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About Eric J.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I will help you understand the traditional, classical, pop, and Jazz harmonic/melodic writing rules for you to use in your own composition, songwriting, part-writing & arrangement.

About Eric
Every great artist needs a great coach, I'll help you to be the best!

I began my partnership with takelessons in 2013 and teach my students at my home teaching studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My studio is comfortable and creative.

As a highly experienced online music instructor (Takelessons Live, Skype, FaceTime and G+) I’ve helped Takelessons launch/beta test exciting new teaching platforms. I began teaching music as a teenager and have worked with students of all ages and skill levels. I have had the pleasure of coaching well-known musicians/celebrities, being an on-set tutor for feature films, and coached singers through their recording sessions. I treat my novice/hobbyist students with the same enthusiasm and professionalism as my advanced students, giving my very best to all my clients.

Additionally, I work with many stu
dents to prepare for high school/college/conservatory admission, casting calls for TV/Film, major tour auditions, and industry showcases.
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I'm the vocalist, lead guitarist & songwriter for a well-known touring rock band with a worldwide fan base and nearly 4 million You Tube views. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor's of Music in Jazz guitar and trained with the most highly respected rock/pop vocal coaches in the world. In 2015, I signed a major label publishing deal with Fieldhouse Music/BMG played throughout Europe (and taught online lessons while away). My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, TBS and more), commercials for CBS, Nike, Coca-Cola, Samsung and in video games. I actively perform/record and tour with my (3) bands, and produce/co-write with artists for their own projects.

I’m endorsed by PRS guitars, Elixir Strings, Godin Guitars/Bass Guitars, & Metaldozer Mic Stands.

Styles I regularly teach include: Rock (Classic Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock), Metal, Punk, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk, Soul, Classical, Folk.
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Lesson Details

My students gain expertise in the following techniques and more...

Voice:

∙ intonation / resonance
∙ proper breathing & breath support
∙ diction
∙ vocal placement
∙ understanding chest / head voice
∙ bridging registers & 'the high note'
∙ vowels and modification techniques
∙ mixed voice
∙ edgy/bright
∙ clean/distorted
∙ vibrato
∙ screaming
∙ rhythmic singing
∙ vocal health/maintaining your voice
∙ touring, recording, performing
∙ writing songs/melodies/lyrics to suit your vocal strengths
and personality

Lead / Rhythm Guitar:

I've developed a step-by-step approach to learning to solo and improvise.
Using simple, "guitarist-friendly” techniques you will quickly learn and begin to apply major/minor scales/modes, blues/pentatonic scales and “licks.” You will learn triads, arpeggios, interval studies, and extensions and how to use them to create interesting and melodic solos. With my line development/phrasing techniques, you will have your own library of “licks” that will help you navigate both simple and sophisticated harmonic progressions. I will help you to become a become a well-rounded, three-dimensional guitarist with a unique voice!

A few of techniques I teach:

∙ triads / arpeggios
∙ strumming
∙ alternate/sweep picking
∙ tremolo picking
∙ hybrid picking
∙ scales/modes
∙ slide guitar
∙ hammer on/pull off
∙ (up to 8 finger) tapping
∙ bending / double stops / unison bends
∙ whammy bar techniques
∙ diagonal scales,
∙ arpeggios & note groupings
∙ 3 and 4 finger per string scales
∙ fingerstyle
∙ Jazz scales, chords including
4 note open/closed voicing
7th, 9th, 11th, 13th chords
∙ chord melodies
∙ rhythm and grooves of various styles

Bass Guitar:

Right hand:
∙ finger style, pick
∙ slapping/popping
∙ groove, rhythms and playing time
∙ time signatures, walking bass lines,
∙ arpeggios, double stops,
∙ chords & improvising
∙ writing bass lines.

All of my students learn:

Sight reading (standard notation/tablature)
∙ music theory & ear training
∙ rhythm / timing (including reading rhythms)
∙ composition/songwriting

We will focus 1/2 of the lesson on repertoire and 1/2 the lesson on technique. Many of my students text/email me a few days prior to our scheduled lesson with a song selection for the week. I focus our lesson's technical study with the song in mind. It has proven to be very effective and makes the technique and theory are less "boring."

Studio Equipment
I have (7) guitars: including (4) electric, (2) acoustic/electric, & (3) electric bass
(2) tube guitar amplifiers, and various guitar effects pedals.

(1) full-size 88-key MIDI keyboard, and (1) Arturia MINILAB MIDI controller.

Also, I have an assortment of industry standard dynamic & condenser microphones for live performance and recording applications.

DAW recording software (Pro Tools 12.x, Logic 10.x, Ableton Live)
software synthesizers by Arturia, Fabfilter, Native Instruments, Spectrasonics, Steven Slate, Toontrack and more. I use plugin effects by Izotope, Fabfilter, Plugin Alliance and Universal Audio and Waves for many of my lessons and recording projects.

Travel Equipment
I can provide a guitar, videos, music recording, music workbooks and everything else a student may need. Students are only expected to bring a desire to learn. :)

Specialties

I am a performer with a ton of touring/stage experience, a composer who understands the art of writing and a producer who is fluent in the latest recording technology. In addition to technical studies, my students receive performance coaching/career development. I will help you to find your unique voice, a polished and distinct sound, and your true personality as an artist. I am 100% committed to making you a success!

I will ignite a new, or recharge/rekindle your passion for music, and to sing/play the music you love a lot better!
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Jaymie May 30, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Eric is the best!
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Amar B. May 29, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Legit, one of the coolest people I've ever known. Deeply vested in getting you where you want to be. Eric helped me identify exactly where I wanted to go and a game plan to get to there. While our focus has always been voice, we've touched on guitar and even music in general (theory, production, business, etc.). If you've got a question, Eric has answers or deets on where to find them. He helped me organize and focus years of experience and practice into an effective and fun program, both in the studio and back home. Best part: dude leads by example. Rock on! \m/
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Johnny May 21, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
My 10-year old son has been taking lessons with Eric for a year now, and he has been GREAT. He has been patient, and done a wonderful job of letting my son learn at his own pace. My son has never felt pressured, and Eric has fostered his love for playing guitar, and giving him a solid foundation. We are really grateful to have found Eric.
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Eric J.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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About John L.

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Song writing for me is a process.
To be able to go through the process, one has to have certain musical skills. If a song writer lacks those skills, I try to impart them with the missing elements. From there we learn to build a song from the ground up.

About John
Hello,

Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.

Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!

I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.

It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pri
de myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.

I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.

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My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.

I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.

In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.

And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.

*** Travel Equipment ***
As requested

*** Specialties ***
I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
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Jeremiah December 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
John is good teacher, I completely satisfied.
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Aidan September 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very comfortable atmosphere. John asked my son what his goals were and tgen taylored instruction to help him meet those goals..We were very pleased! We highly recommend him.
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Okokon O. March 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
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John L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
(15)
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About Paolo P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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My name is Paolo Perez. I'm a New York based pianist who's just as at home in a formal theater pit as he is playing air guitar on stage in a one piece jumpsuit and an Aladdin Sane bolt painted on his face. At little about me, I've worked and performed primarily in musical theater for the last ten years in my capacity as Music Director at various houses throughout the Northeast. Most recently I had the distinct pleasure of closing a production of Grease at the United Nations International School, a year of monthly shows with HQ's Anna Roisman at Caroline’s Comedy Club, and a bittersweet departure from my nearly 3 years as Music Director for the classic rock tribute group - The Rock and Roll Playhouse

In a session with me, you'll explore more than how to simply sing or play the notes that are on the page. We'll go over how to become a compelling story teller, why it's important to find variety within your piece, and how to do that.

My favorite part about working with new artists

About Paolo
My name is Paolo Perez. I'm a New York based pianist who's just as at home in a formal theater pit as I am playing air guitar on stage in a one piece jumpsuit and an Aladdin Sane bolt painted on my face. At little about me, I've worked and performed primarily in musical theater for the last ten years in my capacity as Music Director at various houses throughout the Northeast. Most recently I had the distinct pleasure of closing a production of Grease at the United Nations International School, a year of monthly shows with HQ's Anna Roisman at Caroline’s Comedy Club, and a bittersweet departure from my nearly 3 years as Music Director for the classic rock tribute group - The Rock and Roll Playhouse

In a session with me, you'll explore more than how to simply sing or play the notes that are on the page. We'll go over how to become a
compelling story teller, why it's important to find variety within your piece, and how to do that. Whether you're an aspiring professional looking for fine fine tuning, or a beginner who has always wanted to perform that one certain song, feel free to reach out and let me know how I can help you become a better musician. Hope to speak with you soon!
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Alessandro B. August 13, 2016
· English · In studio
Good guy and good teacher. He makes you feel really comfortable and helps me a lot.
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Paolo P.

New York, NY 10018
(1)
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About Karl K.

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New York, NY

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Learn how to dress your (or others) words in music.

About Karl
Will travel further than listed by special arrangement (call take lessons to inquire) - especially via easy public transit. Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Denise G. May 6, 2019
· Norwegian · Online
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Azmina M. January 24, 2019
· Bridge · Online
Patient, easy to ask him questions, a good instructor.
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Azmina M. January 20, 2019
· Bridge · Online
I was nervous but once I started learning and he was patient and answered many questions, I felt right at ease.
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Karl K.

New York, NY 10034
(19)
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$40 / 30-min

About Immanuel W.

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New York, NY

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Students will learn what goes into composing, and new ways to create any type of music and how to effectively create good songs.

About Immanuel
Immanuel, studies classical, and jazz saxophone at the Juilliard School, Played at the GRAMMY awards, has toured in various places, east coast, west coast, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Europe, South America, among other places. He has taught in Philadelphia and abroad for 3 years, Immanuel has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Solange Knowles, Shawn Mendes, Lalah Hathaway, Jason Moran, and the GRAMMY Jazz Band. Immanuel has also played the Montclair, Somerville, West Oak Lane, Cliveden, Cape May, and Philadelphia jazz festivals; the New York Winter JazzFest, the, Wells Fargo Center, Blue Note, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center, and many more.
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Brandon May 21, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Very knowledgeable about the instrument and knows how to teach it in a way that I can retain the information, he's the best!
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Olena F. April 8, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Great guy and a great teacher 🙌🏾
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Charlye March 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
He is great and professional and have patience. One of the best!
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Immanuel W.

New York, NY 10023
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About Keith C.

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Middlesex, NJ
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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 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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Tom June 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
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.
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Feyi R. February 19, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
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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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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Keith C.

Middlesex, NJ 08846
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$35 / 30-min

About Ken F.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn-based private music teacher operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Over a decade of experience teaching a broad range of styles to students of all ages and backgrounds. Strong focus on the individual student's personal interests and goals. Master's degree in music composition with years of experience touring globally and recording for both major and indie labels. Whether you're new to songwriting or need some help honing your skills, it's my passion to get people writing the kinds of songs they want to hear!

About Ken
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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Ron G. December 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Excellent teacher. Knows different styles of playing and makes it easy to follow
and learn. a real professional that understands music theory. Makes learning the guitar enjoyable and not a burden. You'll be playing music in no time.If you would really like to learn or advance your playing the this is the teacher.
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Ron G. August 31, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Very understanding and positive. He brings the most out of a student. very encouraging . Can't wait till my next lesson. I would recommend him to any level student.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
· Guitar ·
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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Ken F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
(7)
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About Christiaan S.

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New York, NY

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I've co-written songs with Chris Eaton (Janet Jackson, Keith Urban, Amy Grant) and Jay Stolar. I can help you make the track and write the lyric.

About Christiaan
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.

Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
pline, we achieve our greatest dreams.
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Emily November 25, 2018
· Singing · In home
I've had a great experience taking lessons with Christiaan! I've had about 10 lessons total now. As someone who doesn't have a background singing, I was definitely a bit nervous going into it, but that didn't last long -- Christiaan's friendly and extremely talented. I especially appreciate that he provides context about posture, history, anatomy, etc. and that he took time early on to learn about my goals. Last but not least, I'm happy with my results so far!
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Maya Baramidze August 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is taking vocal lessons with Christiaan for about a few months.
It is amazing how much she grew throughout this period not only in singing but also in acting and stage appearance. He is a great instructor working on every little detail to make sure that my daughter could understand every aspect of what she was working on. if anyone is looking for a teacher who is kind and patient and professional, I would recommend Christiaan.
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Luca F. June 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Christiaan is a very nice and competent vocal trainer.
He’s patient and it doesn’t get frustrated easily.
The time flies when I work with him and I definitely saw improvements just after 5 lessons.
It really makes you want to keep studying and working hard!
Thanks prof!
Luca
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Christiaan S.

New York, NY 10033
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$125 / 30-min

About Crystal Rose S.

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It is my goal to help students tell their own personal stories by developing creative and deep connections to the songs that they may write and/or sing ! We will focus on lyric writing, interpretation, and can get as detailed into the theoretical aspects of composing as the student may like. Songwriting gives me a sense of purpose, expression, and safety- I hope to help students cultivate what their specific voice is and what songwriting means to them. There is no one way to write or compose !

About Crystal Rose
What a joy it is to get to be playing and teaching music! I enjoy performing a wide variety of music, but my favorites include performing original music, Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Pop. My experience at the New School for Jazz has helped me to develop a keen ear for harmony and discover my love for teaching ! It is a passion of mine to help singers and songwriters strengthen their own unique voice. I look forward to meeting new students and engaging in supportive, productive, and enjoyable lessons filled with growth !
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Megan April 10, 2019
· Singing · In home
With her patient understanding and calm presence, Crystal Rose is a very engaging and positive music teacher. What originally started out as guitar lessons has grown into a deeper exploration of music through voice lessons and songwriting. I fully credit this expansion of both my guitar playing technique and my musical creativity to her skills as a teacher. After each lesson I feel inspired and excited to keep practicing what I have learned as it carries me over into my week. I am so happy to have found her and highly recommend Crystal Rose as a music teacher.
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Guy April 2, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Learning voice technique with Crystal is the best experience! I’m getting a lot of tools for proper use of my voice in a supportive environment and with a professional care.
I highly recommend hiring Crystal.
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Darren April 2, 2019
· Singing · In home
Crystal is an amazing voice teacher! I learned a lot from her both in terms of technique and style for my own songs. I highly recommend her!
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Crystal Rose S.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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$59 / 30-min

About Ben F.

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I have been a professional musician since the age of seventeen and have been teaching guitar and music for over five years. I've worked with students of all levels for both acoustic and electric guitar and can teach a variety of styles, including rock, blues, jazz, metal, pop, R&B, country and more! I also have experience teaching songwriting, composition and music theory. I believe that an instrument is a creative tool to help you create the music you want to, and would love to help you realize your own goals on the guitar. I make each and every lesson about what you're interested in learning and want to achieve.

Do you want to learn to play your favorite songs? Do you want to learn to be a songwriter? Do you want to learn to play killer solos? Don't worry, I got you!

I have a B.A. in music with an emphasis on composition from Hampshire College, have performed live in hundreds of concerts, have been featured on numerous records and have written and performed music that

About Ben
Hi!

I have been a professional musician since the age of seventeen and have been teaching guitar and music for over five years. I've worked with students of all levels for both acoustic and electric guitar and can teach a variety of styles, including rock, blues, jazz, metal, pop, R&B, country and more! I also have experience teaching songwriting, composition and music theory. I believe that an instrument is a creative tool to help you create the music you want to, and would love to help you realize your own goals on the guitar. I make each and every lesson about what you're interested in learning and want to achieve.

Do you want to learn to play your favorite songs? Do you want to learn to be a songwriter? Do you want to learn to play killer solos? All of the above? Don't worry, I got you!

I have a B.A. in music with an emphasis on
composition from Hampshire College. During my time at Hampshire, I studied jazz, contemporary, folk and avant-garde guitar styles as well as songwriting, electronic production and jazz and classical composition, all the while performing in local rock, metal and jazz bands. I have performed live in hundreds of concerts, have been featured on numerous records and have written and performed music that has received F.M. radio rotation.
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Ben F.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
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$30 / 30-min

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10 Proven Steps For Writing Lyrics That Stick

10 Proven Steps For Writing Lyrics That Stick

The late Amy Winehouse tribute album Lioness: Hidden Treasures has been making waves on the UK music charts, securing the #1 spot just days after its release.  Although the posthumous album has had its share of drama and questionable reviews, the collection - with its mix of covers and raw, unfinished tunes polished up by the pr … Read More

10 Proven Steps For Writing Lyrics That Stick
The late Amy Winehouse tribute album Lioness: Hidden Treasures has been making waves on the UK music charts, securing the #1 spot just days after its release.  Although the posthumous album has had its share of drama and questionable reviews, the collection - with its mix of covers and raw, unfinished tunes polished up by the pr
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