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About David G.

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Buffalo, NY

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About David
David is a multi-talented musician as a performer, composer, and educator. He has performed compositions from the Renaissance to world premiere 21st century compositions.

As a performer David has been invited to perform in Master classes with world renowned classical guitarists such as Petar Kodzas, Marko Feri, Mir Ali, Roland Dyens, James Piorkowski, The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, and Jason Vieaux.

As an educator David was awarded a year-long teaching assistantship in classical guitar. He has worked with students K-12 as a student teacher and has taught private students all varieties of guitar.

David created a music program called Spectrum Music specializing in Autism & Aspergers. Spectrum Music is a program that provides children with unique opportunities to enhance social development and sensory skills outside of therapy
in music.

David received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Classical Guitar from The State University of New York at Fredonia studying with James Piorkowski. David recently completed his Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the direction of Joanne Castellani. David currently performs with a guitar built by luthier Jim Holler.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to receive a firm foundation in music & guitar while becoming a better musician every day. It is vital for students to have lessons that specialize in not only guitar but also music theory. My primary goals are to make each student a great guitarist and also a well-rounded musician. I firmly believe that any student at any age can become a successful guitarist when engaged in instruction that is appropriate and motivating.

Typically a lesson begins with a quick warm up to center your focus on guitar, then we move into scales and technique, followed by working on previous repertoire and picking new repertoire. and then concluding with sight-reading.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I ask my students to purchase any instruments or method books.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar
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Michelle October 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
My 7 year old son has been taking lessons with Dave for nearly two years. Dave has an incredible amount of patience, and is always coming up with new ways to keep my son interested. Dave's ability to build in interesting facts about the music and composers, his use of technology to enable the lessons, and his general good humor never cease to amaze me. He's a great teacher.
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Andrea July 27, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
David is a wonderful teacher who makes learning to play music interesting. He seems to focus on his student's progress and lead them in the right direction. I am a current classical guitar student of his and he has helped me to prepare various pieces and scales for my upcoming college audition. I would highly recommend David to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar as he is very patient and a very skilled guitarist and teacher!
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Molly July 7, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loved our experience with David. Polite, accommodating, knowledgeable!
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David G.

David G.

Buffalo, NY 14223
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About Antonella D.

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Tonawanda, NY
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About Antonella
I have an extensive training in "training" musicians: it doesn't matter if you are young or old, beginner or advanced, I will bring you to the next level.
I am a pianist and a music theorist, I am a dedicated and successful teacher. I hold degrees from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Italy, Accademia Puccininana, I have a Master in piano performance and am working through my PhD in Music Theory. As you can see, I love to learn.
My lessons will take you where you are and bring you a step further. I'll explain you in detail how to reach your goals faster.
Sometimes you'll need to work on your own way to learn, on yourself. I'll be always there to help you!
Why you should have lesson with me?
Simply because I am among the best teachers in the world and I love the idea to reach more students through this medium. And you'll have fun for su
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Of course, you'll need to have a piano or at least a keyboard :)
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Angela August 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our experience with Antonella has been wonderful. She has high standards but is also extremely patient with young students. My daughter has learned beautiful technique but more importantly, she has expanded her mind, improved her sense of discipline and commitment and learned to play piano with a feel for the music. Working with Antonella is fantastic for the student and their parent/guardian. It's a joint effort. I highly recommend Antonella
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deborah August 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Antonella taught me (female age 35) and my son (age 11) piano for about 1-2 years. She was patient with us and very flexible with our busy schedule. The only reason I could not give her 5 stars is she is the only teacher we ever had and therefore unable to compare. I would highly recommend her to family/friends.
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John August 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Antonella is a phenomenal teacher and motivator. My two children - Jacob 14 and Corinne 12 have been taking lessons from her for over 4 years and have grown to play very well and just as important love playing the piano thanks to her patient and skilled teaching style.
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Antonella D.

Antonella D.

Tonawanda, NY 14150
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$35 / 30-min

About Christine K.

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Minneapolis, MN

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I'm an operatic soprano and and have an MM in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota, with a BM in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to experience teaching vocal technique, I have experience with English, French, Italian and German diction, and many musical styles. Pop, musical theater, you name it! It's all good. :)

I recently became TEFL-certified and have begun tutoring English as a second language as well. I try to make my lessons as fun as possible, and will organize the lessons according to your wants, needs, experience, and age!

Singing lessons typically start with a short physical and vocal warm-up, and then we move on to repertoire (selected by either myself or the student). As with English lessons, singing lessons are very student-focused--I will do my best
to structure the lessons to work toward the goals we make together!
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shonak valvekar September 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
best instructor EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stephanie August 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Bad bad experience from the beginning but decided to stay with her since we paid for 12 lessons. Now 8 lessons have finished, we couldn't tolerate her any more. She gave us a few mins notice to cancel the lesson, I kindly agreed because things happen. Then we missed two lessons/ forgot about the lesson, she emailed us with very rude tone: she would cancel our lessons if we miss again. What? We already paid!
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Antonietta G. August 16, 2017
· Singing · Online
i liked her alot
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Christine K.

Christine K.

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About Nader T.

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San Diego, CA

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About Nader
I am a violinist and composer. I have trained more than 400 students in more than twenty five years of teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson includes scales, arpeggios, etudes and a new piece of music. I emphasize on correct intonation, accurate rhythm and strong vibrato for better expression and thorough musicality.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at my home is a spacey room that is properly ventilated and well lit, possessing enough chairs available for both my students and possible guests. There are two music stands and an electric Suzuki piano, which can be used for accompaniment in our lessons, especially in preparation for upcoming concerts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla car, with a trunk that has ample space to house and carry my instruments and music stands as they are needed.

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Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.
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Efat S. March 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I AM SO Lucky to have Mr.Nader as a teacher, Trust me he's the Real deal He's very authentic and patient, Mann he taught me a few tips that made love the violin even more , I'm so eager to learn more and more from him
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E. Hafezi May 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Nader is well experience and professional cello teacher.
I'm recommending Nader if you guys looking for cello teacher.
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Erin H. August 26, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Mr. Nader is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about his students. He is kind, patient, and funny. When I first started taking lessons from Mr. Nader, I didn't know how to read the notes, let alone play the violin. But through his patience and encouragement I have drastically improved and have come to really enjoy playing the violin. Mr. Nader is very well educated and knowledgeable about a variety of different kinds of music and the history of music. I am very fortunate to have found such a wonderful instructor.
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About Anthony L.

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Buffalo, NY
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I am a Master Guitar player with professional equipment available for use. I have 30 years of playing experience and wanted to teach lessons that would advance students through the process much faster then most by eliminating the work first and providing students with a chance to experience music and enjoying making it FIRST! I believe once you fall in love with Music as I have the desire to practice and learn will come much more easily.
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Anthony L.

Anthony L.

Buffalo, NY 14210
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$25 / 30-min
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About Evan R.

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Claymont, DE

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I am a very active and serious musician. I currently have a Bachelors degree (University of Delaware) and Masters degree (University of Hartford: Hartt School) for trumpet performance. I am considered an orchestral player compared to other genres, but I do perform other types as well (band, opera, jazz, pop, brass quintet, etc.). My goal, every day, is to make each student progress as highly as possible so they can also become more passionate and serious over trumpet.
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Evan R.

Evan R.

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$25 / 30-min

About John M.

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Grand Island, NY
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John is a drummer and percussionist with over fifteen years of live, session and teaching experience. As a musician, John has played in multiple environments covering many genres including Rock, Jazz, Contemporary Christian, Classical, and Experimental.

Most recently, John served as a staff musician at SUNY Brockport College.

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Lessons are catered to the student's individual goals and can range from every week to once a month in frequency. Students will also learn the foundations of theory, reading and composing music, as it pertains to drums and percussion.

Feel free to contact John with any questions.
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John M.

John M.

Grand Island, NY 14072
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$28 / 30-min

About Tomek A.

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Buffalo, NY
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Music is all I do in my life! There has never been anything else. I have started my musical education at the age of 7 and continued until today. I hold a BM degree from percussion performance and composition from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. After that I got my MM in percussion performance from Manhattan School of Music and MA in composition at Wesleyan University. Now I'm a PhD candidate in composition at the University at Buffalo.

I have studied with some of the most amazing musicians over the years and won many prizes on international percussion and composition competitions all over the world. I have given solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in both Americas, Europe and Asia. However, most importantly, I am lucky to be in love with music unconditionally in its varied forms hence my long and varied musical education and
experience.

I also very much enjoy teaching. I have taught private lessons on percussion instruments and composition for many years and have been appointed teaching assistant in US universities. Right now I'm a teaching assistant at University at Buffalo teaching music theory, aural skills and basic keyboard technique. I have always had good rapport with my students, many of which became my friends for years to come. I have always enjoyed the various interactions I had with my students and it has always been a tremendously instructive experience for me (and hopefully for them as well).

I look forward to teach you some important skills that will help you with your musical endeavors and to expose you to my enthusiasm for making music that will hopefully set an example of how beautiful and rewarding the life of a musician can be.
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Tomek A.

Tomek A.

Buffalo, NY 14209
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$25 / 30-min

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