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About Ali R.

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Songwriting is something that comes from the heart.

In my lessons, we learn the structure and forms of songs and how to write musically and lyrically. What flows and what doesn't, etc.

About Ali
Ali has had music in her life since she was in the crib. She has performed professionally in the musical theatre world and she has studied in several universities for Musical Theater, Jazz, Pop, Blues, and R&B. Since the age of sixteen, she has been selected to sing as a guest soloist for venues such as Spivey Hall, Georgia World Congress Center, and Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center. Ali has also sung for many movies and recordings, and recently recorded a demo for David Foster, Barbra Streisand, and Andrea Bocelli and recently toured as a pianist for "The Women of Ireland." She is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music and earned her BM in Music Business and Vocal Performance cum laude studying under Magi Scott, Jeff Ramsey, Jerome Kyles, and Carolyn Escoffrey, Donna McElroy, Livingston Taylor, Joan Lader, and Charlie Sorrent
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Ali is also known for playing piano. She received her minor in Piano Performance within a year at Shorter College under Helen Ramsaur. She has been playing since she was five years old and has accompanied many people and musical productions.

Some of Ali's major influences include:

Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday, and Lara Fabian, Barbra Streisand

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Ali loves to share her passion of music to the world and especially through her students. She loves to share new ideas and nuances along with the basics and fundamentals of technique. Although practice can be boring for the student, asking a student to pick at least one song to work on can help the student and the teacher have fun and learn at the same time. After a few months, not only will her students have fun, but they will learn how to be a better person and musician.

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Home Studio: Baby Grand Piano, Living room, Stands, metronome

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Just the music I assign and their appropriate instrument

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For Acting: Meisner
Piano: Just beginners- intermediate
Voice: Anything you can think of and I'll do it
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Rebecca P. August 20, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
she was fun and she let try she also gave great advice
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Nya Monet M. July 28, 2018
· Acting · In studio
My Granddaughter, Nya, LOVED Ali from the time she met her. Ali is a Great Teacher, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER! My Granddaughter wants to continue with Ali on a continuous basis! Thanks Ali
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Theresa August 25, 2015
· Piano · In home
Friendly and effective with elementary age children.
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About Ayme F.

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When I start lessons with someone I usually like to introduce songwriting early. I do this because I feel it helps to know that you are able to express yourself early on in your guitar experience. I write my own songs from a very intuitive place and feel that it is important to free up that creativity. I like to teach people how to find their voice on the instrument.

About Ayme
Music can be as simple or as intricate as you want to make it. I will to teach you how to make the most of whatever knowledge and skill you have and to have fun while you do it. My tastes are all across the board, rock and roll, country, metal, opera, I love it all. So, let me know what you are into and we can go from there.
I started playing guitar about 20 years ago and have fronted several bands that have played all over Chicago and beyond. Although I have studied ethnomusicology, theory, and composition in college, I owe my greatest debt to the Chicago musicians who inspired and later taught me. I began my private studies in flamenco guitar with Tomas de Utrera, Kelan Phil Cohran voice and theory, Hamid Drake instructed me on hand drumming, and from Rockin' Johnny Burgin I learned about the soul of blues guitar. Music is my first
love, and continues to be an endless fascination for me.

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I believe the pursuit of musical knowledge and skill should be a fun adventure and therefore, in each and every lesson with me I hope that there is laughter. I like to start off finding out what you are interested in learning, then I will create a curriculum based on those interests. I like to get students going right away playing songs so they don't get bored. By the end of three months you should have a nice little repertoire of 6 or so songs in different keys and a beginning knowledge of your instrument and by six months we will have moved into scales, solos and a bit of theory based on your progression.

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Living room, street parking. I have plenty of guitars, amps, pedals and tuners here. I also have audio recording software so we can record your lesson.

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I have guitar and tuner, student should also have a guitar.

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I would say I am best a teaching rock and blues guitar. I have also studied theory and flamenco guitar and would be able to teach beginners.
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Khushboo April 10, 2018
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Sudhir N. February 4, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · Online
It was a very good session. Although it’s quite a challenge to see the exact strokes and finger movements online during the class
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Anibal February 3, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Very patient and focused on incremental development of technique and understanding of theory, rather than just playing a song.
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About Phil H.

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Rochester, NY

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About Phil
I have my degree from The Eastman School of Music and have played rock and roll for decades. My joy is bringing people to music and music playing. As Music is an infinite language it has always been an eternal joy to teach and relate to my beloved students what music can say to them and what they can convey to others.

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"If music is not fun it is useless" I urge my students to play their instruments not practice! I will teach music theory as I teach you any style or all styles. Patience is the key and I am constantly filled with it. You will progress as you learn the ins and outs of your instrument and music.

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Room setup for lessons, with small keyboard and instruments. Ample parking available, parents can sit in on lessons and waiting area available.

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Cameron January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Cameron didn’t like his lesson, he LOVED it. It was his first lesson and Phil was extremely patient. He’s looking forward to future lessons and promises to practice! Thank you, Phil, we think we have a winner that will hopefully take time away from video games.
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John November 6, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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Pamela March 19, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Phil is so wonderful. After I retired I wanted to learn to play the flute, so I signed up for 30 minutes. I signed for 30 because you never know if you and the instructor are going to get along. I discovered that while I was in session I did fairly well. But once home alone, I would end up in tears. I decided to go from learning the flute to learning the clarinet. I was afraid I would have to find another teacher, but no. Phil pulled out his clarinet and I have been happy ever since! He has a calm demeanor, never talks down to you, multi-talented and encourages you. I finally had to go from 30 minutes to an hour. I found I would have about 15 minutes of questions on symbols, word meanings, etc.; which only left me 15 minutes of actual music. So this may also be something to think about.
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About John M.

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Despite what TakeLessons says about my location, I can come to you even if you don't live on the East side.

About John
I have an associates degree in music and I have been teaching lessons for 10 years now. I also have experience as a substitute teacher. As a substitute, I have taught all grades, all subjects, and I have helped out many kinds of students each with their own way of learning.

Besides teaching, I love learning too. Anytime I have a question I immediately start seeking out the answer. Learning never stops!

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Ever wondered how musicians write music? Why do they make the choices they make? Why do those choices work? Why does music work the way that it does? I can answer all these questions and much more.

With me as your guide, I will unlock your musical superpowers and make you capable of things you didn't know were possible. I have many different methods for teaching not only technique, but how to listen, and ho
w to think creatively so that you can unlock your full potential.

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I can provide my guitar, picks, and tuner and that's really all you will need as well.

I'll occasionally bring my laptop with me to use some music software to assist in my lessons.

I'll always have pens and paper so I can make notes or diagrams if needed. I highly recommend that my students have a spiral notebook so I can more easily cater to them.

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I specialize in many musical genres including rock, ska, punk, progressive, jazz, folk, and more. Music theory is a big part of what I do as it's the universal language of music. If you learn enough theory, you can learn ANY instrument.
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Melinda A. May 18, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son was new guitar player, he has now had several lessons with John. We have seen his skills grown exponentially. John really connects with him and keeps him engaged. He has taught him soo much in such a short span of time. John is a fantastic teacher!
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Kay-Leigh D. April 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
A wonderful teacher easy for young kids to understand
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Kristina S. October 29, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
John seems to customize his lesson to you. He teaches the basic, and theory behind why these chords go together and helps you learn the music you are interested in. He goes at a slow pace, so that you have time to practice and really pick up what he is showing you
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About Michi S.

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About Michi
Hello!

I've been playing drums for 15+ years and have studied with the following great drummers: Jeffrey Kraus, Peter Jarvis, Joel Rosenblatt, Kimberly Thompson, Dom Famularo, and Stephane Chamberland.

Throughout high school and college, I played in percussion ensembles and rock bands, performing throughout New York City and New London. Currently, I write and play my own music for a solo project called East River Soundtracks.

I offer drum lessons for beginners that cover all of the basics necessary for you to become not only a great drummer but a great MUSICIAN. The curriculum will consist of four main pillars: technique, groove, reading, and musicianship.

I absolutely LOVE this instrument and am excited to help you get started on it!

All best,

Michi
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Chris August 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Michi is a GREAT drum teacher! He is very technical and knows how to teach you the basic motions of drumming that will prevent you from become injured as you become more advance. He's also very down to earth and open to modifying lessons to suit your needs - for example... I wanted to learn technique but also how to do basic grooves so I could play along with music on my own and with friends. I learned a lot and had fun hanging out with him. Highly recommend! Thanks Michi!
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About Scott S.

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Through the foundation I've gained by the influences of Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and Suzuki musical instruction methods, I compile my own teaching materials. Using personally constructed guitar lessons, I demonstrate, instruct, and guide the student based on my assessment of their individual needs, skill level, and progress. Lessons are formulated in Modules, and advancement through them is based on the student's personal aptitude, skill level, and practice commitment. Learning is accomplished by ear as well as through essential methods of musical notation (tablature, 5-line staff, rhythmic comprehension). Students are trained to perform written music as well as to write and express the music within themselves.
I'm an encouraging and motivating guitar teacher with a casual relaxed approach. Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.

About Scott
The key to learning guitar......is finding the right instructor!

I am an encouraging, effective guitar instructor and an experienced performing musician, offering in-person beginner through intermediate guitar instruction in my home and on line.

It is very rewarding to me to help others along the journey of creative expression through music. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.
To kick back after a long day and let your soul speak through a musical instrument is a wonderful release. Please let me guide you along this incredible adventure to bring out that inner artist!

You'll learn guitar playing posture, strumming patterns and an understanding of rhythm, tuning, chords progressions and chord theory, basic principle
s of reading tablature and 5 line staff, and great popular songs. You'll be playing your favorite tunes in no time!

Through formal and self- instructed lessons from age 12, I've learned country, folk, blues, rock, and metal techniques and formed several local bands as lead vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist.
Writing and recording my own music has been a hobby for over 30 years.

An active music enthusiast from a young age, I began with clarinet technique and music theory from age 9 through public schools, performing in orchestra and marching band.
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James May 12, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I started with Scott as a newbie and he has definitely helped me grow as a guitarist. He takes time and makes things easier to learn. As complicated learning can be, he simplifies it and breaks it down. When I feel like I’m not progressing he always shows me how I am. His modules are easy to follow. His teaching style is compatible with all types of learners whether you are visual, hands on or a listener. It’s not just business with him. He’s always available for questions after or between lessons. He’s knowledgeable in equipment so don’t hesitate to ask for some advice on what to buy. He’s affordable and lesson times are flexible. I highly recommend him for all ages and learning needs.
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Curtis April 7, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Scott has been a great help to me, filling in the gaps and teaching exactly what I request: techniques, specific songs, and lesson times at work for me. He communicates well and follows up after each lesson with emails.
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Leah November 27, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
This is my first time ever taking lessons and learning guitar with an instructor. Scott has been amazing and I’ve learned so much from only two lessons so far. After leaving my first lesson with Scott I had the excitement to start learning and Couldn’t wait to get home to practice!
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About Keith C.

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During your lessons, you will learn different ways to go about composing compelling songs across different genres. Throughout your lessons, you will learn about chord progressions, writing melodies, and writing lyrics.

About Keith
Hi! My name is Keith, and I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and a BOE Certified English teacher for eightyears. I have been playing guitar and bass for 15 years, and have been playing ukelele for five. I can't wait to teach you your favorite songs, as well as help you write your own!

I also offer tutoring in English Language Arts for all grades from kindergarten to college. Whether you need help starting or finishing your essay, or need help understanding a difficult text, I'm here to help you out. I also tutor for PARCC and SAT. Have the comfort of knowing a State of NJ certified teacher is helping you out!
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Tom June 10, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've been seeing Keith for guitar lessons for several years now. Everyone says learning an instrument as an adult (I'm in my 40's) would be insurmountable, but Keith made it easy. Highly recommended.
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Feyi R. February 19, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I found Keith to be very reliable, patient, knowledge in several subjects, flexible with problem solving and understanding of children's moods and personalities. He comes with a wide array of talent and is willing to meet your child at his/her interest level and learning style. He even switched from tutoring reading to art because my child totally refused to be tutored in reading.
He came prepared and on time every time, ready to tutor in either subject because my child was difficult, uncooperative and would not stick to her scheduled sessions. Through all this Keith remained dedicated, supportive and patient. He worked with us even to the premature ending of our sessions, and even then he remained understanding and supportive of our decision to end.
If there's one tutor I'd recommend; it would be Keith. He WILL make every effort to reach your child and engage them in the learning process to attain positive growth and development, you will NOT be disappointed in any way.
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Stacy M. November 21, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Keith has done a wonderful job introducing my son Thomas to bass guitar. From the first lesson my son enjoyed Keith's style of teaching. Keith is very flexible in adjusting to the learning style of the student. My son had particular songs he wanted to learn and Keith was open to helping him become familiar with the instrument through the songs that appealed to Thomas. I would highly recommend Keith for students at all levels. Keith is an experienced, personable, and talented teacher.
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About John M.

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Experienced professional teacher of 20 years, specializing in the beginner/advanced guitar, bass and also recording arts student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. You will be playing songs in no time, while building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, composition, and more. Want to play your favorite songs? Interested in learning to write and record your own music? I will help you build a solid foundation while tailoring to your personal tastes and goals. I also offer recording, mixing and producing of songs that you have composed.
Let's get started!

About John
I am a professional modern musician specializing as a guitar/ bass, songwriting, and recording arts instructor. I completed my studies at Mira Costa College and specialized in Music Theory, Song Writing, Recording Arts and Midi Music production.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their their chosen area of interest. I can help any student to play with freedom and confidence. I also specialize in helping the individual find their unique sound in music while having a wonderful time doing it. Students will learn to read and write music, pursue excellence, and express their dreams.

I currently teach many students of all different ages, experience levels, and styles. In my program I offer the benefits of having studied music performance, recording arts, and teaching for over 30 years.
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Shay November 27, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I really enjoy learning guitar with John. He is very knowledgable about music, and is patient and gentle in his teaching style. I'm well on my way to turning my lyrics into songs thanks to John's lessons and influence.
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Aaron November 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
John is an outstanding guitar teacher. I have taken lessons from multiple instructors over the years and hands down his teaching is the best. His ability to take complex ideas and formulate them into an easy to understand curriculum is awesome. He makes learning any song much easier and his method is very inspirational. I leave every lesson wanting to play guitar for hours and I have recommended him to many friends and family members. With his 30 years of experience, his passion for all styles of music, and his friendly and positive nature there really isn't any better teacher in the valley.
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David November 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been taking lessons from John for two years,I learn something new with every lesson. I would highly recommend John he is very easy to learn from,
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