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John C.

Long Island City, NY

About John

I started playing drums in my parents' basement when I was 9 years old. It was just me, a stereo, and a bunch of cardboard boxes I made into my first drumset. Every day, I listened to to my favorite songs over and over again to figure out how to play them. To me, there was nothing more awesome in the world than music.

Since then my musical journey has taken me far and wide. I've studied percussion and composition with world class teachers, toured Europe, composed music for commercials, co-written award winning songs, and performed with a variety of artists at such venues as the Hard Rock Ca
fe, BB King's, World Cafe, 55 Bar, The Living Room, The Bitter End, Shrine, Rockwood Music Hall, and many others. And the one thing that hasn't changed? I'm still totally in awe of it all.

These experiences have helped me to create my own style of teaching that's tailored to each student, whether they want to learn music purely for the enjoyment of it, or take their studies further. Sharing my knowledge and life experience with people is a great feeling. I really enjoy teaching -- In fact, I've learned just as much from teaching my students as they've learned from me.

I continue to perform, teach, and compose original music in New York City with my wife and two pianos.

My Education/Credits: Percussion, Berklee College of Music / Masters in Classical Composition from Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning to play an instrument begins with loving music!

The first question I ask a new student is: "What makes you want to play an instrument?". Some people want to play rock, others pop, and others have many different interests, but it all begins with a love for music.

I teach my students to play their favorite songs right from the start. I believe that when you learn music by figuring it out on your own -- by learning to listen -- you gain something very valuable that you can take with you no matter what your musical goals are.

I'm not a strict teacher, but I believe in being disciplined when it comes to the fundamentals. If you have good technique, it frees you to play anything you want to play.

In a typical hour-long lesson, my beginning students spend from 10-30 minutes on the fundamentals, depending on how much time the student has to practice at home. The rest of the lesson is spent applying what we've learned.

It usually takes just a few months before they're ready to play a song! I also teach students how to play in a band and encourage them to perform with other musicians as soon as possible.

In addition to being a drummer/percussionist, I am a classically trained composer with a background in piano. I teach beginning piano to students who are interested in playing classical music. I also teach music appreciation, theory, analysis and composition to students who want to delve deeper into the world of classical music.

Most importantly -- whether it's drums, piano, or anything else -- I teach in a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of people are nervous about playing a new instrument, and help them to turn that energy into confidence. Once you start performing, everything becomes easier and more fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach these instruments/subjects at these locations:

PIANO:
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

DRUMS/PERCUSSION:
Underground Studios,
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

MUSIC THEORY and MUSIC PERFORMANCE: all locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I teach these instruments/subjects at these locations:

PIANO:
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

DRUMS/PERCUSSION:
Underground Studios,
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

MUSIC THEORY and MUSIC PERFORMANCE: all locations.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, funk, R&B, pop, and many other styles of music on drumset, classical and latin percussion, and classical piano and composition.
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Tommy R. May 21, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is very patient and a great teacher!
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Eunice G. December 22, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
John is a very good piano teacher. He challenges me and is not strict. He has been teaching me about chords and he is making sure that I understand it every step of the way. As we have been going on, we have been playing tougher and tougher pieces while piano is getting easier and easier for me.
(From: Abraham, 11 yrs old, a student of John since Oct. 2013)

He's a great piano teacher. John knows what to do every time I have a song. He knows things if I don't know the answer. He describes the answer to make me understand.
(From: Noah, 8 yrs old, a student of John since Oct. 2013)
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Ivana H. March 9, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent teacher

John is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient with my 12 year old, knows how to explain things to him and always makes the lessons a lot of fun even though my son is not always easy to deal with. We have stuck with John for more then two years now and we are happy he has stuck with us. Thanks to him, my son has made significant progress with the piano, the basics of music theory and general musical appreciation.
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John C.

John C.

Astoria, NY 11105
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$40 / 30-min
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Alex S.

Elmhurst, NY

About Alex

*Note: Availability especially on the weekends can change depending on the week, lessons can be scheduled on a week to week basis

Experience:
BandSeed 2014-Present
Edward B Shallow Junior High School, Brooklyn, NY 2012
Joe's Music And Dance Academy, Queens, NY 2012-2014
Berklee Staff Accompanist Boston, MA 2008-2010
Pike School, Andover, MA 2010
Donn Carr Music Store Peabody, MA 2009
George's Music Store in Berwyn, PA 2003-2004

Notable Performances:
Atlantic Recording Artist: Dyme-A-Duzin 2015
Grammy Award winning artist: Father Goose 2014, 2013
Tony Award winning producer: Dal
e Badway 2013
Stellar Award and GMWA Excellence Award winning artist: Kim Burrell 2013
Grammy Award winning artist: Tarey Torae 2012
Atlantic Recording Artist: Laura Izibohr opening for Brian McKnight 2012
Stellar Award and GMWA Excellence Award winning artist: Maurette Brown Clark 2012
Chris Rob (Roberta Flack, Talib Kweli) 2012
NYC venues such as The Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Irving Plaza, BB Kings, and Joyce Theater 2011

you can find more information on AlexBusbySmith.com

*** Lesson Details ***
I assess where the student is at with regards to where they want to be musically and cater the lesson plan to what the student needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
12-inch guitar amp,12-inch bass amp, 8-inch guitar/bass amp, extra guitar, extra bass guitar, Logic 9 music software and audio interface. Seating is available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I drive I can bring a bass amp or a guitar amp.
They need to have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk
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Daniel J. May 10, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Taking lessons with Alex was awesome! He taught me a lot in just a few lessons and has given me tools for me to learn the bass on my own. I had a great experience and would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Anthony B. April 19, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a great teacher.. He helped me learn new skills and reach a potential that i thought i would never reach. He works with your time and schedule. Im still learning for him so i would advise you book a lesson and try it for you self.
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Cooper W. March 23, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
Alex is a great teacher. Very patient, and dedicated. I was able to learn a lot about bass very quickly from him. I highly recommend him.
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Alex S.

Alex S.

Elmhurst, NY 11373
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$25 / 30-min
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Ross B.

Astoria, NY

About Ross

Ross B. has been teaching for five years in both a school environment - in which he helped develop a performing arts department from the ground up - as well as private lessons, where his students succeeded musically and theatrically performing in shows like Les Misérables and in roles like "Peter Pan." His teaching philosophy is simple. Everyone can sing, many simply don't know how.

Ross is a singer, actor, and headshot photographer who graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Vocal Performance and Psychology, before returning to New York to attend the Dual Degree Masters Program
in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy at New York University. He has performed across the country including Boston, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Jersey and New York in such iconic roles as "Jack" and "The Baker" in Into the Woods, "Curly" in Oklahoma, "Lancelot" in Camelot, "Roger" in A New Brain, "Anthony" in Sweeney Todd, and "Marius" in Les Misérables.
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Justin C. January 19, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I highly recommend taking voice lessons with Ross! I took lessons with Ross for just under a year when he was teaching in the Boston area. First, I was in an a Capella singing class Ross taught. In a short time, he had our group working together well to make good music. Ross is a very positive and encouraging teacher and could always zero in quickly on exactly what we needed to work on to improve our sound. I also took private voice lessons with Ross, and he helped me to successfully prepare an audition for a summer vocal program. As a private teacher, I always felt like he was always able to help me identify a couple of strategies to fix any problem I was having, so I grew a lot as a singer. He has a wealth of knowledge about musical theater, and helped me to really understand the piece I was working on, so I could make my performance come alive. I felt like he really cared about my vocal development and I learned many things that I will always use when I sing.
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Chris R. November 27, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Ross is a fabulous vocal teacher! After spending months working with Ross, I learned a lot about myself and my voice...like learning how to use my voice as an instrument. One of the best things Ross encourages through his teaching style, is the importance of singing the correct way, without straining your voice. Ross is a great person to work with. He takes the time to explain concepts thoroughly and makes sure that you understand. Ross is very personable and makes lessons enjoyable for the student. I strongly recommend Ross for anyone who wants to increase their proficiency in vocal performance!
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Nancy H. November 27, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
My daughter took voice lessons from Ross for just under a year, before he moved to New York. Not only is he an incredibly talented performer himself, he is a very effective teacher as well. My daughter was immediately comfortable with Ross and his teaching style and made great strides in a relatively short period of time. Ross is a knowledgeable and encouraging instructor. I highly recommend him, especially if your interest lies in musical theatre. I only wish he still lived in Boston!
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Ross B.

Ross B.

Astoria, NY 11105
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Jakub P.

Astoria, NY

About Jakub

*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
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Shell L. April 22, 2015
Piano · 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~
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Jakub P.

Jakub P.

Astoria, NY 11105
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ian B.

Astoria, NY

About Ian

Hi, my name is Ian and I have been playing music professionally since 2006 and teaching since 2009. A recent graduate of the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, I am building up my private studio. I am available to teach lessons at a studio location, your home, or online. I have worked with students who are looking to enjoy learning more about music as well as those who are preparing for important auditions and performances. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

When working with children and adolescents, I create a structured learning environment and provide compreh
ensive instruction in instrumental technique, musicianship, and music theory. With adults, I teach them the fundamentals of the saxophone and reading music. As these skills develop, we explore the styles of music that inspire you to play. With all students, I find that studying music has a positive impact on other aspects of their lives, especially academic performance.

I have studied under Reggie Workman, Billy Harper, Bobby Sanabria, Kirk Nurock, and many others and developed expertise in saxophone, improvisation, and composition (classical, jazz, rock, and pop). I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I own both an alto and a tenor saxophone and am happy to work with students who play other saxophones. If you do not yet have a saxophone, I can sometimes arrange to have one available for you to use during the lesson, but I need to know in advance. Eventually, you will need your own instrument to practice. I am always happy to help students with saxophone rentals and purchases!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about lessons or acquiring an instrument. I'd be happy to help.
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Max June 21, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Very good lesson. Excited for the next one.
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Emanuel S. June 1, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Ian is great. My 9 year old was very excited and is looking forward to his next lesson.
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Ian B.

Ian B.

Astoria, NY 11105
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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