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About Al P.

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Sneads Ferry, NC

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Born in Portland ME, Al's parents moved around a lot and finally settled in New York. When Al was 10, he took his first lessons in piano, then later trumpet, guitar, drums and at 13 yrs old decided to stick with bass guitar. At 16, Al joined his first band and was hooked. Since then Al has improved his craft studying with numerous instructors and gained real world experience through playing and touring worldwide with many bands and ensembles, most notably as bassist for Jose Feliciano from 2008 through 2015. Today Al is an independent recording artist concentrating on writing, recording and teaching music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different. I've found that students have vastly different, ages, tastes, goals, and want to learn for different reasons. They also learn and develop in different ways and at different pa
ces. That said, I use the first lesson to determine goals and a general plan for each student.

I consider myself a "groove" player and in my musical world, my focus is on rhythm section work. To get there you must first learn several skills. Technique, Timing, Ear Training, and Theory are what I consider the 4 main "food groups" in the "diet" of any good musician. My job is to steer each individual student down the path that gets them there at their pace AND to make it fun. After all people don't choose to learn because they have too, they choose to learn because they want to. Why? Because it's cool and it's fun!

I like to dedicate a portion of the lesson to having fun with the instrument. A student may be interested in a certain band or bass player and wants to learn their song. I will ask them to bring me the song (I may already know it) and we'll learn it together. I like to play musical, or instrument related games to help the student learn in an non-stressful, happy and fun way. I think it makes a difference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio on first floor: 16 channel mixing console, computer music workstation loaded with Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Reason, and other music software, music stands, guitars, electronic drum set, keyboard, bass and guitar amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to have, or to buy a bass guitar, a practice amp with a 1/4" cable, a metronome, a manuscript book, and a pencil.

I can provide a practice amp, metronome and music stand for lessons only. I also can provide on site repairs of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Blues, Jazz and Funk styles of Music
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Lenny Sieredzinski June 30, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
As a beginner with the bass guitar I could not be any happier with what Al was able to provide me with on our first lesson! I'm Having trouble putting the guitar down and can't wait for our next lesson!
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Dylan D. March 11, 2014
· Bass Guitar ·
Bass lesson With Al

Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about scales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson.
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About Ariella E.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Ariella
I am a bilingual English and Hebrew singer with a great love for teaching. Whether you feel like letting out some steam, learning a new language, working on those high notes or designing your own sound; I am excited to meet you! I have studied (and still studying - learning is endless...) many different techniques and am very committed to sharing what I know with patience and passion.
Lessons are flexible, fun and fit for the students needs. I take great pride in my students success and can't wait to welcome new ones!
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Alizee L. February 8, 2016
· Vocal Training · Online
I just had my first lesson with Ariella, and I can already tell she loves what she does, and it's truly a blessing to be working with her.
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Cathy Sussman August 3, 2015
· Hebrew · Online
I am thrilled to be working with Ariella Edvy in my quest to learn Hebrew. Her approach of using music and video clips to teach make her lessons fun and relevant. But there are two things that really set her apart -- her art of teaching elocution (she makes you feel it!) and her way of modeling her lessons to each individual's learning style.
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Andy D. May 13, 2015
· Hebrew · Online
Awesome instructor!
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About Kiyan T.

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Ridgewood, NY
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About Kiyan
Hello, and thank you for reading!

My name is Kiyan, I am a classically, contemporarily and pop-music trained singer, music director, recording artist, composer, and teacher.

I have studied music of all genres very intensely, including everything from early Baroque technique, opera, musical theater (golden age to contemporary), gospel music, pop music, rock music, all the way to every single Beyoncé riff.

I am currently a full time recording artist and performer. Teaching is the best way to spend my free time. I LOVE having open minded people come to me so I can really show them how to get the best sound out of their bodies. To me, teaching is as much a spiritual, social and mental exercise as it is musical.

I can help you sound as good as you can. I've cured tone deafness countless times, and I have a strong theoretical bac
kground as a pianist for which to fill your brain with information. And we will have so much fun. :)

Cheers, and love!
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GeorgeMichael April 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Kiyan is a great friend of mine whom I reached out to for singing lessons. I am not pursuing vocals as a career, but more for personal enjoyment. Kiyan never once made me feel as if I was new at this and broke everything down to the roots. A superb person and an excellent teacher.
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Adam April 2, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Kiyan is instinctive and insightful as a teacher. Always prepared and definitely intuitive when it comes to learning how his students work. His teaching style is evocative and creative, and always in-tune with what the student needs during each individual lesson. I look forward to lessons and always feel informed and productive. Would recommend him to any student regardless of experience or skill level.
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Albert April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I took vocal lessons with Kiyan for a little over a year and he definitely taught me how to use my voice properly. We did a range of styles from classical to more contemporary music. He also taught me a good amount of music theory as well. If you decided to take lessons with Kiyan, he will certainly cater to your individual needs as a singer, and I'm sure you'll notice improvements with your voice in just a little while after starting lessons!
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About Charissa S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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NOTE: This is about you not me!!!!! DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and everything you need to know about DJ'ing, from harmonic mixing to creating a real journey, what tracks to start/end with, how to beat match. What to expect and how to get booking...agents/managers. Now some of this can be done on-line but I normally teach DJ'ing privately, so lets have a discussion and see how I can help you.
All Ableton course are on-Line or you can choose private using go to meeting which is the platform I utilize to teach.

Charissa S. aka DJRAP has 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She began as a trailblazer in what is called today's 'EDM' in 1988 to become the worlds number one female DJ/Producer and label owner of two record labels: Propa Talent & Impropa Talent Alongside with Goldie,Roni Size and other bass le
gends she helped pioneer a style of music called Drum and Bass.
Skills:
Owner of Music Tech Collective Ableton DJ /Instructor Los Angeles.
Ableton levels 1-6 (beginner to advance)
DJ techniques including Turntables, CDJ’s, and Serrato Level 1-4 (beginner to advance).
One on one music instruction.
Full spectrum music production and performance.
Business course outlining label management, event design, artist and brand development.

OTHER MEDIA/MUSIC IN FILM
DJ Rap appeared in the video for BT's hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured lyrics about her, as well as the video for "Simply Being Loved".
The song "Drummin" & Bassin" appeared on the soundtrack for the video game, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights.
The song "Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Go.
"Good To Be Alive" appeared on the soundtrack for Rogue Trader.
"Bad Girl" appeared on the soundtrack for Jennifers Lopez's film Enough.
"F--k With Your Head" appeared on the soundtrack for Run Lola Run".
LMFAO Remix "Sine Language" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"Bad Girl" appeared in the movie Enough in 2002.
DJ Rap track on The Hills – "I Just Wanna Feel Good".
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for Teenage Mums.
"Party Like A Rockstar" appeared on the commercials for American Idol.
Partially scored soundtrack with Hans Zimmer on "Mission Impossible".
DJ Rap's remix of The Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" appeared on the soundtrack for Skyline.
"I'm Ready" appeared on the soundtrack for The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.

ARTISTS/COLLABORATIONS
DJ Rap has also written songs and performed her own vocals for several artists, including:

BT – "Giving Up The Ghost"
Art of Trance – "Madagascar - Domi Nation Remix"
DJ Hyper – "Dancing With The Lights Out" (awaiting release)
Erick Morrillo – "Happy"
Static Revenger – "Do It Again"
Steve Laroni – "OK Today", "Turn Around", "Sweet Surrender", "Return To Me", "Shattered", "This Is Me"
Fast Eddie – "Drummin" & Bassin"
Stan Walker – "Light It Up" (Sony Records About To Be Released - Australian Idol Winner)
DJ Tydi – "Talking To Myself"
Shelley Harland – "Only Human"
The Matrix – "Give It All Away", "Turning Me On", "Breathe"
Matthew Gerard – "Without You"
Starkillers – "Party Like A Rockstar"
Junior Sanchez – "Superstar"
Brain Matrix – "Lift Me Up", "Back To You"
Chevy Bhorntus – "Synthesis" (co-wrote album)
Ryu And Scoopdeville – "Party Like A DJ"
DJ Eve Falcon – "Good Times"
System 22 – "Good To Be Alive 2011 (Dubstep Mix)"
Aston Harvey And The Freestylers – "Spiritual Aura"
MC Navigator – "Good To Be Alive 2011"
Kenny Ken/G Squad – "Brave New World"

REMIXES
Katy Perry – "Teenage Dream" *
Metasyn – "Back To Life"
Erick Morillo – "Dancin'"
Top Cat – "Ruffest Gunark"
Sharon Forester – "Love Inside"
Da Boss (feat. Blu) – "I'm So"
Amazon 2 – "Deep In The Jungle"
Ferry Cortsen – "Indigo"
Posion Chang – "Love The Woman"
Dub War – "Million Dollar Love"
Dizzy Rascal – "Dance Wit Me" *
Tommy Lee – "Everyone Takes So Long" *
Filter – "Drink it, Snort it, Smoke it" *
Andy Caldwell – "Warrior" *
Blake Lewis – "Binary Love" *
Queen – "Bohemian Rap-sody" *
Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" *
Crystal Method (feat. LMFAO) – "Side Chain The Bass" *
Olive – "You're Not Alone" *
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Nicole Schmitt February 18, 2016
· DJing · Online
super down to earth & genuinely interested in her students and the time she spends with them... I would highly recommend her :)
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sara November 16, 2015
· DJing · In studio
Charissa is an amazing one on one teacher. She goes at your own pace and makes sure you really know what's going on. I'm a slow learner so I love that I can ask her as many questions as I want and when I want! Not to mention, she is one of the coolest down to earth people I've ever met!
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Jenn November 13, 2015
· Ableton · In studio
Such a great teacher, and you can be sure that she knows her stuff. But what I appreciated the most was the fact that she always made sure that I understood the lesson before we moved on to the next. Teachers this great, that truly care about helping their students reach their dreams, are hard to come by these days!
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About Yulia B.

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Chicago, IL
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About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Kate September 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Yulia is a great teacher. She is very patient and can explain the same technique in many different ways until I can understand it and perform it myself. Muscle memory is something you have to practice and she has taught me several methods to help me improve my muscle memory skills.
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Meg December 23, 2016
· Drum · Online
She teaches to the capabilities of the student (however good or not so good they are playing that particular day), is encouraging, very professional, yet personable. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and I look like a hero for finding such a good online teacher. :>) As I had hoped, this beats the heck out of dealing with a local teacher's schedule, dealing with driving traffic and having to find some way to kill 45-60 minutes while I wait on her to finish a lesson locally. 5 Stars for our new friend up North!
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Aruna November 26, 2016
· Drum · Online
Today was my first lesson and I found that Yulia is patient and takes the time to review the parts of the drum set and makes sure you are comfortable with the lessons of the day. She demonstratesd the beats several times to ensure that I got it so when I practice, I practice correctly. So far, so good!
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About Juan J.

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Dallas, TX

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Do you feel stuck with your instrument, overwhelmed with all the information you can access, not sure which is the right direction to get to the next level you desire? I’ve been through that, and I can help you meet you goals, leave frustration behind and have fun!
I’m a music passionate and guitar player for 25 years, with interest in all type of music styles and playing. My goal is to improve your instrument and musical knowledge, but especially to help you have as much fun as possible with it. BEGINNERS ARE VERY WELCOMED !!!I adjust my teaching method and techniques to your goals, besides style and preferences. Acoustic and/or electric, blues, rock, fingerstyle, composition basics, the music theory grounds to play better, and much more! I support my work with YouTube, a few books according to your style and lots of backtracks, self-re
cording and tailored methods to achieve your success. Currently teaching students from TX, MN, CA, NY and LA. Let’s give it a try!
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Tessa August 8, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
He is so patient and helpful! Always sends a detailed summary after each lesson. Great instructor.
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Marla P. April 13, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
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Fadi O. October 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
three lessons in and already learning my first song! i couldn't be happier :)
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About Mark W.

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Bloomington, IL
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I am a professional violist working in the central Illinois region. I've been playing the viola for 21 years, and also am comfortable on the violin as well. I received my Bachelors of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004, double majoring in Music Performance (viola) and in Philosophy. Afterwards, I completed my Masters of Music in 2010 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

I frequently play with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Milliken-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Danville Symphony Orchestra, and others.

In addition to music, my passions carry over to argumentation, literature, long distance running, and writing. I have a fierce eye for grammar and composition, and love to work with students to better their writing and understanding.
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Alma Ocampo November 7, 2016
· Philosophy · Online
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About Shahin M.

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Saratoga, CA

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I love teaching piano. I've taught for eight years, working with children and adults of all levels of experience. My students have said they appreciate my patience, enthusiasm, and careful plan for each lesson to achieve new skills and understanding. Each lesson written exercises which teach theory and reinforce new concepts. My goal is for every student to have the sight-reading, critical-listening, and understanding of theory to make them a complete musician.
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Smrutik S. June 25, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Great piano teacher. Looking forward to work with Mr Sahin for piano lessons
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About Mo B.

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Ardmore, PA
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Hi, my name is Miss Mo. I'm a singer/songwriter with a vast knowledge of all genres of music. My classes are all about you. Your goals. Your voice. I'm patient but persistent in getting the best out of you. I'm very well involved in the music and entertainment community and even have published a children's book series with my son. You are getting so much more than a teacher, you'll be getting complete support.
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About Alexei N.

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Prior to working in software, I played in many classical, folk and rock ensembles throughout the country. I took private violin / viola lessons for 8 years, and private guitar lessons for 5 years. I was the principal violist in my high school orchestra, 1st violin player in the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony and a violist in the USC Concert Orchestra in Los Angeles. I've been in the classical realm for long enough to realize that picking up and playing a guitar is not the same as playing violin and practicing it for many hours.

I started a rock band with my friends in high school, for which I played lead guitar and the occasional drum kit. Playing guitar (solo or in a band) is a lot like playing violin but, the learning curve isn't as steep. You only need to know a few guitar fundamentals before you're ready to play your favorite
rock and acoustic songs. My lessons and teaching style reflect this.

After 4 years of providing guitar instruction in both the group and personal setting, I think I've figured out a way to get my students up and playing while providing the minimum amount of theory and technique instruction necessary to do so. I'll always ask you what your favorite genre of music is and then craft lessons and a curriculum around that. You'll always end each lesson with a tangible skill or song that you can put into practice right away. If we spend the first half of a lesson learning some chords, you'll learn a song that uses those chords in the second half. If you opt instead to tell me a song you'd like to learn, I'll teach you the song and make sure to emphasize the technique and theory components that the song uses.

Playing guitar should be fun, and taking lessons shouldn't feel like a chore. I'll teach you anything you want to learn as long as you approach each lesson with a clear mind and willingness to get better.
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Leslie August 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I never played an instrument before my lessons with Alexei but he was a great teacher and I learned a lot of chords each lesson. By now, I can confidently play in front of my friends and have them sing along, and also be able to improvise and add my own rendition to each piece. This was more than what I set out to do when I started taking lessons, so I'm very happy! Alexei is also very flexible with his times and was able to accommodate my hectic schedule. I wish he hadn't moved to the East Coast!
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Julie August 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Alexei has been a great instructor for my son over the last several months! He knows most of the music my son listens to and has been able to help teach him how to play along to many of his favorite songs. My son has improved substantially and is excited every week for his lessons. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an engaging and knowledgable teacher for their child!
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