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John M.

Rochester, NY

About John

John is an Organist, Harpsichordist, and Pianist just completed a Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music in the organ studio of William Porter. He graduated from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Historical Keyboards in 2011 as a student of David Higgs. At Eastman, he has also studied the pedal clavichord and piano technique with Ulrika Davidsson.

As an instructor, John firmly believes that private, one on one music instruction should be tailored to each individual student. His pedagogical approach is different for each student. Everyone learns differently. There is
just not one way to learn to play an instrument. At the first lesson there will be a discussion on the students goals and interests and different methods of teaching will be discussed with the student (and parents) to decide what the best step forward will be.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are different for each student. The way a lesson is conducted depends on many circumstances. Depending on the goals and age of the student, one can expect lessons to guide a student to achieve the goals which will be discussed in the first few lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Grand Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano for Piano Lessons
Organ for Organ Lessons
Music Theory Lessons or Tutoring: Staff Paper and Pencils

*** Specialties ***
Piano: Depending on the Age, Ability, Personality, and Ear, I have used "Adventures in Piano," the Alfred Method, and the Thompson Method. I supplement all of these books with pieces and exercises that the students express interest in.
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Alice J. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Baroque

I feel really lucky that you got me in touch with this teacher. He is professional, knowledgeable, polite and he has a lot of patience. I am totally pleased.
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Irvin H. February 1, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Lessons with John are terrific.

John is an experienced and professional teacher who always has an array of tools to teach his students to help them learn. Lessons with him have exceeded expectations.
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Elizabeth L. April 30, 2013
Organ
Highly recommended

I have known John for the last 7 years. He is an excellent musician, a brilliant organist, and a very thoughtful teacher. We have often played for each other and his comments and suggestions are always insightful. In addition to his musical gifts, John’s wonderful personality and sense of humor make him a great colleague and friend.
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John M.

John M.

Rochester, NY 14604
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Rhonda F.

Rochester, NY

About Rhonda

I started taking piano lessons in the first grade from a teacher who graduated from Eastman School of Music. I later won a scholarship to Eastman School of Music as a classical pianist. I have been teaching for 40 years and have performed in Europe and won First Place Piano Competition in New York with 200 of the best pianists in the nation performing. I wanted to quit in the 5th grade but my mother told me I was to young to make that decision for myself and she would not hear of it!
Music is now like the air that I breathe. I cannot live without it! Thanks mom for being smarter than me. Play
ing the piano should be fun at any cost. I let students play many styles of music until they find the style that calls them.
For young children I recommend the parent sit in with the lesson so the parent can help with the practicing at home. They need the extra support when starting piano lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are and should be a fun experience. I teach bits and pieces of college theory to students so they can play the whole keyboard and not just in the middle. Its nice to get students young before they develops bad habits. Piano keys should be played with the fingers and not moving the wrists. Bad habits are hard to break. My children students play like a pro, even if it is only one piece.
Through me, kids learn to love music.
I start lessons at age 4 years old to 99. Please call today to book lessons!

"Learn a little but learn it well" ~Ben Franklin

*** Specialties ***
Traditional Classical and theory. I also get students ready for competitions and scholarships. I will teach any style that will ignite the flame in your child or an adult to love music!
I specialize in children.
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Rhonda F. April 27, 2014
Fabulous Piano Teacher

I took lessons for 5 years and I play better than I ever dreamed. I enjoyed the lessons and understood the teaching with ease. Expect to have great lessons with your head spinning with tons of information after each lesson from this gifted teacher. Very enjoyable and rewarding experience to say the least. I never again found such a great teacher since taking with Rhonda. I was heartbroken when she moved.
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Rhonda F.

Rochester, NY 14623
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christian D.

Romulus, NY

About Christian

Christian D. has been playing professionally for 10 years. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical and jazz saxophone.
Christian recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied saxophone with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He also studied flute and clarinet with Ed Joffe. He actively played gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
Christian D. has played with numerous recording artists, including Conrad
Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. Currently, he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area. Christian also spent some time playing professional on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas.
Currently, Christian D. is employed as a elementary general music and vocal teacher in the New York State public school system. He also runs his own music studio with around 35 students. Christian specializes in teaching improvisation, saxophone, flute, and clarinet with extensive professional performing careers in each area. He also has 4 years experience teaching and playing trumpet, trombone, tuba and euphonium both privately and in the public school setting.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cater my lessons to the students' wants and needs. I suggest various exercises to study in effort to make each student reach their fullest potential. I push each and every one of my students, regardless of their goals as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Selmer Series III Soprano
Selmer C** Mouthpiece with Vandoren Java 4s
Selmer Mark VI Alto
Vintage Berg Larsen with Rico Jazz Select 2H
Selmer Reference Tenor
Vintage Otto Link with Rico Jazz Select 3S
Buffett E11 Clarinet
Brad Behn Mouthpiece with Vandoren 3.5
Armstrong Flute
Casio Privia Piano
MacBook Pro
Zoom Recorder
Various method books and music

*** Specialties ***
Woodwind Doubling
Jazz
Classical
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Ben A. June 20, 2016
Flute · Online
Verified Student
Christian was well prepared, remembered the conversations/texts we exchanged prior to the lesson. Christian was extremely effective and efficient with the time and the online lesson was even better than a real life one as I didn't need to commute (that saves a lot of time!). I am looking forward to the next lessons and see how this works on the long run.
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Matthew S. March 14, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
I've been pleased with my son's progress with Christian as a teacher. Christian is personable, encouraging and clear. My son really enjoys his lessons.
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Lilly F. February 28, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
Christian is such a fantastic teacher--my daughter can't wait for her next clarinet lesson with him!
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Christian D.

Christian D.

Romulus, NY 14541
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starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Kristina S.

Rochester, NY

About Kristina

A vivacious and passionate educator and performer, Kristina received her Masters in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where she held the Graduate Teaching Assistantship for instructing MUE-221 Clarinet Methods. At Eastman, Kristina was a member of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, a founding member of Trio Ario, and performed with Ossia, a student managed contemporary music ensemble.

Currently, Kristina is a Teaching Artist for Sistema Ravinia's Harza Nucleo, bringing intensive after school El Sistema music program to elementary and midd
le school students of Lake County. In addition, Kristina has an active private studio in the greater Chicago area.

Kristina’s principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Susan Warner, Deborah Chodacki and Nancy Mathison. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from DePaul University and is an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Kristina has performed in master classes for Ricardo Morales, Michel Lethiec, Mark Nuccio and Jon Manasse. In 2013, Kristina made her international solo debut in Chåteauneuf, France. Kristina can be heard on the Eastman Wind Ensemble's most recent album.

In addition to music engagements, Kristina is a 300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and enjoys cooking and hiking.

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Scheduling Disclaimer:
Please message me before scheduling lessons to verify that I have the availability to be at your students' location at your preferred times.
I input my general availability into the calendar, however it does not account for commuting times between teaching engagements. Depending on your location in the greater Chicago area, my lesson availability my vary.

A student's weekly lesson time is decided based on a mutually agreed upon time. If the student needs to reschedule their lesson, the instructor will do her best to accommodate the student's needs. Reoccurring lessons are confirmed and scheduled minimum of one week in advance.

I look forward to being in touch.
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Rami A. November 23, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Punctual, dedicated, patient and compassionate. Couldn't recommend her more, especially for children. Great instructor all around!
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Kristina S.

Kristina S.

Rochester, NY 14607
(1)
starting at
$70 / 45-min
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Brett L.

Lima, NY

About Brett

My name is Brett, I have been playing in bands since 1992. I received a degree from Monroe Community College in performance: guitar in 2012. I've written recorded and performed my own music the last 5 years. I just opened a recording/instructional studio this summer and am looking forward to passing on my knowledge to students who are serious about music.
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Deborah Dickson Jones December 7, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Brett and he customized it according to my individual needs and circumstance. I am passionate about guitar and folk music but have no musical experience. Bretts plan is to start with the very basics and move forward from there. He was very patient with me and his directions were easy to follow. Though I am a senior I feel like I am 20 years old again and learning a new skill. Thanks Brett
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Michael October 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brett provides a unique blend of expertise and personalization in his teaching. He takes the time to find out what your musical interests and experiences are so that instruction can be targeted at specific goals. His love of music is apparent. I look forward to learning more about music and how to make my guitar sound good from him!
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Brett L.

Brett L.

Lima, NY 14485
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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