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Popular Music Teachers Near Schenectady

Kaitlin G.

Albany, NY
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Cathy W.

Schenectady, NY
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Peter M.

Gansevoort, NY
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Kaitlin G. Albany, NY

Subjects Taught

Cello, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

I have been teaching private string lessons in the Albany, NY area for the past 8 years. I attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where I earned both my Bachelor's (2008) and Master's (2010) degrees in Music K-12 Education with a concentration in Violin. My teaching philosophy involves adjusting strategies and methods to meet the needs of students with varying abilities. I use a few different methods of string instruction based upon the age level and ability of each student. A couple of my strengths as a private lesson teacher are my high level of patience and ability to guide students towards success.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher I tend to be understanding of the individual needs of my students. Beginning string students will learn the importance of proper posture and position, as well as learn some short songs. I use various method books with different students, including Essential Elements 2000, All for Strings, and Suzuki. Depending on the age of the beginning student, I may start them off by rote or by reading notes. As the student progresses we will cover more advanced material. After about 6 months of lessons, the student can typically expect to know a couple of scales, beginning songs, and be able to demonstrate proper posture and bow hold.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide their own instruments, music books and music stand. I will bring my own instruments for myself to demonstrate.

*** Specialties ***
I use a variety of methods with my students. With very young children, I find that the Suzuki method works well. I start many beginners with the rote approach in order to work on posture etc. Once this is established we move towards note reading. I use such methods as Essential Elements and All for Strings to teach note reading.

Cathy W. Schenectady, NY

Subjects Taught

French, Guitar

About Me

Cathy W. is an experienced teacher, guitarist and vocalist who enjoys teaching everything from beginning to advanced guitar. She helps students find and play the music they are interested in. She has deep musical roots in traditional and modern folk, blues and jazz, plus a love for playing guitar & singing made richer through years of professional touring and performing. Whether lessons are basic or advanced, for adults or children, Cathy's priority is to help students play music they love as they improve their guitar playing and their musical skills.  

*** Lesson Details ***
GUITAR LESSONS FOR CHILDREN: I give young students easy pieces to play right away, using tablature so they can enjoy playing real music in their first lesson. I gradually build in knowledge of musical styles with different pieces working with musical skills and the basics of a music education - scales, chords, music notation and some ear training and theory - always keeping an ear out to be sure they are enjoying the music they play. I help students develop good practice habits, working to respect their personal music tastes while expanding their musical horizons and abilities.

Children can start when they are big enough to hold a guitar on their lap. Most guitar or music stores in the area carry a few inexpensive guitars in small sizes.

I work with adult students to go where they want to go. Lessons can combine elements of the basics - chords, strums, picking patterns - as well as building into more complex aspects, like bass runs, melody and harmony lines, arranging breaks, music theory or instrumentals written out in tablature or standard music notation. You can bring songs or pieces you want to learn or I can bring you new pieces and styles to help you widen your repertoire and expand your abilities with different kinds of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a separate music room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I charge extra for travel time and prefer to teach in my own studio. For students I need to travel to, I bring paper materials, they need a music stand and an iPod or CD player for sampling materials.

*** Specialties ***
acoustic guitar - folk and acoustic styles - fingerpicking, strumming & flatpicking plus arranging & theory. I have deep musical roots in traditional and modern folk, blues and jazz, plus a love for playing guitar & singing. I am an experienced songwriter and am always happy to work with student on their own compositions.

Guitar lessons with me can combine elements of the basics - chords, strums, picking patterns - as well as building into more complex aspects, like bass runs, melody and harmony lines, arranging breaks, music theory or instrumentals written out in tablature or standard music notation.

Peter M. Gansevoort, NY

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

The only instrument I play is the accordion. I am familiar with the standard (Stradella) bass system, and free bass instruments. I have worked alone for over 40 years with acoustic, and electronic/midi accordions. I play the Bass. Many accordionists do not, they play the right hand and hire a bass player.

I have performed in Canada, the US all up and down the East coast, as far West as the Mississippi River, England, Scotland, Wales, Costa Rica. NY City, Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Lake Placid, Montreal, and many others I can't remember. I love the accordion, so it is easy for me to play. When you succeed, I succeed and it is my hearts desire to promote this beautiful, and extremely versatile instrument, and you with it. It's fun. Let's go.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will begin with 30 minute sessions. Advanced, progressive students will need 1 hour sessions. You will master the treble and bass registers and be able to continually expand your proficiency. We can play all Genre's of music you want from traditional accordion to big band, swing, country, rock, classical. What ever you desire.

Lessons will be at your pace. They will be interesting. You will be recorded, and then again on the same performance 6 months later so you can see (hear) your own progress.

I teach, you learn, and your advancement will depend on your dedication to the art. You are the one who has to do it. This is fun, join me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Recording equipment, lighting, seating, sight reading programs. Pleasant surroundings.

*** Travel Equipment ***
All equipment is portable. Travel is minimal however with the advent of online applications, I am available any where in the English speaking world.

*** Specialties ***
You get me, and I am the best at what I do. You can do it too.

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