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Guitar, Piano, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Trumpet
I have a Doctorate in Music Composition and Piano, and have taught piano for 15 years. My clients have included beginning to advanced students from age 5 to 65. I am passionate about music and look forward to meeting people who share that passion. I believe that making music adds depth and beauty to life, while cultivating creativity, observation, mental acuteness, and perseverance. It is among the most worthy goals in life, whether you aspire to become a professional musician or not. I highly recommend it. That's why I'm a teacher!
Drum, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting
Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated at the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.
Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...
As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).
As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.
I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and am currently available for lessons.
On the recording and show front you will find me on the new "Snakefarm" release and doing live shows with Boston hardcore legends DYS.
Drum, Piano, Music Theory, Percussion
Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.
I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.
Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory
Byron has been teaching guitar for over 20 years to students of all ages.
- My experiences and education helps a student by allowing them to learn music thru guitar and at the same time being able to give them real world advice on how to approach the music business.
- Students benefit from working with me because they come to a teacher that that can give them answers to their questions in technique, theory and business from real world & real life music business experience unlike some teachers that only focus on book answers and have no practical experience.
- What sets me apart from other teachers is that I live what I'm teaching everyday and perusing music in all aspects and not just reaching only (meaning high level recordings, videos, public relations, web design, etc..) everything that you need in the modern world of the new music business.
Byron was first bitten by the musical bug at the age of 5 upon hearing The Beatles and was then turned on to the likes of Randy Rhoads, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, all of whom influenced his playing, along with Dream Theater, Rush and jazz and classical music. When he was 18 Byron formed his first band, Sacred Heart and played the Cleveland club circuit up to NYC landmarks such as CBGB and The Cat Club. Currently based in the Southwest Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona area Byron is recording and playing the West Coast.
Byron’s current project is a new song and video release entitled "A New Freedom" featuring Jeremy Colson/Drums and Philip Bynoe/Bass from the Steve Vai Band and Mark Boals/Vocals from Yngwie Malmsteen's early records. This recording further explores Byron’s talents as a lyricist, in addition to composer.
The song was produced at Steve Vai's recording studio "The Mothership" on June 10th, 11th & 12th 2013 in Los Angeles by Greg Wurth who has also engineered on all of Steve Vai's projects. The Mastering is by Maor Appelbaum who has mastered for Rob Halford, Armored Saint, Sepultura and many others. Video is produced by Scottsdale, AZ based Echo Star Cinema/Steven Esparza and has been released world wide on You Tube and iTunes.
Prior to this most recent project, February 8th, 2013, Pure Steel Records – Germany, re-released a limited vinyl Re-Master of the 1992 album Amon-ra - “In the Company of the Gods”. This was the second re-release by Pure Steel Records of Byron’s past works. Featuring Byron N./Guitars, Dan Mattingly/Vocals, Kris Dugan/Drums, Ken Dugan/Bass and Jimm Motyka/Keyboards. This release included 4 - 1993 bonus tracks. These tracks featured Byron N./Guitars, Kris Dugan/Drums, Ken Dugan/Bass, Steve Revay/Keyboards and Brian Miller/Vocals. The gateway fold artwork for this album was created by renowned German artist Timo Wuerz.
The first re-release by Pure Steel Records – took place on April 27th, 2012 when Sacred Heart - "The Vision" - music from the original 1989 Cassette, saw the light of day as a new CD at the mighty "Keep-It-True" Festival in Koenigshofen. Germany. The CD was Re-Mastered by studio guru Bruce Maddocks in Los Angeles in January of 2012. A video production of ‘I Am The Walrus’ – originally released in 2006 on ‘The Force Within’ album - preceded these projects in August 2011. Produced by Steven Esparza & Robert Turchick with a special guest appearance by Cathy Rankin. Shot on location in Scottsdale at 98 KUPD S – ‘Arizona’s Real Rock Station’, The Water Mark “Horse Gargoyle” Sculptures & Yip Dog Studios.
The year of 2009/2010 was a great year for Byron and his band, Byron N. Group (BNG), they released 5 songs with vocals and lyrics by Ray Richter, Joseph Hengesbaugh/Keyboards & Piano, Fletcher Little/Bass, Scott Monos/Drums, Dave Clark/Drums & Percussion (Demon’s Wing & Dreamcatcher), and Brian Glodde/7-String Bass (Demon’s Wing & Dreamcatcher); with special guest violinist – Wanda Sobieska on The Game. During this time the band opened locally in Cleveland for the likes of Ratt and Y&T.
In 2009, the Byron N. Group contributed to a White Snake Tribute album ‘Shredding Skin’, on which they performed ‘Slip of the Tongue’. Byron N./Guitars, Ray Richter/Lead Vocals; Joseph Hengesbaugh/Keyboards & Piano, Dave Clark/Drums & Percussion and Brian Glodde/7-String Bass Guitar.
Byron made a decision to move forward with his solo career after his commissioned performance as first guitar with Richard Hendrickson’s rock opera “Ozone Hour” in 1997. In 1999, he released the four song Ep Byron N. Group. Byron exercised his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and producer with his next release '2000,' where he played all instruments and produced each track. '2000' was so well received that he was given the opportunity to play on the Japanese release of the tribute album 'Warmth in the Wilderness,' in honor of Jason Becker; N. paid homage to Becker with his rendition of “It’s Showtime."
After the success of '2000', Byron put together a new manifestation of Byron N. Group (BNG) and composed, recorded, and produced '100 Worlds.' The album was mastered by the legendary engineer Nick Webb (Duran Duran, Gary Moore, Roy Wood, etc) at Abbey Road Studios. "I got in touch with Nick thru a friend of mine that used to work for Yamaha Instruments Europe," Byron relates. "Abbey Road would be one of his clients for studio gear and he had visited Abbey Road many times. When he found out I was looking to Master my CD he immediately introduced me to Nick and the rest, as they say, is history."
Byron N. Group's Digital Nations debut, The Force Within, is their third full length effort and fourth release overall. Recorded at Byron N.'s own Pacifica Studios, the album is a tour de force of guitar acrobatics and prog rock sensibilities comparable to the masters of the genre. Also handed over to Nick Webb at Abbey Road Studios - this was one of the last projects Webb did before his retirement. It's also Byron's first album to feature cover art from world renowned artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dream Theater, etc) "I could not imagine when I first saw Hugh Syme's work years ago with early Rush albums that later on he would also be doing art work for me," Mr. N. says. "What a great feeling it is to be working with such a master artist that brings out the vibe of the music thru the CD cover. Art that totally represents the band."
The opus kicks off with "Satrianimal", which is, exactly as the title suggests, a tribute to Joe Satriani. "Since Satriani has been the master of guitar to many of us guitar players it felt only natural to write an original song with a twist on the song title that tributes his name and music in that flavor," Byron states. The album's title track follows and is an epic 8 minute plus run, incorporating several different genres bridging crunchy riffs with uber melodic soloing all the while focusing on the song and how it fits into the realm of progressive art rock. The Force Within closes with Mr. N's take on The Beatles classic "I Am The Walrus," which ironically, enough, was, of course, recorded at the very same studio The Force Within was mastered - Abbey Road.
Byron talks about the inspiration, both musically and conceptually for The Force Within: "The inspiration came from the human element that we all have about knowing that you can do anything. It's the inner spiritual being within all of us that allows amazing things to happen. That human element is 'The Force Within.' Hugh Syme captured this concept perfectly with the artwork. The boy with the WWI gas mask represents the perils of humanity, the open fields represent the openness of potentiality, the storms represent changes in life and the rainbow represents the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is "The Force Within" element in each of us.”
One interesting tidbit about the mastering of the album: "Nick Webb let me play the piano that John Lennon recorded ‘Lucy In The Sky’ on - amazing vibe!!!" Talk about taking your dream full circle ...”
Other earlier works that Byron participated in, include:
Electro Motive Force – producing 4 songs featuring Byron N./Guitars, Chris Barwise/Bass, Steve Revay/Keyboards and Jay Brown/Drums.
Voices – which produced 5 songs and featured Byron N./Guitars, Sal Sammartano/Bass, Steve Revay/Keyboards, Jay Brown/Drums and Troy Davis/Vocals.
Prodigy – this band also produced 4 songs and featured Byron N./Guitars, Sal Sammartano/Bass, Steve Revay/Keyboards, Jay Brown/Drums and Brian Miller/Vocals.
The band Mercury – created only one song, and featured Byron N./Lead Guitar, Mike Thorpe/Lead Guitar, Larry Richardson/Bass, Dave Davies/Drums and Jeff Little/Vocals.
Heavy Artillery was a compilation album of local Cleveland bands as a dedication to David (Holocaust) Iannicca – produced by Bill Peters and released in 1990 – Sacred Heart contributed ‘Time After Time’. The line-up on this track featured Byron N.Lead Guitar, Mark Herholtz/Lead Guitar, Ed Edwards/Bass, Brian McIntyre/Drums and Keith Van Tassell/Vocals.
Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Songwriting
There are a lot of people on this site who teach lessons; I've looked through profiles...and their prices. Many of them do not have degrees in music and/or their lessons are expensive. I am a professional musician and educator with the lowest rates I can afford. My pricing is low to be competitive and does not in any way reflect the quality of the lesson. I believe good lessons should be affordable to everyone at a weekly basis.
My Teaching Experience:
I have taught general music K-8 in a charter school and basically had to build a music program with no funding and almost no supplies. I left this job in favor of teaching privately because the staff and administration were horribly disrespectful and unappreciative of what I did for their school. Teaching privately allows me to teach music passionately without limits (and without administration who know nothing about music telling me what to do!). I can also focus on one student at a time, rather than try to manage an entire class.
I have taught private lessons for about 13 years. These have mostly been clarinet lessons because that is my primary instrument, but in the last three years, I've expanded what I can teach. At one time, I was teaching several high school students music composition, music theory, and ear training to prepare for college entrance as music composition majors. One of them did get into the Juilliard school and was actually placed in advanced classes because of the theory and ear training work I did with him. I've also taught one of my flute students for years, starting her at an early age first on recorder, switching to fife, and then on to flute. I currently teach several students from 4 yrs old-adult various levels flute, clarinet, and piano.
I have been a music theory/ear training TA at ASU for four years. I can definitely prepare anyone for college level music academics. Most high school band programs do not prepare students for the academic side of music study in college.
What lessons I teach:
I've found that takelessons.com doesn't offer enough categories!
Clarinet: All ages (starting 4th/5th grade) and levels
Flute: All ages (starting 3rd/4th grade with fife), beginner to high school level
Piano: All ages (starting at age 4-5) and levels
Recorder: All ages (starting 2nd grade) and levels
Trumpet: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only
French Horn: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only
Music Theory/Ear Training: recommended for HS students looking for intensive music study in college
Music Composition: recommended for HS students or adults who want to write music, or pursue music composition in college
Why I teach music:
I love music, and I enjoy passing my passion and knowledge on to others. Watching a student, grow, explore, and enjoy music is a great reward. Music gave me a voice to express myself, and a creative outlet, and I want others to have the same opportunity. I also enjoy the social interaction with students.
Why you should take lessons:
I have a lot to offer students (check out my specialties). A school music teacher or band director doesn't have the time to give one-on-one attention. Nor do they have the chance to go deeper into music with students. I will help you find music that you like at your level, and I will also teach you how to practice and correct bad habits.
I teach in the living room of my apartment, which is clean and cozy. If you are a parent, my couch is a comfortable place to wait during the lesson, or you may sit outside on the swing bench in the courtyard (weather permitting).
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangment and Composition, Blues Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Ukulele
Roget P. has:
-Over 40 years teaching guitar to all age groups
-Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University
-Years of performance experience as a solo guitarist at weddings, parties, worship music, and many other events.
-Won top Guitarist in North America for 2010 from gigmasters.com
- Consistent 5 Star performer with gigmasters with over 100 five Star reviews
- Over 275 live performances just with gigmasters
- Loves the guitar and teaching
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."