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About Billy N.

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I'm a specialist in Brazilian Guitar and have played and used American Folk Styles to teach finger picking for many years. This includes Travis Picking, Blues and arrangement of all sorts of melodies for guitar. One of the first world musics I played was Irish music and I have a nice repertoire of these melodies to help the student learn how to play a linear melody. Reading is not necessary but I'm expert at getting people to read by using simple familiar music.

About Billy
Billy N. has played Jazz, Brazilian and Classical music in the NYC area for the last 20 years. He has actively taught both finger-style and pick guitar for the last 20 years. He was on staff at the American Institute of Guitar for 11 years. His book on Brazilian Guitar is published by Alfred Music and currently available. He now offers online lessons via Skype as well as in his private studio. Playing credits include many museums and clubs in the NY area including Museum of Modern Art Museum of the City of NY and an extended stay at the Guggenheim museum in the Summer of 2000. Also he has been in the Brooklyn Museum concert series with his group Afinidades Bronx Libraries Brooklyn College and the Jewish Museum in trio and duo setting with great Percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. He has performed in Brazil as well most recently in the South
of Brazil,  receiving TV and radio coverage. He has also done workshops and performed at the Conservatory of the state of Pernambuco. In August 2004 he performed weekly at Rio Scenarium in Rio de Janeiro. His Band Brooklyn Brazil Bop has played at Joe's Pub as well as Central Park Festival. His band the Brazilian Acoustic ensemble performs periodically at 'Barbes' an important performance space in Brooklyn NY. In 2007 he gave a successful jazz workshop and concert in the city of Florianopolis Brazil. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious composer's residencies 2006 - Yaddo and 2007 - The MacDowell Colony. He was featured on the PBS news hour during his residence at MacDowell. In 2008 he was awarded another MacDowell residency and followed this with a 3 hour appearance presenting his compositions live on WKCR Jazz Radio and another live radio appearance with band in 2010. Billy regularly plays in many venues around NY in Jazz trio settings as well as with Brazilian vocalists and instrumentalists. Most Recently his groups have been performing at the famed Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. He also specializes in solo guitar and can double on percussion (Pandeiro) and Cavaquinho. Billy has completed two CD's of his original music and an EP of his original Choro music. He has a BFA in Jazz Performance from CCNY.

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From Coda Magazine August 2012: by Seton Hawkins

Through outstanding collaborations like the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble, guitarist and composer Billy N has emerged as a leading exponent of the music of Brazil. Exploring far beyond the well-trodden bossa nova path. Billy unearths the full range of styles the country offers, including choro, baiào, valsa and samba, and gives American audiences a rich panoramic glimpse into Brazilian art, highlighting its parallels with progressive jazz.

A recipient of composers residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, he is the curator of a three-day series at the club dedicated to the country's music. Billy will showcase his own group—a sextet with drummer Matt Kane, bassist Leco Reis, saxophonists Michael Attias and Eric Schugren and trumpeter Ben Holmes—in a concert primarily featuring his original works. SH

Reviews of my Book on Alfred Brazil: Guitar Atlas,  I love this series and this is the best of the six titles I have. Billy really knows his stuff; the analysis of time at the beginning is superb: something I now use in my teaching. This is definitely for intermediate and higher guitarists, but the pieces are worth the effort to get right, and the accompanying CD shows you what you are aiming for. This is as good as my other Brazilian guitar book (by Nelson Faria) and much more compact and easier to follow. Highly recommended!

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This book is essential homework for students of Brazilian guitar. It is one of the best resources out there, along with Nelson Faria's "The Brazilian Guitar Book." The original etudes are not only instructional, but are nice pieces in their own right. An excellent value.

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I've taught all levels over 20 years both in NYC and Brazil. I work with the material that the student wants and also through recordings and charts introduce much music that the student might have been unfamiliar with. My lessons are catered to the individual. There is no obstacle anyone has that is too great to work through. My approach to rhythmic training has helped many. I have simple way of breaking down the guitar fingerboard which can used as a guide to learn harmony. I'll get you into the horizontal aspects of guitar, traveling across the neck, making music across one string as well, mastering the guitar in a small fret range - " vertical position playing".

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I have guitar for the student, either electric or nylon. Cavaquinho students bring their instrument. First time students must bring their instrument so I can see what they are playing on.

*** Specialties ***
Brazilian Fingerstyle - Choro, Samba, Baiao Solo
Jazz Guitar - Pick or Fingers
Beginning Flamenco
Cavaquinho
Improvisation for any instrument
Harmony and Theory
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Flaminia D. May 12, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have been taking lessons with Billy since January 2015. I am a total beginner and I really think I have made the best choice ever to pick him as my teacher. Billy is an experienced guitar teacher and a professional player that knows great techniques for beginners. He has been teaching me basics of guitar in a smart way, and at each lesson I feel I learn something new and at the same time I can clearly see how much progress I have made since our first lesson. He has also been teaching me how to read music and tabs which proofed to be extremely useful every time I want to learn a new song by myself. Highly recommended!
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Lynn W. December 17, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
I cannot recommend Billy enough. I studied jazz improvisation with Billy for three years, and later returned to study Brazilian guitar and Piedmont-style finger picking with him. I had been playing for more than twenty years when I started studying with him and he not only helped me improve my playing technically and creatively (on electric and nylon stringed guitars) but also expanded my knowledge of theory and helped me develop new approaches to composing and arranging. I am still working with the material he gave me and take lessons from him whenever my schedule allows.
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felicia D. October 17, 2014
· Brazilian Guitar · In home
I took Brazilian guitar lessons from Billy for several years. His method focuses on absorbing the many rhythms of Brazil and translating them from percussion instruments to the guitar. Much of his effort is devoted on achieving the elusive Brazilian swing, which non Brazilians need to learn. Billy is excellent in breaking down the rhythms and explaining them. He even has a book out on his method. He covers various Brazilian genres: choro, bossa nova, samba, baiao and more.
Billy also is an accomplished jazz, classical and flamenco guitarist with a thorough understanding of harmony and improvisation. He is very patient and has years of teaching and performance experience. You will be lucky to study with him!
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Billy N.

Billy N.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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About James R.

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North Brunswick, NJ

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I've Been teaching for over 37 years, & I Teach all ages from 8 years old and up, and all levels from Beginners to Advanced. My Goal is to help the student to have a clear understanding of how to view Music & the Instrument that which they chose to play, and in the process keeping them Inspired and having fun. You will learn the correct way, from the beginning, and rise above all expectations of what you thought you could achieve. I Guarantee you'll Learn more in one year studying with me then with anyone else around.

About James
PLEASE READ : Thank you.

I'm a trained Musician (Private Lessons) and have been Studying & Teaching for over 37 years. I've taught, Recorded & Played everywhere from small to Large venues from NJ, NY to CA and back. So you don"t just get the Lesson, You also get all that culture and experience along with it in every Lesson you take. All Lessons are done at my Music School, located in North Brunswick, NJ which I am the Owner and Head Teacher at the School. I do offer Lessons through Skype as well if for some reason it's more convenient for you. I Guarantee you"ll learn more studying with me in one year, then with anyone else around. I Pride myself in giving my student 100% my undivided attention in every Lesson. The School is equipped with a Class A Recording Studio (which I incorporate into the Lessons) so you not only get a Great Less
ons but you'll also get the experience of working and being recorded in a Professional Recording Studio. You will learn a lot in a very short period of time, but you will also have a lot fun doing it as well. For The person interested in learning Guitar I'll teach you to Understand that you'll Develop Correctly, and Much Faster By always practicing on the Acoustic Guitar, and then if you'd like to go and play or perform on the Electric Guitar, you'll be 100% Better as a Musician then if you just played only on the Electric Guitar. That is a Key element to what all the Professionals Musicians like myself do.
I Look forward to working with you to Help you attain the goals you set out to achieve.
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Asheesh January 19, 2018
· Drum · Online
I’m an adult student with a job and Jimmy has been very adjusting about rescheduling my lessons if the need arises. I bought a set of 5 lessons to get a feel for being taught drumming as a beginner. The lessons have been useful as Jimmy sticks to basics and is patient and knowledgeable.
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Rob December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
When my 7-year-old son asked for guitar lesson's, my wife and I were at a loss. As we are not musically inclined at all. We found Jimmy from a friends recommendation and could not be happier. Our son, loves his lesson's with Jimmy, he is learning music theory , how to read music and how to make his guitar sing (for a 7-year-old, at least). Jimmy is very patient and attentive to the needs of such a small learner. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to play.
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Walter November 18, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Jim is a very good instructor for me. He has great patience with me and proceeds in an orderly professional manner.
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James R.

James R.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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About Devin A.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I have always had an affinity for the acoustic guitar, and I enjoy helping students learn to fully utilize this amazing instrument. I specialize in teaching fingerstyle and using the acoustic guitar as an accompaniment instrument for singing.

About Devin
Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in NYC, at your home, at his home studio or online on Skype. Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals.

He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship. He has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Vanessa G. August 29, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!
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Wayne S. April 8, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
The lesson went very well. Devin was patient and answered all of my questions of which I had many. He was very thorough in teaching me hand placement and strumming technique. I was very happy with the lesson and feel I quickly gained confidence.
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Devin A.

Devin A.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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About Christopher J.

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Old Bridge, NJ

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From Finger style playing such as Andy Mckee to Chicken Picking such as Jimmy Wahlsteen. Acoustic guitar has probably the most interpretations on how to play it and with that comes even more techniques so we can focus on exactly what you want to learn.

About Christopher
Christopher Joseph has been playing guitar for 11 years and has studied and performed genres such as 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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Gaspard August 25, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great first lesson with Chris !
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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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Christopher J.

Old Bridge, NJ 08857
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About Gerald Edward B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and have been teaching guitar for 15 years. I like introducing students to a wide variety of music to play: jazz, folk, rock, blues, classical, and more. I take pride in shaping young beginners, as well as guiding more experienced musicians to becoming better guitarists.

I provide my students short-term and long-term goals. Below are just a few milestones (by level) that we work towards.

Young Beginner (ages 6 through 11):

•Play melody parts to 5 traditional songs.
•Learn and strum 6 different three-string chords (Emin, G, G7, C, Amin, D7).
•Understanding of and ability to perform rhythmic values: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes).
•Ability to read and play 8 notes on the first 3 strings, in 1st position.
•Play a classical music melody ( e.g. "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, "Surprise Symphony" by Hayden, etc.).
•Understanding of solfege syllables ( do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti).
•Play the C major scale, ascending and descending.
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About Gerald Edward
Gerald earned his Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he graduated magna cum laude. In 2005, he returned to the New York area to perform professionally. He released two solo album and has toured throughout the U.S. For the past 10 years, he's been the lead guitarist and singer for the Platinum Soul Band, performing classical, jazz, and pop music for weddings. He also works steadily as a "fill-in" for many of the Hank Lane bands performing at events throughout the Tri-State Area.

Since 2006, Gerald has been on the guitar faculty at Westerhoff School of Music and Art in Metuchen, NJ as a private instructor. He's also taught general music classes, grades K through 6, at St. Paul's School in Princeton, NJ . Gerald moved to Ditmas Park, Brooklyn in 2012, drawn by its thriving music and arts community. He fou
nded Ditmas Park Guitar in 2014 and aims to inspire students to grow, not only as guitarists, but also as well-rounded musicians.
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Kym October 19, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar ·
My 11 year-old son really loves his guitar lessons with Gerald. Gerald is understanding and patient, and he makes learning guitar interesting and fun for kids, with a thoughtful combination of classical and rock & roll material. He's serious with his students when warranted, and playful and funny when it makes sense to be. When I told my son that I was writing this review, he got excited and asked me to write, "Gerald's the best!" I do believe he's right:)
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Gerald Edward B.

Gerald Edward B.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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About Ben K.

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I've been teaching guitar for about nine years. I focus on teaching my students a variety of patterns, chord progressions and song-learning strategies to make them as versatile a guitar player as possible.

About Ben
Ben has been making music professionally in the NYC and NJ area for 15 years, specializing in the instruments of the brass family, as well as bass guitar. As a performer, he has extensive experience with rock, funk, jazz and folk music. He studied Music Education at The College of New Jersey.

In addition to being an active performer, Ben is also a certified music teacher in the NJ Public Schools. For the past five years, he has been employed as a middle school and high school band director in a nearby suburban town. His responsibilities include directing a variety of bands, comprising of students of a variety of grade levels and experience levels, as well as teaching jazz improvisation, music theory, audio engineering and piano courses.

Ben is also an ACA-certified Stand-Up Paddleboard instructor, specializing in surf and racing te
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Grace June 13, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Learning a lot, quickly.
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Grace June 13, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Great teacher for beginner. Patient but really guides well
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Ben K.

Ben K.

Hoboken, NJ 07030
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About Alexei N.

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Classically trained musician with a fresh view on contemporary sounds and rhythms. I cut my teeth in the grueling, high-stakes orchestra scene of Westchester County but, I know that learning to play guitar and practicing violin concertos for hours on end are two very different things. WIth 4 years of experience in teaching guitar classes to young adults, I know that scales and music theory aren't necessarily best way to get up and running if you're just trying to impress your significant other with a rousing rendition of "Hotel California". With the knowledge of a former principal violist and the flexibility of a jaded millennial, I can get you playing "Wonderwall" by the end of the first lesson.

About Alexei
Prior to working in software, I played in many classical, folk and rock ensembles throughout the country. I took private violin / viola lessons for 8 years, and private guitar lessons for 5 years. I was the principal violist in my high school orchestra, 1st violin player in the Greater Westchester Youth Symphony and a violist in the USC Concert Orchestra in Los Angeles. I've been in the classical realm for long enough to realize that picking up and playing a guitar is not the same as playing violin and practicing it for many hours.

I started a rock band with my friends in high school, for which I played lead guitar and the occasional drum kit. Playing guitar (solo or in a band) is a lot like playing violin but, the learning curve isn't as steep. You only need to know a few guitar fundamentals before you're ready to play your favorite
rock and acoustic songs. My lessons and teaching style reflect this.

After 4 years of providing guitar instruction in both the group and personal setting, I think I've figured out a way to get my students up and playing while providing the minimum amount of theory and technique instruction necessary to do so. I'll always ask you what your favorite genre of music is and then craft lessons and a curriculum around that. You'll always end each lesson with a tangible skill or song that you can put into practice right away. If we spend the first half of a lesson learning some chords, you'll learn a song that uses those chords in the second half. If you opt instead to tell me a song you'd like to learn, I'll teach you the song and make sure to emphasize the technique and theory components that the song uses.

Playing guitar should be fun, and taking lessons shouldn't feel like a chore. I'll teach you anything you want to learn as long as you approach each lesson with a clear mind and willingness to get better.
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Leslie August 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I never played an instrument before my lessons with Alexei but he was a great teacher and I learned a lot of chords each lesson. By now, I can confidently play in front of my friends and have them sing along, and also be able to improvise and add my own rendition to each piece. This was more than what I set out to do when I started taking lessons, so I'm very happy! Alexei is also very flexible with his times and was able to accommodate my hectic schedule. I wish he hadn't moved to the East Coast!
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Julie August 11, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Alexei has been a great instructor for my son over the last several months! He knows most of the music my son listens to and has been able to help teach him how to play along to many of his favorite songs. My son has improved substantially and is excited every week for his lessons. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an engaging and knowledgable teacher for their child!
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Alexei N.

Alexei N.

New York, NY 10022
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About Mikel J.

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New York, NY

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Play like a rockstar!

I have been an up and coming NYC singer/songwriter for the last 10 years. My material can be found all over whether it be a Wendy's commercial or the Rockband video game I am here to take your talents to the next level!

-Rhythm guitar progression and fundamentals.
-Writing and recording your own music.
-Artist development and social media growth.

I will help you build a solid foundation while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals.

Lets get started!

About Mikel
My stage name is Mikel. I am an NYC based
singer/songwriter/producer/music video director. I also coach in artist
development as well as social media engineering for growth.

I have been licensed by the following companies: Wendy's, Rock Band 3, Free
Credit Score, Renew Life, Song of the Year Contest, Jeep, AcneFree, Ritani
Diamonds and Likeable Media.

I produced my own album "PERFECT" that was released on all major online
distributors in 2013. From that album my song "Back to You" was chosen for
the Rock Band 3 video game. I also produced various artists at Cove City
Sound Studios. There I recorded upwards of 20-30 demos for various Major
Labels (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Atlantic Records,
Warner Music Group, EMI)

Working with an electro-house production team, Space Plant, created
"Watering the Da
nce" which became the official theme song for "The Shiggle"
a dance created by famous dancer Phillip Chbeeb.

Currently aside from releasing a few cover videos on Instagram (25k
followers) I have been working with legends such as Jimmy Greco, John
Seigler and Russ Desalvo on both a feature artist named Jackie Nese and
multiple jingles for Pokémon and other children's television series over
seas.

I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Tribeca, New
York. I work with singers, acoustic/electric guitarists as well as
songwriters/producers/composers in a wide age range, assorted skill levels
with a variety of musical goals.
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Ollie December 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Awesome teacher! With no experience at all after a few lessons I’ve already got several chords and notes down. Mr. James is great at building your confidence and makes learning fun.
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Merissa December 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Had so much fun with mike at my lesson. He was very patient with me and made learning simple and enjoyable.
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Joe D December 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Mikel has a great understanding of the guitar and was able to effectively teach me the basics.
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Mikel J.

New York, NY 10282
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About Dominic C.

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Brooklyn, NY

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When it comes to teaching, I place importance on the fundamentals of playing and writing while encouraging each student's personal musical interests. Learning to read and write music with an understanding of theory are important skills to gain when studying an instrument. After developing that foundation, I like to show my students how to push beyond the traditional rules of theory and writing through experimentation.

About Dominic
I started studying music in the fourth grade when I played clarinet in the school band. A couple years later, I began playing guitar and developing my musical identity by teaching myself to play songs by Nirvana, The Beatles, Green Day, and Hendrix. In high school, I took part in the yearly Rock 'n' Roll Revival show and played with various bands. While attending Salisbury University and Berklee College of music, I focused on music theory, composition, songwriting, and private studio teaching.

For several years, I wrote and recorded with Deleted Scenes, a D.C. based band. We toured extensively across the continental U.S. and through Canada.
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Dominic C.

Dominic C.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Stephen P.

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I have an enthusiastic and hands-on approach to teaching and learning. I include instrument-demonstrative lessons in music theory so the student can literally see and feel the information they're learning and apply it right then and there.

About Stephen
I'm a classically trained guitarist performing and teaching in New York City. I've been playing for 15 years, studying classical guitar first at a performing arts high school and then at the UNC School of the Arts. I love teaching beginner students! I've found that the technique and knowledge inherent in learning a classical repertoire will give you the ability to play any genre. Working with me, you can expect to see, feel and hear your own progress every week--and simultaneously build self-confidence and drive. I believe in fostering a learning environment where everything feels possible. You're the student, which means this is your adventure. Tell me where you want to go!
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Mel November 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Stephen is a very skilled guitarist and a patient, fun teacher. He's classically trained, but has versatile skills and teaches to your interests - we've been working on foundational techniques that translate into any type of music. I highly recommend working with Stephen!
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Stephen P.

Brooklyn, NY 11249
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$70 / 45-min

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