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About David G.

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Buffalo, NY

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About David
David is a multi-talented musician as a performer, composer, and educator. He has performed compositions from the Renaissance to world premiere 21st century compositions.

As a performer David has been invited to perform in Master classes with world renowned classical guitarists such as Petar Kodzas, Marko Feri, Mir Ali, Roland Dyens, James Piorkowski, The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, and Jason Vieaux.

As an educator David was awarded a year-long teaching assistantship in classical guitar. He has worked with students K-12 as a student teacher and has taught private students all varieties of guitar.

David created a music program called Spectrum Music specializing in Autism & Aspergers. Spectrum Music is a program that provides children with unique opportunities to enhance social development and sensory skills outside of therapy
in music.

David received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Classical Guitar from The State University of New York at Fredonia studying with James Piorkowski. David recently completed his Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the direction of Joanne Castellani. David currently performs with a guitar built by luthier Jim Holler.

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Students can expect to receive a firm foundation in music & guitar while becoming a better musician every day. It is vital for students to have lessons that specialize in not only guitar but also music theory. My primary goals are to make each student a great guitarist and also a well-rounded musician. I firmly believe that any student at any age can become a successful guitarist when engaged in instruction that is appropriate and motivating.

Typically a lesson begins with a quick warm up to center your focus on guitar, then we move into scales and technique, followed by working on previous repertoire and picking new repertoire. and then concluding with sight-reading.

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Living room with seating for parents.

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I ask my students to purchase any instruments or method books.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Guitar
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Michelle October 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
My 7 year old son has been taking lessons with Dave for nearly two years. Dave has an incredible amount of patience, and is always coming up with new ways to keep my son interested. Dave's ability to build in interesting facts about the music and composers, his use of technology to enable the lessons, and his general good humor never cease to amaze me. He's a great teacher.
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Andrea July 27, 2015
· Classical Guitar · In studio
David is a wonderful teacher who makes learning to play music interesting. He seems to focus on his student's progress and lead them in the right direction. I am a current classical guitar student of his and he has helped me to prepare various pieces and scales for my upcoming college audition. I would highly recommend David to anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar as he is very patient and a very skilled guitarist and teacher!
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Molly July 7, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loved our experience with David. Polite, accommodating, knowledgeable!
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David G.

David G.

Buffalo, NY 14223
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About Joshua S.

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New York, NY

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About Joshua
I have been a full-time performer and teacher for over a decade. I hold a Masters degree in classical performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where I studied with Grammy award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, and I hold an undergraduate degree from the University of the Arts in jazz performance. My performance career has taken me across the United States, to Europe, and to Asia. Highlights from the 2016-17 concert season include performances with the Columbus Symphony with soloist Rachel Barton-Pine and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, among others. The 2017-18 concert season includes concerts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

As a teacher, I’m equally comfortable with kids and life-long learners. I'm very curious and always learning, and I love to share that inquisitive spirit with my students. Lessons w
ill be structured around music that you enjoy, whether that is rock, classical, or jazz. Music theory and technique will be incorporated into the lesson from day one, but never at the expense of making music. I look forward to meeting you!
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Theodore August 28, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Josh is a very good guitar teacher. He has an eye for detail, and is able to get the younger children to focus. If your ever in Ohio again we would love to have you teach our daughter.
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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

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About Antonella D.

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Tonawanda, NY
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About Antonella
I have an extensive training in "training" musicians: it doesn't matter if you are young or old, beginner or advanced, I will bring you to the next level.
I am a pianist and a music theorist, I am a dedicated and successful teacher. I hold degrees from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Italy, Accademia Puccininana, I have a Master in piano performance and am working through my PhD in Music Theory. As you can see, I love to learn.
My lessons will take you where you are and bring you a step further. I'll explain you in detail how to reach your goals faster.
Sometimes you'll need to work on your own way to learn, on yourself. I'll be always there to help you!
Why you should have lesson with me?
Simply because I am among the best teachers in the world and I love the idea to reach more students through this medium. And you'll have fun for su
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Of course, you'll need to have a piano or at least a keyboard :)
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Angela August 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our experience with Antonella has been wonderful. She has high standards but is also extremely patient with young students. My daughter has learned beautiful technique but more importantly, she has expanded her mind, improved her sense of discipline and commitment and learned to play piano with a feel for the music. Working with Antonella is fantastic for the student and their parent/guardian. It's a joint effort. I highly recommend Antonella
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deborah August 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Antonella taught me (female age 35) and my son (age 11) piano for about 1-2 years. She was patient with us and very flexible with our busy schedule. The only reason I could not give her 5 stars is she is the only teacher we ever had and therefore unable to compare. I would highly recommend her to family/friends.
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John August 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Antonella is a phenomenal teacher and motivator. My two children - Jacob 14 and Corinne 12 have been taking lessons from her for over 4 years and have grown to play very well and just as important love playing the piano thanks to her patient and skilled teaching style.
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Antonella D.

Antonella D.

Tonawanda, NY 14150
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About Detrece L.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Detrece
DeTrece "Dee" Lavender is a native of Miami, Florida. When her family moved to Sarasota, she was afforded the opportunity to study music and the performing arts as a student of the Westcoast School/Henry L. Porter School of Music. It was then that Dee began to understand the power of the creative arts as an effective form of emotional expression and release. By middle school, DeTrece began fine tuning her natural talents by studying classical voice which earned her several starring roles in the Sarasota Youth Opera, The Aslo Theater and the Players Theater. She is also a proud former member of the Westcoast Black Theater Troop in Sarasota, FL. Under the caring leadership of these opportunities, she was able to combine musical and life experiences in order to offer a more well rounded educational and musical experience for her students.


She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she received a dual Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance (Class of 2003). It was through her service as a music therapist, Millieu (residential) counselor and music teacher in the Boston City Public Schools/Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, that she began to feel the call toward a greater understanding of the gravity and role of the socio-emotional needs of students (and their families/villages) in urban settings. This call brought her to Baltimore, MD where she enrolled in the Pastoral Counseling Masters of Science program at Loyola University. In addition to her studies, she currently teaches Elementary and Middle School choir/ Musicianship teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids Program. She also serves as Minister Of Music and Arts at two local churches.
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Shaunise G. March 21, 2016
· Singing · In home
Detrece was patient very much into her work and very knowledgeable about singing i will continue to finish my lesson with and recommend her HIGHLY.
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Nefertiri S. February 26, 2016
· Microsoft Office · In home
She is such a very pleasant person to work with, patient ,kind ,very knowledgeable of the computer,she showed me a lot in one day.I am looking forward to the next class .Thank you
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Beverly B. February 3, 2016
· Gospel Singing · In home
Detrece was amazing. She is extremely talented and very good at instructing. Her pleasant personality make your nervousness disappear in minutes. I recommend her to anyone, especially beginners who lack confidence.
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Detrece L.

Detrece L.

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About Chris B.

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Butler, NJ

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My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.

The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.

I strongly believe that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
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Pennie July 21, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I had my second lesson with Chris today. He's exactly the type of teacher I've searched for. He's very easy going and optimistic. I appreciate the fact he grabs his guitar and plays along with me, it makes learning rhythm so much easier for someone who learns by seeing and following along. I highly recommend him.
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Rich June 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Chris is an incredibly knowledgeable guy, an incredible producer and an incredible musician. An absolute master at his craft. Not too mention he is an all around solid guy, amiable, meticulous and professional in everything he does. I have gained huge strides with his tutoring. He is everything you can ask for in an instructor and more. I owe whatever skills and knowledge I have gained to his instruction and I have achieved far more than I could have ever expected under his tutelage.
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Jon January 30, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
he was great
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About Darren S.

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Boston, MA

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Hi there! My name is Darren and I look forward to helping you accomplish your goals on the upright bass. I have been teaching since August 2016, but in that time I have helped train two high school students to win auditions into music colleges to pursue music performance and music education degree programs. I have also helped electric bass guitarists transition into playing classical upright bass. I went to Boston Conservatory and graduated with my masters degree, studying with Lawrence Wolfe, associate principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal bass of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Currently I am a professional freelance orchestral bassist in the Boston area, and I have previously performed with several major symphony orchestras in Connecticut including the Waterbury, Wallingford, and New Britain Symphony Orchestras.
Most of my students characterize me as a creative, patient, organized, friendly, and motivated teacher.
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Kalena June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.
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Emily June 16, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.
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Ms. Turner January 24, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Darren has been a great instructor to my son Terrill. He's learning a lot and getting much better thanks to Darren. I wasn't sure how online sessions would work but they are going great. I'm glad I chose Darren.
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Darren S.

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About Charlie A.

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Kansas City, MO

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Hello!

I am looking forward to advancing your knowledge and understanding of music and how it applies to what you are hoping to achieve in your studies, be it for work or pleasure. I have been playing since I was a young teen and later studied classical and jazz guitar at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.
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Charlie A.

Charlie A.

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About Anthony L.

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Buffalo, NY
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About Anthony
I am a Master Guitar player with professional equipment available for use. I have 30 years of playing experience and wanted to teach lessons that would advance students through the process much faster then most by eliminating the work first and providing students with a chance to experience music and enjoying making it FIRST! I believe once you fall in love with Music as I have the desire to practice and learn will come much more easily.
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Anthony L.

Anthony L.

Buffalo, NY 14210
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$25 / 30-min

About John M.

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Grand Island, NY
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John is a drummer and percussionist with over fifteen years of live, session and teaching experience. As a musician, John has played in multiple environments covering many genres including Rock, Jazz, Contemporary Christian, Classical, and Experimental.

Most recently, John served as a staff musician at SUNY Brockport College.

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Lessons are catered to the student's individual goals and can range from every week to once a month in frequency. Students will also learn the foundations of theory, reading and composing music, as it pertains to drums and percussion.

Feel free to contact John with any questions.
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John M.

John M.

Grand Island, NY 14072
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$28 / 30-min

About Tomek A.

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Buffalo, NY
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Music is all I do in my life! There has never been anything else. I have started my musical education at the age of 7 and continued until today. I hold a BM degree from percussion performance and composition from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. After that I got my MM in percussion performance from Manhattan School of Music and MA in composition at Wesleyan University. Now I'm a PhD candidate in composition at the University at Buffalo.

I have studied with some of the most amazing musicians over the years and won many prizes on international percussion and composition competitions all over the world. I have given solo, chamber and orchestral concerts in both Americas, Europe and Asia. However, most importantly, I am lucky to be in love with music unconditionally in its varied forms hence my long and varied musical education and
experience.

I also very much enjoy teaching. I have taught private lessons on percussion instruments and composition for many years and have been appointed teaching assistant in US universities. Right now I'm a teaching assistant at University at Buffalo teaching music theory, aural skills and basic keyboard technique. I have always had good rapport with my students, many of which became my friends for years to come. I have always enjoyed the various interactions I had with my students and it has always been a tremendously instructive experience for me (and hopefully for them as well).

I look forward to teach you some important skills that will help you with your musical endeavors and to expose you to my enthusiasm for making music that will hopefully set an example of how beautiful and rewarding the life of a musician can be.
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Tomek A.

Tomek A.

Buffalo, NY 14209
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