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Review by Linda
"It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting. She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her
take a few lessons to see if she likes it. Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path. My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie."
Washington, DC teacher:
Ollie L. J.
Review by danny salay
"I loved working with Joanne! She directed me in a play(Sex In Manhattan) and I really enjoyed and benefited from her ability to direct. She was motivatin
g and inspiring and gave excellent notes for me as an actor. I just returned from being oversea for many years as I was acting in action movies in Asia and one of the first people I contacted was Joanne to see what she was working on. I would love to work on another play if she puts something up and would recommend any actor to try and audition or take classes from her. Thanks Joanne and if your back in LA let me know if you have anything for me to come and audition, great luck!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michelle
"The vest acting lesson I've taken. Got a lot of useful information I wouldn't have known about. Can't wait until the next lesson"
Hilo, HI teacher:
Review by Rosemarie
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Rosaly Alicea
"excellent in their work with great discipline and dedication and ko more important that cares about that always do it excellent the recominedo 100% I get
his Academy without knowing absolutely nothing alia gateway taught us to project ourselves in the correct way and dobre all have confidence in ourselves and gain much security."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Gary
"I look forward to every lesson. He is really good at breaking down characters and analyzing a script. He really cares. He is awesome!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Justin R.
"Ms. Tamika is AWESOME. She always gives me feedback and helps me with ways I can improve. She is really fun and I enjoy every class I have with her."
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by Deja
"He's a really great guy and he cares a lot about his students. My most favorite thing about him is that he has legitimate acting experience in television
and film, and doesn't charge $30-$60 per hour per class. He is a busy man, but he always makes sure that he has time for his students. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to take up acting :)"
Hello, my name is Jason! I have been surrounded by music for my entire life. My father, a Berklee School of Music graduate, is an accomplished guitarist who introduced me to many forms of music as a
child. At age seven he introduced me to Ringo Starr’s drum solo in “The End” by The Beatles and I knew that I wanted to learn to play percussion. Since that time, I have studied percussion theory and technique extensively with Shawn Green and Kevin Fortunato, both Berklee graduates. I studied film scoring, music theory, music history, and electronic composition at the Cambridge School of Weston under Gustavo-Assis Brasil (another Berklee graduate) and Michael Weinstein (the school’s music director and Berklee professor with an extensive list of degrees and credits). I also performed in many Rock/Pop and Jazz Ensemble classes under Gustavo’s direction where I got great performance experience as a teenager. My senior Capstone project at the Cambridge School was the performance of a drum clinic when I performed a drum solo improvisation as well as various contemporary songs. I then gave a lecture of the artistry and history of the drum solo in concert performance and the evolution of modern drum set equipment as well.
After study at the University of Connecticut, I returned to Massachusetts where I have since headed up the Percussion department at a local performing arts program for five years, teaching privately as well. I have recorded and performed with local bands The Movie: The Ride, Shiva Lingam, and Black Trip. Furthermore, I am working on the composition and production of an original album of music influenced by progressive rock, cinematic orchestral, industrial, world/ethnic, and classical symphonic music as well as other styles. My hopes for the future include the release of this material, the opening of a teaching/recording studio, and the publication of instructional percussion material.
Some of my biggest musical influences include (not just drummers): Ludwig Van Beethoven, Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy/Mike Mangini), Tool (Danny Carey), Thomas Lang, Zakir Hussein, Hans Zimmer, Jeremy Soule, Blind Guardian, Ellis Paul, Porcupine Tree (Gavin Harrison), and Mark Knopfler… this is by no means a complete list, just a snapshot!
*** Lesson Details *** My students will gain the ability to play styles of music that inspire them through both sight reading and ear training. Through the reading of sheet music, band charts, and aural instrument recognition, my students will develop the tools necessary to play and compose music of any nature. It is my belief that all genres and styles of music can be a vehicle for the facilitation of solid physical technique as well as intuitive and cathartic emotional expression. It has been my experience that students will be more engrossed and motivated to practice when their curriculum involves music that they already listen to for enjoyment.
I use “Snare Drum Method” by Vic Firth as well as “Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer” by George Lawrence Stone with my beginning students to introduce written drum notation along with proper wrist and finger technique. My favorite book to use with students of any level is “Drum Set Warm-Ups” by Rod Morgenstein. This book has exercises that will consistently be appropriate for and challenge percussionists of all levels. It has worked wonders for my own development of speed, coordination, stamina, and limb independence; I use this book frequently in the way an athlete might go through stretches and the like before a game or tournament. Furthermore, I use Dave Weckl’s “Ultimate Play-Along: Drum Trax” series of books to introduce students to various styles of music (rock, funk, jazz, blues, etc.) from a drummer’s perspective. These books contain full-band charts for each song as well as versions of the songs with and without a recorded drum track. From here, I work with my students to choose songs from artists ranging from Tom Petty to Rush to Pat Metheney Group to further their development within a style that they enjoy. I often ask students to practice a few songs from their repertoire in one sitting if they want to prepare for a live concert situation.
In addition to my primary focus, I am well versed in the techniques and culture of many world instruments such as the djembe, doumbek, and cajon. I can teach my students tips and tricks for percussion instrument tuning, maintenance, and placement. I also offer drum set recording assistance and have a full array of microphone, cables, and recoding interfaces for audio production of your performances!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide headphones, media playback devices, paper worksheets, and small hand percussion. I expect my student to have sticks, a metronome (or equivalent app), and at least one of the following: snare drum, drum kit, hand drum (bongos, conga, djembe, doumbek, cajon, etc.).
*** Specialties *** I can teach a broad range of methods, styles, and genres for either drum set or percussion. On the drum set the bulk of my recording and performance experience resides in rock/metal, electronic/breakbeat, funk, and progressive music. I also have experience arranging film score/video game music for adaptation to the drum set. I teach coordination/stamina methods developed by Rod Morgenstein, and limb independence exercises designed by Thomas Lang. I teach both open and crossed hi-hat playing with a focus on matched grip for symmetrical drum arrangement and limb movement. I am also proficient in the Moeller wrist technique. My percussion focus has been primarily on African and Middle-Eastern styles and techniques recently (with instruments such as the djembe and the doumbek). I also specialize in translating these techniques to cajon, an instrument I build in my workshop.
Jack S. March 7, 2016
In home Verified Student
I was very please with the introductory lesson Jason had with my son. Jason addressed the issues we had with our last drum instructor. I plan to continue working with Jason.
Sean M. June 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
I’m a 25-year-old beginner-level drummer. I highly recommend Jason as a drum set instructor. He is very patient, helpful, passionate, and reasonable. He is an accomplished drummer, but more importantly, an experienced teacher. He listened to my interest in drums, assessed my skill level, and customized my lesson plans around my goals. He uses materials and music that are engaging.
Sharon knew at a very young age that the arts were her life and doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing, dancing and acting. She began her professional singing and acting career at the age of
six years old and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She plays the piano and is a versatile musician with a strong foundation in the classical method that really rocks!! Sharon grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has trained with some of New York City's premier voice, piano and acting teachers. Sharon majored in Theater and graduated cum laude with honors in theater. She is a certified public school theater teacher and has worked with hundreds of performing arts students. As a private instructor, she has guided her students in piano, voice, and acting. Sharon is a fun and innovative teacher. Her wealth of experiences has made her a well-rounded teacher. She has a great sense of humor with a serious commitment to her art and her students. A winning combination for you!
Janalicia S. October 27, 2016
In home Verified Student
I could not be more happier with choosing Sharon as my daughter's instructor. Her expertise in the subject she's teaching is outstanding. More importantly, my daughter loves her. She comes home bragging to everyone how wonderful her instructor is. Looking forward so many more lessons in the future.
LongN July 26, 2012
Wonderful piano lessons so far
Sharon is an excellent teacher. I have learned a great deal from her. She is enthusiastic and serious about my piano progress. I have really enjoyed the lessons and would highly recommend her.
SusanJ July 20, 2012
I love Sharon, she is leading me not only teaching me how to sing she is giving me confidence and this confidence is being carreid into my everyday life. She has an amazing voice too, a real inspiration and I recommend her - she make you really find your own voice!
I am a professional singer and actress with opera and musical theater credits. Singing is my passion! I love to sing, and I LOVE to teach others to sing! The human voice is the most natural instrum
ent of all, and helping others to bring out the beauty of the natural instrument that lies within them is something to which I am very devoted. I like to make students feel comfortable and at ease in lessons, and you will find that I am very warm and friendly!
Every student is unique, with their own strengths, their own areas for improvement, and their own preference for certain styles of singing. I can help you find what style makes your heart sing!
I have a broad range of credits, including the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof with Theodore Bikel (Tzeitel understudy), and Off-Broadway in Fiorello (Marie) and The Rose Tattoo (Flora). Among my many regional credits are Oliver at the Chiswick Park Theater in Sudbury, MA (Nancy), Camelot with Noel Harrison at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA (Nimue/Guinevere understudy), and Is There Life After High School with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Sharon Lawrence at the Burt Reynolds Theater in Jupiter, FL. I currently hold the post of Soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Needham, and am a Guest Soloist for The Mother Church in Boston. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and have received additional training with many renowned pedagogues, including mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly, and coaches Arlene Shrut from the Juilliard School, Michelle Alexander with Boston Lyric Opera, and Roger Malouf with the Metropolitan Opera.
Rufino L. October 15, 2016
In home Verified Student
She made me feel really comfortable and believe she will be honest regarding my abilities and any limitations I may have. I look forward to working with her!
Angie W. August 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Addie July 1, 2016
Broadway Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
Hi! I am a private music instructor offering lessons both in-studio and online. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Summa cum Laude) and I have over 34 years' full-time ex
perience as an instructor.. I also have nearly decades of experience as a professional jazz, rock, and theater musician. My experience has taken me from nightclubs to concert stages, as well as on television, radio, and recording studios. Finally, I am a published author with several titles dedicated to helping musicians becoming the best they can be.
**** MY TEACHING STYLE ****
My teaching style is often referred to as laid-back, gentle, informative, and very supportive. My focus is on enrichment, encouragement, and great results. I don't work with “one-size-fits-all” methods. Each lesson is customized to make the most of each student's own unique abilities, limitations, preferences, and interests. Whether students prefer, or do better, with traditional materials, playing/singing along with their favorite recordings, jamming with me, or anything in between, I am more than happy to accommodate and bring out each student’s best!
I teach real music -- students begin playing music they love almost from day-one. For example, many of my piano and guitar students pride themselves on learning to play every song on Beatles One ... playing right along with the CD! Reading, playing by ear, improvisation (jamming), singing while you play ... there are so many ways to play and avenues to explore in music.
**** MY STUDIO ****
My studio is spacious (very spacious – no cubicles here!), well-appointed, and very quiet. Unlike music stores and multi-lesson facilities, there are no other lessons on the premises, no drummer going crazy on the other side of the wall. This means students can concentrate better and learn faster. There is also plenty of room for parents and siblings who may wish to sit in on lessons.
**** STYLES / GENRES ****
I believe that students make the most progress learning music they love and I am very happy to teach every student the style of music he or she loves most.
My most requested genres are: pop, rock, country, blues, film/television, classic rock, jazz, and classical. Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want, but most are happy to explore various styles that interest them in search of the perfect fit. It is not at all uncommon for a student to spend part of their lesson polishing up a Beethoven piece or jazz standard, then finish up playing the chords to “Hotel California” along with the CD. Another student might start off their lesson learning a Taylor Swift hit, then move over to doing some blues improvisation. Variety is a wonderful thing and it is highly encouraged.
**** MY STUDENTS ****
Over the years, I have taught students from four years old to eighty-somethings. I’ve taught absolute beginners (most of my students start from square-one), hobbyists, seasoned professionals, even a Grammy nominee and a Grammy winner! Many of my young students have gone on to perform in school bands / jazz bands and/or professionally. In all cases, they acquire a skill that will last for a lifetime and provide joy, enrichment, and satisfaction.
Do you have a song or two in your heart. Contact me today and I will help you reach your musical goals no matter what they may be!
Madison M. October 15, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Made my daughter feel completely at ease. Stan is extremely knowledgeable
Willow August 30, 2016
In studio Verified Student
We had a great piano lesson today!!Stan was great with my daughter, she loved the class. Can't wait until next week!!
Diane July 16, 2016
I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and now I am thoroughly enjoying taking lessons from Stan. He's a very patient instructor who fills me with confidence. I look forward to my lesson every week and the time spent there just flies by so fast. Stan is very interesting and gives me a lot of information to help me understand music historically and in practice. He tailors his lesson to me. A great teacher! Thanks Stan!
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