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Thomas V.

Wantagh, NY

About Thomas

Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside
many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more!
Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Strings and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and I am very proud of the results I have achieved with every single student. Lessons are planned on an individual basis, in order to facilitate success for every student, based on their own needs, requirements, interests, and goals.

With me, students will learn Etudes, Scales, Pieces, and anything else they wish to know! (including instrument upkeep, music history, ext.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. I can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. I can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though I recommend the student have their own. I do own a travel drum set that can be transported to lessons upon request, but all drum students should own their own drum set to practice and perform on.

*** Specialties ***
I am experienced with Strings, (orchestral as well as electric guitar and bass), piano, and percussion.
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Gabriella July 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Gabriella felt very comfortable with Thomas. He was patient and jumped right in without wasting time. She can't wait for her next lesson.
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Zade S. June 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Our son had his first lesson with Thomas last night. Thomas is extremely patient and was able to keep him engaged throughout the entire lesson. That's HUGE because our son is autistic and has trouble focusing. It's only been one lesson but I recommend Thomas! Very fun and professional.
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Matteo P. May 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very pleased with Thomas and his creative ways to get our son to play the piano again .
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Thomas V.

Wantagh, NY 11793
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dan F.

Rockville Centre, NY

About Dan

-Guitarist, songwriter, teacher, band-leader, all around musician, writer, photographer....been playing music for over 25 years and teaching for over 11 years. - Highlights include performances at "The House of Blues" in New Orleans and The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado opening up for national acts. (Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Wiiiams) -Taught numerous private and group lessons over the years. - Involved with music summer camps and guitar seminars for children. - Began studying guitar with Jeff Tillman (Westchester, NY) who has played in various jazz bands with people like Bucky Pizzarelli.
(famous jazz guitarist) -I am currently listening to artists like Ray Lamontagne, David Gray, Galactic and Medeski Martin and Wood. -Keep your mind open to all kinds of music!  Lots of improvising on it for those of you interested in learning more about soloing!

 Here's my full bio! In the past, Dan toured with The Boulevards based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent about 7 years in Colorado in the 90's absorbing the music scene in Boulder and working the clubs in Denver. He first landed out west moving to Boulder, Colorado after he graduated college in 1994. Here, he met a lot of great musicians and worked with Samples producer Walt Beery at a local music store where guys like Big Head Todd and other popular Colorado musicians would stop in. He once played a gig up in Nederland, Colorado with Dave Watts (The Motet) and Erik Deutsch (Charlie Hunter Trio) among others and although got a little lost on the jazz changes, he hung in there. Now, in 2014, Dan would be more than ready to tackle that gig! For you aspiring musicians, that's what time, performance and practice will eventually do...Anyway, there was (and still is) a great music vibe in Boulder however, Dan wanted a change and moved to Denver in 1998. At the time, The Boulevards were a hard working swing and blues band playing all over the state and touring when they could. At this point, Dan was really digging into the life of a working musician, sweating it out at the clubs and eagerly anticipating the next one. (not too different from today) The Boulevards played multiple venues in New Orleans during several Jazz Fest's and Mardi Gras. Pierre Masperos, Bombay Club, Vic's Kangaroo Cafe and The Dream Palace were some of the venues, although a few no longer exist. Those were important musical experiences for Dan shaping what would be, his own funky style. After The Boulevards, he formed his own band called Rare Form who were based in Denver. He also recorded an all original cd recruiting some of Denver's finest session players. Dave Cieri the keyboardist for the popular jam band (at the time) Chief Broom did some excellent keyboard work on the album. The power trio was an all original project with LA studio musician Beto Hale on drums and Denver's own Steve Morrow on bass. That was a hot trio however, Dan was frustrated living in Denver and missed the big city. A recording at the Soiled Dove in downtown Denver was the band's highlight with "A Groove" recorded at that point. In 2001, he relocated to Long Beach, New York which had always been close to his heart and continued writing and recording music. Now, reflecting on his current New York band The DF Project, "At first the band was a trio and then a five piece. We had a keyboardist and then we didn't. That's how band's go. People come and go sometimes. Recorded at a recent performance in Manhattan at The Underscore, are two new tunes on the page. They are "Warning Sign" and a funky one called "New Orleans". Several years ago, he spent some time in the studio rehearsing with former Jason Bonham Band guitarist Tony Catania. That band never took off.. oh well they would of been hot! He's also done gigs with some of the areas finest musician's including George Panos from the popular band Mystic and Manny Focarazzo who currently plays keyboards for Alan Parson's Project. He's also jammed with Primo guitarist Dean Brown who plays with Stanley Clarke's band among others. He also has several other projects in the works he hopes to perform with in 2009. In 2005, he wanted a break from music and began painting. Some examples of his work (photography included) can be viewed under "pics" or on the picture collage. In 2007, Dan performed over 130 gigs in the New York City and Long Island area as both a solo artist and with several bands. The challenge of performing for roughly two decades now has proven positive with gigs under his belt at The Knitting Factory in Manhattan, Kenny's Castaway's (didn't Bruce play there?), The Fox Theatre in Boulder, and The House of Blues in New Orleans to name a few. Dan has opened up for such artists as Keller Williams, Jerry Garcia Band w/Melvin Seals and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, a New Orleans blues musician. He also placed second in the LIBS solo competition in 2007. Dan has recorded over the years with a number of independent artist's. The new lineup for 2014 is exciting! With Jon Gray, Chris Gardner and William Johnson Jr now making up the band the sound is right where Dan wants it! "I'm glad we have a keyboard involved..."

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching is like anything else, you need to put in the time in order to become better at it.
There is a certain method or art in teaching that through time, develops as you work at it.
My attitude is this: each person deserves a custom-designed method for their individual needs.

Some people start out on their instrument knowing absolutely nothing about music.
Others can remember things like sight reading or tempo from classes taken during their school years.
These variables need to be recognized and a student needs to be developed using their strengths.
I try and keep my lessons informative and flowing smoothly.

I keep in mind there are a lot of instructional videos floating around on the internet. I have seen some of them and there are certain benefits in watching these videos.
However, I firmly believe nothing takes the place of a good lesson one on one.

Not only does it personalize the learning process, but it makes it more fun and more hands on. Sometimes, in order to keep my lessons productive, I pretend I am videotaping myself.
This way, I concentrate on spending my time wisely and getting my information across as clearly and concisely as possible.

I also concentrate on keeping the lesson fun and interesting in order to stimulate the student to want to come back for the next one.
I teach all styles, jazz, blues, rock, country, classical so depending on your goals, we can customize the
lesson to what you want to achieve! (and have fun doing it too!!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Line 6 Guitar Amp, Fender Blues Junior III Guitar Amp. Hartke Bass Amp, Yamaha E403 Keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For guitar students I expect them to bring their

own instrument. I can lend out a guitar or a bass temporarily. You

can always rent an instrument for our lesson if you don't want to

buy one!

*** Specialties ***
Guitar and Bass, Songwriting, Improvisation, Songs, Sightreading
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Scott K. June 14, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dan balanced teaching the music theory and the right way to play with making sure I was engaged in the process and learning songs. He also helped me connect the dots on certain scales that are common in much of my favorite music.
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Michael D. February 25, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
The teacher is skilled and enjoyable

I am enjoying Dan as a teacher
He is very skilled and enjoyable to learn to play guitar
He is focused and competent
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Dan F. January 18, 2014
Guitar
Great teacher

Had a lot of patience and was knowledgeable! Taught me chords, scales, songs, sightreading, music theory and more. Was a helpful instructor when I had questions.
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Dan F.

Rockville Centre, NY 11570
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Bonnie M.

Rockaway Park, NY

About Bonnie

Flute Lessons in Rockaway Park

Are you learning an instrument at school, need some individual attention in order to reach your musical potential? Or do feel like you're moving faster than the other students, and want to reach for higher challenges? Or, are you already an advanced flutist, who would like to learn about the special technique of multiphonics?

Well, I'm good at all three!

Many times, a student will fall behind for the simple reason that their lips naturally blow high notes instead of low notes, or because they missed a simple but important detail regarding fingering
or reading notes. I am very good at catching students up. It's one of my favorite things to watch a student raise their confidence because they start achieving what was at first very difficult.

I'm also very good at challenging students to reach beyond the level of their peers. I work hard to view each student as an individual, and assess the sounds that they make in relationship to the next-higher level of flute-playing. As a result, my students tend to climb a bit quicker than their school program requires.

I'm experienced with ASD!

As a player, I've been featured at the United Nations, and I won a national flute competition in 2011. I earned my Bachelor's at the Crane School of Music, and my Masters at McGill University. I've performed at many important halls in NYC, including Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, and this summer I will be performing--for the second time--as a soloist at the National Flute Association's Annual Convention, where flutists from all over the US convene to hear great flute-playing.
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Casey R. June 19, 2013
Flute
Amazing Player...Even Better Teacher.

From my first lesson with Bonnie, she opened me up to a new realm of musicianship and technique that I had never experienced before. She re-ignited a passion in my music that I was beginning to lose. I am forever grateful to her for this.

Bonnie is a hundred percent devoted to music, her playing and her teaching. One of the things I love most about her is that she seems to know everything about the flute, yet she is always striving to learn more. And if, every once in a while, there is something she doesn't know, she investigates. She finds an answer, contemplates it, and teaches me.

Bonnie is also a genuinely caring person who is entirely invested in her students. She often e-mails me after my lesson to tell me something that she had thought about relating to my lesson, proving that she is always thinking about ways to help me in my playing.

Bonnie continues to challenge me and encourage me in all my playing - she truly makes me feel that with enough practice and determination there is nothing I can't play. She even helped me attain a 100 on my all-state level piece this year. However, the score is less meaningful than the feeling I had after I performed that day. I knew that I was playing on a level I had never imagined - all due to Bonnie's inspiring me to always be better and her total confidence in me, not only as a flute player, but also as a musician.

Bonnie's musicianship and playing is unparalleled, her teaching style unique and engaging and, once you get to know her, she is quite the comedian. I am truly lucky to have her as my teacher.
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Mary Ellen B. June 19, 2013
Flute
An engaging and wonderful instructor

I have been extremely fortunate to have had Bonnie McAlvin teaching flute, piccolo and music theory to my older daughter for nine years and flute to my younger daughter for four. She is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher that inspires a great love of musicianship in her students. My older daughter is a first chair flutist in a wind ensemble and plays with a prestigious children's orchestra entirely due to the patient and thorough instruction she has received from Bonnie. It is a great blessing to have musically talented children but an even bigger blessing to have an instructor who can give them the skills and encouragement to achieve excellence. My older daughter is working towards attending a conservatory for college and the younger daughter fully expects to have music be part of her education going forward. This is entirely due to Bonnie's influence and guidance. We could not be more pleased. My girls love their lessons with Bonnie and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Bonnie M.

Rockaway Park, NY 11694
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Imraan K.

Mount Vernon, NY

About Imraan

I'm a pro saxophonist in NYC, currently performing both in the NYC area and internationally.

In the last 5 years, I have been performing with various bands in the area, spanning rock, funk, soul, Latin, and especially jazz. Performing has taken me to France, Switzerland, Italy, China, and most recently aboard luxury cruise ships.

I have been teaching privately and through a private music school for the past 10 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer three distinct types of lessons.

1) For 7-12 grade music students, I offer lessons geared towards preparing you for the NYSSMA compet
ition. We work on the basic requirements for participation, can work together to narrow down the options and select the right piece for you to perform, and improve your musicality as a whole. I have sent many students to NYSSMA, all with positive results. 2) My more expansive lessons are for beginner musicians and up. We work as basically as scales, modes, and fingerings, as well as a little bit of jazz history. As you progress, we dig deeper into jazz theory, focusing on the standards and improvisational theory. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it, and as long as you are willing to work towards becoming a better player, you will. 3) For NON-SAXOPHONE students with an interest in jazz improvisational techniques, I offer jazz improvisation lessons. This requires an intermediate level of proficiency on your instrument. We cover standards, different techniques to apply over different patterns of chord changes, and even basic elements of composition.

I like to keep the atmosphere light and positive during lessons, so we can have a good time and still be learning. I love to work on appropriate music that the student suggests, or has an interest in. Pending the level of the student, we may even arrange for special appearances at some of my performances. The more the merrier.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1942 Conn 6M viii Naked Lady Alto Saxophone
Theo Wanne Durga 7 Mouthpiece
Vandoren Jumbo Java Mouthpiece
Vandoren Java Red / Vandoren ZZ Reeds
Monique Pro Series Soprano Saxophone
Otto Link Mouthpiece
CG Conn C Melody Saxophone
Akai EWI-USB Wind Synthesizer

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as "Studio Equipment".

*** Specialties ***
-Improvisation
-Jazz
-Rock
-Funk
-Soul
-Latin

Looking forward to making some music with you!
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Livia C. February 19, 2014
Saxophone
Verified Student
Excellent

My son Nicholas, 10 yrs old, has been taking saxophone lessons with Imraan for about a month. Searching for a young motivated teacher who is up to date with todays music is very difficult. My fear was for Nicholas to get discouraged in his saxophone playing and music with a non motivated instructor.
Imraan has been the perfect match for Nick. He is not only an excellent saxophone player but a great instructor. He motivates my son with his saxophone playing, has patients with his teachings and with kids, is up to date with todays music and most important, my son cant wait for his next lesson.

Imraan, Im glad we met you and look forward to hearing my son play in concert with you someday.
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Hope D. February 17, 2014
Saxophone
Verified Student
it is refreshing and exciting at each session.

he is very focused and thorough. quite professional and polite.
he makes complex things with the sax seems simple. I enjoy his teaching style. I would recommend him to anyone who desires to learn to play the sax, or for advance lessons.
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Kyle J. December 29, 2013
Saxophone
Love Working With Him!

I study jazz saxophone with Imraan once a week. I originally found him through a recommendation from a friend, and was using him to prepare me for the All State NYSSMA auditions in my senior year of high school. The lessons were so helpful that I continued through college... Since then I've improved so much. He understands how to break down complicated information and present it to you in a way that you'll be able to understand and process. He is active in the music community, so you can drop in on a show and see him and one of his bands in action... Worth a visit.

Also, he always has a great selection of music to choose from for you to learn, and a great set of helpful tips and tools that work great for me! Highly recommend!!!!
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Imraan K.

Imraan K.

Malverne, NY 11565
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Greg L.

Rockville Centre, NY

About Greg

My promise to you is to get playing and enjoying making music. I believe the world needs more music and I committed and enthusiastic about making that happen for you. So if you feel the same way, let's rock as they say! :)

I am a Berklee College of Music attedee. I have been teaching students of all ages for over 25 years. Beginners are my specialty. It brings me great satisfaction to see my students grow into good players. I teach reading, theory, harmony, scales, riffs, lics as well as many styles including rock, blues, jazz, funk, folk, reggae and classical studies, etc. Let's not
forget your favorite songs.

I am a also a music producer specializing in producing singer songwriters, bands. etc. I write songs for artists as well as with artists. I have also scored TV and radio commercials. My recording and producing experience goes back for over 15 years.

I was the co-author of Steve Vai's first guitar book "Guitar Extravaganza for which I did all the tablature.

I have also worked Dave Rosenthal of Billy Joel's band when he was with Richie Blackmore's band Rainbow. Richie was the guitarist in Deep Purple. I wrote out all the orchestra parts for the album he was working on.

After Berklee I studied guitar privately for two years with Mitch Coodley who was a teacher at Berklee. This helped sharpen my skills more as a guitar player.

Recently I recorded aand produced a song "Together We Can" with one of my students for the Together We Can contest they were having in all the public schools in New York State. The song one first prize.

I have played with, recorded and produced with Grammy award winning drummer Steve Loecher for many years.
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Doron G. April 14, 2015
Guitar · In home
My 7 year old son has dream of being a rock star so I started him with an electric guitar. I spent a long time looking for the right teacher and am glad we found Greg - he is comfortable with both acoustic and electric guitars as well as being a performer himself. Another thing that I am happy about is that Greg is teaching my son how to read music properly, not just how to get by like too many guitarists out there. I expect that once my 7 year old knows how to read and gets past the beginner phase, Greg will also teach him theory. This is the old school training that too many teachers and students skip today. Good for you Greg!
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Victor C. April 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Our son has been taking guitar lessons for about 3 months. We chose Greg because of his expertise, knowledge and ability to teach. Learning to read music might not always be easy but Greg was able to convey to our son the importance of this skill. Greg has taught my son the beauty of playing the guitar that now is very confident and happy to play . Greg is always reliable, extremely flexible and dependable. am happy to see my son learning new skills. also very happy that Greg is teaching him everything needs to know about playing the guitar.
I would highly recommend Greg as an instructor. we are extremely impressed by his abilities and professionalism.
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stephanie G. April 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
My 7 yr old son recently started guitar lessons with Greg. We are very happy with his progress, and my husband, a former piano teacher is very impressed with Greg's knowledge and teaching methods. He is very patient and my son is enjoying his lessons
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Greg L.

Rockville Centre, NY 11570
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