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Popular Ukulele Teachers Near New York

Athena R.

New York, NY
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Jessica D.

New York, NY
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Perry W.

Ridgefield, NJ
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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 5th Grade girls with Lisa Loeb (the teaching project with Lisa Loeb was made into a documentary and premiered at Tribeca Cinemas). Currently, her music video LOVE IS LOVE is featured 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 Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon (Redmill Theater), "Mrs. Muldour" in Superfudge (National Tour), "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.

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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

*** Travel Equipment ***
Recording Device
Guitar

*** 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

Jessica D. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

About Jessica:

Jessica is known worldwide as a writer and musician who uses her own comedy, illustration, videos and crafts in her performances. She tours the US and the UK regularly and has performed in many festivals including the Reading & Leeds Festival, Latitude Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin Comedy Festival, NY International Children’s Film Festival and more.

Jessica’s comedy and ideas are inspired by being the oldest of 6 girls and growing up in a small town in Maine, where she taught Sunday school and counseled teens and tweens in a local after school program for four years. When Jessica was 19, she moved to Philadelphia to study animation after winning a scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and relocated to NYC shortly after graduating.

Her unique music, performances, art and internet videos have won many awards, garnered much praise, and have also been publicly denounced by the US Catholic League.

She has performed her music and written segments and songs for television (including ABC’s “Good Morning America”, MTV’s “I Bet You Will”, Fox News “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld”, TBS’s “Saving Grace” website and “The Tyra Banks Show”), radio (including “The Opie and Anthony Radio Show”, BBC’s “Loose Ends Radio Programme” and BBC’s “The Simone Show” in the UK), feature films (including “What Would Jesus Buy?” directed by Morgan Spurlock), and stages across the US and the UK (including London’s prestigious Soho Theatre, NYC’s Irving Plaza, Joe’s Pub and The Bowery Ballroom as John Waters’ opening act, and LA’s Troubadour).

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Taking lessons with Jessica is fun and challenging. Jessica is like a cool aunt or a playful big sister who likes to have a good time but who also wants to teach you to play guitar or ukulele and sing, hopefully at the same time. Singing and playing at the same time can be really tricky. But with Jessica's laid back style and attention to your needs as a student, you will go as fast or as slow as is comfortable for you. Jessica works with classic rock and folk songs as your step ladder for learning. Jessica also can help you develop your own musical styles and teach you to write YOUR OWN SONGS from beginning to end if that is of interest to you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
amp, microphone, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar and Ukulele. Students can borrow and rent instruments initially but must get their own, as soon as possible

*** Specialties ***
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lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I teach classic stringed instruments such as acoustic / electric guitar and ukulele, and several unusual instruments such as singing saw and electronic and standard autoharp. I can also teach singing, songwriting and offer guidance on how to monetize your band, including acquiring sponsorships and arranging local and international tours. I have a very easy going style which consists of the two of us sitting one on one and starting with the basics, then moving on to learn others' songs (The Beatles or other classics are a good place to start) and then trying to compose our own songs, as well, if that is of interest.

Perry W. Ridgefield, NJ

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to a music-loving family, I began playing piano and guitar at a very young age. At age twelve, I began playing double bass, which has become my primary instrument. Throughout middle and high school, I received numerous awards for excellence in both jazz and classical music. After high school, I moved to the Oklahoma City area and had the opportunity to play with many of the great musicians who passed through, including Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Byron Stripling, and Anne Hampton Calloway.

Since moving to New York City, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout the US, Canada, Caribbean, and Europe with such groups as Pete Robbins and Centric, Ryan Blotnick's Secret Mainstream, and The Paislies. Aside from my freelance work with various groups, I also play bass guitar in Brooklyn based rock band, Hungry Hands, as well as double bass in Karavika, an improvising chamber ensemble based on Indian folk melodies. As a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and an active freelancer, I continue to search for new musical realms of expression within the context of improvisation.

Aside from a performing career, I enjoy sharing my diverse musical experiences with my students and helping them develop their creative abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are tailored to your specific musical aspirations. Whether you want to learn to read music, improvise, or just play your favorite pop tunes, I can help you grow in whatever direction you choose. My teaching style is balanced between learning fundamentals, achieving your own musical goals, addressing weaknesses and fostering strengths.

I incorporate a range of teaching techniques that help each individual student gain a well-rounded musical foundation. Topics I cover include ear training, rhythm training, sight reading, fun listening examples, and more. My laid-back yet professional approach gives students the desire and discipline necessary to meet their full potential.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Three guitars, upright piano, keyboard, ukulele, industry standard recording setup, double bass, 2 electric basses, amplifier. Lessons are out of the recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own guitar, ukulele, upright bass, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboard, amp, music stand, etc. I also have some extra instruments for the student if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Drums, Ukulele, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Folk, Blues, Classical, Americana, Reggae, World, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Music Theory, Recording Techniques, Composition & Songwriting, Performance, Business of Music.

Sean B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Anthony D.

Bronx, NY
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Michael S.

New York, NY
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Sean B. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Hey People!

In addition to 20 years of guitar playing, as well as a bunch of other instruments, I'm also a national Telly and Addy award-winning composer and performer. It's strange to say, but my music is heard by millions of people every day. I compose, perform, and produce music for TV commercials, shows, theatre, dance, and weird short films. As far as my education goes, I've studied guitar with a number of teachers, and studied composition and music theory with Stuart Saunders Smith, Linda Dussman, William Horne, and piano virtuoso, Martin J. Cannelli. After graduating from Loyola University of New Orleans with a degree in English Literature and Music Composition, I was hired as an English professor at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. When I returned to the States, I was hired at an ad agency in Baltimore (where I was born and raised), doing all elements of TV commercial production, from script writing to coffee making to (drumroll please) Music. That's where I learned my way around a professional level recording studio, and got to put all my musical abilities into practice, writing and performing music of all styles, with all kinds of instruments.

In the past 10 years, I've lived in a lot of cities - New Orleans, Chicago, Prague, Bangkok, Berlin, Baltimore - but I finally made it to New York City, and I'm extremely happy to be here. There's so much going on, and so many creative opportunities for musicians - there's never a dull moment. So if you're just beginning music, trust me - you're in the right city to hit the ground running.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my opinion, the best quality a teacher can have is that they make sense. I know - duh. But there's nothing more frustrating than a teacher who sounds like they say the same thing to every student, and makes no attempt to understand the unique way their student understands the subject. I pride myself on being perceptive of my students' needs, and being able to speak their language in order to make music make sense. Playing any instrument - guitar, piano, accordion, kazoo - is not just about that instrument, it's about the entire system of music, so you'll learn that with me in a way that makes sense for your goals.

When you start lessons with me, we'll figure out together what those goals are: Do you want to write songs? Improvise solos? Record an album? Make money in the subway? Anything is possible, and if we know what we're working towards it can be much easier than you think. We'll customize a curriculum to your goal so that we're not wasting any time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ohhhh man, I've got a ton of stuff. I've got four different types of guitars, a bass, keyboards, a banjo, ukulele, hammered dulcimer, saxophone, accordion, drum kit, a bunch of amps, lots of percussion toys. And then the nearly endless list of musical and sound tools inside of my computer. Basically everything you need to make music for a living...cause that's what I do!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will be using public transportation - so only as reliable as the MTA.

I expect the students to have their own instrument and a notebook. And if we determine that we'll be using an instructional book too, you'll need to pick that up.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar solo improvisation; Digital recording and production; songwriting

Anthony D. Bronx, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Hello there , I'm a New York native and an NYU graduate with a degree in Music. I've played in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Espoo Jazz Festival in Finland, sharing the stage with Ray Charles and the Yellowjackets.

As a producer and writer, I've recorded major artists including a very young Lady Gaga. I've also composed and recorded music for TV shows including "America's Most Wanted" and the animated series "Kenny the Shark" on NBC.

As an instructor, I've taught for the past 15 years in the Greater New York area and always pride myself on being able to expose students to many different styles ranging from jazz to rock, in order to create well rounded and complete musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be spent learning the "nuts and bolts" of music along with having the fun of learning and playing your favorite songs. We will combine the two so you can get the most out your lessons. We'll definitely laugh along the way, because laughing just makes everything better and learning easier.

In a few months, you'll realize you can do things musically you weren't able to do before. We'll set short term and long term goals and always have fun along the way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
small amplifier
expect student to provide his/her instrument

*** Specialties ***
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Michael S. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Film Scoring, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

Michael has a long and versatile career in music. As a songwriter/composer, he's written for ABC, CNN, Showtime, PBS, and for several films. As a musician, he's played live or recorded with Diddy, MA$E, Richard Gere, Shawn Colvin, and many others. Because of his broad knowledge of American Music, he was asked to co-create the shows, "120 years of Popular Song" and "New York City - A Century of Songs." He was a conductor for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS during its original run, and has appeared or played in several other Broadway and off-Broadway shows.
If you want to learn music that goes beyond labels, Michael is your guy!

*** Lesson Details ***
"Lessons begin where the student is." That's my axiomatic principle. What do you know, and what are you able to do? Now, what do you want to know, and what do you want to be able to do? Lessons are a journey from that first point to the second. And I am your guide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully equipped music production studio, w/latest software & hardware, 88 key sample grand piano, guitars (acoustic & electric), bass, upright bass, amp, mandolin, harmonicas, ukelele, 5-string banjo

*** Specialties ***
I have extensive experience in a wide variety of styles. These include classical, jazz, several styles of blues, country, various ethnic, rock, and pop styles.

An Interesting Alternative to Guitar - Ukulele Lessons in NYC

By Jessica D. - New York City Ukulele Teacher

As romantic, glamorous and magical as it might seem to be a musician, no one ever really thinks about the aspect of lugging your instrument around until it's too late. Well, my musically inclined friends, guitars are not light. I swear I can already see my back slowly starting to hunch over from the weight and strain of the thing. Perhaps that is one of the reasons ukulele looked so appealing to me about 6 years ago.

"How light this thing is" I said aloud when the store clerk set it into my hands. I imagined myself carrying 20 of them on my back and not even feeling a thing. Ukuleles have gained much popularity in the last few years, and I theorize that the size and weight have a huge amount to do with that.

As I carry my uke with ...

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