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About Eli B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Eli
One of the great things about being a bassist is that you can play with a lot of different groups. From jazz combos and rock bands, to bluegrass bands and string quintets, the bass can be an integral part of each. For me, learning and playing many different types of music has added to the joy of being a bass player. Through teaching and performing, I hope to share my enthusiasm for the instrument.

I have had the benefit of working with great teachers throughout my bass playing career, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. Because of this, I understand what a difference the right teacher can make. Furthermore, I know what teaching styles and techniques work best for me as a current student, so I am able to relate, and tailor the lesson to fit the student's needs.
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Jonathan F. October 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Super cool guy. A lesson with Eli is the perfect blend of his knowledge, expertise, patience, and overall chill. 5 stars all the way.
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Justin September 29, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Eli is professional, courteous, & patient. All qualities that make him a good instructor. We are very satisfied & glad our son enjoys his lessons.
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Zack Botkin February 26, 2016
· Bass Guitar · Online
If you are looking for an excellent bass teacher, look no further. You would be wasting your time. I've had a number of music instructors over the years, and I can easily say that Eli ranks at or near the top of that list.

Eli knew exactly where to start with me... he truly has an amazing ability to gauge where the student's level of knowledge is, and tailor the lesson exactly to that. Within a few lessons, I had improved my form tremendously. We covered everything that I wanted to learn, and wasted no time on things that I already knew.

What's more, a few of the instructors I have had in the past came off as a bit elitist and snobby. Eli is one of the most genuine guys around. He'll guide the lesson at your own pace, always willing to pause and show you something a second, third, or fourth time... At no point do you ever feel like you are going to ask a dumb question. This is a crucial trait of a good instructor, and Eli definitely has that going for him.

He is also quite accommodating. We typically do Skype lessons, but one there was one time that his room mate had made a slight miscalculation in the internet bill, which resulted in no internet that day. Rather than let that stop him, he actually brought his bass and amplifier on the bus, and came to my apartment to give me the lesson in person. He will make sure you get your lesson, one way or another.

My only regret is that I don't have a 6th star to give the guy! I definitely recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the bass guitar.
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About Eugene S.

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Newton Upper Falls, MA
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About Eugene
I have been teaching guitar for over 30 years and have had the privilege of studying with some of the finest guitarists in the world which include Aldo Minella, Sulaiman Zai, Javier Calderon, Dr. Lily Afshar, Benjamin Verdery and Kevin Gallagher. I also studied jazz with Berklee professor Sal Difusco and Chris Buono.

As a teacher. I have been a high school teacher for the past 20 years and am certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a history teacher. I have worked with all types of learning styles and test preps. As an educator, I have gone through all the background CORI checks already.

If you are taking lessons at my studio I just wanted to alert people that we have 2 very friendly English Cocker Spaniels. This is obviously important for people that have allergies to know.

Thank you for reading my profile.
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Clara January 16, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Eugene is not only a nice person but also an excellent teacher. Looking forward to attend the next class!
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Joshua S. July 24, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
I really enjoyed working through beginner/intermediate classical guitar with Gene. He was always prepared and very knowledgeable about the different pieces we were working on. He helped my technique tremendously, and structured my progress in a way I wouldn't have been able to do myself. If you are serious about wanting to learn guitar I strongly recommend getting a teacher, and if you live in the Boston area I highly recommend Gene.
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Mike July 11, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Gene is incredibly patient and always has materials ready for the two of us to work with. I am so lucky to be working with him as I learn a new skill.
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Eugene S.

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About Winslow Y.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Winslow
My focus is on you - helping you achieve your goals with the harmonica, whatever they may be. Whatever inspires you to pick up the harmonica, whoever you want to emulate, whatever style grabs you, I bring the background, deep knowledge, and teaching experience to enrich your understanding and grow your skills and ability to express yourself musically.

I'm a harmonica specialist, known internationally as a player and teacher. I'm the author of the books Harmonica For Dummies and Blues Harmonica For Dummies. I can teach all styles, all levels of expertise and all types of harmonica.
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lena yao March 6, 2019
· Harmonica · In studio
I had fun and learn something new.
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Daniel February 27, 2019
· Harmonica · Online
Very good teacher; he wrote the book on playing harmonica.
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Doug S. December 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Great teacher. Knows where I am at and knows where I need to go.
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Winslow Y.

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About Justin M.

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San Luis Obispo, CA

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About Justin
Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar.

My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to
play in any style and ultimately create your own music.
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Lisa November 14, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Justin is an excellent teacher!! He is a master guitarist, always punctual, very courteous and gives 100% to my lesson. I am learning classical guitar and jazz guitar with him and I am delighted with the progress I've made in just a few months. I am playing beautiful songs and before his lessons I could not play any classical guitar songs at all. Justin tailors the lessons to help me learn the songs I am excited about learning to play. I most highly recommend him as a teacher for any style guitar. Amazingly he also teaches ukulele and mandolin too! He has a degree from Cal Poly in music and guitar and has over 20 years teaching experience. If you really want to learn how to play guitar easily and quickly, take lessons with him!
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Chris November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Justin has been awesome. He really knows his stuff, and he has a natural gift for teaching. I am learning everything from reading tabs to playing my favorite songs. I'm having a blast!
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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About Ana C.

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Redondo Beach, CA
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About Ana
I am very passionate about music in general, Piano was my first instrument. I studied piano since I was 6 years old, with some best teachers. I earned a BA in Voice Arts. I love teaching music to students of any age, have 10 years of experience in private lessons, singing and piano. I will always be teaching the right approach to music and musicality, and the technical basics, exercises and tricks to learn faster.
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John May 27, 2018
· Opera Voice · In home
Ana is great at combination technique and practice. Would highly recommend!
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John May 26, 2018
· Opera Voice · In home
Ana is patient and kind with great classical training; and super flexible which I think is a huge asset!
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Ana C.

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About Jake B.

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Valley Village, CA

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Hey there! My name is Jake, and I'm a lifetime musician. I began playing guitar and taking lessons 19 years ago (at age 8), and writing songs at 5!... my grandma recalls asking me to play "number 5" on the piano, and I'd do as I was asked, right from memory. Guitar, songwriting, and singing have long been my deepest passions, and having the opportunity to help others explore their own creative abilities has always made me feel whole. My style as an artist is especially in line with the Jason Mrazs, Colbie Cailats, and Ed Sheerans of the world, while as a writer I lean towards the styles of Scott Harris and Geoff Warburton (Shawn Mendes). Looking forward to working with creatives and musicians of all types!
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Chris November 14, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great first lesson!
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Jake B.

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About Kevin W.

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San Luis Obispo, CA

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I've been involved in music since fifth grade loved it since! As a performer, I was heavily involved in my high school's music program being involved in: the advanced jazz band (drum set), advanced choir (baritone), musical pit (drum set/auxiliary percussion), show band (vibraphone/tenor drums), and undefeated indoor percussion (drum set/tenor drums). I've also been offered spots to play the vibraphone with the world-class Seattle Cascades Drum Corps and tenor drums with the world-class Oregon Crusaders Indoor. Currently, I perform with the Cal Poly drumline. As a performer, audiences love my energy and expressiveness.

As a teacher, students love my laid-back nature and patience to create a stress-free learning environment. I customize my lessons to fit individual students' goals and experience. I love teaching because I get to meet so
many different people with varying backgrounds, and I would love to meet you too!
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Jack March 30, 2019
· Drum · In home
Amazing tenor teacher, he tought me many technical skills and techniques i’ll need for showband and marching down the line!
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Sion November 2, 2018
· Drum ·
Very fun and cool dude. Learned a lot from him.
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Brian October 30, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Very knowledgeable and supportive. Matches the student's pace and teaches new concepts in an intuitive way, I would recommend him to musicians of all ages.
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Kevin W.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93410
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About Nikola T.

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Elmsford, NY
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About Nikola
Combining equal parts lyricism and devotion to rhythm, Nikola Tomić is an engaging and dynamic New York City-based trumpet performer whose versatility and enjoyment of soloist and background roles alike have taken him to stages in more than thirty states, as well as to Italy, Mexico, Ireland, and Costa Rica. In New York, he has performed at venues including The Jazz Gallery, Swing 46, the Drawing Room, the Cutting Room, Silvana, St. Peter's Church, Sir D's Lounge, Williamsburg Music Center, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Nikola served as visiting assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Ithaca College during Spring Semester 2017. Deeply committed to education, Nikola is active as a teacher and clinician in the greater New York City area and throughout the Northeast, and has maint
ained a private teaching studio since 2003. He taught from 2010 to 2013 for the Eastman Community Music School, providing instruction in trumpet and music theory, and working with the New Horizons Band Program, and has been on faculty at the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy since 2013.

Nikola holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Ithaca College. His teachers have included Clay Jenkins, Bill Dobbins, Harold Danko, Frank Gabriel Campos, and Steve Brown.
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Nikola T.

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About Russell S.

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Escondido, CA
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About Russell
I'm a professional singer in the San Diego area. I've been singing since I was a child. I've studied voice for over 10 years.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique sound; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

My personal passion is classical music and musical theater, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Russell S.

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