Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica, Upright Bass
I , Abdo A, am a multi-instrumentalist and teacher. I have been a professional musician for 15 years, having earned my degree from Syracuse University in 1973. I have taught over 700 private students in the past 15 years in primarily piano, and guitar, but also on banjo, bass and harmonica. I conduct yearly recitals, encourage supplementary group sessions and show my student performances on YouTube. I am happy to lend instruments to students who are not ready to purchase them, and will do anything to foster the love of music in my students. I also teach disabled students - I'm an approved vendor of the State of New Jersey Department of Developmental Disabilities, Monmouth Cares, and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. I belong to The National Teachers Music Association. I currently play piano weekly at Jesse's Cafe, A local restaurant in the Long Branch Area.
Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo
I am a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. I love folk music, bluegrass, country and all forms of Americana! One of the best things about folk music is it's meant to be shared with others. I've been able to study this music with some of the best players on the planet through online lessons. It worked for me and it can work for you!
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.)
Guitar, Singing, Acting, Dance, Music Performance, Music Theory, Banjo
I have been teaching piano for almost 40 years. I have a NY state music teachers license, a masters in music therapy from NYU, and a bachelors in Music Education and AFFA certification.
I try to keep the student self-motivated by using music that the student likes, as well as covering the basics. I use props which can be internalized by the student and gradually removed. For example, using stick-on letter names for the notes for a beginner and then removing them one at a time when the student feels ready.
I am friendly and very easy going; I'm not a disciplinarian. If a student doesn't practice for some reason, we practice together at the next lesson. If a student doesn't want to practice at all, I can be very creative in motivating them. I don't believe in parents forcing their children to practice, because this tends to turn the child off. Even though I tell parents that if your child doesn't want to play, please don't force it; I tend to keep students for many years (maybe it's because the student's self-motivation is so important to me and to their success).
I also have a lot of experience teaching handicapped individuals as a certified music therapist.
The music therapy has enabled me to be a better teacher in general because the therapeutic aspect comes up in all lessons, in one way or another. Music educators focus on the educational goals of music, while music therapists focus more on the therapeutic goals . A therapeutic goal might be increasing concentration span or self-confidence. These issues often need to be addressed in all lessons, and can only help the learning process.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Banjo
Born in Curacao, Alejandro C. began studying the guitar at age twelve, influenced by his mother who also played. He later moved to the United States to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music where he studied with David Leisner.
Alejandro aims to provide his students with a solid musical and technical foundation from the beginning of their studies. "I believe in the power of observation and that the teacher should learn as much as the student. I have particular ideas about technique and musicality that I like to emphasize but I am not rigid in my approach. Students have different skills. The best teachers are those that can pinpoint what their student's particular strengths and weaknesses are." Although classically trained, Alejandro will work with students on classical, folk, or rock music, depending on their preference.
Alejandro's students range in age from four to adult. "With students under six I start by teaching them about the instrument and then gradually introduce different musical and technical skills." Alejandro works with adult students to create a path of study that matches their musical tastes. "Depending on their skill level, I teach adults what they are interested in learning."
Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and Schumann are among Alejandro's favorite composers. He frequently performs as a solo artist and in chamber ensemble but prefers solo playing simply because "the most exciting repertoire for the guitar is written for the instrument alone." Alejandro cites his teacher David Leisner as one of his major influences although "growing up Andres Segovia was my idol." In addition to performing and teaching, Alejandro enjoys cooking and reading.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Banjo, Harmonica
I have taught for 18 years, giving both private and group lessons. I am a professional musician, having played in numerous bands, recorded and played shows. I have taugh all ages, and all elvels, and all styles. I play a number of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica, in addition to writing and singing. I took private lessons for over 10 years, and also studied music in both high school and college.
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