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About Etan H.

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Montclair, NJ
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About Etan
I have been both a performer and dedicated teacher in the NYC and NJ area for over 14 years. I began playing music at the age of 8 years old, studying classical piano until I was 13. From there, I picked up guitar and started to immerse myself with rock, folk, classical, and jazz music. I eventually attended William Patterson University where I earned a BA in Jazz Performance, and then decided to move to NYC and pursue my career as a performer and educator. Upon moving to the city, I attended the American Institute of Guitar where I studied classical guitar for 5 years with world renowned guitarist Yasha Koffman.

Currently, I am teaching and performing in the greater NJ and NYC areas, and have performed with notable figures such as Steve LaSpina, James Williams, Tyshawn Sorey, and Yasha Koffman.

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After t
eaching for 14+ years of teaching, I have developed a teaching style that is unique in that I approach each student’s progress on an individual basis. Musically speaking, I am able to identify what is holding the student back and take necessary steps to move forward in a constructive and supportive way that will inspire you to continually grow as a musician.
The first thing I want to accomplish in my lessons is to get the student excited about playing music in general. That means understanding what kind of music the student likes to listen to and incorporate it into the lessons. I find that relating ear training, theory, reading, technique, and rhythmic study to the music that they are interested in is a great way to do that.

CLASSICAL GUITAR INSTRUCTION:
We will focus on a variety of topics including right and left hand technique, proper body position, sound production and tone, reading, repertoire, and finding your own personal musical voice with regards to playing classical music.

JAZZ GUITAR INSTRUCTION:
We will cover jazz theory, chord shapes, scales, repertoire, and transcription. Jazz is an oral tradition and I am a firm believer that the best way to learn it is through listening/transcribing and applying those concepts on your instrument. We will draw inspiration and knowledge from great jazz musicians of the past in addition to finding your own personal voice as an improviser in jazz music.

TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN:
I have lot of experience teaching young children (as young as 5 years old). For these children, I like to focus on the basic foundations of music (e.g. rhythm, melody, etc.). We will use a variety of tools (rhythm sticks, guitar books for children, singing) to enrich these early foundations in music, in addition to learning to get over the physical demands of learning to play the guitar.

*** Frequency Requirement ***
Students are required to take lessons at least once per week in order to insure consistent progress and ongoing assessment. Lessons given every other week are not offered.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room set up. Chairs. Music stands. Guitars. Music. Seating for parents. *** Please note, there is no piano in studio. If you are interested in piano lessons, only in home lessons are available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I usually provide guitar picks if needed, photocopies of materials (mel bay, chord charts, etc.). I require my students to have the instruments that they will be taking lessons on and a notebook to write in.

*** Specialties ***
Piano lessons are in students' homes only! I cover music theory, application of music theory, technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire building.
I teach a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock, folk and blues.
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Kathy C. May 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
Very happy with Etan

Etan comes to our home which works for 2 kids lesson, one guitar the other piano. He is always on time, and can handle kids who sometimes have difficulty getting going. Nothing stops him. Each of my kids has improved and likes Etan. That is a success story. This has turned out better than expected. Etan rocks!!!
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Tom D. March 19, 2013
· Guitar ·
Great lessons for my son

My son has been taking lessons with Etan for 2 years now, he is a great teacher. He has a passion for music, and a passion for teaching. My son always looks forward to his lessons. I definitely recommend Etan for teaching young kids.
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Steve M. March 3, 2013
· Guitar ·
Excellent teacher!

Etan is a very inspiring teacher, and really pushes me to learn in very constructive way. Highly Recommend!!
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Etan H.

Etan H.

Montclair, NJ 07042
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About Brendon R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Brendon
I am a composer, guitarist, arranger, engraver, and songwriter located in Brooklyn. I completed an M.M. in Composition at the Yale School of Music in 2014, and have taught extensively for the past eight years in a variety of settings. I currently teach guitar at Saint David's School in Manhattan, and taught private composition lessons and TA'd electronic music courses at Yale. I've also taught guitar and musicianship in public elementary and high schools in San Francisco and New Haven, as well as several music schools and my own private guitar studio.

As a guitarist, I perform with legendary NYC experimental groups the Glenn Branca Ensemble and Dither Quartet, as well as my own groups Invisible Anatomy and Marateck. I've played at the Barbican in London, on the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Ellnora Guitar Festival, and Lincoln C
enter Out of Doors, among many others. As a composer, my work has received support from the ASCAP Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, and the Jerome Fund for New Music, and been performed on four continents. My teachers and mentors have included Mark Stewart (Paul Simon's musical director), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, and guitarist Jack Sanders (winner of the American Guitar Society's lifetime achievement award).
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Kelly C. September 9, 2017
· Composition · Online
Brendon always has fresh ideas and his incredible skill and experience always brings something valuable and original to each lesson. His abilities are astounding and is always highly in tune with my specific strengths and weaknesses.. Thanks so much Brendon!!
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Kelly C. July 11, 2017
· Composition · Online
What a great lesson, thanks Brendon! The attention and detail of suggestions are spot on and very useful.. ! I leave these lessons feeling like I'm in such good hands..!
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Kelly C. June 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
My first lesson with Brendon was far beyond what I was expecting.. It was inspiring, he was extremely attentive and friendly, and clearly has a very deep knowledge of music.. I'm very excited to continue working with him.. !
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Brendon R.

Brendon R.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
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$45 / 45-min

About Kayla S.

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New York, NY
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About Kayla
Kayla is a professional female vocalist. She comes from a long line of entertainers and has been singing professionally since she was six years old. She sings with some of the top wedding/corporate dance bands in the tri-state area and also owns her own entertainment company, Endless Groove Entertainment. Besides that, Kayla also is a busy recording artist singing for demos, jingles, commercials and reference work. She has performed up and down the east coast backing some of the country's most famous entertainers. She has been teaching for 10 years aspiring and professional singers of all ages and styles. She looks forward to meeting and working with you to accomplish your goals and acheiving your musical dreams!
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Michael April 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
ive been studying with kayla for 4 years. i started in high school because i was in chorus and really liked it. now i am studying music in college. i have become a better singer and now i am starting performing at open mics. shes the best!!!!!!!!!!
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Lauren March 31, 2016
· Audition Prep · In studio
I had an audition to get into college for vocal performance and Kayla quickly helped me get my piece prepared as well as gave me so many good pointers about breathing and control. Now, I am singing better than I ever have and with more conviction. I will continue to see her when I am home on school holidays.
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Kayla S.

Kayla S.

Astoria, NY 11105
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$80 / 60-min

About Brian C.

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New Rochelle, NY

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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 has yielded great results.
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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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Sophia January 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
First impression is great!
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Brian C.

Brian C.

New Rochelle, NY 10804
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About Justin L.

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Cedar Grove, NJ

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About Justin
Hello there! I'm very excited to offer trombone, trumpet, tuba, and piano lessons to students of any age in the northern New Jersey area.

I studied music at the College of New Jersey and have orchestral, wind ensemble, brass quintet, pit orchestra, jazz, and drum and bugle corps performance experience. I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Teaching Music at Montclair State University.
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Blair November 15, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Justin is great. Very patient and engaging.
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Monna August 23, 2015
· · In studio
While I don't have firsthand knowledge of Justin's trombone teaching skills, I am quite familiar with his talent for and love of teaching through my work with him as an organizer and a trainer ever since we met in 2010. Justin is great at interacting with people of all backgrounds and ages, and has utmost patience for absolute beginners. Justin's method of teaching is learner-centered and successfully balances being supportive while also challenging. Also, he'll make you laugh while you learn!
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Justin L.

Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
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About Stephen K.

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Mahwah, NJ

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About Stephen
My name is Steve and I cant wait to meet you! I've been playing guitar for 4 years and teaching for the last 2! Currently, I am playing guitar for singer/songwriter aReJay Ella while studying jazz under guitarist Jack Broad. I love helping people expand their love for music and being creative all while improving drastically on their instrument. My lessons are meant to be goal oriented and non stressful. Whatever your goal as a musician may be, I can help you achieve it in the most natural, fun way! I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Simona (. August 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Steve is a natural teacher. He is very methodical and demanding but also knows how to intrigue a newbie. He was able to engage my 9 year old daughter and at the same time he kept her challenged. She has learned so much in just 5 lessons. Most importantly, she now has the confidence and desire to attempt to develop her newly acquired skills on her own.
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Benjamin B. June 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very professional.
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Robbie June 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son absolutely loved this instructor. He was more excited about learning to play the guitar after Stephen left then ever before! He is absolutely looking forward to his next session.
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Stephen K.

Stephen K.

Mahwah, NJ 07430
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About Ken F.

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Brooklyn, NY

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A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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Christopher Cross April 8, 2017
· Guitar ·
I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
· Piano ·
Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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Leah Korbin March 24, 2016
· Guitar ·
I took from Kenny when I was in middle school/early high school and he truly is the one who made me want to start writing songs. He's beyond talented, inspirational, and has a great smile to boot!
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Ken F.

Ken F.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$40 / 30-min

About Cole D.

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New York, NY

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About Cole
I am a working bassist in NYC. I am currently teaching students ranging from beginner to professional. I teach at a middle school on the Upper Westside of Manhattan and have had a lot of success with teenage bassists. I also have older advanced students who I help in learning a different way of playing.
As last year’s winner of the Ron Carter Bass Competition and the NEA Future Jazz Master Award, I know how to win major competitions. I also can help you get the college scholarship you are aiming for.
I am able to teach in my apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, your home or on-line.
I teach all styles, any skill level and all musical goals.
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Mario July 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · Online
I was amazed how much I learned in just a few online lessons. Cole gave me a lot to work on and he knew exactly how to show me what was lacking in my playing. Man, this dude can play... and teach! Very organized and very eager to help you get better.
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Sam July 28, 2017
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I've been playing bass for 15 years and took a hiatus from playing. Decided to take some lessons to get back into it. Found out about Cole through other musicians. Amazing someone of Cole's ability is teaching for such a reasonable rate. Great teacher!
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Jacqui July 27, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
Cole is a great bass teacher for my son! He keeps my son motivated and excited to play. We have gone to hear Cole play at various clubs and are blown away that such a brilliant musician is also a kind, patient and dedicated teacher.
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Cole D.

Cole D.

New York, NY 10023
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$34 / 30-min

About Violetta N.

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New York, NY
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About Violetta
I began playing the harp at the age of 6 after falling in love with the instrument at a Rennaisance Faire. I am currently entering my final year at Manhattan School of Music after a year abroad at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Musique de Paris.
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Violetta N.

Violetta N.

New York, NY 10027
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$67 / 30-min

About Jacob F.

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Long Island City, NY
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I've been playing guitar for 18 years now, and can also play bass, drums, and am a vocalist. I attended Berklee College of Music, graduating with a degree in Professional Music. I am an active, performing musician with real experience in the industry, and I think that I can bring that experience into my lessons, to not only teach students the music of things, but also answer any questions about how to navigate the musical world, which can be a big challenge. I specialize in modern
fingerstyle acoustic playing, which integrates artificial harmonics and percussion techniques into open-tuning playing. On electric guitar I specialize in soul, R&B, and contemporary rock. I enjoy teaching the student through the subjects that they feel passionate about, so that they can always maintain a love for the music while enriching their knowledge.
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Jacob F.

Jacob F.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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