Classical Guitar Jazz Guitar Blues Guitar (including slide guitar) Rock Guitar Singer/Song Writer Funk/fusion and many other genres
Finger-style and plectrum (pick) techniques
Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, lap steel, 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.
Russo has been a sideman with Antonique Smith, Jon Batiste, Rob Morrow, John Lithgow, Russell Hall, Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, Marcus Miller (a new film), Moroccan vocalist/composer, Malika Zarra, Bill Charlap, Frank Vignola, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Jim Nolet (Jazz Passengers), Jennifer Jade Ledesna, the late greats Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Joe Ascione and continues to play for T
he Hot Sardines, Andrew Nemr (tap dancer), Miles Griffith's New Ting, Terry Waldo, Dandy Wellington, New Orleans’ Aurora Nealand, Gordon Au's Grand St Stompers, Mona's Hot Four, Dr. David Pleasant, Jon Weber, John Colianni, Kim Clarke, Raphael McGregor, Anastasia Rene, Indian/pop singer, Meetu Chilana, & many others.
Nick has played extensively with Malika Zarra, including her Ebony Road CD release with Harvey Wirht, Mamadou Ba, Brahim Frigane and other great world musicians. As a pupil of Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Russo continues to study Indian music, plays harmonium, box tanpura (soon sitar and oud!) and jams with grammy nominated producer/composer/Indian percussionist, Deep Singh (tabla player with Sting) and grammy nominated producer/trumpet player/composer, Frank London on a regular basis.
Russo has also played extensively with ELEW years before, when he was jazz pianist, Eric Lewis and trombonist, Clark Gayton as sideman in various bands, including the James Brown tribute band with the late great, Black Velvet (Charles Bradley) led by Victor Jones.
Nick currently leads/MC's 3 bands: Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, Hot Jazz Jumpers and NickRusso+11
Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches (with Betina Hershey) album, Get Us Out Of Fearland: #2 album, #2 artist, #5 song with 6 of our songs in top 20 on April 2018 International Folk Music DJs Radio chart!
Over the past two year, Banjo Nickaru Western Scooches has built a solid following in the Eastern U.S. with a half dozen tours while also playing such prestigious events such as NBC affiliate Kansas City TV, Falcon Ridge Fest, Kansas City Folk Fest (main stage), Folk Alliance International, NERFA, WFUV Sunday Supper, Jon Platt's On Your Radar, Blue Plate Special, WMOT Finally Friday, WNCW Studio B Sessions, WoodSongs, Isis Music Hall, the Mid-Winter Folk Fest at Club Passim and recent January 2019 APAP showcase in NYC.
“Nick Russo has worked with artists all over the jazz spectrum. His latest release brings a decidedly unorthodox approach.” DOWNBEAT ⋆⋆⋆⋆
"....the inimitable Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches"
— John Platt (WFUV)
“A heart as big as the sky…full of high energy and higher spirits.” -Elmore Magazine
“A band that has to be seen to be believed.” — John Platt (WFUV)
"They go back to basics with songs that bask in a genuine roots regimen and a sense of timeless tradition." Elmore Magazine
"Americana music at its purest and most impressive." No Depression
“Unfailingly high-spirited." LONDON TIMES
"...Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are ridiculously fun." Rambles.
-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)
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.
-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. -lap steel -baritone resonator (slide)
This was my first lesson with Nick. He is a very nice guy. He created a calm, relaxed atmosphere in his studio, and he was clear when he gave me particular instructions. His knowledge of music theory in general, and of the five-string banjo in particular, was quite impressive. I would recommend him highly to both a beginner and to anyone (like myself) who is in need of a refresher course. I am very much looking forward to my next lesson.
April 2, 2019
Nick Russo is a fantastic tutor for kids and adults who would like to learn Ukulele, guitar, banjo or other instruments. He makes ‘learning fun’ he's friendly and cheerful. I don’t have any background in music but, Nick made it easy for me to understand the notes and how it works. I always look forward to every lesson. I Highly recommended Nick to everyone.
March 22, 2019
I’ve been taking guitar lessons with Nick now for a few months and it’s been a terrific experience — cannot say enough good things. Each lesson builds on the last and Nick tailors them to my ability and musical interests mixing in enough music theory, which makes learning both productive and enjoyable. Most importantly I feel like I’m beginning to understand how music works and not just blindly memorizing patterns or scales. I considered online courses before choosing Nick, but there’s no substitution for one-to-one instruction. Nick’s feedback and instruction are invaluable.
I was a little concerned about trying to pick up guitar in my early 40s, but its been a rewarding experience so far and I’m looking forward to more lessons with Nick.
I've been teaching private beginner guitar lessons for over five years. I use Alfred's guitar method and teach classical and rock on acoustic and electric guitar.
Tamara Kachelmeier received a Master’s degree in Media Scoring from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. She studied voice, piano, audio engineering, music production, sound design, and composition at Gustavus Adolphus College, Berklee College of Music, McNally Smith College of Music, MCTC, Full Sail University and the Academy of Art University. She currently runs Ghost Dog Studios, a music and film production company residing in Brooklyn, New York.
She has written music that has appeared on the History Channel and CNBC. Tamara has also mixed and created sound designs for films that have appeared at the Art of Brooklyn Festival, Comic Film Festival, Art City Short Film Festival, Genre Celebration Festival, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Court Metrage Festival de Cones and Top Indie Film Awards.
I enjoy writing and playing classical
, electronic, rock, jazz, folk, punk, and experimental music. In my free time I like to bend circuits.
*** Lesson Details *** When you take lessons from me expect to be inspired and pushed. I thoroughly love teaching music and want the best for my students. I try my best to involve and invite students to join or listen to live music ensembles, recitals, and performances of different genres. I teach all styles of music for voice, piano, and guitar. I am very diligent with practicing, teaching you how to practice, and keeping track of it. In 3 or 6 months you will have a basic understanding of music theory and a solid foundation of piano, voice, or guitar techniques. I thrive to boost self esteem and confidence in all the students that I teach. I also teach composition, students really enjoy writing their own songs and performing them.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a guitar. I expect students that want voice or piano lessons to have some kind of keyboard in working condition.
*** Specialties *** As a member of of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and New York State Music Teachers Association. I am able to give your students great resources and opportunities to enter competitions.
*Pro Tools certified user *Have taught Grammy Nominated singer
Very upbeat very thorough made me feel very comfortable
August 26, 2019
I noticed in my first lesson Tamera was throughly prepared with all the foundational info that I would need to be able to stand before walking. She was also mindful to allow me to sing as I normally would so she could correct my errors and therefore help me achieve my best potential
July 28, 2019
Very professional and friendly . Made me feel at ease . It was my first vocal lesson.
I am an experienced professional guitarist with more than a decade of working experience both as a performer and educator. I have a degree in Jazz Studies from University of Michigan, and have been working on the music scene in New York since 2012.
I provide customized lessons, with an emphasis on fundamental musicianship and instrumental skills, as well as composition. I teach out of my Greenpoint studio, or I am willing to travel to students for an additional fee.
I am an experienced professional guitarist, with more than a decade of working experience both as a performer and educator. I have a BFA in Jazz from University of Michigan, and have been working on the music scene in New York since 2012.
I provide customized lessons, with an emphasis on fundamental musicianship and instrumental skills, as well as composition. I teach out of my Greenpoint studio, or I am willing to travel to students for an additional fee.
This was one of the first instruments I started playing, as well as one of the first instruments I started teaching.
I am a Hofstra University graduate with over fifteen years of experience in music. I have played at many of the venues in the NYC area and have toured with the R&B singer Macy Gray. I am currently working with four different bands in the tri-state area in addition to the session work.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I take a step by step approach on learn how to move and how to understand the instrument at hand. I require all of my students to learn how to read sheet music and how to translate onto their instrument. I'm a laid back teacher and will teach what is most appealing to the student but in an academic style. I teach the student not just to play but to understand what it is he or she is playing. I will cater to any level of playing and help give a path to further their knowledge of playing.
Carissa Austria, age 8, learned piano with Jeff. Her lessons were instrumental in giving her the incentive to practice on her own. Jeff created lessons that made my daughter curious on how to play on her own and experimented with certain keys and sounds. Thank you Jeff for giving my daughter the deep insight to playing the piano not only from her weekly lessons but encouraging her to practice on her own with minimum supervision.
Experienced Guitar teacher of over 10 years available for students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical and critical listening skills. I specialize in rock, punk, metal, progressive, pop, and blues, and have cultivated my own curriculum which is personalized to each student.
Here are the tools available to use during lessons: Ovation Celebrity, Gibson SG Standard, Schechter Diamond Series, Marshall AVT50, Digitech RP500 effects pedal, and Logic Pro X.
Want to learn to play your favorite songs and find out why they're your favorite songs? I'm your guy!
Greetings! My name’s Avi and I’m committed to getting you to rock your heart out as quickly as possible. My goal is to guide my students and cultivate their interest in music into a life-long passion. Learning to embrace our creativity through music won’t just get you playing and having fun; but can teach us about ourselves, about life, and aid us in reaching any goal that we set for ourselves.
Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York with over 10 years teaching experience, my approach is personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning.
As a heavy empath, I'm the kind of teacher who will connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with the material we learn; whether it’s a concept in music theory or learning a new riff. My teaching
style revolves around fun and laughter. We tend to remember things that make us laugh, so it’s my goal to make this process as fun as possible.
My main subjects are Guitar, Music Theory, and Songwriting for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students. No matter what age or level you’re at, from hobbyist to professional, I can help you reach your goals, or guide you into creating them in the first place!
Here are some of the concepts I can teach you: -Developing Technique -Practical Music Theory -Reading Tabs and Music Notation -Improvisation -Developing A Personal Style and Sound -Lead Guitar and Soloing (legato, sweep & tremolo Picking) -How To Write A Riff -Developing Your Ear -Creating A Quick And Effective Practice Routine -Songwriting and Arranging -Basic Recording, Mixing, and Mastering
Styles of music: -Rock -Metal -Punk -Classical (composition and theory) -Blues
If you have any questions, feel free to ask using TakeLessons' amazing “Ask A Question” feature. There, I can give you personalized answers to start you on your journey to becoming the musician you want to be!
I will focus on helping students accomplish their individual musical goals, whether that be learning their favorite songs or becoming a gigging musician. I will tailor a program of songs, excercises, and jamming to the students needs. I am a Grammy credited performing musician with experience teaching in Public Schools, Music Academies, and conservatory programs.
As you're guitar teacher I will make sure you or your child become the musician you've always wanted to be. I have no set curriculum because I tailor my lessons to each students needs. Want to learn your favorite song? Wanna learn how to jam and solo? Want to prepare to start doing open Mics? I'm your man.
-Experience teaching in Public Schools, Music Academies, and Music camps.
I have been playing guitar and a multitude of other instruments for over 10 years now and have been teaching on and off for the past six. My goal is to help you build up a passionate work ethic that is based in enjoying the music rather than dreading it. I am all about creating a low stress, relaxed, and fun atmosphere. Music is technical and we will definitely work on technique, but if it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing.
I am a multi-instrumentalist from Upstate New York. I started playing guitar and saxophone 10 years ago and simply couldn’t stop! Over the years, I picked up ukulele, clarinet, mandolin, flute, among others, studied voice at Ithaca College as part of their BFA MT program, and have become a singer/songwriter and recording artist. As a teacher, I am all about loving and performing the music. Learning instruments can be hard and technique is very important, but if we don’t cultivate a passion for music, why are we playing it at all? The most engaging and successful artists are those who put themselves into their music and fully perform it, not just play it. My goal is to keep his classes stress free and focused on enjoying the passion of performance while pushing towards more challenging and exciting material.
Jacob is an excellent instructor! He was patient and encouraging with my daughter while laying a wonderful foundation in what I hope will be a life-long relationship with music. They also have a lot of fun every time which definitely makes learning anything new easier. Have recommended to friends and family!
Experienced teacher of 12 years, working with all ages and playing abilities. I will organize a individual lesson plan and help you reach any of your goals. I can teach technique, songs, theory, reading, exercises in any style wether it's rock, jazz, pop, or classical. I also can help with songwriting and recording/producing your own music.
I am a professional guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. I graduated from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors in classical guitar performance. I am currently working on a Masters degree in film scoring at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn New York.
I've been writing my own music since the age of 12. I've recorded and released several albums with different groups along the way and will continue recording and performing music as long as I live.
I've performed with bands all over New York as well as New Jersey, Boston, and Maine. I've played in original bands, cover bands, jazz combos, big bands, pit orchestras, and solo shows.
I've been teaching for 12 years and in that time have had students who came to me as beginners become professionals and teachers themselves. I've worked wit
h students on becoming better players in specifics styles such as jazz, blues, classical, and rock/pop.
Some of my biggest influences are Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, Juliam Bream, David Russel, Jeff Beck and many more.
Very chill dude, very knowledgeable, prepared, and willing to work with students interests.
January 5, 2019
I started with Peter when I was 13 years old and continued taking weekly lessons until I was 19. In those 7 years Peter helped take my playing from an intermediate level to a near expert level. Our weekly meetings ranged from just learning new songs, music theory, or just jamming over backing tracks we would create. Peter is knowledgable in every form of music. In our years of lessons we enjoyed playing classic rock, blues, jazz, classical, and gypsy jazz. Peter was able to walk me teach me through the beginning levels of Music Theory.
Most importantly through our 7 years together, became was able to take me from a very shy musician to someone who was very confident on stage playing at different bars. Peter went from being a teacher to a very close friend as he helped me grow. Although I do not take lessons with him anymore due to being away at college, I keep in touch with Peter every time I am home.
I would highly recommend Peter to anyone at any level guitar playing. He has the patience someone needs if you're just starting out and the expertise to help take even some of the best players to the next level.
December 24, 2018
Peter I’ve played guitar for 30 years and since playing under your guidance I feel I have rediscovered my own nstrument..... I truly thank you....
"My son was very apprehensive at first since it was his first lesson ever, but Jason was very patient and understanding with him! Thank you Jason!"
"Cory is very clearly extremely knowledgeable about a breadth of music, and is also a very enthusiastic teacher."
"Great teacher Eric started teaching my son at age 8 and within a couple of weeks he was on his way to being a rock star! A perform at the schools talent s
how playing a compilation of 8 rock songs Eric has a special way of teaching that make you understand the fundamentals guitar.
I highly recommend Eric
"The perfect teacher for my stage of development. He really knows jazz, knows how to make my playing better, and is a very supportive teacher."
"Matthew is friendly and patient. My son cannot wait until his next lesson!"
"Excellent, a wealth of knowledge.
Steve is an excellent teacher and a great player. he has a deep knowledge of guitar and other instruments as well. I en
joy taking lessons from him very much and think one would be fortunate to learn from him."
"Jason is very patient. He teaches my 14 yr old guitar and focuses on how my son learns best. He is always flexible with changing lesson times as some ti
mes things come up last minute."
"Having not had any formal lessons in the past, I found myself stuck in a box for the past 13 years. What made me choose Eric as my instructor was his assu
rance that 'no matter what your goal is, I will get you there!'. This resonated with me as I needed a mentor who could turn me into a virtuoso in the course of a couple of years. In only 1 month, Eric has taught me all shapes and positions of the pentatonic scales, opening up the fretboard and allowing me to cover the entire neck when playing. He also explained the theory behind building chords and adding various melodic nuances to the rhythm section. Now we are dabbling with the dark arts of the harmonic minor scale. Eric is highly knowledgeable about music of all genres and generations and he is happy to share his own personal experiences and musical journey with me on days when I need motivation. He focuses on teaching the music that you want to learn and on songs that incorporate the theory is covered, which makes for a perfect marriage between theory and practice, and makes the lessons more fun and fulfilling. It is rare for a musician and a person of his caliber to share his knowledge so generously and patiently, and it is an honor and a privilege to be guided by him. I am hopeful and excited to see where this musical journey takes me with Eric at the wheel!"
"Keith is fantastic! Not only does he know what he is doing but he is so much fun! I always have a blast! Funny, kind, patient, and talented! What else do
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