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About Jeff S.

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Perth Amboy, NJ

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Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.

Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills are formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary
. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter
approach to teaching…".
Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.

After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.
When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".

As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.

Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.

Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.

Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs
have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National
Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!".
The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.

I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.

I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.

After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.

*** Specialties ***
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.

Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.

Bossa nova guitar

Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)

the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)

Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.

Recording on Garageband.
I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.

Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
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Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
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Ira April 2, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
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Srikanth R. December 12, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loved the lesson..
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About Kelsey P.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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About Kelsey
I love singing! I've been singing for as long as I can remember, and I've been creating songs and playing guitar since shortly after that. I have a Bachelor's in Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and I have been a full time working musician for 8 years.

In March 2017 I started a YouTube channel called, Simply Songcraft. I write a song week, and vlog about it. I also post weekly tutorials on songwriting, guitar, and voice.

I want to help you reach your biggest dreams! Here's what you can expect when you sign up for lessons with me.

*** Lesson Details ***
Singing-
*sing warm ups at the beginning of every lesson
*choose songs that are at your level of singing, this means that if you choose a song I don't think you're ready to sing, we'll choose a different song until you're ready.
*set goals for performan
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Songwriting-
*break through writer's block
*explore your creativity
*journal every week

Guitar-
*Learn your favorite songs!
*Learn scales, chords, and basic music theory

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Office Space
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Singing
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Marlina/Jonah H. March 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Kelsey has been so great with my 10 year old twins! They are having a blast and learning so much so quickly! :)
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Norman C. September 23, 2015
· Singing · In home
Kelsey's lessons are really helping me reach my goals. The time allotted for the lessons really flies
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Mya G. August 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor with kids! Very patient!
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About William D.

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Tucson, AZ
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Autism, blindness
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George G. June 19, 2014
· Bagpipes · In studio
I am a Retired Federal Special Agent and I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I've always wanted to learn how to play the Highland Bagpipes. I met William a few years ago and he has made my dream come true. William is a caring and patient instructor. He will teach you all details and techniques of playing the instrument and how to play the tunes correctly. William will take a complicated piece of music and will show you an easy path to successful completion of of playing the tune. I have seen William teach all ages and genders and special needs students and all have been successful musicians. William has transformed this hard headed student from a person that could not read music to a performing as a band member with the Tucson Highlanders Pipe band. I STRONGLY recommend William as a Bagpipe Instructor.
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Ike E. June 16, 2014
· Bagpipes · In studio
William as been giving me lessons on the bagpipes since January of 2013, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. William's guidance, style, and skill have taken me from my first lesson on the practice chanter to my first public performances.

William has a easy-going, comfortable and capable style of teaching. He is comfortable adapting to each student's wants and needs rather than forcing each student to follow the same lessons and learning path. He has taught the bagpipes to students from all walks of life and ages.

I've been very happy with his training. I'm looking forward to continuing my training with him, and would recommend him to beginners and experienced musicians alike.
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Max L. June 11, 2014
· Bagpipes · In studio
William is an amazing teacher. Not only has he taught me to play the bagpipes but has also managed to form a greater appreciation for music in general. The little tidbits of information he throws into a lesson really stick with my mind and thus I feel I have learned a great deal more than just one instrument. He has clearly been teaching for a long time, you can tell by his patience and his resourcefulness of teaching techniques depending on the student. While he will show you proper technique he also throws in an analogy that manages to make a complicated piece of music understandable. I strongly recommend lessons from William if you want to learn the instrument and the music of bagpiping.
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About Christina C.

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Carnegie, PA
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About Christina
Hi, my name is Christina Cerezo. I am a licensed cosmetologist who is comfortable teaching about skin/beauty care.
My main emphasis, however, is fine arts. I have acted in 15+ productions from High school, Community Theatre, and College productions. (musicals and straight plays). I have also worked behind the scenes as a stage manager, choreographer, and Head of Makeup/Hair design on separate occasions. My expertise can not only educate someone on their acting techniques, but also their audition preparation.
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Christina C.

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About David S.

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Grandville, MI
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About David
Playing the trumpet for 17 years, David has performed all across the country with high praise.

A native of Grand Rapids, MI; he performed for two seasons with the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony before attending Western Michigan University to earn a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While in Kalamazoo, David frequently performed in area pit orchestras, most frequently appearing with the Kalamazoo Civic Theater. He also served as a substitute musician with the Southwest Michigan Symphony and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

Following an audition at The Juilliard School in New York City, David was invited to study trumpet with Kevin Cobb; an internationally-renowned chamber musician with The American Brass Quintet. While attending graduate school, David was a charter member and principal trumpet of the Hartford Independent Chamb
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David currently serves as the principal trumpet with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band while teaching, performing, and composing.
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DavidP. January 31, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
David is the definition of professional. His trumpet knowledge and ability to help me improve in lessons week to week has been beyond beneficial. His talents extend much further than the trumpet and that aids in the lesson experience as a whole.
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DavidP. January 31, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
David is the definition of professional. His trumpet knowledge and ability to help me improve in lessons week to week has been beyond beneficial. His talents extend much further than the trumpet and that aids in the lesson experience as a whole.
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Sam G. December 15, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Great first lesson!
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Grandville, MI 49418
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About Jonny D.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Jonny
I’m a experienced guitarist with over 13 years experience and I’ve been teaching private guitar and bass lessons since 2009. I specialize in teaching rock guitar in the styles of Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, and Angus Young just to name a few, But
I’ve also played everything from Lead, Rhythm and even bass guitar in various bands spanning all genres from Rock, Blues, Country and even Pop.

I focus on making a curriculum that is fun and unique for each student’s style and taste in music. We’ll focus on learning Rhythm playing such as Chords, Chord melodies, and various grooves and rhythm styles. To lead playing such as improvisation along with different scales ranging from the pentatonic/blues scales to modes and arpeggios.

Whether you’re a new player or just looking to improve your lead or rhythm playing. I’ll
be able to help you get to where you want to be as a musician.
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Richard L. June 1, 2017
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jonny is a great teacher love playing the guitar with him was a beginner and he make me feel so good about playing the guitar i hated to lose him but he moved far away if u r thinking about lessons with him go for it and rock on
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Jessica March 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Absolutely amazing, a great instructor and just an overall great atmosphere to be a part of! I learned so much with him
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Bruno March 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher! Jonny has a great knowledge of rock guitar. I've been playing guitar for a few months but other then a few basic chords I didn't know much. Jonny showed me scales along with more chords and He even helped me apply what I learned into writing my own songs.
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Hi! My name is Anthony, I am currently in college studying Music Education. I love the cello with much passion. I began playing cello at the age of 11 and have continued mastering the instrument ever since. I perform with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and I also perform with as principle cellist with the Wilmington youth symphony and string quartet. I have performed for countless venues and weddings and I love helping others realize that they can do that to with lots of practice and practice and more practice :).
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Lavon July 8, 2016
· Cello · In home
Anthony is well manner and a great example for youths. I really enjoy his teaching methods and passion for helping others learn music.
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Katherine O. July 7, 2016
· Cello · In home
Anthony teaches in a way that is inspiring our son to reach for more.
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Sacramento, CA

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Jaime Smith began her formal Classical Violin Performance studies with William Barbini (Concert-master, Sacramento Symphony) at California State University, Sacramento. She then continued her studies with Malcolm Lowe (Concert-master, Boston Symphony) and Eric Rosenblith (String Department Chair, N.E.C.) at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she graduated with a degree in Violin Performance. In 1999 Jaime was the first musician to be granted a Fulbright Scholarship to Greece to study its traditional music. She attended the National Conservatory and the Athens Conservatory with Kyriakos Gouventas. She spent 17 years performing all over Greece and Cyprus and California with celebrated artists. She has performed countless times on Greek and Cypriot television and radio. In 2007 she formed the music trio Hohlax and since t
hen has organized 7 concert tours of California dedicated to sharing her love for Greek music to others. Along with her performances and events in California she has held performance seminars at California State University, Sacramento and University of California, Davis. She continues to organize tours for her trio, and she also performs up and down the coast.
Jaime was “Solfege Assistant” for the Solfege Department at N.E.C., and believes in the teaching of solfege to her violin students to be fundamental, empowering and extremely helpful. She has seen progress in those students who chose to add solfege to their lessons in these ways: faster understanding and recognition of musical intervals, a stronger understanding of rhythm and the important ability of the student to hear the melody in their head before playing. Solfege is encouraged but optional.
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Sarah Longaker June 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Our son has improved so much since taking lessons with Jaime! He seems to really enjoy his lessons, and his interest in working hard and improving has really increased since we've been going to her. Thanks, Jaime!
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About Hannah B.

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Grand Rapids, MI

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Hello!
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child! I'd love to do introductions in person, but let me tell you a few things about me:

I am a Michigan-born twenty-something who recently got married (yay!). Before moving to Kentwood to live with my husband, I taught piano at Marshall Music in Kalamazoo and was an Administrative Assistant at a local church for about 4 years.
Before that I received my Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Music at Indiana Wesleyan University. I was homeschooled all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated with my other homeschool friends.

I have taken piano lessons for about 20 years and have learned a few things from my amazingly talented teachers. One, develop a relationship with your student by having conversations about everyday life, two, have a great structur
ed reward system for students who practice, and three, ALWAYS have fun.

There are a few things on the side that I like to do or have done in the past (this information might be useful to tell your son or daughter). I was a very busy homeschool student. Sports were very important to me growing up, I did softball, volleyball and soccer. I also was highly involved in performing arts. I currently enjoy doing crafts like sewing, card making, refinishing furniture, and cooking/baking. I am also a pet lover!

I can't wait to learn more about you at our first lesson.
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Kristina July 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hannah is not only a wonderful piano teacher, she is also a wonderful person. She is kind and cares about her students. At the same time, she sets high expectations for them to achieve success. We feel lucky to have found Hannah. She taught my daughter to love music, and to work hard."
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Kirsten July 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter started lessons with Hannah when my daughter was 5 years old. My daughter's progress was great. Hannah kept her interested in playing by having her pick out pieces she really wanted to play in addition to her other lessons. Hannah is thoughtful, organized, and a positive influence on her students. We only stopped going to her because she left town.
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I would love to teach you and help you accomplish your goals! I play instruments ranging from violin, piano, and others! I enjoy teaching and I make sure that my student leaves their lesson with confidence in what they learned. I like to make any lesson interactive and productive. I like to have a good time while teaching so I might come out with one or two jokes during the lesson.
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