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John A. Staten Island, NY

About John

Meet Musician John A: • Over 40 years of experience as a professional musician • Performed and held jam sessions with many groups and artists. Most notably Steve Augeri(Journey), Frank Infante(Blondie guitarist and founding member), and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Studied with guitar greats Carl Barry and Billy Newman • Now accepting beginner to intermediate level students. • Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Fingerstyle, R+B, and more! • Acoustic and Electric Guitar • Learn chords, lead guitar solos, read music, play your favorite songs and more! *** Lesson Details *** My personality and teaching style is friendly and laid back. I am very patient and encouraging towards

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John A. June 6, 2013
Guitar
GREAT LESSONS FROM AN AMAZING PLAYER

When I first started lessons with John A, I could barely play a song! LOL! But after about 4 months of diligently practicing what this highly competent and skilled teacher taught me, MY GUITAR PLAYING HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED!!!! I am grateful for finding this GEM OF A TEACHER!!! John A is very down to earth, also patient with thick headed students, like me LOL! I truly went from "I wish I could" to Yeah I can play that!
Thanks John A
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Ray B. June 3, 2013
Guitar
A-1 Teacher

John A. is a very good instructor. He covers many styles and uses all his experience to benefit his students. All is has shared about himself is correct. Any person would benefit greatly from his instruction.
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Pappandrea A. June 1, 2013
Guitar
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If anyone is interested in taking guitar lessons or if you have kids who want to learn how to play the guitar, I highly recommend John. He's an amazing guitarist but even more, he's a wonderful teacher.
When I was starting out many moons ago, he gave me a couple of pointers that I still remember to this day.
John is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. From music theory to mastering the guitar, John has it all.
Albert M. Highlands, NJ

About Albert

Twenty three years of performing and teaching experience. Specialty in Rock, Blues, Finger Style, Country, Folk, Classical, Funk and Punk. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Performance from Fredonia University. Proficient in theory, reading, composition and arranging, songwriting. Recording artist for hire and personal projects. Home studio in Highlands, NJ. My Philosophy - Students First - My main goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which the student can proceed at his/her own pace. Whether you are looking to perform, do studio work, audition, be a songwriter or just learn a few songs for your own enjoyment. I am happy to create a custom program for you. I believe the most fundamental place to begin is with theory. Through a creative, relaxed and patient environment I ...

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Cynthia L. February 21, 2015
I won a few guitar lessons with Albert at a Gift Auction at my son's Elementary School many years ago. Albert was a wonderful teacher who seemed to know how to play any song I suggested and got me motivated to play the guitar again! I then signed both of my kids up with him. They took lessons on and off for many years and today they both sing and play guitar every chance they get. Thank you Albert for introducing them to the guitar and motivating them to play! It is a huge part of their lives!
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Dennis B. December 31, 2014
Guitar · In home
Albert is able to relate to students of all ages, very well and give them a solid foundation. I was eight years old when I began taking lessons from him and he gave me a foundation in Rock, Blues, and Acoustic guitar that has lasted a life time. Albert is a very patient teacher and very talented musician.
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Lynne P. December 9, 2014
Guitar · In home
Albert is an excellent teacher of many styles - I learned classical, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar while working with him. As an older player trying to pick up an instrument again, he made me feel comfortable and much less intimidated at the task. It is true that he is very patient and dedicated to helping you realize your musical goals. I give him my highest recommendation.
Andrei P. Matawan, NJ

About Andrei

Teaching music is my passion, it is more than just a career. I value each student and the time I have with them; helping them to explore the world of music. Hopefully after each lesson, my students walk away with a deeper understanding of music theory and have enjoyed their time. I am available to teach Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, and beginner Drums. I am a husband and father. I teach all age ranges. *** Lesson Details *** I approach each lesson differently because every student is unique. During the initial lesson I will begin to assess the student's ability, determine the best teaching technique for them, and setup a practicing at home guideline. My job is to help the student reach their individual goals and ...

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Anupam H. March 4, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have a great experience in my lessons with Andrei. He is a great teacher and gives me constant encouragement.
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Kimberly D. October 30, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Andrei has been our weekly music teacher for more than three years. He teaches my son (now 9 years old) to read music and play the drums and the piano, and he teaches me to play the guitar.

Andrei has been nothing but reliable and generous with his time. He is proficient in music history and theory, in a wide range of musical styles, on multiple instruments. His patience, diverse knowledge and skills along with what appears to be an intuitive approach toward each of his varied students, has been very effective for us. Also, he knows A LOT of music, has a great ear and doesn't seem to mind working with us to play whatever tunes we come up with each week.

If you or your child wants to learn to play an instrument, this is the guy!
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Barbara C. July 27, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 10 year old son has been taking guitar with Andrei for a few months now.
Adam loves sports first so we knew anything else would be more of a struggle
To keep him interested.
From the 1st lesson I knew Andrei was right for him. He is very patient with a
Wonderful disposition for teaching...my son leaves every class excited because
He learned something new!
We have a structured class time which works well For us but most of all I appreciate this teachers reliability & flexibility as needed. I recommend Andrei whole heartily for anyone looking to learn the guitar!!
Charles C. West Long Branch, NJ

About Charles

BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition, Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta. Member Music Educators National Association. Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association Member BMI I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock. I develop an individual leaning path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I ...

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John L. February 10, 2015
Jazz · In home
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.

It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
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Dawn J. February 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Charlie is the best piano teacher I have worked with. In just two months of taking lessons with him, I have learned myriads of info about music, theory, jazz, blues, and the classics. Being under his tutelage is truly an honor and he is patient with me even when I don't practice (Although I must say he's a real stickler for that). I would recommend anyone to him with a desire for music whether you are 5 or 55.
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Sherri E. February 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Charles Clarke is hands down the best, Piano teacher I have ever taken lessons from. His is concise and effective in his communication and I am excelling at a steady rate. Now I am even able to figure out chord progressions by listening to recordings all because he has taught me how chords are constructed. I would highly recommend him to anybody seeking a reliable, talented and professional instructor.
Rosemary C. Matawan, NJ

About Rosemary

I have 30 yrs teaching experience PLUS the added expertise of being a performing pro singer! My students are signed recording artists AND people just starting out. I have taught in colleges and privately with an emphasis on pop/jazz/blues/rock/musical theater singing. I teach in such a way that students have told me they learn more in one lesson with me than in years of study somewhere else! You will not do needless voice exercises. We will use songs you like as teaching tools, giving you the opportunity to also expand your repertoire. My lessons are interesting and fun! Taking lessons from someone who has been and is a real actively performing teacher makes all the difference in how well and how quickly you will get your act together! :-)

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Judith K. September 11, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Judith K. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Oh my! Ms. Rosemary is amazing! After one session with her, I feel more confident, my voice is stronger. Her teaching method is totally fantastic. She helps you apply what she teaches you to your singing! I totally love her and look forward to my next couple of lessons with her!
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Kimberly D. July 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Rosemary is great!!! In just one lesson she had me feeling more confident in my voice. It doesn't take her long at all to get you where you wanna be.
Justin H. Highlands, NJ

About Justin

Justin has been an in demand musician for well over a decade. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Jersey City University. During his time in school, he studied with Bud Burridge (Currently playing on Broadway in the production of "If/Then with Idina Menzel), Saturday Night Live's Earl Gardner, Vincent Penzarella (Former NY Philharmonic Member),Joe Magnarelli, Richard Vitale, Grammy Nominee Pete McGuinness and Jazz Historian Bill Kirchner. Prior to studying music in college, Justin attended the Manhattan School of Music Prep Division, where he studied classical/jazz trumpet, theory, improvisation and ensemble performance. He had the opportunity to work with people such as Jeremy Manasia, Nathan Warner and Jacob Manricks. He has received numerous scholarships and ...

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Christian D. December 29, 2014
Jazz Improvisation · In home
I attended Graduate Studies with Justin and have played numerous shows with Justin. He is a high caliber player and his demeanor is always professional. He is enthusiastic to share his knowledge and would make a great teacher.
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Rob R. July 14, 2014
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Justin showed my 10 year old son how to play the trumpet and did a great job. He was patient, made my son feel comfortable and was able to help him get a better sound by the end of the very first lesson. Jalen does not give high praise easily so we were impressed that he enjoyed learning from him. My mother listened in on some of the lessons and she also said Justin did a great job - friendly personality and great tips on how to play. We highly recommend him.

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