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David G.

Buffalo, NY

About David

David is a multi-talented musician as a performer, composer, and educator. He has performed compositions from the Renaissance to world premiere 21st century compositions.

As a performer David has been invited to perform in Master classes with world renowned classical guitarists such as Petar Kodzas, Marko Feri, Mir Ali, Roland Dyens, James Piorkowski, The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, and Jason Vieaux.

As an educator David was awarded a year-long teaching assistantship in classical guitar. He has worked with students K-12 as a student teacher and has taught private students all varietie
s of guitar.

David created a music program called Spectrum Music specializing in Autism & Aspergers. Spectrum Music is a program that provides children with unique opportunities to enhance social development and sensory skills outside of therapy in music.

David received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Classical Guitar from The State University of New York at Fredonia studying with James Piorkowski. David recently completed his Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the direction of Joanne Castellani. David currently performs with a guitar built by luthier Jim Holler.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to receive a firm foundation in music & guitar while becoming a better musician every day. It is vital for students to have lessons that specialize in not only guitar but also music theory. My primary goals are to make each student a great guitarist and also a well-rounded musician. I firmly believe that any student at any age can become a successful guitarist when engaged in instruction that is appropriate and motivating.

Typically a lesson begins with a quick warm up to center your focus on guitar, then we move into scales and technique, followed by working on previous repertoire and picking new repertoire. and then concluding with sight-reading.

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

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask my students to purchase any instruments or method books.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar
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Donna K. January 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My 8.5 y/o son has only been with with David for a few lessons thus far and the fact that he wants to continue, even lengthen his lesson says a whole lot. David is a very patient teacher. He is always open to any questions in person or via email/text. He appears very knowledgeable! I would highly recommend using David as a music instructor!
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Christina S. January 22, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I decided to try to learn classical guitar in my 5th decade of life. Although I had some limited musical background, I was quite apprehensive about my ability to learn a string instrument for the first time at my age. I feel very lucky to have found David. He has made me feel that I can do this! He is a great teacher and has a way of making every lesson meaningful. I come away from every lesson enthused about practicing what he just showed me. My schedule is quite hectic and he has been extremely flexible about missed lessons or changes. I highly recommend David for any age or experience level. I love my guitar lessons!
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Paul M. January 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons for almost a year now. I am a beginner senior citizen. David obviously tailors lessons to the individual. We work on basics, yet he also lets me select songs I want to learn and pushes me into areas that challenge my abilities, which keeps it fun. I can highly recommend David as a teacher.
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David G.

David G.

Buffalo, NY 14223
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$30 / 30-min
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Arielle-Khrystiana P.

Lockport, NY

About Arielle-Khrystiana

I began my musical studies at the age of six, starting off in my elementary school orchestra and chorus. A passion and talent for the violin led me to placing in competitions and festivals, and performing professionally in quartets and at wedding ceremonies later in high school. I began performing in rock 'n' roll bands in 2008, and began a teaching career in 2009. My students and students' parents have praised me for my musicianship, patience, and compassion. I am also an operatic soprano and musical theater musician, thus making me a diverse and well-rounded instructor. I teach in the tradi
tional style, combining some Suzuki elements. For beginning voice lessons, we will focus on vocalizes, theory, and appropriate repertoire. I take a different approach to every student, realizing that not everyone learns the same, and that what may work for one student will not work for another. I am dedicated to assisting the musicians of the future. I firmly believe that being performer assists me in my teaching, because I can give my students the benefit of my performance knowledge and experience, preparing them not only for school concerts and NYSSMA festivals, but also other arenas, such as performing with rock musicians or in theater pits to earn extra cash after high school. I enjoy working with all ages, 3-83. I'm excited to meet you and assist you with the adventure that is learning classical violin! I am also available for English diction coachings on your arias and art songs.

*** Lesson Details ***
A combination of traditional and Suzuki techniques. Each lesson is uniquely tailored to fit the student's personal/musical goals, learning style, and skill level. Voice lessons will focus on healthy vocalism, beginning theory training, and sight-reading skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many books on music history and theory, electric piano, clean, friendly atmosphere that is perfect for making music in!

*** Specialties ***
Classical violin, classical voice, basic theory.
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Philip G. February 2, 2014
Violin
Wonderful results, and a lot of fun!

If you're looking for someone to start the violin with, look no further than Arielle D. She can start you from the ground up, even if touché never read or played music a day in your life. She will try different approaches if the standard book stuff isn't working. She's also great with scheduling, very easygoing with make-up lessons. She also made me feel very comfortable and relaxed during my lessons.
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Arielle-Khrystiana P.

Lockport, NY 14094
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$15 / 30-min
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Antonella D.

Tonawanda, NY

About Antonella

I have an extensive training in "training" musicians: it doesn't matter if you are young or old, beginner or advanced, I will bring you to the next level.
I am a pianist and a music theorist, I am a dedicated and successful teacher. I hold degrees from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Italy, Accademia Puccininana, I have a Master in piano performance and am working through my PhD in Music Theory. As you can see, I love to learn.
My lessons will take you where you are and bring you a step further. I'll explain you in detail how to reach your goals faster.
Sometimes you'll need to work on your
own way to learn, on yourself. I'll be always there to help you!
Why you should have lesson with me?
Simply because I am among the best teachers in the world and I love the idea to reach more students through this medium. And you'll have fun for sure.

*** Lesson Details ***
Of course, you'll need to have a piano or at least a keyboard :)
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Paul C. November 10, 2014
Piano · In home
Antonella has been teaching piano to my two daughters (ages 8 and 12) for a number of years now. They have progressed terrifically during that time and really enjoy learning from her. She has a gentle approach but also keeps the girls focused and accountable which is important. They have had multiple opportunities to perform in recitals and competitions that are always enjoyable as well. Antonella is a excellent teacher that I would highly recommend.
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Ciara H. November 5, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 7 year old daughter started taking piano lessons this year with Antonella. I am amazed that within such a short period of time she has learned so much. She has progressed from 'Mary had a little Lamb' to really beautiful more complex pieces in what seems like no time.
Antonella is a really excellent teacher, very patient and supportive, yet constantly pushing (gently) to make the student better. She is an incredible pianist herself and really encourages Aoife not just to learn and play the notes, but to really use good movement and techniques which make such a difference to the sound of the piece.
Antonella is professional, committed, highly skilled and very passionate about what she does. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her as an amazing piano teacher.
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Antonella D.

Antonella D.

Tonawanda, NY 14150
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$35 / 30-min
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Andrea S.

Clarence Center, NY

About andrea

I studied French Horn performance and Music Education at Ithaca College where i received my Bachelor's of Music. I then traveled to Italy for 6 months to study music and Italian. When I returned I prepared myself for graduate auditions and was accepted to University of Miami, Florida where I now live and teach privately. I am certified K-12 music in NY state and my Florida Certification is pending. I love to teach in a one-on-one environment and it brings me complete joy when my students have a breakthrough and make progress with their music, all while having fun!
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Andrea S.

Andrea S.

Clarence Center, NY 14032
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$30 / 30-min
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Richard H.

Medina, NY

About Richard

A versatile musician- he has performed with organizations such as the Louie Bellson Big Band (Chicago Based Band), Jimmy Dorsey, Buddy De Franco, Natalie Cole and the Terry Gibbs Big Band and many others.

Rick has released 7 albums, including Tribly (2012), In Time's Shadow (2007) and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas--with his Little Big Band. His next recording is with his daughter--a jazz vocalist later this spring.

Rick has earned his DMA in Performance from Michigan State University.

Rick has now been teaching privately for the last 25 years. He has maintained studios in Ch
icago, Ill., the Central and Western Michigan areas and Central New York. He has taught people of all ages, from beginning students to Doctoral candidates in Music. He is currently writing 5 volumes on Jazz Improvisation, and wanting to complete a beginning volume for trumpet for beginning trumpet players. Rick’s students can be heard from Professional circles to Community ensembles. In 2005,
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Rob H. February 18, 2015
Jazz · In studio
I began studying with Rick when I was 19 years old and spent three years as his student before moving to Chicago in 2001. In those very important three years I received an education that would help lay the groundwork for all of my improvisational endeavors to come.

I remember that what he was asking me to practice was fairly difficult, as the topic of improvisational technique and Rick's specific methodology is massive. There is so much to it that I still find myself practicing with those very same concepts in different ways of my own today more than fifteen years later. Rick was always smart about how much work he would give an individual.

It must also be said that Rick Holland is more than just a music teacher or great trumpet player. He was a mentor and helped me grow personally and musically. As I look back upon those lessons, I understand now that the real objective of that methodology isn't just to play chord changes with good voice leading or add interesting control of chromaticism in the lines: The point of all of it was to get me to think musically and think for myself. In a culture where music education (especially in jazz improvisation) has turned into painting by numbers, his approach is refreshing, creative and crucial for developing intelligence and musicality.
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Art M. January 19, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
I played the trumpet from fourth grade through college but I didn't have much in the way of formal individual lessons during that time. After college I didn't touch the trumpet for over 20 years, when I decided to pick it up again as a ‘comeback’ player. While playing in a couple of local concert bands I decided I really wanted to be a better trumpet player, and take lessons from an experienced teacher as a way to reach my goal. Rick assessed my abilities and came up with a personalized lesson program to help me improve all aspects of my playing. We went ‘back to the basics’ in some areas and built on my existing abilities in others. I’m very pleased with the results and I enjoyed my instruction time with Rick. I would highly recommend Rick to any trumpet player at any level of experience.
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Chris L. January 13, 2015
Jazz · In studio
Rick H. is a phenomenal musician, educator, and person. I studied with Rick for four years, and have remained in contact with him for nearly two decades. I learned a great deal from Rick, particularly in the areas of harmony, voice leading, jazz history, trumpet pedagogy and intonation. So many of my current musical concepts go back to my time as Rick's student. Rick has a very systematic, step by step approach to learning that is tailored to the individual student. I work throughout the Midwest as a professional trumpet player, and am extremely glad that I received my foundational training with Rick. I highly recommend Rick Holland to anybody wishing to study the art of trumpet playing or improvisation. The knowledge that you will receive from this man will last you a lifetime!
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Richard H.

Richard H.

Medina, NY 14103
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$34 / 30-min

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