I am a NYS certified Music teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 20 years.
I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college. My focus is to teach techniques, skills and concepts for life-long learning.
I am currently available to teach Guitar, Music Theory and Beginner Piano.
Aside from teaching private guitar and piano lessons and teaching General music and Chorus in school, I perform and accompany singers as a guitarist in churches on Long Island.
For your added security, I've been VIRTUS trained with the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and fingerprinted with the NYS Education department.
My system of guitar training includes:
* Right hand and Left hand technical exercises geared towards developing coordination and confidence;
work in music reading of standard music notation and TAB;
* Fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques.
* Song repertoire knowledge and memorization
*Solo guitar interpretation of popular songs as well as accompaniment styles appropriate for backing your or another's voice; *Ear-training and Music theory is incorporated into each lesson.
NYSSMA preparation is available for both Classical and Jazz auditions.
Piano lessons are available with concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available.
*** Lesson Details *** My guitar lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed.
After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level.
Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique exercises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'.
NYSSMA training/coaching is available for both piano and guitar with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place.
The Guitar student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice.
The Piano student should have daily access to a piano or keyboard instrument with weighted keys in order to be able to practice lesson material daily.
For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own.
*** Specialties *** Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; re-harmonization and arrangement techniques to make a song your own!
George was so patient with me. I knew absolutely nothing about playing guitar and I learned exactly what I needed. He gave me the confidence I needed to learn the guitar.George is an amazing guitar player and I feel fortunate to have him as my instructor. I loved my lesson and can't wait for the next.
I believe in teaching all aspects of musicianship when learning an instrument such as music theory, ear training, and singing, just to name a few. I have been private teaching for more than 8 years and I specialize in trombone, music theory/ear training, and piano lessons and have taught a variety of levels. I provide a very inviting environment for students to learn and grow.
* In case of allergies, I will mention that I have 2 cats in my home. Let me know if this is a problem so we can work out a different location.
Great first lesson. I look forward to many more. Thank you
December 28, 2018
Alexis is very encouraging and patient. She understands my questions even when I am not able to explain them fully. Her lessons are fun and engaging. I made huge progress within a short period of time. I would highly recommend her!
I have been teaching lessons for 6 years and love to help people fall in love with music. I have a bachelors degree in music performance for harp from the University of North Alabama and have also played piano for twelve years.
My name is Nancy and I am an experienced(bilingual) teacher of 25+ years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All ages welcome. My lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.
My son does a lot of sports but loves to play piano too. We found the perfect solution with Nancy as she can come to your house which makes it so convenient during the week. She is very patient and loves kids. She’s great and we have recommended her to our friends.
August 31, 2018
Nancy is great! We love her. My 10 year old son loves her too and he has been improving so much! We are very happy with her and we can recommend her to other families without a doubt. Thank you Nancy!
August 20, 2018
Nancy is a very professional teacher and she is great with kids. My kids have been taking piano lessons with her and I can see the progress and she makes it a fun and easy experience to learn piano for beginners. Highly recommended.
I am a certified music teacher of 12 years. I currently teach guitar, piano, drum set, and songwriting at a Fine Arts Academy. I have experience teaching guitar both in a class setting and a one-on-one setting. I have also led children's music at Vacation Bible School.
Prior to teaching, I traveled as a singer/songwriter that played a variety of venues and festivals.
I love making music and sharing music with my students. I would love the opportunity to be a part of your musical journey.
My name is Davin Devine (yes that’s my actual name 😜) and I’m 28 years old. I was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and in that time I’ve always participated in music in some form or fashion. When I was about 8 years old, I took up banjo lessons and started learning about reading music. When I was in middle school I was in the school band and played saxophone and that’s where I really started enjoying reading and playing music. On my own during the same time, I took up playing the guitar and taught myself how to read tablature. All through high school I continued in the school band and at the same time formed my own and participated in others local rock bands. We played shows around alabaster and Hoover. After I graduated from high school I moved to Nashville and busked for money while playing with other groups at open mic ni
ghts and even making a few recordings with them. I traveled to Texas and played in another group that traveled around Texas playing covers and got a few of my first big gigs. Faced with finance troubles, I moved back to my hometown and decided to pursue my passion part time as a teacher in which time I have continued my studies into the practical knowledge of music theory.
"First time using a banjo was a bit awkward trying to keep my fingers on
the right strings."
"Mikaela was very nice and patient with Joey. Joey had a bit of an attitude going in but he ended up enjoying his first lesson! Looking forward to the ne
"Jesse is a great teacher! Very passionate about guitar, kind, and interested in his students."
"I've been taking piano lessons with Rachel for a few months now. I can honestly say my lessons have been a delight. Rachel quickly assessed my skill level
and adjusted my lessons accordingly. I have a very challenging schedule and Rachel has been very accomadatin. I've learned a great deal and look for to learning more. Thanks Rachel!!"
"Tyreese is super patient and thoughtful in his instruction and fine-tuning. Couldn’t have asked for a better instructor after a 30 year hiatus from an ins
trument that is fast becoming so dear to me once more!"
"Quite Simply The Best.
With all of the music teachers in LA and the world, it is difficult to choose the best. With Fawn, I believe 100% that I have foun
d the best. She is well educated, well rounded and versed in all the musical styles, up on the latest musical trends, yet knows the composers, songwriters and vocalists of yesteryears. She is passionate, fun, compassionate, patient, loving, kind and has a college degree from the 2 top music schools in the world. She has a thorough understanding of music theory, performance, voice, piano and the many ins and outs of the music industry. She is able to teach her students the theory behind the songs they are learning to play, sing, write and record. She is great at sharing the musical journey with her students, guiding them with honesty, tender care and knowledge. My daughter has grown leaps and bounds with Fawn and absolutely loves her. Sheâs helped change her voice into her authentic voice, taught her how to get over stage fright, how to turn her poems into song lyrics and how to produce her own vocals in the recording studio. She is quite simply, the best."
"My 12-year-old daughter has been taking lessons for the past year with Athena and loves it. Athena is knowledgeable and very importantly fun which is requ
ired to keep the attention of a 12 year old. Would highly recommend Athena."
"Dee gets the student to work hard and practice. She is flexible and willing to adjust hours and days when things come up. Overall, I have been happy with
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