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Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.

About Juan
New York city composer and guitarist Juan Calderon is a native of Ecuador raised in Colombia. He immigrated to Miami at age 20 to escape the political climate of the late 90’s, and resides in Manhattan since 2008.

Juan’s music blends elements from his unique life experiences, having been raised as an only child by a single mother in a bohemian environment. He was a recording and touring rock guitarist in Colombia, and he has studied East Asian music extensively, inspired by interaction with musicians and artists in China, Japan, and Indonesia.

His latest accomplishments include a performance of his composition “Reino Incierto” at Carnegie Hall (2015) and Sounds of the City, as well as a performance of his guitar quartet composition “Rising” by the UK guitar quartet.

Juan Calderon currently studies classical guitar with Mark D
elPriora, chair of the Guitar Department at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a master degree in composition. His mentors include composers Susan Botti, Reiko Fueting, and electronic music pioneer Joel Chadabe. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida, where he studied jazz guitar with Tom Lippincott, and composition with Susan Epstein-Garcia.

Juan is also an avid cartoonist, collector of rare books and little cars, food adventurer and runner.

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Guitar teaching encompasses many disciplines. One has to be a bit of a psychologist in order to gauge a potential student needs and musical sensibilities. The mathematical aspect of musical notation and rhythm makes us part mathematicians. In the end, there is also a self-actualizing aspect to guitar teaching in the sense that we are always witness to those moments that made us decide a career on music.
During my years of guitar teaching I have encountered many types of students, and I have learned from them as much as they have learned from me as they make me question aspects of music that I would have never thought about. I have learned to not take for granted the definition of concepts such as rhythm and harmony, and to look at guitar technique from different perspectives as I find ways to accommodate to a student’s capabilities. Ultimately, it is also a job that requires a lot of planning and structure. My first step, generally, is to assess the student’s ability and interest to find material suitable for them. Then, I proceed to familiarize with the student’s musical tastes and sensibilities to assign practice material accordingly. For example, if the student is interested in rock or pop music, we will work on a particular song that fits his level and also solves a particular technical problem. During that process I will answer any of the student’s questions, and provide insight into musical terminology. We will also work on basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony. My training as a composer and jazz guitarists also enables me to tap into the student’s creative side. In that case, we would start with a basic blues progression and blues scales, and work on the basics of improvisation or songwriting.

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Basement studio w/ small keyboard, amp, acoustic guitar, 3 electric guitars, music books w/ seating for parents and lots of magazines!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide music sheets, students should have an instrument, tuner, paper, pencil, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach fundamentals of music theory, principles of jazz improvisation, classical guitar technique and repertoire, song writing, pop songs, sight reading, and overall musicianship, as well as Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, and other Latin Styles.
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Dawn G. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is wonderful and very knowledgeable in music. He is very patient and makes you feel comfortable. I leave a lesson feeling like I am accomplished and relaxed. It nice to see progress in such a little time. I go home with enthusiasm to learn more and want practice to do so.
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Chrystine R. February 14, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
With a patient and intuitive approach, Juan tailors each lesson to fit not only the student’s skill level, but also desire for depth of understanding. When I first began taking lessons, I was only able to plunk a few chords and play along with a few basic songs. However, over the course of a year and a half with Juan, I gained a foundational knowledge of the classical guitar, as well as the confidence to site read and play a range of other styles of guitar music. He seamlessly integrated music theory concepts into song studies, helping me learn major/minor scales and chord shapes, and then apply this knowledge to better understand song structures and composition. It has been such a great experience learning from Juan, especially because he is both an exemplary teacher and guitar player!
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Dionne T. May 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is awesome. He makes learning guitar easy and never complicates it .. and makes it fun. He's a great teacher.
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Juan C.

Juan C.

New York, NY 10027
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About Rob H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Guitar lessons are taught one-on-one at the beginner level. Ages of students start at 6-years-old and up. I have many adult students as well. It's never too late to start a new instrument.

About Rob
I have over 18 years of professional teaching experience on drum set, snare drum and percussion (timpani, two- & four-mallets, accessory percussion and hand drums), guitar, piano, electric bass and ukulele. I have been playing music since the age of two.

Some of my most noteworthy performances have included Late Show with David Letterman (Justin Townes Earle and Allison Moorer), Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Allison Moorer), Levon Helm'™s Midnight Ramble (Allison Moorer), The Conan O'™Brien Show (Julia Nunes) and Budokan in Tokyo, Japan (Jim Campilongo Trio).

My Bachelor of Music is from Capital University where I studied with three great teachers:
Robert Breithaupt - Classical percussion and jazz drum set
Jim Ed Cobbs - Drum set, tabla and frame drums
Eric Paton - Taiko, samba, Afro-Cuban drums

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each student individually, catering to specific goals and needs that we will decide upon and plan together. Some students want to seriously study a craft. Others want a hobby that will be fun and interesting. I have had success teaching to both, and will impart basic fundamentals and musicianship to all types of students.

I see my primary job as keeping the student inspired, intellectually fed and sprinting in the right direction. The student's job is to do the work. Daily practice is essential to move forward in any craft.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Brooklyn studio is a dedicated music space with two drum sets, PA, amplifiers and recording capabilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide books, a drum pad, sticks or mallets, an iPod with two sets of headphones, and a metronome. Additionally, I can bring small hand drums, special instruments and percussion that might be needed for specialty lessons. I expect students to have some sort of pad or drum to practice on at home; a full drum set is not necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set (rock, jazz, R&B, folk, pop, electro, Afro-Cuban)
Snare drum
Timpani
Two- and four-mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone)
Accessory percussion
Frame drums
Traditional samba
Afro-Cuban hand drums
Japanese taiko
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Rachel M. June 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Rob is an exceptionally kind person and easygoing and laid back. He has a very good approach to teaching. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn music.
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David R. March 3, 2015
· Ukulele · Online
Rob has been patient, easy to work with, accommodating to schedule changes, accessible and an overall joy to work with! I was a bit leery about a web based program, but is has been great, and most importantly I am progressing well.
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Ryan F. August 21, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Rob was an awesome teacher and even better guy. The lesson environment was comfortable, but always focused and professional. He's clearly a hugely talented musician and has a ton to offer in the way of teaching; perhaps more importantly though, his love of music inspires the student to practice and learn. Very highly recommended.
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Rob H.

Rob H.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Tommaso G.

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I have been teaching guitar lessons since I was 16.
I have experience teaching players of all levels, from beginners to advanced.
I usually design my teaching curriculum based on the music each student is interested in, so that he or she will enjoying practice the material because based on a personal interest.

About Tommaso
Hey there, my name is Tommaso and I am a Guitar Player, Composer and Educator Based in Brooklyn, NY. I am Berklee College of Music graduate. I've been teaching private lessons for 5 years and I've held masterclasses in US and South America. As a performer, I toured internationally the US, Canada, Chile, Panama, Dominican Republic, Italy.
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Mike August 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Tommaso for about 7 months and he is exactly what I had hoped to find in a teacher. He's very personable and does a great job of tailoring the lessons around what the student wants to get out of them. When I started, he made it a point to find out the type of music that I listen to and am interested in playing, as well as what skills I was hoping to gain.

As an adult taking beginner's lessons, I can say that Tommaso is very patient and takes the time to answer any questions that I have, whether or not they're important to the lesson at that time. He's done an excellent job of teaching me music theory from the ground up, and often shares insightful examples that help me to better understand the concepts at the heart of the lesson. He's also extremely considerate and polite, always asking if I would like something to drink before we start a lesson and never troubled when I reschedule or cancel lessons on short notice.

At 24 years old, I never thought that'd I'd be sight-reading music and playing piano (somewhat) capably - but I am thanks to Tommaso! And I look forward to continuing to learn from him.
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Helen Morris August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Tommaso is an amazing teacher. He is well versed in guitar and music theory. My 10 year old son learned to play music and Tommaso was very reliable.
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Vinnie Jones August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've been taking private piano lessons with Tommaso for a bit over a year. He is very patient, lessons are structured and organized, and I've been expanding my repertoire with songs I enjoy, as well as working on fundamentals. Recommended
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Tommaso G.

Tommaso G.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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About Matt L.

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Jackson, NJ

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We will learn how to play with proper technique so you can play as long as you want with no pain! We'll start by strengthening the fingers by doing various exercises and learning some notes. Whatever kind of music you are interested in is what we will be playing. It is important that you are having fun while learning. No need to sit through a boring book when there is tons of material to dig into out there!

About Matt
I attended West Chester University from 2011-2015 and graduated with my bachleor's in music education. I performed in the marching band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, jazz ensembles, various trumpet ensembles, and a brass quintet. One of my trumpet ensembles made it to the semifinals in the National Trumpet Competition. I backed up various world famous trumpet artists during the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Valley Forge in 2014 such as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Tine Thing Helseth, Canadian Brass, and many others. I took lessons from Robert Skoniczin and Jean Christophe Dobrzelewski during my time at WCU.

I can teach any style that you are interested in and can take students of all ages. I believe it is important to have a good musical foundation so we will go over music theory as well in lessons. I have extensive experie
nce teaching trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and saxophone. We will play whichever style of music you prefer. Lessons will be fun!
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Andrew R. July 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is very patient with my 6 year old. He is always always on time, and flexible with scheduling around what works best for our family.
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Lou May 2, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Matt is great! Patient and knowledgeable! I'm learning pretty quickly!
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Dario D. March 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He was amazing!! My son loved him. He's very patient and very sweet to boot. Dario can't wait until his next lesson.
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Matt L.

Matt L.

Jackson, NJ 08527
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About Dan S.

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Montclair, NJ
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Dan S holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He also has performed extensively on the acoustic guitar, playing many venus in NYC/NJ and touring France.

About Dan
Dan S. holds a diploma in Modern Guitar Performance from La Musique Academy International and a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance and Jazz from Montclair State University. Dan Has been teaching since 2008 and brings both structure and a fully customizable approach to teaching, making sure you learn what you want and what you need to know to accomplish any musical dream. He has extensive experience working with children.

At age 9 Dan began studying such instruments as the viola, saxophone, piano and guitar. By the age 12 he identified more with the guitar and chose it as his primary instrument of musical expression. Dan is currently playing venues in and around NYC and the metropolitan area, jamming with some of the best live musicians around. He has also performed in France and looks forward to tour more of Europe.

His musica
l influences range from The Blues, Pop, RnB, Rock and EDM. This range of music continues to influence his writing and vocal styling developing a sound that is truly unique.
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Patrick F. August 9, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I've taken guitar lessons from a few teachers and Dan is the best fit I've ever had. He is very patient and does a fantastic job of tailoring lessons to individual needs. He clearly loves to play music and is very thoughtful about how he shares this knowledge in his lessons. He never fails to encourage me as a guitar player and reinforces a 'can do' attitude. His positive and calm demeanor also make for a fantastic instructor. Thank you, Dan.
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Patrick F. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Dan is a patient instructor who is always encouraging. He also makes the lessons fun. I appreciate how he customizes each lesson for my needs.
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Maria B. May 3, 2016
· Guitar · In home
First lesson was a great experience for my kids. They are practicing on their own!!! I could tell they couldn't wait for their next lesson. Thank you Dan!!!
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Dan S.

Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Kramer S.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I am an experienced musician who has been and is still involved in all aspects of the music business. I have been studying music, and guitar, since I was 11 years old. I will focus on the individual needs of all my students and teach them to bring out their own style and unique flavor while playing guitar. I enjoy all styles of music and encourage all my students to have an open mind when approaching music and listening to music. I will teach my students to be more than just a guitar player!

About Kramer
Hello, my name is Kramer and I was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. I grew up in North Carolina where I attended an art magnet school where I studied classical guitar and graduated with a specialized high school diploma in classical guitar studies. After that I studied at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and majored in Jazz guitar studies. I graduated on time with a bachelors degree. After school I auditioned for work on board Princess Cruise lines working in the show band and have been doing that for the past three years.

I am available to teach sight reading, guitar techniques of all sorts, jazz, classical, blues, rock, music theory, and basically anything to do with playing guitar and performing live. Please don't hesitate to message me with any questions! Thanks
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Jack Myer December 3, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Kramer is a professional guy, easy to get along with, and he has a great teaching style. I learned a lot. Highly recomended!
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Marie December 3, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I highly recommend Kramer as a teacher! He gave really great lessons and it was lot of fun working with him. He is also super knowledgeable, he knows everything about music and especially guitar.
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Kramer S.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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About Dalton M.

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New York, NY

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I have been teaching guitar for two years now. My students focus on learning proper technique, proper posture, musicality, music literacy, and how to have an enjoyable relationship with the guitar.

I received a BM from San Francisco State (2015), and am studying to obtain my MM from Manhattan School of Music (2018),
I focus on assuring that my students not only learn how to play the guitar, but how to be musical and expressive while doing so.

About Dalton
Hello future music students!

My name is Dalton McLaughlin and I have been teaching guitar for about two years now. I have been playing for around ten years, and continue to grow and love the guitar and music each and every day.

I graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State in 2015 with a BM in classical guitar performance.
I am currently studying with David Lesiner at the Manhattan School of Music to receive my MM in classical guitar performance.

I enjoy playing and teaching many different styles of guitar including classical, flamenco, folk, pop, acoustic fingerstyle, rock, and blues.
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Dalton M.

Dalton M.

New York, NY 10025
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$40 / 60-min

About JT E.

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I make lessons contoured to each student's needs. We will focus on basic music theory, song structure, scales and anything else the student is seeking to learn. I am here to build a solid foundation for guitar beginners, and set the foundation for a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the instrument. Understanding basic theory is as important as understanding mechanics and techniques. My goal is to get you to the point of writing and playing your own songs.

About JT
I am here to introduce you to the basic fundamentals of playing guitar. We will focus on theory, basic chords, scales, capo theory, and singing and songwriting. I customize the lessons to each students needs but also aim for an overall general comprehensive knowledge of guitar playing. It is my goal to craft an all around skilled musician and guitar player.
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JT E.

JT E.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Levon S.

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I am a passionate lifelong musician and songwriter, having performed hundreds of shows over the past 15 years. Some of my experience includes working for original acts as well as cover bands, with a focus on guitars (rhythm and lead), vocals (rhythm and lead) and eb alto saxophone. My approach to teaching is simple: connect with the student, help find common ground in musical tastes and set up an engaging foundation with which the student can reach their goals while having fun in the process. I also provide a comprehensive music theory program to help students familiarize themselves with things such as: reading sheet music/sight reading, transposition, metronome training, ear training and more. I primarily focus on rock, blues, metal and jazz styles on both the electric and acoustic guitar.

I specialize in rock, blues, metal and jazz styles.

About Levon
Hey Everyone!

My name is Levon Syers and I have been a lifelong guitar player. I'm very passionate about music, and have performed hundreds of shows over the past 15 years. This included working with original bands and cover acts up and down the East Coast of the United States. Apart from the guitar, I also play the alto saxophone and clarinet as well! I typically play in community bands on these instruments, which will play at schools, charities and community homes in New Jersey where I'm from.

Regarding my education, I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Rowan University. I'm also 30 credits into earning my MA in English from Montclair State University. Apart from taking theory courses in high school and some during my undergraduate degree, most of my studying has come from my personal passion and desire to perform. A
fter getting into to teaching a while back, I realized that I really enjoy it! It is highly rewarding, and a great chance to share the joy of music with others. I currently teach at three different locations for two different businesses in NJ, and I've set up my profile on Take Lessons so that I can continue expanding my student base, which consists of students ranging from 8-70 years of age.

I am always studying music, even to this day, and constantly trying to understand new styles that are outside of my wheelhouse. My approach to teaching is simple: connect with the student, help find common ground in musical tastes and set up an engaging foundation with which the student can reach their goals while having fun in the process!
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Peter August 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Levon works for me! I own Mill Pond Arts and Levon is very popular with the students and I am amazed at how quickly they are learning chords. He spends a lot of time with students and emails assignments to them.
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Dillon July 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Levon helped me improve at chord progressions. Before he gave me tips on changes I was pretty slow. He's a great guitarist and a great teacher, he has an easy nature about him that is conducive to lessons, you have fun and learn when taking lessons with Levon.
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New Egypt, NJ 08533
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About Jeremy S.

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Hi, my name is Jeremy. I'm a musician/composer living in Brooklyn. I have degrees in Drum Set Performance and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, and I am a multi instrumentalist, gigging primarily on drums, percussion and bass. I also perform and record on guitar and keyboard, and occasionally play ukulele, violin, clarinet, trumpet, and sing. I also produce, mix, and engineer recordings, and compose music for film, television, and video games in professional recording studios and at my own in-home setup.

My teaching style is very natural, and I like to emphasize the fact that music itself is natural and fun! I draw upon my extensive history of studying many instruments, and use all the best lessons that I was taught, along with some of my own ideas, to help students find the fastest, easiest, and most enjoyable way to improve
and make the sounds that they want to hear.

I have also trained in the Alexander Technique and in sports-focused physical therapy, which aids me in identifying and helping students solve technique problems that are causing issues with playing, or which could cause pain or injury down the line. So far (knock wood) I have not had any student suffer from the repetitive stress injuries which affect so many musicians.

I have been teaching lessons on multiple instruments for over 10 years, and my goal as a teacher is to help you reach your goals, and have fun on the way!
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Spock Kioso September 29, 2016
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I just started, and I'm having a fantastic time: Jeremy is as knowledgeable as he is patient and enthusiastic to teach, and I'm thrilled to be studying with him.
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Melanie Gretchen September 15, 2016
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I just started, and I'm having a fantastic time: Jeremy is as knowledgeable as he is patient and enthusiastic to teach, and I'm thrilled to be studying with him.
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James Parisi September 1, 2016
· Bass Guitar ·
Jeremy has been teaching me both Bass and Guitar.
We have been attacking theory from both sides so you can easily see how instruments relate to one another. Any difficulties and he is there to help you along.
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Jeremy S.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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