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Matthew M.

Huntington Station, NY

About Matthew

My father, Al Miller, was a prominent drum teacher on Long Island who taught hundreds of people throughout his career. My musical background began in the early 70's. From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. He entered me in the drum corps where I learned a lot about playing with other drummers and also entered me in various drum competitions. I came in first place in the state for the Louie Bellson National Drum Contest when I was 11, b
ut failed miserably when my sight reading was not good enough to get me to the next level. I worked real hard to get my reading up to par after that.

I received full scholarships to Berklee College of Music in Boston, North Texas State University and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, a truly great teacher. His instruction was so meaningful to me. I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Riley, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. Frank Bellucci was very helpful when I was experiencing pain in my right hand. There were many others including Mark Hymes for piano and Joe Cavallaro for vibraphone.

I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South America. Playing with BS&T was a great experience for me, and certainly taught me how to deal with different personalities.

I've always worked - playing (both club-dates and music that I enjoy), teaching and producing. I run a recording studio now, which is perhaps my favorite place to be. I'm in there as much as possible.

Most recently, I spent three years touring Europe with The Healers!, a hard hitting blues band from New York.

Since 2006, I've been producing music for the Oprah Winfrey Show. While her show was on the air, you would often hear my drumming during the "Bumper Music" section in between commercial breaks or during guest introductions. I've also played on some film scores including The Christopher Walken movie, 5 Dollars a Day.
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Ed P. April 24, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Met with Matthew at my home for my first lesson after an earlier phone chat to
discuss my background and goals.

Matthew is well spoken, motivated, friendly, and experienced in playing jazz, blues, and rock.

Lesson was a good sign of things to come. Matthew helped right away with a few tips on playing styles, kit setup, and hand grip to improve my speed and articulation.

Next few lessons will be addressing hand- foot independence and perhaps even a little jazz improve, or more advanced rock beats.

It was great to have a teacher like Matthew with both music education and field experience observe my playing and suggest improvements that work for max
effect! He's quite a drummer himself, and briefly sat on my set and illustrated a few concepts.
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Brian C. February 20, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Exceptional Teacher

Often an accomplished musician might not make the best teacher. Matthew, however, is both an outstanding teacher and musician. The son of a well known drummer/teacher, Matt has clearly learned what it takes to be a successful teacher himself. Coupled with his personal accomplishments as a drummer, Matt has what it takes to teach drummers at any level...novice to expert. I really enjoy my lessons with Matt and know that if I stick with his instructions, I will reach my goals.
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Matthew M.

Matthew M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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John O.

Huntington Station, NY

About John

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with stereo; teacher has own instruments, student needs their own

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have an instrument to play on.

*** Specialties ***
From Jazz to Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican, world music from just about everywhere. Specialist in teaching students how to improvise on chord changes.
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Jeffery S. October 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
John is very nice and patient teacher.
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tu Y. June 11, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Mr o. Is the best saxophone teacher I have never meet . He care about me so much . When I just start at jazz , he let me borrow a lot of CD to listen and learn . And that helped me so much . He had only be my teacher for one year , but he teach me so much that I have never thought .
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John O.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Anna T.

Stony Brook, NY

About Anna

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987, Anna started her studies at the age of 4 at the Uspensky Specialist Music School. Her first solo performance was at the age of 8. At the age of 14, she took first prize in the Glazunov International Violin Competition in Paris. She is the Grand-Prix winner of the International Violin Competition held in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan). In 2009 Anna performed with the Gunma Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival in Tokyo, and in concert series with the Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg (Germany), conducted by Claus-Peter Modest, held in Bukhara (Uzbekistan). In 2013 she perfo
rmed a debut recital in New York City at the Lyric Chamber Music Society. Anna has served as Concertmaster of the Lynn University Philharmonia in Boca Raton, FL. Participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Guillermo Figueroa, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Daniel Heifetz, Elmar Oliveira, Philip Setzer, Ilya Kaler, Philip Fowke, Mikhail Gotzdinner; as a member of orchestra performed under the baton of John Nelson, Albert-George Schram, Jon Robertson, Guillermo Figueroa, Greg Ritchey; worked and performed with such distinguished artists, as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Anna graduated from the Uspensky School in 2007 and entered the State Conservatoire of Uzbekistan. Currently, Anna is studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet for her Doctoral Degree in Violin Performance at Stony Brook University, NY.

*** Lesson Details ***
The very first lesson is a process of establishing professional contact between a student and a teacher; couple of exercises will be given in order to figure out the current level of a student. Then recommended material will be chosen.

You may also require what repertoire you would like to work on (either for beginners or advanced students). I have all the books/scores for Suzuki Violin School, Maia Bang, etc. I also work with Russian Violin Books (ex. "Yuniy Skripach" ("Young Violinist")).

I also work with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome students, and study the subject seriously,

***Lesson Schedule***
May vary, depending on convenience of both the student and the teacher. I will always do my best to find the best time that would work for you. So please, do not look at my availability schedule, it is all very wobbly! Just allow me to contact you, and I am sure we will figure something out!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Online lessons available!

For beginners: I have all the materials (music, score, flash cards)
For advanced students: we can work on either material you have or I can provide you with recommended material (music, score, technical material)

*** Specialties ***
Music Education for Beginners, Advanced Students, and Students with disabilities (Asperger's, etc.), Children Psychology, Educating Games
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Sarah K. April 7, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has had three lessons so far, and I can already see an improvement in her . She is always looking forward to her next class!
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Brianna R. January 31, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We had a great first lesson! My daughter is looking forward to many more lessons with Anna.
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Nikola January 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Anna had a great start with my daughter. She taught her already many most valuable details to improve her technique. We are looking forward to the next lesson
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Anna T.

Stony Brook, NY 11790
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Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

Port Jefferson, NY

About Sharon Hsuan-yu

Education:

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan in 2010, and continued on to a Masters degree under Dr. Steven Spooner as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas. I am currently pursuing a D.M.A degree at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert Kalish.

Experience:

I am a native of Taiwan, one of the few pianists in the world to successfully perform “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long set of 36 variations) from memory, and I have performed in the United States, Taiwan, and Prague. I am als
o involved in chamber music, contemporary music, and piano collaboration. I am an active member of MTNA (Music Teacher National Association).

Personality and Teaching Style:

Patient, dedicated and caring. Providing a comfortable and stressless experience is my principle. My goal is to cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher. I apply musical games and online musicianship development activities in teaching. It's FUN!

*Teaching in Chinese is available.
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Nancy K. February 13, 2016
Piano · In home
My daughter just started taking lessons with Sharon three weeks ago. I found Sharon's education and experience are very solid, and she knows how to observe students. My daughter Emma is 9 years old, and she was not very excited when I mentioned starting having piano lessons. However, it turns out that she likes Sharon's piano lessons! It's fair to give four stars since we only know Sharon for three weeks, but I have good expectation and am very looking forward for next lesson!
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Stephen January 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
I have worked with Sharon as a colleague in many different settings. Her personality is always kind, her musicianship profound, and her dedication to the arts undying. Students of any level would no doubt benefit from her experience.
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Chen January 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Sharon is a very experienced teacher with patient and carefulness. When I don't understand how to approach my piece, she would demonstrate and explain it thoroughly. I highly recommend her!
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Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

Stony Brook, NY 11790
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starting at
$60 / 60-min
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Dr Joanna K.

New York, NY

About Dr Joanna

Joanna has 20 years of experience teaching violin, viola and chamber music as well as educational and pedagogy two years degree that gave her many great educational skills. She teaches at all levels: from very skilled professionals, preparing them for competitions, auditions, college auditions, through high school students, helping them to excel in NYSSMA, ALL STATE, MTNA competitions and all kinds of auditions, competitions and exams designed for younger players, through adult amateurs who take violin and viola just for fun of learning how to play an instrument. She is a violin and chamber m
usic professor in State University of New York at Stony Brook. Joanna is also a judge for MTNA: Music Teachers National Association Eastern Division.
Joanna has won many prestigious prizes and awards at international competitions and has performed with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the Emerson String Quartet. She has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra, and violin and music educator through the in many of the world’s greatest concert halls such as eg. Carnegie Hall. As an educator she was on faculty of Professional Training Workshops offered by Carnegie Hall as well as led lots of master classes all around the world. Her performing engagements have also included a two-year contract with Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School.
Joanna is teaching all ages and levels from beginners to professional.
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Heide April 13, 2016
Violin · In studio
Dr. Joanna K. is an amazing violinist and teacher for my girls. She is a mentor and educator that builds their confidence and knowledge at every lesson.
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Brenda March 18, 2016
Violin · In studio
My two kids ( 15 years old and 11 years old) really enjoy studying violin with Joanna. She is not only an excellent violinist, but also an educator, who understand how to communicate and motivate her students.
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Luella March 17, 2016
Violin · In studio
Miss Joanna teaches my son, and she is wonderful! She knows exactly how to help him improve musically, and he has been very happy with his playing. He sounds very good, and his technique has improved tremendously!
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Dr Joanna K.

Dr Joanna K.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
(12)
starting at
$60 / 30-min

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