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.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Elementary Math, English, History, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Songwriting, Upright Bass
I have been studying music for eight years now. Having come to music rather later in life than most, I find that I am more empathetic to the perspective of the beginning student than many teachers. I spent the Summer of 2009 teaching music fundamentals to groups of severely physically and mentally disabled children of all ages. Since then I’ve completed my Bachelors degree in Music, and have taught privately to several students.
To me, music is above all about transformation; yes, beautiful sound transforms our experience of the environment, but learning an instrument transforms the very way a student learns. Learning to play an instrument is an experience of training one’s nervous system to gradually act and respond in new ways, and that kind of persistent, focused, training is applicable to anything.
I also believe that playing music should be fun and cathartic.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass
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 also play bass guitar in Brooklyn based rock band, Hungry Hands, as well as double bass in Karavika, an improvising chamber ensemble based on Indian folk melodies. As a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and an active freelancer, I continue to search for new musical realms of expression within the context of improvisation.
Aside from a performing career, I enjoy sharing my diverse musical experiences with my students and helping them develop their creative abilities.
Bass Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Upright Bass
Music is therapeutic to my soul and essential to my everyday existence. Absorbed by it, I dedicate most of my energy toward creating, writing, and playing music. I am here to help you to do the same. I am fortunate and grateful to have worked with many of the world's most amazing and creative performers, artists, composers, and producers. Because of this, I've learned to appreciate a diverse range of musical genres, while showing no bias toward any one musical form. After all, at the end of a piece of music, it's the listerner's personal feeling that will truly reflect their opinion.
Alex started his formal music education in the fourth grade where he first played trumpet in elementary school. After dabbliing with the piano and drums, he finally settled on bass just before his 20th birthday, while attending the University of New Hampshire. In less than two years, he earned a spot on the bass chair for the UNH Orchestra.
After graduating in 2000 from UNH with a B.A. in Economics, he got a job playing bass for a national touring act, CHAD, with former members of teh Jerry Barcia Band. On the tour he opened for such bands as Blues Traveler, G Love and Special Sauce, and SevenMaryThree.
At age 23, Alex applied to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, auditioned, and won a half scholarship from the Berklee World Tour Scholarship. At Berklee he was fortunate to study privately under world-renowned bassists John Lockwood (Joe Henderson, George Garzone), Bruce Gertz (Mike Stern, Jerry Bergonzi), Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D' Rivera, Chucho Valdez), and Anthony Vitti (Liberace, The Platters). While attending Berklee he did a brief tour through Scotland and Paris including the Dundee Jazz Festival with the Konrad Wiszniewski Quartet. He finished Berklee in December of 2005 with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production.
Alex currently resides in New York City and is now a member of the popular upcoming alternative rock quartet Man on Earth. In October 2008, Man On Earth released their latest album, "The Time Spent Wondering" which was produced and mixed by 6-Time Grammy winner Ken Lewis (Lenny Kravitz, Beastie Boys, Fall Out Boy, Kayne West). The record features a guest appearance by Dr. Fink (of Prince and the Revolution).
Aside from Man On Earth, Alex plays regular gigs as a first call freelance bassist on the New York City music scene as well for national touring. Other projects include playing with a diverse array of musical acts including the modern jewish Rock group Josh Nelson Project, singer-songwriter Jessica Labus, and jazz vocalist Julie Lavender Quintet to name a few.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass
Cited by All About Jazz as a musician with "all the groovy elasticity necessary to encompass the melodic complexity of compositions," Isaac is a strong voice among a new generation of musicians. Discovering a love for the piano, guitar, and bass in his youth, Isaac began performing in coffee shops and jazz clubs at the age of 15, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young musicians in Westchester County. While still in high school, Isaac had the opportunity to study with jazz legend John Patitucci. Isaac's selection for New York's prestigious All-State Festival came as no surprise.
Isaac graduated from New York University's undergraduate jazz program in 2009, where he studied with many seminal jazz musicians including Ari Hoenig, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Martin Wind. In the spring of that year, Isaac recorded and self-released his first CD, Of Pandas and People, featuring his original compositions and accompanied by a group of powerful improvisers.
Isaac has toured internationally with his own quartet and has written and recorded music for film and television. Most recently, Isaac completed work composing and recording the musical score for the documentary "Return to El Salvador," featuring narration by Martin Sheen.
In addition to his performance, composition, and recording work Isaac has taught privately and in music schools for 7 years. An accomplished piano, guitar, and bass teacher, Isaac has experience teaching kids as young as four years old how to play, read, and love music. Isaac is currently a member of the staff at the R & D Music School in Carmel, NY and has previously taught at George Jackson Academy.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass
I began teaching private piano lessons 8 years ago during my undergraduate degree. I attended William Paterson University and received a degree in music education. Upon graduating, I received the William Paterson University 2010 Outstanding Classical Performer award. I am currently working on a Master's degree in music therapy at Montclair State University. Recently I was awarded the David Ott Scholarship for Outstanding Music Therapy Intern. Learning music therapy has given me deeper insight into my teaching. My favorite part of music is the learning process. I enjoy performing music, but I personally get more out of learning it. Teaching allows me to be involved in the learning process with other people. I can assess a student's abilities and develop plans and materials that address his or her musical needs. A deep understanding of music and the learning process guides me during my lessons, and I enjoy guiding students through their musical struggles and victories. In addition to classical piano, I also play upright bass in a bluegrass band and keyboards in a rock band. I also play acoustic guitar in my spare time as well as in music therapy sessions. Most of my students are piano students, but I can also teach guitar and bass.
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