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About Scott S.

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*Brief Update: Both of my 8th grade students were accepted to LaGuardia High School and my 5th grade student was accepted into Mark Twain Middle School for the Gifted & Talented. He also passed his audition for Borough Wide Band. Next up is getting my Junior in high school into All State Orchestra!*

*Update again. My student made all state!

I have been playing drums and percussion since the ripe old age of 9, in 4th grade. Originally wanting to play the clarinet, my music teacher thought my sense of rhythm was too good to waste and placed me in the drum section. I was the only kid who didn't want to play drums. Twenty years later here I am, a professional freelancing percussionist and teacher. The journey to where I am was a long and winding one but I can't imagine it any other way. After learning basic drumming in elementary sch
ool, I continued through middle school. There I was placed on drum kit and thought I was the coolest. I didn't take it too seriously but serious enough to keep playing drum kit. When choosing high schools I wasn't interested in keeping with drums. I only took marching band because it meant no gym. After my first year I was placed in every band the next three years, having to learn timpani and marimba for concert band. I was also recommended to join a city wide concert band, InterSchool orchestras of New York, and haven't left since. I still coach the band and help tons of high school and middle school students hone their craft. Also that year, through ISO, I was given a chance to attend French woods performing arts camp on scholarship where I began my love of playing in musical pit orchestras. Through this time I studied with a couple of teachers and had plenty of coachings with professional percussionists. Upon graduating I have played well over 100 different musicals, played with over 25 different orchestras, and have taught over 100 students both privately and in coachings. I currently run a Drumline out of a private school, coach ISO band, freelance and have a studio of 8 students. That is a short sample of my journey and I hope it inspires you to study with me.

If you choose me as a teacher, I will shape you as an overall musician, not just a "Drummer". What this means is that you won't just learn beats from me, you will learn all the fundamentals of basic to intermediate music theory, from note reading and rhythm to chord changes and ..... You will start on a practice pad and quickly go to a drum kit. Lessons will be half and half, but more 75/25 drumkit, because everything you learn on a pad can translate to the kit! I would also teach you timpani and xylophone if you like so you can broaden your horizons and even get into the middle/high school or college you want. I have most of my books of pdf that I can give you to print or you can purchase your own copies. You would also need to purchase a practice pad and eventually a drum kit. If you don't want to purchase a drum kit then there is almost no reason to study it since you won't be able to practice between lessons. Practicing, let's talk about that. It is expected that you practice the material we learn in the lesson throughout the week. Now I know everyone is busy, but if you can put aside 25 minutes (a sitcom without commercials!!) a day then you will have a better understanding and better retention of the material. Doing this will let us just review the material a little bit and go on to learn new and exciting things.

The bottom line in choosing me? I am a professional musician in the trenches of the nyc music scene and know what it takes to make it.
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Anthony G. July 7, 2017
· Djembe · In home
Had my first lesson with Scott today. I was very happy with the way it went . I'm 50 years old with no experience at all - so I can honestly say the lesson was enjoyable without any pressure.
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Jack F. February 8, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is amazing with our 7 year son beginner. He has him so engaged and excited to learn & play. He's a one-of-a-kind teacher.
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Dakota January 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
Scott is inspiring, motivating, caring, attentive, personal and professional. In only a few weeks my daughter is developing a solid foundation in technique, rhythmic notation and musicianship. I would strongly reccommend him.
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Scott S.

Brooklyn, NY 11204
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About Russell H.

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Music is a language, and I believe that if you can talk, you can play music. Spoken language has rhythm and pitch, just like music. It also requires some practice to learn. If you have a desire to learn and can dedicate some time each week to practice, you can gain a grasp of the basic elements of music and be playing songs before you know it. For many students with a strong desire, "practice" is not work, but fun. There are struggles, but with the right attitude, confronting and overcoming them is satisfying and exciting, rather than tedious.

I work with both beginners and experienced students. I studied jazz and classical guitar in college, and have experience with a wide variety of other styles as well. I am a multi-instrumentalist and can help you understand how the guitar fits in with other instruments in a group, helping you to be
a more sensitive player.
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Russell H.

Russell H.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Olli H.

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Hello!

I'm now accepting students at my studio in Bushwick, and also willing to travel pretty much anywhere in NYC! All skill levels are welcomed. The lessons will be fully tailored to students individual needs, but overall the main focus will be the mechanics of the guitar, which can be applied to all styles of music. This includes learning the notes on the fretboard, different picking and fretting techniques, and learning to read music on the guitar.

My qualifications include a Master's Degree in Jazz Guitar from the Manhattan School of Music. I've also been playing and teaching all around the world since 2008!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Here's some biographical info if you're interested:

Olli H. is a Finnish jazz guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He is one of the most accomplished Finnish guitarist
of his generation, having already been chosen as the Artist of the Year of the Pori International Jazz Festival 2011 and having an international career well on it’s way.

Born in the city of Lappeenranta, a lakeside town in southeast Finland, he began his musical studies at the age of nine at the local music institute with classical guitar and piano.

After finishing high school in 2008, H. began his studies at the prestigious jazz department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he got to study with Tim Hagans, Raoul Björkenheim and Teemu Viinikainen. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in June 2011.

In August 2011 he relocated to New York City to pursue his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he had a chance to study with such jazz luminaries as Rodney Jones, Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely, John Riley and Phil Markowitz. His curriculum there also included composing classical and electro-acoustic music. He graduated in the spring of 2013 with excellent grades.

H. has been performing with his own ensembles all around the world since 2008. These performances include festivals in Finland and abroad, including the Kennedy Center Nordic Cool 2013 Festival, UCLA European Jazz Festival, Sounds NEW Contemporary Music festival in UK, the main stage of Pori Jazz, the most famous jazz festival of Finland, and Tudengijazz in Estonia, and numerous clubs in New York and around, such as Cornelia St. Cafe, Bar Next Door, Bitter End, Stone Pony, Rockwood Music Hall and Caffe Vivaldi.

H. was nominated as the Artist of the Year of the Pori Jazz 2011 festival, which is one of the highest and the most visible recognitions in the Finnish jazz scene. Included in the award, his trio also worked as the house band for the 2011 festival.

The other ensembles he has been performing with are the international sextet Life Size, the trio Ohne, a winner of the Finnish Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition of 2010, and the big bands Umo Jazz Orchestra and The Great Helsinki Swing Big Band.

H’s debut album Detachment was released in April 2014.
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Olli H.

Olli H.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Arron K.

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Jeonghun Arron K. is a composer, arranger and singer.

He started his career in music by performing in many local bands and also working for game companies and movie OST in South Korea, after he got a degree in Music Composition and Education from Baekseok Arts University in Seoul in 2005. He found ‘Let Us Music Inc.’ and had worked as a studio engineer and a co-producer from 2003 to 2008.

He is a scholarship winner of Nyack College School of Music in NYC, where he studied music composition and singing. He performed as a choir member in many classical concerts; New York Philharmonic: PHILHARMONIC 360 at Park Avenue Armory, Requiem (Bradley Ellingboe) at Carnegie Hall and Nyack College Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

His band 'Almost an Orchestra', released an EP album in 2012. The band arranged performed music for Oc
cupy Olympus, performed by Magis Theatre Company at Flamboyan Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival in 2013.
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Sharon P. April 19, 2018
· Korean · Online
Arron was incredibly patient and knowledgeable with great materials! I learned a lot!! thank you Arron!
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Brandon April 10, 2018
· Korean · Online
Awesome. Was very patient with me and made sure I understood completely.
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Stefan C. April 5, 2018
· Korean · Online
Very helpful with any questions and always willing to spend extra time to help with any questions I had. Very patient with all aspects of the lesson and gives helpful tips along the way if he sees that you are struggling with a certain thing.
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Arron K.

New York, NY 10004
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About Brian C.

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I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates.

I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock music. Currently,I am teaching full time, performing, and composing.

I enjoy working with new students to develop their playing. My experience and teaching skills have yielded great results.
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Michael (&Son) E. December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
patient, fun, flexible. everything we were looking for. highly recommended
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Stafford W. March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brian has been wonderful so far! He is great with our 6 year old and challenges him at an appropriate level while still making the lessons and learning very fun.
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Sahteen G. February 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter enjoyed the lesson and couldnt wait to play Mary Had a Little Lamb for me when I got home from work. Thanks Brian!
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Brian C.

New Rochelle, NY 10804
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About Dave M.

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East Elmhurst, NY

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Hi, my name is Dave Muto, and I've been teaching guitar & bass for over 13 years. Working as a professional musician, I've made the time to teach students of all ages. Teaching has been my passion alongside performing since I first picked up an instrument, and I look forward to meeting and working with you all soon!
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Lily V. June 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My daughter really took to Dave and we can't wait to continue working with him! He's an excellent teacher!
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Pierre May 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Dave is really a great instructor. Our son Thomas (6yo) loves his lessons. Dave is calm, nice and explains very well. He is always positive and teaches fun things and songs (like Mario Bros that Thomas loves). I highly recommend David. He is great.
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Sophia April 25, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
We feel very lucky finding a teacher like Dave. He teaches my 11 yrs old Bass at our home. We trust him completely with our child, he's always pleasant, smiles and on-time. He's knowledgeable in his trade and our son likes working with him. We would and will recommend him to anyone that's looking for a music teacher.
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Dave M.

East Elmhurst, NY 11370
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About Ken F.

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A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
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I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
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Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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adam baker March 24, 2016
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Ken is an outstanding musician/composer who I have had the privilege of taking lessons from for years up until I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music production career. My favorite part about Ken is his perceptiveness in teaching. He can always tell when i am not understanding something, and he will address it before I have to say "I don't get it." Which would keep my confidence level up during the lesson. He is also EXTREMELY versatile in his musical ability. I have come to him with everything from death metal, to impressionist classical, to electronica and he never skips a beat. He is very passionate about music, which transfers to his students easily due to his easy going nature, and natural skill for teaching. It is no exaggeration in my mind to say he is the best musician I have ever known personally. On top of all of this, Ken is an incredible song writer, and composer.... He does it all!
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Ken F.

Ken F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Alejandro E.

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New York, NY

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I'm a professional trombonist with a strong musical background: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance - Trombone from City College of New York and Michigan State University. I have 7 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels, and I have been working as a freelancer since I was 17.

I originally arrived in NYC from Argentina at 9-years old. The rich musical environment of NYC allowed me to study and absorb all styles of music at a young age.

I have had the opportunities to study with trombone masters such as Michael Dease, Jason Jackson and Wycliffe Gordon. These learning experiences directly affect the development of my students.

I currently play in a wide range of musical situations all over NYC, from jazz combos and big bands, to musicals and classical orchestras and even other genres such as
Reggea, Ska, Rock, Pop etc.

As my student, you will develop critical skills that will help build a strong musical foundation which will define you as a musician. I will evaluate the level in which you currently are and provide a clear defined path in order to reach our goals.
One thing I strongly focus on is your love for music. My goal is not only to see you progress, but to love the music and have fun with what you are playing.

I can't wait to work with you and help you reach your ultimate goals!
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Michael March 13, 2018
· Trombone · Online
Alejandro is a marvelous teacher, patient yet challenging, encouraging the student through the class and with helpful homework notes between classes. I've been studying with him for two months now. Both of us have been impressed with my progress on the instrument.
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Michael January 22, 2018
· Trombone · Online
A wonderful first class. Clear explanations. Presented a great practice plan for me. Challenging, but doable, and fun.
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Karina August 29, 2017
· Trombone · In home
I recently started playing the trombone, Alejandro has helped me on so many levels. As a beginner student i was a bit nervous since i thought it wouldn't be worth it, but he gave me the foundation and the confidence to keep learning. His class is fun and inspiring! Alejandro is a great musician with the heart of a teacher!
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Alejandro E.

Alejandro E.

New York, NY 10011
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About Jacob G.

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Hi there! My name is Jacob. I've been working with analog synthesizers since the mid '90s and modular synthesis around 2002. I've played synthesizers for international recording and touring bands The Drums (Island Records / Universal) and Sound of Ceres (Joyful Noise Recordings).

If you're looking to learn how to make otherworldly, experimental noises or very specific electronic approximations of orchestral tones, I'm your guy! Mostly I just love interesting sounds and understanding the process of how they're made. If you take lessons from me, expect to learn a lot and have a lot of fun doing it!

I have experience working with both kids and adults and am sensitive to any gender expression. If you are more of a visual learner I can show you the sounds we are working on with an oscilloscope.

These lessons are ideal for beginners o
r for people who have been playing standard synthesizers for a while and are curious about taking the leap to modular synthesis.
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Jacob G.

Jacob G.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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About Mark L.

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I am an experienced multi-instrumentalist and recording artist with a BA in Music from CUNY Hunter College. My band, Golden Age, has played at CMJ, Summerfest, The Art Institute of Chicago and has been featured on networks such as MTV, Bravo, and Freeform.

I have experience instructing guitar, bass, and drums to students of all ages. Along with my experience in music and recording, I am a Youth Services professional, operating an afterschool program for children ages 5-10.

I have a passion for music and truly enjoy passing it on to others. My lessons are tailored to the student's goals and vision. From theory and technique to learning your favorite guitar riff, I am confident that you will progress, have fun, and most importantly, enjoy playing music!
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Mark L.

Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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