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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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Christian D.

Spencerport, NY

About Christian

Christian D. has been playing saxophone for seventeen years. Growing up in Rochester, N.Y, he attended Churchville-Chili High School and attempted to take every music class his school had to offer. He was always very involved in his school’s music program. He took private lessons with Mr. Terry Bacon (a graduate from Eastman School of Music) for eight years before going to college. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical with Dr. Wildy Zumwalt and jazz with Bruce Johnstone.

 At Fredonia, Christian was involved in everythin
g the music program had to offer. He participated in major ensembles, a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, a big band, and a jazz sax combo in addition to his regular course load. He was a founding member of the Bogus on Temple Blues Band that actively played in the Fredonia area for a year and a half. He is also a member of the musical fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Christian recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He is actively playing gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
During his time at school he has played with numerous artists, including Conrad Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. He plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area, including Night Trane, a jazz combo he helped found.

Christian has been in many elite bands since the start of his career as a musician. He has participated in the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band, Hochstein School of Music Junior Wind Symphony, All-County Band, and New York Area All State band, as well as performing as a soloist for the All-County orchestra his junior year in high school.
Christian has received many awards to merit his efforts in music. Some of these include the Eastman Award given to high school juniors who plan to major in music and who excel above others in school. He also received a $200 scholarship for his jazz-playing ability from the Independence Jazz reunion.
At Fredonia, Christian was involved in everything the music program had to offer. He participated in major ensembles, a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, a big band, and a jazz sax combo, in addition to his regular course load. He was a founding member of the Bogus on Temple Blues Band that actively played in the Fredonia area for a year and a half. He is also a member of the musical fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Now that his BM is completed, Christian is pursuing his Masters in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studies with Bob Malach and Joel Weiskopf. He is actively playing gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school. When he is home he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area, including Night Trane, a jazz combo he helped found.

*** 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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Jing Wei P. February 4, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Really enjoyed my first lesson! Christian was efficient and patient, a great teacher.
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Martin January 23, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Really efficient, good lessons, we are halfway through 1/3 of the books, and i've already learnt a (good) embouchure while playing the trumpet, several notes, high notes, low notes, how to read sheet music, how to transcribe notes from guitar>trumpet and vice versa, blues scale, a little here and there regarding music theory! High recommended.
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karin October 15, 2015
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
My son is been taking trombone lessons with him for a few months now, once you can figure out an schedule Christian is reliable and on time.
We really like him.
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Christian D.

Romulus, NY 14541
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Ann M.

Honeoye Falls, NY

About Ann

Ann M. has been teaching private lessons since 1997 and is currently available to teach you how to play piano, or rekindle a long ago skill ! Ann has helped students get to Wynton Marsalis' Essentially Ellington Festival for high school jazz bands, where her pianists performed on the Lincoln Center stages. She has prepped 100's of students thru auditions, or choral accompaniments, and dovetails well into local schools' music programs.

As a seasoned professional working with children, teens and adults, Ann looks forward to meeting you and helping your brain make new connections.....playin
g piano is fantastic for the brain at any age! Her teaching style is energetic and informed, but low stress and encouraging. Lots of rhythm games and music reading, but learning to confidently play with no music in front of you, also.
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Mark July 22, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Ann is very friendly, enthusiastic and enjoyable for the kids to work with. She is adept at a variety of styles and flexible in understanding the busy lives everyone has. She regularly exposes her students to interesting stories about music, informs them of opportunities in the area for concerts, workshops, etc. and really understands the life values that learning music provides. You won't find a more positive person!
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Sydney July 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Ann is a gift and a treasure! She has been teaching my teen for the past 8 years.
Ann is a dedicated teacher of music history, theory, composition, ear training, and improve; to name a few. She engages students with a genuine curiosity and interest in understanding what motivates them. She commits to continuous learning for herself as well as her students; no two lessons are ever the same as she introduces students to a variety of techniques and performers. Ann is passionate about the role music plays in brain development and enjoys sharing the application of research and literature. She LOVES to help students advance music to mastery. Ann has the unique ability to include life skills into her training with contagious excitement. She ROCKS!
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Julie July 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
We’ve been working with Ann for over a year and she’s wonderful! Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for music is contagious! Ann takes the time to invest in the whole family through sharing articles, community events, website links, and video sound clips of your child’s progress. Ann takes a holistic and personal approach to teaching and makes meaningful connections that reach far beyond the keyboard. Our experience has been top notch!
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Ann M.

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Beverly T.

Farmington, NY

About Beverly

I believe in inspiring long term results in students through constructive feedback and a healthy and strong technique to serve as a solid foundation for any musical style. I enjoy sharing my love of music and watching students progress in both their musical development as well as their appreciation for music.

I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. I have experience teaching voice as well as advanced sight singing to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences pr
ivately and in group settings. In addition, I have played the piano for over ten years.

I am an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, and I go out of my way to ensure that my students receive the tools they need to take their abilities to the next level and achieve their goals. For me, the focus is entirely on the student and what I need to do to help their development.
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Toby S. December 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My kids thoroughly enjoyed their first lesson with Beverly and are very much looking forward to their next.
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Rachel August 30, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Beverly has helped me more than any other instructor I've ever had. I felt she really cared about me as an individual and did everything she could to help my vocal skills improve. With her help, I was able to expand my vocal range, improve breathing technique, and overcome confidence issues.
Beverly is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Sydney August 24, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I was sooo nervous at first because I just didn't know what to expect from private voice lessons. Beverly made me feel comfortable! I was never afraid to make a mistake because the way she corrected me was in a loving way. Corrections were not a bad thing in her class. Corrections were a great thing and it helped me to become a better singer. I have improved in my confidence and technique because of the training style of Beverly. I will always recommend her! She is GREAT!
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Beverly T.

Farmington, NY 14425
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-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
$30 / 30-min

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