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These Music Theory teachers are highly rated by students in the Merrick area, including Woodside, Great Neck, Howard Beach, Rego Park and Sunnyside.

Gary J.

New York, NY 10019

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About Gary

I am a songwriter, composer, producer, keyboardist, saxophonist and educator based in New York. I earned BM and MM degrees from New England Conservatory, both with distinction.
My lessons are tailored to the appropriate goals, interests, and level of the student. If you are a complete beginner, or are resuming lessons after a long hiatus, I strive to make the lesson fun and stress-free, while providing you the fundamentals that allow you to quickly play the music you are passionate about. If you are seeking to develop your improvising and songwriting skills, I help you study artists and influences you feel a kinship with, and work to integrate the qualities that draw you to these artists into your unique musical personality. This is the process of finding a “voice” as an improviser or songwriter, and one of my favorite approaches to tea

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October 25, 2018
Jack
Gary has taught my son for about 7 years. He is a wonderful teacher, as skilled with small children as he is with more advanced musicians. Professionally trained and credentialed, there are few aspects of music he is not ready to teach. Piano, saxophone, production, theory--he can do it all.

He taught my son piano when he was small and then when the kid switched to upright bass, he comped him for years and taught him the tricks of the jazz trade (the kid is ready for an arts high school because of Gary's teaching)

Gary is incredibly punctual and responsible about times and dates. In person, he is warm and supportive but very focussed on the student's development. Gary loves what he does and loves watching his students develop. i would recommend him for all levels, and as an added bonus he is a very cerebral and thoughtful individual. Let this musician teach you or your child and you won't be disappointed!
October 22, 2018
Katherine
Gary taught both our kids for several years. He was enthusiastic, entertaining, and cared very much about teaching. We really enjoyed him and recommended him to many friends who ended up also working with him for many years.
September 30, 2018
Sara
It was a great experience having Gary Joynes teach piano to our middle school son for several years. With his upbeat and collaborative approach, Gary really connected with our son and worked efficiently and constructively to help him improve. Gary has a wealth of advanced music and performance knowledge - but he also has the ability to make the basics fun. We miss you, Gary!

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Gary J.

New York, NY

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Tamara K.

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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I love to teach theory and composition. I use Alfred's essential theory books 1-3 for a foundation and then I teach you and show you everything that I have learned from various institutes that I have studied at including Berklee College of Music, McNally Smith College of Music, MCTC, and Full Sail University.

About Tamara

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
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September 15, 2019
Miriam B.
Very upbeat very thorough made me feel very comfortable
August 26, 2019
Chris B.
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
Matt
Very professional and friendly . Made me feel at ease . It was my first vocal lesson.

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Tamara K.

Brooklyn, NY

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Christopher G.

Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Can teach theory at both the beginner and college level, covering a range of subjects such as :
-Learning to read music
-Key Signatures/Functional Harmony
-Baroque Counterpoint
-Twentieth Century Music Theory
-Advanced Jazz Harmony

About Christopher

In my many years of teaching and being taught I have realized that the best teachers are those who really focus on the needs of the student and help them realize their passion for playing music. This usually involves a lesson plan which combines both technical aspects and working on songs, so that the student is both working and having fun at the same time.

A little about me: I am a professional bassist, guitarist and producer working out of Brooklyn. Since getting a Batchelor's degree in Jazz Studies from NYU, I have performed in festivals and concert halls all over the world. Notably, I have toured extensively with Blue Note-Capital recording artist Kandace Springs, with whom I opened for Daryl Hall & John Oats and Train at Madison Square Garden and dozens of other arenas.

I can travel to Brooklyn and Manhattan to give lessons

. I can teach kids as well as adults.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach from beginner to intermediate on guitar, and beginner to advanced on bass guitar and upright bass in the styles of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop etc. I also have experience in other subjects such as Production, Composition, Music Theory.
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September 30, 2016
Marshall M.
Chris was on time and well prepared. He spent time understanding where my 11-year old son was in terms of skills, experience and interests, and tailored the lesson accordingly. My son thinks Chris is "awesome", and is looking forward to the next lesson!
May 4, 2015
Nick A.
I've really enjoyed taking lessons from Chris. He is knowledgable and able to articulate intricate musical concepts while presenting a casual, welcoming vibe. He honed in quickly on where I was in my training and steered the lessons to what I needed most to learn at that moment. I've progressed quite a bit since taking lessons with Chris. I'm playing more and better and I can't think of any higher praise for a teacher.
April 22, 2015
Elizabeth M.
It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on approach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!

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Christopher G.

Brooklyn, NY

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Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY 11758

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Theory is important and can relate to ANY style of music! Weather you want to learn how to write Chorales in the style of J.S. Bach, study for your AP Music Theory Exam, or learn how to write songs like the Beatles, understanding how harmony works is the first step!

About Thomas

Currently Thomas is an Orchestra Director in Merrick Public Schools, and has previous experience as a Music Teacher in New York City.

Thomas has vast experience as a professional performer and has played with countless acts across many different Genres of music.

Thomas is an experienced private instructor and will bring the best out of every student. Experienced will all ages, skill levels, music styles, special needs, and everything else that comes along with teaching.

Thomas holds a masters degree in music education from SUNY Buffalo State, as well as a bachelors degree in music education from Hofstra University, and an associates degree in music performance from Nassau Community College.

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October 17, 2018
Grace L.
My son has seen much improvement the last few months after being taught by Thomas. Very highly recommended!!
July 1, 2018
John Thomas
Tom is great! Relaxed, patient and experienced with children. Highly recommend to anyone looking for an instructor. Our 10 year old is eager to see him again.
April 22, 2018
Daria T.
He is the best cello teacher ,very professional and very good with children. My daughter is very happy to have lessons with him.

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Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY

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Robert M.

West Babylon, NY 11704

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About Robert



*** Travel Equipment ***
I could provide strings, picks, and a notbook if neccassary, but i would expect them to have their own guitar, an amplifier would be good for students with electric guitars but it isn't neccassary, and possibly a notebook, a regular ruled notebook would be fine.

*** Specialties ***
My main Genres would be Rock/Heavey metal and also classical and acoustic. I believe everyone learns at their own rate but i like to teach music theory, as it applies to the guitar and also technique using exercises. Techniques would include finger picking, flatt picking and sweep picking. And other techniques such as hammer ons, pull offs, and trilling. Fingering styles and different ways of playing harmonics. I would get them going on scales and scale patterns, chords and chord patterns and Arpeggio patterns. I would get them to re

ad music, both notation and tablature, by learning to play songs and to also develope their ear by having them try to learn songs on their own.
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Robert M.

West Babylon, NY

Bobby S.

Brooklyn, NY 11207

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I love music theory for it's ability to organize and clarify the rich and complex musical world, and I often find myself getting as excited about theory as I do about performance. I have studied traditional theory and jazz harmony as well as George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization. I often use theory to demystify very many styles of music from pop and rock to classical and jazz to the exotic sounds of North Africa and Eastern Europe.

About Bobby

I am a jazz trumpeter, improviser, and composer as well as an avid listener and enthusiastic educator. I maintain an active performance schedule playing improvised music as well as funk, soul, afro-beat, reggae, hip-hop, and American folk music. In addition to trumpet, I have experience performing and recording on slide trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, and french horn. I write and arrange music for my own groups and regularly write and record horn arrangements for folk, pop, and reggae groups. I have attended Berklee College of Music and Ithaca College, and I have a Master's degree in jazz trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

I have over nine years of experience working with students ages 7 to adult. I have worked both from my home studio and though several public and community music school program

s including the Hudson Arts Alliance in Hudson, MA, the Kittredge Elementary School in North Andover, MA, and the Performing Arts Center of Metro West in Framingham, MA. I have studied jazz performance with trumpet greats John McNeil and Walter White, improvisation with jazz gurus David Schumacher and Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with master composer and theorist Ben Schwendener.

As an educator, my aim is to inspire in my students an enthusiasm for the artistic performance of music of any style. I strive to convey my own excitement for the art to young trumpeters and improvisers, and I have worked to encourage self-motivation and a longstanding interest in musical self-expression in elementary through high school students and adults. I have experience performing many styles of music from jazz and experimental improvised music to funk, reggae, and afro-beat, and I use my knowledge of divergent genres to encourage creative experimentation and convey the expressive artistic elements shared by all music. As an improviser I am particularly interested in teaching the theory and philosophy of spontaneous composition and musical communication.
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February 1, 2019
Isaac J.
Engaging, empowering, knowledgeable.
October 3, 2018
Elie K.
My son really enjoyed his first lesson! Bobby was very supportive and encouraging.
September 25, 2018
Walter S.
Bobby was very patience,and an excellent instructor .We were on the same page.

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Bobby S.

Brooklyn, NY

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Marcelo M.

New York, NY 10017

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WHen it comes to teaching music theory there is no secret. I go through the material step by step and make sure that the student is always learning every week. At the end of 2 months period, the beginner student should have a greater idea of harmony concepts and how to analyze music. The intermediate and advanced students are also able to clear some grey areas or just learn new material.

About Marcelo

Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time

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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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March 19, 2019
Anthony B.
My son just had his first lesson with Marcelo. It went really well. Looking forward to the next lessons.
October 15, 2018
Zion B.
Wonderful!
June 7, 2018
Rafael
Marcelo is great. He is very patient and flexible.
Recommended.

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Marcelo M.

Brooklyn, NY

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Chris B.

Bronx, NY 10470

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I have a Bachelor's in Music performance, for which I received extensive theory education. I also have been applying that knowledge for decades through transcription, arrangement, and musical direction for various groups.

About Chris

I'm a bass player, educator, composer, arranger and band leader living in Brooklyn, NY, and am active in a diverse group of projects that include polka, jazz, classical, and commercial music. I've been teaching double bass and electric bass for 20 years, and have recently added synth bass to my lesson repertoire. I grew up playing orchestral music, jazz, and rock throughout high school, and attended NYU Jazz Performance program, from which I graduated in 2005. While there I studied with a variety of teachers including John Scofield, Mike Richmond, Billy Hart, and Ron McClure.

I've performed with a wide variety of acts, including The Lone Bellow, Grace McLean (Marya in Broadway's "The Great Comet of 1812"), Major Attaway (Genie in Broadway's "Aladdin"), Donnell James Foreman, (Broadway's "The Book Of Mormon"), and I'm currently the Mus

ical Director for Melanie Penn and Porter and Sayles. I've appeared in performance on ABC's "The Chew" and "The Bachelor," and perform regularly with New York City's most renown Polka Band, The Polka Brothers.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working and growing as a musician, and I'm passionate about helping others do the same. I currently teach at NYU, as well as occasional programs at the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan.
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July 25, 2019
Andy H.
Andy loved his lesson and is excited for the next one! Thanks!

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Chris B.

Bronx, NY

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Abdulaziz
"Capable, courteous, and very well versed in his field. Patrick's flexible schedule made it possible for us to cram for an upcoming test, on short notice.

Conveniently, he's preparing to teach a university cpurse on the same subject matter."
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Cornelius
"I appreciate Paul's approach to teaching music theory. Paul's talents , patience and encouraging teaching-personality enhances my interest in learning.
Thank you."
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Jerry
"AMAZING!

I met Dave in my music theory class at Ex'pression college. He's the reason why I'm making music today. I went from not knowing a thing about mu
sic theory or a piano to creating chord progressions, understanding modes, intervals, modal interchange, and how to read sheet music. He's extremely patient, professional, and easy to get along with. His passion for music and teaching is infectious, I highly recommend!!!"
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Ginger
"I start Berklee School of Music next Monday and I feel s much better for having start with Molly first. She has so much materials and resources that make
learning a breeze. This is probably my 3rd or 4th review about her as a teacher but shes just that awesome!!!!"
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Jake
"Carolyn's class is awesome. Nothing but good things to say, really. I feel, already, as if I’m more qualified to work with music. Carolyn broke everything
down very simply and straight forward, with patience and ease and made it so easy to follow along. I really do love working with her. Carolyn is great!"
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Graham
"I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like
I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.

Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you."
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Trampas
"Jerry has an excellent talent for a wide range of aptitudes. The soundtracks he composes can really connect people with the imagery they seen in the video
s. It moves you and really can play into setting the overall tone of your project. You can see his drive and passion for perfection in everything he does."
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Reid
"By far the best teacher I have ever had. Paul makes lessons engaging, and his wealth of knowledge never comes off as elitist. He explains complicated theo
ry in a practical way for anyone to understand. If I wasn't leaving Chicago I would have signed up for ten more lessons. Ask him about the own music he makes with his band. He's a super talented guy!!!"
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