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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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Carol D.

Jackson Heights, NY

About Carol

HEALTH COACHING & NUTRITION LECTURES -
I'm a Board Certified health coach and currently teach groups and individuals about healthy living, food, cooking and exercising. I love helping people get healthier and happier!!!

I am certified and teach YOGA, ZUMBA AND TAI CHI in many places throughout New York. I work in a variety of studios and out of my home.

VOCAL COACHING - I love music, performing and and teaching individuals and groups of all ages to sing and to use music to express themselves! Learning to perform at any early age and to tap into our musical intelligence and creativit
y can build inner strength, character and confidence. Music is a means to explore, enjoy and center one's life. My performance experience includes solo cabaret shows, concerts and various venues including the United Nations, private & corporate parties and restaurants in the NYC area. I am the choral director for a women's chorus that has performed internationally.

My teaching experience includes private lessons, teaching choruses, creating and facilitating workshops at NYU and The New School on vocal care, improvisation, songwriting, vocal technique, stress management and using music as a healing tool. I have worked with toddlers, young children, teenagers and senior citizens. Musical styles include pop, Broadway, jazz, country, folk, contemporary and classical.

I have BA in Music/Music Therapy from The New School University

*** Lesson Details ***
VOICE LESSONS - What I teach:

Music theory basics & ear training
Breath technique & vocal warm ups
Finding your musical style and vocal range
Identifying the best keys for your songs
Using a metronome and pitch pipe
Microphone technique and stage presence
Organizing your music and lessons & creating a practice schedule
Improvisation and songwriting
Vocal care for teachers and singers with vocal problems

The first lesson begins by discussing goals with my student, a collaborative effort. Songs will be chosen to work on either suggested my be or at the students request.

My approach to teaching is holistic engaging the breath and the body to create the energy flow needed to project the voice. I spend half of a lesson on breath work, ear training, scales and other voice production techniques. Instruments may also be used to learn music theory concepts and to explore rhythms and improvisation. I encourage students to have a performance goal and can make suggestions and support students in actualizing opportunities to perform what they've learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The space where I teach is quiet, spacious, comfortable and includes a professional size piano, microphone, and a variety of musical instruments (drums, chimes, rhythm instruments)
*** Specialties ***
Vocal Health, Music Therapy, Group Singing and Improvisation.
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Diana July 7, 2015
Music Therapy · In studio
Carol Is an excellent teacher and trainer. She trained me in a coaching program at Performance Wellness.org. Carol is passionate and very talented. She brings many gifts to all of her programs. I highly recommend Carol as a teacher and a trainer.
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Liz July 7, 2015
Singing · In studio
Carol is a sensitive, encouraging teacher who truly listens to her students. She utilizes many useful techniques to assist in improving your singing. Breath work and other Performance Wellness techniques are wonderfully applied to help you enjoy the process of stretching your abilities and singing in your full range!
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Carol D.

Carol D.

Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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$40 / 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.

Astoria, NY 11105
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$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
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$30 / 30-min
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Michelle S.

Astoria, NY

About Michelle

Every student is unique, and I tailor my lessons to best meet their individual needs. It is important to me that students learn through lessons that are insightful, interactive and fun! :) I began teaching in 1999 and have students of all ages and experience levels. Most recently a student of mine booked a contract for the national tour of "A Christmas Story!"

In addition to being a voice and piano teacher, I am also a professional performing artist, singing on stages both in NYC and all over the world. I have a graduate degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory. My musical trainin
g began in 1982 and has encompassed voice, flute and piano.

I am happy to discuss pricing packages and the possibility of having lessons in your own home, as well as any additional scheduling options I may have available.
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Noreen H. March 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, she's very patient and encouraging. Michelle helps instill confidence in her students. I had an awesome time relearning piano with her. Michelle is a great option for both children and adults
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Erin P. January 14, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I can't say enough good things about Michelle! I've taken voice lessons for years, but since graduating college any formal study had fallen by the wayside. Then a friend asked me to sing in her wedding and I needed help getting ready. In just two months, Michelle helped me get out of my head and into my body in a way that I hadn't been able to get to before. Even though Michelle was helping me prepare specific pieces, her strategies and insight helped me to re-solidify my foundation for how I sing. With Michelle, I've been able to find a freedom and ease in my voice that hadn't been able to achieve before. She's skilled and effective, and just a lovely person on top of it all!
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Ashley V. December 1, 2014
Michelle and I worked together on the National Tour of Oliver. When not on stage or traveling, we spent our hours talking vocal technique and working together on exercises conducted by Michelle. I was especially impressed by Michelle's ability to speak my language when it came to accessing my voice. She used her Alexander Technique training to get me out of my head allowing me to trust my own voice. The vocal freedom I was able to access with Michelle was so valuable and I am excited to work with her again.
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Michelle S.

Michelle S.

Astoria, NY 11105
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