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John C.

Long Island City, NY

Learning to play an instrument begins with loving music!

The first question I ask a new student is: "What makes you want to play an instrument?". Some people want to play rock, others pop, and others have many different interests, but it all begins with a love for music.

I teach my students to play their favorite songs right from the start. I believe that when you learn music by figuring it out on your own -- by learning to listen -- you gain something very valuable that you can take with you no matter what your musical goals are.

I'm not a strict teacher, but I believe in being disciplined when it comes to the fundamentals. If you have good technique, it frees you to play anything you want to play.

In a typical hour-long lesson, my beginning students spend from 10-30 minutes on the fundamentals, depending on how much time the student has to practice at home. The rest of the lesson is spent applying what we've learned.

It usually takes just a few months before ...

About John

I started playing drums in my parents' basement when I was 9 years old. It was just me, a stereo, and a bunch of cardboard boxes I made into my first drumset. Every day, I listened to to my favorite songs over and over again to figure out how to play them. To me, there was nothing more awesome in the world than music.

Since then my musical journey has taken me far and wide. I've studied percussion and composition with world class teachers, toured Europe, composed music for commercials, co-written award winning songs, and performed with a variety of artists at such venues as the Hard Rock Ca
fe, BB King's, World Cafe, 55 Bar, The Living Room, The Bitter End, Shrine, Rockwood Music Hall, and many others. And the one thing that hasn't changed? I'm still totally in awe of it all.

These experiences have helped me to create my own style of teaching that's tailored to each student, whether they want to learn music purely for the enjoyment of it, or take their studies further. Sharing my knowledge and life experience with people is a great feeling. I really enjoy teaching -- In fact, I've learned just as much from teaching my students as they've learned from me.

I continue to perform, teach, and compose original music in New York City with my wife and two pianos.

My Education/Credits: Percussion, Berklee College of Music / Masters in Classical Composition from Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning to play an instrument begins with loving music!

The first question I ask a new student is: "What makes you want to play an instrument?". Some people want to play rock, others pop, and others have many different interests, but it all begins with a love for music.

I teach my students to play their favorite songs right from the start. I believe that when you learn music by figuring it out on your own -- by learning to listen -- you gain something very valuable that you can take with you no matter what your musical goals are.

I'm not a strict teacher, but I believe in being disciplined when it comes to the fundamentals. If you have good technique, it frees you to play anything you want to play.

In a typical hour-long lesson, my beginning students spend from 10-30 minutes on the fundamentals, depending on how much time the student has to practice at home. The rest of the lesson is spent applying what we've learned.

It usually takes just a few months before they're ready to play a song! I also teach students how to play in a band and encourage them to perform with other musicians as soon as possible.

In addition to being a drummer/percussionist, I am a classically trained composer with a background in piano. I teach beginning piano to students who are interested in playing classical music. I also teach music appreciation, theory, analysis and composition to students who want to delve deeper into the world of classical music.

Most importantly -- whether it's drums, piano, or anything else -- I teach in a relaxed atmosphere. Lots of people are nervous about playing a new instrument, and help them to turn that energy into confidence. Once you start performing, everything becomes easier and more fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach these instruments/subjects at these locations:

PIANO:
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

DRUMS/PERCUSSION:
Underground Studios,
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

MUSIC THEORY and MUSIC PERFORMANCE: all locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I teach these instruments/subjects at these locations:

PIANO:
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

DRUMS/PERCUSSION:
Underground Studios,
Astoria Soundworks,
LIC Teaching Studio

MUSIC THEORY and MUSIC PERFORMANCE: all locations.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, funk, R&B, pop, and many other styles of music on drumset, classical and latin percussion, and classical piano and composition.
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Tommy R. May 21, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is very patient and a great teacher!
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Eunice G. December 22, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
John is a very good piano teacher. He challenges me and is not strict. He has been teaching me about chords and he is making sure that I understand it every step of the way. As we have been going on, we have been playing tougher and tougher pieces while piano is getting easier and easier for me.
(From: Abraham, 11 yrs old, a student of John since Oct. 2013)

He's a great piano teacher. John knows what to do every time I have a song. He knows things if I don't know the answer. He describes the answer to make me understand.
(From: Noah, 8 yrs old, a student of John since Oct. 2013)
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Ivana H. March 9, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent teacher

John is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient with my 12 year old, knows how to explain things to him and always makes the lessons a lot of fun even though my son is not always easy to deal with. We have stuck with John for more then two years now and we are happy he has stuck with us. Thanks to him, my son has made significant progress with the piano, the basics of music theory and general musical appreciation.
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John C.

John C.

Astoria, NY 11105
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Lynn L.

Brooklyn, NY

I am not a percussionist, nor a professional drum-set player. But I do play drum set and have a general knowledge around the kit.
I can get you going from the beginning stages up through the first couple of years. Groove is everything. :-)

About Lynn

Lynn L. is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Education.
Known for her versatility, Lynn performs with a wide array of musical projects that include: Gabriel Alegria’s Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Frank London & The Shekinah Big Band, Red Baraat, Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, The Dorian Wallace Free Sound Ahn-semble, Holy Hand Grenade, Dave Mancini & Chet Catallo, Soulsystem Orchestras, Pitchblak Brass Band, Paradigm Shift, and Sharabi. She has also had the privilege of working alongside Conor Oberst, Les McCaan,
Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, DIVA, Mocean Worker, and The Temptations.

In addition to performing, she is a trained Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education and Midori & Friends. She is also an instructor for Mannes Prep at The New School.

Lynn was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, and is a Conn-Selmer artist. 

*** Lesson Details ***
In addition to the fundamentals (Tone, Rhythm, Technique, Ear-Training, Sight-Reading), I also like to tie-in music theory, composition, and improvisation along the way. I believe in setting short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals that are specific to the student and their needs and wants. I also believe in the benefit of having the student bring in songs or materials that they are interested in, and designing lessons around their interests. I am patient, creative, and willing to move at any pace that is right for you.

Through my experience as an educator I understand that every student is different, and therefore, my job is to guide and facilitate learning, while making the process as enjoyable as possible! My approach is customized to bring out your strengths and interests, while also ensuring that you have a solid foundation on your instrument. In addition, I am professionally trained in both jazz & classical music, and I perform regularly with working bands of all types and genres.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, piano, guitars, clarinet, sax, flute, amps, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are expected to have an instrument, and eventually selected method-books which will be decided upon for each student based on their needs, goals, or level.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all levels of students, from beginner to professional levels of all ages.

Skills and teaching techniques vary specifically per individual, but may include saxophone technique (technical facility, tone, scales, overtones), improvisation (jazz as well as other styles), sight reading, music theory, ear training, transcription, composition, and repertoire development in all styles of music (jazz, classical, pop, funk, world, etc.)
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Dave P. August 26, 2015
Music Performance · In home
I've worked with Lynn for going on three years now and she has without a doubt been one of the most talented and most enjoyable people to make music with that I've ever encountered. Not only does she rock the sax better than most, she's extremely humble and approaches music with an openness and extremely positive energy. I give her my highest recommendation as a great teacher, and a great human being.
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Christine S. April 26, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
An awesome instructor, patient, enjoyable, and informative. Has a brilliant sense of teaching technique, theory, sight reading. Look forward to each lesson ,and continuing to build and improve on each lesson.
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Lynn L.

Lynn L.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Albert M.

Highlands, NJ

I cover all styles blues and rock. Once you get some basic beat down we will get to the songs you want to play.

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 fe
w 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 introduce students to the rudiments of music on 2 simple pages. Theory helps you to understand song writing, ear training, and how to build chords and scales. I try to get you to hear the music so you can improvise better and also take songs and solos off CD's yourself, therefore becoming more self reliant to teach yourself in the future.

My students bring in the songs they like and by strengthening their ears and learning to apply theory points, I show them how they can figure out the song by ear the exact way it was written and played by the original artist. Therefore you can play with the CD as if you are a band member. This builds confidence to perform and record in any band at any level. As stated above, I will also customize a program for those interested in learning songs without the theory work so they can use the music to play songs as a nice relaxing past time.

Course Descriptions- Rock, Blues and Funk: You will quickly learn how chords and scales are developed using a condensed theory set up chart. This quick immersion in theory helps you to build a strong foundation while at the same time playing and enjoying the music. I have found in my years of teaching that making theory and music interactive from the beginning makes it more enjoyable to learn. You will learn all scales, chords, techniques, rhythms, and ear training specific to these styles of music. The advantage to this Teaching Format , especially in terms of solo scale playing, to progress much further and faster than if you were just learning how to play the songs. We then go straight to the CD's of your choice and learn from the best, the artists you've admired. Whether to learn their rhythms, solo lines, songwriting formats, melodies and harmonies, and all by ear. As a soloist, you will know enough about scales and chord theory and how to blend the two so you can make the guitar talk yourself. Still for those who want a quick song approach, we can get into playing a song and review its theory relevance when desired. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)

Folk, Country and Bluegrass: As stated above, I begin with the condensed theory chart to understand chords of all types. Here we study rhythms of the above music forms including ballad, country blues and country folk. Through use of songs you enjoy, we study how the music was written and performed. You will learn in this course how to play music you love as it was done by the original artist. We begin with listening to the original soundtrack. Through the use of the ear we dissect the song and learn it in its original form piece by piece. This will also help set up the study of song writing. Understanding how artists Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Transposing songs to fit your vocal range and Arranging songs to bring out their best. (Recommend 1 hour lesson/week plus practice time)

Finger Style: Great fun for those who would rather not sing but still want to play full songs on guitar. This style of guitar will blend the techniques of traditional finger picking artists along with our own on improvisation over twelve bar blues progressions and songs. You will learn to play all the parts, bass, melody, harmony and inside chords with your picking hand. Also how to create chord/melody arrangements from any melody.

Classical: Classical guitar is taught through developing standard reading skills, finger exercises and scale work while learning beautiful pieces at the same time.

Song Writing: Song writing always begins with an introduction to theory. From there you will study works from other artists to see how they Choose Chords, develop Melodies and Harmonies, and how they use the art of Modulation to bring you to and from different keys for effect. Choose a song and artist that you enjoy and we will dissect the piece learning the above techniques.

Children's Studies: The study of music has proven to enhance a child's concentration, mathematical and reading skills, self confidence, performance skills in all walks of life whether its playing the guitar, to public speaking, to playing sports.

*** Lesson Details ***
"Fun - Fast - Patient" My course is tailored to your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Les Pauls and Marshall/Fender amps. Love the sound.

*** Specialties ***
All styles but jazz. Rock, blues, folk, finger style, classical, punk, blues and all in between, from funk to punk, rock to metal. I also teach bass and drums.
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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.
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Albert M.

Albert M.

New York, NY 10028
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Christopher C.

Brooklyn, NY

My teaching method always revolves around keeping things loose and fun. However while we are working toward your goals (learning a specific drum pattern or playing along to your favorite band) I will be making sure that we are addressing important technique issues including dynamics, grip, posture and others.

Our lessons together can be customized any way you wish so no matter what your drumming goals are we can get there together. I look forward to hearing from you!

About Christopher

My name is Chris and I'm 32 years old. As the drummer for the band Phantogram I have played over 150 shows in the last year and a half and appeared on national television several times including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman. I have been studying and playing drums for 20 years and have lots of experience I'd love to share with you. I have a very easy going personality and I enjoy tailoring lessons to a student's specific needs whatever they may be. I aim to make lessons fun and enjoyable and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Oscar July 13, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Oscar enjoys his lessons very much and Chris is a patient great instructor for my 8 year old!
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Daniel P. February 11, 2015
Drum · In home
I’m a former student. Chris is an awesome teacher from an awesome band! Definitely has real world experiences to share about drums and the business which I loved hearing about.
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pete J. February 11, 2015
Drum · In home
Knows how to keep things loose and fun. I take drums very seriously but it had been a long time since I had played so we made sure to cover the basics but have fun too.
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Christopher C.

Christopher C.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
(3)
starting at
$65.50 / 45-min
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Fabian O.

Brooklyn, NY

High quality Drum lessons. Specifically customized to every student.
A quick way to have fun with the drum-set right away.
Learning an instrument will give you much more than you can possibly imagine.

About Fabian

I've been teaching Drums for 10 years and my students have gone on to become professional musicians themselves. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs and as time goes on you'll be able to fluently play many rock and pop songs. I specialize in rock and pop , typically use Tommy Igoe's Groove Essential books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: fully equipped studio with drums, guitar, keyboard and recording gear.. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

Fabian was born in Bolzano Italy.
He started showing interest for the drum set when he was 7.
During his childhood and teen-age years he studied with many famous European drum and Music teachers. He played and toured with many different bands all over Europe.
After high school he went to the Italian Music Conservatory and graduated with highest honors.
Fabian also studied in Germany at the Drummer's Focus.
He is known as a top notch music educator. He taught in various music schools to students of all ages.
In 2013 he moved to New York, he studied at the world famous Drummer's Collective in Manhattan.

Lessons and Studying with Fabian:

Welcome to the big family of musicians. Learning an instrument can give you so much: creativity, a more focused mind, more concentration and so much more....
I taught Drums and Music Theory all over the world for the last 10 years to people of all ages,especially kids.
My goal is to share my passion for music with my students, and make them understand the beauty of it. I am fluent in English, German and Italy and lessons can be and your choice of language. Ever lessons is customized to each individual student and skill level.

During lessons you learn about the following things:
Basic grooves
Rudiments and their application on the drum set
Reading and Sight reading
Coordination
Interplay
Time and groove specifically designed for pop/rock studio recording
Italian or German Music lessons: use music to learn a new Language
Ear training
Music theory and piano specifically designed for the drummers needs
Styles available: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Shuffle, Songo, Mozambique, Guaguanco, Drum and Bass, Afro Cuban 6/8, Mambo, odd meters, and many more...

Lessons are taught in my own private studio or can be done at the students home...Manhattan studios are also available for lessons.
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Anne H. June 23, 2015
Bongo · Online
Verified Student
She completely enjoyed her 1st lesson and was bouncing around 30 min before her 2nd lesson wanting to get started!
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Fabian is an amazing drum instructor. If you want to get great very fast he will encourage you to be the best.
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Maurice May 21, 2015
Drum
Verified Student
My son can't stop talking to everyone about his first drum lesson. He's so excited and looking forward to lesson#2. Fabian was patient and well- paced for my almost 5 year old jr drummer.
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Fabian O.

Fabian O.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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