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About Al P.

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Generally my music theory teaching is taught as it relates to the bass guitar, but I also can provide instruction in general music theory from my home studio or at your place of choice.

About Al
Born in Portland ME, Al's parents moved around a lot and finally settled in New York. When Al was 10, he took his first lessons in piano, then later trumpet, guitar, drums and at 13 yrs old decided to stick with bass guitar. At 16, Al joined his first band and was hooked. Since then Al has improved his craft studying with numerous instructors and gained real world experience through playing and touring worldwide with many bands and ensembles, most notably as bassist for Jose Feliciano from 2008 through 2015. Today Al is an independent recording artist concentrating on writing, recording and teaching music.

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Every student is different. I've found that students have vastly different, ages, tastes, goals, and want to learn for different reasons. They also learn and develop in different ways and at different pa
ces. That said, I use the first lesson to determine goals and a general plan for each student.

I consider myself a "groove" player and in my musical world, my focus is on rhythm section work. To get there you must first learn several skills. Technique, Timing, Ear Training, and Theory are what I consider the 4 main "food groups" in the "diet" of any good musician. My job is to steer each individual student down the path that gets them there at their pace AND to make it fun. After all people don't choose to learn because they have too, they choose to learn because they want to. Why? Because it's cool and it's fun!

I like to dedicate a portion of the lesson to having fun with the instrument. A student may be interested in a certain band or bass player and wants to learn their song. I will ask them to bring me the song (I may already know it) and we'll learn it together. I like to play musical, or instrument related games to help the student learn in an non-stressful, happy and fun way. I think it makes a difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio on first floor: 16 channel mixing console, computer music workstation loaded with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Reason, and other music software, music stands, guitars, electronic drum set, keyboard, bass and guitar amps, seating for parents

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I would expect the student to have, or to buy a bass guitar, a practice amp with a 1/4" cable, a metronome, a manuscript book, and a pencil.

I can provide a practice amp, metronome and music stand for lessons only. I also can provide on site repairs of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Blues, Jazz and Funk styles of Music
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Lenny Sieredzinski June 30, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
As a beginner with the bass guitar I could not be any happier with what Al was able to provide me with on our first lesson! I'm Having trouble putting the guitar down and can't wait for our next lesson!
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Dylan D. March 11, 2014
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Bass lesson With Al

Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about scales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson.
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About James W.

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Harmony & Theory, Fingerboard Harmony, Composition, Basic and Advanced Theory, Performance Workshop, Equipment Technology Studies, Chord Melody 1 & 2 •Playing Guitar in Band and Orchestra
• Studio and Stage Studies • Rock Guitar• Folk Guitar • Jazz Guitar • Blues & Funk Guitar •Instrument skills private lesson single string improv III rhythm guitar III •Style and performance rhythm section workshop III live playing workshops •Musicianship ear training reading •Professional development harmony & theory III guitar performance recording • Computer Lab Guitar practice studies
Voice power and theory studies. Harmony singing and Songwriting craft

About James
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and running quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop,
Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

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Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

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Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Erin Virgili April 6, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James was a wonderful instructor! Not only did he make my son feel confident about taking lessons he offered great advice and guidance about the acting industry. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seriously interested in improving their acting skills. My son is 12 years old.
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Erin Virgili February 10, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
James made my son feel very comfortable for his first session!
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JW February 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
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About Philip L.

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Looking to take your music knowledge to the next level? Sing up! This course will benefit anyone. From beginners to collegiate students needing a little extra help, this is an inexpensive way to get you to where you desire to be.

About Philip
Guitarist Philip L. was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where he began his musical studies at a young age. He was accepted to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named by the Grammy Foundation as the top performing arts high school in the nation, and after graduating, received a scholarship to attend Stetson University. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Robinson, the head of the guitar department at Stetson University, he was able to refine his skills and learn a great deal about the interpretation of music on the guitar.
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music, Philip became an instructor at University High School in Orange City, Florida. There he directed the guitar program, which he built, and, outside of teaching, Philip performed professionally (guitar and voice) around Central Florida in various groups and styles
of music, including Rock, Pop, and Jazz. Since then, he was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Akron as a Teaching Assistant and later received his Master’s under the tutelage of Stephen Aron. Philip is currently working towards his Doctorate at FSU. Philip has played a number of feature concerts and masterclasses with great guitarists of our time, such as David Russell, Andrew York, Dusan Bogdanovic, Roland Dyens, Michael Chapdelaine, and many other artists.
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*** Lesson Details ***
The first step will be evaluating the student's musical and technical skill level, then I build a curriculum from that point. As an example, a beginning student would learn how to read music, play basic rhythms, use proper left and right hand technique, and the notes in the first position on individual strings. After I have evaluated the current level of the student and their musical interest, I will begin to move my curriculum around their various needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I will have a music stand for you to use at your lesson. I require the student to have their own instrument so that they may practice outside of their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand

*** Specialties ***
Classical - Pop - Jazz - Songwriting - Digital Arts - Recording - Music Production - Theory - General Music
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Alex B. September 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Philip knows what's up. Strongly recommend him
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Jennifer C. May 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
He is a great instructor, with a lot of patient. His classes are very easy to understand. I would highly recommend him.
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Jackie D. May 14, 2013
· Guitar ·
I recommend Phillip as a guitar teacher.

Besides being a very skilled guitarist, Phillip is very professional and reliable. He has a very laid back personality which really worked well for my shy 7-year-old daughter. He was patient and encouraging.
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About Bob W.

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Music Theory is the language of Music. I can help tutor Theory concepts for composition or for the AP Music Theory Courses. I also include Music Theory as part of instruments training.

About Bob
I have taught private and group guitar lessons for over 20 years, both in person and online. I have performed with various theatre companies, jazz combos and rock bands. Along with my Bachelors in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Education Media Design and Technology, I have 4 full album credits to my name along with placement in independent films and compilation recordings.

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My goal as a teacher is to prepare students for the next step in their endeavors. I strive to be a mentor to my students and guide them in bringing out their talents while overcoming their difficulties. I believe that a good teacher is also a good student and benefits from a collaborative relationship within the role of professional guide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Princeton Tube Guitar Amp
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Recording capabilities for audio and video per student preference.
Logic Pro Studio for Audio

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory
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Sue J. June 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is a great instructor! He is very patient and devoted to his student and his/her individual needs. Bob uses his talents and expertise as a musician to help me develop as a guitar player and songwriter. I have really enjoyed working with Bob and I would highly recommend him to others who are seriously interested in learning to play an instrument or improving their current abilities.
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Sue J. June 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Bob is. a great instructor
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About Daniel G.

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I teach music theory to students at all levels. As an instructor, my primary concern is that students acquire the skills and knowledge they need in order to reach their goals in this subject. My curriculum provides not only the necessary foundation for this, but also techniques and methods that will enable greater ease and facility.

The pace of my teaching is based on the student’s own comfort level. If he or she feels confident to proceed and has acquired the necessary skills, then a new topic can be introduced.

The one thing I do insist on is that the students do homework. I assign my own (very) short reading assignments and practice sheets, which are reviewed and discussed in lessons. While music theory is not difficult, I believe this extra work is necessary if the student is to become truly comfortable in the various topics.

I am always available for e-mail consultation during the week if you have any questions!

About Daniel
I specialize in teaching music theory and ear training to students at every level of musical experience, from the new beginner (including those who cannot read music) to the most advanced conservatory student. For the past two years I have taught over 30 students in both private and classroom settings. This has been a very rewarding and instructive experience for me! Not only have I learned a good deal more about these interesting subjects, but the growth and success of my students has been both gratifying and stimulating.

My priority in teaching is to focus on each student's specific needs. Everyone learns at a different pace and has different objectives, but whatever the goals of the student are, I can lead him or her through each topic or skill in a clear, understandable way.

In music theory, I have taught everything from th
e basics (key signatures, scales, chord types) to some of the most advanced topics in undergraduate and graduate musical studies (form, part-writing, counterpoint, advanced harmonic analysis, Schenkerian analysis). In ear training, I am very experienced in assisting the student in recognizing and notating everything from single chords to complex passages of music.

I believe that proficiency in both music theory and ear training benefits anyone interested in music, regardless of their musical goals or technical expertise. It leads to a better understanding of music and hence a greater enjoyment of it, and for the musician, an enhanced capacity to communicate expressively or to compose. And best of all, it’s fun!

I am able to meet in person and willing to teach online. Please contact me if you have any questions!
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Lynn August 1, 2016
· Music Theory · Online
Highly recommended! I took online and Skype lessons for about one year with Daniel. He is an excellent and very patient teacher. I am a pianist with no previous training in theory and ear training, but through his tutoring I was able to learn the basics of these subjects.
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Keith July 25, 2016
· Music Theory · In studio
Daniel is very helpful, nice and knowledgeable. He taught me how to read music and do chord analysis. Always very clear.
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Lynn July 22, 2016
· Music Theory · Online
Highly recommended! I took online and Skype lessons for about one year with Daniel. He is an excellent and very patient teacher. I am a pianist with no previous training in theory and ear training, but through his tutoring I was able to learn the basics of these subjects.
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About Jamie B.

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I am an active performer and have been teaching music theory for 4 years. I tailor each lesson to the student's needs and create a supportive and nurturing environment, which gives the student the opportunity to try new things out and take risks. For Music Theory, I will give the student a solid foundation of music theory that will help with all areas of music.

About Jamie
Rising soprano Jamie Balter most recently received recognition by both The American Prize in Voice and New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition for her performance of works by Strauss, Mozart, and Wagner. A native of Baltimore, Ms. Balter earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. In the 2017/18 season, Ms. Balter will be a guest artist in Vision of Dreams where she will perform selections from Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs, Libby Larsen's Try Me, Good King, and Richard Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. This July, she made her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. During the 2015/16 season, Ms. Balter returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, where she also covered Countess Almaviv
a under the baton of Maestro James Richman. In addition, she appeared as La Chatte/L’Écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Previously, Ms. Balter joined the roster of Russian Opera Workshop, where she covered Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and the title role in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. Balter began the 2016 season as a guest artist in From Heidelberg to Hanover, where she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in addition to selections from Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, and Tannhäuser with Lyric Opera Baltimore Artistic Director, James Harp. Highlights of the 2014/15 season include Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Alice (cover) in Verdi’s Falstaff with Harrower Opera Workshop, and An Evening of Opera & Song with the McDonogh Guest Artist Series. Ms. Balter is currently a student of Justin John Moniz. She holds the position of Artistic Administrator at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival having previously served as Director of Admissions.  
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Sophia February 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
Loved her!! My daughter is 5 years old very high spirited and she really knew how to keep her attention. Can't wait until her next lesson!! Happy mommy!
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Melissa E. January 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
Nice, professional, great energy! My daughter loved her from the minute they started her first class. She is very patient and makes the class really enjoyable.
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Mela V. January 20, 2016
· Singing · Online
First lesson was great, can't wait to continue!
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About Marcelo M.

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WHen it comes to teaching music theory there is no secret. I go through the material step by step and make sure that the student is always learning every week. At the end of 2 months period, the beginner student should have a greater idea of harmony concepts and how to analyze music. The intermediate and advanced students are also able to clear some grey areas or just learn new material.

About Marcelo
Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

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Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Matheus August 23, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
I have known him for a while and he is really good musician! Very dedicated and professional
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Nirva July 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher and lesson!
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Jason MIller February 13, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Marcelo is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I `ve been taking theory classes with him and it is great. He has a very good methodology and will make everything very clear.
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Music Theory is vital to learning your craft and working with your fellow musicians!

I teach my students to how to read music as well as which keys work best for them and to sing their tunes in various keys!

This is vital for vocal health!

About Ingrid
Ingrid is a dedicated voice, piano musicianship, recording and live performance teacher for those who want to expand their musical knowledge, recording techniques, develop their own singing-artist style and performance skills. Students have had great success and fun learning numerous music genres while expanding their vocal range, resonance, ear training, confidence and musicianship skills as well as how to prepare for a career in music.

A native New Yorker, Ingrid has been involved in entertainment all of her life. As a child, on bi-lingual Sesame Street to a successful Hispanic jingle career, to veteran of over 25 years on the New York music scene, internationally as Eli & The Boys Jazz Quintet, Pedro & Eli Duet, and as a 2009, Latin Grammy Nominee for Volvo La Navidad.

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Miguelanjel P. July 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
First class was excellent. She made me feel welcome and got me to work right away. It was great.
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Jeff S. May 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
Ingrid is an outstanding instructor and is full of energy!! She enjoys what she's doing. I like her style of instruction and look forward to future lessons.
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Fritz R. April 3, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
My experience was amazing. I had the chance to learn some vocal exercises, practice on my music audition coming up soon, and improve on my voice. Overall it turned out perfectly.
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I can help students understand music theory and it's importance in the study of music.

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My name is Cassie Porterfield and I am married with three kids, ages 16, 14, and 11. I have always enjoyed teaching piano because I prefer to work one on one with people- especially kids- and know that the learning to play can be something that is enjoyed and utilized for a lifetime. Creating music is something that makes our world a lovelier place, and I enjoy seeing others find joy in the little successes of learning.
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I received A's in my music theory classes during college and I've thoroughly resonated with this area of music. When progressing to the next level of musicianship, a solid understanding of music theory is necessary to solidify your presence in the world of music. I can take you to that next level with methods that have worked for many.

About Michael
When helping students, it my belief that patience and belief in the student's abilities are of utmost importance. With this in mind, I am here to guide you through your stumbling blocks and propel you to another level of understanding that makes things a lot clearer for you.

I have experience tutoring students from high school to college level. At different times in my life I acquired two bachelors degrees; one in music, the other in biochemistry. It is important for you to know that I take your education seriously but it can be interspersed with a little humor; not too much, but enough to keep things interesting.

In addition to helping students, I have worked as a professional freelance musician and as a research biochemist. Whether it be one on one or in a group setting, my experiences have taught me to be very patient, flex
ible, and accommodating, I have provided music lessons to promising young musicians in addition to training graduate students.

Whether you be a traditional high school student or a non-traditional adult student, my ultimate goal is to help you gain a better understanding of your material with patience and encouragement in a safe learning environment. Let's get you on the road to some awesome grades. I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better student.
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Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound … Read More

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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