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John G. was born in 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona. He started playing music when he was seven years old, learning classical guitar, and taking up bass not soon after. John used all the knowledge he gained at a young age to become one of Phoenix's best young musicians. He was in demand for all kinds of gigs: from playing jazz in restaurants and coffee shops, to playing in pits for musicals, to gigs with rock bands and playing in churches. John also began to compose, being influenced by Duke Ellington and Igor Stravinsky, including songs for jazz band and electronic music.
John moved to New York City to attend Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jeremy Manasia, Garry Dial, and Jay Anderson. John learned much about composition from Richard Sussman, and refined his writing technique and style. He received his Bachelor's Degree in 2009.
After school, John moved to Brooklyn, and started playing shows in New York's rock and singer-songwriter scene in addition to jazz gigs. John also started his own music group. The band has played in several of New York's best venues, including Spike Hill, The National Underground, and Cafe Vivaldi. In 2010, John released his first self-titled album on Fervor Records. It is available now on iTunes, and have followed that up with 2012's "Black Pants, Black Shirt, Grappler Gun", also available on iTunes.
John has been teaching music in NYC since 2011. John is very experienced when it comes to playing all kinds of music and looks forward to developing custom lesson plans with each student to help them find what they are looking for in music. John loves to help each student develop their skills and become great musicians.
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I enjoy working with each student to to help them find what they are looking for in music. I like to focus on fundamentals, and depending on what the student wants to learn, there are several different books to work out of, in addition to curriculum I have developed myself. Music is supposed to be enjoyable, so I try to work with each student to find songs they like and help them learn it, instead of just having a set method I use for every student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Amplifier. I also have a nice weighted keyboard for Piano lessons.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my Upright Bass for lessons on Upright Bass, or my Electric Bass and Amp for lessons on Electric Bass. If the student has an instrument (and amp) of their own, it is always a plus.
*** Specialties ***
Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Piano, and Guitar
Jazz, Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Funk styles
Music Theory, Ear Training, Improvisation and Composition
Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.
Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!
I'm originally from California. I have performances degrees from the Grove School, as well as San Diego State University.
I currently reside in New York City where I get the chance to play with some many great musicians. I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.
It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 7 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pride myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.
I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.
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My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.
I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician/bass player.
Now I realize that not every student my know exactly what they want. Maybe, they just want to learn a little bass for fun...guess what...that is awesome!
In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.
And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.
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*** Specialties ***
I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
Hi! My name is Phil. Thank you for stopping by!
I spent a large chunk of my childhood in São Paulo, Brazil but am originally from Richmond, VA. I've lived in the city since finishing up my undergrad studies in 2004 and have since performed in all kinds of settings (jazz duets through big bands, bluegrass bands, folk-rock, chamber orchestras and full symphony orchestras). I love the rich and vibrant music scene that NYC has to offer and I see every day a chance to learn something new.
I have experience teaching beginner guitar and beginner piano lessons in one-on-one music school settings at the Rye Arts Center in Rye, NY, which I left so that I could pursue my masters degree in classical double bass performance (SUNY Stony Brook, ’12… I also have a B.A. in jazz studies from SUNY Purchase, ’04). Part of what helped me work so well with my young students is my background as an early childhood music specialist with the Music Together program. As I taught my students at R.A.C. how to read music, instrumental technique, good ear training and all that goes into achieving solid musicianship, I always made sure lessons contained the right mix of fun, excitement, care and rigor. I’m a supportive, attentive and fun teacher and I look forward to helping you explore music as you learn your instrument!
Originally from the Detroit, MI area, Chris has been performing bass professionally since 2004. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, he went on to perform in orchestras on cruise ships. Here he became Musical Director and was responsible for 36 musicians on board, as well as the product delivered to guests.
Chris loves teaching all ages and levels. Whatever your needs may be, he caters to them, and, most importantly, listens to what YOU the student wants from lessons. There is no "cookie-cutter" method to teaching or learning, and you will find Chris's methods both refreshing and effective.
Chris specializes in electric bass (fretted or fretless) and upright bass, with some experience on acoustic guitar and arranging. Stylistically, he is comfortable with almost everything and will help any student attain his goals quickly while having fun!
Performing Artist 2001 - Present
• Hired bass player and backing vocals for acts like Spencer Day, Vinx, Leo Blais, Will Dailey, Senor Happy and other international acts. Guitarist for Senor Happy’s theme song video on the hit TV series The Rules of Engagement on CBS. Recordings on Senor Happy, Vinx, Will Dailey, Dana Labb, Leo Blais, Nick Lancaster Quartet, The Glass Fracture, Soul Kitchen’s, and Stars Crashing Cars.
Substitute Teacher 2009 - Present
• Substitute teacher at The Music Place, North Reading and Berklee College of Music’s five-week program. Mainly an upright and electric bass teacher, but I teach guitar and piano as well to all ages.
My name is Tom. I am a professional jazz musician based in Brooklyn, and I hold two degrees in jazz performance: a Bachelor of Arts from the Jazz Institute Berlin and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music New York.
I have been playing both double bass and electric bass for 12 years and have been teaching privately since 2012.
My hours are flexible, and I am always willing to negotiate on rates. Also, I offer the first lesson at no charge to the students, so you can see if you'd want to continue to work with me.
"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."