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Carmel, NY
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About Barry
For over 20 years, Barry has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger and musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone). Barry received a master of arts degree in music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a bachelor of music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami, studied composition at the Juilliard School and music for film at NYU. In addition to teaching private lessons, Barry is currently teaching audio production and sound design courses at CUNY Hostos Community College. Barry draws on his diverse background performing and recording on multiple instruments in numerous styles to provide a stimulating and creative experience for the student.

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Lessons are designed around the student's interests and personality. Reading, writing and improvising as well
as listening to recordings are an integral part of the lessons from the beginning, regardless of skill level. Students will not only learn how to play their instruments correctly but will also develop an expanding appreciation of all kinds of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio seating for parents f/w keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect all students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, World, Classical
Jazz Improvisation for ALL instruments (even if I don't play them)
Composition, Arranging, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Finale
Home & Commercial Studio Recording, Acoustics, Analog & Digital, Troubleshooting.
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Barry H.

Barry H.

Carmel, NY 10512
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About Geoff S.

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Fairfax, VA

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Experienced in contemporary song writing, as well as writing and arranging music for church worship music, choral music, strings, and classical guitar. Experienced in both playing and recording by ear, as well as writing down formal music charts and scores.

About Geoff
I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high school, I went to college and received my degree in Physics. During this time, I joined a choir, and sang and played guitar in a contemporary vocal group where I became the lead guitarist and vocal arranger, and later became the director. I also played guitar in my church, as well as in a small folk group, performing music of the Beatles, Bacharach, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many others. I also played or sung in a number of weddings during my college days.

Upon graduation, I moved to the DC area to work in the engineering field, while s
imultaneously pursuing my music ambition. I studied classical guitar at American University with a student of the great Andres Segovia, and also studied jazz guitar with a former student of a prominent jazz guitarist, Pat Martino. Additionally, I sang in choirs and studied composition privately with a prominent Washington area composer and performer from Catholic University, I also began to teach at an area performing arts academy.

My most long-term experiences in music have been serving in my local church for over 30 years, either playing guitar (acoustic, electric, bass), piano, or arranging vocals in a contemporary worship band. I also started a church choir, and led both choir and small orchestra in a number of special performances. Additionally, I led congregational worship in different scenarios. During this time I also taught students of all ages guitar, piano, and music theory, and have continued to today in helping students to find their musical potential and pursue their musical ambitions.

I have recently retired from my engineering career so I can use my musical gifts in my local church and teach music as a second career. I have completed my second degree at George Mason University, and continue to play with other musicians there. More importantly, I continue to learn how to better teach others of all ages how to grow in all aspects of music-making.

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Having taught for many years, my approach is flexible and I can adjust my teaching style and/or curriculum to maximize the student's potential for learning at any age. I encourage disciplined practice while working to make learning music an enjoyable experience. Although I specialize in guitar styles, I also teach piano, and can include music theory, sight reading, composition, and how to improvise on any instrument. I have taught improvisation on a number of different instruments such as violin, cello, flute, and clarinet.

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"Mr. S. is very earnest; when he gives you a compliment, you can tell he really means it. He's very patient and experienced and skilled and he is willing to take what he's teaching down to my level to help me understand it." Gregory K., age 10
Geoff is a patient and encouraging instructor. He tailored my lessons towards the skills that I needed. He provides the necessary encouragement when the long hours of practice seem impossible to sustain. I could write a book about Geoff's credentials: highly qualified is an understatement. -- Neal B.
Mr. S. is awesome at playing and teaching guitar, and he is nice and helps you. -- Michael B., age 12
œI'm sure I could learn to ˜Play Guitar Today™ using books and videos, but I think I'm on the right track with private one-on-one instruction. “ Linda H.
The guitar lessons are fun, interactive, and instructive. A great way to make learning a delight!“ Gina R., parent

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Office at home w/ keyboard and guitars, white board, seating for parents

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I provide self-produced instructional material.
Students provide their own instrument and a folder to store instructional material.

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I teach any style of guitar, including classical and jazz. I also teach improvisation or "playing by ear" on any instrument; my experience includes piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute.
I'm very familiar with 60's music (e.g., Beatles)
I've performed a lot of folk music, rock music, and classical music
I've played classical guitar and in classical and jazz ensembles at weddings and other special events.
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darius July 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Geoff puts you at ease, he listens. Teaches to your skill level. I'm actually looking forward to the next class. I haven't looked forward to picking up a guitar in years and now I'm jazzed
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Maryann July 6, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Excellent instructor. Knows how to keep you engaged even when you have no musical experience at all.
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Larry December 2, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Good lesson. Geoff immediately recognized things I can do to improve my techniques.
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About Kevin B.

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Poughkeepsie, NY

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About Kevin
I am a private woodwind instructor and professional freelance musician. My main instrument is saxophone and I double on flute, teaching both with the addition of beginner to intermediate clarinet. I have a Masters in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music and BA in Classical and Jazz Performance from Michigan State University. I am experienced in many different genres of music and have performed and recorded with many jazz, latin, funk, soul, fusion, R&B, pop, and classical ensembles.
For me teaching is extremely rewarding, the fact that I get to share and guide students through this creative art form that is so dear to me is really a special thing. Music has many aspects and certain students gravitate towards different aspects then others. I focus on these specific aspects so my students get the most creative and intellect
ual growth.

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Studio w/ keyboards, chairs, stands, materials, computer, recording equipment (microphone, speakers) seating for parents in waiting room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and learning materials for the first couple lessons and after that the student must supply for themselves. The student/s must have their own working instrument and accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc).

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Music Performance in Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. Classical, Jazz and others. Improvisation, Theory and Ear Training
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Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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About Ashley L.

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Tallahassee, FL

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I am crossover vocalist who loves musical theatre, pop/rock, indie rock, soul, R&B, classical, jazz, and yes country! I want to help you reach your full potential of powerful singing and develop confidence to tackle any audition, gig, show, play etc. in lessons that are designed to fit you and your personal level of musicianship!

About Ashley
So I knew I needed to learn the fundamentals before I became a professional singer. I am a classically trained opera singer but my passion is singing musical theatre and acting in shows! With my knowledge of theory I've also discovered a passion in writing and performing my own music as a singer/songwriter.

I've been lucky enough to do several types of theatre in NYC and in regional theatre across the country while maintaining a faithful student base back in NYC. I've studied with some of Manhattan's finest vocal teachers at both Manhattan School of Music and CAP21 Conservatory in classical and theatre styles and taken masterclasses with some of the biggest casting directors and agents in New York City including Sheri Sanders of "Rock the Audition", Stephen Kopel (CD from Broadway's "Beautiful"), Duncan Stewart (CD from Broadway's "Pi
ppin" and "Chicago") and Joy Dewing (CD from Broadway tour "Mamma Mia").

In addition to singing and acting, I've been fortunate enough to work in some fantastic music programs in New York City. I taught voice, guitar, and piano as School of Rock NYC (yep based on the movie) and now currently teach at the musical theatre teen conservatory 'Applause'. I am looking to build more into my private studio and hope to find students that not only want to take lessons, but participate in masterclasses, and given enough people, put on live singing events at cool, and hip venues in the city! I want my lessons to be something everyone can not only learn from, grow, but also experience by doing it. Your level of experience, musicianship, and age doesn't matter. Come to class willing to learn, and I promise you will get the most out of your singing lessons!

Masterclasses Taught:
University of Maine - Preparing the Audition
Penobscot Theatre - Singing with Power
School of Rock - Songwriting 101
School of Rock - Vocals for Any Decade
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Amelia August 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ashley helped me build my confidence through music. She's truly an amazing teacher and won't give up on you or get frustrated. She's patience and passionate. Absolutely love her!
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Sam K.

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I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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About Avi B.

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Yorktown Heights, NY

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Is becoming the next great singer/songwriter your dream? Then you're in the right place!

Get every aspect of your music playing tuned and prepped. We'll analyze the songs you love, to find out why they're so incredible! Then we an apply these lessons to writing your own songs!

Learn how to write and arrange pop/rock instruments and basic engineering to make yourself a music machine!

About Avi
Greetings and Well-Met! My name is Avi and I can help you make music TODAY! I am a working composer, performer, audio engineer, and instructor, with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy passing on the knowledge of music and help my students cultivate their interest into a real life-long passion. As a heavy empath, I am the kind of teacher who will sit, listen, and connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with all concepts of learning music.

Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York, I can give you lessons in guitar, bass, music theory, songwriting, audio engineering, and classical composition! My teaching method is personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning. We're all unique individuals after all!
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Theresa July 18, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Avi works with my 8 year old son once a week. He is prompt, friendly and my son looks forward to seeing Avi every week. My husband and I could not be happier with this experience.
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Dylan January 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son loved the first lesson. He is very excited for his next lesson.
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Caitlin December 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson
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Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
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About Annie P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Tips for the creative process, word collecting, phrasing, top line work, modal and rhythmic changes.

About Annie
I have been studying voice and music since I was 10 years old. I am from the suburbs of Detroit, and grew up encouraged to pursue violin and voice by my dad who is a musician, singer-songwriter and producer. I studied the Suzuki method; an ear training based program developed in Japan after WWII specifically for violinists, that ended up being very beneficial for vocal study. Having a well trained ear helped me to become a better writer, navigate harmonic changes more fluidly, and have the ability to recolor harmonies to keep audience members on their toes!

After performing around Detroit at various clubs with a jazz trio from 2008-2010, singing the National Anthem regularly at Pistons games, and recording jingles at the well renowned Harmonie Park Studios under the guidance of Brian and Mark Pastoria, I decided to further my educat
ion at Berklee mainly for my love of jazz and contemporary music.

At Berklee, I received my B.M. in Music Business Management and Songwriting (Class of 2013). It was at Berklee that I truly honed my skills as a jazz musician with harmony and history of harmony classes, and learned tools for songwriting and recording at home. Initially, I thought I wanted to become a music agent, but after having spent time interning for AM Only, a subsidiary of Paradigm, I decided that I could not abandon my love for my craft as a career.

I moved to New York in 2014 and opened The Vocal Lab and Music School with the philosophy that vocal students should not just be students of the voice, but of music and musical concepts. Vocalists are musicians, after all, and must have a conceptual understanding of music to be better vocalists.

I have always been a proponent of health and wellness, and have based my philosophy around this as well. My students receive a total body approach to vocal study so that they develop a keen sense of self awareness to determine what it means to take an adequate diaphragmatic breath, understand where our resonators are located within the body and how we can use them for continuity, efficiency and projection.

I strive to have strong interpersonal relationships with all of my students, and help them grow as individuals, musicians, vocalists and artists.

Outside of running The Vocal Lab and Music School, I am currently recording my forthcoming album with my project, Annie and the Husbands. I also sing with two jazz groups within the city under my name, and record commercial top line work.

I live in Brooklyn and am an avid Yogi and runner! I also love to cook and have my students over for dinner sometimes.

You can check out my performance schedule at the link below as well as The Vocal Lab and Music School website. Hope to have the opportunity to work with you soon!

www.annieandthehusbands.com
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danielle July 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Annie provides a relaxing atmosphere where the student can feel comfortable in the lesson space. The lessons are catered towards the student's specific needs. And Annie is also very young and modern in her approach while still offering theoretic guidance along the way.
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Debora June 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher, great person, great singer!!! I'm very happy that I had the opportunity to have lessons with her.
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Laura June 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Annie is an amazing teacher. My 11 year old daughter loves voice lessons. Annie is warm, funny, patient and super talented. My daughter who is a novice has learned so much from her in a relatively short time. Working with Annie, my daughter has gained confidence in using her voice. Annie gives her great tools for visualizing. understanding and accessing her voice as an instrument.
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About David R.

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Brewster, NY
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Students learn the craft of songwriting and learn about basic music theory, sight reading, guitar, technique, song form, and performance. Learn about chords, rhythm, melodies and basic songwriting skills. Students explore a variety of different styles of music

About David
Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg
ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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James December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson
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Carol September 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Marcus B. September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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Hi there! Want to learn to write your own songs? It's the most rewarding part of being a musician! I'd love to show you some simple techniques and skills I've built up in my experience to help you mold the 'song in your heart'. If you want to compose, arrange, or song-write I can help you reach your goals. Let's build some music together!

About Patrick
I am a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, songwriter, performer, arranger, and recording artist based in Johnson City Tennessee. Music has always been a part of my life, I have been playing guitar for 21 years as well as studying other instruments. I've been in 2 university programs for guitar performance at MTSU and ETSU. Currently I play for three different bands (this mountain, Amythyst Kiah and her chest of glass, and Us If). I also play for local churches and 'the well' ministry a college ministry program in Johnson City. I have been teaching for 4 years now and I love it! I have a space at a church in downtown Johnson City that serves as a studio for lessons. I also enjoy gardening and bicycling when I have the time.
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