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About Juan C.

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New York, NY

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Years of experience as a live musician and teacher. I focus on bringing out your personal voice and to acquire the necessary technique to achieve your musical goals.

About Juan
New York city composer and guitarist Juan Calderon is a native of Ecuador raised in Colombia. He immigrated to Miami at age 20 to escape the political climate of the late 90’s, and resides in Manhattan since 2008.

Juan’s music blends elements from his unique life experiences, having been raised as an only child by a single mother in a bohemian environment. He was a recording and touring rock guitarist in Colombia, and he has studied East Asian music extensively, inspired by interaction with musicians and artists in China, Japan, and Indonesia.

His latest accomplishments include a performance of his composition “Reino Incierto” at Carnegie Hall (2015) and Sounds of the City, as well as a performance of his guitar quartet composition “Rising” by the UK guitar quartet.

Juan Calderon currently studies classical guitar with Mark D
elPriora, chair of the Guitar Department at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a master degree in composition. His mentors include composers Susan Botti, Reiko Fueting, and electronic music pioneer Joel Chadabe. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida, where he studied jazz guitar with Tom Lippincott, and composition with Susan Epstein-Garcia.

Juan is also an avid cartoonist, collector of rare books and little cars, food adventurer and runner.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar teaching encompasses many disciplines. One has to be a bit of a psychologist in order to gauge a potential student needs and musical sensibilities. The mathematical aspect of musical notation and rhythm makes us part mathematicians. In the end, there is also a self-actualizing aspect to guitar teaching in the sense that we are always witness to those moments that made us decide a career on music.
During my years of guitar teaching I have encountered many types of students, and I have learned from them as much as they have learned from me as they make me question aspects of music that I would have never thought about. I have learned to not take for granted the definition of concepts such as rhythm and harmony, and to look at guitar technique from different perspectives as I find ways to accommodate to a student’s capabilities. Ultimately, it is also a job that requires a lot of planning and structure. My first step, generally, is to assess the student’s ability and interest to find material suitable for them. Then, I proceed to familiarize with the student’s musical tastes and sensibilities to assign practice material accordingly. For example, if the student is interested in rock or pop music, we will work on a particular song that fits his level and also solves a particular technical problem. During that process I will answer any of the student’s questions, and provide insight into musical terminology. We will also work on basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony. My training as a composer and jazz guitarists also enables me to tap into the student’s creative side. In that case, we would start with a basic blues progression and blues scales, and work on the basics of improvisation or songwriting.

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Basement studio w/ small keyboard, amp, acoustic guitar, 3 electric guitars, music books w/ seating for parents and lots of magazines!

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I provide music sheets, students should have an instrument, tuner, paper, pencil, and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
I teach fundamentals of music theory, principles of jazz improvisation, classical guitar technique and repertoire, song writing, pop songs, sight reading, and overall musicianship, as well as Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, and other Latin Styles.
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Dawn G. July 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is wonderful and very knowledgeable in music. He is very patient and makes you feel comfortable. I leave a lesson feeling like I am accomplished and relaxed. It nice to see progress in such a little time. I go home with enthusiasm to learn more and want practice to do so.
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Chrystine R. February 14, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
With a patient and intuitive approach, Juan tailors each lesson to fit not only the student’s skill level, but also desire for depth of understanding. When I first began taking lessons, I was only able to plunk a few chords and play along with a few basic songs. However, over the course of a year and a half with Juan, I gained a foundational knowledge of the classical guitar, as well as the confidence to site read and play a range of other styles of guitar music. He seamlessly integrated music theory concepts into song studies, helping me learn major/minor scales and chord shapes, and then apply this knowledge to better understand song structures and composition. It has been such a great experience learning from Juan, especially because he is both an exemplary teacher and guitar player!
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Dionne T. May 4, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Juan is awesome. He makes learning guitar easy and never complicates it .. and makes it fun. He's a great teacher.
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Juan C.

Juan C.

New York, NY 10027
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About John L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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I tried to teach guitar in the same manner in which I teach every instrument. First I teach students the rudiments of the instrument. Also I teach them how to read and a bit of music theory. From that point I like to follow the students lead. They bring in songs that they would like to learn, or possibly how to play lead guitar, or how to finger pick. At every point I try to point out general aspects of music that need to be learned from the material that they choose.

About John
Hello,

Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.

Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!

I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.

It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pri
de myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.

I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.

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My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.

I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.

In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.

And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***

Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.

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As requested

*** Specialties ***
I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop.
I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well.
I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
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Aidan September 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very comfortable atmosphere. John asked my son what his goals were and tgen taylored instruction to help him meet those goals..We were very pleased! We highly recommend him.
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Okokon O. March 5, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
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Aviane V. October 30, 2013
· Piano ·
Love my lessons

John is an amazing teacher all around. Very professional and good at getting me to understand things which may be a bit confusing. I am currently reading and playing between four books and I never thought it would be possible especially just after taking lessons for a year. Sometimes I feel a bit frustraited when I am not able to play certain pieces or when I dont understand a concept but John is great at breaking everything down and making it easier. I am now realizing how my piano skills can be utilizied in my other music projects. When I attend my lessons I am reminded why I love having them so much. With him as my instructor I can see my skills improving and I know I will only get better. I recommend piano lessons to everyone and if you are looking to have a great teacher John is your go to person !
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John L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Gio A.

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I have been playing guitar for about 25 years and teaching for about seven years now. I played in a punk/rock band in high school and have since studied classical and jazz guitar. Currently I write and perform songs in a folk/acoustic style.

I studied classical guitar at the University of Central Florida, performing solo and ensemble repertoire. I can teach proper technique with both hands, music notation, tablature, sight reading, harmonic theory, and how to realize "orchestral" compositions.

I can teach shredding lead guitar riffs or strumming rhythm (typically acoustic) guitar. Whatever genre or style you're into, and whatever skill level you find yourself - I can help you play the songs you love.

About Gio
I studied music at UCF (Orlando), focusing on classical and jazz guitar, but I also have years of experience playing rock, blues, folk, hip-hop, and musical theater on both guitar and drums.

I have been teaching guitar, drums, and piano for about eight years to students of all ages. Music is what I'm passionate about and it's what I enjoy. I want to inspire that same passion into the hearts and minds of others.

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I am a laid-back teacher, fun, and I focus on the needs, abilities, and ambitions of the student. In turn, students must realize that learning an instrument takes a lot of work and dedication. One can't expect to learn very much if s/he only practices or thinks about the instrument during the lesson. If the student is willing to put some time into practicing, then I will help them go far!

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I have several guitars, a drum kit, djembe, mandolin, clarinet and full-size keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Classical, jazz, American or Irish folk, rock and pop; lead or rhythm.
Drums & Percussion: All genres
Piano: Classical (includes sight reading)
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Michelle P. January 11, 2018
· Banjo · Online
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Ian C. July 7, 2017
· Drum · In studio
1 lesson and he wants to go back so it is a win for me.. Gio is an educator and knowledgeable on many instruments.
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Steve May 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Gio is an encouraging and helpful teacher!
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Gio A.

New York, NY 10034
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About Tara L.

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Hastings on Hudson, NY

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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara
I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro
m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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joseph January 10, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
So much fun. Tara has an infectious attitude for teaching! You can tell she loves it.
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Mercedes October 5, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
Tara is very knowledgeable and really connects well with her students.
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Marcy March 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Tara is a wonderful teacher. She made me feel comfortable about my short fingers even before we met for my first guitar lesson. She said she was sure she'd get me playing and we'd have some fun, and she was right! She's patient and respectful for where I'm at musically and short fingers and all, I'm finally, after a couple failed attempts at teaching myself, making music with this guitar!
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Tara L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
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About Stephen D.

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My students cover a wide range, from bluegrass to concert classical. The correct technique is the one that will be able to underlay any musical style. For example, if the left hand is flexible and well-formed, then blues, Bach and flamenco all will come more easily. This core is essential, because even at the most beginning stages, the student should be able to play with musical expression. Books I commonly use are Suzuki and Parkening--but I equally commonly use other materials.

About Stephen
I have been playing music on the violin since the age of 7, composing since I was 14, and playing and performing on the guitar since I was 18. I've written a lot of music, and this past spring had works performed in Virginia and two in Manhattan.

I have taught music for over 15 years, in colleges, music schools and privately. One thing that I have noticed is that, with more experience, I have a lot more fun--and so do my students.
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Sandra March 8, 2017
· Banjo · In home
Stephen is amazing and talented. He is very understanding of the initial frustration of learning a new instrument and makes it interesting and fun.
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Megan October 14, 2015
· Violin · In home
Mr. D is a very good teacher at violin. I give him 5 stars because he is nice and a good teacher.
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Eve September 29, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Stephen has been teaching my son Classical Guitar lessons for over four years now, and he is one of the best music instructors we've had. Stephen is a very motivated and inspiring teacher, my son absolutely loves his music classes. We are happy to have a truly dedicated teacher, who loves working with kids and is able to pass his genuine passion for music to others. Thank you, Stephen!
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Yonkers, NY 10705
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About Pasha S.

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I can help you to prepare for some events (like concert, festival, music competition, etc). And I can teach you to play everything from classical pieces to pop songs.

But as for me, if you can play classical music - pop music will be very easy. If you can read notes, any play chords - you can play any song, any music you like :)

About Pasha
I've started to play the guitar when I was 7 years old. I will be always thankful to my Grandmother - she took me to the Prokofiev's Music School (Vladivostok, Russia), where I passed all the entry tests, and started to learn music in Aleksandr Smirnov's class.

Since 9 years old I took part in many music contests and events.
There are:

1st place - City contest "Young Guitarist" (1999)
1st place - Regional contest "Young Guitarist" (1999)

1st place - City contest "Young Guitarist" (2001)
2nd place - Regional contest "Young Musicians" (2001)

1st place - Music School contest (2002)
3rd place - National contest "Russian Sunrise" (2002)

1st place - City contest "Young Guitarist" (2003)
3rd place - Regional contest "Young Musicians" (2003)

1st place - City contest "Young Guitarist" (2005)
1st place - Regional contest "Y
oung Musicians" (2005)

Gran Prix - City contest "Young Guitarist" (2007)
1st place - Regional contest "Young Musicians" (2007)

Since I came to US in 2010 I didn't play the guitar for 6 years. After trying myself in several fields, I understood that music is the only way of my life that gives me love and freedom. In 2016 I started to play again, reminding myself all the techniques and pieces that I've played in the past. Now I do private lessons, perform in bars, and sometimes I play music on subway stations spreading my talent all over around.
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Pasha S.

New York, NY 10025
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$15 / 30-min

About Brian C.

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New Rochelle, NY

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I teach Rock, Blues, Jazz and Classical Guitar Styles. My teaching goal is to make you a better player. During lessons you can expect each subject to be explained so that you understand its musical relevance to your playing. I am a very patient teacher who has had great success with students of all levels.

About Brian
I graduated Cum Laude from New York University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance. I have performed all styles of music on club dates, college shows, concerts, and recording dates.

I have also released a full length commercial recording of my original pop/rock music. Currently,I am teaching full time, performing, and composing.

I enjoy working with new students to develop their playing. My experience and teaching skills have yielded great results.
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Michael (&Son) E. December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
patient, fun, flexible. everything we were looking for. highly recommended
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Stafford W. March 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
Brian has been wonderful so far! He is great with our 6 year old and challenges him at an appropriate level while still making the lessons and learning very fun.
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Sahteen G. February 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter enjoyed the lesson and couldnt wait to play Mary Had a Little Lamb for me when I got home from work. Thanks Brian!
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Brian C.

New Rochelle, NY 10804
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About David R.

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The first thing I do when I meet a student is to interview the student and find out why they want to learn how 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 binder guitar workbook and having a teaching degree I create all of the lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, chords, rhythm, scales, arpeggios, songs, song form, and exercises etc. I use a color coded method to teach scales, chords and theory that I created that help students not only understand scales but also they are able to see visually where chords come from. I break down each song into easy digestible parts so students can learn a ...

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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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Brewster, NY 10509
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About Lauren S.

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Lauren has played the guitar since age 11 and offers lessons tailored to the needs and desires of each student. Lauren favors the Hal Leonard and Alfred guitar method books for teaching children, and she approaches each lesson with patience, care, and an eye for detail.

About Lauren
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Lauren Seay is an active performer and music educator based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from North Carolina State University. During her time in graduate school, Lauren studied vocal jazz with Grammy-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry and double bass with Harvie S and Jay Anderson. In her home state of North Carolina, Lauren gained recognition for her eclectic musical style, her unique voice and her ability to play and sing simultaneously in the jazz idiom. She was lauded as a “revelation” in Triad City Beat for her vocal and bass performance in the 2015 Miles Davis Ja
zz Festival at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren is an avid performer in the New York jazz scene and appears at venues such as the legendary 55 Bar, where she enjoyed a monthly residency. She has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cosmopolitan Club, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Cornelia St Cafe, Zinc Bar, Club Bonafide, Swing 46, Caffe Vivaldi, as well as other venues in the city. Lauren enjoys sharing her love of music with her students and has taught both privately and in New York City schools, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program. In addition to playing bass and singing, Lauren also plays piano, clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass and acoustic guitar.
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Sree K. April 14, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Lauren is amazing and so patient. She is also awesome at making concepts real to an adult beginner like me. I am so happy to be working with her!
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Lauren S.

New York, NY 10027
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About Andrea P.

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In my 20 years of teaching experience i have learned that each student have unique different way of learning. Specializing in the beginner/intermediate guitar student I give a lot of variety in learning options. Your rhythm develops, you learn how to read, play & write music. I like to incorporate riffs and songs you want to learn for a more fun lesson!

About Andrea
I am a piano, cello, guitar, flute & voice teacher, I started learning music since i was little and went to casa de cultura in Colombia, where i learned to play cello, there I was part of the youth symphonic orchestra and traveled a lot.
I teach students of all different ages and experience levels how to read, write and make music using music notations depending on the goals and preference of the student.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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antonella February 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very happy with Andrea, she is a very good teacher, she knows what she is doing and she teaches very well
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Zara January 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher, she knows how to teach kids in a way they feel very comfortable and learn without difficulty, the very first class and my kid was already playing piano!
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Andrea P.

Kearny, NJ 07032
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David Bowie Tribute: "Space Oddity" Guitar Tutorial [Video]
The music world lost one of its brightest stars this week, as legendary musician David Bowie passed away Monday at the age of 69. To celebrate Bowie's life and tremendous talent, TakeLessons guitar instructor Jonathan B. put together this special guitar tutorial to help you learn to play one of Bowie’s classic songs. In this step-by-step tutorial, learn the Space Oddity chords and the special techniques Bowie used to play his acoustic hits. Pay special attention to the left-hand chord voi

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