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Learn to play your favorite songs on the mandolin, you can even learn contemporary songs and songs that aren't traditionally played on mandolin.
Learn to basic theory and to improvise and play in different keys so that you can jam with other musicians and hold your own.
We can even learn to compose on the Mandolin.
We can always stick to bluegrass and folk if that's what you prefer.
I am a teacher, musician and songwriter born and raised in Brooklyn. I began taking piano lessons as a child, got my first harmonica at thirteen years old, and my first guitar the year after that. At sixteen I started teaching music lessons and learning advanced theory on the side. Later, I studied theory more formally in San Diego, learning classical guitar, composition, ear training, and piano.
In the summers I teach woodworking to 800 children in a day camp and coordinate a weekend series of free concerts in my local community garden. The rest of the year, when not performing and recording my own material, I teach music to adults and children of all ages. My love of music is combined with genuine enjoyment of teaching. I would describe myself as a confident, relaxed, ...
basic Mandolin technique, Bluegrass, Country, world music repertoire, rhythm training
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 16 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.
-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]
-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
"Summer of 2013, Nick R. 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 ...
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a music-loving family, I began playing piano and guitar at a very young age. At age twelve, I began playing double bass, which has become my primary instrument. Throughout middle and high school, I received numerous awards for excellence in both jazz and classical music. After high school, I moved to the Oklahoma City area and had the opportunity to play with many of the great musicians who passed through, including Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Byron Stripling, and Anne Hampton Calloway.
Since moving to New York City, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with such groups as Pete Robbins and Centric, Ryan Blotnick's Secret Mainstream, and The Paislies. Aside from my freelance work with various groups, I ...
I began learning mandolin a couple years ago and am proficient with chords and tunes. Classical or bluegrass style. I can teach sight reading music notation as well.
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.
I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.
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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put ...
Mandolin has always been one of my favorite instruments. I work with students on the technique needed to play their favorite music. I believe in a relaxed, positive environment where we can have fun learning to play the mandolin.
I got my degree in music from the University of Vermont in 2009. I've played guitar, mandolin, bass and ukulele with in rock bands, bluegrass bands, country bands, and as a solo performer. As a member of Actors' Equity Association, I often play instruments in plays and musicals-and have done so all over the United States.
I have experience with kids and adults. I've worked in pre-schools and summer camps. I'm excited about all styles and genres.
My love of music is contagious.
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Folk, Rock, Blues, Country, Finger Picking
Mandolin lessons for people who want to learn classical music, bluegrass, folk or jazz. This instrument is so versatile there are so many types of music one can play. Students learn how to read charts, improvise, comp with chords as well as take lead solos.
Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education
"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."