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About John A.

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New Milford, CT

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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.

New Milford, CT 06776
(7)
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$25 / 30-min

About Thomas F.

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Torrington, CT

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Tom has a music degree focused in guitar performance and a combined professional teaching and performance career that spans over twenty years.

Tom began teaching in 1994 and still practices today instructing students of all ages on guitar and bass techniques, as well as music theory.

Tom is very laid back and embraces working at the pace that each of his students feels most comfortable. Lessons are about the student’s ambitions. If it is learning their favorite songs or a deep dive into music theory, jazz improvisation or songwriting it can be covered in strides that seem fit to the student. Books can be used for guidance and a custom lesson plan created that will fit specific criteria desired to be achieved by the student. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it!!
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Amy P. October 29, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
My son has enjoyed his lessons with Thomas. Looking forward to eventually moving onto the guitar.
Definitely recommend!
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Mark June 8, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Tommy is an excellent Guitar teacher...very knowledgeable!
I am a beginner and Tommy was very patient, positive and encouraging
Highly recommend!
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Thomas F.

Torrington, CT 06790
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$25 / 30-min

About William P.

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Waterbury, CT

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About William
Hello everyone. My journey into teaching has opened up so many doors for me and has made me a better instructor. I have been participating in music programs from the age of 3. Music is my passion. I have learned many instruments along the way, and I have pressed through to achieve not only my academic aspirations, but my personal goals as well. I tailor my lessons to my students, pin pointing what we need to work on, and reinforcing what is already going well. I can come to you in person, or via internet. My goal is to help you reach your goals musically, and to encourage you in your journey to becoming a musician.
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liam November 16, 2018
· Singing · In home
Great first lesson! Can't wait to proceed and grow in ability/technique.
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Joane C. April 12, 2018
· Singing · In home
I started my singing class today.I was so happy to meet Mr. William, when it was time for me to pick an instructor something just told me to choose him and I’m glad I did because the way he teaches is unbelievable.
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robin March 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
I've been waiting to learn piano for 40 years and Will made it easy and fun. I was thrilled to be playing my first song with both hands by the end of my first lesson.
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William P.

Waterbury, CT 06710
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$25 / 30-min

About Don D.

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Lake Katrine, NY
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About Don
Hi,
My name is Don and have been teaching guitar for many years. Currently I teach at my home studio in Lake Katrine, N.Y. From 2015 - 2017 I taught at the New York School of Music in Walden, N.Y. From 2003 -early 2015 I was a staff instructor at Imperial Guitar and Soundworks of Newburgh, N.Y.
I teach all levels and ages for such styles as Classical/Flamenco Guitar(including ABRSM EXAM PREP.), Blues, Rock, Shred, Metal, Jazz, Country, and General Instruction for Beginners and those just wanting "to know how to play some tunes.".
I tailor instruction to my students' goals... not mine. Goal #1..we're having fun as we learn !.. this is not to be confused with Navy Seals Training !
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Brett B. April 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Don was wonderful with our son Brett, who enjoyed his first lesson immensely. We are definitely in this for the long haul with Don! He was very patient and very attentive to Brett.
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David August 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Had a great first lesson with Don. I believe I will progress nicely under his tutelage. Already have a lot to work on.
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Aneiah November 7, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Years ago I took Guitar Lessons at a local music store ( a very prominent one) as a raw beginner and quickly became frustrated with my lack of progress. Although my teacher was a great player and "very hot" to look at I soon began to feel like I was merely his "practice dummy."... I'd play the chords he showed me, endlessly,... while he seemed to be just practicing his solo playing. ... I then tried On-Line Lessons from various sites which were actually even less helpful and soon just lost interest completely.
A friend of mine said she had taken lessons from a Don DeBold for about 5 years before going off to college and highly recommended him.
I've now been taking lessons from Don for almost 2 years and having a blast ! I've learned how to play along with most of my favorite songs (mainly Blues and Rock) and now I'm learning to play Solo Guitar that needs no accompaniment !
Unlike my first teacher, during many lessons Don barely plays or even has his Strat on his lap because he's busy concentrating on what I'm doing !
He's a stickler yet lots of fun at the same time> I super recommend him as a Guitar and Music Teacher !!! Aneiah J.
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Don D.

Lake Katrine, NY 12449
(10)
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$25 / 30-min

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
(15)
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About Tom P.

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New Haven, CT
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I have been playing trumpet for over 10 years. I've been gigging around the New Haven area for about two years now, and have played numerous styles. From traditional jazz, to bebop, to New Orleans Second Line, to Funk. Being immersed in these styles has made me very accustomed to playing in those styles, which I will able to share with you!

I'm currently enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University, pursuing a bachelors in Music with plans on getting my masters in music education.

I'm somewhat of a "theory-nerd", meaning I have a deep appreciation for music theory, and it's application. From reading sheet music, to identifying scales to use over chords, I will assist you in whatever it is you want to be improved.
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Bryce February 25, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Teacher not only provided help and techniques for my range and playing but also taught me about the theory and scales behind soloing. I am now the lead trumped in my high school band and jazz band thanks to weekly lessons
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John February 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Provided a lot of insight into what I was doing wrong on the instrument, and gave me good exercises to do weekly. Definitely recommend.
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Tom P.

New Haven, CT 06515
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$25 / 30-min

About David G.

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Woodbury, CT
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About David
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.

Woodbury, CT 06798
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Jon B.

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Seymour, CT

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Hi. My name is Jon Blanck and I am a full time professional musician. I play live shows, have recorded on over 40 albums. My albums have hit #1, #5 and #8 on USA radio. My compositions/arrangements have appeared at the Apollo Theater and on networks such as ABC, NBC, PBS, ESPN2 and FOX. To learn more about me, you can visit my website: JonBlanckMusic.com.

Let's work together to tailor your music lessons to the musician that you want to be. I cover: technique/sight reading, fun extra songs, music theory, ear training, improvisation, jazz studies, recording and technology, jam sessions, preparation for college, composing/arranging and score writing.

Let me know the intensity that you would like to work at and I will help adjust your work load to fit the amount of time that you want to put in. I'm used to all commitment levels from studen
ts who just want to have some fun and practice a few times a week, to students who are planning a career in music and practice 3-5 hours a day.
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Becca February 25, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
I have been taking lessons with Jon for almost four years now, and I am certain that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for these lessons! Jon has helped me prepare for college and develope a stronger foundation in terms of theory, ear training, and many other aspects of music. He is definitely the best music teacher I have ever taken lessons from. He teaches in a way that is engaging, is encouraging, and is dedicated to making sure you understand the material as opposed to memorizing theory without the background. Jon is flexible to whatever area of music you are interested in working on, but also provides enough structure so that his students can improve. Jons background and experience make him a really amazing teacher!
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Jon B.

Seymour, CT 06483
(1)
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$42 / 30-min

About Bianca B.

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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About Bianca
Bianca Barragan is currently a Senior Music Major at Vassar College under the guidance of soprano Rachel Rosales. Throughout her college career Bianca has been a prominent member of Vassar College CoOPERAtive the only student run opera organization. Roles in past productions have included Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Violet in A Childhood Miracle. Bianca has also participated in the audition based Opera Workshop for her Freshman and Sophomore year under the instruction of Drew Minter and Miriam Charney. She has also acted in the shows Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again and the Regional Tour of James and the Giant Peach as Aunt Sponge. When Bianca is not singing she can be found doing stand up comedy with her comedy group Indecent Exposure.
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Bianca B.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
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$50 / 30-min

About Shanhui S.

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Annandale on Hudson, NY
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About Shanhui
Shanhui is a gifted Trumpet Player with a proven track record in delivering flawless performances to live audiences. Successful in displaying excellent posture, strong embouchure and vast octave range playing abilities. As a Bard Conservatory Full Scholarship Recipient, she played Principal trumpet for various repertoire throughout duration of degree. Performed as offstage soloist with Bard Conservatory Orchestra in Mahler Symphonies No. 1 and No. 3, Led sectional rehearsals with a group of music professionals, Traveled with Conservatory Orchestra on tour through Cuba, South Korea, Macao, and etc.
Competent offering 13 years of experience in playing the trumpet with precision in a professional capacity. As a soloist, she performed a solo concert which coordinated with professional players in various kinds of instrument, including percuss
ion, piano, and brass instruments. In 2014,
she awarded the First Prize in the Jeju International Trumpet competition in South Korea.Accomplished in working diligently to learning complex music and maintaining perfect form to provide exceptional live performances. Expert in harmonizing with others and confident when performing solo.
As a dependable Youth Specialist highly effective at promoting behavioral and social development. Work well with staff, kids and families to implement comprehensive support services.
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Shanhui S.

Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504
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$34 / 30-min

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