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Brian C.

Mountain Lakes, NJ

About Brian

Brian has been performing for over 10 years. He is experienced in genres from hip-hop to classic rock, and delivers a style all his own. He is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business Management. Prior to Berklee, Brian was classically trained as a vocalist by Georgia Marandino. He fine-tuned his skills at Berklee with Joey Blake (performs with Bobby McFerrin). Brian learned guitar and piano from his father a semi-pro guitarist and an educator of educators. As a producer and sound engineer, Brian has worked with mu
sicians spanning different genres and cultures including Grammy Award winning sound engineer Hector Ivan Rosa (Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo). He currently offers voice, piano, guitar, and music theory lessons to students of all abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach music students want to learn. I don't use books because every student learns differently. I have a very laid back personality but I am strict when it comes to practicing and learning the material from the previous lesson. After 3-6 months students will be able to play multiple songs, have a good grasp on scales and will be at the point where they can look at joining their first band with confidence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
We have a variety of studio equipment for students to use including guitars, amps, keyboards and drums. We also have an assortment of music stands laptops and enhanced learning tools to allow the student to get the most out of their lesson!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide certain items that allow students to do exercises. Metronome and a laptop are common for me. I expect the student to have access to the specific instrument they are intending to learn

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary style using classical methods
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Sammy H. March 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent experiences with Brian. He knows how to get the progress going. And the piano room is also very artistic!
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Brian C.

Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
(1)
starting at
$34.50 / 30-min
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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ

About Cheryl

I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.

I love teaching guitar and find it so exciting to see kids (and grown-ups!) learn an instrument and be part of the magic of creating music!

The earliest age that I recommend for a child to start learning to read music is age 7. Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction and how to reach a goal, plus
the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!

***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***

There are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.

Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!

*** LESSON DETAILS ***

I like to empower you, the student, by making your lessons challenging enough to keep your interest, but keeping it fun and stress-free!

With regular daily practice, you will learn to read music, play melody and chords. You can learn to play finger style, use a pick or learn both! Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out your musicianship. As you become more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment and song-writing.

This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs. Children age 7 and up, properly seated with the right size guitar and under the guidance of an experienced teacher (me!) do very well. (Speak to me before purchasing your child's instrument.)

I can also prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who want to take their music skills beyond tablature.

I love to make lessons fun, relaxing and give you a sense of achievement while helping you reach your music goals!

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.

*** SPECIALTIES ***

I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.
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A. John M. June 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Like anything new - exciting, followed by frustration because it's new and takes some learning and patience.

Cheryl is patient - I know I will get the hang of it as I continue with her.
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Jacqueline M. March 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Cheryl is a patient and caring teacher. Very professional - helped us with finding the right guitar, books and so on. Very caring. My shy daughter is very comfortable with her and we highly recommend her.
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Steve R. September 19, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Cheryl is an excellent instructor and is patient
With a new student like me. I would highly recommend
Her to any level of guitar student.
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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Robert H.

Cedar Knolls, NJ

About Robert

I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks.
In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul.
As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.

*** Lesson Details ***
GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.

PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
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Ninna R. November 20, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Rob has been teaching my 6 yrs. old son piano for a few months at our home. He is reliable, patient, and an effective teacher. In a relatively short time, we were impressed at the progress our son had made. Our little one keeps a manuscript book with his practice assignments and has been able to play recognizable notes from children's songs with both hands. The 30 min. sessions are perfect for this age and go by both quickly and enjoyably. We are looking forward to more sessions and continued growth.
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Mary N. November 7, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Reliable, patient, clear and "fun"

Robert has been reliable and patient with our 12 year old. I asked her opinion for this review and she said, "He shows me exactly what to do and makes it fun. I wish he taught my language arts class."
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AndyW July 15, 2012
Encouraging,creative, patient,organized

Rob does a great job understanding my objectives. He is always well prepared and his ability to create lessons that are enjoyable keeps me enthusiastic about playing the guitar. Starting from ground zero,I am not only learning how to play an instrument but I am learning how to read music as well.
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Robert H.

Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Dan T.

Rockaway, NJ

About Dan

I am a graduate of the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University where I completed a degree in Jazz Performance. During my time at William Paterson, I studied privately with drumming greats such Horace Arnold, Bill Goodwin and Kevin Norton. I was also an active member of several different large and small ensembles under the direction of current jazz icons such as Mulgrew Miller, Paul Meyers, Chico Mendoza, Cecil Bridgewater, Bill Mobley, John Mosca, Rich DeRosa and Bill Goodwin.

These days I am most commonly found freelancing both nationally and internationally with a number of ar
tists in various musical settings. In the studio, I enjoy a blossoming career as a session drummer as well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule at Wayne Hills, Ridgewood, and Morris Hills High Schools as a Drum Instructor/Arranger since 2008. I am currently the staff Drum Instructor at The Modern Music Academy in Montclair, NJ, where I teach privately. My most recent project, Deleasa & The Foundation, an up-and-coming pop-rock outfit, recently finished a Latin American Tour opening for The Jonas Brothers appearing on major television networks such as E!, E! Latino, as well as Fox's Good Day New York.

*** Lesson Details ***
As an ever-growing musician who enjoys an active playing career outside of teaching, I like to place a strong emphasis on being a versatile player and technical mastery of the instrument. I stress that with a solid foundation of fundamentals that there is no limit to a student'€™s musical expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Home Lesson Studio features 2 fully equipped Drum Sets, both with professional quality gear, providing a fun, interactive student and teacher play-along environment. The studio also features a student and teacher practice pad station,sticks, an extensive instructional library of books, videos, recordings,and any other form of media that supplement students lessons. Students will enjoy full audio and visual capabilities with studio quality sound featuring a dual headphone set up that allows students to play along to their favorite recordings alone or accompanied by me.
For parents, the studio provides a comfortable waiting room just outside the lesson room, WiFi, and free readily available street parking.

*** Specialties ***
With my wide variety of experience in many different playing scenarios including Rock,Jazz, Reggae, Funk, Latin, Afro-Cuban, R&B and everything in between, I provide students with several different angles of perspective tailored to each individual students needs. The goal being that through good practice habits and work ethic each student develops a well-rounded understanding of the drums and a great overall sense of musicality while also having fun in the process.
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Kyle B. February 11, 2014
Drum
A Great Teacher

I have been taking lessons with Dan now for two years and I have learned more then I could on my own. Dan is easily approachable and an all around good guy. He never has any problems with questions. He teaches advanced rhythms but also puts the fun in fundamentals. He has helped me immensely in all aspects of drumming and is a great teacher.
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Paul K. February 3, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Very Happy Student

My son is nearing completion of his first set of five lessons with Dan T. My son, his father, and I are very pleased to have found this instructor. My 8 year old son says that Dan is easy to work with, and that "I learned so many things." He is always happy to go back for his next lesson. The studio arrangements accomodate a parent who can listen as the lesson proceeds. Dan is very gracious with his time. We are very pleased and are continuing our son's drum lessons with Dan.
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Wendy P. January 16, 2014
Drum
Lessons with Dan T are an awesome experience

My son has been taking drum lessons with Dan T for 6 months and is having a phenomenal experience. He is encouraged to bring songs to lesson which he would like to learn. My son has a writing book and he can write out rhythms and then practice and learn them. It is not just reading music. This is a very interative experience. When it is time to do our chores and homework and practice drums the very first thing our son does is play his drums. He practices every day and for long periods of time because he is having fun.
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Dan T.

Rockaway, NJ 07866
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Chris B.

Pompton Plains, NJ

About Chris

My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life. I started playing guitar when I was in my early teens and, like most kids, just thought it would be cool to play in a band and have fun. Along with my brother Jon (on drums), we immediately started to jam with some neighborhood friends and quickly honed our cover song skills. We then progressed towards writing original music and eventually formed a new band. As time went on, we both started listening to more complex styles of music and spent countless hours improving upon our playing chops to match the advanced techniques
of our favorite musicians.

The best lesson I've learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Griffin C. June 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris was great!! Very prompt. Our 9yo son could not stop practicing what he learned today!! Chris has a good strategy for teaching and explains it very well to both child and parent!
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Anthony S. June 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris is always on time, ready to go, enthusiastic and patient :)
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Christa S. May 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
This was Christa's first lesson ever and Chris was very patient.
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Chris B.

Chris B.

Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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