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Popular Music Teachers Near Pelham

Richard M.

Norwalk, CT
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Valerie G.

Ardsley, NY
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John L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY
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Richard M. Norwalk, CT

About Richard

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 ...

Valerie G. Ardsley, NY

About Valerie

After a long and successful career as an opera and concert soloist and vocal pedagogue, Ms. G. returned to NY and has opened my studio to serious students of all ages. Having lived and worked all over Europe, she is fluent in German, Italian and French as well in the musical style needed for art song, oratorio and opera. She also teaches the €œbelt technique€ needed for musical theater, pop, and jazz. She has taught privately in the USA, Germany and Italy for many years, as well as on the faculty of the University of Koblenz, Germany. During the summers, she offers voice lessons at her studio in Tuscany, Italy where she is also artistic director of the Camerata Colombaia Music Festival and director of "Casentino Voice" , an intensive vocal program for singers with masterclasses, ...

John L. Hastings on Hudson, NY

About John

Hello, 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 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 15 years. I ...

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Aviane V. October 30, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Love my lessons

John is an amazing teacher all around. Very professional and good at getting me to understand things which may be a bit confusing. I am currently reading and playing between four books and I never thought it would be possible especially just after taking lessons for a year. Sometimes I feel a bit frustraited when I am not able to play certain pieces or when I dont understand a concept but John is great at breaking everything down and making it easier. I am now realizing how my piano skills can be utilizied in my other music projects. When I attend my lessons I am reminded why I love having them so much. With him as my instructor I can see my skills improving and I know I will only get better. I recommend piano lessons to everyone and if you are looking to have a great teacher John is your go to person !
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Leslie M. May 13, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Piano Teacher

John is a very patient piano teacher. He has a way to get young students to pay attention through the entire lesson. Keep up the good work !
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Jacquelyn S. April 3, 2013
Ukulele
Verified Student
Felt like an afterthought...

I could tell John was very into music, but not a strong ukulele instructor. He might be a wonderful guitar teacher or for other instruments, judging from the other reviews. My experience was that he did not send the lesson plans in a timely fashion, and was not fully present while we were in our lesson. Often he would spend time "trying to figure it out" on the uke rather than be teaching me something. He insisted on playing elaborate harmonies, while I strummed basic ones and would get lost in playing rather than paying attention to how well or not well I was playing. It felt more like an opportunity to jam out rather than teach at times. When a lesson is 30 minutes long structure is very helpful. I also felt like he had no idea what he had already taught me week after week, so a lot of lessons were repeated. To be completely honest, I started to feel like I would rather be somewhere else than learning an instrument, which is sad b/c I am very excited about learning. Again from the reviews he sounds like an incredible guitar teacher, so I would say that it's possible he was not as interested in uke teaching, but may be an amazing teacher for other instruments.

Jim T.

New York, NY
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Debra K.

Bronx, NY
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Serena C.

Yonkers, NY
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Jim T. New York, NY

About Jim

Jim T. earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education and composition from the University of Michigan in 2001 and 2008. He taught high school and elementary school band, jazz band, glee club, beginning music theory, and AP/IB music theory at Detroit Country Day School 2002-2014. Jim Has worked as a freelance Music Director for educational, community, and professional theatre productions since 2002 (70+ shows) while also freelancing as a french horn player and rock pianist. He worked as a church choir director 2004-2010. An active composer, Jim has published several works for band and small ensembles and his original musical, "Justice in Dusty Junction" will be available through Eldridge publishing (Fall 2014). With a blend of humor, patience, insistence on excellence, deep ...

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Tyler B. January 11, 2015
Composition · In studio
Jim is not only creative in his own work, but also incredibly inspiring. As a young composer who worked with him for almost two years, I can personally say Jim is as great a teacher as he is a composer. He can work with any type of music and is always energetic in his approach to teaching. He also integrates theory into his lessons and works to help you grow both as a composer and musician. My compositions developed and grew in my time with Jim as I'm sure anyone else's will as well. I would absolutely recommend Jim as a teacher and mentor.
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Stacey B. January 6, 2015
Composition · Online
Jim is very easy to work with. I have watched him work with students of all ages and he is very patient and nurturing. I've also hired him to write some original compositions for my school. Jim is very talented and his work is thorough and always on time. He will also schedule time to work with your students. Jim is very open to ideas and suggestions. If you are thinking about learning about composition or improving your writing Jim is the composer for you!

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Debra K. Bronx, NY

About Debra

I am a passionate musician and educator who is dedicated to helping students not only learn to play their instrument but to become a well-rounded musician. I love working with students of all ages and sharing my experience and love of classical, jazz and world music styles. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education, and went on to receive a Master of Music degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Performing all over the U.S. and abroad has been one of the highlights of my life as a musician. I lead my own jazz trio and quintet and perform as a featured saxophonist and clarinetist of several award-winning ensembles. I look forward to sharing my love of many styles of music with my ...

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Steve N. July 24, 2014
Saxophone · In home
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Serena C. Yonkers, NY

About Serena

Hello! My name is Serena, and I have been teaching children guitar and loving it for almost five years. I have an excellent rapport with my students, not just because of my fun-loving personality, but because I let my students direct the lesson the way they want to do it. It is important to me that children always play music, whether it is guitar or any other instrument. In order to keep them interested, they should be able to freely discuss with their teacher the goals they want to meet in each individual lesson. I have never lost a student; the only time I've let a student go is because they learned everything I could teach them. I've been playing piano pretty much since I was born, although I don't play much anymore and wouldn't feel confident teaching it. I've been ...

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