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Melvin W.

Corning, NY

About Melvin

With over twenty years experience playing in almost every conceivable style and genre of music, I have a lot to offer every student looking to update their skills. From Rock, Jazz, to Classical, Bluegrass, Flatpicking, and Fingerstyle, to every Contemporary Worship, Lead Guitar, you name it, I can teach it. I currently assist in leading worship with a medium sized church (approximately 300 people), both adult Sunday services, and for our youth group ministry. I have played in Rock ensembles, Jazz ensembles, and I direct a collegiate instrumental performing ensemble. I have the experience and e
xpertise to take your playing to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I typically have guitar amps and cables at the store where I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar. The student needs to bring their own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Method books used: Hal Leonard, Alfred, Mel Bay, Progressive, Berklee.

Specialization: Guitar theory, proper technique, fingerstyle, pickstyle, Jazz, Classical, Rock, World Music, Christian Worship.
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VanB March 6, 2014
20111-13 Review

Technically very proficient. Needs to continue to meet the student at their proficiently and method of learning and help them with the next big step. It has helped me considerably to have him break down the learning into parts that can be combined once proficiency in the base level parts is achieved. Thanks for being willing to try new things!!
Achievements: Has mentored me through the following fundamental changes in playing:
1. Different pick placement between thumb and finger
2. Percussive strum
3. Tempo - have improved ability to keep tempo to metronome - still much more work on my end.
4. Rythmn - improvement - still struggle with more complex synchopation picking and strumming.
5. Key work pieces - Through Guitar 2 book; Knee Deep; Boxer; Girl from Ipanema; Halleluah; now working on Layla
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LaurenceM March 6, 2014
Mel Williams guitar lessons

Even after playing guitar & piano for many years and learning a lot on my own, deciding to take guitar lessons from Mel was one of the best decisions I have made.
He's extremely knowledgable with everything related to playing guitar and is able to answer every question I ever have. He's also a very talented player and is motivating to watch play. He makes it look so easy and fun that it makes you want to keep pushing to improve. I've had times when I couldn't get to my lesson on time unless I skipped going home to get my guitar so I had to go to my lesson without my guitar. Even those lessons were valuable and worth the time. Mel is very easy to talk to and listens to the goals and questions brought to him. I would highly recommend Mel to anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge and ability on the guitar.
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JefferyL March 6, 2014
Really great teacher!

There is a lot to say about Melvin. First of all, not only is he a great teacher but he is such a great guy. He is a dedicated teacher and he really loves to teach. He loves to see his students grow from the lessons he gives. He works at Marich Music located in Corning, he is a teacher at Corning Community College, and he is also a teacher at a store called Robert M. Sides at the Arnot Mall located in Horseheads. If anyone that I know is starting to learn the guitar, I would tell them to either go to Marich Music where he works to receives private lessons or I would tell them to sign up for his guitar classes at Corning Community College.

He can teach you from the basic chords and songs to start with, your basic scales, and how to read music. To intermediate techniques, the theory behind playing the guitar, lead guitar, power chords, pentatonic scales, more chords. All the way to advanced playing which is self explanatory. Pretty much what you need to actually play in any type of band. Melvin is really patient with his new students and he wants to see his students learn from him. He can teach you anything from Rock, Metal, Country, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Reggae, and a lot more styles of music.

Overall, he is a dedicated, hard working, strong, Christian man and a wonderful teacher! If anybody that is reading this review and considering getting lessons from him then I will say, GO FOR IT! He will help you with anything you need for music and you can ask him anything you want. He will answer you!
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Melvin W.

Melvin W.

Horseheads, NY 14845
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Christian D.

Spencerport, NY

About Christian

Christian D. has been playing saxophone for seventeen years. Growing up in Rochester, N.Y, he attended Churchville-Chili High School and attempted to take every music class his school had to offer. He was always very involved in his school’s music program. He took private lessons with Mr. Terry Bacon (a graduate from Eastman School of Music) for eight years before going to college. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical with Dr. Wildy Zumwalt and jazz with Bruce Johnstone.

 At Fredonia, Christian was involved in everythin
g the music program had to offer. He participated in major ensembles, a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, a big band, and a jazz sax combo in addition to his regular course load. He was a founding member of the Bogus on Temple Blues Band that actively played in the Fredonia area for a year and a half. He is also a member of the musical fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Christian recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He is actively playing gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
During his time at school he has played with numerous artists, including Conrad Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. He plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area, including Night Trane, a jazz combo he helped found.

Christian has been in many elite bands since the start of his career as a musician. He has participated in the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Band, Hochstein School of Music Junior Wind Symphony, All-County Band, and New York Area All State band, as well as performing as a soloist for the All-County orchestra his junior year in high school.
Christian has received many awards to merit his efforts in music. Some of these include the Eastman Award given to high school juniors who plan to major in music and who excel above others in school. He also received a $200 scholarship for his jazz-playing ability from the Independence Jazz reunion.
At Fredonia, Christian was involved in everything the music program had to offer. He participated in major ensembles, a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, a big band, and a jazz sax combo, in addition to his regular course load. He was a founding member of the Bogus on Temple Blues Band that actively played in the Fredonia area for a year and a half. He is also a member of the musical fraternity of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Now that his BM is completed, Christian is pursuing his Masters in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studies with Bob Malach and Joel Weiskopf. He is actively playing gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school. When he is home he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area, including Night Trane, a jazz combo he helped found.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cater my lessons to the students' wants and needs. I suggest various exercises to study in effort to make each student reach their fullest potential. I push each and every one of my students, regardless of their goals as a musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Selmer Series III Soprano
Selmer C** Mouthpiece with Vandoren Java 4s
Selmer Mark VI Alto
Vintage Berg Larsen with Rico Jazz Select 2H
Selmer Reference Tenor
Vintage Otto Link with Rico Jazz Select 3S
Buffett E11 Clarinet
Brad Behn Mouthpiece with Vandoren 3.5
Armstrong Flute
Casio Privia Piano
MacBook Pro
Zoom Recorder
Various method books and music

*** Specialties ***
Woodwind Doubling
Jazz
Classical
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Jennifer July 15, 2015
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
We only had our first lesson, but it was great! He was talented, knowledgeable and patient with my 12 year old. Looking forward to learning more!
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Jacey M. July 14, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Christian is an amazing teacher!
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Alexander M. July 10, 2015
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
This is my son's first time taking online lessons and he loves them! Christian is always on time, motivating and great at his craft. I find my son practicing more than ever to be sure he's ready for the next lesson. I can already hear improvement in his playing after 3 lessons. Christian please keep up the great work...you ARE making a difference!
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Christian D.

Christian D.

Romulus, NY 14541
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$20 / 30-min
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Erik J.

Ithaca, NY

About Erik

Hello! My name is Erik and I'm excited to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2004 and have loved helping my students learn how to read and comprehend music, improvise and perform, as well as prepare for college auditions.

I went to Western Michigan University and earned a degree in Clarinet Performance and Composition in 2012 and then did graduate work at Ithaca College in upstate NY where I currently live/teach.

I offer comprehensive teaching in a number of musical instruments and genres, but I love learning and instructing helps me develop in the other areas of my lif
e. So i'm here to offer my knowledge on sports psychology, yoga, meditation, language, and anything else that I can help with.
I've played in symphony orchestras, concert bands, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, rock bands, irish sessions and more!!!

I'm very excited to hear from you!
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Erik J.

Erik J.

Ithaca, NY 14850
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$15 / 30-min
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Abigail S.

Binghamton, NY

About Abigail

I am a classically trained soprano and working performer pursuing my masters degree in conjunction with my first young artist training program. I began teaching as part of my graduate assistantship in September 2014 and fell in love! I have over 10 years of musical, performance, directing, and acting training and have a working knowledge of multiple genres of musical repertoire. I'm comfortable with all ages and stages of training, whether you've had lessons before or if this is your first time studying music! While I am primarily a classical singer, I have extensive experience with musical
theatre, jazz, pop music, and more. I focus on classical technique in order for my students to healthily sing any genre of music! I have also acted in straight and musical theatre and have directed productions and am available for acting work and audition prep (dramatic coachings and discussing repertoire.) I am an incredibly passionate individual and I want my students to enjoy the journey.
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Abigail S.

Abigail S.

Binghamton, NY 13902
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ashley D.

Waverly, NY

About Ashley

I am a beginners guitar and vocal trainer. Focusing on rhythm and chord structure as well as a basic vocal workout is my first priority in getting you playing and singing. Any age group, I would love to help you learn to play and sing.
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Ashley D.

Ashley D.

Waverly, NY 14892
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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