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About Aleena W.

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Albuquerque, NM

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Basic to advanced sight reading including the grand staff and all of its parts.

About Aleena
I've been teaching piano and art for 7 years and I've been associated with TakeLessons for 6 of those years in 2 different cities. I am able to travel during certain times and I also have studio and online availability. ***Although my training was in classical music, I currently compose and perform a variety of genres besides classical.

I get so much gratification teaching and music improves math and other cognitive skills. I'm an encouraging and flexible teacher because every student is different and requires their own focus and individualized lesson plan. My teaching style includes the classical method and basic to intermediate theory integrated with contemporary methods.

I also employ an enjoyable environment and open communication with parents/guardians and adult students.

****One of my students was a 16 years old virtuoso i
n classical guitar. He came to me because he never learned how to sight read. Within 6 months he was writing his own music and decided to change his specialty from guitar to piano.
*****Another one of my students was told he would never be able to "sight read" which is to read music from paper but he was reading music and within a few months he was writing it himself.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I encourage anyone who is interested in learning to begin lessons with the knowledge that they can eventually create any kind of art they desire.
I continue to perform and create which enables me to sharpen and maintain my skills.

I hope to have an opportunity to meet you soon and I encourage you to ask any questions you have!!!

*****I highly encourage scheduling only 30 minutes for children younger than 12 and beginners of other ages. Students are more likely to focus and enjoy their lessons when they are shorter in the beginning. They can always be extended later.
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Lisa July 26, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Great listener and teaches the preferences requested. Very knowledgeable of different methods of drawing
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Sarah July 6, 2016
· Drawing · In home
My daughter had her first art lesson with Eleena today, and she was welcoming, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She's really looking forward to her future lessons!
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Aleena W.

Aleena W.

Albuquerque, NM 87111
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About Chris L.

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About Chris
I have studied music for 26 years. Piano was my first instrument and I have taken classical lessons from an early age and studied jazz piano for 14 years. I play guitar at the same level as piano. I play jazz, classical, flamenco and rock guitar; acoustic, electric and 9-string electric. I have studied at University of North Texas, Musicians institute and have a bachelor's of music from UNM. I have a certification in early childhood education and love to teach children, as well as adults of all ages.

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I am very patient and flexible. I work with the student to design curriculum that is exciting and engaging for their individual level. Students enjoy studying with me because they can progress quickly if they practice and because I am easy to talk to and work with.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio
lessons are taught in the music room in the home which includes an 88 key weighted keyboard, 5 guitars, 3 amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to their house, I expect them to have their own instruments that they practice on during the week, a metronome, a tuner and the music books they are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, rock and classical music. I usually allow the students or their parents to choose their method books based on their interests and goals.
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michael M. August 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great lesson.
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Dwayne March 19, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
He has taught me a lot. Lessons are not rushed. He allows me to learn based on my own interests, but also teaches a lot of basics of technique and music theory. The location is convenient to downtown Albuquerque and UNM neighborhood.
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Nic C. September 25, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Chris is easy to learn with, and knowledgeable. Is always patient and never makes you feel rushed, yet, makes sure you are constantly improving. He directs your playing in the style and direction you want to reach while exposing you to new styles along the way. Great teacher.
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Chris L.

Chris L.

Albuquerque, NM 87106
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About Brandon P.

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About Brandon
I started learning piano by the age of 4. Started composition by the age of 5. At the age of 12, I started guitar and never turned back. Music was always the ULTIMATE escape. To me there's nothing that compares to the feeling I get after completing a song, or the rush of a good performance. I decided that I'd rather do nothing else in life but music. After high school I went to the famed Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA., where I was taught by the most amazing musicians I've ever known. Some of the teachers who influenced me were Dan Gilbert from the Guitar World magazine, and David Oakes who trained with Andre Segovia (famed classical guitarist). My influences are a wide range. I love any music with shred guitar. Anything virtuosic is what I love. I enjoy playing everything from Latin, classical, blues, all the way to heavy metal. I
have a lot of on stage experience that has served me well, and my mission is to give back the inspiration that has been my love for music.

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The most important thing with any instrument is that you're enjoying what your doing. If you're not having fun with guitar, then you're probably not going to stick with it. I teach beginning to advanced guitar and my students really enjoy the lesson plans. My lessons vary from student to student depending on what they want to accomplish, and what they need to succeed. After the student reaches a certain level I get them to play with other musicians. Sometimes I'll bring in my drummer and hop on the bass so the student can get the feel of playing with a full band! I expect a lot from students and they seem to have no problem delivering,

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- includes amps, guitars and recording equipment. Custom built computer designed for studio use. Pre-sonus Firepods. Ton's of pedals. Pro Tools 10 Professional

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have backup amps and guitars just in case. I bring all the materials for the lesson plans to the student's home.

*** Specialties ***
classical, rumba, metal, classic rock, hard rock, shred, Brazilian, fusion, blues, and most Latin styles.
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Norah May 12, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Excellent. Down to earth. Extremely knowledgeable. Great to work with. Very accomodating. Can't say enough about him! Thanks Brandon!
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Brianna March 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brandon is very good with my daughter. I highly recommend him.
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clayton September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Brandon has been an amzing teacher! He has shared with me so much more than just learning chords and songs. His positive light has been such a blessing for my path towards understanding music and discovering so much more about the guitar! I have seen such an improvement in my own abilities and understanding of the guitar.
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Brandon P.

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Rio Rancho, NM 87144
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About Steven O.

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Albuquerque, NM
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If you want to read quickly and with complete understanding, I will explain your piano music's harmony, as well as its staff notation. After 33 years of teaching with a Masters degree in Music theory and composition, I am equipped to teach the location of notes, the spelling of chords, and the rhythm of passages.

About Steven
I love to learn music! So do my students.

After childhood lessons, and BA and MA degrees from Minnesota and Iowa, I worked for private conservatories in Los Angeles, while teaching and playing for church events and celebrations. In that real-world school, I learned the music that the world loves.

I use that knowledge to fire my students' imaginations. If Bach or Mozart motivates them, we set goals to learn Bach's Toccata in D minor or Mozart's Turkish Rondo after two years of dedicated practice. These are realistic goals!
Maybe you would like to study Easter hymns for church, as one student did recently. Perhaps you would like to tame Beethoven's Tempest in front of sixty people at a nice recital hall.

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All my students can expect an experience focused on their musical goal
s, with lesson plans geared to 15 minutes of daily practice. Set the bar as high as you want! My students all choose to have a lesson every week under the recurring lesson plan, to make quick progress.
My studio has a big grand, and a digital piano. The neighborhood is quiet, with plenty of parking. Come with confidence, to a studio licensed in Albuquerque for twenty years.
After three months, a busy eight-year old beginner could have an easy rendition of "Ode To Joy" or "When The Saints Come Marching In" to perform for loved ones.
My students study technique, rhythm, fingering, expression and general musicianship. All this, while enjoying great musical selections.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a living room studio exclusively used for piano lessons including a Steinway piano. No pets. street parking

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Mostly classical, with occasional jazz, contemporary Christian, and popular. I mostly teach from notes, though occasionally with lead sheets and improvisation. Faber and Faber, Keys for the Kingdom, and Bastien methods are preferred until the student can play the composer's original notes. Then, their recital works tend to come from such as Bach, Beethoven, Clementi, Debussy, and Chopin.
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Cecily P. October 31, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Steven is an excellent teacher, and really engages my son each week. He is new to piano, and has helped my son progress very quickly with reading notes, tempo, and so much more. Mr. Steven makes every lesson rewarding. I recommend him!
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Shannon A. November 3, 2013
· Piano ·
An excellent, intuitive teacher

Mr. Steve is an outstanding teacher whom I would recommend without reservation. He works at the pace of each of my children and they are eager to work for him too. My son bores quickly, but Steve challenges him with encouragement and speed. My daughter is slower to catch on and he accommodates her speed with equal talent. He is creative in his teaching methods and also in his approach to advising more practice or encouraging practice methods. I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to share the gem we have found in Steve. He is kind, patient, encouraging, excited about the music and the kid's efforts, witty, professional and accommodating. 5 stars.
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Justin G. May 14, 2013
· Piano ·
An excellent patient, teacher with a lot to offer

I have been seeing Steven for several weeks, and I find his manner to be informative and supportive. He is fond of what he does, and it shows. He's interested in students that prefer challenges, and that want to improve themselves. At the same time he understands that growth is a controlled practice.

I believe he is a great teacher with an interest in teaching his students.
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Steven O.

Albuquerque, NM 87112
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About Wes F.

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I have a deep love of music theory and extensive knowledge of the subject and how it works on a practical level. Theory is great because it helps you DO things! If you want to improve as a performer or writer, growing in your knowledge of theory can definitely help.

About Wes
I studied classical guitar and composition at Asbury College and later more in depth guitar studies rock, jazz, and classical at the Atlanta Institute of Music. I have been teaching steadily for the past ten years as well as spending my time with various other musical projects such as leading worship for my church, performing for various parties and weddings, and composing and recording music for a short film. I use my experience and broad understanding of music to inform the way that I teach, so that my students have a robust experience of all aspects of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a lesson plan that I follow for beginning students to get them through the basics. As a teacher I am laid back, and positive, but always try to give the student a clear reflection of how they are progressing. I find that some students thrive with
a lot of structure and others prefer a looser approach and I am quite comfortable teaching both ways. If the student maintains a consistent practice regimen, they should be able to play songs from the radio within 3 or 4 months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room with an amp, keyboard, computer, desk, parents can sit on couch in a separate room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide their instrument (including amp if necessary) and any instructional materials required.

*** Specialties ***
I have had a lot of experience teaching beginning and intermediate students with method books, and have used them to teach reading, theory, technique, and repertoire. Most often, I take a slightly looser approach which I feel allows me to mold my teaching to fit the individual student's needs
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Monica H. June 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
We went over a lot of stuff. Im a cellist who has had bass lessons but was getting difficult for the simple reason that it wasnt methodical in any way. My goel is to transition to upright and Wes has enough musical knowledge to prepare toward that goel.
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Jennifer R. June 16, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Wes has been teaching my son, age 7, for four months now and we could not be happier! He manages to be very informative while keeping it fun and interesting without being silly or boring. Wes's enthusiasm for the guitar is contagious. I am thrilled with my son's progress and level of continued interest. Thank you Wes!
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Christina T. June 12, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Wes is a great teacher -he has a lot of experience and excellent technique. It is evident he loves music/guitar and is equally as passionate for teaching what he loves. He makes learning to play the guitar easy to grasp and he is very patient and encouraging. Looking forward to more jam sessions!
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About Lawrence G.

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Rio Rancho, NM
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Intervals, semi-tones, modulation, transposition, circle of fifths...good grief. What does it all mean? Music theory is the foundation by which we can understand how music is structured. You will be fascinated as we journey through this fun-filled subject. And relax...it's not quantum physics.

About Lawrence
Lawrence loves to teach music, especially piano, organ and voice. He began studying the piano at age 5; by age 12 he was studying the pipe organ and performing at church services in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the University of Massachusetts in Boston, he has continued his private musical studies throughout his adult life with illustrious faculty members from the Cornell College School of Music and the Winthrop University Conservatory of Music.

Presently, he teaches private music lessons in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and is the Director of Music & Liturgy at Church of the Incarnation in Rio Rancho. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
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Nicholas May 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very personable and seems to be a good fit with our 6 year old. Were looking forward to our next lesson.
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Clifford S. February 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good instructor.
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Lawrence G.

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Rio Rancho, NM 87144
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About Leni B.

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It is essential to understand the building block of music in order to be able see, hear and communicate its meaning.

About Leni
BA in Music, composition and conducting from Hunter College (City University of New York)
Diploma from the Conservatoire de Fontainebleau, France
Studied with Louise Talma, Jacques Louis Monod, Nadia Boulanger

Lessons are about learning to make music, not endless scales and arpeggios which so often lead to pain and injury. Tone production, sight reading, and age appropriate theory and interpretation are strong elements from the beginning.

An overwhelming percentage of young, enthusiastic and talented children are discouraged early and give up the piano because they do not make rapid progress and therefore do not enjoy their lessons. Music is one of life's great joys. It should be fun. For the intermediate, and even the advanced, student, it is critical that much more attention be paid to the musicality of the playing and the u
nderstanding of the music. This leads to more beautiful playing and greater enjoyment.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for the needs of the individual student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
7' KAWAI concert grand
Basic video recording capability

*** Travel Equipment ***
Basic video recording capability

*** Specialties ***
Concentration on interpretation, Theory, Solfege and ear training, and non injurious piano technique.
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Karen M. May 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Leni is an incredible instructor. He is extremely knowledgeable and yet never comes across as condescending or arragant.
He is helpful and encouraging and makes learning to play fun.
The music that he selects is challenging without being overwhelming and he is fine with moving on to something else if you just plain don't like a piece.
He is a very popular instructor and I feel fortunate that I have found a space in his schedule !
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Edie F. November 30, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Leni. He's very thorough and passionate about playing the piano. It's been years since I played, and he was very patient with me and explained things in detail.
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Court September 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I can honestly say that Leni is one of the most professional and intelligent music instructors I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have a background in music (low brass) from the 6th grade all the way through college. While I no longer play any brass instruments, I am currently taking drum lessons, and felt that now would also be the best time to try my hand (no pun intended) at piano. I am very happy with the lessons that Leni gave, however, I eventually came to the realization that the piano would be too much of a time constraint for me. I was not 100% committed to the piano due to working an 8-5 job every day, as well as taking the drum lessons I was already taking prior to starting piano. Also, it didn't help that I did not have a piano to practice with. With that being said, if I ever find myself with the time/capability to commit myself to the piano the way I wanted to, then I will be contacting Leni for more lessons. There are many piano teachers out there, but if you want to learn the CORRECT way so that you will not hurt your hands/fingers, then Leni is the absolute best choice. Thanks for everything Leni!
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About Anthony F.

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Music Theory lessons following the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) Syllabus for the Certificate of Merit.

About Anthony
Anthony is a graduate of The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio's Two Year Acting Conservatory Program and the University of California Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts where he studied Musical Theatre in addition to serving as Accompanist and Musical Director for various Musical Theatre Classes and Productions. Anthony is a Proud Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, SAG-AFTRA, and AEA.

Anthony has trained with some of the Industry's Top Vocal Coaches and has maintained a Private Studio of his own, specializing in Professional and Personalized Instruction, for over Half a Decade. His clients include High School Students, College Students, and Industry Professionals including Actors to Recording Artists. He was recently Ranked One of the Top 5 Vocal Coaches in Los Angeles
and Orange County by BACKSTAGE Magazine.

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A Professional Actor and Singer himself, Anthony has performed in over 25 Regional Theatrical Productions including the Original Cast of an Off Broadway Musical. Highlights include: A Catbaret (w/Fred Willard), Sweet Smell of Success (w/Anthony Geary), Rent, The Last Five Years, Popesical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, I Love You Because, and more. In 2016, Anthony received the “Best Actor Award” for his performance in the Short Film, Rogue, from the LA Neo Noir Film Festival. Anthony has used his training not only as a Tour Guide for the Walt Disney Company, but coached several other Tour Guides for the Walt Disney Company for their Guided Tours.

​In addition to working as a Performer, Anthony has worked in various aspects of the Entertainment Industry as a Director, Producer, Musical Director, Accompanist, and in Talent Agency/Management Offices – making him a well sought after Instructor, who not only specializes on Technique and Performance, but keeps the entire process of the Entertainment Industry in mind when working with Clients. Anthony has worked in a Recording Studio as an In-Studio Vocal Coach and Accompanist for Sony Music Producer, Thomas Barsoe’s, OC Hit Factory and is often sought out as a Master Class Instructor on Vocal Technique and Musical Theatre. In fact, he helped bring Musical Theatre Training to one of Orange County’s Top Acting Studios.

Anthony is an active Casting Associate with JS Snyder & Associates Casting with Credits including Short & Independent Films featuring Eric Roberts; Plays; Commercials; and Music Videos for Musical Artists: P!nk, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Jack Tempchin, among many others.

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VOCAL SESSIONS
During Vocal Sessions, we explore breath (including floor work and destructuring), vocal warm ups specific to your needs and goals, diction work, and song work (telling a story through song and connecting to what we are singing about).

Our goal through voice work is to get your voice to be as free, full, and connected as possible.

Various competitions are available throughout the year to students since I belong to the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
(Available in 30 minute and 60 minute Sessions).

PIANO LESSONS
During Piano Sessions, we explore technique, sight reading, song work (material chosen for your learning goals), and performance for recitals and competitions. Accompanist training (learning how to accompany singers) is also available to experienced pianists.
(Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)

ACTING LESSONS/AUDITION COACHING
In Acting or Audition Coaching Sessions we explore Acting Technique in addition to Cold Reading and Audition Preparation. In addition, Improvisational training in addition to Script Analysis is also available and part of sessions.
(Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano, Recording Device, Professional Microphone, Camera

*** Specialties ***
Acting the Song; Musical Theatre, Pop, Legit, Rock, and Jazz Singing
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Jan B. December 30, 2014
· Singing · In studio
Anthony created such an inviting, safe atmosphere that being coached on my audition material and taping my audition for this New York based tour was actually a blast! Because I was so relaxed and in such safe professional hands I was able to do my very best! Every step was attended to with such care and detail! He is amazing!
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Amanda M. March 4, 2014
· Broadway Singing ·
The Best of the Best!

"Anthony is wise beyond his years and working with him is like working with a music veteran. He knows exactly how to help his students work through trouble areas and does so with ease. He communicates in a way that helps students reach their immediate goal and apply this knowledge to all of his/her future work. His love of music and theatre, professionalism, and passion for teaching complete the package of this truly inspiring individual."
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Gary B. March 4, 2014
· Singing ·
An Excellent Vocal Coach

"Over the years that I have known him, Anthony has developed into a fine vocal coach and teacher. He has proven to be able to apply the information that he has learned from his own studies to help his students grow as stronger performers."
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About Kate G.

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Theory and ear training lessons are great for instrumentalists - including voice - as well as those that have never played an instrument (spoiler alert: you'll end up learning a little piano or another instrument in the process!)

Anything that is learned "theoretically" is most useful if you understand it aurally - so that you you become free to improvise or compose with it - so every theory lesson is simultaneously an ear training lesson.

Beginners typically start with simple songs, basic tonality and chord functions/scales, basic rhythm/meter, and advanced students work on things like interval training, singing atonal melodies, hearing chords with 5 or more notes, advanced chord progressions, non-western music theory/aural skills, polyrhythms, analyzing any crazy music they are often interested in, etc. At every level, we connect what we're working on with music we're listening to and explore: what exactly is going on in this music?

About Kate
Originally from Buffalo, drummer/composer/improviser Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011.

Kate has played with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Andrew D'Angelo, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Chris Lightcap, Terry McManus, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, and the Asphalt Orchestra, and has recorded with Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies and David Aaron's Flip City.

"...[G.'s] inventive drumming...eads the listener into a gentle place." -Step Tempest

"[G.'s] drum work on this [Fortune Songs] is exquisite." -“Bird Is The Worm

In addition to being a frequently used sideman and collaborator, Kate also leads bands exploring her own music, which often tend towards dense, long-form compositions with
unconventional rhythms and harmony. Her music has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Her most recently formed trio with pianist Matt Mitchell deals with a new book of compositions containing varied forms and harmonic and rhythmic structures that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity.

Kate holds a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Kate has also studied independently with a host of great drummers, improvisers, and composers, including Dan Weiss, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Marc Ducret, Miles Okazaki, and John Riley.

Kate has enjoyed teaching drum lessons independently for 10 years and has taught at the NYSMF summer jazz program and several schools.
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Martin June 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
Terrific lesson. Kate is sensitive, talented and knows how to teach. A real pleasure to work with her.
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Maya October 12, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Kate Gentile was my drum instructor at a summer jazz program. She was a fantastic teacher with loads of helpful tips all geared towards improving my skills on the drum set. I would definitely recommend her to anyone look for a knowledgable and enthusiastic teacher!
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Tom August 25, 2015
· Drum · In home
Kate is an energetic and passionate educator and forward thinking musician. I greatly enjoyed the time I spent studying with her because it was obvious she cared about sharing her love for music and helping me on my personal path as an improviser. The drive and dedication she brings to her teaching is inspiring.
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About Andrew R.

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I earned my Bachelor's in Music from Berklee College of Music where I focused on performance, education and ear training. When you have a properly trained ear and enough understanding of music theory, the doors are open to any and all styles.

I've taught general music at a school in the Galapagos Islands, coached student ensembles, tutored college level music theory and worked with students with moderate-severe handicaps.

I have a deep fondness for music from all over the world, and some of my favorites are Classical Indian Music, Pakistani Qawwali, Balkan Music and Kirtan. This means we can work on any style you like!

About Andrew
I earned my music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where I focused on performance, education and ear training. My principal instrument is drum set, but I also enjoy playing guitar and ukulele. I started teaching private drum lessons when I was in high school, taught music for two years at a small school in the Galapagos Islands and spent some time working at a school for students with severe disabilities where I also taught music. Most of my schooling was in contemporary styles like Jazz, Latin, Blues and Rock, but I very much enjoy music from around the world. Lately some of my favorites are: Qawwali, Kirtan, Balkan and Moroccan music.

I believe firmly in the teaching principle of "Rote Before Note." Reading sheet music is certainly a great skill, but having ears that are tuned in is the greatest asset for a music
ian. I start by teaching without sheet music so that students start focusing on listening, start developing musical memory and because it's great fun! Because I studied music education in college and have worked in schools, I know how to develop an appropriate curriculum for each student.

For students that stick with me or are already established on their instrument, we will work on incorporating deeper concepts into their music, such as, "How can you make your playing fluid like water?" "How would you demonstrate Yin Yang harmony in your playing?"

I look forward to exploring music and having a fun time with you!
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Recent Music Theory Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music Theory articles on our blog.

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help … Read More

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou

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