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I am a multi-instrumentalist who has taught for 41 years. I have had both Zakke Wilde and Dave Sabo of Skid Row in lessons, as well as countless music school scholarship students. Many of my students have embarked on performing careers as well as teaching at the school and college level. The lessons are laid back, friendly and above all- helpful. We will study and work on the music of your choice,but, with a slight twist from the traditional, that I incorporate not just playing the song, but to get you the student ready to be able to work out the songs harmony, theory, notation and phrasing on your own. I feel this must be done in order to get a student to be able to perform with others. Lessons should always be about instructing a student to know and utilize every musical concept so that they will be able to perform with others.
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You can expect to be well grounded in theory and being able to play an instrument with solo and chords, comping, etc., in all keys - as well as song structure and song learning.We will analyze all aspects of the song. We will do a song together, then, i will through theory, show the student how to work out a song on their own.
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I have amps, cables, recorders, books, sheets, etc here at the studio. You need only your instrument and a music writing book.
*** Travel Equipment ***
they must have instrument
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All methods are my own. We work through theory and analysis to enable a student to learn how to put a song together and perform it on their own.
As a lifelong musician with extensive recording, and performing experience, I will help you reach your personal goals in music. You may already know me from my years at both the Chatham School of Rock, or more recently the Chatham music Center here in NJ
My private studio is available for lessons for adult students only.
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I own and operate a small recording studio, and am more than happy to record students demos.
I also teach Pedal Steel guitar.
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
I have a masters in education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away from sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
Brian is a professional music teacher, performer, composer, arranger, band manager, and producer. He also is getting further involved with booking and promotions in the Hudson Valley. His latest endeavors have been writing music for film and gaming. His previous band These 3 Poisons has their hit song ‚¬Ä¬úLight up the Eyes‚¬Ä¬Ě on Rock Band 3. "Do what you love and love what you do." This is why he chose music as his career. His passion for music is immeasurable. Music is his calling, his reason to be. For the past 17 years Brian has been heavily involved with studying, composing, arranging, and performing music of several genres and styles. Over the years he also found teaching music to be both a talent and a passion of his. For the past 10 years, he has had the pleasure of sharing his knowledge and love for music with hundreds of students. In 2013/2014 he functioned as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, teaching Music Theory and Composition 1 and 2. He has plenty of ensemble experience, which in summary would entail Orchestra, Chamber, Choir, Jazz band, several rock and pop bands, and plenty of solo work. He is currently playing lead guitar for the progressive rock/metal band ‚¬Ä¬úThe Assailant.‚¬Ä¬Ě He also plays keyboard in a pop duo called ‚¬Ä¬úThe Lion & the Wolf. His main instruments are guitar, bass guitar, and keyboard, but he also has experience as a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, mandolin player, ukulele player, and clarinetist.
I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 40 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. I do all my Lessons in my Class A Recording Studio (which I include in some of the Lessons). You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. I also will give the Names & Phone Number of my Students as a Reference if you'd like to call them and ask them about their experience taking lessons from me. I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
"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."