In addition to teaching music, I am also an award winning songwriter and trained songwriting instructor through the Nashville Songwriting Association International (NSAI). I work with teens and adults, to write commercial pop songs, both lyrics and music. My students have the opportunity to record their songs, to receive artist development training as performing singer-songwriters, and also to perform their original music.
I love teaching and providing a supportive and creative environment where my students have fun learning to make music. I work with students at their own pace to make their musical experience both enjoyable and educational. My students look forward to their lessons, and our time together each week passes by quickly! I'm skilled in playing and teaching classical music as well as theater and pop repertoire for students of all ages. I enjoy working with young students who are beginners, and also with teens or adults who are âcoming backâ to piano, or learning for the first time. I've developed a Pop-Piano Method based on learning chord structure and music theory for playing by âearâ for students with 2-3 years of piano or other musical instrument. In addition to teaching ...
I am a graduate of The University of The arts with a BA in music performance. The University of The Arts has allowed me to gain a reputable amount of performance and educational work. In my training at the University was able to concentrate on many styles of performance such as classical technique as well as Broadway and jazz. With that in mind, it is also important to stay current on today’s music as well. Music has allowed me to travel the world with various groups and perform with musicals greats like the Philly Pops, bassist Gerald Veasly and the great Bernard “Pretty “ Purdie. I have taught voice and piano for high school students entering college for music. My experience in teaching is not only with high school students but spans all ages. After completing college I continued
I do compose music and have many ideas as to what can be done to make a piece more interesting and beautiful.
Having graduated from Westminster Choir College, I have learned many techniques for helping students to understand their voices better. I have taken voice lessons myself since 2002, and still do take them. This gives me the opportunity to learn new and different techniques. As every student is different, there are many different techniques that can help the student to find their voice. One style of teaching that I really feel is important when discussing the voice is the idea of just singing. Often times, as was my experience, when people hear voices they like they will mimic that sound. The problem with that is that the person will start singing with a voice that does not work with their body. That is usually my first goal if they have this particular issue. Many times ...
As a TakeLessons student taught by Jon, you're getting the benefit of a genuine musician/artist who has been affiliated with Atlantic Recording artist Ray Charles and EMI recording artist Paul McCartney by means of their musicians and songwriters. I do this for a living, so I'm serious about professionally satisfying you the student and helping you to develop to your fullest potential! Remember what you put in...I will help you to get the max out! I belong to the Musician's Union local 802 located in New York City which is the largest musicians local in the world! Many stars and celebs are members here. I also am a publisher/songwriter with Broadcast Music Incorporated from which my performance rights are collected! We will help you to get on your way to doing all of these things or
Learn the fundamentals of songwriting and start on the path of becoming a successful songwriter. I will help you from start to finish. You'll also have the opportunity to record your original music and take it to the next level. Students find great fulfillment in creating their own original songs and developing their skills as an artist.
Hi! Thanks for checking out my profile. My students call me "Mr. Rick." I teach acoustic guitar lessons for kids and adults, beginners through intermediate. I'm the ideal teacher for those who want to play by "ear" while learning the essentials of chord structure, music theory, rhythm, and proper technique for strumming and playing the instrument. I like making people laugh and having them relax and feel comfortable at our lessons together. I enjoy working with people coming back to guitar, or just starting for fun because they love the guitar! For students who want to play at open mics or in a band, lessons include coaching on performance, and how to pull it all together (including how to properly use the mic and vocal techniques for singing while playing ...
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