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About Rob S.

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I am an accomplished, award-winning guitarist, composer and teacher and have been teaching guitar and music for 20 years. I have both a Bachelor's and a Masters Degree in Music. I teach all levels from beginner to advanced, including at the university level, and all styles (rock, jazz, blues, folk, funk, metal, shred, pop, R&B, classical, etc.). I am also a professional performer, composer, arranger, studio musician and producer, experienced in all forms, styles and genre of music.

As an experienced teacher of composition, arranging, orchestration, music theory and guitar, I have developed my own personal teaching concepts and methods for improving technique, chord/scale theory and counterpoint for various styles and genres of music. I have taught privately, in music schools, and at the university and college level.

I am located in
New York City in Midtown Manhattan on the West Side. I began performing professionally at age 16, doing session work, teaching and performing. I attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop, New Milford, Connecticut, to diversify my skills, participating in master classes with guitar icons Vinnie Moore, Stanley Jordan and Mick Goodrick.

I started college at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and completed a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude, studying jazz guitar and composition/arranging, as well as completd the Honors program at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music. My studies included jazz guitar with Tom Giacobetti and Ed Flanagan; jazz composition/arranging with Don Glanden, Ben Schacter and Larry McKenna; and classical composition with Matthew Greenbaum, Ph.D., Maurice Wright, D.M.A., Richard Brodhead, Ph.D., and Mark Rimple, D.M.A. I also conducted/arranged the School's Jazz Vocal Ensemble and was awarded membership in the Golden Key Honor Society. I also studied guitar privately with Shrapnel/Tone Center recording artist Greg Howe, Lasers Edge recording artist Scott McGill and Jazz icons Pat Martino (Blue Note) and Jimmy Bruno (Mel Bay).

I earned a Masters of Arts degree in music composition at Rutgers University, studying with world renowned, Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen. In my first year, he was awarded a Teaching Assistantship in Music Composition and Theory.

I pursued additional studies (and master classes) in composition with celebrated composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Harvey Sollberger, Jukka Tiensuu, David Felder, Mario Davidovsky, Charles Fussell, Austin Clarkson and George Russell; film score orchestration with Scott Smalley (Film Music Institute) and film scoring with Rick Baitz (The Manhattan Producer's Alliance), as well as performance studies with Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach, Billy Taylor, Bill Shindling, Magmus Andersson, Stu Hamm, Terry Bozzio, Frank Gambale, Larry Mitchell, Andy Timmons, Adrian Legg and Blues Saraceno.

I was the Music Director and conductor for the Mondfleck Orchestra, Music Director and Composer-In-Residence for the Trash Can Society Theater Company and composer for improv theater group, The Glass Metropolis Project.

I released my critically acclaimed debut CD, a collection of virtuosic instrumental guitar music and have been interviewed and featured in many publications and websites worldwide, including Guitar Player, Guitar World, 20th Century Guitar, Guitar Chef (Italy), Guitar Mania (Canada), among many others. I was selected as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2006 North American Rock Guitar Competition, presented by Guitar Player magazine and Gibson guitars and was inducted as a new member into the 2007 Independent Artist Registry.

I was selected to be a part of the June in Buffalo Festival for Emerging Composers in Buffalo, New York, where celebrated pianist Marilyn Nonken performed my solo piano piece, Aerial Surveying. I was commissioned to compose, conduct and perform the music for Sirens, a modern dance presentation in collaboration with celebrated choreographer Julia Ritter. I was also commissioned to write a modern composition for Renaissance lute titled A Mosaic of Cement and Barbed Wire, performed at the Sarah Lawrence Summer Guitar Institute. My piece, Like Giants Through a Keyhole, trio for flute, cello and piano performed as part of the Network for New Music's Cross-Currents in Jazz and New Music: The Schooling and School of Stefan Wolpe series. My orchestra composition, Ideological Explosions of the Absurd Hero, was performed in Milan, Italy.

My music has been featured throughout film and television. I have composed the scores for many feature films, television, web and ad campaigns, and my music has been featured on MTV, VH1, NBC, CBS, ABC, Discovery, History Channel, PBS, etc.

I was a featured speaker at the Music for My Web Series Panel as part of the BlogWorld & New Media Expo held at the Javits Center in NYC on June 7, 2012.

I am a proud endorsee of Seymour Duncan pickups, Morley pedals, Madison Amps, Curt Mangan strings and Neck Sock.

*ASCAP affiliated composer and publisher

*International Alliance Of Composer's member

*Independent Film Project (IFP) member

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar, Music Theory, Composition/Arranging, Songwriting, Improvisation and Home Recording.

Instruction in any style - Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Metal, Shred, Progressive, Classical, Folk, R&B, etc.,

*20 Years of Teaching experience, privately, in music schools and in universities. *

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For all ages. From beginner to advanced!

I am also a University Faculty and hold both a Bachelors of Music and Masters in Music

I am located in Midtown Manhattan on the West Side in a relaxed comfortable environment.

Learn the kind of music you want to learn. We will always focus on the music you want to play and use examples of the music and performers that you want to play to teach each new technique. That way it’s always FUN! The way it should be.

Learn the techniques to reach your fullest potential in speed, dexterity, strength and musicality. My technique, derived from classical, jazz, fusion, rock, blues, metal and shred players, includes specific exercises to help develop proficiency in both hands for the best results.

Music Theory: Musical concepts and terminologies, presented in the simplest and clearest way, unlock musicians’ secrets and help you understand and apply theoretical ideas to achieve your greatest potential and musical competence.

Improvisation: Learn soloing, melodic phrasing, rhythmic analysis and how to apply various musical styles and articulations, along with scales for all types of chords and key structures, including major/minor, pentatonic, blues, modes, harmonic and melodic minor modes, as well as exotic and synthetic scales - all skills for lead guitarists. Practice diverse approaches to various musical genres and proficiencies.

Soloing: Master advanced techniques including legato, alternate, economy and hybrid picking, sweep picking, arpeggios, double stops and much more. Become an accomplished melodic guitarist, know how to play whatever you want and reach your optimum level of proficiency.

Chord Structures: Learn modulation, transposition, inversions, voicings and the use of extended and advanced chords from basic triads to sevenths and compound extensions, as well as songwriting, accompaniment and creating chord progressions. You will explore the essential vocabulary and exercises for writing guitar parts, songs and chord-based harmonies.

Composition: Cover all aspects of composition and songwriting for any genre including analysis, harmonic/chord structures and progressions, approaches to melody, counter melody and counterpoint and how to apply these to various styles of music and composition, including arranging and orchestration from rock and pop to jazz and full orchestrations.

Lessons are developed to meet your individual needs and ensure your progress.

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I have guitars available that students are welcome to use in their lessons, as well as amplifiers, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an experienced teacher of guitar, composition, arranging, orchestration, music theory and have developed my own personal teaching concepts and methods for improving technique, chord/scale theory and counterpoint for various styles and genres of music including advanced techniques for Jazz, Pop, Rock, Metal, Shred, Fusion, Blues, others. I have developed teaching methods to improve a students speed, accuracy and facility on the instrument. I am a professional freelance, live, studio and session guitarist, composer, arranger and producer.
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Omar July 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is an amazing instructor. I came to Rob wanting to study jazz and overall improve my guitar playing. Not only did he do just that, but in doing so, I learned much more about music theory. A very nice person too. I would recommend Rob to anybody interested in the guitar.
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John H. October 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is outstanding. It is clear from about 5 minutes into your first lesson that he is a true master teacher and guitar player. Everything he teaches is clear, achievable, and fun to work on. I'm having a blast! I recommend him very highly.
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Hillel G. September 25, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Rob is just great and exceeded expectations. He has such a great energy and is extraordinarily knowledgeable and capable. I would suggest him as a teacher without hesitation.
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Rob S.

Rob S.

New York, NY 10036
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About Jane L.

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About Jane
My goal of teaching is to help students discover their talent and love for music in a natural way. I began jamming music with my parents when I was 3 years old. I remember the feeling of joy and excitement when making music with them. Now as a teacher, I try to bring this enjoyment based approach to classes and teach my students to not think they are working and instead, enjoy the practice of making music. I believe that when a student is inspired and enjoys the learning process, they naturally strive to get better.

As I began playing piano at a very young age, I've developed an ability called absolute pitch. It is a rare auditory phenomenon that enabled me to play nearly any song I heard, without having a score. And this really help me to teach my students the songs they love as scores are not always readily available and I am abl
e to write out a customized score that suits their level.

My students will have covered different areas of music, including classical repertoire, jazz, rock, pop, composition and theory. I give private lessons for all ages and levels for piano in my technology integrated home studio in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I received my degree from Berklee College of Music and New York University. I'm also certified with the associated board of the Royal school of music and Trinity College of Music in London.

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Grand piano, full size electric keyboard, violin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, amps, accordion, microphone, music computer games, recording and composing software, seating area for parents.
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Phil February 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jane is the best teacher I've ever had in any subject. I couldn't say enough about her. She's fantastic in every way.
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Sebastian C. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor and very nice person!!!!
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Bruce July 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Jane is great. She was interested in what I wanted to get out of piano lessons and how I was comfortable approaching them. She is patient and helpful. During the lesson her focus is always on the student. I highly recommend Jane.
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Jane L.

Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
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About Katie V.

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New York, NY
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I believe strongly in teaching what the student loves, so I am more than happy to work with my students on many styles of music, ranging from classical to musical theater to pop songs to bluegrass tunes. Positivity and kindness are second nature to me, and I strive to always create a fun and creative learning environment. I look forward to embarking on a musical journey with you or your child!
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Katie V.

Katie V.

New York, NY 10040
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$84 / 30-min

About Rebekah J.

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New York, NY
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About Rebekah
Hey there! My name is Rebekah! I was born into a very musical family and am originally from the beautiful Cayman Islands.

In 2004, I graduated from Florida Southern College earning my Bachelor’s in Music Education Degree with a concentration in vocal studies. While at Florida Southern, I had the awesome privilege of studying classical voice under the world renowned mezzo soprano, the late Beverly Wolff.

Following earning my degree, I returned home to the Cayman Islands where I began building a career in music education. For over 12 years, I had the privilege of teaching general music to over 500 students per week. I also enjoyed teaching voice and piano privately during this time.

Throughout my teaching career, I have dedicated much time in preparing instrumental and vocal soloists, small ensembles, and large choirs for loca
l competitions where they won numerous gold and silver awards. I have a deep love for musical theater and have produced and directed many Jr Musicals featuring my students.

As a teacher, I have won numerous awards including the Cayman Islands Classroom of the Month Award in May of 2016.
I am also an accomplished Jazz vocalist and I love to perform in my free time.

I work very well with people and am very patient and kind, which is very important in the field of teaching. Look forward to assisting you as we explore this wonderful world of music. Look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Nathan June 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
An amazing instructor, and incredibly personable!
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Rebekah J.

Rebekah J.

New York, NY 10025
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$68 / 30-min

About Caroline P.

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Manhasset, NY

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About Caroline
Caroline has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and her piano studio. She has helped many students prepare for local competitions, concerts, and NYSSMA examinations Also she is a member of Piano Teachers Congress of NY.

Caroline received her training at Juilliard School , Yale University, and Manhattan School of Music where she received her B.A , M.A, and Doctoral degree. As an expert in her field, Caroline looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Sue August 30, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Taking piano lessons with Ms.Park has been a positive experience.
Caroline is patient, kind. I highly recommend Ms Park !
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Jan August 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been Caroline's student for several years now, and she is an excellent teacher. She is a superb pianist (as her credentials indicate), but she was also encouraging, supportive and attuned to me as a student. She was able to isolate particular trouble spots and suggest ways to fix the problems at those spots.
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Carlos S August 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've been a long time student of Mrs. Park and I can say she is one of the best instructors I've ever had. She is always on time for lessons, very accommodating, and nice and easy to understand during practice. Highly recommend if anyone's looking to pick up piano at any level
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Caroline P.

Caroline P.

Manhasset, NY 11030
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About emanuele V.

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Astoria, NY
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Emanuele started to play the violin at the age of 5, at 12 he won first price at several youth competitions like Stresa and Serravalle Sesia international competitions. In the same years he was also the youngest member of the chamber orchestra “Archinsieme” which provide him an invaluable performing experience for his young age.

At the age of 14 he attended the Conservatory of Novara and Bologna. Emanuele earned his Bachelor from the Conservatory of Ferrara with Alessandro Perpich and his Graduate Performance Diploma from the Boston Conservatory with Markus Placci. Furthermore, he studied with Anton Berovski, Marco Fornaciari, and Mela Tenenbaum. He has a long teaching experience.

His main educational principle is to provide his students an invaluable foundation of technique and musical aesthetic that can serve them throughout the
ir musical journey. Emanuele strives to instill in each student a deep passion for music in a way that they can learn through the desire of making music.

Through a personalized approach during their training, he helps his students to create a professional identity in an increasingly competitive world, with an emphasis on technique, relaxation, efficient practice skills. He combines and carries the fundamentals of the Russian and Franco-Belgian traditions he inherited from his teachers, that he displays with all his passion to all his students.
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emanuele V.

emanuele V.

Astoria, NY 11103
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$67 / 30-min

About Madeline P.

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New York, NY
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I'm an opera singer who's been making music since before I could talk, and I can't wait to share my love of music with you! I graduated from Vassar College with my BA in Music and Italian in 2016 and recently moved to New York to pursue my career. I have experience teaching Voice, Piano, and Early Childhood music lessons.

I began taking voice lessons at age 11. I had wonderful teachers who taught me classical technique to keep my voice healthy, supported, and controlled. Though I later chose to pursue a career in classical music, I initially was interested in musical theater. I am eternally grateful to my teachers for teaching me to sing classically and I maintain that all voice students should have that same foundation in classical bel canto technique, regardless of their preferred performance genre- good technique can be applied to wh
atever you sing!

In addition to Voice, I teaching beginning piano. I began studying piano long before voice, when I was only five years old. Learning to play the piano is crucial for any aspiring musician and aids in the development of fine motor skills, reading skills, and math skills in young children.

Whatever your skill level and whatever your goals, I would love to work with you to develop your musical skills. I feel confident that we can make some amazing music together!
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Madeline P.

Madeline P.

New York, NY 10030
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$50 / 30-min

About James S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individual. As such I tailor my teaching to the direction that they want to go with drumming.

As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get our hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the
comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musician, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.
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Ramya M. June 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
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Ramin March 16, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act
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Stefano February 14, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jim has been teaching drums to my son for a year and a half. My son is a difficult student, but Jim is patient, attentive and engaging and his lesson are the right mix of fun and rigorous teaching. My son is loving drumming and always looking forward to his next lesson.
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James S.

James S.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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About Gabrielle C.

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I'm a concert pianist and violinist based in New York, currently working on a doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center with a BM and MM from Juilliard. I can teach either or both instruments to all levels and ages, as well as subjects such as music theory and ear training. Intermediate to advanced students preferred.
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Gabrielle C.

Gabrielle C.

New York, NY 10023
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About Daniel S.

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I offer personalized lessons that will offer the proper amount of challenge based on the level of my students. I have been a musician for more than 12 years and I have spent time finding the most effective ways to teach music regardless of age or skill level. I truly believe in the value of music, and I have successfully been teaching in an NYC Public School as a multi-subject teacher for several years. I offer music lessons when I am not in the classroom in an attempt to help others expand their musical capabilities and knowledge of relevant musical concepts. My method of teaching involves identifying areas with room for growth for my students, and then coming up with one or a few goals to strive for. I believe that the most effective way to improve as a musician is by gradually training and practicing the way we think about and compose
music.

I offer beginner and intermediate lessons for all skill levels and ages. I have experience with teaching music through a variety of approaches and I am happy to focus on teaching either one or multiple different instruments. One of my specialties is teaching beatboxing either on it's own or in addition to other instruments.
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Daniel S.

Daniel S.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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