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Learn the beginning basics of acoustic guitar. Open chords, bar chords, strumming, finger style.

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Want to belt like Beyonce?
Broadway dreams?
Act in Movies?
Learn how to write hit songs?
Need help taking your sales presentations to the next level?

Hi, I'm Stephen.

I'm a vocal trainer, acting coach, consultant, and songwriting teacher. My specialty is pop/rock, Broadway/on camera, live presentations/sales, and helping songwriters find their voice, both lyrically and sonically.

Tap Into Your Artistry (TIYA) is the ultimate gym for singing, acting, and songwriting.

Discover the fastest and most efficient way to build, strengthen, and condition your voice. Simple, safe, systematic vocal exercises that embrace a Zen like approach with an athletic mentality.

I'm also an AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor and ASCAP songwriter and producer. If you want to learn more about auditioning, acting in movies, performing musicals/pl
ays on Broadway, writing your own songs, and developing show-biz career strategy, (headshots, meeting agents/managers, etc) I help TIYA members every day achieve their artistic dreams.

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I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at age 24. I also performed in "Chess in concert" as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind." Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "The Wild Party," and "She Loves Me."

As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.

As a TV/Film actor, most recently I was on set with Marvel's "Luke Cage" on Netflix, and I played the lead role of (Abraham) Lincoln in the digital series pilot, "These Honored Dead." I also have played lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series pilot, "Bodega Nights." I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for "The Knick," an episodic series produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh on Cinemax. Check out: stephenhorst.com.

My audition prep will help you master your sides for any playing space; Broadway plays/musicals and especially on camera.

TIYA clients include (aspiring) Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, voice-over artists, news anchors, dancers, comedians, CEO's all over the world, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.

My TIYA members have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will always work on whatever you want.

For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.

For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself with monologues and scenes, as well as the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.

For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.

You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).

Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/ conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.

Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues, TV/Film sides and/or On camera auditioning craft.

Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, and marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha PSR 950 61-key arranger keyboard
Sony Handycam DCR-SR 100
Fovitec Studio PRO - 5' x 6.5' Gray/Blue screen
MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz
with Retina display
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
Bose Wave Music System
iPhone 6S plus

*** Specialties ***
SINGING, ACTING, SONGWRITING, CONSULTING

The TIYA vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explored include: Coordination, Registration, and Intonation. Chest, Head, Edge, and Pharyngel registration, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, ring, consistency, and more. 
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Alexis March 7, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
Stephen has definitely provided me an insightful way of analyzing songs and for writing my own music myself. He is really helpful and gives you many eye opening advices and tools that encourage you to develop your artistry. Furthermore, he provides a friendly and non judegemental atmosphere, which is essential for a student. I totally recommend him.
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Loren L. January 19, 2018
· Acting · Online
Very good! Stephen creates a very comfortable setting to try your best in.
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Krista November 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Super helpful!
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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

New York, NY 10026
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About Chris B.

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Butler, NJ

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My goal as a teacher is to avoid any type of dogmatic "one size fits all" curriculum. I always want to know what music the student enjoys and build my lesson plans based on their tastes. Chords can be physically challenging for beginners so I like to work with single-note melodies early on so that the student isn't quickly discouraged. Learning chords becomes the medium-term goal. As for the long-term, I will then use specific songs as examples for how music theory works in the context of their favorite bands. I am always prepared to adjust my lesson plans based on the students progress and overall comfort zone.

About Chris
My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument then you've stopped growing musically. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Terri Krzesinski November 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Chris is a great teacher! He makes you feel very comfortable. As a beginner player, Chris breaks down everything so you can easily follow. He is friendly and patient and I highly recommend him! He is the BEST!!
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Pennie October 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Chris for 2 months now. He's exceptional in his teaching methods and makes each lesson enjoyable. I'm a beginner and learning my first chorded song. He's been excellent at taking his time and breaking the song down to where I feel comfortable playing.
He's easily reached by email, and has sent me audio files of himself playing the song we're working on to help me with my practice. I leave my lessons pumped and excited to play. I highly recommend him!!
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Pennie July 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I had my second lesson with Chris today. He's exactly the type of teacher I've searched for. He's very easy going and optimistic. I appreciate the fact he grabs his guitar and plays along with me, it makes learning rhythm so much easier for someone who learns by seeing and following along. I highly recommend him.
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ 07405
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About Marcelo M.

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My classes are very flexible when it comes to what the student wants. On the first class, I give the student the choice of controlling our lessons materials about what they want to learn. Or the student can choose to let me control our classes, in which I will bring my own materials and ideas in which we should work and will go through the whole academic process of learning music.

About Marcelo
Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

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Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Rafael June 7, 2018
· Upright Bass · In studio
Marcelo is great. He is very patient and flexible.
Recommended.
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William June 1, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Took a while but got music theory down, understanding and connecting a lot of things, still taking work on playing though. Marcelo is a good instructor! just need more practice
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Ivan May 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Marcelo is a great teacher. I am a beginner and the pacing of the class was good. A good mix of theory, jazz and classical. Very accommodating to my interests and ability.
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Marcelo M.

Marcelo M.

New York, NY 10001
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About Dave M.

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East Elmhurst, NY

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Many people think playing acoustic guitar is the same as playing the electric. While this isn't completely untrue, there are subtle differences that are key to mastering either or both. When we sit down to work on building our skills on an acoustic guitar, we'd go at a pace comfortable for you, and you'll be playing like a pro in no time.

About Dave
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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Kevin J. May 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very nice professional. The kids really felt comfortable with him and they said it was easy to learn with him. The kids are looking forward to our next sessions
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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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Dave M.

East Elmhurst, NY 11370
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About JT E.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I make lessons contoured to each student's needs. We will focus on basic music theory, song structure, scales and anything else the student is seeking to learn. I am here to build a solid foundation for guitar beginners, and set the foundation for a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the instrument. Understanding basic theory is as important as understanding mechanics and techniques. My goal is to get you to the point of writing and playing your own songs.

About JT
I am here to introduce you to the basic fundamentals of playing guitar. We will focus on theory, basic chords, scales, capo theory, and singing and songwriting. I customize the lessons to each students needs but also aim for an overall general comprehensive knowledge of guitar playing. It is my goal to craft an all around skilled musician and guitar player.
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JT E.

JT E.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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About Josh L.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Josh, multi-instrumentalist for Norah Jones and many others graduated Berklee College of Music in 1995. He has been playing professionally and teaching privately since then. He appears on albums by James Taylor, The Lemonheads and has performed live with everyone from Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus.I offer private guitar lessons to students of all ages and skill levels in a fun and patient environment. Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time or you've been playing for a while and are looking to break out of a rut, I can help.

About Josh
Josh, multi-instrumentalist for Norah Jones and many others graduated Berklee College of Music in 1995. He has been playing professionally and teaching privately since then. He appears on albums by James Taylor and The Lemonheads to name a few and has performed live with everyone from Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus. Click here to watch and listen to some recordings and performances.
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Fabio October 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Josh is an incredible musician, teacher, guitar, and bass player (haven't tried his singing lessons yet). His knowledge on both theoretic and practical aspects of music (acquired during his studies as well as several tours with world class bands) is very broad which makes his lessons fun and dynamic, a major plus for motivation and learning process.
With his "hands on" guitar lessons we quickly built a fun song's set which was custom made for my skills level at the time. Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" was among one of the first songs I learned, and by then I had basic chord's as well as a couple major scale positions knowledge.
I ve been seeing Josh (lately via Skype, which saves me 1 hour a day in commute) for the past 3.5yrs and nowadays I am actually playing with a band which goes live every now and then, despite my challenging 10+ daily work hours.
Josh was instrumental to keep me motivated all the time, I strongly recommend giving him a try.
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Jim October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Josh Lattanzi is an excellent guitar teacher. He is a knowledgable, skilled and accomplished musician who has really helped me make sense of what has always been a confusing instrument for me.

Josh's style is patient, supportive and also very funny. He's the reason I love playing guitar and didn't get scared off by bar chords.

He also can play absolutely anything, and tailors my lessons to help me play the kind of stuff I write the best possible way. I am really grateful to be taught by him and will continue to take lessons as long as he's teaching.
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Jamie B October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Josh Lattanzi's guitar lessons are simply the best. I started taking lessons with Josh after I graduated college. I was moving to New York to pursue songwriting and found Josh's website online, deciding to try out a lesson based on his experience as a musician and a teacher.

Now, over five years later I can confidently say that if I hadn't chosen Josh my career as a songwriter would be completely different. He goes above and beyond for his students.

I am simply incredibly lucky to have taken that initial step of a first lesson with Josh of NYC Guitar Lessons.

Josh is a patient, focused but fun teacher. His breadth and depth of knowledge of music, guitar and other instruments is extensive, and lends to thorough and thoughtful teaching.

The thing that I love most about taking lessons with Josh is that he is incredibly flexible, willing and able to tailor each student's lessons based on what their ultimate guitar goals are. It made it easy to refer friends to him that wanted to lean basics of guitar and suggest lessons to friends in the songwriting community who had more specific goals in mind.

I really can't speak highly enough about my experiences as an NYC guitar lessons student with Josh.
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Josh L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Jimmy P.

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TAKE CONTROL of your guitar. You absolutely have the potential to learn your favorite songs, make music and most importantly have fun!! I can get you there the comfortable way.

I have taught guitar since I was fifteen years old. Teaching is much more than just imparting knowledge, it's also about connecting with people. We will not just play guitar together. I will help you develop your artistic voice and channel your creativity.

Since starting, it has been a joy to work with many different players. I've had young kids playing country music, teenagers learning jazz, adults rediscovering classic rock solos, and retired bluegrass performers just to name a few. I prefer to build lessons around your style and influences.

Beginners:
I will take you from the very beginning concepts, to learning your first chords, strumming rhythms, basic music understanding into playing your favorite songs.

Experienced Players:
Let's work together to expand your set list, practice new ...

About Jimmy
I have enjoyed music from a very young age and been teaching since the age of fifteen. I have performed as a guitarist and vocalist in solo and duo shows in addition to jazz combo and wedding bands. I love many different kinds of music and I especially connect with classics from the 50's, 60's and 70's. What do you connect with? When I learn about your influences, we will use them to tailor your lessons to YOU.

When I was young I remember teachers who I really enjoyed, and also those I didn't. I try to teach in a way that makes you as the student feel good about your progress and potential. You will always look forward to our lessons together. Prior to relocating to NY, I worked as a private guitar teacher in SC.

In addition to recording, performing, and teaching music. I have also worked in the IT industry and done technical training.
I have held roles where teaching and communication skills were essential. This translates really well to music education.
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Donnie March 29, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Jimmy was an outstanding teacher who saw my potential and had a very well organized and structured lesson plan to help bring me to my next level of understanding music and the relationship that each chord had within its group. He made learning fun and exciting, while coaxing me to unleash my abilities and relax. As a result, I now have the knowledge and confidence to help others unlock their potential. Highly recommended! Glad to have learned from him. Trust his process, find your inner performer with his help.
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Jimmy P.

Woodside, NY 11377
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A four year middle school teacher, I focus on modern/rock guitar along with acoustic/folk. Emphasis is placed on fun! We pick up a guitar everyday to express ourselves, in my lessons you will find a place to enjoy yourself and accomplish a set of goals!

About Ralph
Have you or your child shown interest in playing guitar? If you’re looking for the next step but need a little guidance forward in the right direction, I’m the right teacher for you. I have experience teaching in a middle school setting and have a full-time job as an educator. I have endorsements and certifications in special education along with years of experience in the classroom. Working one-on-one with my students, we detail goals and strategies which are achieved through practice and reflection.

Remember: Goals set and reached in one area are never confined to one aspect of our lives. Taking on new challenges and succeeding can give us confidence in our everyday lives for bigger goals such as careers or school.

I look forward to starting a conversation about learning with you and discussing your own personal goals and interest i
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Ralph S.

Parsippany, NJ 07054
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About Emiliano T.

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Brooklyn, NY

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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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About John D.

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Unlike most other music teachers, I believe the student should set their own goals. If you want to play in a band, I can give you the tools you need. If you want to learn to read and write music and be the virtuoso you can be, we’ll work towards that. If you want to learn a few chords or melodies for your own enjoyment, that’s fine too. I’ve learned in over half a lifetime of playing and through teaching students of all ages and levels in both private and group lesson environments that no two people are the same. That’s why I work out a personalized curriculum to help make the most of our time together and help you achieve your goals.

About John
Unlike most other music teachers, I believe the student should set their own goals. If you want to play in a band, I can give you the tools you need. If you want to learn to read and write music and be the virtuoso you can be, we’ll work towards that. If you want to learn a few chords or melodies for your own enjoyment, that’s fine too. I’ve learned in over half a lifetime of playing and through teaching students of all ages and levels in both private and group lesson environments that no two people are the same. That’s why I work out a personalized curriculum to help make the most of our time together and help you achieve your goals.
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John D.

Yonkers, NY 10704
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$42 / 30-min

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