all levels-all styles. slap/funk, tapping/solo arrangements, grooves/basslines, walking jazz lines, soloing, chords, ext.
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.
Elora G. February 11, 2016
In home Verified Student
Thomas is great. My 5-year old daughter took to him immediately, and while this was only her first lesson I already saw her interest sparked. He's not just a musician, but a true educator - which is crucial for kids of a younger age starting a new instrument.
Ryan D. February 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My six year old son just started his lessons with Thomas, and so far it went very well. Thomas is very serious about music and uses his professionalism to take command of the lesson. My son tends to be hyper and may lose focus at times but Thomas was able to keep my son's attention and interest. So far so good!
Braydon W. January 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
Thomas was amazing with my 6 year old boys. He was enthusiastic,, and creative. He made learning piano fun!
Genres: -jazz -funk -rock -blues -R & B -funk -reggae -folk -heavy metal
**FInger style and flat pick
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.
-Down Beat magazine current issue [Jan/Feb 2016] Hot Jazz Jumpers' "The Very Next Thing" DVD/CD review
-Jazz Insider magazine current issue [Dec 2015] 2.5 page interview
st Jazz Guitar magazine interview [February 2015 issue]
-Vanity Fair magazine (August 2013) interview
"Summer of 2013, Nick R. performed at Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin'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)
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.
-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 -ukulele -mandolin -resonator slide/Dobro. -baritone resonator (slide)
Taylor February 3, 2016
Nick was a terrific teacher -- very enthusiastic and encouraging. He knows what he's talking about as well. He definitely breaks things down so even beginners like me can follow along and understand.
Eric Falconer January 30, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Nick has been a great teacher so far. He's patient and takes the time to adapt to my current strengths and weaknesses in order to tailor the lesson to fit my needs. Highly recommended.
Ramsey January 21, 2016
Nick took me on as a banjo student and did an amazing job of quickly finding out how much I already knew and then ran with it, pushing me further while letting me direct us into areas that I wanted to pursue. He's very patient and insanely knowledgable. Every lesson has been packed with a ton of information, practice, instruction and music theory. (He's also a very nice guy to have a conversation with.) I couldn't recommend Nick highly enough as an instructor.
I teach all guitar levels, all ages, with many years of experience. My students have earned the highest scores on the NYSSMA (New York Music Association) yearly evaluation. Aside from that, the relationship with my students is always very respectful, friendly and patient.
New York city based guitarist and composer Juan C. immigrated to Miami, Florida at age 21. His work speaks a unique language that blends elements from his early musical experiences in Colombia, as a member of various folk, rock (metal ) ensembles, and his studies in East Asian music fueled by travels and interaction with musicians and artists in China and Japan.
Juan’s music has been performed throughout South America, the United States and Asia. Although Juan cannot return to his native Colombia, his string duet, “Famous Librarians” (commissioned by Olivia de Prato and Victor Lowrie,
was premiered at the Medellín Conservatory of Music.) His piece for electric bass and keyboard, “Glue Pain Ghost,” a collaboration with video artist, Jane Hsu, was invited to a world premiere at the GEISAI Art festival in Tokyo, and the Art Basel festival in Miami.
Juan holds a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Susan Botti in composition, and electronic music with Joel Chadabe. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami Dade College, where he studied jazz guitar with Tom Lippincott, and the University of Florida, where he studied composition with Susan Epstein.
*** Lesson Details *** Guitar teaching encompasses many disciplines. One has to be a bit of a psychologist in order to gauge a potential student needs and musical sensibilities. The mathematical aspect of musical notation and rhythm makes us part mathematicians. In the end, there is also a self-actualizing aspect to guitar teaching in the sense that we are always witness to those moments that made us decide a career on music. During my years of guitar teaching I have encountered many types of students, and I have learned from them as much as they have learned from me as they make me question aspects of music that I would have never thought about. I have learned to not take for granted the definition of concepts such as rhythm and harmony, and to look at guitar technique from different perspectives as I find ways to accommodate to a student’s capabilities. Ultimately, it is also a job that requires a lot of planning and structure. My first step, generally, is to assess the student’s ability and interest to find material suitable for them. Then, I proceed to familiarize with the student’s musical tastes and sensibilities to assign practice material accordingly. For example, if the student is interested in rock or pop music, we will work on a particular song that fits his level and also solves a particular technical problem. During that process I will answer any of the student’s questions, and provide insight into musical terminology. We will also work on basic concepts of rhythm, melody, and harmony. My training as a composer and jazz guitarists also enables me to tap into the student’s creative side. In that case, we would start with a basic blues progression and blues scales, and work on the basics of improvisation or songwriting.
*** Studio Equipment *** Basement studio w/ small keyboard, amp, acoustic guitar, 3 electric guitars, music books w/ seating for parents and lots of magazines!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide music sheets, students should have an instrument, tuner, paper, pencil, and a metronome.
*** Specialties *** I teach fundamentals of music theory, principles of jazz improvisation, classical guitar technique and repertoire, song writing, pop songs, sight reading, and overall musicianship, as well as Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, and other Latin Styles.
Chrystine R. February 14, 2016
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
With a patient and intuitive approach, Juan tailors each lesson to fit not only the student’s skill level, but also desire for depth of understanding. When I first began taking lessons, I was only able to plunk a few chords and play along with a few basic songs. However, over the course of a year and a half with Juan, I gained a foundational knowledge of the classical guitar, as well as the confidence to site read and play a range of other styles of guitar music. He seamlessly integrated music theory concepts into song studies, helping me learn major/minor scales and chord shapes, and then apply this knowledge to better understand song structures and composition. It has been such a great experience learning from Juan, especially because he is both an exemplary teacher and guitar player!
Dionne T. May 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Juan is awesome. He makes learning guitar easy and never complicates it .. and makes it fun. He's a great teacher.
Juan T. December 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have spent one year locking myself up in my room, every day for a few hours at a time, stumbling my way to learning the guitar. On my own, I have made it far enough to be familiar with a repertoire of chords, able to learn songs and even develop the mindset for habit forming. But after one year I felt my own limits and decided to discard my ego and find a teacher.
From his profile here I could tell that Juan was not only a skilled musician, but a keen and pensive instructor. After a single session Juan was able to properly asses my abilities and my shortcomings and tailor-designed an approach that matches my personal and musical nature. He uses my strong affinity for technique and uses that to discourage my hesitancy toward theory. He has a comfortable and approachable presence where mistakes and flaws are encouraged as learning footstools. With humble discipline he pushes me to -want- to be better.
With Juan I am absolutely confident in not merely becoming an apt guitarist, but a genuine musician.
My name is Andre, I currently reside in Syosset, NY, and I pride myself in being the best teacher to all of my students because I want to have them succeed in all they do!
I'm a goal oriented, passionate, and motivated individual who thoroughly believes learning music should be fun and easy! I help my students to find self-motivation so that they will be able to watch themselves grow as musicians. Students should be able to achieve as much as possible in and out of the classroom. Music is a subject where you're learning comes mostly by experience! All students should will find that their
musical growth depends on the work they put into every lesson as well as every one of their practice efforts. Their constant involvement in music will allow them to act then think as musicians, helping them to further understand that in every musical situation we find ourselves in, it is also a complete learning experience. I enjoy helping budding musicians to achieve self-confidence in playing their instrument(s) as well by creating as many musical performance experiences as possible and encouraging them to see live performances. My goal is to instill the passion, drive, and energy that music has brought into my own life into the lives of others. Music speaks to the soul of many musicians and much like any primary language we speak, music is learned, and finally mastered! I want to be a part of my students journey on their road to success in being the best musician they can be! At the end of my high school career, I decided to take my musical studies further to Five Towns College located in Dix Hills, NY, where I studied music education, and my major instrument was tuba! It was my freshmen year at college when I decided to teach myself how to play electric bass guitar. I found myself constantly feeling motivated to learn more about music, how to play more instruments through putting myself in as many musical situations as possible! Going to college and having first hand experiences in all of the musical opportunities the world has to offer has made me the well-rounded individual and skilled musician I am today. However, students can have these same experiences without having to wait until college. It's never too early to get started learning an instrument, and it's most certainly never too late! I want my students to always feel proud of their musical successes and teach them all that I can while constantly reminding them that you can do and achieve ANYTHING you put your mind to. "Success follows doing what YOU WANT to do."
*** Lesson Details *** I like to have my students in a relaxed learning environment. Music is totally something to have fun with as you learn it. Students should always be prepared with necessary tools that are needed for all lessons (i.e. pencil, instrument, lesson book, any material handed out at previous lessons, etc.).
Students can expect to start learning from the minute they walk into their lesson until the very end.
Students should come into lessons with a positive energy!
*** Studio Equipment *** Five Towns College: practice rooms w/ pianos seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide their own instrument as well as any amplifiers they may need if they are guitarists. Students should always hold onto whatever work is given to them to practice on their own time. Students should also have access to their own tuner and/or metronome, and should also have a pencil on them at all times.
*** Specialties *** I can teach many different styles of music ranging from classical, baroque, jazz, contemporary jazz, swing, big band, pop, alternative rock, hard rock, electronic music, funk, R&B, Soul, Blues. I also have an array of different learning techniques (for select instruments) to help acquire the playing technique required for different styles of music.
krista May 1, 2016
Online Verified Student
Andre made my first lesson very easy. He's willing to answered questions and very informative. Can't wait for my next lesson.
Mickey Rogers April 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
Excellent and thorough! Extremely knowledgeable and helpful! Very patient and cares about student centered learning! I would highly recommend Andre!
Noel Z. April 17, 2016
In home Verified Student
So far it has been a great experience for my daughter learning the piano with Andre.
Andre is very patient with my 5 years old and I believe she is enjoying the experience based on his patient approach with Noelle.
I'll help you with walking bass lines and how to write a bass line. Along with groove, rhythm, finger picking and slapping and popping
I’m a experienced guitarist with over 13 years experience and I’ve been teaching private guitar and bass lessons since 2009. I specialize in teaching rock guitar in the styles of Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, and Angus Young just to name a few, But I’ve also played everything from Lead, Rhythm and even bass guitar in various bands spanning all genres from Rock, Blues, Country and even Pop.
I focus on making a curriculum that is fun and unique for each student’s style and taste in music. We’ll focus on learning Rhythm playing such as Chords, Chord melodies, and various gr
ooves and rhythm styles. To lead playing such as improvisation along with different scales ranging from the pentatonic/blues scales to modes and arpeggios.
Whether you’re a new player or just looking to improve your lead or rhythm playing. I’ll be able to help you get to where you want to be as a musician.
Rob April 17, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
I've had a guitar in my room for a while but never took lessons or ever properly learned how to play. Decided one day to take lessons and stumbled upon Jonny. We have done a few sessions so far and it's been a blast! He went over the basics and slowly started teaching me songs I have always wanted to play. Jonny is a fantastic teacher that is very knowledgeable and excited about playing the guitar. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking to learn how to play.
Terry April 1, 2016
Great teacher! I've only been taking lessons for a little over a month and I'm already playing some of my favorite songs on the guitar.
Giovanni March 30, 2016
Bass Guitar ·
I've been singing in a few bands but recently got an offer to play bass and sing for a band which I've never done before. Jonny was not only able to help me play the bass but he helped me learn the bands songs and sing and play them at the same time. Jonny just doesn't teach his students the same thing he really focuses on each students individuals goals and makes a lesson based around them. Bottom line A+ Great teacher for whatever it is your looking to play.
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