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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
Teaches online? No
New York University - Music Composition - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received)
I can teach Beginner-Intermediate classical piano. Beginner-Advanced Rock/Classical Guitar. Beginner-Advanced Musical Theatre/Rock Vocals.
I teach Beg. to Advanced in Guitar, Voice, and Piano. I'm great with young kids and teenagers, but have taught students of all ages. I specialize in providing my guitar students with a solid foundation of music theory and technique, with a strong emphasis on rock and pop music. With my voice students I believe it's important to work on breathing and relaxation exercises in order to promote proper technique.
Depending on the style of music we might be working on I might either use a
method book or have my own curriculum to start out with. After a few months each student will definitely have an understanding of how they should practice in order to achieve their goals.
Music has always been a big part of my life and I really enjoy giving the gift of music to other people. I began teaching guitar lessons during high school after a family friend asked me if I could show him a few things. From there I developed my technique as a teacher and my roster of students grew through word of mouth before I went off to college.
I attended New York University in the fall of 2004, majoring in Music Composition at the Steinhardt School of Education. I
studied privately with Dr. Joseph Church, who was the Music Director for the Lion King on Broadway, as well as The Who's Tommy. He was a true mentor and helped me hone my skills as a songwriter, lyricist and vocalist.
During my time at NYU I spent a year teaching group guitar lessons at the Edgies Teen Center in Lower Manhattan. In this low-income neighborhood it was really important to give my students an outlet to express themselves in a positive way by learning the importance of music.
Growing up I studied Classical Piano for many years with Dr. Donald Pirone at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. It was during this time that I really discovered my love for music.
After graduating Cum Laude in 2008 I continued to build up my roster of students and began teaching at the School of Rock in Roslyn, Long Island. At the School of Rock I currently run a group activity called "Rock 101", where kids ranging from 6-14 all participate in playing songs together and learning new aspects of creating on their instruments. I teach private guitar, piano, bass, drum, and vocal lessons as well.
I recently did an interview with the Huffington Post about a recent show that I directed with my students at School of Rock, which took place at Joe's Pub in NYC.
I've been performing at venues in New York City since I was about 16 years old and currently play with my band Future Relative. Recently we've played at notable venues in NYC such as Mercury Lounge and Highline Ballroom. I also work as a producer, remixer and DJ, throwing monthly parties at Fontana's in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
I look forward to meeting any potential new students and I'm very happy to be a part of the TakeLessons family!