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Suzette R.

Monsey, NY

About Suzette

I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 and then learned the clarinet and played in the band in middle school. In high school I started playing the viola in the orchestra while still playing in the band. I had the best of all music worlds! In college I played in many school and community orchestras in places like Carnegie Recital Hall and even with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra! Orchestral and Chamber Music are my forte. I have been a string orchestra conductor for 10 years and love to put on a show to be remembered. My students have played at various day cares, nursing homes and sho
pping malls. We were even on the local Channel 12 News!

*** Lesson Details ***
A good foundation and a thorough knowledge of the basics will help you get the most out of your instrument. We work on this becoming 2nd nature and natural. Then we analyze whats going on in the music, a bit of music theory is covered. Then we concentrate on what we hear and what our audience will hear versus what we want them to hear and how do we make this always a little better. We go as fast or as slow as your individual learning needs to be. Of course the more you dedicate to preparing on your own with regular practice between lessons, the greater progress you will achieve.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I give private 1 on 1 lessons in the student's home. Students are expected to have their instrument, music, a pencil, and a notebook for keeping a practice log and for written coaching notes. A music stand is helpful. I bring a smile and a fun time learning!

*** Specialties ***
classic
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Melissa N. October 2, 2014
Verified Student
Our daughter loves Mrs. Suzette R. We love how Mrs. Suzette R. pushes our daughter to improve and gives her the freedom to explore the music within her through the violin. She is patient and full of joy. It's a pleasure to know her and welcome her into our home.
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Christina Z. August 20, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking in-home piano lessons with Miss Suzette for several months. Miss Suzette is professional, knowledgeable, and very patient. She is energetic and engages and encourages my daughter in such a way that keeps her interested and looking forward to her lessons.
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Joan P. June 7, 2013
Violin
Excellent Teacher

Mrs. Rivera gave my son private cello lessons every Saturday morning for several months. She always arrived on time and was always full of energy. Mrs. Rivera made sure that he understood the material and gave him several helpful tips. He did very well in his music classes. Her energy is contagious. My daughter would attend my sons lessons and it peaked her interest to the point where she is now playing the violin. Mrs. Rivera is a great teacher, she is patient, punctual and personable. You won't be disappointed.
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Suzette R.

Suzette R.

Monsey, NY 10952
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Al P.

Congers, NY

About Al

Born in Portland ME, Al's parents moved around a lot and finally settled in New York. When Al was 10, he took his first lessons in piano, then later trumpet, guitar, drums and at 13 yrs old decided to stick with bass guitar. At 16, Al joined his first band and was hooked. Since then Al has improved his craft studying with numerous instructors and gained real world experience through playing and touring worldwide with many bands and ensembles and today is bassist for Jose Feliciano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different. I've found that students have vastly different, ages, t
astes, goals, and want to learn for different reasons. They also learn and develop in different ways and at different paces. That said, I use the first lesson to determine goals and a general plan for each student.

I consider myself a "groove" player and in my musical world, my focus is on rhythm section work. To get there you must first learn several skills. Technique, Timing, Ear Training, and Theory are what I consider the 4 main "food groups" in the "diet" of any good musician. My job is to steer each individual student down the path that gets them there at their pace AND to make it fun. After all people don't choose to learn because they have too, they choose to learn because they want to. Why? Because it's cool and it's fun!

I like to dedicate a portion of the lesson to having fun with the instrument. A student may be interested in a certain band or bass player and wants to learn their song. I will ask them to bring me the song (I may already know it) and we'll learn it together. I like to play musical, or instrument related games to help the student learn in an non-stressful, happy and fun way. I think it makes a difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio on first floor: 16 channel mixing console, computer music workstation loaded with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Reason, and other music software, music stands, guitars, electronic drum set, keyboard, bass and guitar amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to have, or to buy a bass guitar, a practice amp with a 1/4" cable, a metronome, a manuscript book, and a pencil.

I can provide a practice amp, metronome and music stand for lessons only. I also can provide on site repairs of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Blues, Jazz and Funk styles of Music
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Lenny Sieredzinski June 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
As a beginner with the bass guitar I could not be any happier with what Al was able to provide me with on our first lesson! I'm Having trouble putting the guitar down and can't wait for our next lesson!
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Dylan D. March 11, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Bass lesson With Al

Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about scales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson.
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Al P.

Congers, NY 10920
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ben B.

Wappingers Falls, NY

About Ben

Hello, Music has always been a part of my life. I've studied music at Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz (Where I completed my Bachelor's Degree) I've been teaching music since 2010. For the past few years I've been very fortunate to travel the world performing music. I have performed in 45 of the U.S. States and 25 different countries across 5 continents.

My goal is for the student to have and understanding of the music and perform it effortlessly. Most of all, help share with them the joy and happiness that music has given me over the years.
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Eric W. March 31, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Ben is top of the line. Great attitude, good with kids and adults! Highly recommend.
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Steve S. March 11, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Ben's bass playing is experienced and versatile, much like the way he teaches. Since he's fluent in multiple genres - from rock to jazz to ska and more - he's able to incorporate a student's specific musical interests into their lesson and tailor the learning especially to them, which always makes his lessons interesting and exciting.
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Joe H. February 6, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Lessons with Ben have helped me, a guitarist first and foremost, to be able to hang on Bass in a professional capacity. His music philosophy has helped me to approach my own playing with a more focused mind. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Ben B.

Ben B.

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ed F.

Chester, NY

About Ed

Ask about Drum and Guitar lessons from a trained professional with over 21 years of performance, published writing and recording that are:

Relevant and Up-To-Date to today's standards used by working professionals!!
Real World Applications that are used and found beyond textbooks and chalkboard and backed by visible results.
Result-Oriented, when combined with a productive and consistent practice routine can be gratifying and fun!!
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Ed F.

Ed F.

Chester, NY 10918
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michael H.

Kingston, NY

About Michael

Since earning his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from SUNY New Paltz, Michael Hollis has been teaching both privately and in studios throughout the Hudson Valley. Michael is the founder of the Hudson Valley Music Collective of private instructors that is set to debut later this year, bringing together a wonderful mix of musicians. What separates Michael from all of the other guitar instructors? Its his willingness to teach any genre or skill level and his myriad of performing experiences that help add a "real life" factor to his approach.
Music is all about FUN! If you're not h
aving fun, you're doing it wrong! Its for this reason that Michael shapes each individuals lessons to best meet their needs and desires.
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Zena July 15, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I took mandolin lessons from Michael. He also taught me a lot of music theory and also how to improvise. I really enjoyed my lessons, because I was able to tell Michael what I was interested in learning, and that was what we focused on. He is himself a very talented musician and his teaching style is easy to understand. As an adult student, all of these aspects of teaching are very important.
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Joe July 15, 2015
Michael Hollis is anot extreemly talented musician. He is proficient in many styles and extreemly knowledgeable about his instrument and music in general. His outgoing personality and dedication to his work make him a great music teacher. Would recommend him to anyone who beginnersaid as well as more experienced players wishing to further their skills
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Michael H.

Michael H.

Wallkill, NY 12589
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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