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Paul B.

Branford, CT

About Paul

Paul is a guitarist/songwriter/educator from Branford, CT. He began playing the guitar at age 13 with a strong background in piano. He performed and recorded with bands in high school, during which time he was influenced by a wide variety of musical artists and styles, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pink Floyd.

Paul enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music in the fall of 1994 and discovered a love for jazz, particularly guitarists such as Joe Pass and Tal Farlow and arrangers Nelson Riddle and Gil Evans. At Berklee, Paul continued to study the g
uitar while working toward a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, which he received in 1998.

After graduating, Paul remained in Boston for several years performing and teaching private guitar lessons. He developed a hands-on, practical instruction method that teaches music fundamentals, theory and improvisation through playing and analyzing popular songs. Now back in Connecticut, he continues to teach privately in Branford and the surrounding area. He also performs regularly with his bands, The Syndicate and Debacle on the shoreline and in New York City.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe my job as a guitar teacher is to help you get better at whatever you would like to improve. For beginners, that is probably pretty straightforward. After a few lessons, with a little hard work at home, you can be playing songs YOU choose. If you are more experienced, you tell me what you'd like to work on, and I'll give you a specific path to your goals.
I have a pretty laid back teaching style, but I can tell if you've been practicing!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I require my students to have a guitar and a notebook. I bring my guitar and any handouts I might use as well as recordings of music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in blues, rock, funk and some jazz.
Over the years I have developed a hands-on, practical instruction method that teaches music fundamentals, theory and improvisation through playing and analyzing popular songs.
After a solid base of fundamentals, I let the student choose the style and songs.
With some very young children I use Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method.
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Sofia C. April 30, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Paul has the patience of Job with children
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Paul B.

Paul B.

Branford, CT 06405
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT

structural analysis, listening exercises, analysis of classical, contemporary, pop, rock and folk music, basic music theory, basic harmonic analysis, collaborative songwriting, recording, lyrical structure

About Matthew

Heralded as "œa smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8.

As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching e
xperience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches voice and theory at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer, teaches voice at Fairfield School of Music, and owns and operates a full service analog and digital recording studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.

I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.

Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.
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Giuseppina W. February 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing teacher, he makes you feel very comfortable. Just from the first lesson I could see a huge difference in my voice! Super great!
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Sarah February 1, 2016
Musical Theater · In studio
Matt has been such a great teacher. I have only seen him for a short 4 months and I can already hear a huge difference in my voice. The learning environment is always positive and I look forward to his lessons every week.
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Matt January 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
I thought Matt was excellent. He not only taught the subject clearly, but he also provided a lot of encouragement - something a new singer really needs!
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Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT 06605
(15)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Cameron S.

New Britain, CT

About Cameron

STUDYING WITH ME:

Learning guitar should be interesting and fun! While we're studying all the different aspects of the instrument, you'll also be learning how to play your favorite songs and solos! I approach each student as an individual and structure their lessons according to what I determine they need, as well as what they are interested in musically. I concentrate on many different areas; ear training, theory, playing technique, improvisation, various styles of music, and, the physics of the guitar. Understanding how the instrument works is important in my opinion. My long term goal
is to teach a student how they can teach themselves down the line. Understanding why you’re playing something is just important as knowing how to play it. I aim to give a student rich and well rounded one-on-one time!

GENERAL BIOGRAPHY:

I have been teaching and performing for over a decade both in the US, and in England. I have played in various bands and have produced independent artists. I have worked for a recording studio and for various academic institutions including the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School in New York city.

I obtained my degree from Purchase College in New York and am a member of their Conservatory of Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I construct lessons for each individual student depending on their musical tastes, goals, and current skill level etc. I want each person to get as much from their time studying with me as possible. Within three to six months, I'll have you working on timing, theory, ear training, improv, and songs/styles of music you may be interested in. I'm laid back, however, I expect at least the minimum practice time between lessons, which I'll change throughout the course of our time together depending on your skill level etc. Practice materials I draw up are included. I write out everything in plain English and do not require the use of sheet music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Small recording studio, piano, various guitars, bass, and amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar, bass, laptop, digital recorder.

*** Specialties ***
I concentrate on ear training, improvisation, and explore styles ranging from pop, alternative, rock, prog, and blues, to metal, funk, and folk etc. I do not require sight reading skills for any level of student. Rather, I work with the student with theory and arrangement conventions to really understand the music. This intern, greatly sharpens their musical ear and helps them to learn music much faster because they understand how it is put together; why and how it works, etc.

***Teaching Special Needs***
I have experience teaching students who have been visually impaired,
blind, hearing impaired, or who have had mild learning disabilities. I
am also comfortable with a student bringing their service dog or
therapy dog to our lessons if they wish.
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Kim K. June 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoyed my first lesson with Cameron. He explained things clearly so I could understand. Can't wait for my next lesson.
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Pat A. February 14, 2013
Guitar
A solid teacher with a lot of experience

Cameron is great at tailoring the lessons to my musical taste without compromising the theory, basics and fundamentals.
I have been taking lessons for one year and will not go elsewhere anytime soon. His vast musical knowledge helps merge the theory with concrete examples. No question remains unanswered.
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JimH1 November 17, 2011
great instructor

I've been taking bass lessons from Cameron for a few months now. He's a great instructor. Very knowledgeable, very patient, and puts in time outside our lessons to be prepared to teach or play new material that I am interested in. I always look forward to my lessons. If you're looking for a good bass or guitar teacher (not sure what else he might teach) Cameron is your guy!
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Cameron S.

New Britain, CT 06053
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT

All styles from classical to jazz/blues to many ethnic/world music styles

About Ed

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student just needs a guitar and amp if electric.
I travel with a laptop/portable studio.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Metal, World, Electronic etc.
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Christine J. September 30, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful first session. So nice to begin lessons again. Ed was very professional and enthusiastic.
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Ed D.

Meriden, CT 06451
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Chelsea C.

Wolcott, CT

Learn to express yourself and write your own songs! I have extensive experience writing, and have also co-written with many accomplished song-writers. Whether you are a complete beginner with just a few ideas, or an avid writer looking to hone your skills, I can help you make your message clear and compelling.

About Chelsea

Hello! I'm friendly, passionate, and very knowledgeable -
with plenty of experience on stage and in the recording studio.

I have studied voice with famous teachers like William Riley (known for teaching Whitney Houston and Celine Dion) , Jan Smith (known for teaching Usher, Justin Bieber, Rob Thomas, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, India Arie.. ) and Producer John Poppo (credits include NSync, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson), and am excited to share what I've learned along the way!

My Goal as a Teacher:
*To provide students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to proper
ly sing without injury or strain, and the confidence to perform without doubt or inhibition!
*To create well rounded vocalists with solid technical foundation, emotionally connected performances, and strong stage presence.
*To share my passion for the arts, and spark creativity and power in others through musical expression.

Let's get started!
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Colby N. April 16, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Chelsea made excellent use of our first 1/2 hour lesson. She has a perfect feel for just how much and what to teach. So happy we picked her!
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Matt P. April 2, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Personable, knowledgeable, friendly, adapts to student's passions, can't ask for anything more
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Ava M. January 18, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Chelsea was terrific!
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Chelsea C.

Chelsea C.

Wolcott, CT 06716
(15)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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