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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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starting at
$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
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$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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Brett M.

Wappingers Falls, NY

About Brett

Learn from a full-time guitarist, composer, author, and teacher. You can be confident that you'll get the most effective one-on-one guitar instruction available. A bit about me:

- Degree from Berklee College of Music
- 12 years of private instruction experience
- Over 25,000 lessons taught
- Instrumental recording artist
- Soundtrack composer for video games
- Guitar instructional author of books and audio courses, including the popular "Unleash Your Speed: How to Shred on Guitar"

Breakthroughs guaranteed!
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Elie August 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I've been a bass player for many many years and starting focusing on guitar a few years ago. I had a good theoretical background but lacked the knowledge and technique to apply it to the guitar.
Brett was able to teach me all the guitar specific techniques and take my playing to the next level by showing me how to apply my theory knowledge to the fretboard.

I have now been taking lessons for a year and a half and have yet to have one I did not greatly benefit from!
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Dennis August 1, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Brett for over a year now and it's been a <b>fantastic</b> experience. My journey started, however, long before our first meeting.<br />

Over two years ago I decided it was time to up my game and increase my understanding of music theory and music in general. In order to accomplish this I felt I needed a teacher, but not just any teacher. I had a few strict requirements in mind. First, I wanted someone who had a degree in music. Brett's a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Check. As a bass player I wanted a guitarist for a teacher. To me, being able to ask questions and talk to someone who understands the interaction between bass and guitar is key. Brett's a pro guitarist and an accomplished musician. Check again. I also wanted someone who understood the music I listened to and played and was also versed in other styles of music. Again, check.<br />

Brett met and surpassed everything I wanted in a teacher. And to top if off, he's one cool dude. My only regret is not starting sooner.<br />

- Dennis D.
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Gary J August 1, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Great teacher with abundance of knowledge about music theory. He presents himself in a very professional manner and his teaching skills are impeccable. It appears that Brett can teach any level of guitar with ease. I have been taking lesson for approximately 3 months and am learning at a pace that makes me want to join a band.
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Brett M.

Brett M.

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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$34 / 30-min

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