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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 Cafe, 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 ...

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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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Evan C. Brooklyn, NY

About Evan

Born and raised in New Jersey, Evan Michael C. was surrounded by music from a young age. His father, Salvatore C., a talented guitarist dreamed that each of his children would learn a different instrument. After Evan’s eldest brother claimed the guitar, Evan reluctantly picked up the bass at the age of 13. At first, Evan was not happy: It was heavy, and it hurt his fingers. But Evan quickly learned to love the power the bass had over the bandstand and after a few lessons, it was clear that the instrument fit him like a glove. He soon began to perform with high school rock bands, sneaking into local bars and clubs for weekend gigs. A new-found appreciation for upright bass led Evan to start his own trio, sparking a love of R&B and Jazz music that thrives in him to this day. Late in his

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Sharon R. February 3, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher!!!

My sons are learning so much in a short amount of time! Evan makes learning music so much fun. They say he's the best teacher they've had so far! I have to agree. He's an all around nice guy who is down to earth and amazingly talented.
Rafael L. Jamaica, NY

Depending of the student's level, I am able to give the appropriate tips and information and customize the lessons for each particular case.
My lessons are very dynamic and are oriented to keep the students very motivated.

About Rafael

I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way. My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing". Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy. *** Lesson Details *** Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson. 1- Warming up 2- Review of homework 3- Rudiments 4- Rhythm 5- Reading and writing 6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings 6- New homework *** Studio Equipment *** I have one drum set fully equipped, plus ...

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victor B. February 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
im 23, been playing drums for 14 years,I had different teachers all growing up, but I realized that I had no real good knowledge of theory and '' why things works''.
iI've been taking classes with Rafael Leal for six months. During these six months there has been a lot of progress with the knowledge of music theory and my drums skills. There are a lot of music teachers out there, but Rafael's combination of knowledge and skills can not only craft you into a great drummer, but a great musician as well!I highly recommend you contact Rafael leal and pursue taking your music education to a new level.
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RichardS March 6, 2014
Drum lesson review

Very respectful and punctual teacher. He is very easy going and my daughter really enjoys her lessons.
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Jeffrey March 6, 2014
Professional and competent...

I am a fellow musician, a piano/keyboard player. I first played with Rafael at jam sessions, where we met up several times before getting together privaetly for rehearsing and recording. Rafael is an easy going person who plays both comfortably and with conviction behind the drums. Literate in music notation, specializing in rhythms and patterns, Rafael plays many grooves from Jazz, Rock and Funk to Cumbia, Salsa and Brazillian rhythms for a nice, eclectic mix. Whether improvising or playing more in a tradition, exploring musical territory is a pleasure with Rafael, students can only benefit from his knowledge and experience. Enjoy the journey...
Renato M. Brooklyn, NY

I have been teaching for more then a decade.
Through my lessons you will improve your relationship with the metronome and learn how to keep your groove constant and steady.
I like to record every lesson using the tools of the modern music production to improve your sense of tempo, your sound and to get you used to what's happening out there.
I don't like to waste time on techniques you'll never use in your life.
Music is fun!

About renato

Renato M. is a talented and experienced Drummer/Producer. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Contemporary Writing and Production. Prior to Graduating Berklee, Renato graduated from La Universita della Musica in Rome as a drums performance major. After graduating, Renato started his music career in Italy as independent drummer working with the top notches musicians in the Italian jazz scene. As drummer he worked as s sessionist in more than 50 albums in Europe and USA. Once in the United States he received a scholarship and recognition as “Best Producer in 2009” at Berklee. He collaborated in the production of CDs released by Compass Production for “Target” with Adi Yeshaya and Michale Becker (Arrangers for Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston) and produced ...

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Dominique L. December 18, 2014
Music Recording · In studio
I have been taking Music Production lessons with Renato for about a year now. His vast professional knowledge of the recording process along side his immense talent as a drummer has really helped me hone my skills as a producer. He has challenged me to think outside the box and his style of teaching is perfect for me. He gives you a task and tells you "Make it happen!". After its done he goes through your process step by step, showing you how the quickest and most professional way of achieving a task. He recognizes talent and works hard to cultivate and encourage it. I am glad to have him as a mentor and teacher.
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Monica C. December 17, 2014
Music Recording · In studio
Renato M. is one of the best teachers I've ever had. I have learned so much from his extensive experience in the music business and the knowledge he has from producing, composing and playing music all his life.

Being in a room with Renato is guaranteed learning and inspiration. His infinite passion for music is contagious, he makes sure you are learning but most importantly that you love what you're learning about.

I've had many music teachers before in my life but no one as complete as Renato. He comes from a performance background and started producing music at an early age. He knows about arrangement, music history, composing, recording, mixing and mastering, HE IS JUST THE TEACHER YOU WANT TO HAVE!
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Justin W. December 17, 2014
Music Recording · In studio
I take lessons in Logic Pro from Renato and he is extremely helpful and patient. In particular he gets great sound using really basic plug ins. He has an extremely professional studio with some great gear but he showed me how to get my mix sounding great with the minimalist set up I have at home. Highly recommended!
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 ...

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Natasha G. December 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am very glad that I found Fabian to teach me guitar. I was very nervous at first, because it is my first time learning, but I was extremely lucky to select Fabian. He is so patient and understanding, and explains everything so well. He is also fun, and brings ease and comfort to the lesson. He goes above and beyond. I look forward to our Monday lessons together. I highly recommend him.
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Jasmine T. November 3, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Fabian is a great teacher, he helped me learn how to play acoustic guitar and helped me with my music theory. He is really patient and understanding. I would definitely recommend him to other students. He also has a very nice and private study space.
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Liz T. October 31, 2014
Drum · Online
Fabian is a great teacher and performer! He works well with children and adults of all ages on developing a strong technique, knowledge, and appreciation of Music. He is versatile in many styles of Music ranging from Rock, Jazz, and Musical Theater. He is very comfortable to work with, and encourages his students to be the best they can be!
Serge T. Brooklyn, NY

Working on every aspect of technique and musicality
-grip
-timing
-groove
-discipline
-theory
-writing drum part
-chops
-etc.

About Serge

www.serojamusic.com I started my career as a drummer at the age of 13 in Syktyvkar, Russia as a part of a school rock band. Few years later I entered a local College of Music to spend four years mastering the drumset & vibraphone and to improve my sight-reading skills. A lot of time and effort was also spent on learning pedagogics. Those days I performed with the College big band and numerous other bands in the area, mostly rock and jazz oriented. Upon graduation I moved to St. Petersburg, Russia to continue my studies at the University of Arts with full scholarship. During my bachelor studies I worked hard as a performer in a variety of bands, spanning stylistically through traditional jazz, fusion, blues, pop, rock and others, touring heavily all around Russia and border countries. ...

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elizabeth T. July 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
You're very good teacher, thank you! I will definitely recommend you to my friends!
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alex S. July 15, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
fun and interesting lessons, thank you!
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Johnathan D. July 1, 2014
Drum · In home
Nice teacher, inspirational lesson

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