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About David C.

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I started playing guitar 29 years ago at 11 years old. After studying classical and jazz throughout high school I attended William Paterson University from 1994 - 1997, majoring in Music Education and then later in 2003 at CCNY majoring in jazz performance.

In 1997, I moved to Brooklyn and cut my teeth in the NYC R&B and rock club scene and with various jazz combos at many other clubs including the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory. In 2003 I returned to college at CCNY (city college of New York), majoring in Jazz Performance and studying with Ornette Coleman alum, Kenny Wessel. I also started my long standing weekly Hip Hop event, Freestyle Mondays in the East Village. Freestyle Mondays has attracted some of the best musicians in NYC and the world to sit in or just hang out, including Tarus Mateen, Marcus Miller (Miles Davis bassist)
, Ari Hoenig, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Tim Motzer, Adam Deitch and countless others. I have recorded with Lauryn Hill and have toured in China and the UK.

For last 6 or 7 years, my bread and butter has been theater. It really tests my versatility. I have been a sub guitarist on Broadway for the Tony award (best score, best orchestration 2008) and Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal, The Visit on Broadway, first guitar at the 2010 Williamstown Theater Festival Production of critically acclaimed musical "The Last Goodbye" which features the music of Jeff Buckley (the first project licensed by his estate since his untimely passing in 1997), Be More Chill at Two River Theater as well as many other regional theater productions. Most recently I performed with the Orlando Philharmonic and a veritable who's who of B'way including Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Norbert Leo Butz in Orlando at a benefit for the Pulse Nightclub victims' families. My main gig, however, is with The Midtown Men. It features 4 stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway. We have played at venues all over north America including the Beacon Theater and NJPAC as well as having a PBS special and performances on the Today Show.

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Like my musical abilities, I am an extremely versatile teacher. If you need a strict program, I can "crack the whip", but if you'd rather just learn some tunes you like, without all the theory and technical stuff, we'll find a balanced program that works for your learning style.

I have been teaching for 18 years, so whether you're trying to make the high school all state jazz band, learning your new favorite song or anything in between, I can steer you in the right direction. I'll keep you motivated to improve and become the artist you want to be. With simple, clear direction from me and a little practice and hard work from you, we'll have you playing your favorite music in just a couple of months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated to music, many guitars and amps, weighted casio, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, but if a student is going to practice, I would think they would need to purchase a guitar at some point. I suppose I could bring an amp as well. Students should also have a manuscript book and/or a method book (depending on their level).

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz guitar, but am experienced and well versed in rock, blues, classical, hip hop, R&B, funk and pretty much anything else.
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Jonathan J. April 5, 2014
· Guitar ·
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David is a wonderful instructor. He would always provide me with information that helped me take my guitar playing to the next level. He was extremely patient and helpful in his lessons and never seemed to become annoyed when I would not get things right. Sign up for him today!
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ErikaR1 March 27, 2012
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5 yr old guitar lessons

David has been excellent with my 5 year old. He is extremely patient, fun, and friendly and is teaching her how to play the guitar. i am amazed. I didn't think it was even possible for her to learn as much as she has. i would highly recommend David to teach any child music.
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JackR February 2, 2012
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Dave is a very enthusiastic teacher with good theoretical knowledge on the piano. His practical knowledge is OK. Dave is very good with letting the student determine his goals and then he tailors his lessons around those goals. This makes the lessons more enjoyable. The only suggestion I would have is that he should have the sheet music written in advance for that day's lesson. He had the music written in advance on our last lesson but for one or two previous ones, he was writing the music during the lesson which took time away from the lesson. Overall, I was very happy with Dave and would recommend him.
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David C.

David C.

Fords, NJ 08863
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About Gene S.

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About Gene
I am a professional teacher/performer with over 20 year’s experience. I specialize in jazz guitar but have vast teaching and performing experience in all styles of popular music such as rock, blues, soul, r&b etc....
I am a composer/band leader and I also have many side man credits with some world renowned musicians on my resume. My CD "hypnotic" made the semi final round for 09-10 Grammys for best jazz instrumental CD. I also have 2CD's on the steeplechase label.
I believe that these experiences make me a teacher that can communicate with my students through my hands on knowledge and understanding of all aspects of music. Oh.... almost forgot.... I love teaching just as much as I love playing, because it gives me a chance to effect peoples peoples lives in a positive way.

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B.A in jazz performance from the renowned William Pa
terson University jazz studies department
M.A. in composition from William Paterson university
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JenniferK2 October 24, 2010
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Guitar lesson

Mr Gene is a very patient teacher, my son is 7yr old and he is a first time learner he understand him very well.
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Gene S.

Gene S.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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About Vincent T.

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West Long Branch, NJ
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About Vincent
I have taught for 18 years, giving both private and group lessons. I am a professional musician, having played in numerous bands, recorded and played shows. I have taugh all ages, and all elvels, and all styles. I play a number of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica, in addition to writing and singing. I took private lessons for over 10 years, and also studied music in both high school and college.

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A student can expect to be treated with respect, and have a lesson tailored around their abilities, interests, and amount of practice time. I make the lessons fun but also informative. I try to get to know my students so that they feel comfortable. I am laid back, but also determined that a student practice well, and learn not only the instrument but music fundamentals a
s well. I try to show students that learning music is a lifelong pursuit that can provide all types of fun and personal fulfillment, in addition to being a potential career and social outlet. After 3-6 months, the student will be playing songs, good ones, not just scales. They will also have learned basics, such as chords and scales, as well as sight reading.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basement converted into music studio with instruments, and piano and keyboard. Parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all lesson materials, listening examples, and, on occassion, an instrument. I often use my laptop to play songs and tutorials for students (who don't buy records like we did in the old days.) Generally, students must provide instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor my lessons based on three factors: a student's interests, their ability, and their amount of practice time. I do not use a cookie cutter method of teaching because each student is different. I have studied, formally and informally, rock, pop, blues, jazz and classical. My specialties are rock and blues. On occasion, I will use method books, such as the Schirmer books for piano, but only if the student clearly seems to benefiting from them.
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Vincent T.

Vincent T.

West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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About Emilie W.

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Learn to create your own songs and compositions in the most sincere way. Composing is connecting deeply to yourself. I have been studying composition and improvised composition with amazing jazz trumpet player Ralph Alessi and Grammy Award winner Gretchen Parlato.

About Emilie
Love to sing? I am available to teach private lessons or group lessons. My goal as a voice teacher is to help you find your own voice and sound in a healthy way. For the past 12 years, I have been dedicated to singing. I am fascinated by the multiple facets of the human voice and its extraordinary power to communicate, inspire and heal.

Professional singer and touring artist, mostly working on the jazz and contemporary classical scene in New York, I also have my own solo voice project. I use loops, samplers and electronics to build songs on the spot (Village Voice 10 best Concerts of the Week.)

I have a BFA in Jazz Vocal Studies and a Certificate in Somatic Voice Level 1. I also teach music in French for children. I am a student for life myself and I always keep studying new techniques to enrich my lessons and help my students in
the best way. My rule number one is to be open minded and patient. Every student is different and has specific needs that can be addressed with the right technique.

I love to teach any level, from beginners to professionals.

Together we will work on:

- vocal technique to open your possibilities as a singer in a healthy way
- breathing and posture through yoga and relaxation exercises to free your voice and body
- musicianship: ear training, sight reading
- improvisation
- composition
- recording: record your own song
- repertoire (build your own repertoire, chart writing, arranging, transposing tunes)
- electronic device (loops, samplers)
- music toys
- audition preparation
- performance and stage preparation

I love to teach as much as I love to perform and I am always very inspired to meet new students and to help them develop their creativity with their own voice and sound.
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Emily February 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emilie is a great, kind and patient teacher! Very soon after taking lessons with her, I saw lots of improvement. I would highly recommend her for anyone who wants to improve their singing.
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Frida February 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emilie is the best. I have been taking classes with her for a few months, and I was a total beginner when I started, and Emilie was super kind and patient and excited to work with me. Now I feel like my singing has really improved and I'm finding my voice. It's been so great. Highly recommend working w her!
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Kent Nickerson February 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Emilie’s knowledge, insight and encouragement have been key to my growth as a singer and songwriter. Her lessons always bring my “best voice” out and teach me how keep it healthy and accessible every day. My voice is stronger, clearer and richer than it’s ever been.
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Emilie W.

Emilie W.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Patrick M.

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About Patrick
I have been playing music since I was 7 years old. I studied privately through high school, then attended Musicians Institute. I received my AA in music performance, where I graduated at the top of my class.

Since graduating, I have gone on to travel the world playing music. I have lived, and worked as a professional musician in LA, Nashville, and now NY. I am looking forward to helping you, or your kids, through your musical journey.

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In my lessons, you will learn all the fundamentals of music, while having fun. I like to have them study ear training, theory, reading, and how to play their instrument, using songs from artists they like.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Four and Five string Bass
Acoustic Guitar

*** Specialties ***
Any and all styles of music. I.E. Rock, Pop, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Latin, Met
al, Disco, Musical theater, etc. What I do in the lesson depends on what the student is interested in. We could work on anything like reading, improv, fretboard knowledge, chord structure, theory, ear training, styles, or just learn songs.
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Patrick M. November 14, 2013
· Guitar ·
Guitar Lessons for my Daughter

I've been through a couple teachers, and Patrick was the first teacher that was reliable and able to keep her attention, and keep her interested in learning. Great Find!! I definitely recommend Patrick!
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Patrick M.

Brooklyn, NY 11203
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About Christopher J.

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Writing a song comes from the heart. Some people may not be able to realize this at first and I would love to show how to tap into this ability. When singing you want to paint a picture with your music and express so the listener can feel what you felt when you wrote it. Studying poetry, rhythm, melody and form are essentials to what we would go over.

About Christopher
Christopher Joseph has been playing guitar for 11 years and has studies and performed genres such classical, jazz, cumbia, Latin, Spanish, Brazilian, rock and pop. He has performed with many different artists/bands and has composed for a variety of styles. While in high school Christopher studied Classical guitar and violin under the tutelage of Bernard Mathews and now at New Jersey City University he studies Classical guitar with Francisco Roldan of the ZigZag Quartet and with Joao Luiz from the World acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo for ensemble. At the university he is currently a senior.
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Ashley August 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Chris is a wonderful teacher! My daughter is a shy 7year old, but she said he made her feel proud and comfortable. Chris surely knows how to teach young minds with his patience and calmness. My daughter is already looking forward to have another lesson with him soon!
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Arsh July 8, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Chris is a great instructor. He can adjust to the student's pace and helps the student learn all types of guitar techniques. I have progressed a lot through his lessons.
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Kishan Mistry October 28, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Chris is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about the material, patient, and overall a high characteristic person. His knowledge and competencies have helped me develop and I always feel I'm walking away from a lesson better and smarter at playing the guitar. I'm extremely happy about my choice and highly recommend him.
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Christopher J.

Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
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About Keith C.

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During your lessons, you will learn different ways to go about composing compelling songs across different genres. Throughout your lessons, you will learn about chord progressions, writing melodies, and writing lyrics.

About Keith
Hi! My name is Keith, and I've been a music teacher for ten years, and a BOE Certified English teacher for six years. I have been playing guitar and bass for 15 years, and have been playing ukelele for five. I can't wait to teach you your favorite songs, as well as help you write your own!

I also offer tutoring in English Language Arts for all grades from kindergarten to college. Whether you need help starting or finishing your essay, or need help understanding a difficult text, I'm here to help you out. I also tutor for PARCC and SAT. Have the comfort of knowing a State of NJ certified teacher is helping you out!
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Eric August 29, 2016
· English Literature · In studio
Helped me out in a jam with my Shakespeare class at NJCU. Was able to meet up with him in the campus library. Helped me understand King Lear so well that when it came to writing my essay on it, I didn't really need his help, save for some basic proofreading. Highly recommended.
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Alyssa August 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I was a stubborn student, but Keith helped me explore different ways to think about chords and picking styles. It definitely helped in regards to my development as a guitar player and song writer and I am happy to have had him as my instructor! :-)
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Marcus August 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My 5 year old started with Keith while he was working at Jaime's Music in Bayonne. I've had nothing but a great experience with him. I was apprehensive at first, as I was told by other teachers that five was too young, but Keith helped us find the right guitar for him. My son is seven now, and although Keith isn't his teacher anymore, he's made a lasting impression. I even learned a little guitar, too!
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Keith C.

Keith C.

Middlesex, NJ 08846
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About Xiaoming T.

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Improvisation is the first step to write your song. As a singer, song writing almost occupied most of my time, I love write down the melody which flow out of my mind. And I also really enjoy the moment when I improvise my music on the piano. I hope I can share my precious experience with you and let you start your improvisation trip much easier! If you like song writing, I believe I will be the best tutor to help you to achieve your dream.

About Xiaoming
Hi, there! My name is Shawn(Xiaoming) and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved to helping my students to gain their goals and enjoy music. I went to Mahattan School of Music and earned a M.M. degree in music performance in 2015. And now, I'm a D.M.A cadidate student in CUNY Graduate Center. I'm a easy going and very patient person and my teaching style is really easy to follow, and I will adjust my method to every student. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Jonathan E. January 18, 2017
· Chinese · Online
At first I was very apprehensive with the online format as never tried that before, but needn't as XiaoMing was an excellent teacher. Helped me to translate passages in simple Chinese for me to make in my presentation. Corrected me on my tones which I needed. A clever guy who is flexible to do Business Chinese or Conversational Chinese. Recommended.
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Elizabeth Yang October 27, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Gorgeous teacher! After study with Xiaoming, my son just fall in love with piano. His class is very planned every time, always feeling the class is so quick! Highly recomanded!
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Nancy October 27, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Mr.Tian is a wonderful singer and wise vocal teacher! His teaching inspired me in many ways, he always can figure out my technique issue. He is also master in piano impro accompany, really enjoy working with him!
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Xiaoming T.

Xiaoming T.

Brooklyn, NY 11223
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About Ken F.

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Brooklyn-based private music teacher operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Over a decade of experience teaching a broad range of styles to students of all ages and backgrounds. Strong focus on the individual student's personal interests and goals. Master's degree in music composition with years of experience touring globally and recording for both major and indie labels. Whether you're new to songwriting or need some help honing your skills, it's my passion to get people writing the kinds of songs they want to hear!

About Ken
A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
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I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
· Piano ·
Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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Leah Korbin March 24, 2016
· Guitar ·
I took from Kenny when I was in middle school/early high school and he truly is the one who made me want to start writing songs. He's beyond talented, inspirational, and has a great smile to boot!
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Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Ari S.

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Songs tell stories, and as any writer will tell you, "write what you know." Let's figure out what you know and turn it into music! We'll also look at myriad songwriting devices from history's best writers/lyricists for inspiration.

About Ari
I am a guitarist, bassist, writer and composer based in South Brooklyn. With international touring experience, songs licensed to film and television, and a degree from The New School, I have an approach that is both holistic and comprehensive. I am easygoing, adaptable and excited to approach music education from an inclusive angle!

I teach students of all ages, and have given an average of 40 lessons per week in a variety of formats (private, group, after school programs, online). My tastes in music are as varied as my experiences - nothing is off limits and everything has the potential to teach us both something.

I own and operate an independent music collective/label with a focus on thoughtful rock, pop and R&B. We are adept at finding the right team for our artists, and have had success in music and video production, national tourin
g, marketing and branding, and licensing. I'm currently a member of 3 original bands and have continued to do an array of session work on both guitar and bass.

I am endorsed by Lakland basses and am a member of SESAC. I love coffee, chocolate, and like my eggs over medium.
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Jonathan July 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fantastic and versatile teacher, able to cover all styles comfortably. Definitely recommended for in-home lessons for adults or kids. Relaxed & easygoing, Ari can also push when you need to get over that next practice hurdle. Super nice guy and great teacher.
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Carolyn July 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful teacher. Creative patient and kind
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George July 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Ari is very knowledgable but presents information in a relaxed, approachable way. It's obvious that he really enjoys teaching and his low key manner makes students feel at ease. Highly recommended!
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Ari S.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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