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About Adam R.

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I am available to tutor in music theory.

About Adam
I love working with students of all ages and levels in person and online. I've worked with professionals on TV, Broadway, MTV as well as students 3 years old to 97 just studying for fun.

Adam runs successful teaching studios in New York City, Watchung, New Jersey, and online.

*** Lesson Details ***
30 minute singing lessons - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warmup and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.

30 minute acting lessons - Typically work on monologues or scenes that I or they provide. We can also work on sides provides for auditions for TV, film, & stage. I also offer hour lessons.

30 minute reading coaching - Typically work on our alphabet, the different sounds, sight words, and reading a book of choice.
I also offer hour lessons

30 minute voice/speech session - Typically work improving your voice through various exercises and strategies. I also offer hour lessons

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I use my Macbook Pro to record lessons and distribute them to students via a free Dropbox account. IN PERSON LESSONS ONLY.
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Nandita May 11, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In home
Fantastic coach!
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Gary May 4, 2018
· Singing · In studio
First class singing lessons instruction. Started where I would have started with myself: blowing bubbles! Great studio.
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kalie April 26, 2018
· Singing · Online
very patient with my daughter, who is easily distracted .
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Adam R.

Adam R.

Watchung, NJ 07069
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About Scott S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have a 100% rate of getting my students into their school of choice as of yet. Although I don't guarantee it, I will work relentlessly to make sure you are well prepared though. I will also lend you PDFs of books to help you save a buck.

About Scott
*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.

Scott S.

Brooklyn, NY 11204
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About Juan C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York, NY 10027
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About Isaac L.

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New York, NY
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My goal is to help my students develop a deeper love for and understanding of music. I like to work on the music they already know and love and also help to introduce them to new musical directions.

About Isaac
Isaac Levien is a multifaceted musician and educator from Lexington, MA. Isaac studied jazz bass at New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor in Music and contemporary performance at Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, where he received his Master’s degree. Throughout his time in Boston Isaac performed regularly around the city with groups ranging from jazz to avant-garde to hip-hop to singer-songwriter projects at Boston’s top venues such as Wally’s, the Lilypad, Club Passim, The Middle East, and other performances at houses and colleges. Isaac has had multiple opportunities to perform and teach around the world including a week at the Conservatory von Amsterdam for their Keep an Eye Jazz Trip and two consecutive trips to the annual Panama Jazz Festival. Isaac has performed with a number of renowned jaz
z musicians including George Garzone, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer, and Dominique Eade. Isaac recently relocated from Boston to NYC where he teaches with the Harmony Program as a low strings teacher and at the Heschel School as a member of their music faculty.
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Greg A. June 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Isaac is an excellent teacher and is highly recommended. His method is not centered on drills, music reading or repetition, but rather on getting an understanding of how the notes, chords work together. In so doing, the student gets a great understanding of theory and it opens the door to improvisation. In addition he's very patient with folks such as myself who don't come to class with a deep understanding of music theory.
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Victoria Danberg January 27, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
I have just begun lessons with Isaac. He is an excellent teacher; attuned to my needs, very good at explaining things, patient, very good at getting me to understand what I need to know. I look forward to learning upright bass with him!
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Isaac L.

New York, NY 10031
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About Joseph P.

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You might not hear this very often, but I love music theory! Not only is music theory fundamental to a musical education, it has the potential to transform your musical experiences by revealing the inner structures of the music that you love. Whether you are a singer, an instrumentalist, a composer, a well-trained professional, or an undergraduate just trying to pass your music electives, I'm here to help! I have been an music theory tutor for over ten years. Here are some sample topics we will cover:

--four-part writing
--species counterpoint
--orchestration
--analysis of classical repertoire
--form/structure
--ear training/sight-singing

About Joseph
My name is Joseph P. I began playing the piano and writing music at a very young age. I've been teaching for over ten years, and I love sharing music with my students. I specialize in piano, composition, and music theory, and I play many genres ranging from classical to R&B.

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and I have taught undergraduate courses at Queens College, CUNY.
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Stephen F. June 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Joey is a great teacher.
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Jermaine March 17, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I take regular piano classes with Joseph and he's simply the best! He has a deep understanding of music theory and is very attentive, patient and friendly. Would rate 6 stars if I could!
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Vincent R. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent!
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Joseph P.

New York, NY 10032
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About Yoon Jae L.

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As a graduate of the Mannes School of Music, I have an excellent background to teach and tutor all levels of theory from basic musicianship to advanced harmonic analysis and score reading. Students will receive on 1-on1 instruction in all aspects of tonal harmony and counterpoint.

About Yoon Jae
I am a highly-skilled professional musician certified as a certified Steinway education partner with over 14 years of teaching experience. I offer lessons in classical piano, violin, viola, conducting, arranging/orchestration as well as private tutoring in ear training and theory.

My main instrument is piano and I specialize in teaching students who already play the instrument and wish to get a more in-depth experience with piano literature by learning new repertoire and developing their technique. I also teach adult beginners and young beginners whose parents have a dedicated commitment to having their children make music an integral part of their education. For all my students, I emphasize the importance of practicing efficiently and developing critical listening skills. This encourages consistent improvement and whatever your perso
nal piano goals and skill levels are, I will help you improve and enjoy playing the piano more. I am very patient, encouraging and supportive of your desire to play the piano better. In addition to piano, I teach beginner and intermediate violin and viola students.

I encourage all my students to perform once or twice a year but this is entirely optional and based on the student's comfort level.

I am available and willing to travel to your home for an extra fee as long as public transportation is available.
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Carol L. August 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Yoon Jae is a great instructor. He teaches me the proper way to practice and correct my bad habits. He is very patient and professional.
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Grant May 6, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm so glad I ended up with Yoon Jae for my very first violin lesson. He took me through the first steps - as basic as holding the violin - really carefully and not at all condescendingly, even though I'm an adult who never even learned to read music. In fact, he couldn't have been more patient. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to learn violin in a supportive atmosphere!
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Carrie K. April 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Yoon is engaging, motivating, kind and easy to work with. I'm an adult beginner and am enjoying the process of learning to read music, playing the instrument and gaining a greater appreciation for music generally. Highly recommend.
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Yoon Jae L.

New York, NY 10036
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About Granville M.

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Students can learn how to recognize notes, their names, their values, rhythms, various clefs, cadences, chord progressions and their use in intros, outros, turnarounds, etc. And so much more!!

Most work would be on piano but would include rhythm instruments to convey ideas.

About Granville
I operate in the music arena as a touring musician; a Music Director for musicals, jazz ensembles and choirs; a composer & songwriter; a band teacher at my local elementary school, a private instructor and a producer with a degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. I am currently performing and writing with Divinity Roxx (Beyonce, Victor Wooten, etc.), Elle Winston, Kate Vargas and others. Most of my writing and creating is done here in my private studio. I am proud to have produced tracks featured by the likes of Elton John on his Beats 1 Radio (Apple Music) station. That is to say, I'm really proud of the artists and having such an inspired space.

I have, and continue to be honored to perform all over the world with some of the most prolific players this planet has seen and those it will experi
ence in the coming years. I find playing music can be a great source of inspiration and release. But most importantly, everyone has a voice to be heard through music.

I have taught privately since I was in high school on my own. Over the years, I have also been affiliated with some amazing entities. Additionally, my work in arts administrative (Brooklyn Academy of Music -BAM, UVA Music) translates into my ability to show you skills that will garnish success when you aren't playing music.

My students can expect growth in knowledge of rhythm, understanding of music and song forms. Your timing will improve! Your feel for styles (blues, rock, jazz, hip hop, EDM, etc.) will improve! Your technique will be through the roof!! I empower my students to do whatever they can dream to do with music, whether it is for personal enrichment or personal ambition.

I will demystify anything you feel is outside of your reach and grow you into the musician you want to be. My private studio is a fully equipped playground for the musically-minded with all the tools and materials you need to grow as a musician, so all you need to bring is your imagination. I look forward to the journey.
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Elle April 17, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
Granville is extremely knowledgeable, patient, organized and invested. Recommend him to EVERYONE!
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Granville M.

Mount Vernon, NY 10552
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About Jonathan F.

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With over two decades of private teaching experience and 15 years teaching music theory, sight singing and ear training at Hunter College, I understand how to tailor my approach to each individual's unique needs, pace and learning style.

About JONATHAN
​I didn’t begin playing seriously until later in life, so I remember what it’s like to be just starting out. And I found my struggles as an adult student to be an advantage as a teacher because they helped me understand how to break down each advancing step into its component parts and present them to my students in a logical and methodical way that they can actually absorb. Some teachers prefer to work with “advanced” students with whom they can work at a faster pace; I get satisfaction from helping students break down the process and seeing them progress at their own pace, whether they are beginners or more experienced players.

​"Why is this part so hard? It should be easy!" My years of experience in observing and helping students allows me to spot the sometimes hidden technical problems that are holding you back from smoothly execu
ting a transition. By identifying those specific moments, you will know exactly what to focus on so as to make the most efficient use of your practice time. In this way, even a few minutes of focused practice can yield tangible benefits.

​My education and teaching experience

Although I began college as an English major, I found that the music courses I was taking “on the side” were my favorites by far. The courses I took piqued my natural curiosity about how music works and provided my largely self-taught guitar playing with a solid foundation in music theory. I eventually transferred to the jazz program headed by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet at the City College of New York, where I gained valuable ensemble experience as well as a well-rounded musical education.

After graduating with my B.F.A. in Guitar Performance, I studied privately with guitarist Dan Carillo, who has played and recorded with Harry Belafonte, Dianne Reeves and Tania Maria among many others. Through studying with Dan, who holds a Master’s degree in music, I observed that his deep knowledge of the structures of music was critical to his proficiency as a player, and I was inspired to continue my formal studies as well. I ended up with a M.A. in Music Composition from Hunter College, where for many years I also taught Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Ear Training courses. The depth and range of my experiences over a lifetime of learning and teaching has given me the ability to meet each student at their own level and to find what works best for them in helping them to meet their goals most efficiently.
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Jonathan F.

Brooklyn, NY 11229
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About Alon N.

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As a highly trained musician who got to perform with Grammy Winners, and graduate of the prestigious "New School for Jazz" with an Honorary Degree, music theory is one of the things that never ceased to interest me. I am able to give the student a deep, thorough look into the music itself.

About Alon
I'm an electric and upright bass player and multi instrumentalist, well known for playing with multi Grammy Award Winner Billy Childs and his Quartet, the DownBeat "5 starts" awarded Eli Degibri in various Festivals, winning the 1st place award in the "Rostov Jazz Competition", and for touring all over the world. Currently residing in New York, I am working as a professional double and electric bass player, after graduating the "New School For Jazz" with an Honorary Degree.
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Artie Street June 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Lawn is a teacher who has the patience and wisdom to allow students to receive and understand the concept that they need to comprehend. He gives the students The room to understand and develop what they need to know when it comes to playing their instruments
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Bill June 6, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
Alon is the real deal. Anyone who's interested in studying the bass should highly consider taking lessons with him. He is incredibly knowledgable in many styles and genres as he's studied them himself and performs them on a regular basis all over the world. Alon is also a fantastic instructor. He's always been professional, kind, supportive and encouraging. He's one of the best. I highly recommend him!
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Alon N.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
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About Emiliano T.

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Professional guitarist, composer, and producer in Brooklyn, NY. Honors graduate from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with 5 years of teaching experience. I'm here to help you achieve whatever it is YOU specifically seek in your musical development! This includes (but is not limited to) learning your favorite songs, developing guitar technique/facility, music theory/harmony, ear training, sight reading, rhythm/time/feel, home recording/production techniques, and even tools to combat performance anxiety. I'm a specialist in jazz, rock, blues, country, metal, alternative, folk, funk and pop guitar. I've dedicated my life to music and have a vast amount of experience studying, performing, recording, and teaching in a variety of genres. I'm here to help you tackle your personal goals and dreams in music!

About Emiliano
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Emi began his formal training in jazz guitar with Berklee College of Music mentor and professor Bruce Saunders while attending college preparatory school at St. Stephen’s Episcopal. After graduating high school cum laude, at 18, Emi relocated to New York City where he attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on scholarship.

Since arriving to New York, Emi has studied with instrumentalists and composers Dave Douglas, Marcus Strickland, Matt Wilson and Kirk Nurock; guitarists Adam Rogers, Mike Moreno, Peter Bernstein, Nir Felder, Steve Cardenas, Vic Juris, Jack Wilkins, Richard Boukas, and Rory Stuart; and pianists Joanne Brackeen, George Cables, Garry Dial, and Rachel Z. While attending The New School, Emi was a member of the audition based Herbie Hancock Ensemble directed by George Cables
and Rory Stuart’s Advanced Rhythm Ensemble where he first met
and collaborated with young rising jazz stars pianist James Francies, vibraphonist Joel Ross, and drummer Jeremy Dutton.

Now an honors graduate, Emi continues gaining recognition in the modern jazz scene as a rising contemporary improviser, composer, and arranger leading/sidemanning gigs and teaching in the greater New York area.
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Emiliano T.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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