I am versed in Chord-melody, pick-and fingerstyle Jazz. I am comfortable teaching most contemporary styles of guitar playing, and the techniques required.
I am a NYS certified Music teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 20 years.
I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college. My focus is to teach techniques, skills and concepts for life-long learning.
I am currently available to teach Guitar, Music Theory and Beginner Piano.
Aside from teaching private guitar and piano lessons and teaching General music and Chorus in school, I perform and accompany singers as a guitarist in churches on Long Island.
For your added security, I've been VIRTUS trained with the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and fingerprinted with the NYS Education department.
My system of guitar training includes:
* Right hand and Left hand technical exercises geared towards developing coordination and confidence;
work in music reading of standard music notation and TAB;
* Fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques.
* Song repertoire knowledge and memorization
*Solo guitar interpretation of popular songs as well as accompaniment styles appropriate for backing your or another's voice; *Ear-training and Music theory is incorporated into each lesson.
NYSSMA preparation is available for both Classical and Jazz auditions.
Piano lessons are available with concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available.
*** Lesson Details *** My guitar lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed.
After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level.
Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique exercises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'.
NYSSMA training/coaching is available for both piano and guitar with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place.
The Guitar student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice.
The Piano student should have daily access to a piano or keyboard instrument with weighted keys in order to be able to practice lesson material daily.
For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own.
*** Specialties *** Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; re-harmonization and arrangement techniques to make a song your own!
all levels, all styles, all ages- improvising, learning popular songs/transcribing solos, blues, jazz, rock, and more!
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.
*** 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.
The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player.
About Luther A.
Luther unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
Luther stays where I’m at and then helps me go the next step. That is useful for consistent gradual progress without the frustrations of moving either too slow or too fast (I am a beginning tenor saxophone player). Nice interpersonal style, patient and easy going, while methodical.
July 10, 2019
I think Luther is great. He works with my 10-year old son on piano, singing and even trumpet and violin as needed. My son has to work hard to progress, and Luther customizes the lesson plan for him and seems to understand him well. I'm really excited about them working together.
You will learn the essential fundamentals, and specific exercises that will increase your chops! Learn your scales, modes. and how to improvise! Learn music theory, how to read notation, not just tab! Learn to follow chord changes and play with a real band! Learn to play by ear and to read music, putting you in high demand! Email me today!
Hello, my name is Stephen Layton, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician, educator, and composer. I am currently teaching in two locations, Riverside County, and in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton. I also have a Single Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California, through the completion of the credential program at California State University Fullerton. During my time at Fullerton I was a member of all the top ensembles. I also studied with Grammy nominated and award-winning musicians like Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!
In addition to my training I have over twenty years of performance experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching privately since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breat
hing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!
I’ve been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.
My education philosophy is very student focused. I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I will push you or your student to edges of their abilities, and you will see improvement.
Training: • Riverside City College; A.A. Humanities Philosophy, and Art; Cert. Music Performance • California State University Fullerton; B.A Music Education • California State University Fullerton; Credential Program (student teaching)
Performance Experience: • Junior College Ensemble Performances: Riverside Community College Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz, and Small Jazz Combos • Four Year College Ensemble Performances: California State University Fullerton Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, Fullerton Big Band, Latin Ensemble • Recent Recitals: April 5, 2018 Senior Recital, Recital Hall, California State University Fullerton • Commercial Performances: L.A. Swing Barons, Sonora Santenera, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Buddha Bomb, Domestic Imports, Topshelf Brass Band, Space Camp Stowaways, Angry Babies, Dumb Luck, The Debonaires, Mark Denny’s Band
Principal Teachers: • Trombone: Steve Williams, Steve Suminski, Bob Sanders • Jazz Improv: Dr. Peter Curtis, Charlie Richards, Dr. Chuck Tomlinson, Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres • Masterclasses: Kevin Mayse, Charlie Richards, Dr. Mitch Fennel, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Frank Ticheli, Bill Cunliffe, Anthony Plog, Louis Bonillia, Francisco Torres, Michito Sanchez, Roger Woods, Ashley Bathgate, Dieter Mack, Paul Kreibich, Joey Sellers, Benny Maupin, Kim Richmond, Freddy Payne, Anne Fennel, Doc Severinsen, Shannon Limon, Kye Palmer, Harry Waters, Ken Waters
Volunteer Experience: • Riverside Community Band / Swing Band • Carl E. Gilbert Elementary School, Buena Park, California
Additional Information: • Private Instruction: Teaching privately for over ten years • Memberships: SCSBOA, NAfME, NBA, OAKE, KASC, ITA, and NAMM member
The best lesson I have taken! I look forward to future lessons because I am learning so much!
November 11, 2017
Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.
August 11, 2017
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.
I take time to teach the foundations and to make sure the student becomes strong and confident before moving on. I also know how to break up a lesson so a student doesn't get bored. Fun is so important to keep on playing!
Hello! Let's have some fun, work hard, and help you feel more confident about your instrument. I have been teaching music for ten years. I have a degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music. I sing classical, jazz, pop, broadway, folk, you name it, and I can help you do it with ease. My home studio is a cozy and safe place to take lessons or I can visit you in your home. I also teach piano, guitar, and ukulele.
My daughter is taking lessons with Maria. This was her first lesson and enjoyed it
December 19, 2018
Maria was very pleasant and my daughter enjoyed her first lesson.
August 23, 2018
Maria is such an amazing teacher one of the best I’ve ever had! She knows how to get you where you want your voice to be. She works hard and takes things at your pace to make sure your voice is just perfect! You won’t regret having Maria as your teacher!😍
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....
Lessons are based around each individual student's music goals. Simple practical methods for understanding and developing the fundamental skills needed to play songs you love and want to perform are the focus of each lesson. Teaching and performing music are what I'm passionate about. I have over twenty years of teaching experience with beginners and advanced students and have developed a curriculum that really works for all levels and styles while keeping things fun!
I'm an experienced teacher with a background as a full time performing musician. Music was a big part of my life from an early age and I've stuck with it pursuing it as a career path. I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance and since have been teaching and performing. The focus of my music career has always been playing original music with bands but teaching has always been something I've loved too.
I've formally studied both classical and jazz while playing in rock bands and learned to see the similarities in all forms of music. My favorite thing to teach people is songs they love and how to use the fundamentals of music to make playing their songs fun. Writing practical simple charts that show how songs work opens music up for people in ways they didn't think possible. Playing an
d singing together for the first time or finally having the light bulb moment when reading music makes sense is something magical. It's an amazing feeling and helping people learn how to makes me happy.
I've been teaching music for over twenty years and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with new students.
I've been working with Brian for four months now and have made excellent progress on guitar. Brian quickly adjusted to my experience level and has done an outstanding job of removing long-standing bad habits and reinforcing the good ones. He has a fresh approach which ensures students don't get bored and, best of all, instills confidence and a good stage presence. I'm on my way to being a better guitar player but more importantly, a better musician. I recommend Brian without reservation.
January 29, 2019
Brian has been great , he patiently provides simple tangible explanations for both guitar play and music theory. He is building a solid foundation for my musical growth and more importantly supporting and enhancing my love of music. I give Brian my highest recommendation, he's a natural teacher
Jeff is a awesome teacher! He explained every lesson with alot of details since i was a beginner and taught me cho
rds, leads, and songs throughout the years. It's been great learning from him \m/"
"Cooperative, professional, easily relatable with my Freshman daughter. Money well spent for smiles and excitement of learning."
"Both my kids loved Bryan and their first lesson. Off to a great start!"
"I have been playing guitar (self taught) for about 25 years, just not very well. I was looking for a teacher that could help me fill in the music theory g
aps. As well as help me formulate a meaningful practice plan that will get me over my hump. I gotta say Scott has hit the nail on the head every lesson. He first listened.. and as a result has delivered an eye opening and inspiring lesson every time. I highly recommend Scott for guitarists of all levels. He knows his STUFF!! Better yet, he knows how pull what YOU need from what he knows and deliver it effectively."
"Learning technique and theory
Bernadette is well versed in music theory. She is helping me learn the theory as well as developing my technique on various
"Mike is very patient with my daughter. My daughter looks forward to and is excited about going to every lesson so far!!"
"My brother and I took lessons from Jerry as we were growing up years back. He is the best teacher! Always worked at a pace that fit our learning needs, re
gardless if it was guitar or bass. He definitely has helped me become the musician that I am today! I highly recommend him!"
"Jim’s lessons are at my pace, not his. I appreciate his patience and willingness to answer any question I may have."
"He's an outstanding instructor. Very talented, patient , respectful and willing to work around my schedule..my daughter Loved going to take guitar lesson
s with him... I truly recommend him and wish him the best.."
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