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Carolyn O.

New York, NY 10024

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

Different way to tune your guitar
Learn basic chords & strumming patterns
Playing basic songs
How to target the tough areas and speed up your playing level
How to care for your guitar so it sounds beautifully
How music theory & alternative tunings create your personal creativity

About Carolyn

Coming from a large extended family in Hawaii, I was surrounded by luau music, kachi-kachi dancing, Japanese bon dances, handsome local guys singing and playing their guitars and my aunties strumming their ukes and singing old songs. I reveled in walking alone in Nature or playing piano and singing in empty, stained-glassed churches - just wailing in the dark and colored light!

I studied: piano, organ, oboe, clarinet, violin, voice, and guitar. I started as a teenager to make a small living playing for various churches, choirs, weddings, and funerals. As a young adult, I sang in jazz trios and pop bands, and continued playing as a church organist/choir accompanist, and began teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages.

Upon arriving in New York City, I entered into a journey of playing at a Washington Heights gospel chur

ch, living in a building filled with musicians, studying Sanskrit and mantra chanting, and sound and light healing. And, I sang! And wrote my own songs.

By blending traditional teaching methods and everything I've learned, I create meaningful experiences for students by:
- being patient, flexible, and creative in approach
- using visual, aural, and tactile teaching tools

*** Lesson Goals ***
After 3 to 6 Months of Lessons, you can use the important music fundamentals you've learned to create music you love.
After about a year, you are able to share your music with your family and friends - and maybe even perform as a service to your community!

*** My Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, synthesizers, guitars, ukulele, percussion instruments, cool learning tools and charts

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can carry my own guitar, ukulele, teaching aids, manuscript paper, pen/pencils, and handouts.

*** My Specialties ***
Playing instruments thoughtfully, with feel, especially with vocals.
Taking basic techniques & music theory to expand, create one's vision.
Creating music to nourishes the body and soul.
Making lesson times fun and meaningful.
Singing from an unguarded voice - to be as authentic as possible.
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June 20, 2019
Mike
Carolyn is great! She brings an amazing chill energy and makes it feel more like time hanging out with a friend than a lesson. Definitely recommend her, I think kids would love her as well.
April 14, 2019
Bon-Jay
First lesson with Carolyn in the books! She is a wonderful teacher - positive, encouraging and while thoughtful with her lesson plan, is happy to take the lesson in a direction of your choosing!

Very much looking forward to my future lessons with her!
July 17, 2018
Vasco
Carolyn is terrific! I decided to finally learn to play the piano and learn music theory at 50! I am having an incredible learning experience with Carolyn. She is patient and is always one step ahead anticipating my challenges and helping me learn and improve.

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Carolyn O.

New York, NY

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John R.

Pelham, NY 10803

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

Learn all aspects of guitar playing in any style!

About John

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment. I expect my students to have their own instruments, amplifiers and music.

*** Specialties ***
I am proficient in all guitar styles including blues, jazz, rock, folk and classical. I have a PhD in music and have been a professional musician for 30 years.

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December 14, 2018
Barb S.
John is a wonderful teacher extremely patient.
I highly recommend him
February 21, 2018
Dina
John was great

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John R.

Pelham, NY

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Billy N.

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

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".

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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May 12, 2015
Flaminia D.
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!
December 17, 2014
Lynn W.
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.
October 17, 2014
felicia D.
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.

Brooklyn, NY

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Stephen D.

Yonkers, NY 10705

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

The technique I teach is applicable to classical, acoustic and electric guitar. It is based on finding the most relaxed position for the entire body, and ultimately the hands and fingers. It's the most fun way to play!

About Stephen

I have been playing music on the violin since the age of 7, composing since I was 14, and playing and performing on the guitar since I was 18. I've written a lot of music, and this past spring had works performed in Virginia and two in Manhattan.

I have taught music for over 15 years, in colleges, music schools and privately. One thing that I have noticed is that, with more experience, I have a lot more fun--and so do my students.

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March 8, 2017
Sandra
Stephen is amazing and talented. He is very understanding of the initial frustration of learning a new instrument and makes it interesting and fun.
October 14, 2015
Megan
Mr. D is a very good teacher at violin. I give him 5 stars because he is nice and a good teacher.
September 29, 2015
Eve
Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a very motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!

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Stephen D.

Yonkers, NY

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Ashley W.

East Orange, NJ 07018


Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

Learn how to play the guitar while using your favorite songs to support what you’re learning.

About Ashley

Ashley is a multi-instrumentalist with a deep love for both music and teaching. She strongly believes that the arts help further one's skills in nearly every discipline. Primarily, Ashley is a saxophonist. She also plays the bass, cello, and pitched percussion' as well as sings. All of her music lessons have uniquely developed lesson plans to fit her students' needs. Ashley believes that there is something wonderful in the uniqueness that music students find within themselves and hopes to further promote a sense of independence, high self-esteem, and confidence through her lessons.

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Ashley W.

East Orange, NJ

Keith C.

Middlesex, NJ 08846

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Private Acoustic Guitar Teacher

During our lessons, you will learn the fundamentals of guitar playing (open chords, basic chord progressions, reading music, the notes on the fretboard, etc.), as well as some of your favorite songs.
Intermediate students will begin to learn music theory and more complex song structures, as well as rhythmic picking and finger-picking.
Advanced students will learn the ins and outs of music composition.

About Keith

Hi! My name is Keith, and I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and a BOE Certified English teacher for eightyears. 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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October 7, 2019
Emma W.
Great lessons. Reliable and talented.
June 10, 2018
Tom
I've been seeing Keith for guitar lessons for several years now. Everyone says learning an instrument as an adult (I'm in my 40's) would be insurmountable, but Keith made it easy. Highly recommended.
February 19, 2018
Feyi R.
I found Keith to be very reliable, patient, knowledge in several subjects, flexible with problem solving and understanding of children's moods and personalities. He comes with a wide array of talent and is willing to meet your child at his/her interest level and learning style. He even switched from tutoring reading to art because my child totally refused to be tutored in reading.
He came prepared and on time every time, ready to tutor in either subject because my child was difficult, uncooperative and would not stick to her scheduled sessions. Through all this Keith remained dedicated, supportive and patient. He worked with us even to the premature ending of our sessions, and even then he remained understanding and supportive of our decision to end.
If there's one tutor I'd recommend; it would be Keith. He WILL make every effort to reach your child and engage them in the learning process to attain positive growth and development, you will NOT be disappointed in any way.

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Keith C.

Middlesex, NJ

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Noah D.

Carteret, NJ 07008

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Berklee College of Music graduate. Have dreams of going to a top tier music college? I’ll help you prepare to guarantee you ace your audition! I specialize in Jazz guitar but I can help you learn any style you’re interested in. Available to teach beginner to advanced students! All ages are welcome! We will definitely learn songs but in order to truly become an amazing musician you must also focus on building strong technique. Taking lessons with me will ensure that you’ll be able to learn songs and parts by ear. No more tabs! Here’s what we’ll focus on:
- building technique
- transcribing songs and solos
- learning theory
- ear training
- learning to read

If you’re truly looking to not only become a better guitarist but a better musician and composer, I’m the teacher for you! If you’d like to learn more about my teaching style and what our lessons will be like, send me a message!

Looking forward to teaching you!

Noah

About Noah

Hello and thank you for showing interest in lessons with me! My name is Noah and I’ve been a musician for 15 years. I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelors degree in Jazz composition. When I first started playing the guitar I loved 80’s and classic rock! Towards the end of middle school I discovered Jazz and fell in love with it and have been playing and studying it ever since! I’ve been a teacher for 7 years and love my job! Trust me, we’ll have a lot of fun learning whatever genre you’d like! We’ll listen to songs, learn them by ear and dissect them if you’d like, so you can learn how to write your own songs! If you’re interested in attending a top tier school like Berklee, I can help you prepare to guarantee you ace your audition and can even help you get ahead of the game by preparing yo

u for your entrance exam so you can skip some entry level courses!

I love teaching and sharing the gift of music with the world and those who want to learn. If you’ve been wanting to get serious with the guitar for awhile, don’t hesitate anymore! I guarantee you’ll see a noticeable improvement with your playing within one month or LESS!

So let’s get started today!

Looking forward to teaching and having fun together!

Noah
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June 17, 2019
James Michael
As an adult, I came to him as a complete novice, and since day one Noah has been very patient and encouraging- balancing music theory with songs that interest me. He's been willing to adapt to my needs in order to accommodate my goals and expectations. A few months later, I can confidently say that I've exceeded all of my goals, and constantly advancing past what I thought I was capable of.

Thanks Noah!
March 30, 2019
Colleen
I've only had my first lesson, and I'm a complete novice with the guitar (I'm an adult with some limited musical background). Noah asked me about my goals and musical interests so he could tailor the class to meet my needs. He taught me how to tune the guitar before getting into chords, finger placement, strumming technique, and reading the tabs. Throughout the class, he was incredibly patient, encouraging, and explained everything very clearly without over-complicating the topics. He gave me written "homework" to practice (which I now understand how to read!!). I'm really psyched for my next lesson and pleased that I chose Noah for my instructor.
December 14, 2018
Stephanie
Noah is by far the best teacher I've ever come across! Here's my story:

I was accepted into the Berklee College of Music as a Vocal Performance Major. However, my knowledge of theory, arranging, and harmony was nothing close to where it needed to be to succeed in my first semester. I ended my first semester with a 1.9 GPA. For the next semester, I was put on academic probation and was required to meet with a Berklee peer tutor once a week. This is where I met Noah. He was my peer tutor. Within our first session alone, I was immediately relieved that there was SOMEONE out that cared enough to take the time to really teach me everything that I needed to learn about theory, harmony, and arranging. He was extremely patient and kind. Where most students who were in my predicament dreaded to meet with their peer tutors weekly, I looked forward to meeting with Noah. In fact, I called the head of the tutoring department and asked if I could meet with Noah twice a week instead of once a week! Noah didn't hesitate, but instead agreed and we met twice a week! We even met for tutoring sessions when it wasn't required! He literally saved my second semester! I went from completely failing tests two getting A+ on all of my exams! At the end of that semester, I went from a 1.9 GPA to a 3.0 GPA!

Not only is Noah just amazing at everything theory, harmony, and arranging, composing, etc. and an amazing teacher that actually cares about his students, he's also an amazing musician! A multi-instrumentalist at that! I've had the pleasure of seeing him play multiple instruments in multiple styles and genres and he's by far the best musician I've ever come across. I would recommend him to anyone! Really! I'm not just saying this! If there is anyone you should be talking to or learning from in regards to all things music, Noah is the guy to go to!

THANK YOU NOAH!!!

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Noah D.

Carteret, NJ

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Abraham S.

Edison, NJ 08817

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Versatile teacher ranging from funk to folk! Experienced guitar player for 10+ years with local bands and taught by a former teacher now on tour with Karen Jonas Band! ALL people welcomed! I want to get to know YOU and be apart of YOUR journey as an artist and as a person!

About Abraham

I want to help students discover the love of music and develop confidence through craftsmanship the way my teachers did for me.

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October 2, 2019
Rodes
He is a very friendly and encouraging teacher. Lessons were flexible and engaging. He himself is an excellent guitarist and is very passionate about music. I would highly recommend him as a guitar instructor.

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Abraham S.

Edison, NJ

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James
"Justice took me thru the basics with the guitar, really made me feel at ease. He really works to instill confidence. I am very happy with my first lesso
n with Justice.

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Robert
"complete novice; adult student. First lesson very relaxed. Excellent blend through-out lesson of questions and information my goals and background as we
ll as instructor's goals for me and his background. First "technical" part of lesson was manageable and care taken by Lyle to make sure I understood what was being presented. I left the first lesson feeling this would be a good fit between instructor and student"
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Sam
"Very patient with beginners!"
Emily
"I've been taking lessons in acoustic guitar with music theory with Emiliano since the beginning of the year, and they're a highlight of my week. Emi is su
per accommodating and knowledgeable, and goes above and beyond to explain the connections between everything you're learning and keep track of your understanding."
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Kristin
"I took acoustic guitar lessons with Adam and he was a wonderful teacher. I had little knowledge of the guitar and felt I developed my skills quickly. Adam
was patient, nice and came up with fun exercises and song selections. Would highly recommend Adam as a teacher!"
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Jewel
"My niece (Jewel) is enjoying her sessions and wants to continue."
Marion
"Chris is a super chill guy. He knows what he's doing. He studied guitar in college and it really shows. He'll help you learn whatever it is that you're tr
ying to get down, or if you're not sure where to start, he'll start you where he thinks you will benefit. I enjoy our lessons and I highly recommend him as a teacher."
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Heather
"Eric is a super cool guy and a great teacher. I've learned a ton and would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn guitar."
Johnny and Jordan
"Trevor is great. Thank you."

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