I have taught songwriting classes and I incorporate it in my private lessons with students who are interested in writing their own songs.
I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 12 and have been a guitar teacher for 22 years. My first influences were rock and metal. In my later teens, I became very interested in other music genres such as jazz, fusion and classical. I began my formal music education as a Classical Guitar performance major, ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.
The road I have taken with music has been paved with many unexpected twists and turns. Throughout my many years of learning and making new discoveries, I have now arriv
ed at a point where I am able to productively incorporate knowledge from various experiences with music and education into my own creativity and teaching. I never expect to stop learning or exploring, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm, valuable experiences and knowledge with my students.
James W. November 25, 2014
Marco is one of the best teacher ever, I knew him way back in 1997 when I first came in to the state. At first, one of my friend was taking the session and he didn't mind me just staying and observed. After a few classes, I decided to go with Marco. As a new immigrant, language barrier is a problem. He 's patiently teach me from a to z. Making sure I understand everything. Although, I knew some of the basic of the guitar. I was surprisingly I could learn how to read music. Be able to improvise with him during lesson. You're not just learning how to play song/guitar. You learn music theory all in a packet. I still remember one day I was playing in the local shop in HK, people was whispering this guy is good. This is a good memory that I have until now.
Myles H. November 24, 2014
I was a student of Marco's for about two-almost three years, and his excitement, love, desire, wisdom and passion for music and teaching is something that can't be described in words. Marco is a teacher that likes to have fun with whatever it is he may be teaching, but he is also very serious about it to make sure his students learn what they want in the best way possible to them. He will encourage his students if they need it and congratulate you every time you complete whatever it is you may have learned from him. I mostly learned techniques/songs from artist's such as Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, and much more from Marco. He will not let you down. He won't give up on you. I would gladly learn from him any time /any chance I'd get.
mia M. November 19, 2014
Marco has been teaching my son how to play the guitar since 2008. I feel that we were blessed having Marco as my son's first teacher. He really understood him and I was brought to tears at his very first recital when I was amazed how much he had learned in just a short few months. He is a senior in HS now and he has a love for the guitar and a passion to learn new music on his own.
Marco is an exceptional teacher who is very patient and understands his students and listens to their needs. He is extremely talented and anyone would be very lucky to have him as their music instructor. I recommend him highly. He is the best!
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 16 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.
-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]
-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
"Summer of 2013, Nick R. performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Ma
rtin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with him while he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel
-Toured/recorded and/or worked as sideman with Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant, Jim Nolet (former violinist for the Jazz Passengers), Anastasia Rene, Jon Weber, Mona's Hot Four, Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra, with Jesse Gelber, Raphael McGregor, Emily Asher's Garden Party, and many other groups.
-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"
-Movie Soundtrack: King George.
-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.
-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)
M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (partial scholarship)
B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters
-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)
-Playing guitar/banjo on first episode of new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"
- Current adjunct professor at Essex College
-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College
-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College
-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.
-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)
-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)
-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current
-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser
-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht
*** Lesson Details *** With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time. As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique, ear-training. We will also work out of method books and use other sources of information.
*** Studio Equipment *** Chairs, music stands, instrument stands, classical foot pedals, classical guitar pillows, guitar amps, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drum set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson. (free street parking right in front!)
*** Specialties *** Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.
-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar) -acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar - jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres. - tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music) -5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country]) -tenor guitar -ukulele -mandolin -resonator slide/Dobro. -baritone resonator (slide)
Sabrina S. January 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I started my lessons with Nick just one month. I know I am inquisitive, intense, overly involved and very detail oriented with my interests in general and I treat guitar the same way. I enjoy and immerse myself into it. I think Nick has a very broad knowledge of guitar playing and comes across as a very conscientious instructor in the way he handles my overachieving demands. I would surely recommend him.
James B. January 2, 2015
Exceptional musician. Skilled and patient teacher.
I have been taking weekly guitar lessons with Nick for nearly four months now and it has been all I hoped for and more. As a recent retiree and amateur musician one of my goals is to rapidly improve my novice guitar skills. I was looking for a teacher who would push me hard but was willing to work with the particular songs and musical questions that I might bring to him each week. I could not be more pleased. Nick is able to immediately bring his knowledge and experience to any material that I bring to a lesson and he uses it as the basis for a wide range of teaching moments – whether it be technique, harmony, or improvisational approach. What I didn't anticipate was the extent to which his holistic, listening (and singing) based approach to playing an instrument has challenged me. Nick is making me a better musician not just a better guitar player. (And it is very helpful that he types out notes on all that we discuss and sends an email following each lesson.)
Koji Y. December 24, 2014
Jazz Guitar ·
Mr. Nick R. is an absolutely great guitar player and music instructor. I'm a young professional jazz guitarist and instructor and have been taking jazz guitar lessons with Nick R. weekly since September of 2014. Every lesson, I receive a lot of information that I didn't know before and Nick always give me proper quantity and quality of task
Many ideas, information from his suggestions, including how to practice myself and instruction that goes beyond musical and guitar technique, also including psychological and philosophical concepts from Nick's experience and knowledge. His explanations are incredibly clear and easily to follow.
I've been playing guitar over 15 years. In my experience, it's very, very difficult to find a mentor like Nick R.
I truly appreciate meeting him and have tremendous respect for Professor R.
Thanks as always Nick!!
Koji Yoneyama (professional jazz guitarist and instructor), Dec. 23, 2014
As a songwriter who has been featured by American Songwriter & CMT, as well as in film and television, I can help you understand the nuts and bolts of what makes a great song work.
As a former music analyst for Pandora internet radio's Music Genome Project, I have analyzed over 15,000 songs, a process which imparted a deep understanding of popular song forms across all genres.
We can work on basic or advanced songwriting ideas- chord/melody relationships, substitutions, voice leading, lyric writing, matching musical themes to lyrics, ensemble arranging, scoring, etc.
"a masterful guitarist -- really, a total whiz of a rare order." --Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly
"a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex finger picking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive." --Wired.com
Scott is a an internationally touring guitarist and songwriter based in New York. In addition to his work as an in demand sideman for various artists and bands around the country, Scott is also an accomplished bandleader and composer with four acclaimed release
s under his belt over the last ten years.
As a guitarist, Scott brings a modern, technical approach to traditional american styles - jazz, bluegrass, country blues, western swing and chick'n pick'n country guitar - but as a songwriter he gravitates toward straightforward rock, blues and folk.
Scott's guitar playing and songwriting has landed him features from American Songwriter, CMT, and more. He holds a BFA in Studio/Composition, with a minor in Jazz Performance, from SUNY Purchase in Purchase, NY.
*** Lesson Details *** When studying with Scott, students can expect a comfortable and fun atmosphere that promotes experimentation and positive reinforcement. Employing a curriculum that is equal parts formal technique and informal playing of the students favorite music, Scott makes every lesson engaging and exciting for his students.
After 3 to 6 months studying with Scott, beginners should expect to be able to play many of their favorite songs, have a firm grasp on basic scales, chords, theory and sight reading, and can even begin writing their own songs and improvising solos!
If you're already an intermediate/advanced player, Scott will push you to find your unique voice on the guitar, and tap into advanced techniques and approaches that will help you fully realize all that the guitar has to offer.
Lessons are tailored to each individual student's particular interests and abilities. Wherever you want to take your guitar playing, Scott will get you there and beyond!
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring an acoustic guitar with me. My student must only have a guitar of their own of any kind. If it's electric, an amp is preferable, but not necessary.
*** Specialties *** Music, Guitar, Bass, Theory, Song Writing, Composition, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Advanced Harmonic and Rhythmic Concepts, Group Playing I am schooled in Jazz, but have a passion for all styles, including rock, blues, country, funk, folk, punk, and world music.
Randall D. May 14, 2015
Bluegrass Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
My first lesson was wonderful! I have been playing guitar for 20 years, and have been in a rut for the last several. Scott has already challenged me in my first lesson and I have direction for personal practice.
barbara F. August 27, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
Scott is not only an amazing guitarist, but he is a superb teacher. Kind, supportive, and has an uncanny ability to break-down difficult pickings and strums into understandable and easy to follow directions. Most importantly, very patient. I was self-taught in the 70s when everyone picked up a guitar, stopped as an adult and am now re-starting it again after 30 years-and enjoying every moment. Scott is able to teach any type of music or song and intuitively understands and teaches the guitar style that the student would like to learn. Any student who studies with Scott should consider themselves fortunate. Not only does he know his stuff, he is passionate about music and passing on this musical knowledge to his students.
Kevin M. April 29, 2014
Worlds greatest guitarist gives lessons (and he's a good guy too)
I have been taking lessons with Scott for almost 10 years. Lessons have varied from ear training to guitar to songwriting. He is one of the most knowledgable and gifted musicians/ teachers I have ever known.
Lesson structures have been both formal and informal (at my request). I take a lot of information and knowledge home from each one and plenty to practice. Whether you want to learn a song or you want to learn theory, he can explain anything clearly and comfortably meeting you on your skill level.
I was really uncomfortable with where I was musically when I first started taking lessons. Almost immediately after starting with Scott I was confident in talking with other musicians in their language.
Do yourself and anyone who hears you make music a favor, and get a lesson with Scott!
Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to music and teaching. That passion would lead me to attend Berklee College of Music, and after graduating, move to New York to pursue a career as a music educator.
I began teaching professionally in 2007 while still attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College. During my time at CGCC, I was a co-founder and tutor of the Music Theory Study Group. In my last year at the college, I won first place in the composition division for the Artists of Promise contest with my electric guitar concerto titled "IDP's of Darfur Prelude and Concerto," which
granted me a chance to perform it at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Shortly after the performance, I was awarded with the 2008 Most Outstanding Theory and Composition Student Award.
During my time at Berklee, I worked on projects involving composition, performance, and production/engineering. Throughout my time at Berklee, I was featured on several performance and recording sessions as a guitarist. During my last year, I was an orchestrator for "Curtain up!," a student concert that featured original musical theatre works, and was selected to lead The Cooperative Big Band, a student organized ensemble for senior jazz composers.
Currently, I teach children and adults within a wide range of formats including private lessons, summer camp, rock band classes, and theory classes.
*** Lesson Details *** My philosophy as a teacher starts first and foremost on the idea that music should be enjoyed. With that in mind, I feel it is my role as a private instructor is to leverage what it is students enjoy about music as a means to expand their comfort with performance and musical concepts. An advantage to the private lesson setting is that it allows the instructor to taylor the curriculum and approach to the individual student. I am here to help students discover, set, and reach goals that fit them, as well as expose them to musical styles, content, and ideas that they might not discover on their own.
*** Studio Equipment *** Raven RG100 amp, 1/4 cable, music stand, and tuner.
For production: KRK Rokit5 Monitors, Mackie 1202VLZ mixer, basic acoustic dampening, and Mac Mini with Logic, Pro Tools, Reason, Sibelius, Finale, Izotope, and Waves Plugins.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring my own instrument, students are expected to provide their own instrument, and, as needed, amplification. I recommend students have their own music stands and tuners.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary styles, including pop/rock, funk, jazz, and metal to name a few.
Karin Z. August 22, 2013
A great person and a great teacher.
At first I hesitated starting guitar lessons with my child because of his young age, but then met Eric. My child has a short attention span but Eric managed to keep him engaged and happy about playing the guitar! He is really intuitive and understands children very well. He knew how to eliminate distraction during the lessons, and how to keep my boy focused and interested.Â
Songwriter for many artists in Poland and in Us. Some of his songs were awarded on many competition in Europe, USA. Lessons will help you to develop your harmonizations abilities, will expand the way of using lyrics, and will show you how to built up successful and original songs.
*Composer, songwriter, pianist, musicologist. * Teacher at New York Conservatory (2015-presence), Tichner Music School in Poland(2014), Melody Music Studios (KY), Gloria Music Academy (KY) (2013-2014) * His pieces many times awarded many times including: 2013 Iron Award in Composition in Cleveland (OH) *Artist Diploma in Composition from Carnegie Mellon (2013) *Master Degree in Composition from Music Academy in Cracow (2010) *Master Degree in Musicology from Jagiellonian University in Cracow (2008) *Have been playing piano for about 20 years to date, including: Carnegie Contemporary Ense
mble, accompanist for ballet, singers, conducting classes, solo. *Taught piano in South Korea, Poland, USA for about 8 years all levels * Creative method of teaching based on exercises and books by: F.Chopin, F.Liszt, H.Neuhaus, M. Niemira. Finger practicing based on the method of M. Niemira. Lessons are focus on imagination, creativity, musicality and technique of producing sound. *Teach: all genres from classical music to pop
Shell L. April 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Learning piano with Jakub is easy and effective! Jakub is excellent at breaking down complex ideas into simple terms, which made it much easier for me to absorb. Jakub also has a few finger excercise that really worked for me, I can hear an improvement in my piano playing in just a month~ Can't wait to see where I am with Piano next month~
Students are raving about their Songwriting instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Donna
"Fawn is original, passionate and a musical genius who makes learning fun
Fawnâs way of teaching is quite original, passionate and always to the point.
She can make the most insecure person get out of their own way and become more secure. Working with her, I get a glimpse of genius in action. She really is a musical genius and I have been learning an incredible amount from her. My songs keep getting better under her training and guidance and I finally got a placement in a sitcom from her re-write. I look forward to watching my own abilities continue to grow and become stronger."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Amber
"Truly incredible teacher!
I love her. She is so sweet, she is amazing. I canât believe how much I have improved on my songwriting, voice and playing an
d I wish I had found her sooner. I would tell all my friends and any one interested in piano, voice, music theory, songwriting or anything having to do with music, to take lessons with her. She is a miracle worker. Incredible and gracious, canât say enough good things about Fawn!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sam
"Best teacher I've ever had. A+
Let me start by saying I've been taking music lessons for over ten years with various instructors. I've recently taken an
interest in song writing and decided to try and find someone who could help me take my songs to the next level. I was really hesitant to take a lesson through Skype, but after about five minutes I knew I'd made the right decision!
Brandon has excellent communication skills and is able to explain things in a fun and effective manner. He might say something a first time using complex terms, but if he thinks I didn't understand him based (probably based on my facial expressions), he'll immediately repeat himself using simpler language that instantly makes sense to me! lol
So far, he's helped me write nine songs. He's also showed me a bunch of tricks to make chord selection a whole lot easier!
Definitely recommend taking a lesson with Brandon!!!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Gregory
Jan is an excellent teacher! She is very creative, fun to work with and puts heart into everything she teaches. Her professional expe
rience and knowledge cover a broad range of musical talents which is perfect for me because she is able to help me with my vocal techniques, dramatic expression and also my songwriting skills. She has opened my eyes to discover the whole story in my songs and uncover deeper emotions in my performances. My wife & daughter have also taken singing lessons from Jan and enjoy her very much."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Corina Rose
"I've been working with Geoff for almost 10 years! He is an amazing person all around - a great friend, a great musician, and a great teacher! Geoff is pat
ient and will go over the same thing as many times as you need. He is creative and likes to try new things and he is also very encouraging of his students to be original and incorporate their own ideas. He is passionate about what he does and he lives his life for music. Geoff is the best teacher I know because he not only gives his students the skills to succeed at anything they want to do in music, but he gives them the motivation to continue with their personal goals!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Ashley
"Richard is very personable, fun to be around and inspiring. I am a singer and started taking lessons from Richard with no experience song-writing. Richard
helped me to produce and record my own original material that sounds great and I couldn't have done it without him."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by adrienne
"Michael provided an amazingly comfortable environment in which I was able to excel as I wrote and recorded a song. He was most encouraging and helpful.
With patience and an avidly apparent talent for music, I was inspired and pushed beyond what I thought I was capable of."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Adam kind of blew my mind. First of all, he had me send an MP3 of the song I wanted to work on before the lesson. He sent me back some brief notes, whic
h I was able to start incorporating into my pre-lesson practice. By the time we actually did the lesson, the song was already in much better shape. The lesson itself was super impressive. Adam was efficient with our time and kept us moving, so we covered a lot of ground - basically all of the essential elements of the song. At the same time, there was space for me to ask questions. Just a really professional and really great guy."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Jason
"Marsha is an intuitive and sensitive artist. Her sense of emotional connection to music is inspiring, and she guides those she works with to stretch beyon
d the expected to chordally go to places that reflect the emotion of a lyric. She challenges writers to lay bare their emotions in their lyrics. Marsha writes and teaches from the heart and is an encourager and champion. I would highly recommend her!"
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