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About John L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***

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
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$45 / 30-min

About Cheryl C.

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Mount Tabor, NJ

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Learn how to format your songwriting, use various song forms, develop melodies and harmonies.

Instrumental pieces will be guided with compositional techniques that include a working knowledge of music theory.

Lyric/chord songs will concentrate on developing music that elucidates the words and/or words that work with the music.

About Cheryl
Learning an instrument teaches focus and goal setting strategies, develops self-direction and self-esteem, plus the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement.

And, it's just plain FUN!!

I specialize in teaching music and guitar to children ages 7 through 18 including college prep for auditions. I hold a music degree from Montclair State University and have over 12 years of teaching experience.

Your child will learn how to read music, play melody and chords and progressively acquire skills as a musician and guitarist. Music theory, ear training and rhythm study are included.

This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs.

I specialize in acoustic guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.

I have been a musician for o
ver 25 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.

PLEASE SPEAK TO ME before purchasing your child's instrument. A standard size steel string guitar can be difficult to handle and may discourage your child.

***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***

Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!

Be aware that there are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
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Sanjay G. February 26, 2019
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Very interesting and systematic good start of learning curve of guitar. She is patient to answer your questions. Looks like found the right instructor.
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Michele January 14, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is an outstanding instructor with many years of experience. She is patient and supportive with a talent and insight that has helped me progress beyond my expectations. Lessons always begin on time. I’m thankful I have Cheryl as a teacher and always look forward to going to class!
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Mark Higgins November 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is a great teacher. She loves music and that enthusiasm is inspiring.
I am looking forward to many lessons
ahead and advancing my playing skills.
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Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
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About Matt Patrick W.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have written pop songs. I have written full musicals. I have scored short films. I have written music for art installations. I have scored productions of plays. I'm a very eclectic song writer and composer. Let me teach you how to write tunes!

About Matt Patrick
Hi there! I'm Matt. I'm a composer, lyricist and playwright. I have been playing piano and guitar for over 12 years professionally as a session musician and solo artist. I am a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College (BA), Hunter College (MA) and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

I offer private instruction on:
- the guitar
- voice
- the piano
- the electric bass
- various percussion (drum kit, djembe)
- ukulele
- composition
- fun instruments (kazoo, harmonica)
- songwriting

I can also offer:
- vocal coaching
- monologue coaching

I can...
-work with your schedule and find a time that works for you
-provide affordable rates
-teach specific genres (rock, folk, jazz, reggae, funk, metal, classical)
-vocalists: get you playing rhythm guitar/piano/bass and singing simultaneously

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Past projects include Je
alous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot (with Nathan Brisby, dir. Tom Wojtunik, SoundBites Festival: TheatreNowNY), The Coincidentals (with Emma Jeszke, The Pitch: Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), How's This Sound?! (The Duplex; multiple sold-out runs), The Adventures of Manny McDougal, and Zombie Friend. My original material has also been featured at the Detention Series (Primary Stages), Tune in Time (The Triad Theatre), The Metropolitan Room, 54 Below, The 2012 and 2017 Annual Gala (The Duplex), Pianos, The Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, The 45th Street Theatre and Arlene's Grocery. I have also competed in over ten national video game jams as a composer and sound designer.
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Sara F. May 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
My kids love him. He was a great teach just schedule issues caused us to find a new teacher
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Ke C. August 26, 2016
· Songwriting · In home
Matt has a lot of ideas and I can gain a lot in taking one lesson from him
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Caleb McDaniel June 30, 2016
· Singing · In home
My experience was phenomenal, i learned so much in only 45min!!! I recommend take lessons to everyone, I guarantee you will love it as much as i do.
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Matt Patrick W.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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$90 / 60-min

About Juan C.

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New York, NY

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About Juan
New York city composer and guitarist Juan 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 currently studies classical guitar with Mark DelPriora, 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

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

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

*** Specialties ***
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 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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Madison F. June 7, 2019
· Singing · In home
Super friendly with lots patience. Work so great with my daughter who has ADHD.
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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.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Joseph P.

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New York, NY
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There is nothing better than a well-crafted song. From the melody to the harmony, from the lyrics to the accompaniment, I will help you explore every aspect of your music and provide thoughtful feedback as you work.

I have been writing music since I was very young, and teaching composition for about six years. My goal as a songwriting teacher is to help you bring your ideas to life and get them down on paper. Guided by your creative ideas, I will provide structure and help you set goals to produce your best work!

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 10016
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$35 / 30-min

About Chris B.

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Butler, NJ

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Contrary to popular belief, creativity is teachable. If you understand the inner workings of music, then you'll be better equipped to write effective songs.

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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Ron June 26, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Chris for 5 years. He is very open to learn and teach all styles of music. in turn, allowing me learn and play music I though i never would. His guidance in "the technology" of music is also greatly appreciated.
The learning experience with Chris is top notch, never an issue with communication or punctuality.Always able to move around his busy schedule for the "adult" student.
I want to thank Chris for allowing to find my "Soul Mustard" He is the best you can find

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Jay April 11, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Chris is an awesome instructor! He was patient and professional. I was truly a beginner and Chris helped me every step of the way. I would recommend him to anyone looking to pick up a guitar or further enhance your skills. Thanks for all the help!
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Matt C. September 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Chris has been a great teacher. He is incredibly friendly and by tailoring his lessons to my music tastes, he helped me progress much farther than I would have alone.
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Chris B.

Butler, NJ 07405
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About Adam M.

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New York, NY

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All styles, all levels, ages 10 and up

About Adam
- Juilliard graduate
- extremely versatile
- many styles including: jazz, blues, rock, pop, funk, r&b, acoustic, folk/country, songwriting ect.
- teaches all levels/ages
- willing to tailor the curriculum so that you can accomplish what YOU want

I have been teaching guitar for over 12 years, to people of all different ages and levels. I want to help you achieve your goals wether it's just learning the basics of the guitar or helping you find your musical voice within a wide array of different styles. I specialize in jazz but am also very well versed in blues, rock, pop, funk, r&b, acoustic, folk/country and songwriting. I will teach you the skills that I learned at Juilliard and show you how to apply them to your own playing. I am very patient and easy going, because although learning to play can be a challenging process, i believe
that it should always be fun!

*Please message me before you sign up for lessons, as I charge different rates for lessons at my studio, your apartment and online.
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Marcia August 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I have had a very positive experience with Adam as my guitar instructor. He is very knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I could see myself making progress and look forward to my next lesson!
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Mark August 12, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Adam for about 3 years now - He is an amazing teacher! I took lessons before when I was younger but I quickly lost interest. I decided to get back into it later in life (I'm 35 now), but I still struggled to find the right teacher. One was too serious and the other was too relaxed and I felt like I wasn't actually making any progress. With Adam I got the best of both worlds! I was getting better at the guitar, and at the same time I was enjoying myself throughout the whole process. I'm still taking lessons with Adam and I would recommend that you do the same!
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Paul August 12, 2019
· Guitar · In home
I took jazz guitar for two years from Adam. He’s a great teacher and excellent musician. As a former “cowboy chords” guitarist, I jumped from 5 to about 15 chords in a few weeks. Adam is patient and lots of fun. I still catch some of his gigs when I’m back in NYC.
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Adam M.

New York, NY 10032
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$100 / 60-min

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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Sarathi .. June 23, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I just had my first lesson with Christiaan. He was amazing. Gentle, very positive, and really good at observing and figuring out my strengths and weaknesses. He's also inspired me to learn with his love of music and thoughtful approach.
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Daniel June 19, 2019
· Ableton · In home
I was blown away by his knowledge and assessment of the skills I should prioritize. My mind was blown several times. Excellent pedagogy and very personable!
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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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Christiaan S.

New York, NY 10033
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$125 / 30-min

About Kit G.

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Love old-school standards and musical theater? I am an internationally-produced, award-winning musical theatre composer and lyricist, and I'd love to help you learn how to craft a stylish song in the tradition of the 20th Century masters, and how to tell a story and develop characters through songs. I love working with students to deconstruct songs you love and figure out their structural tricks, both lyrically and musically, and can help you to figure out how to apply those structures in your own work. Can also work with you on music theory, notation and computer technology for getting your music written down.

About Kit
I am an internationally-produced composer and lyricist, with over 15 years of experience in musical theater and composition. I have studied at Juilliard and the Tony Award-winning BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and hold a Master of Music degree in Composition from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. I am an energetic champion of new music, and a founding member of NYC's Composers Collective. I bring a lot of enthusiasm to my lessons, and love helping my students to grow their understanding of the inner workings of music and lyrics!

Songwriting and Composition students can expect to learn building blocks to help them understand musical structure while developing their own voice. I am passionate about craft in lyric writing, and songwriting students will learn about scansion, rhyme schemes, and how to structure a song to mak
e it catchy and memorable. I love working with students to take classic songs and pieces apart and figure out what makes them work, and to then help students use these techniques to make their own work soar!

Music Theory students can expect to learn the mechanics of music in a fun, upbeat setting, and develop their understanding of the music theory through familiarity with the keyboard, notation, and fun composition exercises.

I look forward to working with you!
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Kim March 16, 2019
· Songwriting · In studio
I took a songwriting class that Kit taught at Schenectady County Community College, and it was a lot of fun and extremely helpful! She knows tons about all sorts of song genres both as a composer and a lyricist, and helped me understand a lot of basic ideas about music composition that I'd never really grasped. I would study with her again if she were back in town!
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Kit G.

New York, NY 10108
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$75 / 60-min

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