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Forest Hills, NY

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Organic listening based music theory connected with ear-training

About Nick
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 19 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.

-Down Beat magazine 2006 Ro review plus [Jan/Feb 2016] Hot Jazz Jumpers' "The Very Next Thing" DVD/CD review

-Jazz Insider magazine current issue [Dec 2015]
2.5 page interview

-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]

-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview

"Summer of 2013, Nick R. performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with
him while he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel

-Toured/recorded and/or worked as sideman with Antonique Smith, Jon Batiste (from the Colbert show), Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Bill Charlap, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant, Jim Nolet (former violinist for the Jazz Passengers), Dandy Wellington, Jon Weber, Aurora Nealand (from New Orleans), Anastasia Rene, Mona's Hot Four, Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra, with Jesse Gelber, Raphael McGregor, Emily Asher's Garden Party, and many other groups.

-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"

-Movie Soundtrack: King George.

-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.

-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)

-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,volume 1 & 2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).

M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
(partial scholarship)

B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters

-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)

-Playing guitar/banjo on first episode of new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"

- Current adjunct professor at Essex College

-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College

-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College

-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.

-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)

-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)

-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current

-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser

-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht

*** Lesson Details ***
With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time.
As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique, ear-training. We will also work out of method books and use other sources of information.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands, instrument stands, classical foot pedals, classical guitar pillows, guitar amps, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drum set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson. (free street parking right in front!)

*** Specialties ***
Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.

Nick teaches:

-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar)
-acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar
- jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres.
- tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music)
-5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country])
-tenor guitar
-ukulele
-mandolin
-resonator slide/Dobro.
-baritone resonator (slide)
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Matthew H. January 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He does a great job cater the lessons to your needs
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Bryan October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
At just my 1st lesson with Mr. Russo -- HE'S THE MAN!!! Very concerned with getting the most out teaching/reaching the student!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; thanks to Takelessons!!!
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Sara G. October 3, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
Great musician, great instructor. Learned more than I ever thought I would be able to at this age. Very patient.
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Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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About Jillian V.

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Are you a guitar player in an awesome band unable to read music? A singer with a beautiful voice who has recently joined a choir? Maybe you’re hoping to get accepted to a school that will require you to read music. No matter what your main instrument, being able to read and write music will help and support your educational and professional goals. I have a very loose and flexible approach to music therapy. With a staff notebook, a keyboard, and a sense of humor, you can do all the things you never thought you could!

About Jillian
I have a Master's degree in Music Therapy, am a nationally board certified music therapist (MT-BC); performer and vocal instructor (Bachelor's in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor and meditation guide (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional writer and editor.

...I find joy in a lot of places! And often I find these areas of study inform and augment each other.

Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays as well as teens and adults with psychosocial issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, personality disorders, and more.

I incorporate my experience as a therapist into the educative se
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As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.

I am a professional vocalist in NYC. I perform liturgical and classical music, as well as musical theater repertoire. I participate in professional operas, choral groups and other concert series, as well as professional theater work. Performing gives me a sense of bliss and completeness that is indescribable.

As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout NYC. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I went on to complete advanced trainings and now specialize in restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, yin yoga and therapeutics. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio, and on occasion in my clients’ homes. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized sequencing to deepen your experience.

It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced.

Please feel free to inquire about any of my services!

*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**

**Note: If you are interested in music therapy, please email me with a bit about yourself (or your loved one) and your personal goals, as well as the qualities you hope to find in your therapist.
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Christopher December 26, 2018
· Meditation · Online
Felt more relaxed during the session than I’ve felt in a long time.
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Paul B. July 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Real good instructor.
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Frederick S. April 13, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Excellent first voice lesson. Jillian is warm, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. I was surprised how many "technical" issues she introduced me to (optimal breathing & how best to practice it at home; appropriate use of falsetto at upper limit of bass voice range, etc.) . Looking forward to continued lessons. (Much better use of what used to be my copay for psychotherapy! I've also joined rehearsals with new Encore-NYC chorale group in Manhattan, for people over 55. Music is giving me a real emotional lift in my retirement.)
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Jillian V.

Jillian V.

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
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About Gio A.

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New York, NY
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I studied classical and jazz guitar at the University of Central Florida and can help the student of classical or jazz to understand the theory behind harmony, melody, and rhythm in the Western music traditions.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Hardy S. August 22, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
tough connecting, but success...next week will be easier
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Gio A.

Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Dylan D.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Music theory CAN be fun and entertaining (no this is not a joke!). I always link concepts directly to genres and topics that the student actually likes. Sure, we'll have to go through certain lessons that are barely more fun than watching paint dry. But once we learn the fundamentals that rest of theory study can be incredibly engaging and informative.

About Dylan
I have a BA in Music from NYU and have been teaching private guitar lessons for 10 years. In 2009 I created the visionary metal band PYRRHON. We've released three full-length albums, all of which have received critical acclaim from noteworthy publications. I am an expert guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher. In my lessons I am able to cover many topics, including rock, metal, jazz, classical, improvisation, transcription, composition, general dexterity and more. My lessons are interdisciplinary, designed to improve musical comprehension, creative wherewithal, and confidence. Let's build something together.

My band PYRRHON is my primary creative outlet. Our recently released third album, What Passes For Survival, received laudatory reviews, landing on Best of 2017 lists for Rolling Stone, Decibel, Quietus and several other notable
publications. We have extensive international touring experience and have worked with several renowned metal labels, including Willowtip and Relapse Records.

Outside of PYRRHON, I record and perform solo guitar pieces under my name, improvise avidly, and study classical guitar. I also have 2 in-the-works musical projects that span the breadth of my musical vocabulary. Initial recordings for both projects will surface by late 2018.
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Ronald R. September 5, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Dylan is a very good guitar coach. He is good at recognizing where you need the most work. And instructing you in that area.
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Anton February 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher - patient, flexible, incredibly knowledgeable, and takes you where you want to go with the instrument. I highly recommend!!
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Steve January 30, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Dylan's an awesome instructor! He's patient, friendly, and open to helping you learn whatever style of guitar playing you'd like. And really flexible and understanding with scheduling. I hadn't played guitar in years when I started back up with Dylan and he was great and informative with helping me through the basics again.
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Dylan D.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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35 + yrs playing/teaching experience
Classical to Jazz
Fun mixed with work

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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Astoria, NY
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We will cover everything from notation to rules of composing in my fun and flexible lessons!

About Laurel
Hi!

I have been playing violin since 1st grade, and speaking Spanish since kindergarten!

I love kids and love sharing music and Spanish with others! I graduated from Indiana University in 2013! I minored in Spanish and Music! I have extensive Music Education experience and was the Music Director at a summer camp in Indiana! I play all styles, from fiddle to classical to country to jazz and improv violin and can teach any and all!

I have been speaking Spanish fluently since 2008, when I studied with IU Honors Program in Leon, Spain for 7 weeks of all Spanish! We took classes in Grammar, Literature, Culture, and Accent work, and I have been speaking consistently and fluently ever since!

Contact TakeLessons and we can set up a trial lesson for Violin, Music Theory, or Spanish!

Have an awesome day and thanks for viewing
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Cece C. October 18, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Maravillosa!
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lea S. September 19, 2018
· Violin · In home
Laurel is an inspirational, energetic teacher that was a perfect fit for my daughter, who looked forward to seeing her each week. Laurel is patient and engaging, setting up solid foundations as well as playful practice. Thanks Laurel!
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Nour A. September 4, 2018
· Violin · In home
My daughter enjoyed Laurel very much. Laurel was extremely encouraging and gave her major ego boosts. She gave her the right amount of homework and a writing exercise :) my daughter asked for her again! Laurel is extremely warm and nurturing. Thank you Laurel!
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Laurel K.

Astoria, NY 11102
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About Brian C.

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New Rochelle, NY

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Note Reading, Modes, Arpeggios, Chord Construction, Modern Jazz Theory. Musical Pieces are used to illustrate.

About Brian
I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates.

I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock music. Currently, I am teaching full time, performing, and composing.

I enjoy working with new students to develop their playing. My experience and teaching skills have yielded great results.
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Virginia (Dee) December 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Brian was a great teacher! He I was well prepared and always on time. He was patient with me not remembering all the notes and simply said “it takes time” or “you’ll get it next time”.
Brianl loves music and shares that love in every lesson and in his overall teaching approach.
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Michael (&Son) E. December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
patient, fun, flexible. everything we were looking for. highly recommended
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Stafford W. March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brian has been wonderful so far! He is great with our 6 year old and challenges him at an appropriate level while still making the lessons and learning very fun.
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Brian C.

New Rochelle, NY 10804
(16)
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$80 / 60-min

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Long Island City, NY

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I firmly believe that experiencing music and being inquisitive are invaluable to learning how to play music. Studying music is not just about learning the material and regurgitating it, but discovering why a moment of music is cool and examining what about that moment makes it hit you in the right spot. I will be the guide that the student needs when he or she does not know where to go with his or her studies, but I want to encourage students to bring in music they want to learn, or discuss music that they think is cool and use that as a jumping off point into our lessons.

About Sam
With beginning students, I will lay out the fundamentals, teaching all of the scales, basic chords, key signatures and time signatures, and gradually integrate strategies for reading music. Depending on what the student is interested in learning, I will pull from my pool of repertoire - we could be studying a Bach Invention at the same time as a Billy Joel song. Classical music is great for technique and in many ways textbook for teaching harmony, but I play and love contemporary music, and will teach anything, as long as there is some form of musical knowledge to be gained from the material.
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Sam B.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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$42 / 30-min

About Cory H.

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Experienced music theorist, composer, and arranger looking to help students build a strong foundation of music theory skills.

About Cory
I am a professional singer, beatboxer, audio engineer, and music director who specializes in contemporary a cappella music! I graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in vocal music. I also am an acting coach; I can help build confidence in your performances as well as help you feel more comfortable speaking in front of people.

I perform often with a variety of musicians at all levels - I've performed with school choirs, community choirs, The Maccabeats, Josh Groban, and more. I have also performed at many well-known venues such as the Nikon at Jones Beach, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The White House, and more. I travel both nationally and internationally to perform and often find myself singing with the communities I travel to. I have also judged singing competitions and given masterc
lasses to a variety of singing groups.

As a teacher I want you to succeed! I am always happy to discuss your goals and aspirations and we can work together to find a plan of action that best suits your needs, whether that be sight reading, vocal technique, or anything else!
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Leah January 2, 2019
· Music Performance · In home
Cory is helpful and encouraging, and incredibly knowledgeable in his line of work.
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Saera M. September 14, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Very knowledgeable and professional, would highly recommend
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Julia August 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Cory is terrific! Knowledgable, enthusiastic, and very patient in working with my super limited knowledge. He was always willing to rephrase or help me visualize something when I wasn’t getting it. A few lessons with him have given me the confidence and preparation I need to finally go through with an audition!
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Cory H.

Plainview, NY 11803
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About Maxwell W.

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I will always have my lesson structure rooted in music theory as to properly learn music as opposed to just learning some songs on guitar.

About Maxwell
I am passionate lifelong guitar player. I began playing when I was 8 years old and over the course of the next 22 years improved through private lessons, playing guitar in high school band, amateur rock bands as a teenager as well as studying some music theory at Brooklyn College. I am well versed in a wide array of musical genres and can tailor my lessons to your specific tastes and needs while still covering the fundamental techniques, theory, ear training and skills necessary to meet your musical goals.
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Nadia January 18, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I am an amateur piano player and wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Max was amazing as he taught me how to transition perfectly. I am still taking lesson from him in a regular basis and my nephew will be here this summer and I’m going to have him teach him as well. What a wonderful young man and teacher!
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Dave January 18, 2019
· Electric Guitar · In studio
When I started guitar I was an absolute beginner who was lost in a sea of everyone promising you short cuts and all sorts of gimicks to learn the guitar. However after meeting max in a short couple of weeks i learned the tools i needed to reach my goals a a guitarist. With his lessons tailored to your personal musical tastes your always going to be looking forward to the next lesson , if your willing to put in the work i highly recomend him as your music teacher.
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Tom January 15, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Had a great time with Max! He is such a good teacher and I learned how to play Stairway To Heaven!! Thanks bro, you're the best.
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Maxwell W.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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