I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an ins
tructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music .
I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons since 1980.
My Performance Experience includes: Blue Man Group….Chapman Stick, bass guitar and talking drum from 1991 to present including performing on the Jay Leno Show in 1994; ongoing gigs as sideman and leader (bass, guitar, stick and voice) in NYC from 1981 to present Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006 Solo bass CD Brillliant Coroners CD Otis Ball and The Chains - I'm Gonna Love You Till I Don't; Dumptruck For The Country CD
Specializations: Improvisation Music Learning (Theory) Music Technology (MIDI and Digital Recording)
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back, but focused instructor. I use a variety of methods to best improve my students strengths and lessen their weaknesses. After three to six months , most students will be comfortable playing in rhythm and understanding basic harmony.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the music room, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz
Alex L. October 31, 2013
Bass Guitar Verified Student
Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anything that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible.
I can help you make this most fascinating and mysterious instrument your own! When you feel comfortable playing, you practice more, learn more, and have more fun. Lessons focus on finding easy ways to get around a guitar, learning songs you like, and understanding music theory through familiar examples. I teach improvisation as a natural outcome of listening, singing and building a strong connection to melody.
I have studied and played guitar from the age of 8. My father was a professional bassist; in recent years I have followed his lead and now am playing jazz and orchestral double bass
(for which studying guitar was an excellent preparation.) I play and teach both acoustic and electric guitar in the following styles: Classical, folk, rock/blues, jazz, bossa nova. I studied classical harmony, music history and composition at Smith College, and continue to study guitar with private teachers. I am currently studying with the legendary jazz player Gene Bertoncini, and include some of his creative concepts in my teaching.
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 classical guitars, 2 electric guitars (Fender Telecaster, Gibson SG) a Godin fretless electric bass, an upright bass, a Steinway grand piano, a Fender Princeton amplifier, a Gallien-Krueger guitar-vocal amp, a Yorktown bass amp, a jazz drum set and several music stands.
*** Travel Equipment *** When traveling, I take my guitar or electric bass, a tuner and printed handouts for reference.
*** Specialties *** Physical freedom is essential to great playing. I give beginners a strong physical foundation using the "emotional rhythm" concept of Abby Whiteside and Sophia Rossoff to facilitate shifting, changing chords and sight-reading.
For intermediate to advanced students, I use Gene Bertoncini's "horizontal/vertical" approach to improvisation as a way to open up and demystify the guitar.
Stacey G. October 28, 2014
In home Verified Student
As an adult learner, coming at this late in life, Stephanie has been the perfect instructor for me. First of all, I just love the way she talks about the instrument. It was kind of mesmerizing - at our first lesson, she picked up the old beat up guitar I had inherited from my father and accurately guessed it's origin based on the sound; "a lovely dry tone". She allowed me to choose the direction I wanted to go in and never made me feel like the rank beginner that I was. She challenges you while at the same time appreciating the depth of a simple strum. I'm learning to read music because of Stephanie! Not because she insisted, just because I thought I'd like to try. This is thrilling to me. I can't believe my good fortune that I came on this site and discovered her.
Luis P. October 22, 2014
In studio Verified Student
A great, patient and resourceful teacher. Has been teaching myself and my little daughter for about a month now and we love it! Thanks for everything, Nilah & Luis
In 10 years of teaching the bass, I've guided students from their first encounter with the instrument through professional performance and college study. I love teaching the bass because playing the bass ties together so many fundamental elements of music in every genre.
I have a degree in Jazz Performance on the double bass from NYU and have performed professionally in many styles from jazz to classical, rock, soul, funk, merengue, and everything in between. Studying the bass with me can be as focused or as broad as needed for each student. I enjoy all of my lessons, learning each and every baseline on Sgt Pepper's, focusing on reading skills and music theory, or improvising walking bass lines over jazz standards. I always focus on the goals of my students and how best to build a true understanding of the instrument, it's role in an ensemble, and the tradition of the music.
Cited by All About Jazz as a musician with "all the groovy elasticity necessary to encompass the melodic complexity of compositions," Isaac is a strong voice among a new generation of musicians. Discovering a love for the piano, guitar, and bass in his youth, Isaac began performing in coffee shops and jazz clubs at the age of 15, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young musicians in Westchester County. While still in high school, Isaac had the opportunity to study with jazz legend John Patitucci. Isaac's selection for New York's prestigious All-State Festival came as no surprise.
Isaac graduated from New York University's undergraduate jazz program in 2009, where he studied with many seminal jazz musicians including Ari Hoenig, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Martin Wind. In the spring of that year, Isaac recorded and self-released his first CD, Of Pandas and People, featuring his original compositions and accompanied by a group of powerful improvisers.
Isaac has toured internationally with his own quartet and has written and recorded music for film and television. Most recently, Isaac completed work composing and recording the musical score for the documentary "Return to El Salvador," featuring narration by Martin Sheen.
In addition to his performance, composition, and recording work Isaac has taught privately and in music schools for 7 years. An accomplished piano, guitar, and bass teacher, Isaac has experience teaching kids as young as four years old how to play, read, and love music. Isaac is currently a member of the staff at the R & D Music School in Carmel, NY and has previously taught at George Jackson Academy.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher, I am committed to helping my students achieve their goals whatever they may be. I find as much satisfaction out of teaching a guitarist how to play the latest Green Day song as I do preparing a student for performing a Beethoven piano sonata for concert or competition.
I have found that students tend to fall into two categories, though some share characteristics from each. The first kind of student comes to me with a specific goal in mind; to learn a song, a technique, or a musical style. For this student, I am goal oriented and let the student dictate where the lessons go. If the student doesn't have any interest in reading music, that's fine! I work for you, not the other way around.
The second kind of student doesn't know exactly where to begin, but has an enthusiasm for music, or perhaps their parents want to include music in their general education. For this student I take more initiative in designing curriculum to include the classical masters, reading proficiency, theoretical understanding of how music works, and practice techniques and strategies. I am always goal oriented and maintain practical, short term goals in addition to a long term road map.
Over the years I have had students of all ability, talent, and age levels. I believe that knowledge of and experience with music is valuable for everyone, and as a teacher I know my job is to find an efficient and engaging way to connect my students with the material. Some young students benefit from longer concentrated periods of time on the instrument, while others require a different approach. I have developed many physical games that provide a break from time on the instrument while constantly reinforcing the material we have worked on. This is invaluable with many young students, as attention spans vary from pupil to pupil. For instance, my younger students love to play musical twister, a variation on twister in which I set out different colored tape in five lines to reflect the treble or bass clef staff and work the student through a program of memorizing the letters for each line and space. For the youngest students unfamiliar with the alphabet I have pneumonic keys to facilitate reading notation before they can read words! The key is to keep every lesson full of information, and full of fun.
For young piano students, I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library books, as they have fun illustrations and a balanced approach to reading notes and rhythms, theory, and technique. For older students, I use several method books but also focus on supplemental material of my own design.
Upright bass students will study out of Simandl, with a large body of supplemental material as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** home studio---all the guitars and basses you can imagine, piano, parents can sit in
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide music notation paper and an instructor instrument (Guitar/bass). For a initial lesson I will provide an instrument for the student, after which he or she must provide his or her own.
*** Specialties *** When teaching children, I prefer Alfred's method books for their accessibility and simplicity. I have a very deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history from classic New Orleans to the most contemporary styles.
I also teach classical music on the upright bass and piano and have students playing Beethoven and Bach regularly. I have a thorough knowledge of Western classical music history and as a composer, am an expert theoretician.
I have taught rock and pop guitar for many years and have always found great satisfaction in helping students achieve their own goals-to play a favorite song, to form a band, to develop their songwriting.
Jeffrey S. June 9, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Isaac is an incredible instructor. His lessons are easy to understand and educational. I look forward to practicing what I learned the previous week and Isaac's methods really make it fun.
Marisa R. October 24, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Isaac is awesome!
Isaac is the best teacher I've ever had and he is super fun to work with. I am learning all different kinds of cool music with him, from blues to classic rock to jazz. I feel like I am learning so much with him, from playing music to reading music to writing music.
FleurV January 19, 2012
Isaac is awesome
Isaac is really able to connect with our 6 year old and engage her in a musical way. He is a very creative teacher. He is punctual and nice, our daughter always looks forward to him coming!Highly recommended
Michael has a long and versatile career in music. As a songwriter/composer, he's written for ABC, CNN, Showtime, PBS, and for several films. As a musician, he's played live or recorded with Diddy, MA$E, Richard Gere, Shawn Colvin, and many others. Because of his broad knowledge of American Music, he was asked to co-create the shows, "120 years of Popular Song" and "New York City - A Century of Songs." He was a conductor for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS during its original run, and has appeared or played in several other Broadway and off-Broadway shows. If you want to learn music that goes beyond la
bels, Michael is your guy!
*** Lesson Details *** "Lessons begin where the student is." That's my axiomatic principle. What do you know, and what are you able to do? Now, what do you want to know, and what do you want to be able to do? Lessons are a journey from that first point to the second. And I am your guide.
*** Studio Equipment *** Fully equipped music production studio, w/latest software & hardware, 88 key sample grand piano, guitars (acoustic & electric), bass, upright bass, amp, mandolin, harmonicas, ukelele, 5-string banjo
*** Specialties *** I have extensive experience in a wide variety of styles. These include classical, jazz, several styles of blues, country, various ethnic, rock, and pop styles.
AdaC April 29, 2010
Patient and Knowledgeable
Michael is great at listening to what I want to learn, and then teaching it to me in a way that I can understand easily. Also, he's very patient when there's a skill / technique that I'm trying to figure out how to master.
TeresaP2 April 1, 2010
Excellent teacher with very effective teaching style.
I'm a professional jazz bassist, also adept in many other styles, although the bow is not my expertise. Frequent topics include right hand jazz technique, left hand technique, posture, thumb position technique, time/pulse, bass line concepts and improvisation.
First I will ask you some basic questions. Then I will immediately begin sharing information / training you. The fastest road to your success is my goal.
Meet John Egizi, the trombonist, bassist and world class music educator with extensive training from Los Angeles County High School for The Arts, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Berklee College of Music and Onyx Productions. John is an expert on several topics, extremely well networked and generous with his knowledge.
Students from New York City and Boston can work with John in person.
Josh L. August 25, 2015
Online Verified Student
John is careful about getting the basic skills mastered and his step by step instructions help greatly for beginners.
Rachel M. July 21, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
In home Verified Student
John is really generous with his vast knowledge in music and is very kind.
Gillian B. July 5, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
In studio Verified Student
John was an excellent teacher. Right from the beginning he was prompt, accommodating, and professional. The lesson was great. His easy going, friendly manner makes you very comfortable. John was very knowledgable and talented.
I had a few questions that couldn't be answered in the lesson. John went the extra step over and above to have researched those questions and got in touch AFTER the lesson to answer them and provide additional videos to check out. Great experience!
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After a few disappointing attempts to locate a music teacher for my 11 year old I almost gave up, but then we found Stanley. He is truly
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"Great introductory lesson. Very patient. Looking forward to lesson #2."
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"Mr. Garcia was extreamely knowledgable in his approach to technique. A wonderful quatlity that stood out about Mr. Garcia inside and outside of the studio
is his humility, which creates a safe, fun and enjoyable learning environment. He is directive yet encouraging when it comes to striving towards the standards of excellence he belives his students are capable of achieving."
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"I am not a bass player, but I am composing for the double bass. And so Dr. Norman's expertise in both the bass and composition makes him uniquely qualifie
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"Best teacher ever! That guy takes the time to explain in the best way how to play different techniques and styles, very informative and the best part is-
you can take the lesson from the comfort of your home! He gives lessons through Skype and next thing you know you are a professional musician! Highly recommended!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Nancy
Alex can explain complicated things in a way that makes it accessible."
Seattle, WA teacher:
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"Andrew is very knowledgeable, professional, and a fun instructor. He taught me fundamentals, a little bit of music theory, and even playing style tips. I
very much enjoy his lessons and strongly recommend him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Mandy
"Original Gift Idea
I purchased 5 lessons from Michael as a Christmas gift for my wife. It was a fantastic idea- she loves her lessons! Michael is a very
skilled teacher and I have already noticed improvements in my wife's playing.
I highly recommend Michael for anyone looking for a music teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by richard
"Michael was very patient, took the time to explain theory which helped put thing in a better perspective. He is also very knowledgeable and an awesome mus