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About John A.

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New Milford, CT

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About John
My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.

How do I do it?

I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.

You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that your child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.

I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way,
especially kids.

For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.

I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.

It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.

Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London.
Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records.
Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)

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If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like.
If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1926 Steinway A

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.
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Andrew R. December 31, 2014
· Piano · In home
John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.
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Janet S. July 23, 2014
· Piano · In home
John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.
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Heather S. July 22, 2014
· Piano · In home
My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.
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John A.

John A.

New Milford, CT 06776
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About Aya K.

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Hamden, CT
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Caring teacher with more than 15 years of experience • Strong back ground in music education and performing • Dedicated to create fun yet stable learning environment and inspiring students to do their best

"I enjoy teaching students, helping them build confidence in their ability to achieve and more importantly, share the joy of playing music."

*** Studio Equipment ***
dedicated music room w/ Drum set, Snare, Timpani, Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Congas, Bongos, Djembe, Cajon, Piano

*** Specialties ***
Concert percussion, Marching percussion, Drum-set, Marimba, Timpani, and Hand Drums in all levels and styles
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Henrique January 7, 2018
· Music Performance · In studio
I took lessons with Aya when I was in high school 13 years ago. She was very inspiring and because of her I decided to major in Music. I’m currently finishing my doctorate in Music and I am much indebted to her for exposing me to such a high level of artistry and instilling me with so much confidence at such a young age. I have very fond memories of Aya’s wonderful teaching.
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Kevin June 30, 2017
· Marimba · In studio
I used to take lessons with her when I was in high school. Because of her, I got in the all state band two years in a row and I had a blast.
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Michael June 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
She is a great drum teacher. I've learned so much and really enjoy taking lessons with her.
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Aya K.

Aya K.

Hamden, CT 06514
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About Brian H.

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Guitarist Brian H. studied at The Hartford Conservatory and the Hartt School of Music, graduating at the top of his class with honors from The Hartford Conservatory. Brian has been a guitar and bass instructor at Choate Rosemary Hall since 1999. Brian also teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, The Music Shop in Southington, and is the owner of Guitar Star Studio, located in Glastonbury, CT. In the past, he taught at The Hartford Conservatory and Riccardo's Music in East Hartford.

Brian has performed in many bands with diverse styles of music. As a past member of the John Jeski band for 13 years, he was a voting member of the Grammy Awards. Brian has 25 years experience playing in rock/pop bands, and currently performs with country artist Frankie Justin Lamprey. He has had the opportunity to perform several times a
t the Oakdale Theater, the Rock Cats Stadium, and has also done a number of radio and television interviews. Brian has provided liturgical music for many years in CT; also, in Sicily and Rome. Mr. H is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping his students master the art of guitar.

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In the first half of the lesson, students can expect to learn music fundamentals from a guitar method book, i.e. how to read music; I also teach guitar tablature. Depending on ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced), I will show them chords, scales and how to play a guitar solo. The second half of the lesson is spent with the student learning their favorite songs and building a repertoire (song list) for possbile future performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home: Seating for parents. I provide the amp, instrument cable and music stand. I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a guitar and notebook. If the student does not have a guitar, I will give a referral for reasonably priced guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Pop, Jazz, & Beginner Classical

Pick and Finger style Guitar & Bass
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Joannie M. June 25, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons from Brian for a little over a year. His style is both patient and encouraging. I admire his ability to "hear the music"....every note ! I am an adult who has wanted to learn guitar for many years and thrilled to have found Brian. He truly displays a desire to teach at a pace that is comfortable. I would recommend him to folks of all ages.
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Brian H.

Brian H.

Glastonbury, CT 06033
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$40 / 30-min

About Tim M.

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Manchester, CT
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I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
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Sam February 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tim is an excellent guitar teacher and an overall great guy. He provided me with structure and support, enabling me to make the most out of my practice and ultimately progress as a player. His warm personality and contagious enthusiasm for music kept me looking forward to our time together each week. He was also very flexible when it came to scheduling to accommodate for my dynamic schedule.
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Brad January 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Tim is an excellent teacher, providing excellent advice, practice techniques, and insights. He makes learning and improving easy and enjoyable.
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Tucker January 20, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Heading into my first class with Tim, I had almost no musical experience (at least for the last 15+ years). In a very casual way, he was able to get a sense of where I was and where he should start with my instruction.

I was very reluctant to take lessons at first, but my wife got me started with Tim and it was really worth it. He was accommodating to my relatively slow speed of learning and easily adapted to my own musical preferences and interests.

His studio is a great space and is located within a really cool, historic building. The sound is fantastic and it's a comfortable space to practice in.

I highly recommend Tim for lessons - especially for adults who may not be able to dedicate hours a day to practicing. I took lessons weekly for three months and I got a great foundation for practicing. Once my life settles down a little, I definitely hope to go back.
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Tim M.

Manchester, CT 06042
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About Luther A. B.

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Bridgeport, CT

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About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
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Stephen December 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Glad to have met him. Super solid and getting me back on a lesson track after many years away from the piano.
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Keith W. November 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Luther is an awesome teacher. There are no shortcuts with learning music, despite what the Internet may say. Luther will take you down a path that, with commitment and practice, you will gain the skills to play any style. He will help you master proper fundamentals that can be built on. He has years of experience, and a proven methodology of teaching that will benefit anyone who will apply it.
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April C. November 6, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Excellent quality and friendly teacher. Couldn't be more pleased!
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Bridgeport, CT 06604
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About David R.

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Brewster, NY
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Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg
ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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James December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson
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Carol September 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Marcus B. September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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David R.

Brewster, NY 10509
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$30 / 30-min

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I have loved playing the violin since I started playing at age 5! I continue to learn and grow on the violin every day and love to share what I have learned. I studied at Juilliard and love to teach as well as play.
Whether starting a beginner, erasing technical "black holes"in a continuing players journey or rebuilding a returning adult player, it's always fun!
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Danette December 21, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Such a great talent with an intuitive ability to know what each student needs to succeed. So happy I found her.
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Beryl D.

Beryl D.

Wilton, CT 06897
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$50 / 30-min

About Brian A.

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Bridgeport, CT

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I'm an experienced teacher with a background as a full time touring musician. I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance. The focus of my music career has always been playing original music with bands but teaching has always been something I've loved too.

I've studied both classical and jazz but my favorite thing to teach people is songs. I love learning new songs and writing practical simple charts that show how they work. Playing and singing together for the first time is something magical. It's an amazing feeling and helping people learn how to do it makes me happy.

I've been teaching music for over twenty years and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with new students.
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Brian A.

Brian A.

Bridgeport, CT 06604
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$42 / 30-min

About Shiqi Z.

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East Haven, CT

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Shiqi Zhong, a rising star of Chinese Young Percussionist, was born in 1995. Mr.Zhong began his percussion journey at age of three and soon was recognized as a "percussion prodigy" in his native hometown, Nanjing. As a modern percussionist, Mr. Zhong’s music and performing style represents the new voice and the spirit of 21st century Chinese percussion music.
As a percussion soloist, Mr.Zhong began to perform on stage at the age of five. At age of seven, he has performed many times on behalf of the Chinese Culture Bureau with Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe, where he served as a leading performer and premiered the piece - “Fun Drum”. At age of ten, Mr.Zhong performed many concerts and toured in China for the purpose of culture exchange on behalf of the middle school of China Conservatory. Mr. Zhong’s solo performances has been hea
rd in many countries, such as United States, Singapore, South Africa, Mauritius, etc.
As a classical percussionist, Mr.Zhong collaborated with a number of world class conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Mikhailovich Jurowski, Rossen Milanov and so on. Mr.Zhong served as an orchestra percussionist and toured many places such as Britain, Germany, Finland, Poland, Singapore, United States, etc.
Mr. Zhong has been a prize winner in several competitions, including the 2015 Modern Snare Drum Competition(Fourth Place), the 2013 PAS KoSA Marimba Competition(First Prize), the 2011 International Chinese Marimba Competition(First Prize), the 2008 Jiangsu Province “Music Cup” Competition (Second Prize), and the 2007 Beijing Folk Music Competition (Sunshine Award). As a composer, Mr.Zhong performed his original composition, The Drum Moves the Heart, at the International Chinese Arts Festival in 2009.
Mr.Zhong is currently pursuing a master degree in percussion music at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Professor Robert van Sice with the full scholarship and an additional academic scholarship. Mr.Zhong previously studied at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard Pre-College and the middle school of China conservatory.
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Shiqi Z.

Shiqi Z.

East Haven, CT 06512
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$100 / 30-min

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Woodbury, CT
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Touring Musician and best selling author of the following books and videos

Teach Yourself Rock Bass
Teach Yourself Fretless Bass
Improvising Rock Bass
Heavy Metal Riffs for Bass 
The Harmonic Colours for Bass
6 String Bass Builders
Mastering the Electric Bass Vol 1 & 2

Writer for Bassics, Bass Frontiers, Downbeat and Jazz Imporvisation

David has played with many well known acts including Stephen Stills, Corey Glover, Peter Wolf, Paul Nelson, John Parr and is now accepting students on 4, 5 or 6 string fretted and fretless bass.

Former students include Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith

I will create a program individually tailored to each student.
Lessons include Theory, Technique, and Repertoire.
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Andy December 16, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher. Explained everything patiently.I learned a lot
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David G.

David G.

Woodbury, CT 06798
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$35 / 30-min

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