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About Billy N.

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About Billy
Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South
of Brazil,  receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.

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From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins

Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.

A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH

Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas,  I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!

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This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.

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I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".

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I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.

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Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo
Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers
Beginning Flamenco
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Flaminia D. May 12, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Lynn W. December 17, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
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felicia D. October 17, 2014
· Brazilian Guitar · In home
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!
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About Chris M.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Chris M. is a multifaceted pianist and composer who is making waves in the Boston scene both as a bandleader and sideman. An active teacher, Chris has over 5 years of experience working with all ages and skill levels in settings ranging from private lessons to rock band camps. Praised for a sound that is €mature beyond his years, Mr. M. regularly performs with some of Boston'™s finest, including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone and Phil Grenadier. He currently leads the Wolfhound Trio, a jazz piano trio that pushes the boundaries of the genre through his compositions that incorporate influences ranging from Rage Against the Machine to Alexander Scriabin. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory on a presidential scholarship.
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niloufar M. March 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.
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niloufar M. March 4, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Chris is one of the good teacher I've had so far. He is so helbful and I am comfortable with his teaching way. He is very flexible with his schedule.
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Greg A. December 15, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher!
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About Susanna S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Susanna S. has been teaching private lessons for over 23 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA or online via the TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts. Susanna S. has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events. She provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, works with students to play for their own enjoyment and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on music theory and music history as part of instrumental lessons as it applies.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music. In addi
tion, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University.

As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna's teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace and cares about each of her students. Susanna will teach you the proper position, technique, how to read music and how to improve your playing.

I am currently accepting new students. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with TakeLessons.com. Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.
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Bruce November 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Ozioma U. October 31, 2017
· Violin · Online
She is a patient and great teacher anytime.
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she's a patient and great teacher.
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About Katie P.

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Bel Air, MD

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Hello! I am Katie P. and I have been teaching for three years. Last spring I received my Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from James Madison University. I will be teaching from my home studio for the next few years while I attend Peabody Conservatory for my Master's. I have studied voice for five years, and have sung in operas, operettas, choirs, and musicals. I have played the cello for eleven years. Looking forward to working with you!
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Molly P. August 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Katie was fantastic! She welcomed us in and made Molly feel comfortable throughout the lesson. Molly's excited for her next session!
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Zoe G. July 19, 2017
· Singing · Online
Katie is awesome! she is a great teacher and I am learning a lot working with her-I feel like my voice really got better because of how she taught me! I feel like she really understands me and my voice and I feel comfortable when talking to her. She makes me laugh and she is very funny. Katie is the Singing teacher I've always dreamed of- kind, fun, optimistic, and extremely helpful.

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Jill July 19, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Katie is an amazing instructor! My daughter has learned and progressed quite a bit. Definitely recommend.
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About Christopher D.

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New Orleans, LA

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Hi, My name is Christopher DiBenedetto and I have been a professional musician for over 10 years. My music career all started when I was much younger and developed a passion for singing. Throughout my high school years I participated in Louisiana Regional and Louisiana All-State Choir as well as attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts during the summer semester in Vocal Performance. While attending, University Laboratory School in Baton rouge I also completed the International Baccalaureate curriculum in Music Studies, while furthering my vocal Instruction with teacher Skip Harris and teaching myself the piano. I have studied vocal styles in blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, and classical music.

Throughout the summer of 2017, I will be joining the Love Swimming team becoming an instructor for small kids aged 6 months-10 years
old. This experience has and will continue to allow me to specialize my music lessons for my younger students. I am excited to continue to learn from this outstanding New Orleans business a few times a week.
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Aibhlinn C. February 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
When I decided to take vocal lessons, the first thing that was important to me was a teacher I could communicate with frequently if I had any questioo as well as them being flexible. I also wanted a teacher that would be willing to listen to what I wanted to achieve from my lessons, not just have them tell me what they think I need to do and Christopher was all of that and then some! From the first message I sent him when I inquired into when he was taking new students all the way up to the day we had our first lesson, he was always willing to answer my questions, discuss what I wanted out of our lessons and despite how nervous I was, he put my mind at ease and we had a GREAT time at our first lesson together! He truly cares about his students and loves what he does. If you're nervous, he does everything in his power to make you feel better. He certainly did that for me! Trust me when I say that if you choose him as your teacher, you will not regret it!
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About Hannah M.

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Louisville, KY

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Hello! My name is Hannah. I am a student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music for viola performance. I have played viola for about 10 years and have studied music theory for about 4. I am passionate about assisting beginner and intermediate students. I love what I do, and I want to share that love with someone who wants to grow as an artist!
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Evelyn September 10, 2017
· Viola · Online
We went over the lesson in details. I learned a lot today!
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Brian T May 11, 2017
· Viola · Online
Talented musician that makes learning easy. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take their viola playing to the next level.
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Carly H. May 4, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Really great teacher!
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About Cole P.

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Bowling Green, KY

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I am a professional guitarist from Kentucky. I studied music at Western Kentucky University from 2014-2017 with an emphasis in guitar under Professor John Martin. I have played guitar for about 15 years in a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, blues, rock, metal, finger style, and many others. I have also studied under Dani Rabin from the band Marbin.

I have worked with artist and producers such as Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), John King (Sixth Floor, South Bound, Sons of the Revolution, and John King and the Mud River Revival), Kenton Embry (Nashville Session player and touring artist), Russell Brooks (The Schools, 00 The Rabbit, Solo artist), David Barrick (Barrick Studios), Jason Simpson (Colter Wall),

I have an extensive knowledge of music theory which I can teach students, as well as ear training, harmony,
and sight reading just to name a few and depending on the wishes of the student.

Students can have their lessons catered to the music and styles they wish to pursue. Every student has different goals, some really want to learn theory and read music. Others may simply want to learn to strum a few chords. Whatever the goal, I can provide the instructions to help the student succeed!
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Travis November 19, 2017
· Classical Guitar · Online
I've really enjoyed being taught by Cole. He is very patient and has been great at answering all my questions. I'm still a beginner but I've tried various methods of learning classical guitar and from what I've seen through the various methods I've used, I believe I've learned more information that is going to project me forward faster through Cole in just a few classes than I have through the other methods I've tried so far.
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Erik November 13, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lesson. It was my first guitar lesson ever. Cole was encouraging and helpful. Always positive, even when I struggled a bit with the technique. Highly recommend!
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· Guitar · Online
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San Francisco, CA
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I'm a professional musician, educator, and arts administrator. I have Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and a Masters degree in Arts Administration, both from Florida State University.

As a musician, I play as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in the Bay Area. I've performed in concert halls and music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, and my recordings have been featured on NPR's Performance Today. As an educator and clinician, I've held residencies and given masterclasses Universities and music schools around the country including Northern Arizona University, SUNY Fredonia, Florida State University, Sacramento State University, Colorado State University, and others. I'm also a co-founder of the Mana Quartet Saxophone Institute ; a national saxophone workshop for musicians all over the country!

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wn to classical/contemporary music but I think that solid fundamentals and having a command of the instrument is essential no matter what style you're playing. I look forward to working with you!
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About Alicia S.

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Chico, CA
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I am a passionate singer, songwriter, and performer from the Bay Area! I am a Chico State student, pursuing a music minor. I have been taking vocal lessons for 8 years and have been performing for over 10. I have performed in venues whilst accompanying myself on guitar and also in many musicals over the years!

Students can expect to learn simple warmups and scales used to lay a healthy foundation for vocal technique that will be applied throughout lessons. A typical lesson would begin with a warmup comprised of vocal exercises varying in difficulty, depending on student skill level, where the focus will be on how to improve technique so that the sounds of the voice come out naturally and without strain. The remainder of the lesson would be spent working on a song chosen by both student and teacher, where technique can be applied and d
emonstrated, while also having fun with a favorite song!

My goal is to help young singers become confident in their ability while also having fun doing something they love!
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About John T (Timothy) S.

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Bowling Green, KY

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The name I am known by is Timothy.
I am excited to start teaching students who want to learn how to sing the right way. No matter what kind of music you want to perform, having great breath support can keep you vocally healthy for your entire life.

I have studied voice myself for over 30 years. As a professional I have performed opera, musicals, operetta and in concert in Europe, primarily in German Opera houses as a lead tenor in every category.

I speak fluent German, I have a good performance knowledge of Italian, French and Latin and have also sung in Russian and Hungarian.

My voice teachers were themselves professional opera singers in the real world and I have learned so much from all of them. I have obviously also sung with some of the best singers in the world in every voice category and understand what it takes to si
ng well.

My ex-wife worked in Musicals as a keyboardist and conductor in Germany and on Broadway with Disney's Beauty and the Beast and also Miss Saigon. I spent a lot of time around this world and have learned a lot about musical singing from them.

Still, the best of them possessed classical training which helped them have long careers.

However, if you want to study for enjoyment and personal development, then I am willing to work with you as well. Love for music, the voice and singing is what binds us, not whether you want to do opera.

However, I would like to encourage those who especially want to study with me for the professional world to work with me. I'm pretty sure I can help you.

I am uncomplicated and fun to work with, but I am nicely honest and will do everything I can to help you have a wonderful experience singing.

Looking forward to working with you!
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