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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
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Christian D.

Romulus, 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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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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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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Christian D.

Romulus, NY 14541
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Khanh N.

Rochester, NY

About Khanh

As a student of the Eastman School of Music, I receive some of the best training in music education and saxophone performance in the world. I have performed as a soloist with youth orchestras and in many Eastman ensembles.

I have taught privately and in classroom settings, and am comfortable with both.
I teach beginning-advanced saxophone, beginning-intermediate clarinet, beginning voice, entry-level percussion, and entry-level trumpet. I also tutor music theory and ear training at a high school-college level.

I am very energetic and enthusiastic, and I love nothing other than to help m
y students discover the gift of music: the gift that keeps giving. I almost never get frustrated with my students and will always do my best to help them succeed in whatever they need.

IMPORTANT: I am only in California until July 31; any lessons after that will be through Skype.
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Bailey L. September 16, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
A fantastic classical saxophone teacher and he is very patient Nice teacher
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Bailey L. September 16, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
A fantastic classical saxophone teacher and he is very patient Nice teacher
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Steve M. June 23, 2014
Verified Student
Khanh is a good teacher, and is easy to work with, I am learning.
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Khanh N.

Rochester, NY 14604
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$25 / 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.

Lima, NY 14485
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Matthew C.

Rochester, NY

About Matthew

I have over 17 years of joyous experience teaching all sorts of students from beginning to advanced guitar, songwriting, audio engineering, and music theory. I’ve been Professor of Guitar at Darton State College, and on faculty at Bainbridge College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Palmer Trinity School. I've performed in classical, folk, singer-songwriter, and jazz outfits for over 15 years, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to coffee shops. My most recent CD is a project of original songs and compositions called "Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane", and was called a "Masterpiece" by Ameri
cana legend Grant Peeples, and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.” I have a doctorate in guitar from Florida State University, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Guitar from the Eastman School of Music.
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Cole March 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt was my first real guitar teacher after several years of self-instruction. Since I've studied with Matt, I've continued my studies at the University level and participated in masterclasses with world-class teachers. Still, when I think of an effective teacher, Matt is always the first to come to mind. He's got a wide knowledge base that allows him to appeal to every student, and is such a relaxed and approachable guy. When learning guitar from Matt, one also learns about performance etiquette, professionalism, and music in general. Matt is both a great musician and a fantastic teacher; working with him is a heck of an opportunity!
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Chandler March 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt was the first real guitar teacher I had ever had. Getting the chance to learn from him was an incredible experience. I was already a guitar player but not a classical guitarist. He took me from being a normal guitarist and turned me into a passionate musician. I can honestly say that he is the reason I continue to pursue music and study where I do now. I will forever be thankful for his teaching, support, mentorship, and friendship. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to pursue music.
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Erik March 3, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
I must say that Matt is the greatest teacher I could have asked for.

I had a brain injury back in 2006 and had to endure 4 months of therapy in effort to learn to walk, talk, and live again. I had major problems with my right hand and the therapy I went through greatly helped with some of my problems.

But, when I returned home and eventually was able to return to school it was then that Matt arrived at Darton and became the guitar instructor that would teach me. Matt was hard on me and even made me leave when I came to class unprepared. That was one time. I never came unprepared after that.

He taught me not just how to play great, but he also taught me how to be a studious student which made me into a better guitar player. Matt changed the way I practiced, changed my study habits for other classes, and makes me want to strive to be as good a guitar-player as he (if only I had my own classical guitar).

You will find NO better man for this position than Matt and it is my great, great honor to leave this message to tell how great of a teacher he is.
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Matthew C.

Matthew C.

Rochester, NY 14607
(6)
starting at
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