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Popular Banjo Teachers Near Cliffside Park

Evan C.

Brooklyn, NY
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Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY
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Braden P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Evan C. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Ukulele

About Me

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. 
Once the uke was in my possession, I wasted no time in learning how to play it. I quickly realized that playing music was not only easy, but a lot of fun! This realization excited me to a new passion for all kinds of music, such that I never would have imagined. Me and my uke were inseparable. We sometimes even shared a bed! 
Soon, I had moved on to learning guitar (which was so much easier once I could already play ukulele). It didn't seem so intimidating anymore, now that I had discovered through the ukulele how rewarding the experience of playing music can be.

Within a few short years, I was playing a broad variety of plucked strings, expanding on my skill set, and learning how all the different instruments fit together.  Now, I continue to perform on all of them in a broad variety of venues and genres. It makes me so happy to be able to share my passion with so many people!

I never knew I had any talent for music. Now I can help you to discover yours!  :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: 
Evan is a music student at Sarah Lawrence College. He is an active soloist, accompanist, and ensemble player. He studies classical and jazz guitar, and commands extensive knowledge of the history and theory behind both genres. His performance credits include various recitals and concerts on campus, as well as a number of professional solo shows.

The ensembles in which he is presently active include Baroque Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble, Blues Ensemble, and Guitar Chamber Ensemble. He has also participated in the chamber choir, and played a feature role with the Sarah Lawrence Orchestra on four string banjo for Rhapsody in Blue. 
He graduated from Pocono Mountain East High School with National Honors and and award of Distinction in Choir. There, he was active in the school jazz band, the concert band, the concert choir, and the vocal jazz ensemble. He was also selected two years in a row to represent his school in the prestigious District Chorus and one of those years went on to the Regional level. Even then he was very active in music outside of school, playing electric guitar each week in church and as a bassist in several informal rock groups. 
Evan has been teaching guitar to students of all ages and levels of experience for six years.

*** Lesson Details ***
The content and direction of lessons will address the needs and goals of each individual student. Beginning students, naturally, will be required to learn the basic techniques necessary to play their instruments, starting with tuning, but once the basics have been covered, the direction of the lessons will be tailored specifically to each student's personal interests.  All students will learn basic chord shapes. The essentials of melody and harmony. Once those have been mastered, the skill set will be expanded to playing barre chords and inversions up the neck using different groupings of strings and in all positions. Students will learn to read music (chord symbols, tablature or standard notation, as needed) and also to play by ear.  Not all guitar students need learn the classical approach. Where appropriate, we will devise a curriculum together based on the student's interests, whether they be pop, rock, country, singer/songwriter, bluegrass, blues or jazz; electric or acoustic; steel strings or nylon; flat picking or fingerpicking. Students will find me to be very flexible and versatile. It is important for each musician to discover his/her own voice. 
Classical guitar students will begin by learning to read music (standard notation) and by learning the correct way to pluck the strings. Strong emphasis will be placed on proper right hand and left hand technique. The student will also learn theory to whatever extent is appropriate. (For example, a ten-year-old needn't be able to identify a German Augmented Sixth chord or a whole tone melody, but should be able to tell the difference between major and minor.) Students will learn studies by Sor, Brouwer, Carcassi, Carulli, Giulliani, et. al., and solo/duet material by Dowland, Bach, Tarrega, de Falla, Villa-Lobos, and Piazzolla, just to name a few. Banjo students will learn rolls, fills, and the melodic style of playing. Once those skills have been mastered, the student will learn material that puts all of those skills together, most likely in the form of fiddle tunes at first, and then moving on to more advanced material. Emphasis will be placed on playing in time, improvising, playing solos, and playing backup. Students interested in playing clawhammer (frailing) style or tenor banjo will also be accepted. Mandolin students, after learning the basic chords, will learn barre chords and chop chords. We will also focus on a variety of right hand techniques such as simple strumming, chopping, sparkling cross-picking, and a clear, singing tremolo. Material will include fiddle tunes and country/bluegrass music, repertoire from the classical tradition of mandolin playing, some classical violin repertoire, jazz, and music from the pop/rock catalogue. 
Remember, what you get out of lessons is equal to what you put into them. Practice!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Spacious, well-lit music facility with various practice rooms, music stands, pianos... During the right hours there's even a library with various materials which I can help you access.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will come prepared with an instrument and any gear or teaching materials I'll need. Students, similarly, should provide their own instrument, book, and any gear they'll need to play with (picks, music stand, amp and cables for electric guitar, footrest for classical guitar, etc.) 

Nick R. Forest Hills, NY

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Ukulele

About Me

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
(partial scholarship)

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

*** Lesson Details ***
With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time.
As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique and ear-training out of method books and other sources.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, Music Stands, Guitar Amps, Guitar Banjo, Mandolin, Drum Set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.

Nick teaches:

-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar)
-acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar
- jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres.
- tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music)
-5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country])
-tenor guitar
-ukulele
-mandolin
-resonator slide/Dobro.

Braden P. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
You'll need your own instrument to practice on at home, though piano and often guitars are available to use at my studio. Beginners will likely be asked to purchase an Alfred's book on their chosen instrument. With more advanced students, we can take the lesson in whatever direction/style/goal that you'd like.

*** Studio Equipment ***
---STUDIO---

-Guitar Amps
-Bass Amp
-Full Weighted 88 Key Electric Piano
-Drum Set
-Sound System w/Two Microphones
-Acoustic Guitar
-Electric Guitar
-Classical Guitar
-Child-size Guitar
-Electric Bass
-Mandolin
-Ukulele
-Banjo

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-Guitar Amps
-61 Key Electric Keyboard
-Acoustic Guitar
-Electric Guitar
-Classical Guitar
-Child-size Guitar
-Electric Bass
-Mandolin
-Ukulele
-Banjo

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have their own guitar, and book if I deem necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Rock and jazz, but can play/teach mostly any style

Michael S.

New York, NY
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Chris R.

Brooklyn, NY
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Emma B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Michael S. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Film Scoring, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
"Lessons begin where the student is." That's my axiomatic principle. What do you know, and what are you able to do? Now, what do you want to know, and what do you want to be able to do? Lessons are a journey from that first point to the second. And I am your guide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped music production studio, w/latest software & hardware, 88 key sample grand piano, guitars (acoustic & electric), bass, upright bass, amp, mandolin, harmonicas, ukelele, 5-string banjo

*** Specialties ***
I have extensive experience in a wide variety of styles. These include classical, jazz, several styles of blues, country, various ethnic, rock, and pop styles.

Chris R. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I've been playing music since I was in 5th grade. I started out playing cello, then eventually moved to electric bass when I was in 7th grade. After playing around on an old guitar in my home, I found a passion for guitar and started playing that when I was about 13. I started writing tunes and playing with people around this time as well. Throughout high school I played in bands and took lessons. Eventually, this would lead me to music school for classical guitar at my community college. In two years, I got my associates with a 3.7 GPA. I then went to SUNY New Paltz for jazz guitar. In this time I learned how to play piano and sing as well. I graduated with a 3.5 from New Paltz in two years. I moved to Brooklyn in August of 2013 and am currently trying to make a living playing music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a patient teacher who is focused on teaching people what they actually want to learn. First, we will discuss what it is you like in music and want to get out of it. After we are on the same page, we will develop the skills you need to get that and also learn how to actually play and compose the music you love.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitars and textbooks. Students should provide their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I have gotten A's in every music theory class in college except one and I took theory even semester. I'm particularly good at theory, songwriting, and playing guitar.

Emma B. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Cello, Fiddle, Singing, Violin

About Me

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.

Emma has appeared on Scottish National Television (STV), 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 Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and more. Her band, Joy Kills Sorrow, has opened for Laura Marling, Calexico, and John Prine, to name a few. 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, Emma 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to focus on making music enjoyable and fun to practice! I work with the student to find material and lesson plans that work for the student, while focusing on proper technique, time, intonation, and feel.

My students learn largely by ear. Music is to be listened to, not read, and that's how I teach! This encourages memory strength, understanding of melody and harmony, and promotes confidence in being able to play without relying on pages of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have my own instruments to teach with and demonstrate on. I will provide any music or paper that I choose to teach with. Students are expected to have their own instruments, tuners, rosin (if playing cello or violin), and recording devices. Upon request, I can make a recording of a lesson or portion of a lesson and email it to the student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide my own instruments for lessons, but expect students to provide their own, as well as a music stand and recording device. I am willing to travel by subway to students' homes in the NYC metropolitan area.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in an array of folk music styles. I play clawhammer, or old-time style banjo. I play a lot of American old-time, Scottish, Scandinavian, Quebecois, Cajun, and Irish music on cello and fiddle. I sing bluegrass, folk, blues, and pop styles.

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