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Massapequa, NY

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Currently Thomas is an Orchestra Director in Merrick Public Schools, and has previous experience as a Music Teacher in New York City.

Thomas has vast experience as a professional performer and has played with countless acts across many different Genres of music.

Thomas is an experienced private instructor and will bring the best out of every student. Experienced will all ages, skill levels, music styles, special needs, and everything else that comes along with teaching.

Thomas holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, as well as an Assosiates Degree in Music Perforance from NCC.
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Laura January 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great teacher! Both my kids love him. He's patient, great with kids, prepared and talented. Can't say enough great things!
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Dylan November 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
My experience with Thomas has been great! My son can get distracted easily and Thomas keeps his attention and demonstrates the right balance of patience and firmness to keep my son engaged while letting him know the importance of practice and proper technique. He was definitely the right choice for my son:)
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John November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Thomas is great at helping you get to your goal
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Massapequa, NY 11758
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About Matthew
My father, Al Miller, was a prominent drum teacher on Long Island who taught hundreds of people throughout his career. My musical background began in the early 70's. From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. He entered me in the drum corps where I learned a lot about playing with other drummers and also entered me in various drum competitions. I came in first place in the state for the Louie Bellson National Drum Contest when I was 11, but failed miserably when my sight reading was not good enough to get me to the next level. I worked real hard to get my reading up to par after that.

I received full scholarships to Berklee College of Music in Boston, North Texas State University
and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, a truly great teacher. His instruction was so meaningful to me. I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Riley, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. Frank Bellucci was very helpful when I was experiencing pain in my right hand. There were many others including Mark Hymes for piano and Joe Cavallaro for vibraphone.

I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South America. Playing with BS&T was a great experience for me, and certainly taught me how to deal with different personalities.

I've always worked - playing (both club-dates and music that I enjoy), teaching and producing. I run a recording studio now, which is perhaps my favorite place to be. I'm in there as much as possible.

Most recently, I spent three years touring Europe with The Healers!, a hard hitting blues band from New York.

Since 2006, I've been producing music for the Oprah Winfrey Show. While her show was on the air, you would often hear my drumming during the "Bumper Music" section in between commercial breaks or during guest introductions. I've also played on some film scores including The Christopher Walken movie, 5 Dollars a Day.
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Frank P. June 6, 2016
· Drum · In home
Matthew has been great. I could not be more satisfied. I am a senior citizen and he has been patient and enthusiastic. Happy to recommend him to all.
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Ed P. April 24, 2015
· Drum · In home
Met with Matthew at my home for my first lesson after an earlier phone chat to
discuss my background and goals.

Matthew is well spoken, motivated, friendly, and experienced in playing jazz, blues, and rock.

Lesson was a good sign of things to come. Matthew helped right away with a few tips on playing styles, kit setup, and hand grip to improve my speed and articulation.

Next few lessons will be addressing hand- foot independence and perhaps even a little jazz improve, or more advanced rock beats.

It was great to have a teacher like Matthew with both music education and field experience observe my playing and suggest improvements that work for max
effect! He's quite a drummer himself, and briefly sat on my set and illustrated a few concepts.
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Brian C. February 20, 2013
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Often an accomplished musician might not make the best teacher. Matthew, however, is both an outstanding teacher and musician. The son of a well known drummer/teacher, Matt has clearly learned what it takes to be a successful teacher himself. Coupled with his personal accomplishments as a drummer, Matt has what it takes to teach drummers at any level...novice to expert. I really enjoy my lessons with Matt and know that if I stick with his instructions, I will reach my goals.
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Matthew M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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About Teresa D.

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Port Chester, NY
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I am passionate about music and during lessons, besides flute, you will learn to read music and lovely melodies on the flute.

I earned a MM at San Diego State University, and a BM at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), studying with Pamela V. Martchev, Catherine Ransom and Leopoldo González.

I have work as flute teacher at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego; REDES 2025, Tijuana and maintains a private studio in San Diego. A founding member and current teacher at ‘Música para la Paz’, AC; a non-profit organization in Ensenada, Mexico; where non-privileged and orphanage kids receive weekly and free music lessons.

I have participated in master classes with Lorna McGuee, Leslies Newman, Pattrick Gallois and Ransom Wilsom at The Banff Centre (2015–16), Jean Ferrandis at San Diego Flute Guild Spring Festival (2015)
, Martin Michael Köfler (2015), Jim Walker at Colburn School of Music (2014), Carol Wincenc, John Barcelona and Rena Urso-Trampani at CSU Monterey, Flute Comprehensive Seminar (2013). On 2015, she won 2nd place on the Excerpt Competition organized by San Diego Flute Guild.

In concerts I have performed with figures as Plácido Domingo and Ana Maria Martínez; and recently recorded an album with Orquesta de Baja California–Sinfónica de Querétaro accompanying the Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlán.

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I can provide a music stand and music that each student will require.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music.
Have been teaching for 10 years in a wide range of ages and programs, from College classes to individual lessons.
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Stefanie P. April 1, 2017
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Teresa is a wonderful flutist and teacher who is very passionate about her students. She is highly dependable and thorough in everything she does, and is extremely personable and friendly. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Divya N. January 25, 2017
· Flute · In home
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Kristen K. January 11, 2017
· Flute ·
Teresa is a fantastic teacher, patient, kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable. She is a very skilled flutist and can demonstrate anything. She works very hard, is always prepared and is very accommodating. I would recommend her for all levels of students and for any personality type. Teresa is a great flutist and teacher!
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Teresa D.

Port Chester, NY 10573
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About Penny H.

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Born in Cebu City, Philippines in 1990, raised primarily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries, and pursuing further education in the United States of America, Hopengrace ("Penny") is a Global Nomad currently situated in the Greater New York City Area.

She started taking music lessons from her mother at the age of four and learned to read music at the same time she started to read storybooks. ​From the age of ten, Hopengrace took violin lessons, during her parents' rare furloughs, from Mr. Frederico Regner, a World War II veteran returned from the United States. While in the Philippines for a combined year of junior and senior level high school, she took violin lessons from Mr. Marc Hamlet Mercado and Mr. Rodelio Flores. Hopengrace has also taken coaching from Ms. Princess Christine Ybañez to prepare for competit
ion in the Solo String (Bowed) category of the 14th National Student Convention in which she won 2nd Place.

In 2007, Hopengrace received a Presidential Scholarship from Tennessee Temple University (TTU). There she studied violin under Mrs. Laura Minor (B.Mus. Vanderbilt University, MA Music NYU). She also took piano from Mrs. Carolyn Kemp​ (BS Mus.Ed. Baptist Bible College, MA Mu. Ed. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and voice from Dr. William Knowles and Mr. Michael Mays (BS Mus. Perf. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MA Church Music Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).

In 2008, as a member of TTU's Weigle Concert Choir, Hopengrace had the privilege to be chosen to sing with a combined choir in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. David Thye, Principal Conductor-in-Residence of MidAmerica Productions. She became a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra (CSOYO) ​in the fall of that year and continued performing with them for three seasons. She also participated in the special orchestra for the annual Chattanooga Boys' Choir "Singing Christmas Tree" concerts at the Tivoli Theatre. In 2010, world-renowned violinist Midori chose CSOYO as one of two youth orchestras for her annual Orchestra Residencies Program, and Hopengrace had the rare opportunity to perform with one of her inspirations in concert.

Hopengrace​ became a registered Suzuki Method Violin Teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on July 2011. She has also trained in Orff-Schulwerk.

During her travels around the world, Hopengrace struggled to keep her art alive. However, she has often been complemented for her distinctive strong, full-bodied tone​ and adaptability. Her range varies from Baroque to Modern. She plays on a John Cheng 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri model violin with both wood and carbon fiber bows.

​Hopengrace welcomes students and employment while she prepares for entrance in a Master of Music in Performance program. She hopes to start on that new chapter of her life in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the impact of Venezuela's El Sistema program and her own experiences during her travels, Hopengrace hopes to use her talents to enable or build similar programs both while she teaches and in the lands where she was raised. ​

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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
“Play with heart. Play with living soul.”
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
As a teacher, my goal is to instruct as well as inspire each student to reach for his or her highest potential. I hope to give each student the tools to progress so that one day they can be their own best teacher, and play with a sound and style that is uniquely their own. Most importantly, I hope to instill a desire to learn and a mindset that the art of violin playing is fun and that it is just as we call it--playing. My teaching abilities range from beginning through advanced levels. Students must have a desire to learn and commit to daily (mindful) practice.

I am a Suzuki Violin teacher. This means that I am trained to work with even the youngest of musicians in a nurturing , fun and challenging way. Dr. Suzuki believed that it was important to develop a noble character in all children through the mastery of a musical instrument. He also believed that all children were capable of this mastery if the environment is saturated with music and love. My students enjoy playing the violin because they are given the tools they need to play beautifully and to make progress on their instrument. Each lesson will focus on proper set up and posture, technical work and musical direction/ideas that will inspire them to carry on their work throughout the week. I demonstrate quite a bit in the lessons, as I find it is the most effective way to communicate in music. However, I am only with the student once a week, therefore much of the lesson is geared towards helping the parent and child understand what his/her home tasks are, and how to carry them out successfully. 10 minutes of mindful practice is worth an hour of careless work.
“There is no born genius. Education is the way to develop ability.”
— Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
​Parental support and involvement is key to any child’s progress, especially at the beginning stages. Parents of young beginners are encouraged to take a few lessons before starting their child on the instrument. Parents serve as a practice coach/partner during daily home practice sessions and are required to attend and participate in their child’s lessons. Listening to recordings and attending live concerts are strongly recommended to increase musical awareness and enthusiasm in the student.

In spite of my rigorous Suzuki training, my unorthodox learning experience has taught me the value of being flexible and using methods that work best for a specific individual. I am not averse to seeking and applying a new method (eg. traditional, Masterclass, O'Connor, etc.) if the situation calls for it.

What should be expected from a Teacher/Student relationship?

I think a student should expect their teacher to give them honest, thoughtful feedback. Just enough that they can manage the information at that time. The teacher should give detailed instruction on ways the student can improve, without destroying the students sense of self worth or spirit. On the contrary, the teacher must always find a way to see the student as having great potential. This way, no matter how limited the current level of ability may be, there is hope for growth. Even without saying it, the student will feel the teachers' attitude towards him and may become that person (for better or for worse). The student should expect to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by their teacher. The teacher should expect that the student and the parents commit to daily practice, and have a desire to improve. The student must apply his/her teacher's feedback while always searching within himself for ways to develop. Mutual respect is key.

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living room, baby grand piano, couch, two chairs, residential area, street parking

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own violin, music stand, and teaching books. I expect my students to provide their own instruments, music stand, and student books.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Orff-Schulwerk, classical, film, fiddle, world music, new age, popular, contemporary classical
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Penny H.

Westbury, NY 11590
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About tamara p.

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I started to play piano when I was 6 years old. After I finished music school, I continued to study music in junior college and finally in Gnesins' Academy of Music. While I was studying, I started to work as a pianist in Drama Theater and as an accompanist for singers, violinist and cellist in different music schools. After i've got my Master degree in Gnesins' Academy of Music, I started to work as a teacher in college. I am teaching in US since 1991. I was working as a piano and music theory teacher in music schools and my private studio. I am using traditional method and, of course, I have individual approach to each student, because everyone is so special and goals are very different. Most of my students take NYSSMA and have the highest scores. What unite all my students - love to music.
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Leslie July 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My children have been taking piano lessons with Tamara since 2005. Both started when they were 6 years old. She is amazing! Tamara is SO knowledgeable and has a gift for teaching. She is a serious teacher and has pushed my children to reach their fullest potential. She has always done so with understanding and kindness though. They love her. I travel more than 1/2 hour each way for their lessons but it is definitely worth it! My children have progressed much more quickly than their peers studying with other piano teachers. They have been exposed to pieces from various composers and studied music theory as well. Both have taken several NYSSMA exams and they've both scored at the highest level on every one. My daughter has already completed all 6 levels. My son is 13 years old and planning to take level 5 next Spring. I would HIGHLY recommend her for students of all levels and ages. She can teach the beginner as well as the more advanced. She has also been VERY flexible with lesson days and times. [working around my son's busy sports schedule]. She is a treasure in Glen Cove!
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Kelly July 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was studying with Tamara for 4 years. I started as a beginner when I was 13 years old and I was able to pass NISSMA level 6 with the highest score. Tamara is a great teacher, very patient and in the same time also demanding. It was a pleasure.
Recommend to everybody.
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Anu July 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Tamara is a talented, exceptional and inspiring teacher for my 2 kids. She has been teaching them for 5 years. She is always caring, constantly encouraging them to play challenging pieces, and very patient. She has instilled in them a love for music, and my kids have in turn grown in their musical ability.
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Glen Cove, NY 11542
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Hicksville, NY

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American violinist Emily V. is an active and versatile performer of chamber and orchestral music. As a chamber musician, Emily has appeared with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in the ensemble's Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo in a concert that has been broadcast on WWFM, and is a member of Trio des Waldes, a horn trio that has performed throughout NYC and on the Bucks County (PA) Performing Arts concert series.

As an orchestral violinist, she regularly performs with the Symphony of Westchester and the Chappaqua Orchestra; previously, she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, and the pit orchestra for LoftOpera, and as section violinist in the Columbus and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. She was an orchestral fellow
with the National Repertory Orchestra, and has attended the Bowdoin International and Madeline Island Music Festivals.

Emily maintains a private teaching studio of twenty students ages 3 to adult in the NYC/Long Island area. Additionally, she teaches group violin classes, as well as after school private lessons in the NYC public schools through Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. In the summers of 2013-2015, she was Junior Faculty at the Stringwood Chamber Music Camp.

Emily received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Columbus State University, where she was named the Presser Scholar, and received her master's from Mannes College of Music. Currently, Emily is pursuing a DMA in Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her major teachers include Daniel Phillips, Lewis Kaplan, Muneko Otani, and Sergiu Schwartz. In 2016, she completed violin teacher training through Opus 118 Harlem School of Music's intern program.
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Hailey G. December 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Hailey had a great first lesson. Very enthusiastic. Proud of learning proper stance and handling of violin.
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Julia October 7, 2017
· Violin · In home
Emily was great. My daughter is very excited for her next lesson!
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Samuel September 28, 2017
· Viola · In home
Emily is a very focused and professional teacher. She gives instructions clearly.
My son seems to understand the concepts much better just after a few lessons and he has improved quite a lot since. We are very happy with Emily.
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Emily V.

Hicksville, NY 11801
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About Carolyn M.

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New York, NY

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Born and raised on Long Island, Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to
some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
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David November 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · Online
Very grateful for all the things I learned with Carolyn! I couldn't have asked for a better chance to learn voice-acting. Would recommend for those wanting to break into the voice-over business!
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Karen August 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I need help holding my notes and other area
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Diana C. August 22, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Carolyn is very dedicated and detailed with her teaching and exercises. She cares so much! She is sure to hit every question and concern and skillfully notices areas of improvement. I came out with way more than I expected!
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Carolyn M.

Massapequa Park, NY 11762
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About Erik E. D.

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Basically, I'm very good at what I do. If you want someone who's a fountain of information, who can give you hours of background and detail on a Chopin piece or the like, and knows what it takes to get to the point where you can pretty much play anything, I'm your guy. If you want someone to teach your daughter Mary Had A Little Lamb, I can do that too, and that's often where it all starts!

I've been teaching for 12 years and have had well over 150 different students in that time: Kids, retirees, beginner to advanced.
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Brian February 14, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Erik varies the subject matter of each lesson which makes it very interesting and informative. He makes sure I am 'stretched' each time but his patience with a complete beginner makes his lessons very enjoyable
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Nelson O. September 3, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Erik was very cool and knowledgable. Knows exactly how to explain and demostrate so you understand and learn!! Awesome teacher!!
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Brian August 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Erik has been my piano/guitar teacher for about 6 years now and the experience has been amazing. His knowledge and skill in piano, guitar and music in general has helped learning a lot more simple and entertaining. He's always been patient with my brother and I and we both enjoy the lessons. I highly recommend having Erik as a teacher!
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Massapequa Park, NY 11762
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I have loved playing the violin since I started playing at age 5! I continue to learn and grow on the violin every day and love to share what I have learned. I studied at Juilliard and love to teach as well as play.
Whether starting a beginner, erasing technical "black holes"in a continuing players journey or rebuilding a returning adult player, it's always fun!
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Danette December 21, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Such a great talent with an intuitive ability to know what each student needs to succeed. So happy I found her.
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Beryl C.

Wilton, CT 06897
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Copiague, NY

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Andy has been involved in music his entire working life playing the piano, home keyboard and home organ (not classical style) for over 40 years. He and his wife recently moved from the UK where he studied piano, achieving a jazz piano performance degree. He went on to work in the music industry for many years. This included working for a number of music education organizations producing materials for the Technics Music Academy and Yamaha Music School systems, training teachers for these systems, many piano / keyboard performances across the UK and Europe plus over 30 visits to Japan to work on instrument design for Yamaha and Casio. However, he continued to teach piano / keyboard on a private basis through all these activities. Teaching is his passion and he is a friendly, positive and reliable person who has assisted many students o
f all ages and all levels to improve their musical skills. He can teach all styles of music but has an expertise for Jazz (improvisation, jazz scales, chord structures, etc) Blues, American Song Book and artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting etc. He will come to your home and teach on your instrument which is very important. He will shape the tuition process to the individual needs of the student and looks forward to meeting and helping you reach your musical goals.
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Douglas C. January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Andrew was Personable informative and a good communicator.
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carol yang November 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice and patience. I enjoy every lessons and learned a lot from him already from the 3 lessons I took so far. Will definitely recommend and continue to take class from him !
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Brian June 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Andrew tries to do all that he can to make you feel comfortable while learning. I have enjoyed my time during our lessons and appreciate his desire to see me be successful. Andrew is positive, flexible, and generous with his time. I recommend him if you are considering hiring a piano teacher.
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Andrew C.

Copiague, NY 11726
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