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John C.

Long Island City, NY

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 ...

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
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kira H.

Long Island City, NY

I can teach basic to intermediate music theory starting at a young age using the Music Mind Games teaching method, or using a more traditional textbook approach.

About Kira

I graduated from Mannes College of Music with a BS in violin performance and a minor in psychology. While at Mannes, I was a student of Sally Thomas (Julliard School), and other primary teachers include Claudia Schaer, Amy Barlowe and Oscar Ravina. I have performed at every major concert hall in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space. My performance schedule has also led me to solo appearances with the Rockland Summer Institute festival orchestra.

My past chamber music coaches include Ann Setzer, Peter Prosser, Chin Kim, Gena Raps
, and members of both the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and NY Philharmonic. I have also participated in masterclasses with Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. I am also a graduate of the Mannes Pre-College division Honors program and alumna of both the New York Youth Symphony and Meadowmount School of Music.

Currently, I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America and have completed Suzuki teacher training for books 1 - 8 at NYC's School for Strings, where I trained with Ekaterina Gerson and Allen Lieb. I have also completed additional violin and viola pedagogy studies with Ann Setzer of the Julliard School. My students have been accepted to performing arts high schools such as Laguardia Highschool School for the Performing Arts and now perform with ensembles such as Chicago University's Chamber Orchestra.

In addition, I completed both Music Mind Games Units 1 & 2 teacher training with Michiko Yurko in 2012. I incorporate this fun way of learning how to read and understand music theory into all of my lessons.

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and look forward to continuing to enrich other peoples' lives through music for years to come.

*** Lesson Details ***
I generally try to tailor my teaching approach based on a student's individual goals with a strong emphasis on proper violin technique. I have the most experience teaching using the Suzuki method, but also utilize more traditional approaches in order to address the developmental level of my pupil. I expect my students to come in with a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic.

With students 7 years of age and younger, I strongly recommend that a parent take lessons for 6 weeks prior to their child beginning instruction. I also insist that parents sit in on their child's lessons and take notes. This enables parents to properly supervise their child's practice, which ultimately leads to speedier progress and a better grasp of the material being taught.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate dedicated violin studio in apartment with piano.

I do own three cats (Nami, Spork, and Pancakes), so please let me know if this is a problem!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask that my students please speak to me prior to purchasing or renting an instrument.

Following the first violin lesson, I expect my student to provide their instrument (I can provide a list of resources and rental companies for instruments), a notebook, any music books assigned, a music stand, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical playing and prefer teaching using the Suzuki method. I am currently registered with the Suzuki Association of America. I am also flexible enough to assist a student seeking to branch out, and for those not interested in Suzuki, I am also able to teach via more traditional methods. Additionally, I have an extensive educational background in music theory, I am also able to take those students interested in taking beginning to intermediate viola lessons.
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Erin S. July 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kira is an absolute gem! My daughter is a novice and Kira's teaching method was so "in tune" to her getting the best learning experience. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her violin lessons that she can't wait till her next lesson! Thank you Kira for being the best instructor ever!!
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Jessica N. March 12, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Very caring and talented instructor.

My daughter and I have been taking lessons from Kira for a little over a year, we couldn't be happier! We are learning by way of the Suzuki Method. My daughter was five when we started.
Kira is adept at explaining things in ways we can both understand. She is very intuitive and switches up the lessons to keep my daughter excited and engaged. We consider her a gem of a teacher, a rare find.
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SadiaM May 30, 2012
Fantastic

Kira is an awesome teacher. it's sad that my daughter cannot continue her lessons. kira was so much fun, and such a wonderful teacher, my daughter talks of her often. her has amazing energy and patience.
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Kira H.

Kira H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alex S.

Elmhurst, NY

Instruction offered in

Notes
Scales
Modes
Chords
Arpeggios
Harmony

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: Tarrey Torae 2012
Atlantic Recording Artist: Laura Izibor 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
(14)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Rebecca L.

Astoria, NY

Time signatures, keys, rhythm, sight-reading, intervals, accidentals, etc. Bring your homework, and I will show you how to cut your study time in half! Having learned to read music at a later age, I have a plethora of mnemonic devices that will help you.

About Rebecca

I have taught private voice, piano lessons and acting for over 10 years in Miami, Minneapolis and NYC. I have also taught group intermediate ballet and have worked professionally as a singer/actress for the past ten years. My professional experience consists of various opera and theater companies both domestically and internationally. As a classically trained dancer, I also have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and how the body works to best support the actor or singer.
My formal biography is listed below:

Rebecca received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance after a very
successful tw
o years at the New England Conservatory of Music. Rebecca was cast in
leading roles in every main-stage opera offered and was also chosen
among two students to represent New England Conservatory for the Marilyn Horne Foundation
competition her very first year.

Rebecca has performed for several companies both domestic and abroad, including the Florida Grand Opera, Opera festival di Roma, American Austrian Mozart Academy, Oberlin in Italy, the Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera North, and the Chicago Opera Theater. Select operatic roles include the title role in Bizet’s Le Tragédie de Carmen, “Dinah” in Trouble in Tahiti, “Despina” in Cosi Fan Tutte, the "Widow" in The Boor, “Rosa Gonzales" in Summer and Smoke, "Clori" in L'Egisto, and “Marcellina” in Le Nozze di Figaro. Distinctions include merit vocal and dance scholarships from St. Olaf College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy and New England Conservatory for a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Rebecca is also a two-time scholarship winner from the Society of Singers.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Rebecca owes much of her captivating stage presence
to her extensive training in classical ballet, and made her professional debut in the Pacific
Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the age of nine. Rebecca has also studied ballet, tap,
jazz, and musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy
in New York City, and at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota from which she also
holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

As a versatile actress, Rebecca recently made her professional theatre debut at the
American Repertory Theatre of Cambridge, as “Simonetta,” a classically sung and spoken
role, in the world premiere of Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee’s Cardenio.

*** Lesson Details ***
It’s all about you!

I structure the lesson to fit your needs, whether you are looking to
sing professionally or just want to impress your friends! I love
teaching private lessons because I get to know the student individually and his/her best learning style. I will design the lesson to fit YOU and make the best use of your time!
I am passionate about the performing arts, so I love teaching and sharing what I have learned with others. I get excited when I see my students improve and love to have fun. I believe an encouraging environment is where most students excel. But, I also have the technical knowledge and experience to really push you if you ask!

WHAT I TEACH:
Beginning Piano (children + Adults)
Opera
Musical Theater/show tunes (Belt and legit voice types)
Art Song (expertise in French, Italian, and German diction. I also speak a little of each)
Oratorio
Acting for the stage
Ballet
Audition techniques (There’s a lot going on in those five minutes to get the job!)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
•A thorough knowledge of repertoire, voice and acting techniques and the vocal pedagogy and reference tools to back it up! I will show you pictures and demonstrate etc.
•Enthusiasm and a positive attitude for teaching
•Professionalism
•Fun astmosphere for kids!

I can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with piano and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard at my home, but I prefer to teach at Ripley Grier Studios 520 8th Ave.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my expertise lie in ballet, opera and musical theater.
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Rayna July 21, 2015
Opera Voice · Online
I have greatly enjoyed having Rebecca as my teacher. She was very dedicated to helping me improve and genuinely cared about my success. Her breathing techniques were the best I have ever seen. She has also helped display my strengths and add to my love of singing. Her flexibility was also very helpful.
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lucia P. May 20, 2013
Opera Voice
Rebecca Luttio is an amazing voice teacher

Rebecca is an Incredible person to study voice with, She has and inspiringly beautiful sound, and she's really friendly, upbeat, positive, and always enthusiastic about what were doing. Every time I don't understand something, she finds a new way to explain it, and seems to have an infinite amount of patients. I feel like what has changed the most since I began taking lessons with Rebecca, Is the physical training that comes with singing opera, as well as learning how to use your air and broadening your range, which would have never crossed my mind before. I really like that she is a student as well as a teacher and comes to every lesson with new Ideas. For me the couple years we have worked together so far have really changed the way I sing with my whole body, I would recommend her to anyone who really loves to sing.
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Astoria, NY 11103
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Eric M.

Astoria, NY

About Eric

Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to music and teaching. That passion would lead me to attend Berklee College of Music, and after graduating, move to New York to pursue a career as a music educator.

I began teaching professionally in 2007 while still attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College. During my time at CGCC, I was a co-founder and tutor of the Music Theory Study Group. In my last year at the college, I won first place in the composition division for the Artists of Promise contest with my electric guitar concerto titled "IDP's of Darfur Prelude and Concerto," which
granted me a chance to perform it at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Shortly after the performance, I was awarded with the 2008 Most Outstanding Theory and Composition Student Award.

During my time at Berklee, I worked on projects involving composition, performance, and production/engineering. Throughout my time at Berklee, I was featured on several performance and recording sessions as a guitarist. During my last year, I was an orchestrator for "Curtain up!," a student concert that featured original musical theatre works, and was selected to lead The Cooperative Big Band, a student organized ensemble for senior jazz composers.

Currently, I teach children and adults within a wide range of formats including private lessons, summer camp, rock band classes, and theory classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy as a teacher starts first and foremost on the idea that music should be enjoyed. With that in mind, I feel it is my role as a private instructor is to leverage what it is students enjoy about music as a means to expand their comfort with performance and musical concepts. An advantage to the private lesson setting is that it allows the instructor to taylor the curriculum and approach to the individual student. I am here to help students discover, set, and reach goals that fit them, as well as expose them to musical styles, content, and ideas that they might not discover on their own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Raven RG100 amp, 1/4 cable, music stand, and tuner.

For production: KRK Rokit5 Monitors, Mackie 1202VLZ mixer, basic acoustic dampening, and Mac Mini with Logic, Pro Tools, Reason, Sibelius, Finale, Izotope, and Waves Plugins.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instrument, students are expected to provide their own instrument, and, as needed, amplification. I recommend students have their own music stands and tuners.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary styles, including pop/rock, funk, jazz, and metal to name a few.
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Karin Z. August 22, 2013
Guitar
A great person and a great teacher.

At first I hesitated starting guitar lessons with my child because of his young age, but then met Eric. My child has a short attention span but Eric managed to keep him engaged and happy about playing the guitar! He is really intuitive and understands children very well. He knew how to eliminate distraction during the lessons, and how to keep my boy focused and interested. 
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Eric M.

Eric M.

Astoria, NY 11103
(1)
starting at
$26 / 30-min

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