Avi Blum

Avi B.

Yorktown Heights, NY

About Avi B.

Background check: Last verified 05/11/2016
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Avi teaches: Ages 7 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2007
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Greetings and Well-Met! My name is Avi and I can help you make music TODAY! I am a working composer, performer, audio engineer, and instructor, with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy passing on the knowledge of music and help my students cultivate their interest into a real life-long passion. As a heavy empath, I am the kind of teacher who will sit, listen, and connect with you to make sure you are understanding and resonating with all concepts of learning music.

Classically trained with a degree in Music Composition from CUNY City College of New York, I can give you lessons in guitar, bass, music theory, songwriting, audio engineering, and classical composition! My teaching method is personalized for every student and their specific style and pace of learning. We're all unique individuals after all!

Photos and Videos

A Blindfolded Cover of "Of Prometheus And The Crucifix" by Trivium off of the album "Shogun."

Experience

Freelance Writer
Nov 2014 - Present
Self-Employed

Content Creation for websites like www.playbuzz.com as well as a blog called Musical Engineering.

Private Instructor, Composer, and Audio Engineer
Feb 2014 - Present
Avi Blum Music

Teach guitar, bass guitar, drums, songwriting/composition, and basic recording/audio engineering to students.

Compose, record, perform, and engineer music for digital media and personal fulfillment.

Music and Prayer Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Woodbury Jewish Center

Teaching 3rd through 6th graders music, folk songs, and traditional chants!

Assistant Audio Engineer
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
Masterdisk Studios

Assist in everyday studio responsibilities. QC mastered projects for clients, bounce files, spectral cleaning, and project setup.

Studio Intern
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Nightlife Production Studios

Cleaned the studio space, performed artist outreach, and shadowed engineers.

Premiere Composer
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014
Mannes New School for Music

An original piece entitled, "Two Songs by William Ernest Henley" premiered at the Master's Recital of Mezzo-Soprano, Yiselle B.

Composer, Lead Guitarist, and Lead Vocalist
Apr 2003 - Nov 2008
Disposable Heroes

Metal band with influences like Metallica, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down. Played many shows in the Long Island area.

Guitarist
Jun 2003 - Jun 2007
Temple Beth Shalom

Performed guitar with the Friday Night Live Band at Temple Beth Shalom, including improvised solos and harmonies.

Education

BA in Music
Feb 2010 - Feb 2014
CUNY City College of New York
Music
Sep 2004 - Jun 2008
Paul D. Schreiber High School

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Volunteer
Nov 2009
Habitat for Humanity

I helped build a house!

Awards

The Pro Musica Award
Feb 2014
CUNY City College of New York
The Mark Brunswick Composition Award
May 2013
CUNY City College of New York
The Sydney Zolot Graduation Award
Feb 2013
CUNY City College of New York

Affiliations

Game Audio Network Guild
Nov 2014

This organization is the central hub for composers and sound
designers of the video game industry. G.A.N.G. is your global game audio community. G.A.N.G. provides one voice to articulate, discuss and confront issues affecting the interactive audio industry as well as build a strong community for its fellowship through an online forum, local chapters and industry-wide events

Golden Key International Honor Society
Sep 2010

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

6 Reviews on Avi B.

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Dylan Jan 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son loved the first lesson. He is very excited for his next lesson.
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Caitlin Dec 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson
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Caitlin Dec 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He's a great teacher! He teaches around students knowledge and ability. It was an awesome lesson
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Nick May 14, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Avi has always been a helpful resource when learning to approach any number of instruments and musical experiments. His encyclopedic knowledge of theory and music technology, coupled with his adaptability to different tastes and approaches and willingness to experiment, makes him a great source of knowledge and an endlessly awesome collaborator.
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Alex May 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I had just gotten a guitar as a gift for my birthday, but had no idea how to play. I heard about Avi through a friend for lessons, so I figured, "why not give it a try?"

So far the lesson's have been great: he's very understanding and patient, and has a good structure and method to the way he teaches. I'm still a novice, but I'm able to play a few songs, and my chord knowledge and technique have been improving rapidly!

Strongly recommend1
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Taylor May 11, 2016
· Guitar · Online
This guy is a true master at his craft, but also a delightfully positive and patient instructor. Words really don't do him justice, but I can say with great certainty, I am ten times better after only a few months.
He has all kinds of 'hacks' to make guitar easier. I tried learning for years, but only now am I really improving tonally as well as musically.
If you want to really play with joy, and the knowledge/technique to back it up, who's your guy? THIS GUY. PERIOD.
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