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Paul M.

New York, NY
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Erin W.

Astoria, NY
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Sheena R.

Jersey City, NJ
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Paul M. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Piano, Singing

About Me

Paul M is an American born, New York-based pianist, music instructor, piano teacher, composer and vocal coach. As an educator, Paul is part of The Suffolk Piano Teachers Forum, College Music Society and Music Teachers National. He has been an Adjunct-instructor at New York University (NYU). Paul also conducts master classes and seminars in The United states and South America. For the past few years, he has implemented classes in composition and music history in the coastal area of Ecuador and New York. His music studio in New York City is in high demand. He works with piano, composition and vocal performance students of all levels and styles which includes classical, jazz, blues and Broadway. Paul also works with all different types of students such as those who want to learn for personal enjoyment of for professional reasons. He prepares his students for competitions, audition preparation and professional concerts. Each year his students have the opportunity to perform at the world-renowned Steinway Hall in New York City. This yearly student recital gives students the opportunity to perform in one of New York City’s most sought after recital Halls located in midtown Manhattan.
As a pianist he has won numerous awards and scholarships. For two consecutive years, he received The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize. Paul has played numerous recitals at prestigious halls such as Steinway Hall in New York City, Faust Harrison Hall and The Staller Center. Paul has always been active in Chamber Music and has played with The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and The New York University Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with well-known piano teachers including: Martin Canin, Morey Ritt, Tina Dahl, and Anita Gelber. He received his Bachelors of Music from Stony Brook University and his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at New York University, studying with Martin Canin.
As a composer, Paul's music has been highly reviewed and is heard through the world in concerts and films. His composition teachers include Max Duykers and Justin Dello Joio. This year, he will be releasing a new C.D. that will include his most recent works for solo piano. The C.D. was performed and written by Paul M. and engineered in Nashville Tennessee at RedRed studios by critically acclaimed recording engineer Joshua Silverberg. The C.D. is set to release on Amazon, iTunes and bookstores in November 2011.

Piano Teachers
Martin Canin- New York University
Morey Ritt-Aaron Copland School of Music
Irina Edelman-Mannes Conservatory
Tina Dahl-Stony Brook University
Anita Gelber
Anna Grinberg-Yale University

Professional Experience
Performance with the New York University Orchestra
Performance with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra
Piano Professor at New York University

Awards
Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize (2006)
Award of Honor, The Suffolk County Piano Teachers Forum Prize (2005)

Recordings
Succession of Images: Release date November 2011. These solo piano works were written and performed by Paul M. and engineered in Nashville Tennessee at RedRed studios by critically acclaimed recording engineer Joshua Silverberg.

Recent Performances
Saint Peters church, New York, NY solo recital
Loewe Theater, New York, NY, Chamber music performance
Port Jefferson Village center, N.Y solo performance
Black Box Theater, New York, N.Y. Solo recital
United Nations, New York, N.Y. Reception Recital
Kimmel Center, New York, N.Y, Solo Performance
Lowe Theater, New York, N.Y, Pianist Showcase
New York University, Master class
Community Church, Douglaston, N.Y. Piano Competition
Faust Harrison Pianos, New York, N.Y. Leschetitzky Foundation Recital
Steinway Hall, New York, N.Y. Solo Performance
Loewe Theater, Performance with The New York University Orchestra
Staller Center, Performance with The Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra
The Table Center of The Arts, Stony Brook, N.Y. Chamber Music Concert
The First Episcopal Church, South Hampton, N.Y.
Staller Center of The Arts, Stony Brook, N.Y. Solo Recital
Wang Center, N.Y. Piano Competition
The Patchogue Theater, N.Y. Performance with Suffolk Community College Jazz Orchestra.
Suffolk Community College, N.Y. Performance with Suffolk Community College

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a teacher is to make students successful in their goals. I work with a variety of people; some of them study music for personal enjoyment and others for their musical career. Everyone responds differently to music, that is why I prepare special lessons for each student. It is important that my students enjoy what they are playing and for that reason I have a variety of repertoire that they can choose from.
From a lot of experience with beginner piano students, both young and adults, I have been able to find a regimen of piano teaching that combines time efficiency with fun. As the lessons continue, I slowly add new tools to each weekly lesson that are exiting and interesting. While working with intermediate to advanced students, I have had coached them to apply and get accepted into some of the top Universities and Conservatories in the country. My students, beginner intermediate and advanced levels, have been awarded for their performances and activities in schools and competitions.
I am also a composition teacher. I work with composition students from beginner to advance. My composition students, over the years, range from all ages starting at 7. My students, after the first year, have been able to write string quartets and piano trios. My advanced students have entered competitions all over the country and are very successful in their composition practice. Some of their compositions have been performed in famous concert halls and schools.
As a vocal coach, I work with students of all ages. The repertoire that I recommend to beginner students includes Disney, Broadway and classical music. For intermediate and advanced vocal student, I have successfully prepared them for competitions, Broadway and University auditions as well as personal enjoyment.
Most recently I held a piano, composition and vocal recital for my students at the world famous Steinway Hall in New York City. I believe that some students work better when there is motivation for performance activities. For that reason I host these type of events. Students that decide they want to take place in these events perform among all levels. I offer these performance opportunities as an invitation. Each student has a choice as to whether they would like to perform.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Korg Triton

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Classical, Jazz, Blues, Broadway

Erin W. Astoria, NY

Subjects Taught

Acting, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Child Acting, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Vocal Training

About Me

About VOICE: I firmly believe that with the right training, anyone can sing! We all have the instrument built-in after all! Are you tone deaf? I can fix that. Crack on high notes? I can fix that. Nasal? Hoarse? Can't hold long notes? All of these are common vocal problems that can be easily be solved through guidance and practice. Trust me, no one ever regretted taking voice lessons!

About PIANO: How often do you sit down at a piano and wish you could just place your hands on the piano and magically create beautiful music? Piano is a challenging skill, but certainly not impossible. Learning to play the piano, even if it's never mastered, is such an incredible joy. Learning piano helps you to improve so many other skills as well, such as singing, any other instrument, and even math!

About ME: After completing my Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago, I moved here to NYC in 2010 to pursue my loves of music, acting, and education. Currently, I work as a Teaching Artist through Wingspan Arts, act in short films, and sing in concerts, operas, and musical theater productions around the city. I have been teaching acting, modeling, voice, and piano to children and adults of all ages for the last seven years. My goal is to professionally fuse my passion for music, theater, and education while continuing to learn, grow, and share the beauty and magic of the arts with others.

In my free time I enjoy movies, Broadway shows, cooking, exploring New York City, rock climbing, and swimming with sharks!

*** Lesson Details ***
For kids and adults alike, learning either voice or piano, I believe that you learn a lot more, and a lot faster when you feel comfortable and are having fun. With me, you will find an instructor who is patient, professional, motivating, challenging, and above all, encouraging. And fun. Did I mention fun?!

For voice students I like to use a mix of Broadway, Classical, and Popular music, depending on your needs and desires as a singer. I always assign a "teaching song" (a song that is good for training your voice) and a "fun song" (a song of your choice that you would like to sing just for fun!).

For piano students I like to use the Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. These are fun musical pieces, most of which are adapted from familiar classical works that have been arranged to teach you a certain technique.

For both, I always incorporate a balance of technique, music theory, and creative interpretation.

For acting students, it completely depends on your goals! We will work on different types of scripts, audition technique, and business skills for getting started in the real world!

Each lesson will likely involve warm-ups, games, reviews, new concepts, rehearsal, coaching, assignments, and rewards.

During our lessons, we will set short-term and long-term goals based on what you want to accomplish as a musician, what you expect from me, and what I feel you should be working on. I believe rewards are definitely appropriate!

Each one of the you has your own unique voice, hands, and ideas of what music means to you. My job is to get to know you and your musical self, and then design exercises and songs that will specifically fulfill your needs as a musician. Skill and technique are extremely important when learning to sing or play a musical instrument, but we must never forget what drew us to music in the first place! While we work on technique, we will also be discussing creativity, and the art of self expression, and have tons of fun in the process!

*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Sheena R. Jersey City, NJ

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Voice, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Speaking Voice, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

Sheena R., recently praised in the New York times as "a light, perky soprano", has appeared in numerous operatic roles and song recitals. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she had the opportunity to work with world-renowned voice pedagogue Richard Miller as an assistant at the Otto B Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center. She completed her Graduate Study at the New England Conservatory, and had the great privilege to study with James McDonald and John Moriarty. She sang the Soprano Solo in Brahms' Requiem under the baton of choral icon Sir David Willcocks, as well as Zerlina in the Boston Opera Collaborative production of Don Giovanni. During her time in Boston she was also fortunate enough to sing for Renee Fleming and perform in the Boston premier of Steve Reich's Daniel Variations as one of four vocal soloists. She lived in New Orleans, where she was affiliated with the Louisiana Academy of the Performing Arts. She maintained a private studio of nearly 60 students, and helped them prepare for recitals, auditions, musicals, and choral performances. Since moving to New York in 2010 she has performed over 12 roles with Light Opera of New York, The Blue Hill Troupe, and Amore Opera, among others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have taught students at all levels, and cater my lessons to meet the students individual needs. For voice lessons, I teach classical technique (relying heavily on the training of classic pedagogues such as Lamperti, but also more recent teachers like Richard Miller) which I have found can translate well to any vocal style (jazz, musical theater, pop, etc.). A strong foundation in breath support, proper vowel articulation, sustaining exercises, and vocal agility make up the majority of my teaching method. Once the technical ground work has been set, I spend about half of the lesson working on vocal exercises and half working on repertoire.

For piano, I like to use the Faber method books, which I have found to be the best combination of theory and execution. Each student will spend equal time on lesson work, technique, theory, and performance preparation. I work most often with younger beginning students, teaching them proper posture, five finger positions, and simple melodic concepts. I am very patient, and love to see the progress that even a 4 or 5 year old will see in just a few lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, 88 weighted keyboard, amplified, sofa, parents can wait in same room

*** Travel Equipment ***
For the first lesson I can provide recommended books, but after that I would like the student to provide their own materials.

*** Specialties ***
Classical voice performance is my strong point.

John C.

Long Island City, NY
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Alex G.

Brooklyn, NY
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Aaron H.

Brooklyn, NY
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John C. Long Island City, NY

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

I started playing drums in my parents' basement when I was 9 years old. It was just me, a stereo, and a bunch of cardboard boxes I made into my first drumset. Every day, I listened to to my favorite songs over and over again to figure out how to play them. To me, there was nothing more awesome in the world than music.

Since then my musical journey has taken me far and wide. I've studied percussion and composition with world class teachers, toured Europe, composed music for commercials, co-written award winning songs, and performed with a variety of artists at such venues as the Hard Rock Cafe, BB King's, World Cafe, 55 Bar, The Living Room, The Bitter End, Shrine, Rockwood Music Hall, and many others. And the one thing that hasn't changed? I'm still totally in awe of it all.

These experiences have helped me to create my own style of teaching that's tailored to each student, whether they want to learn music purely for the enjoyment of it, or take their studies further. Sharing my knowledge and life experience with people is a great feeling. I really enjoy teaching -- In fact, I've learned just as much from teaching my students as they've learned from me.

I continue to perform, teach, and compose original music in New York City with my wife and two pianos.

My Education/Credits: Percussion, Berklee College of Music / Masters in Classical Composition from Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning to play an instrument begins with loving music!

The first question I ask a new student is: "What makes you want to play an instrument?". Some people want to play rock, others pop, and others have many different interests, but it all begins with a love for music.

I teach my students to play their favorite songs right from the start. I believe that when you learn music by figuring it out on your own -- by learning to listen -- you gain something very valuable that you can take with you no matter what your musical goals are.

I'm not a strict teacher, but I believe in being disciplined when it comes to the fundamentals. If you have good technique, it frees you to play anything you want to play.

In a typical hour-long lesson, my beginning students spend from 10-30 minutes on the fundamentals, depending on how much time the student has to practice at home. The rest of the lesson is spent applying what we've learned.

It usually takes just a few months before they're ready to play a song! I also teach students how to play in a band and encourage them to perform with other musicians as soon as possible.

In addition to being a drummer/percussionist, I am a classically trained composer with a background in piano. I teach beginning piano to students who are interested in playing classical music. I also teach music appreciation, theory, analysis and composition to students who want to delve deeper into the world of classical music.

Most importantly -- whether it's drums, piano, or anything else -- I teach in a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of people are nervous about playing a new instrument, and help them to turn that energy into confidence. Once you start performing, everything becomes easier and more fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach these instruments/subjects at these locations:

PIANO:
Astoria Soundworks,
Long Island City Academy of Music.

DRUMS/PERCUSSION:
Underground Studios,
Astoria Soundworks,
Long Island City Academy of Music.

MUSIC THEORY and MUSIC PERFORMANCE: all locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I teach these instruments/subjects at these locations:

PIANO:
Astoria Soundworks,
Long Island City Academy of Music

DRUMS/PERCUSSION:
Underground Studios,
Astoria Soundworks,
Long Island City Academy of Music

MUSIC THEORY and MUSIC PERFORMANCE: all locations.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Rock, funk, R&B, pop, and many other styles of music on drumset, classical and latin percussion, and classical piano and composition.

Alex G. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass

About Me

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.
 
 
 
 

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is geared towards customizing the lesson to each individual student's interests and goals. I teach Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced bass lessons, and Beginner piano lessons. I am patient, thorough, flexible, and creative. I combine the basic teaching methods along with a more hands-on, intuitive approach that involves actually playing music.

The formal basic method is where you learn the proper technique and fluidity to play instrument. You learn how to read and write music notation. You will come to understand Music Theory, i.e. what melody does, what the harmonic structure in a piece of music is, and how to interpret different rhythms. Lastly, I will also help you develop your ear with modern ear training exercises.

The hands-on approach will consist of incorporating the formal basic methods into a more real-world setting of actually playing a piece of music with me. You can bring a tune in you're working on or want to learn, and we will analyze, transcribe, and play it together. If you play bass, I will play piano so you can hear the harmony against it. If you play piano, I will play bass so you can hear the root motion of the harmony. Most students find this very rewarding, and it gives you a chance to hear yourself and be comfortable playing in a group setting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
HOME: Dedicated music room; 88-key keyboard w/ amp; bass and guitar amplifers; upright bass; music recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson sheets, staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is Electric Bass and Upright Bass. I teach and have performed professionally, a variety musical styles with special interests in Jazz, Funk, R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin, and Classical. I work out of the Simandl Method For The Double Bass Books 1&2. For electric bass i use a variety of Berklee Press Bass books.
Aside from bass, I play piano very well and teach out of the Berklee Press Basic Keyboard 1&2 Books.
For music production I have hands on digital audio workstation assignments for using Protools, Digital Performer, Reason, and Garritan Personal Orchestral.

Aaron H. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

Saxophonist/woodwinds/Keyboards/Vocals -

Originally from Porterville, California, Aaron graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in '05. He was a recipient of the Charlie Parker Award for woodwind excellence as well as World Scholarship Tour recipient. Notable artists Aaron has performed with include Me'Shell N'degeocello, Michel Camilo, David Tronzo, Tiger Okoshi, George Garzone, Bryan Baker, Matthew Stevens, and Joe Lovano. He has studied with notable teachers and performers such as Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Joanne Brakeen, Frank Tiberi, and performed at The Monterey Jazz Festival and Next Generation Festival in Monterey, CA (Bryan Baker Quartet), The North Sea Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, and venues all over New York and New England.

Inclined towards progressive jazz, modern classical, cutting edge rock and electronica, I am comfortable teaching in most any style and idiom. My wide range of influences has given me the background to educate at any skill level, at any age, and I have a high success rate with children of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
In addition to stressing proper instrumental technique and fundamentals, I also like to establish and introduce the student to the theory behind the music, as I find this broadens their overall understanding of not only their instrument, but music in general. I use ear training very often as well. I am particularly adept at teaching improvisation in the jazz idiom, while encouraging students to use their theoretical knowledge when learning to solo and improvise. I also teach composition using the same topics, as they go hand in hand very well. I often incorporate the use of electronic music programs and computers in my teaching, if applicable, as well as sound recordings for demonstration. I am not strict when it comes to practice regiments, as I understand that every person is different, but I am firm in requiring that a student follow my suggestions in terms of technique and fundamentals. I will not force a student to play a particular style or piece, so I try to gather their interests and pick material with them that is in line with their likes.

*** Specialties ***
All Saxophones, clarinet, flute, piano, bass clarinet, music theory, improvisation, all performance techniques, instrumental proficiency (classical and jazz/contemporary)
All levels.
I specialize in teaching improvisation and the theoretical and concepts involved. I also specialize in composition and the application of theory and musical "tendencies" in order to be a complete musician.

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