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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, Blueg
rass, 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 expertise 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.


Ed June 7, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
I Highly reccomend Mr. Mel Williams for all Guitar Instruction and Performances.
a.) I have taken Guitar Lessons from Mel. Learning so many basics, improved
Chord Progressions. Scales, Leads, Rythmn, He always is full of energy in
teaching and makes the student feel good about our progress.
b.) I have seen Mel perform and joined him at many events. He is always prepared
and practiced with the music. Some examples of Events or "Gigs" hes' done are Rock Band, College Band, Church Music Leader, Festivals (ex: Italian Fest), Coffee House musician, Workshops, Weddings, & many more. Styles he plays are - Classical, Christian Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Country,Folk, Latin, Irish, Italian, Rock, Pop, Holiday.
c.) He is a enthusiastic , Energetic Person & Musician. A real Mentor, sharing his Personable method of sharing & teaching his music style. Great teacher of all ages and abilities. You will enjoy every music minute being with him.
Nico June 4, 2016
Music Performance · In studio
Melvin Williams is an amazing instructor. He is a fantastic musician and his musical knowledge is vast.
From classical, Spanish(European) , country to rock.
I would recommend Mr. Williams even to the most advanced musicians.
Brian June 4, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Melvin is fantastic! Not only is he truly gifted at guitar and music but is also a great teacher. He knows how to adapt specific needs and was able to present the theory to me in a way that actually made it clear!
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Melvin W.

Melvin W.

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

Christian D.

Romulus, NY

About Christian

Christian D. has been playing professionally for 10 years. He completed his BM in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at SUNY Fredonia. There he studied classical and jazz saxophone.
recently completed his MM in Jazz performance at New Jersey City University. There he studied saxophone with Bob Malach, Joel Weiskopf, Walt Weiskopf, Allen Farnham, and Nathan Eklund. He also studied flute and clarinet with Ed Joffe. He actively played gigs in the New York City and suburban area while at school.
Christian D. has played with numerous recording artists, including Conrad Herwig, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Steve Wilson, and Steve Davis. Currently, he plays with Nik Entertainment Co. and other various groups in the Western New York area. Christian also spent some time playing professional on Royal Caribbean's cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas.
Currently, Christian D. is employed as a elementary general music and vocal teacher in the New York State public school system. He also runs his own music studio with around 35 students. Christian specializes in teaching improvisation, saxophone, flute, and clarinet with extensive professional performing careers in each area. He also has 4 years experience teaching and playing trumpet, trombone, tuba and euphonium both privately and in the public school setting.

*** 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


vida L. October 24, 2016
Clarinet · Online
Verified Student
computer kept on freezing
Stephen Langenkamp October 24, 2016
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
the video was slow
Ryan October 12, 2016
Tuba · Online
Verified Student
Awesome first lesson.
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Christian D.

Christian D.

Romulus, NY 14541
starting at
$22 / 30-min

Dennis W.

Horseheads, NY

About Dennis

Being a “natural” on a musical instrument is a myth. If my old teacher saw that I've been a full-time pro musician for 16 years, he would laugh! I was by no means a stellar student, but I had the good
fortune to have a passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly teacher. My advice is: don’t be fearful that you don’t have what it takes to become a great guitarist. With a proper educational strategy, training, coaching and dedication you will exceed your goals and have a blast! These are not just “cookie cutter” lessons. Together, we devise a plan to achieve your goals on the guitar quickly and easily.

I'm a member of “Elite guitar Teachers Inner Circle” (an international professional organization of guitar teachers) & have learned proven methodology and have access to hundreds of other guitar teachers for ongoing re-evaluation of the best and most effective learning techniques, the only teacher in Newfield area with 24-hour access to this advanced training and support.
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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Horseheads, NY 14845
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Derek H.

Ithaca, NY

About Derek

I'm a versatile instructor with education and experience in music and fitness.
I hold a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University and have taught music to groups and individuals sin
ce 2008. I'm a trumpet player with special experience in the marching arts and jazz improvisation, and I've spent the last 4 years as a performing member of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. As an instructor, I enjoy working with students of all ages and experience levels.
In the realm of health and fitness, I hold certifications in movement correctives, kettlebell training, and tactical strength and conditioning, as well as a Personal Trainer certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I have experience working with groups and individuals of all experience and age levels, from highly-trained Marines to weekend warriors and soccer moms. No matter where you're starting from or where you want to go, we can find a way to get you there!
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Derek H.

Derek H.

Ithaca, NY 14850
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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