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About Adrian B.

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About Adrian
Music has played a big role in my life ever since I was 4 and heard The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." From that point on, I committed myself towards a life in music, soon after beginning lessons on classical guitar. Through high school I studied classical and jazz guitar at Philadelphia's esteemed Settlement Music School, and I subsequently attended New York University as a jazz studies major in both guitar and composition for a bachelors and masters degree.

As a teacher, I love to pair my academic knowledge of music with my decades of experience listening to and playing popular music ranging from rock and funk to bluegrass and hip hop. I've performed in settings ranging from jazz clubs in Italy, to theater in New York, and rock clubs in Philadelphia. In my lessons I like to bring that diverse experience to create a curriculum tha
t compliments the interests of the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a private lesson setting I like to say, "What you put in is what you'll get out." Students who show up having practiced a lot, who are eager to dive in depth into a subject, will grow immensely in a short amount of time. Those who are interested in practicing guitar as a casual activity also have plenty to gain, and I try to push my students in accordance with their interest level.

As a teacher, I like to support my students' personal ambitions on the instrument and with music on the whole, drawing on a wide range of materials. My goal is to put the proper resources in front of my students and ask them questions that will push them to discover the elements of music they knew they were looking for and some they didn't.

Every student has personal goal, and I like to draw on my diverse background in music to help each of mine achieve theirs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Common space seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have an instrument, paper, and a pencil. I can bring a music stand if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I have been playing various styles of guitar, from classical to jazz to rock and beyond, for most of my life, so I feel comfortable showing all students the style they are most interested in.
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Steve K. April 12, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Adrian is not only great guitar player but also a great teacher. I had taken private lesson since summer of 2015 and had a great learning experience on both playing classical guitar and understanding a music in general. He breaks down a piece and tries to help me understand how the music should be played and suggests different ways to approach no matter how simple a piece is. I would recommend for classical guitar and big thumbs up!
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vasu A. April 13, 2014
· Guitar ·
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Adrian's teaching style has helped me to understand the music pieces in an intuitive way. His ability to breakdown a complex concept into simple ones makes the learning fun and natural. Adrain makes the lessons interesting by discussing the music piece in length and also by sharing the music history behind it. He lets the student decide the pace of learning, but at the same time nudges him to take the next step. I will recommend Adrian to anyone who is interested in learning music.
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Madison W. November 13, 2013
· Guitar ·
I would highly recommend Adrian.

Adrian's passion for music really comes through in his lessons, always making lessons both informative and fun. Having no prior experience with the guitar before taking lessons from Adrian, he really catered to my strengths and passion points to find a teaching method that suited me well. It wasn't long before I was able to play a song and all the while, in addition to learning the very basics, Adrian also tuned into music theory and songwriting, which gave our lessons great depth. Additionally, Adrian was always very accommodating with my hectic schedule. I highly recommend Adrian to anyone seeking to begin or advance their guitar skills.
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Adrian B.

Adrian B.

New York, NY 10027
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About Cory J.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Cory
Hello and welcome all! My name is Cory Jacobs, I'm a Brooklyn born guitarist, educator, and composer, and I'm thrilled that you are reading this, because that means you're interested in pursuing music. I have been teaching and performing for around ten years, and plan on teaching for the rest of my life. Since completing my Master's degree in guitar performance, I've decided that I'm going to use this instrument as a tool for communication, education, and entertainment, in every way that I can. I love sharing music with anyone and everyone, and being the guiding, positive force to help people pursue their goals and learn music, to whatever capacity they intend to.

There is no previous experience in music or guitar necessary to begin lessons. Most of my students began with only a guitar and a bit of enthusiasm, and that's all anyone ne
eds. We'll be doing a lot of learning, playing, listening, and hopefully a bit of laughing, if you enjoy awkward and sometimes bizarre humor.

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Home Studio: guitar amp, bass amp, cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will come with my guitar, a metronome, and a cable if my student is studying electric guitar. My student should have a guitar, paper, a pencil, a metronome, and an amplifier (for electric guitarists & bassists.)

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach musical fundamentals and basic technique to all of beginner students, as well as discuss practice methodology, listening practice, and musical style. We will be delving into rudiments quite a bit, but using riffs, melodies, and applicable chord progressions to learn. Learning to read musical notation is not necessary for many musical goals, but we can pursue that route if desired, and it is highly encouraged for a comprehensive musical understanding.

For intermediate students will likely want or need to work on specific things, ie technique, learning specific songs, music theory, learning the ins and outs of specific genres, composition, improvisation. My specialties include pop, rock, metal, funk, jazz, and classical guitar.

I am very open to regular communication with my students to answer questions, share recommended listening or reading, and of course, be on top of scheduling and logistics. I try my best to make our time together a rewarding and fun experience, and to pass forward the great fortune of learning music.
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Peter July 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Cory was an excellent, energetic, and helpful instructor! I was picking up guitar from scratch, and his approach was easy going and approachable. Able to provide insight and information on the greater complexities and intricacies of advanced guitar play while imparting the fundamentals and building blocks to establish a foundation of skills & knowledge.
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Mary B. June 10, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cory is an excellent teacher. He is thoughtful and has plenty of patience in his teaching methods. My daughter has progressed an awful lot in such a short time. She really enjoys learning to play the guitar with his guidance. I would highly recommend Cory to anyone who would like to learn to play guitar.
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Tanmay June 10, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cory is very clearly extremely knowledgeable about a breadth of music, and is also a very enthusiastic teacher.
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Cory J.

Cory J.

Brooklyn, NY 11225
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About Marlon O.

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Astoria, NY

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About Marlon
While some musicians achieve their success by their talents, others, like guitarist Marlon Oliveira, earn it through their hard work, perseverance, and dedication.

Motivated by his passion to bring the wonderful music of the classical guitar to a wider audience, Oliveira has overcome many obstacles to his goals: He started the guitar at the late age of 16, significantly behind his peers in music school; he did not pass his first audition to get into music school, but changed his teacher and worked even harder to get in; and he overcame the debilitating effects of Repetitive Strain Injury that plagued him for 3 years by committing himself the study of better technique, better health, and better practice habits. Oliveira says, “The injury slowed me down a bit, but I remained persistent in my practice and my studies and I have recovered s
o that I can still play, something I am very happy about”.

Before auditioning for music school, Oliveira was enrolled at Queens College as an undeclared major. “I was scared to do music, because it seemed like such a hard living, especially when I saw many other guitarists drop out of the music program. But then I realized if I didn’t devote myself fully to the study of music, then nothing was going to happen with it, so I put everything else off to the side to pursue my degree and a life of music.”Since earning his degree in music, Oliveira continues teaching music for a living.

Since his graduation in 2011, Oliveira has performed at the International Toronto BrazilFest, at LIC Concerts, with the NYC Guitar Orchestra, and in many private events.
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peter February 18, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Marlon is a patient instructor with a pleasant demeanor. He has the knack of understanding where the student is and what he or she needs to get better. Highly recommended.
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Mercedes February 18, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
One of Marlon's qualities is his patience, absolutely fantastic! excellent teaching tehnicque, will explain until you get it, and will repeat it if you forget; treat each student at their own level, like one one even when there is 6 -8 students. Coolest teacher ever!
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Val February 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
After one year, Marlon has been a great teacher since our first lesson and continues to be. His lessons never gets boring. He has been teaching everything I’ve always desired to learn, how to read notes interpret beats, tempo, theory, and different strumming patterns. He’s also very patient, generous, and always responds to my questions in a prompt manner, whether it is via email or text. He understands that each student has their own pace to learn guitar playing and has always been encouraging. Marlon has the skill set to teach students such as myself, who had no prior experience, To the most experienced ones. I have faith he will make anyone play a guitar like a professional. Check him out!
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Marlon O.

Marlon O.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Angel R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hi! I hold a Bachelors in Music from CUNY York College and I'm certified K-12 in NY state. I am in my 4th year as an elementary music teacher (K-4) at school in Brooklyn and I have also previously worked as a piano instructor at a private music school in Queens for 2 years.

Lessons that I provide are very practical and fun (I credit my young students for that). I do not like to waste my time, and I sure do not want you to waste yours. I believe anyone can play an instrument and I also believe it is never too late to start. I began playing at 18 years old and I have been fortunate to do what I do for a living.

At the end of the day, I want you to enjoy learning music as much as I enjoy teaching it!. Hope to see you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
45 minutes: 30 minutes of playing and 15 minutes of theory work.
1 hour: 40 minut
es of playing and 20 minutes of theory work.

Homework given at the end of lesson to be due the following week. (I will always provide music and any other essentials).

The playing aspect is simply you showing me what you have practiced for the week (any good teacher knows if you have practiced or not). I move at the pace of my student. There is no rushing in music making.

Theory is practically the science of music. There are very important aspects to grasp for all ages, and I feel this area is neglected all too often in music education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha full size keyboard (88 keys, weighted, hammer action)

Music stand, sheet music.

I play guitar as well, so I will use the guitar to accompany you at times when you are playing piano. It is important to illustrate how harmony is created. The guitar is a great tool for that.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If you choose to have lessons at your home then I expect you to have an instrument to play on. I do not bring any equipment with me.

*** Specialties ***
I play a variety of genres, but jazz is my specialty and is the genre I studied extensively as an undergrad.
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Angel R.

Angel R.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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$35 / 45-min

About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Brendon
I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I have taught extensively for the past ten years in a variety of settings, including teaching private guitar lessons at Saint David's School in Manhattan, teaching private composition lessons and TA'ing two electronic music courses at Yale, as well as teaching guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several private music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform regularly with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Dither Quartet, and Object Collection, and freelance with groups such as the Atlanta Symphony, Ensemble Signal, and Magik*Magik Orchestra. I've played at the Barbican in London, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C., on the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Ellnora Guitar Festival, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and ASCAP, and been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Omaha Symphony, Dither, and Friction Quartet.

I am the co-founder of two groups: Invisible Anatomy, a composer/performer ensemble described as “sometimes haunting sometimes hilarious and consistently mesmerizing ” (I Care If You Listen) and “otherworldly and uncanny” (The Village Voice); and Marateck, “a gripping math-rock band...[that] manages to wring out everything that its guitar-bass-drums instrumentation (traditionally) has to offer, while still remaining focussed and direct” (Tone Madison).

My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
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Jake L. February 11, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Brendon was very enthusiastic, and quick to suggest things to help me improve. I'm really looking forward to continuing with lessons!
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Jake L. February 11, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Fred September 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to learning a lot.
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Brendon R.

Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Monika J.

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When music is done right,it transcends language and words. That is one of my favorite quotes. Being able to express yourself through singing is like a religious experience if done right. My passion for music goes beyond the technical aspect, but rather the personal experience, and the personal connection. It is like taking listeners on a journey without visuals but just a melody. That is what I try to instill in my students.

I have a background in opera and gospel singing. I have a degree in music. I also taught children's choir at a public school as well at a church. My goal is to teach students how to maintain and strengthen their voices metaphorically and physically. I have a set lesson plan for students that are offered weekly to students that will help with pitch, rhythm and breathing. Along with the weekly lessons, I teach basi
c music theory as well as some music history to students. Students will learn songs from a set list of songs and will work on their own songs.
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Bailey M. February 15, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Monika is such a talented singer and a truly warm and encouraging vocal instructor. Her approach to singing is much deeper than technical proficiency. It is about finding the heart and emotion within the song and discovering your unique voice to carry it. As someone who has taken vocal lessons before, I really appreciate Monika’s approach of encouraging her students to find their own voice rather than to sound like another. I highly recommend her as a vocal coach, for anyone who want to strengthen their voice and develop their confidence as a singer.
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SONIA February 7, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Well, it's been 3 lessons thus far and the experience is getting better and better. She is so knowledgeable and I already see improvement. The breathing techniques she has been teaching me is working as well as the warm up exercises. I'm learning so much. I can already hold my notes longer and sound much better and my confidence is building. Each week I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas because I can't wait for the next lesson.
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Sonia January 25, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I really enjoyed my first session with Monika. We spend time getting to know each other and I learned a lot from her so quickly. She seems to be very knowledgeable. I'm a very shy and nervous person when it comes to singing and she made me feel so comfortable. Looking forward to my future sessions.
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Monika J.

Monika J.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(15)
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$25 / 30-min

About Jacob N.

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New York, NY

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I recently completed my masters in cello performance at Manhattan School of Music. I teach privately throughout the tri-state area and I am also a teacher with the Harmony Program where I teach in larger classroom settings throughout the boroughs. This past February I was a guest artist and teacher at the VerArte String Academy in Arequipa, Peru. I have attended numerous music festivals such as Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, the Banff Centre in Canada and most recently I was a fellow at the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy. I am also passionate about orchestral and chamber music.

As a teacher, I hope to give students a strong technical foundation on the cello while also helping them to understand and appreciate the musical versatility of the instrument. I believe it is extremely important to combine technical and mu
sical skills from the earliest musical studies. I am enthusiastic about teaching students of all ages and varying musical goals.
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Jacob N.

Jacob N.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Cole D.

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New York, NY

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I am a working bassist in NYC. I am currently teaching students ranging from beginner to professional. I teach at a middle school on the Upper Westside of Manhattan and have had a lot of success with teenage bassists. I also have older advanced students who I help in learning a different way of playing.
As last year’s winner of the Ron Carter Bass Competition and the NEA Future Jazz Master Award, I know how to win major competitions. I also can help you get the college scholarship you are aiming for.
I am able to teach in my apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, your home or on-line.
I teach all styles, any skill level and all musical goals.
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Ivan B. December 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
Great bass player and instructor. I feel I am learning a lot. Highly recommend.
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Ivan B. November 26, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
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Mario July 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
I was amazed how much I learned in just a few online lessons. Cole gave me a lot to work on and he knew exactly how to show me what was lacking in my playing. Man, this dude can play... and teach! Very organized and very eager to help you get better.
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Cole D.

Cole D.

New York, NY 10023
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$34 / 30-min

About JdC V.

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Founder, Jenisa de Castro began vocal and dance lessons when she was only six years old, becoming a professional Polynesian performer at the age of 12. She quickly became entranced with the world of theater and film and discovered that nothing provides the spiritual fulfillment that comes with exploring the life of someone else, experiencing the world through their unique perspective, if only for a short while. After four rigorous years at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned a degree in drama, she found that, in addition to theater and film, there is personal fulfillment in any form of art, as long as you invest your whole self into the process. This discovery led Jenisa back to where she started: a small voice studio - but, now Jenisa assumes the role of teacher, eager to share her
gifts and insights with students of her own.

Jenisa is enthralled and inspired by the sheer amount of different voices that come to her, as well as the unique abilities of each student. She believes that learning from her students is an integral aspect of being an effective teacher and discovers more about humanity, as well as herself and her own voice, with each student she has the privilege of working alongside. Jenisa is eager to teach others, both in building a solid technical foundation, as well as to share the joy and fulfillment that she, herself, feels when she sings from within.
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JdC V.

JdC V.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About John W.

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I am a music teacher specializing in guitar, bass, piano, and drum lessons as well as music theory and music history lessons for students of all ages. I have 10 years of teaching experience, both as a private instructor and in a classroom setting. I hold a B.F.A. in guitar performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a M.A. in music composition from Wesleyan University.
I believe in developing a unique lesson plan for each student and I always supplement my own methods and materials with material that the student is interested in. Learning music can be extremely rewarding and FUN! It is my job to impart that to each and every student.
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John W.

John W.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
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