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About Nikole W.

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Hi! Welcome to my TakeLessons page, where I provide information about my background and teaching services.

I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. My music students include children, working professionals, performing artists, and seniors. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and with private instructors focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e.Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk). Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) and practices from Linklater, Alexander, Williamson movement, and Art of Practicing techniques are incorporated into my music instruction.

30 minute-lessons are available for children aged 5-6 only while 60-minute lessons are available for students above the age of 6. Prospective students may sign up to take a trial lesson with me at first to see if we ...

About Nikole
Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about how I can help you as a teacher.

What is my background?
I am an experienced performing artist and teacher that works in New York and regionally. I have developed a keen ability to assess and shape talent from years of training, teaching, performing, and working with the head of Arts programs to conduct admissions interviews, student evaluations, and performances. I attended Barnard College, Columbia University, and Maggie Flanigan's acting conservatory program. My training at Columbia University and privately with notable musicians focused on classical repertoire and theory, but I also work with students on popular music (i.e. Pop, R&B, Electronica, and Folk).

What material is covered during lessons?
Music theory (i.e. sight reading, chord progressions) as well as posture,
artistic expression, interpretation, breathing, and finger and pitch placement techniques are incorporated into my music instruction. Cold reading, audition preparation and technique, Shakespeare, scene analysis, and business strategies are examples of topics that may be covered in acting instruction. Linklater (voice), Alexander, Williamson (movement), and Art of Practicing (piano) methods are also employed.

What are the profiles of my students?
My students come from different walks of life: children coming from school who bound excitedly to my lesson door; teenage artists who have the passion and vision but lack the technique; working adults who seek reprieve from the stress of work by singing/ learning an instrument that they've always wanted to play; and seniors who want a fun hobby to keep active. I enjoy teaching them and watching them master the fundamentals while developing their own performance style (or even composing their own music)!

What is my teaching style?
Based on feedback, students appreciate that I am a teacher with a warm personality whose supportive, passionate, and fun approach and effective techniques help them attain the following: 1) a firm understanding of the fundamentals of music theory or acting technique; 2) an ability to effectively learn how to perform and practice singing/playing/acting a piece; and 3) a style of performing that minimizes tension, produces beautiful sound or a dynamic character, and/or allows them to fully express themselves. After a few months, students should have sound knowledge of all three.

My students and I connect, in part, because I remember being like them. On stage, I started out dancing and acting; I delved into singing and songwriting and then fell in love with playing the piano. The day that I learned how to merge those passions (i.e. singing while playing the piano) was one of the happiest days of my life! Now, whether I'm performing Shakespeare on stage, playing Chopin and Beethoven, or singing while playing tunes by Whitney Houston, I still get excited. Hopefully, I fuel that excitement in you, too!

What is the lesson structure?
Due to the comprehensive nature of my teaching style and structure, students above the age of 6 take lessons for 60 minutes; 30-minute lessons are only available for children aged 5-6. If a student wants to learn how to play while singing, I am happy to help him/her do so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio location in Manhattan is conveniently near Midtown, Chelsea, Flat Iron, Murray Hill, Union Square, Tribeca, and the Financial District in particular and is easily accessible via public transportation. It houses an upright piano and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Acting: Meisner Acting; Theater Acting; Shakespearean Acting
Music: Classical Piano; Contemporary R&B & Pop Piano; Singing; Theory; Playing Whie Singing; Songwriting

***Pricing***

Thirty minute rates are for younger students only. Adult students are required to book 60 minute lessons.
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Ebony November 2, 2017
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Nikole is phenomenal. Great spirit, incredibly welcoming. I feel a lot more confident in public speaking.
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Ashley A. January 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Nikole, is very warm and professional. I have never continued with voice lessons, I enjoyed the experience so much that I'm going to kick the bad habit of smoking and sit down and seriously figure my finances out to continue being taught by her. I cannot express enough how much fun I had...no pressure Nikole if you read this...lol
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Marilyn T. October 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Easy to work with and understood what I needed to work on almost immediately.
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Nikole W.

Nikole W.

New York, NY 10001
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About Vincent T.

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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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$25 / 30-min

About Andrew P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Andrew
Hello! How are you? What do you love about music? What do you want to learn? I can help you get there.
Playing music is demanding, and can be an amazing experience, so my main approach in teaching is to keep it fun, and keep it focused. For the past 16 years, I’ve developed my own style, teaching hundreds of students from age 5 to 75, in most types of music. The early lessons are for starting to learn basic techniques and music theory. We can also begin to play your favorite songs and musical styles. Eventually, lessons will often begin with me asking “What are we working on today!?” and the student will bring me their work and questions. We laugh a lot, work really hard, and make some great music!

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope to work with you soon!
Thanks, Andrew
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Andrew P.

Andrew P.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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$40 / 30-min

About Rob H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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These lessons are meant to impart the basic concepts used in the rich American songwriting tradition. Prior knowledge of music is not required but helpful.

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

*** Lesson Details ***
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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.
David R.
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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.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Avi B.

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Yorktown Heights, NY

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Is becoming the next great singer/songwriter your dream? Then you're in the right place!

Get every aspect of your music playing tuned and prepped. We'll analyze the songs you love, to find out why they're so incredible! Then we an apply these lessons to writing your own songs!

Learn how to write and arrange pop/rock instruments and basic engineering to make yourself a music machine!

About Avi
Greetings and Well-Met! My name is Avi and I can help you make music TODAY! I am a working composer, performer, audio engineer, and instructor, with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy passing on the knowledge of music and help my students cultivate their interest into a real life-long passion. As a heavy empath, I am the kind of teacher who will sit, listen, and connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with all concepts of learning music.

Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York, I can give you lessons in guitar, bass, music theory, songwriting, audio engineering, and classical composition! My teaching method is personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning. We're all unique individuals after all!
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Theresa July 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Avi works with my 8 year old son once a week. He is prompt, friendly and my son looks forward to seeing Avi every week. My husband and I could not be happier with this experience.
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Dylan January 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son loved the first lesson. He is very excited for his next lesson.
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Caitlin December 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson
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Avi B.

Avi B.

New York, NY 10026
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About Carla U.

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Want to learn to write songs? I can help!
Got songs that need editing? I can help!
Got a set of lyrics that need accompaniment? I can help.
Want to learn about song structures? I can help.

I have released 5 indie CDs, and my songs are played on numerous stations, large and small, including Dr. Demento and Sirius XM's Laugh USA. I've taught songwriting seminars, and have taught individual lessons on songwriting. I've won songwriting. I can help get you from "here" to "there."

About Carla
Music is my LIFE!

After more than 25 years of teaching at music camps, music stores, 3 colleges and my home, I completely understand that the lessons are all about YOU, the student: what you want to learn, taught to you in a way that works for your brain and personality.

And if you don't know exactly what you want to learn, that's OK. We can figure that out together as we go along learning the basics.

I help students learn to play songs by artists they like.

I also help students write songs, or put chords to their existing lyrics.

For those who are interested, I teach note-reading (not required) and theory (not required) and ear training (not required).

The lessons are always tailored towards your (the student's) goals.

I also teach classical and fingerstyle guitar for the occasional person who specifically wants
either of those styles.

My purpose as a teacher: help people have a fun experience, learning in an organized way, adapted to your learning style and goals, while learning to do exactly what you wanted to do when you decided you wanted to play the guitar.

In 1994, I was let go from my job at a music store because I was sick. Which sounds awful, but was the best thing to ever happen to me- it was then I got over my fears and became a full-time musician, teaching and writing and performing. I have never looked back! I may not be a household name, but I am living the dream.

Whether you want to sing to your kids or play for an audience of 50,000, or just play guitar for yourself, you first have to get started.

Wait no longer! The guitar is calling!
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Dennis May 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Carla is a fantastic teacher! She keeps the lesson lively and interesting, pushes you along but not too much.
In just the handful of lessons I have had so far my level has jumped further than expected.
Carla has been very helpful with the "tricky-bits" that have caused me issues. Helped to remedy them and move on.
Look no further for a great teacher, better yet I'll keep her to myself.
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Tony May 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson! Looking forward to the rest of my lessons. Carla is a great teacher and very knowledagble.
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Frank January 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I have now had 3 lessons with Carla. She is an excellent teacher who definitely puts in the time to make sure your lesson is tailored to your needs. She has exceeded my expectations already. Awesome !
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Carla U.

Somerset, NJ 08873
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About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Lessons will be highly tailored to each individual student, songwriters on any instrument welcome. Topics may include storytelling, structure, chord progressions, arrangement, accompaniment, the relationship of music to text, emotions vs intellect, beats, recording, and more.

About Brendon
I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've also taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played at the Barbican in London, on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln C
enter Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the ASCAP Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. 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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Fred September 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to learning a lot.
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Kelly C. September 9, 2017
· Composition · Online
Brendon always has fresh ideas and his incredible skill and experience always brings something valuable and original to each lesson. His abilities are astounding and is always highly in tune with my specific strengths and weaknesses.. Thanks so much Brendon!!
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Kelly C. July 11, 2017
· Composition · Online
What a great lesson, thanks Brendon! The attention and detail of suggestions are spot on and very useful.. ! I leave these lessons feeling like I'm in such good hands..!
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Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Dan S.

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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. Dan has extensive experience working with children and teens as well as adults.

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.

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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 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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Stacy M. November 21, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Keith has done a wonderful job introducing my son Thomas to bass guitar. From the first lesson my son enjoyed Keith's style of teaching. Keith is very flexible in adjusting to the learning style of the student. My son had particular songs he wanted to learn and Keith was open to helping him become familiar with the instrument through the songs that appealed to Thomas. I would highly recommend Keith for students at all levels. Keith is an experienced, personable, and talented teacher.
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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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Middlesex, NJ 08846
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About Brian T.

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I have been writing songs for 16 years and am an avid writer and poet.

About Brian
I am a professional bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz, with bass as my principal instrument. In addition to freelancing around New York and touring, I am the house bassist at a jazz jam session in Brooklyn. I've been a professional gigging musician and teacher since around 2003.

I'm laid back, easygoing, and I have 15 years experience teaching beginners up through advanced students.

short list of artists/ensembles I've performed or recorded with:

Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio
Roosevelt Collier
Great Good Fine OK
G. Love
Sam Pacetti
Troy Roberts
Griffin Anthony
Brevard Festival Orchestra
University of Miami Symphony
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Jordan May 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar ·
Brian is an excellent musician and a very good communicator. He is so chill, and a very clear speaker. I'm really looking forward to jamming with him again! :)
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Carlos May 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I started taking lessons from Brian as a 40 year old complete beginner. I would highly recommend him as an ​extremely knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging teacher... not to mention an amazing musician.
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Jared April 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian not only teaches you the fundamentals of your specific instrument he also teaches you about music in general! He has such an understanding of so many genres which helped me become very versatile. Brian not only made me a fantastic "bassist" he made me a fantastic "musician". His teachings have opened the doors for me to pursue a very succesful career in the music business, appearing on several records and embarking on national tours.
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Brian T.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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