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Poughkeepsie, NY

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I am a private woodwind instructor and professional freelance musician. My main instrument is saxophone and I double on flute, teaching both with the addition of beginner to intermediate clarinet. I have a Masters in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music and BA in Classical and Jazz Performance from Michigan State University. I am experienced in many different genres of music and have performed and recorded with many jazz, latin, funk, soul, fusion, R&B, pop, and classical ensembles.
For me teaching is extremely rewarding, the fact that I get to share and guide students through this creative art form that is so dear to me is really a special thing. Music has many aspects and certain students gravitate towards different aspects then others. I focus on these specific aspects so my students get the most creative and intellect
ual growth.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio w/ keyboards, chairs, stands, materials, computer, recording equipment (microphone, speakers) seating for parents in waiting room.

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I provide books and learning materials for the first couple lessons and after that the student must supply for themselves. The student/s must have their own working instrument and accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc).

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Music Performance in Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. Classical, Jazz and others. Improvisation, Theory and Ear Training
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Moshe September 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kevin has been my teacher for 3 years. We meet once a week. Kevin is a gifted teacher (and a great musician). He only corrects a mistake once I've reached the level when I can fix it. This way I have been making progress week after week, and it feels good.
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Cherilyn September 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kevin is a wonderful teacher. My daughter started saxophone lessons with him at the beginning of the summer and she adores him. He's funny, patient, encouraging and thoughtful. We couldn't ask for a better sax teacher! Kevin also taught a master class at my older son's middle school and he was fantastic. I highly recommend him!
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Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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About Maria O.

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Brewster, NY
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About Maria
Maria O has been teaching piano lessons since she was in high school. There were enough children in the neighborhood who inspired her to teach piano. She took up BS degree in Music Education, and her main interest was teaching private violin and piano lessons.

Her usual clients really varies a great deal. Each student, young or old, who comes from different backgrounds, stories, and history. They are all different individuals. She tries to take each and every student as an individual and teach them in ways that best suits their personality.
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Maria O.

Brewster, NY 10509
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$30 / 30-min

About Nicole M.

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Wappingers Falls, NY
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Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Drake University. She has participated in prestigious masterclasses under the guidance of artists such as Clive Greensmith from the Tokyo String Quartet and soloist Amit Peled, among others. She has studied under Dr. Angelo LaMariana, Dr. Ann Alton and Dr. Ashley Sidon. Nicole has experience performing in Italy, states throughout the Midwest, and in NY. She is a recipient of a German cello from the Carlsen Cello Foundation and a first place prizewinner of the James and Katherine Andrews Young Artist Competition. Nicole is following her passion for music through teaching and performing in Dutchess County, NY.
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Nicole M.

Nicole M.

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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$34 / 30-min

About Andrea V.

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Wappingers Falls, NY
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I am a recent graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a dual degree in Music Education and Violin Performance. I have taught about 10 students between ages 9-12 in my home studio. I have also worked at the Amadeus String shop individually teaching around a dozen beginner students in 2014.
Teaching music is something I absolutely love to do! I believe that creating and discovering music is a gift that everyone should be able to experience and it is never too late to start! Enjoying yourself is my number one goal, then making you the best musician you can be comes afterwards.
At Fredonia I have learned to become viola, cello, bass, and piano proficient so I could teach any student those instruments on a beginner-intermediate level.
I am also an avid performer and fiddler. I have played in my school's symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and
many chamber ensembles. I have also performed with the Northern-Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony, the Warren Philharmonic, the Southern Tier Symphony, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. These are only a few groups I have played with!
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Julia C. June 26, 2015
· Violin · In home
Andrea is a warm and friendly young teacher. While we only spent 30 minutes together for our first lesson for my 12 year old daughter yesterday, I can see that only positive things lie in store for my daughter as a violin student with Andrea this summer!
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Andrea V.

Andrea V.

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
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$35 / 30-min

About David R.

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Brewster, NY
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Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg
ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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James December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson
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Carol September 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Marcus B. September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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David R.

David R.

Brewster, NY 10509
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About Daniel B.

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New Paltz, NY

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Daniel began studying classical voice at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, where he started his first hard rock band and performed in his first opera (Mozart'’s Don Giovanni). Since then, he has sung almost every genre possible, understanding that singing’s universal techniques can be applied to each unique style. Since earning his degree from SUNY New Paltz, Danny has taught students of all ages and aptitudes privately and at New Windsor Music Academy. He is the general manager of Castle Studio, a new music rehearsal and showcase space, and a member of the Hudson Valley Music Collective, a group of young music educators who host special workshops and other benefits. When not singing, but often while singing, Danny is playing guitar.
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

New Paltz, NY 12561
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$30 / 30-min

About Dan G.

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New Paltz, NY

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About Dan
I am not one of the lucky few who was born with inherent musical talent. I've had to work hard for my knowledge and ability and I believe that this gives me an edge over teachers who are naturally musical. I once struggled to learn even the basics of music. This enables me to personally identify & understand the struggles that a developing student faces. Many teachers born with musical talent fail to be good guides through the musical wilderness because sometimes they simply cannot relate to a student's struggle. I've been teaching for six years. For four of those years I taught guitar at Aleoop, a musical enrichment program at the Brookside & Hillside elementary schools in Allendale. I work best with younger students. I've found that because of my age young students find me more relatable than my older counterparts. My aim as a teacher i
s to empower my students with the gifts of self-expression and confidence. My focus is on artistic enrichment, enjoyment and technical proficiency.
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Dan G.

Dan G.

New Paltz, NY 12561
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$70 / 60-min

About Vitalis I.

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Ellenville, NY

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About Vitalis
My name is Vitalis Im and I'm a tenor and violinist residing in the greater Hudson Valley area.

I believe that music can help students from all walks of life in a number of extraordinary ways: music can help to instill a sense of discipline through practice, help to conquer social anxieties through the act of performing, promote awareness of the body and self through the process of learning to play an instrument, cultivate a sense of belonging and sociality through the practice of group and ensemble work, and help to better one's emotional and mental wellbeing.

As a singer, I frequently work with students interested in developing a technique suitable for pop music and musical theater (techniques like belting), as well as students looking to begin or further their training as classically trained singers.

My teaching philosophy ut
ilizes classically informed techniques and methodologies in order to get students to where they want to be: whether you want to sing opera, musical theater, or pop, I will help you to find and nurture your unique voice in a supportive and safe environment.

As a violinist, I specialize in teaching beginners and intermediate level students of all ages. I also offer Suzuki-style group classes for children under the age of twelve.

I received bachelor's degrees in music and anthropology from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where I studied violin with Marka Gustavsson of the Colorado Quartet and voice with Ilka LoMonaco. I currently teach at the New Windsor Music Academy in New Windsor, NY and the Music Institute of Sullivan and Ulster Counties in Ellenville, NY.

I teach privately through studios in Ellenville, NY and Red Hook, NY.
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Vitalis I.

Vitalis I.

Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504
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$30 / 30-min

About Grace F.

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Mahopac, NY
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I have a degree in Music Education from New York University with a concentration in cello performance. I began teaching cello lessons in 2012 and continue to focus on finding ways to meet the individual needs of students in a warm, welcoming environment. My goal is to help students develop excellent technique and tone quality as well as expression and satisfaction through creating music. I use a variety of tools for learning including standard technique books, classical repertoire, and a variety of arrangements I create myself. I believe every child and adult is musical and am excited to explore our musical nature with you.
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Grace F.

Grace F.

Mahopac, NY 10541
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About Dan H.

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Kingston, NY
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I am a professional tuba player from Cleveland Ohio. I am currently principal tuba with The Orchestra Now in upstate NY. I received my B.M. from Baldwin Wallace University and my M.M. for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music both in Tuba Performance. I have performed as a guest artist with some of the worlds top ensembles including; The Cleveland Orchestra, The San Francisco Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Stockton Symphony, The Akron Symphony and the New World Symphony. I am also an experienced teacher, I have taught students in OH, MI, and CA. I have had students in the OMEA All-State Band and Orchestra, and many students go on to be successful music majors in conservatories across the US. I really enjoy and take pride in teaching.
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Dan H.

Dan H.

Kingston, NY 12401
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$42 / 30-min

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