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Eric W.

Poughkeepsie, NY

About Eric

30+ years of performing and teaching experience. Faculty member of the Dutchess Community College Music School, drum instructor @ Millbrook Prep School, Trinity-Pawling School. Studio is located at Vincitore's Piano Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, near Vassar College. Member of The Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America. A diverse approach to teaching as he tailors each lesson to meet each individual’s learning style while keeping it fun for all. Read and perform all styles including rock, latin, jazz, rudimental snare drum, etc. Students get a full multi-media approach to learning drums
that allows them to enhance their musical progress by taking advantage of modern day technologies. By practicing with computerized drum machines in musical ways to help develop phrasing and accuracy, students can simulate a performance atmosphere as well as the most important aspect...a crucial time feel. Full Studio with two acoustic drum sets, one electronic drum set, and lots of percussion.
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David S. June 4, 2015
Drum · In studio
Eric is an excellent teacher. He is well-versed in all musical styles and customizes his lessons based on the experience and goals of the student.

Eric teaches students of all ages and skill levels. He has extensive technical knowledge and an encouraging style that motivates students to continue to improve. I highly recommend him.
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Ben B. April 1, 2015
Drum · In studio
Eric is a wonderful teacher. As a bassist, the concepts he showed me helped me understand the connections between drums and the bass. Eric has been teaching for years and knows what he's doing. Excellent teacher, I would recommend him to anyone.
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paul S. April 1, 2015
Drum · In studio
It's one thing to be a talented musician and quite another to be able to teach an instrument to a student. I have educated perspective teachers throughout my professional life and have seen firsthand what a gift it is to be a great teacher, it is clearly an art and something that a person can't necessarily learn. To be able to teach to all skill levels, musical genres and all ages takes a rare and talented individual. Eric Wagner is indeed that rare individual. He is as talented and artful a teacher as he is a talented musician. As an adult student whose learning curve is not what it was as a child I am amazed where Eric brought me to in such a short period of time. Lessons are like spending an hour with a patient friend. If my children or my friends children wanted to learn to play drums this is where they would go. I couldn't recommend Eric more superlatively. Paul Schwartz, Professor of Psychology
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Eric W.

Eric W.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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starting at
$42 / 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.

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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$20 / 30-min
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Khalif B.

Middletown, NY

About Khalif

I studied classical clarinet at the acclaimed LaGuardia High School for Music and Arts. I traded in my clarinet for a saxophone when I first heard the soulful recording of Grover Washington Jr.'s classic, Mr. Magic. That was the sweetest sax sound I had ever heard and wanted badly to sound like that. Through the pursuit of chasing his melodic and rhythmic style I quickly advanced my skills as a musician.

That hard work paid off and earned me a scholarship to the Hartt School of Music, recently renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Music. I studied directly under the tutelage of the renow
ned jazz recording artist and received the Jackie McLean Award for excellence. He was actually more than a professor for me. He sort of became a mentor, coach and father-figure. I owe much of my musical intensity and cultural consciousness to Professor McLean.

My experience with Professor McLean forged within me a powerful appreciation for mentorship. I vowed that I would always give back to anyone who was hungry to learn how to play music. I've taught students privately and in groups with all types of backgrounds and music interests.

As a music educator I've traveled to over 10 countries in the continent of Africa performing original music while teaching music history, (jazz history) music theory and sight reading. In California, I held workshops for high school students in the area of songwriting and audio recording.

I am most excited when I'm one on one with a saxophone student who is interested in learning how to improvise. That's my specialty. My greatest joy is witnessing that "light bulb" go off in a students eyes when they've achieved a command of their instrument.

I've had the great fortune to have performed with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Lalah Hathaway, Rachele Ferrell, India Arie, Montel Jordan and of course, Jackie McLean.

Miles Long, a provocative, soulful spoken word jazz group, that myself and long time friend Malcolm Jamal Warner(Cosby Show) co founded in 1998, has played to packed audiences in a variety of well-known clubs from coast to coast, highlighted by opening for the late Luther Vandross at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.

My personal saxophone style is a blend of traditional jazz horn influences like Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Jackie McLean mixed with the more modern melodic and funky styles of Grover Washington Jr., Kirk Whalum and David Sanborn (YouTube for reference).

In your pursuit in learning how to play the saxophone, I am more than certain my experience, versatility and personality will benefit you in reaching your goals. I look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,
Khalif B.

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As a teacher, I will reinforce a core musical foundation that transcends the saxophone, incorporating harmony, ear training, and instrumental technique into all lessons, for beginning and advanced students alike.

I specialize in improvisation: be-bop jazz, smooth jazz, R&B, hip hop, pop.

All students follow a curriculum that is tailored to their individual goals and designed to present challenges that help them grow. Students are expected to maintain a daily practice routine and are encouraged to keep a practice log in order to track their progress.

My teaching style is fun and engaging and I will hold you accountable for reaching the goals you have set. My goal for you in 6 months, with your consistent commitment, is to be able to read and play your favorite songs, plus successfully improvise over chord changes.
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Khalif B.

Khalif B.

Middletown, NY 10940
starting at
$50 / 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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