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Popular Music Recording Teachers Near Metuchen

Athena R.

New York, NY
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Richard M.

Norwalk, CT
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Michael G.

Brooklyn, NY
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Athena R. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Acting, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Film Acting, Guitar, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Ukulele

About Me

Athena has enjoyed tremendous success as a singer/songwriter, actress, musician and teacher. She is originally from Toronto, but is now based out of New York City.

Athena has released 5 CDs, toured North America (both as a singer/songwriter and as an actress), and taught voice, piano, guitar, songwriting and acting for the past 13 years. She has shared the stage Sarah McLachlan and Jim Carrey, and taught songwriting to girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Her music videos LOVE IS LOVE and LOGICAL SONG charged #1 on MTV's LOGO TV.

As a teacher, Athena has worked at numerous schools, organizations, and colleges across North America, including Oregon State University, Montcalm College, Manhattan New Music Project, TADA!, and The Ontario Science Center. She teaches privately (voice, piano, guitar, acting & songwriting), and facilitates workshops to kids and adults on topics ranging from "Vocal Technique", to "Booking Your Own Tour", to "Creating Original Musical Theater",She also conducts staff development workshops on "Communication and Socialization through the Arts for Autistic Populations" in New York City schools. Athena teaches all ages (age 4-99) and ability levels (gifted - special needs).

As a singer/songwriter, Athena has released 5 original CDs and numerous dance singles. Her latest full length album, "Little Girl Dreams", was produced by Emmy/Grammy Winning Producer Cynthia Daniels (Melissa Etheridge, Dave Mathews Band, "Producers" on Broadway). Athena's music is storytelling pop with a theatrical twist. She combines a dramatic 4 octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. She performs regularly in the New York circuit, at notable clubs including the Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, and Jacob Javitz Center. She has been featured in radio, TV, newspapers and magazines around the world.

As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Hush (Players Club in NYC and Hudson Theater in LA), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Tina" in Love Sucks (NYMF Festival) and principle roles on the History Channel and CNN. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Youth Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). She currently performs as a Lady Gaga Impersonator at corporate events across the country.

Athena's training began with classical piano at age 4, voice at age 8, acting at age 9, and guitar at 16. She began working as a professional actress in Film & TV at age 12, and recorded her first album at 20. She majored in Theater at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, and earned a BFA in Music from Concordia University in Montreal. She regularly attends master classes in New York, with internationally renowned teachers such as Neil Semer, Kimberly Vaughn, Garry Dial, Francine Kay, and Maggie Maes.

As a performer, Athena is bold, imaginative, and chilling. As a teacher, Athena is patient, creative, and inspiring.

*** Lesson Details ***
Athena enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, from 4 year old beginners, to seasoned professionals, to adult hobbyists. She is a patient, fun, thorough, flexible, and imaginative teacher. She teaches most musical genres, from classical, to musical theater, to jazz, to pop. She can prepare you or your child for upcoming auditions (musical or theatrical) and provide valuable insight into the entertainment industry. Athena also does art therapy with all varieties of special needs, from Autistic to Alzheimer's. Whether you are an absolute beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional in need of a savvy coach, Athena will create a lesson plan suited to your individual learning style, interests and needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Microphone & speaker
Recording device

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting
Bel Canto, Classical, Musical Theater (Legit & Belt), Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Composition & Songwriting, Monologue Preparation, Acting Audition Preparation, Pop Singing, Rock Singing, R&B Signing, Songwriting, Guitar Accompaniment, Piano Accompaniment, Performance Confidence, Business of Music, Business of Acting

Richard M. Norwalk, CT

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

I have been playing guitar for 12 years. I have been involved in various high school and college metal bands, and am currently in a comical, animal rights themed death metal band called Animals Killing People.

I took piano lessons from a young age before starting guitar, but would find myself playing pieces by ear more often than improving on my sight reading skills. Switching to guitar has been great for me, as I think the instrument provides more opportunity for expression and personalization than the piano; to me, a pianist seems to be more of a vessel who can interpret a composer's intent from sheet music.

I began college as a music student in the conservatory of music at SUNY Purchase, but ultimately switched majors to Anthropology in favor of a liberal arts degree.

My recent employment has included Stepping Stones Museum for Children and children's snowboard instruction at Mohawk Mountain.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching guitar lessons for 10 years. I have taught guitar players of many abilities and ages. I take pride in having taught students with special needs with some success, notably one student who was hearing impaired and one diagnosed with autism.

I teach my lessons with a laid back, friendly approach. I focus heavily on a student's favorite music and genre preferences, and have my students pick which songs they wish to learn accordingly. My instruction of their selected songs involves in-depth explanations of the various left hand and right hand techniques executed throughout the song. On some occasions, I recommend songs or selections from songs that will expand on techniques covered in a recent song.

This approach to guitar instruction provides self esteem both in a student's taste in music and in a student's ability on the guitar while a student learns nearly every technique used in modern guitar playing. Students will also learn a basic understanding of music theory as it applies to modern guitar playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I use the same equipment as I do for travel. I have an extra amplifier, a Marshall DXM that students can plug into.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I use my tried and true first guitar, my Epiphone Les Paul, and a Line 6 Spider amplifier for electric guitar lessons, and I use a Rogue dreadnought for acoustic lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in folk, neofolk, new age, alternative, hard rock, heavy metal, death metal (and other forms of extreme music), hardcore punk, d beat, post hardcore, and grindcore. All students will be exposed to blues and chordal acoustic playing.

Michael G. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Michael is a rising star in contemporary and jazz vocal music. His rich tones and subtle phrasing of jazz standards, pop ballads and multiple voice arrangements have already earned him top honors (including three Downbeat Awards) and a loyal following of listeners. As both a performer and a teacher, Michael enjoys collaborating with all levels of musicians (especially first-timers) and strives to help every student grow in musicianship and love of their craft!
At an early age, Michael felt a powerful attraction to jazz music and was soon studying at Seattle's Roosevelt High School, one of the top jazz schools in the country. His musicianship and fresh interpretations of standards like "I'm Beginning to See The Light" and "Body and Soul" won him the "Best Male Vocalist" award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival two years in a row; in 2008, he was just one of four male vocalists in the country to be selected to perform in the exclusive Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Vocal Jazz Ensemble, where he was a featured Vocalist and Vocal Percussionist, performing at the 2007 Grammy Award Show and in some of L.A.'s top venues.
In 2009, Michael turned his attention to Big Band music, touring the USA and Canada as the Lead Male Vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, delighting audiences with his elegant interpretations of classics like "White Cliffs of Dover" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square."
As a scholarship student at the University of Miami's prestigious Frost School of Music, Michael had the opportunity in 2010 to work with legendary procure, Phil Ramone (Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, John Legend) when cast as a young Sinatra in his new musical "Lanza." He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz Voice. Michael is currently based out of New York City where he performs both as a soloist and in various groups including Choral Chameleon and Trouble & Bass.

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It is my goal as a teacher to provide an extremely comfortable and positive environment. As a performer, I know the joy and release that comes with using your voice, a part of your body, as your instrument. Singing is fun! I know from first hand experience that lessons with a new instructor can be daunting so I make sure to keep a very fun and light vibe going.
Every student is different, and after an introductory conversation I will craft a personalized lesson plan to suit your needs and goals. Are you a beginner who is just finding their voice? Have you performed here and there but really want to hone in on your instrument? Maybe you're an adult and have an audition coming up, or maybe you're only 5 years old and just want to explore the world of music! The diversity of people all united by a love of music is really amazing for me and something I look forward to every day!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano (keyboard), Amp, Speakers, Vocal Microphones, Loop Station.

*** Travel Equipment ***
n/a

*** Specialties ***
Jazz voice, pop voice, classical voice, musical theatre voice. vocal percussion (beat boxing). Breathing, tone, pitch, listening, musical theory, transcription, transposition, everything to do with the voice!

Robert R.

Teaneck, NJ
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Jeff S.

Perth Amboy, NJ
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Emilio G.

Highland Park, NJ
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Robert R. Teaneck, NJ

Subjects Taught

Adobe Photoshop, Arrangement and Composition, CSS, Dreamweaver, Drum, Film Scoring, HTML, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, PHP, Piano, SQL, Stage Performance, Web Design

About Me

Robert Mansfield R. (born Chicago, Illinois, raised in Miami, Florida) is a jazz drummer, music teacher, and composer.

Robert R. has recorded and performed with many notable artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Wes Anderson, Wycliff Gordon, Herb Harris, Scotty Barnhart, Phillip Harper, Eric Lewis, Stephon Harris, Eddie Henderson, Sam and Dave, Steve Marley and Dead Prez. He has also produced music for Sony Pictures and performs with a jazz band called SwingSet Quintet.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Drums
Living room: Parents can sit in on the lessons

*** Specialties ***
Drums and percussion, Music Composition and Arrangements

Jeff S. Perth Amboy, NJ

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele

About Me

Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and beginning ukulele.. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. And Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching...".
Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he is a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at two international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are not guitar-oriented and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.

Emilio G. Highland Park, NJ

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, DJing, Ear Training, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Synthesizer, Upright Bass

About Me

Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning. I've been studying and experimenting with music since I was a toddler and I have been teaching people to play music and use music technology for over 10 years.

My goal as a teacher is to get you to the point of not needing a teacher. I want you to be able to figure out any kind of music you want to make! But, I also realize that getting to that point takes a long time and a lot of patient, thoughtful instruction. I have been lucky enough to study with some really amazing people over the years and I want to be able to give that same experience to other people.

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