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Bernadette T.

Lindenhurst, NY

I am versed in Chord-melody, pick-and fingerstyle Jazz. I am comfortable teaching most contemporary styles of guitar playing, and the techniques required.

About Bernadette

I am a NYS certified teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 20 years. I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college.

Incorporated in my system of guitar training work in music reading, music theory, fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques, and ear-training applicable to most contemporary styles of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production.
As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed.

Within the first 2 months, beginning students will have learned the melodies and basic harmonies to simple songs including "Jingle Bells", "Ode to Joy" and "Love me Tender".

After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level. For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made.

For pick-style guitar, the books that I use include, (but are not limited to): Guitar for the Small Frye series by Dick Bennett, the Mel Bay series, The Hal Leonard Guitar Method as well as associated songbook supplements.

For for those students coming with prior music reading experience, the Dick Bennett Primer series and/or the Berklee Guitar Method is used.

For finger-style, the Mel Bay methods and/or the Aaron Shearer are used.

Developing a thorough knowledge of repertoire of standards from the Great American Songbook is critical if a student wishes to audition into a HS or college Jazz program. I can assist the more advanced student in choosing appropriate repertoire along and teach the associated improvisational skills.

NYSSMA training/coaching is available, with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place.

The student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own.

*** Specialties ***
Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; light jazz/contemporary style including chord-melody, and some classical technique.


Daniel C. August 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
When the year started and I wanted to get serious playing guitar and becoming a better performer, singer, songwriter and just overall musician, I said to myself, "Where do I start?" To find someone of Bernadette's talent, quality, and patience has truly be amazing. She is great at setting up a practice structure and teaching theory as well as building up your skills and open to directing the lessons to exactly what you are looking for. My confidence on the guitar has grown by leaps and bounds and I looking forward to continuing the journey...5 stars!!!!!
Don U. March 12, 2014
Verified Student
Learning technique and theory

Bernadette is well versed in music theory. She is helping me learn the theory as well as developing my technique on various levels.
Gerry W. December 4, 2013
Verified Student
Professional and Experienced Teacher

I've had 4 lessons so far with Bernadette. I am an adult and feel I am making great progress. The lessons are a good mix of learning to play the guitar, learning to read music and theory. She recommended a good beginner book and while we stick to it she tailors the material according to how I am doing and need to learn. She also makes notes and gives me additional work in a music notebook. The lessons are never rushed and because there isn't a student after me usually are 5-10 minutes over the 45 minutes.
I feel fortunate to have found someone with a Masters in music education and 20 years of teaching experience.
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Bernadette T.

Bernadette T.

Lindenhurst, NY 11757
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Thomas V.

Wantagh, NY

all levels, all styles, all ages- improvising, learning popular songs/transcribing solos, blues, jazz, rock, and more!

About Thomas

Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside
many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more!
Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Strings and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and I am very proud of the results I have achieved with every single student. Lessons are planned on an individual basis, in order to facilitate success for every student, based on their own needs, requirements, interests, and goals.

With me, students will learn Etudes, Scales, Pieces, and anything else they wish to know! (including instrument upkeep, music history, ext.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. I can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. I can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though I recommend the student have their own. I do own a travel drum set that can be transported to lessons upon request, but all drum students should own their own drum set to practice and perform on.

*** Specialties ***
I am experienced with Strings, (orchestral as well as electric guitar and bass), piano, and percussion.


Dedrick A. September 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Thomas a great instructor and I had a wonderful experience with him. He is a wealth of knowledge with a deep understanding of all genres of music. Thomas was very patient and I liked that he utilized more than just the piano to show me how the music all correlates with one another. I would recommend Thomas to any student how is looking for well - rounded musician and instructor!
Isabella S. September 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher my daughter is always looking forward to get piano lessons with Tom!
Gabriella July 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Gabriella felt very comfortable with Thomas. He was patient and jumped right in without wasting time. She can't wait for her next lesson.
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Thomas V.

Thomas V.

Wantagh, NY 11793
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Nick L.

Brooklyn, NY

I can provide in-depth lessons on how to play a specific style, or a more well-rounded approach of working in multiple styles. New techniques and concepts come with each new genre and will help the student formulate their own method of playing.

About Nick

My name is Nick. I have a great passion for music and enjoy many genres and styles. I first picked up a guitar ten years ago and life has never been the same. Whether it's teaching, performing, or recording, I am always around music.

I thoroughly enjoy pushing others toward their musical goals. I can accommodate both strict detailed instruction or more slow-paced laid-back lessons. I choose any method needed to keep my students progressing while they remain confident and motivated.

I have experience in teaching both children and adults. I have also directed several bands and music camp
s at various music schools in Florida, Colorado, and New York. I currently reside in New York City as a full time music teacher, band director, songwriter and performer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Since every student learns at a different pace, I will create a lesson plan that suits them best by utilizing different exercises to better their technique, teaching them songs of all styles, while supporting it all with basic and advanced music theory.

My goal for students is for them to have an understanding of how to play their instrument in the context of many genres while developing their own style in the process.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Music stands
-Extra guitars
-Computer with internet access

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
I am heavily rooted in blues and rock and roll. I also teach country, folk, pop, and songwriting (beginner vocals).


Jefrey B. April 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Nick is a fantastic teacher. I work with him at a school in NYC where he teaches guitar and coaches bands. He's great with kids! Patient and fun and also firm. I learn a lot working with him!
Jacob M. January 28, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
Nick was a thorough instructor who walked me through the songwriting process. He helped me work on my songs and I'm now playing out.
Scott B. June 17, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Nick's patient, knowledgeable and makes learning fun. I'm enjoying taking lessons from him a lot!
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Nick L.

Nick L.

Brooklyn, NY 11206
starting at
$49 / 45-min

Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY

Classical Guitar
Jazz Guitar

Finger-style and plectrum (pick) techniques

About Nick

Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 16 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff at Great Neck Music Conservatory. Nick has given lectures at Manhattanville College, at Queens College and at schools, nationally.

-Just Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]

-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview

"Summer of 2013, Nick R. performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Ma
rtin's home. It was an honor to meet Paul McCartney and jam with him while he played toy harmonica. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Iridium, Bluenote, Birdland, U.N., IAJE, Cape Cod Jazz Festival, NJPAC, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Smoke Jazz Club, internationally: Japan, Spain, Russia, Brasil, St. Kitts, Canada, France, Bermuda, Sweden, Israel

-Toured/recorded and/or worked as sideman with Jimmy McGriff, Teddy Charles, Sonny Dallas, Victor Jones and Cultur-versy, Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, Frank Vignola/Joe Ascione, Miles Griffith, David Pleasant, Jim Nolet (former violinist for the Jazz Passengers), Anastasia Rene, Jon Weber, Mona's Hot Four, Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra, with Jesse Gelber, Raphael McGregor, Emily Asher's Garden Party, and many other groups.

-Appears in Sam Mendes Film "Away We Go"

-Movie Soundtrack: King George.

-Guitar/banjo: "Jew Grows in Brooklyn," "Take Me Along," "The Big Apple Circus" + others.

-Banjo/Guitar Chair: "New Girl In Town" (Irish Rep Theatre)

-Author: Metallica Legendary Licks series,volume 1 & 2)
-Editor GRP chords (both Cherry Lane Music/Hal Leonard).

M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
(partial scholarship)

B.S. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, graduated magna cum laude. Dean's list all semesters

-Published interview (book): A New Face of Jazz (Cicily Janus)

-Playing guitar/banjo on first episode of new PBS cartoon "Peg and Cat"

- Current adjunct professor at Essex College

-Guest lecturing professor at Manhattanville College

-Substitute adjunct professor at Queens College

-Winning participant: I.A.J.E. with Miles Griffith's New Ting 2007. Performance and educational certificate granted.

-Winning participant; part-scholarship award: 2004 International Jazz Workshop at BANFF Centre, Canada (dir, Dave Douglas)

-Winning participant; full-scholarship award of the 2001 JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (dir, Christian McBride (Down Beat Dec. 2001)

-Studying Bol (Indian rhythmic system) with tabla player, Pandit Samir Chatterjee 2006-2007; 2013-current

-Studied with Pat Martino, Billy Bauer, Ben Monder, Tony Purrone, Pete Bernstein, Dr. Stephen Salerno, Dr. David Belser

-Studying African Rhythms with drummer, Harvey Wirht

*** Lesson Details ***
With over 20 years teaching experience, Nick is patient with children & adults. He has a creative, unique pedagogy emphasizing hearing through singing, ear-training & natural, organic listening. Nick instills healthy absorption of music while students have fun learning their music, sight reading, internalizing with focus on rhythm and time.
As a student, you will get to work on music that you, the student select as well as work on sight-reading, technique, ear-training. We will also work out of method books and use other sources of information.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands, instrument stands, classical foot pedals, classical guitar pillows, guitar amps, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drum set. Students usually provide their own instruments but it's possible to borrow an instrument during the lesson at the studio on the first lesson. (free street parking right in front!)

*** Specialties ***
Nick's pedagogy emphasizes ear-training, singing, reading and truly hearing the music we are working on. Rather than rote teaching and guitar tablature, he instills natural listening, transcribing, sight-reading and proper technique. Lessons are always enjoyable as Nick observes each student's unique needs and listen's to their song preferences and musical goals. Students have the opportunity to learn pieces and genres they select and they are trained to figure out tunes by ear (ear-training) and transcribe.

Nick teaches:

-classical guitar and Brazilian guitar (nylon 6 string and nylon 7 string guitar)
-acoustic steel string guitar, electric 6 string and electric 7 string guitar
- jazz guitar + an eclectic mix of styles: blues, Brazilian music, Latin Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Indian music, rock, heavy metal, funk, R & B, Motown, reggae + other genres.
- tenor banjo (traditional jazz, jazz from New Orleans, Dixieland and world music)
-5 string banjo (Earl Scruggs finger picking [bluegrass and country])
-tenor guitar
-resonator slide/Dobro.
-baritone resonator (slide)


Sabrina S. January 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I started my lessons with Nick just one month. I know I am inquisitive, intense, overly involved and very detail oriented with my interests in general and I treat guitar the same way. I enjoy and immerse myself into it. I think Nick has a very broad knowledge of guitar playing and comes across as a very conscientious instructor in the way he handles my overachieving demands. I would surely recommend him.
James B. January 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Exceptional musician. Skilled and patient teacher.

I have been taking weekly guitar lessons with Nick for nearly four months now and it has been all I hoped for and more. As a recent retiree and amateur musician one of my goals is to rapidly improve my novice guitar skills. I was looking for a teacher who would push me hard but was willing to work with the particular songs and musical questions that I might bring to him each week. I could not be more pleased. Nick is able to immediately bring his knowledge and experience to any material that I bring to a lesson and he uses it as the basis for a wide range of teaching moments – whether it be technique, harmony, or improvisational approach. What I didn't anticipate was the extent to which his holistic, listening (and singing) based approach to playing an instrument has challenged me. Nick is making me a better musician not just a better guitar player. (And it is very helpful that he types out notes on all that we discuss and sends an email following each lesson.)
Koji Y. December 24, 2014
Jazz Guitar · In studio
Mr. Nick R. is an absolutely great guitar player and music instructor. I'm a young professional jazz guitarist and instructor and have been taking jazz guitar lessons with Nick R. weekly since September of 2014. Every lesson, I receive a lot of information that I didn't know before and Nick always give me proper quantity and quality of task

Many ideas, information from his suggestions, including how to practice myself and instruction that goes beyond musical and guitar technique, also including psychological and philosophical concepts from Nick's experience and knowledge. His explanations are incredibly clear and easily to follow.

I've been playing guitar over 15 years. In my experience, it's very, very difficult to find a mentor like Nick R.

I truly appreciate meeting him and have tremendous respect for Professor R.

Thanks as always Nick!!

Koji Yoneyama (professional jazz guitarist and instructor), Dec. 23, 2014
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Nick R.

Nick R.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
starting at
$42 / 30-min

Nick A.

Flushing, NY

I am experienced in rock, blues, finger-style, and folk, music and am happy to explore all different types of music during lessons. I can teach guitar in the traditional method, (emphasis on music reading, music theory, and technique), or I can help students learn the tools of the trade to get out and jam.

About Nick

Nick A. is a multi-instrumentalist from Queens, NYC. Primarily a cellist, Nick is currently studying Cello Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College on a full tuition scholarship awarded by the Macaulay Honors Program of CUNY. Nick studies cello with noted pedagogue Marcy Rosen, and has previously studied with renowned teachers such as Marion Feldman at the Manhattan School of Music. Nick is also a life-long guitarist, playing and teaching everything from classic rock to classical, and most notably studied and performed with Guitar World Magazine Senior Editor Andy
Aledort. Having experience in both classical music and rock music, Nick attempts to blend the two; using the discipline and mastery of classical technique with the freedom and expressiveness of modern music to help students get the most enjoyment and accomplishment out of their music. In addition to developing a strong fundamental technique, Nick works to incorporate basic music theory and ear training skills to help a student develop into a well-rounded musician.


wei C. August 3, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
He is very patient with my son. He is very professional. Definitely recommend!
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Nick A.

Nick A.

Flushing, NY 11367
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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