Cory Morgenstern

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA
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Lesson Details

Organ

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing and teaching organ for 30 years.
We work on sight reading, ear training, and theory.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.
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About

Cory passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Cory delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 1972

So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, including Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and vocals with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.

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Experience

Musical Director
Oct 2009 - Oct 2012
Westchester Orchestra

I have been teaching and performing for 30 years at various private institutions and functions.

Education

18th Century Contrpuntal Harmony
Sep 1989 - Jun 2004
Manhattan School Of Music
Music Philosophy
Sep 1969 - Jun 1972
S.U.N.Y Stony Brook University
Music Education
Jan 1970 - Jun 1970
Nassau County Community College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Yiddish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Best NYC Rock & Roll Band 2012
Aug 2012
Rolling Rock

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.
Feb 1987

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Meet Cory as he shows you his studio including his guitars, keyboards and recording gear.
Cory gives you a few samples of music you might learn at a piano lesson.
Watch Cory play some guitar styles you might study with im.
Cory performs Eric Clapton's Hideaway with his band "Soular System" !!
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19 Reviews

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Sarah B. Nov 11, 2017
Piano · In studio

Cory is awesome! As an adult beginner I was very nervous to start taking lessons but Cory was quick to put me at ease and make learning piano fun. I've walked away from every lesson feeling good and like I have learned a lot. If you're looking for a music teacher I would definitely recommend Cory!

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Malcolm M. Aug 9, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Great bassist and overall musician. He will break down the concept of music giving you a better insight and understanding of how it all works. I have great confidence you too will be happy moving forward with his lessons.

Malcolm M. Jul 14, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next course.

Glenn Jun 5, 2017
Music Theory · In home

Cory, is the Master Yoda of teaching music. That is truly evident in his patience, and honest desire to see you learn. Whether a beginner or an advanced musician like myself, Cory is exactly what you would hope to find in a great teacher. He is excellent in his skill and mastery of the art of music. That includes both his skill as a player, and in the science of music theory & harmony, When u see him play Piano, you will know instantly that he is a great master. Amazingly, he is also an awesome Guitarist & Bass Player. He has over 30 years of experience gigging on all 3, so there's no questioning his qualification to teach on all instruments. His seriousness as a true musician, and connoisseur of all forms of music & songwriting are especially beneficial to you. If you apply yourself, you will no doubt achieve your set goals, whatever they may be. Cory could be teaching at Juilliard or Berklee College of Music if he wanted to. That is not a joke. I went to Berklee, and so I am qualified to make that assertion. I learned a great deal studying with Cory, and that has translated into a priceless benefit for my own work.

Glenn Swan
www.glennswan.com

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Rob P. Jan 30, 2017
Harmonica · In studio

Cory gave me a great first lesson and has a pleasant and helpful manner. I look forward to my next lesson!

Elisa Jun 30, 2016
Singing · In studio

Fun first lesson. Very informative. Explained pitch, tone and timing in terms I could easily understand. Comfortable studio and close to my house! Can recommend wholeheartedly!!

Deb R. Jan 14, 2016
Violin · Online

First online lesson and my Skype was not working. Cory quickly found a workaround. He was patient and engaged. I feel motivated to do my 'homework' and am confident this student/teacher match is a good one. I look forward to many more lessons!

Richard P. Jan 13, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Cory is a great I am really excited by his approach and genuine love music overall. His enthusiasm comes through his teaching.

Hunter U. Dec 10, 2015
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He's absolutely amazing! Excellent instructor! Well rounded and well versed when in comes to music. Recommend!

Joseph B. Dec 5, 2015
Harmonica · In studio

Great experience!

Joseph B. Dec 2, 2015
Harmonica · In studio

Great experience!

Jeff U. Jul 23, 2015
Organ · Online

First of all, he is very thorough. Cory is always thinking outside the box, brings new ideas to the table! He is not only a teacher, but a musician performer as well. When he teaches, he implements performance and teaches not only to play the instrument but to sound good. He is personable and direct. He is also very tolerant regardless of my blindness. I've had other instructors, and by far, Cory is the best!

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cindy dunbar Jun 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

i was so stressed out as my son, a musician, asked me to sing with him at his wedding. yikes!! Boy, did I luck out when I randomly picked Cory for some quick singing lessons. He was so encouraging and helpful!! By the end of 5 lessons we made a recording of the song I am to sing. Well it looks like I won't humiliate myself or family. It was really amazing. He has incredible "in studio"effects and easily transferred the song to a key I could practice and actually "sing." I haven't "performed" yet (next week) but I am looking forward to it, thanks to Cory. Everyone should have at least "one" song that they can pull off for special events. Totally worth it!! Thanks to Cory I have mine...now if I could only learn to "shake my groove thang."

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Dom A. Jun 5, 2015
Harmonica · Online

Cory is an excellent teacher. His lessons are a blast. He's done a great job of assessing my existing musical knowledge and goals for learning the harmonica, and customizing the lessons to allow me to learn quickly (as well as improve my grasp of theory in a fun and practical way).

I'd highly recommend him for anyone considering harmonica lessons (or lessons with one of the many other instruments he teaches).

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Ramona C. May 26, 2015
Piano · In home

Cory is a very inspired teacher. According to Brayden, his student, he makes the piano a very approachable skill and makes it fun as well. Cory is patient, creative and kind to the very new student and, being that he continues on his own musical journey, encourages guided expression. Brayden is learning the Blues as well as reading music!
Thank you, Cory!

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Ana A. Feb 20, 2015
Violin · In studio

Amazing teacher! Cory is a wonderful teacher. My daughter has learned so much from him. He's been teaching her violin for a while and she has learned a lot from him. He has patience with kids and also makes it fun and encouraging.
Thank you Cory! I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.

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anita L. Apr 3, 2013
Guitar ·

Cory taught my daughter to play guitar when no one else could!

Cory M is a multi-talented sweetheart of a man.
He’s been a great guitar teacher for my daughter, who has gained knowledge of sight reading and classical guitar while learning to play the folk/indie/classic rock she most enjoys. It’s to Cory’s credit that she’s stuck with these lessons through all the other activities she’s taken up and abandoned.
Cory is also a highly skilled performer and recording artist. I’ve enjoyed listening and dancing to his band playing old favorites and original compositions. He creates CDs of his music and records other artists in an impressive-looking home recording studio – and on top of all this, he’s a great cook and a kind-hearted, generous neighbor. We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our community.
Susan Subramanian

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Cory M. Apr 3, 2013
Piano ·

I'm a big fan!

I'm a professional musician, and I entrusted both of my sons to Cory M, and have also recommended him widely to my friends......he gave both of my boys a solid foundation in piano, and when my second one chose guitar, the transition was very smooth. They each started when they were 6 - Cory is great with kids that age, and by the time they started in the school bands, they were well prepared to dive right in.
Cory is an actively working musician and composer, which makes it fun for the kids, and gives them a view on how the material they are studying functions in the real world. He also maintains a high quality home studio, opening up the opportunity for students to gain experience in that realm.
I'm a big fan.

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Cory M. Apr 3, 2013
Music Theory ·

Cory is an awesome teacher!

I've studied with Cory for 4 years now, and I just want everyone to know what a great teacher Cory is. I've not only developed immensely in my musical skill, but I've also noticed when I'm working with other musicians that my studies have really set me apart from my peers. Cory has an awesome recording studio with all the professional stuff you'd come to expect in a major studio, Protools HD, Logic 9, a great Mic Pre & Compressor, along with an awesome tube Mic for recording great vocals. I've known Cory for 14 years now, and he's a lot of fun to work with and learn from. I've also been to many of his gigs, and I can assure you he's an awesome performer. Glenn

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