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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near Middle Village

Nicki A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Eric J.

Brooklyn, NY
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Marco O.

Sunnyside, NY
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Nicki A. Brooklyn, NY

harmony/melody/rhythm/lyrics

About Nicki

I love scales and chords and learned music through dedicated improvising. I listen to all kinds of music and play in all styles.

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Students can expect to learn through playing. I integrate learning songs by ear with learning to read music so that one develops the skills they need to play with others. I've found that the Faber series works well because it offers student-teacher duets to expose beginners to musical collaboration. We will review theory and technique through scales, technical exercises, and guided listening where we identify and analyze musical tools specific to our weekly at-home assignments. After six months one can expect to know all their scales and be able to read treble and bass clefs. Further down, for intermediate players, we will ...

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peter L. August 19, 2013
Piano
Fantastic musician, fun to work with, enjoyable teaching style

In my lessons with Nicki I always get to play a lot, which is not always the case with piano teachers. I find myself playing more than he does, and his input is very helpful. He helps me pursue what music interests me, and I really enjoy working towards my goals with him. He's always very friendly, and I never feel pressured or judged when I'm playing with him.
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Farrell M. July 8, 2013
Piano
talented, supportive teacher

Nicki is able to meet students at whatever level they are at. He was a really fun teacher, patient, very talented, and most importantly so supportive.
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Audrey B. June 27, 2013
Piano
A more contemporary take on lessons with great results!

I had taken piano lessons before Nicki, and it was very strict and old fashioned, and while I enjoyed it, Nicki's approach felt more usable and easily applicable to music for me. He is an accomplished musician who may end up taking over the music world someday. I feel his style would be great for any age and level of experience. I never had a negative interaction with him the whole time taking lessons, and I was never stressed like I was with my lessons in the past with my other teacher. Could not recommend him enough!
Eric J. Brooklyn, NY

I will help you understand the traditional, classical, pop, and Jazz harmonic/melodic writing rules for you to use in your own composition, songwriting, part-writing & arrangement.

About Eric

I'm lead vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter in a widely known touring rock 'n' roll band. I hold a Bachelors of Music in jazz guitar from New York University, and have produced, toured and recorded with internationally known artists/celebrities & legendary producers. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more) and in video games.

I have established a solid client base in my home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn working with guitarists/bassists, vocalists & composers of all ages and skill levels in styles including: Rock, Metal, Pop, Punk, Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Classical.

I am highly experienced as an online (Skype, Facetime and G+) instructor, and I have taught online lessons worldwide ...

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Sabrina H. December 15, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I had a totally different experience working with Eric. With me, he frequently started lessons late, ended them early and was totally checked out during our last couple of lessons. We had a lotta random convos early on and I liked him on a personal level but his teaching style just didn't work for me.
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Rachel M. November 8, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
My teenage daughter is having a great experience being taught by Eric. He is very kind and patient and I have already seen tons of improvement in her playing after just a few lessons. We are a busy family and the convenience of the online classes is wonderful.
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Sunshine B. October 24, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Overly impressed with Eric as a guitar teacher.
I was hesitant about taking lessons online but it worked out just fine.
Eric is extremely patient and knows how to play/teach about any song. I'm convinced he could teach any level player. As a beginner, I appreciate this.
I would say sign up, try it out. You'll be mad that you didn't!
Marco O. Sunnyside, NY

I have taught songwriting classes and I incorporate it in my private lessons with students who are interested in writing their own songs.

About Marco

I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 12 and have been a guitar teacher for 22 years. My first influences were rock and metal. In my later teens, I became very interested in other music genres such as jazz, fusion and classical. I began my formal music education as a Classical Guitar performance major, ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.

The road I have taken with music has been paved with many unexpected twists and turns. Throughout my many years of learning and making new discoveries, I have now arrived at a point where I am able to productively incorporate knowledge from various experiences with music and education into my own creativity and teaching. I never expect to stop learning or ...

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James W. November 25, 2014
Guitar · In home
Marco is one of the best teacher ever, I knew him way back in 1997 when I first came in to the state. At first, one of my friend was taking the session and he didn't mind me just staying and observed. After a few classes, I decided to go with Marco. As a new immigrant, language barrier is a problem. He 's patiently teach me from a to z. Making sure I understand everything. Although, I knew some of the basic of the guitar. I was surprisingly I could learn how to read music. Be able to improvise with him during lesson. You're not just learning how to play song/guitar. You learn music theory all in a packet. I still remember one day I was playing in the local shop in HK, people was whispering this guy is good. This is a good memory that I have until now.
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Myles H. November 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I was a student of Marco's for about two-almost three years, and his excitement, love, desire, wisdom and passion for music and teaching is something that can't be described in words. Marco is a teacher that likes to have fun with whatever it is he may be teaching, but he is also very serious about it to make sure his students learn what they want in the best way possible to them. He will encourage his students if they need it and congratulate you every time you complete whatever it is you may have learned from him. I mostly learned techniques/songs from artist's such as Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, and much more from Marco. He will not let you down. He won't give up on you. I would gladly learn from him any time /any chance I'd get.
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mia M. November 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Marco has been teaching my son how to play the guitar since 2008. I feel that we were blessed having Marco as my son's first teacher. He really understood him and I was brought to tears at his very first recital when I was amazed how much he had learned in just a short few months. He is a senior in HS now and he has a love for the guitar and a passion to learn new music on his own.
Marco is an exceptional teacher who is very patient and understands his students and listens to their needs. He is extremely talented and anyone would be very lucky to have him as their music instructor. I recommend him highly. He is the best!

Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY
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Concetta A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY
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Nick R. Forest Hills, NY

-singer/songwriter
-composition
-improvisation

About Nick

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 ...

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Shimun (Sam) A. November 23, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
You can say that I'm a rookie when it comes to playing guitar. So, I decided to do something about it. I'm taking 45 minutes sessions with Nick and I have to say that he is a really talented a teacher as well as he is a musician. While having fun during the lessons, I rake in so many new tricks up my sleeve. I love his individual approach, flexibility, and creativity just to outline a couple. For the short while that I've known Nick, he's been all, a patient teacher, a talented musician, but most of all he's been an inspiration to me. My goal was to learn to read music and learn how to play the instrument more fluently. But now, the whole world of new and fascinating opportunities opened up to me because of his mentoring and support. Thank you Nick! I wish I could take longer sessions with you on a more regular basis.
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Jerry F. August 11, 2014
Jazz Guitar · Online
Finally found a guitar teacher who provides individualized instruction based on what I know and don't know. I previously depended on my guitar to make music. Nick showed me how to make the music yourself in your head and then find it on the guitar. He has great patience and also answers every question . And, most important for me, he writes out the lesson notes at the end and sends them. Every previous teacher told me 20 things in a lesson and I remembered two. Nick makes sure that every minute of my lesson is given proper attention.
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Tom N. February 8, 2014
Guitar
Highly Recommended

I've taken classes with Nick in a group setting (at Jalopy) and privately, and while I studied guitar as a kid and trombone in school, and I've never had a better music teacher. And I do mean music teacher, not just guitar teacher - Nick's approach is to start with the MUSIC you want to play, not just the guitar as a collection of strings and frets or a series of fingerings to memorize. He's realistic about where people are starting and how much time and energy they have to devote to the instrument with all else happening in their lives (school, work, family, whatever), but he really wants all his students to get better, to learn and progress and love the music like he does, and leads by example of his own musicianship and dedication to the art form. Highly recommended for all levels, all styles.
Concetta A. Brooklyn, NY

How to write a song and write charts that other musicians can follow and understand. Exploring lyrics and rhythm and how they relate as well as song topics. Discovering new ways of thinking about melody.

About Concetta

Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education

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Lindsey G. November 9, 2014
Fiddle · In home
Concetta was such a treat to have in our home! She came out all the way from NY to NJ for my mothers birthday, and though she is a beginner, emerged from the 1 hour lesson so inspired to keep practicing, able to fully complete her first song! She even did a little performance at the end on the lesson! She is a great people person, fun to talk to, and she really knows her stuff. Excellent choice!
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Kay C. October 11, 2014
Verified Student
I have learned more in just three lessons with Concetta than I learned after three months of once a week lessons with an instructor from a music store.

Concetta has a natural gift to teach and an ability to allow even a musical novice, like me, understand basic music theory.

This talented young lady eat, sleeps and breathes music.
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Mark H. October 8, 2014
Mandolin · Online
Verified Student
When I met Concetta online, I had never played the Mandolin before. Now after 4 going on 5 months I am in the beginning stages of learning Vivaldi's Concerto for Mandolin. This feat was accomplished by Concetta's knowledge, understanding and compassion for this student who was clumsy, awkward and with little self confidence. I now know where I want to go with the Mandolin and with Concetta's guidance and wisdom, I know I will be given a strong foundation to achieve it. This has been the best experience for me and I know it will also be for you as well....:)
Brendon R. Brooklyn, NY

We'll talk about storytelling, chord progressions, the relationship of music to lyrics, unreliable narrators, and more.

About Brendon

I am a composer, guitarist, and recent transplant to Brooklyn from New Haven, where I just finished an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music. I have taught extensively for the past five years in a variety of settings, including teaching guitar, musicianship, and running rock bands in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, teaching private composition lessons and working as a teaching assistant for electronic music courses at Yale, and teaching in several music schools and my own private guitar studio in San Francisco. In addition to my teaching work, I've maintained a busy schedule as a composer, guitarist in both chamber ensembles and experimental rock bands, and organizer. I perform regularly with such groups as Bang on a Can, Dither Quartet, ...

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steve A. November 19, 2014
Music Recording · Online
Verified Student
I've had a great experience working with Brendon. He's been reliable, and explains things very well. He's been able to tailor the lesson plan to exactly what I need. I am much further ahead than I expected to be at this point, thanks to him.I give him the highest recommendation.
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Maria D. November 3, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Brendon is very knowledgeable in Music Theory. We have been working on Schenkerian analysis. He assigns helpful assignments and readings each week to guide my learning.

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