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For over 20 years, Barry has been active working as a producer, engineer, composer, arranger and musician (bass, guitar, piano and saxophone). Barry received a Master of Arts degree in Music (composition) from CUNY Hunter College and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Engineering Technology from the University of Miami. He also studied Music (composition) at the Juilliard School and Music for Film at NYU. Barry is currently teaching electronic music, audio production and sound design courses at Mercy College and CUNY Hostos Community College. Barry draws on his diverse background performing and recording on multiple instruments in numerous styles to provide a stimulating and creative experience for the student.

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Lessons are designed around the student's interests and personality. Reading, writing and improvisi
ng as well as listening to recordings are an integral part of the lessons from the beginning, regardless of skill level. Students will not only learn how to play their instruments correctly but will also develop an expanding appreciation of all kinds of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
music studio seating for parents
keyboard
amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect all students to provide their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, World, Classical
Jazz Improvisation for ALL instruments (even if I don't play them)
Composition, Arranging, Orchestration, Counterpoint, Finale
Home & Commercial Studio Recording, Acoustics, Analog & Digital, Troubleshooting.
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Barry H.

Carmel, NY 10512
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About John A.

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My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.

How do I do it?

I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.

You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that your child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.

I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way,
especially kids.

For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.

I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.

It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.

Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London.
Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records.
Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)

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If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like.
If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1926 Steinway A

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.
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Andrew R. December 31, 2014
· Piano · In home
John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.
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Janet S. July 23, 2014
· Piano · In home
John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.
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Heather S. July 22, 2014
· Piano · In home
My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.
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John A.

New Milford, CT 06776
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About Maria O.

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Brewster, NY

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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 Don D.

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Kingston, NY
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Hi,
My name is Don and have been teaching guitar for many years. Currently I teach at my home studio in Lake Katrine, N.Y. From 2015 - 2017 I taught at the New York School of Music in Walden, N.Y. From 2003 -early 2015 I was a staff instructor at Imperial Guitar and Soundworks of Newburgh, N.Y.
I teach all levels and ages for such styles as Classical/Flamenco Guitar(including ABRSM EXAM PREP.), Blues, Rock, Shred, Metal, Jazz, Country, and General Instruction for Beginners and those just wanting "to know how to play some tunes.".
I tailor instruction to my students' goals... not mine. Goal #1..we're having fun as we learn !.. this is not to be confused with Navy Seals Training !
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David August 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Had a great first lesson with Don. I believe I will progress nicely under his tutelage. Already have a lot to work on.
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Aneiah November 7, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Years ago I took Guitar Lessons at a local music store ( a very prominent one) as a raw beginner and quickly became frustrated with my lack of progress. Although my teacher was a great player and "very hot" to look at I soon began to feel like I was merely his "practice dummy."... I'd play the chords he showed me, endlessly,... while he seemed to be just practicing his solo playing. ... I then tried On-Line Lessons from various sites which were actually even less helpful and soon just lost interest completely.
A friend of mine said she had taken lessons from a Don DeBold for about 5 years before going off to college and highly recommended him.
I've now been taking lessons from Don for almost 2 years and having a blast ! I've learned how to play along with most of my favorite songs (mainly Blues and Rock) and now I'm learning to play Solo Guitar that needs no accompaniment !
Unlike my first teacher, during many lessons Don barely plays or even has his Strat on his lap because he's busy concentrating on what I'm doing !
He's a stickler yet lots of fun at the same time> I super recommend him as a Guitar and Music Teacher !!! Aneiah J.
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Kyle M. November 5, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Don is an amazing teacher to say the least!! I've playing guitar for years with never a full grasp of harmony, and within a few short hours he caught me up on some of the most vital information I was missing. A true expert teacher.. Give him a chance... You won't be disappointed!!!
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Don D.

Don D.

Lake Katrine, NY 12449
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About Jarrett H.

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I love motivating my students to achieve their own goals, realize their potential, and find happiness in music. I hold degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, and I'm happy to travel for lessons. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome!
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Jarrett H.

Jarrett H.

Peekskill, NY 10566
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$80 / 45-min
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About Jennifer K.

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Lake Katrine, NY

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My Philosophy and Teaching Model:
As a teacher, I strive to always put my students first. I work closely with you to help you grow as a musician and as a student. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all teaching model. Instead, I believe in a flexible and customizable teaching method, which means that I create a highly personalized learning experience for each student I work with, no matter their ability level or background. Whether you have been playing for twenty years and want to get back in shape or you first touched the flute last week, I can help you to improve upon your existing skills and help you advance to the next level.
After our first lesson together, I will create a customized curriculum designed specifically to address your needs as a student, and I will work with you to reach milestone goals as you progress th
rough your studies. You will have weekly goals, you will be given regular performance opportunities, you will be trained in music theory, and you will learn pedagogical techniques. I like to teach every student foundational techniques, then build upon their musical interpretation skills, and, for more advanced students, I teach music theory.
I pride myself in giving my students 110%, and I value giving my students a highly personalized private lesson experience. I hope that this philosophy resonates with you as you search for a music mentor, and I encourage you to reach out if you are interested in having private lessons tailored specifically for you.

My experience:
I started playing the flute when I was in fourth grade. My elementary school offered weekly flute classes, then in fifth grade we had weekly orchestra classes. But I loved the flute so much I wanted more. I began private lessons at 10 years old, and I have never looked back. From there, I went on to play in my high school's marching band, concert band, pit orchestra, and symphony orchestra; I played in three different flute choirs and my local youth orchestra outside of school; I earned two performance degrees from the University of North Texas (Bachelor of Music) and Stony Brook University (Master of Music); I have performed with orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Europe; I have played in pit orchestras for musicals and operas; I have competed in solo competitions, I have auditioned for professional orchestras; and I have taught dozens of students of all ages across the country.
I remain eternally grateful to all my generous mentors who have inspired me throughout my career. My mentors include notable flutists Dr. Mary Karen Clardy, Dr. Elizabeth McNutt, Francine Ross Pancost, Dr. James Scott, Terri Sundberg, Jim Walker, and Carol Wincenc.
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Hristina March 30, 2018
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Jennifer is a great flutist and instructor! She is very knowledgeable, helpful, and really knows how to articulate her ideas and communicate with the student. She is encouraging and creative in her approach towards her students. She helped me very much with my piccolo playing.
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Giovanni March 29, 2018
· Flute · Online
Jennifer Kennedy is an inspiring teacher and performer. One can be in awe with her beautiful playing and amazed of her patience in the way she teaches you to reach your goal. I DEFINITELY recommend Ms. Kennedy for private, online, Skype or at home teaching. you will not be disappointed.
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Joanne February 3, 2018
· Flute · In studio
I have listened to Jennifer as she gave flute lessons to several young beginning students. I observed that she truly cares about her students and invests herself in their progress. She has a creative teaching style, always coming up with new ways to approach the challenges of each individual student. She spends time to discover the students’ goals and structures their lesson plans accordingly. Jennifer is also a good communicator with the parents of younger students, making sure they are informed and inviting them to observe lessons if they wish. I’m sure you’ll find her a delight to work with.
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Jennifer K.

Lake Katrine, NY 12449
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$20 / 30-min

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Kingston, NY

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Anna is an lifelong improvising violinist with an eclectic array of influences. She has been an active collaborator in studio and on stage with a broad range of artists and bands in the alternative music field — as a violinist she’s known for her strong melodic and rhythmic improvisational skills, great ear and technical proficiency in jazz, classical, and American roots idioms.

After finishing her jazz performance and songwriting studies at Berklee College of Music, Anna moved to New York City and worked as a professional violinist, vocalist and composer for several years. There she wrote, performed, and recorded with a multitude of songwriters, bands, multi-media performance artists and Broadway sound designers, lending her well-versed and unique improvisational style to a wide variety of musical projects. Other artistic and personal
pursuits eventually led her to California, where she recently returned from to settle in the Hudson Valley with her young son.

Anna has been teaching private violin students for 17 years, and happily offers instruction to players of all ages and levels. Lessons are catered to the student, allowing each individual’s musical interests and proficiency level guide the process. Anna is also a certified beginning Suzuki Violin teacher, and is a warm, kind and thorough teacher.
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Daniel July 27, 2018
· Violin · In home
It was a great learning experience. Looking forward to next lesson.
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Emma July 17, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Anna is a wonderful, positive teacher. She's clearly had a lot of experience working with children and is a mother herself. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week, and thanks to this she's eager to practice regularly and is seeing a ton of progress! Thanks, Ms. Anna!
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Anna K.

Anna K.

Kingston, NY 12401
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$34 / 30-min

About Mike H.

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West Point, NY

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As a performer, I take pride in providing moving performances. One of my passion projects is making classical music more accessible through recital work and retranslating music into modern English. My work often combines stand up comedy and music to help other see that classical music is actually really cool when done right. I also have a real passion for jazz, as it is one of the most thrilling to perform.
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Mike H.

Mike H.

West Point, NY 10996
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$45 / 25-min

About Jacques G.

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Jacques Gadway is a recent graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. There he received Bachelors in Instrumental performance and minor in Chemistry. Gadway started violin at age four while living in Southern Illinois. He later moved to Homestead, Florida with his family and began playing in school and youth orchestras throughout the region. Gadway graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School where he returned to regularly to coach chamber music, teach sectionals, and give masterclasses. For the past four years, Gadway has taught chamber music through the Miami Youth for Chamber Music program. Recently, he moved to NY where he will be a fellow in the Orchestra Now. In NY he hopes to continue teaching and hopes to bring his knowledge to students regardless of where they may be through the platform of online teaching.
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Justyn August 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Jacques Gadway is a great teacher of the violin. He quickly adjusted to my pace of learning and realized my skill level which is so important! He has this sense of patience when it came to my learning and also has excellent time management within 1 hour of a lesson, as he can go on and on to lecture about ways to approach a certain technique or to a piece but somehow still finds time to move on and keeps you moving forward. Each lesson with this instructor had me leaving refreshed and inspired for another week of practice, practice, practice!
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Jacques G.

Tivoli, NY 12583
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About Keith L.

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I am a professional pianist, trombonist and music teacher. I studied at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts and The Juilliard School.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their piano performance technique. Every student is different and has different goals. I teach in a way that honors the goal of the student (and parents) while creating a stress-free environment. Learning to play piano should be fun and enjoyable, not a chore.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano and popular. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional musician, I have served as pianist and musical director for several NYC theatre comp
anies. I have been a guest performer for Norwegian Cruise Line and given solo performances at New York City's prestigious Steinway Hall.

All lesson books and music are included in the cost of your lessons with me.
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Keith L.

Keith L.

Shokan, NY 12481
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