get his BFA in Music from New School University, and to study with some of the greatest musicians in the world, then quickly became a regular on NYC’s many different music scenes, from jazz to rock and everything inbetween. Braden performs regularly with Double Down, Betty Reds, his own project, The Alternatives, and plays mandolin and guitar for the popular Off-Broadway musical Italian Bred. He’s worked with Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Steve Holley (Wings), Daniel Glass (Royal Crown Revue, Brian Setzer), Charlie Lagond (Buddy Rich, Jackson Five, Kid Creole and the Coconuts), and Harry Whitaker (Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers), just to name a few. He is also an in-demand freelance guitarist and singer, and doubles on mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and bass, and is a highly experienced private teacher.
About Guitar/Music Lessons with Braden (in his own words):
Whether you’re looking to start from scratch, want to enrich your child’s life through the study of music, or you’re already an experienced player with a desire to break on through to the next level, you’ve found the perfect guitar teacher right here.
I teach guitar, piano, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, songwriting, voice (particularly singing and playing at the same time), music theory, sight reading, ear training, and more. At children’s guitar lessons I stress fundamentals such as note reading, basic rhythms/chords, and simple melodies. With older and more advanced guitar students, my lessons are more flexible, tailored to the student’s musical interests.
For some, it’s just learning your favorite songs. Or learning to play/write original music. Others may want to learn how to improvise epic rock solos, improve their knowledge of chord voicings on the guitar, or swing with some of the jazz greats. All of this is within your grasp.
I’ve taken guitar lessons with some of greats of the jazz/rock/classical world, including Jack Wilkins (Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett), Vic Juris ( Don Patterson, Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, Mel Torme), Michael Nicolella (Seattle Symphony, Charanga Danzon, Ensemble Sospeso, Seattle Guitar Trio, Northwest Symphony Orchestra), Jonathan Kreisberg (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lenny White, Jane Monheit), Larry Coryell (The Eleventh House, Gary Burton, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia), just to name a few – and I’d be honored to pass down what I’ve learned from them.
Slots are filling up, so contact me now and let's get started!
Bass Guitar, Film Scoring, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Accordion, Banjo, Harmonica, Organ, Trombone, Upright Bass
Michael has a long and versatile career in music. As a songwriter/composer, he's written for ABC, CNN, Showtime, PBS, and for several films. As a musician, he's played live or recorded with Diddy, MA$E, Richard Gere, Shawn Colvin, and many others. Because of his broad knowledge of American Music, he was asked to co-create the shows, "120 years of Popular Song" and "New York City - A Century of Songs." He was a conductor for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS during its original run, and has appeared or played in several other Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
If you want to learn music that goes beyond labels, Michael is your guy!
Singing, Violin, Cello, Banjo, Fiddle
It is no wonder that someone from the very edge of the North American continent would possess a voice as naturally captivating as the verdant Pacific Northwest. Emma B., young cellist, singer, banjo-player, and fiddler from Qualicum Beach, British Columbia has what bluegrass super-star Laurie Lewis called, a "voice like a laser," clear, effortless, and striking to the core.
The child of two Scottish emigrants, B. is no stranger to the traditional music realm. She learned to play the cello and fiddle amongst seas of fiddlers under Alasdair Fraser's San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers (SFSF) and at music camps around the US. This forced her to develop her own style of folk cello, adapting dance tunes for the instrument and conjuring up her own rhythmic accompaniment style to suit the fiddle repertoire. It was through the SFSF that she grew to love the banjo, and met her to-be teacher, Steve Baughman.
She has studied with other notable innovative cellists, under Natalie Haas at the Berklee College of Music as well as with Tristan Clarridge and Rushad Eggleston, both of Crooked Still. She has appeared on Scottish national television, performed at festivals worldwide, such as the Aberdeen Youth Arts Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Colorado Folks Fest, Celtic Connections, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Summerfolk, Rockygrass, Wintergrass, and more, and shared the stage with luminaries such as Alasdair Fraser, Bruce Molsky, Back of the Moon, Hanneke Cassel, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and more. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and has taught extensively, both privately and at music camps such as The American Festival of Fiddle Tunes, VoiceWorks, FiddleWorks, and the Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music.
At the age of eighteen, B. won the Canadian Folk Music Award's Young Performer of the Year after the release of her debut recording, "Pretty Fair Maid." She was also nominated just a couple years later for "Traditional Vocalist of the Year" by the same Canadian Folk Music Awards. B. has recorded 7 albums with various groups and solo, as well as appeared on a wealth of other records over her 10-year career. Her most recent recording endeavor, Wide Awake, an EP she recorded with her band, Joy Kills Sorrow, was met by wide critical acclaim. The first single, a cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights", premiered on American Songwriter's website, and the video for their second single, "Was It You", premiered on CMT.
She presently tours with Joy Kills Sorrow and Nic Gareiss, and makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches locally.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."