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Daniel B.
New York, New York
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having performed jazz, funk, rock, pop, and blues, among other genres, I use the fluidity between these inform each of my lessons. Whether a student is a beginner looking to play their favorite song on the radio, an intermediate looking for some rhythm theory to give them more options in their playing, or an advanced player looking for improvisatory techniques, I tailor each session to the desires of each student and their learning style.
About Daniel B.

I'm a gigging musician and teacher with a degree in Musical Studies from Oberlin College & Conservatory. I pride myself on patience and empathy no matter what I teach, whether it be feeling the pulse of a complicated drum groove or polishing up a piano piece for the first time. For music lessons, I strive to bring in a context of genre fluidity and history, so that a student knows where and what to explore on their own even when I am not in the room to show them. My teaching is all about inspiring students to express their own creativity and make their strengths work for them, rather than only playing a tune the "right way" to get from point A to point B.


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that was great

Posted Nov 16, 2021
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It was a great first online lesson for my kid.

Posted Apr 23, 2018
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Dan connected well with my daughter and now she can't wait for more lessons.

Posted May 31, 2016
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Rock Band Instructor
Oct 2017 - Present
Bank Street School
-Teach weekly rock band classes to 5th through 8th grade students -Emphasize collaboration in arrangement and song selection, bringing students with different skill levels together -Host a bi-yearly concert to showcase songs polished by each of the 10 bands
Drum & Vocal Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Bank Street School
Teach after school 1-on-1 voice and drum lessons with focus on rock and pop music, integrating my curriculum with the rock band and general music classes as well.
Freelance Musician
Sep 2009 - Present
-Write/arrange and perform parts on drums, keyboards & bass guitar for various groups in the NYC area including: Demille, ES Wex, Nick Depuy & the Big Fly, Demeter, Lindsay Brockington, Cicero & the Orations, and Sammy Trombone -Co-Produce albums for all projects: including string and horn arrangements and additional keyboard, guitar, and percussion work -Co-Manage content on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp, SoundCloud -Manage Wix hosted website for Cicero & the Orations: www.ciceroandtheorations.com
Music Instructor
Oct 2015 - Jul 2017
Bach to Rock
I taught private drums, piano, and voice, as well as small group band & keyboard classes at Bach to Rock, a teaching studio in Mamaroneck, NY with a proprietary curriculum based in rock and popular music.
President & Musical Director
Sep 2013 - May 2015
Oberlin Obertones
-Led rehearsals focusing on individual and group singing technique, interpretation of arrangement, and performance for men's a cappella group -SInger/arranger from Sept. 2011 to May 2015
IT Help Desk Consultant
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Oberlin College
-Served as liaison between clients, including students, faculty and staff, and professional CIT staff members -Provided software and networking support (often involving teaching and walk-throughs) to Oberlin College community. Issues involved Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, web browsers, printing, network connections and network authentication
Music Specialist
Jun 2013 - Aug 2013
Eisner Camp
--Implemented instrumental and A Capella music recording and performance electives for children ages 8-15 --Led performance groups at the all-camp arts festival --Produced recordings via Logic for campers to bring home --Led camper pit bands for various theatrical productions --Arranged music and coordinated musicians for themed backdrops for end of summer color war
Camp Counselor
Jun 2011 - Aug 2012
Eisner Camp
-Full-time 24/7 supervision and engagement with children at a sleep away camp aged 9 to 15 for Summer 2011 and 2012 -Wrote age-specific programs for evening activities, including a highly successful “Music Festival” night
Sep 2007 - May 2011
Jewish Family Congregation
-Taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade classes on basic prayers taking from the Reform Jewish liturgy. Planned lessons for each class and wrote progress reports and report cards. -Worked with school director to keep curriculum consistent and fluid between grade levels.
Musical Studies & Physics
Sep 2011 - May 2015
Oberlin College
Honors Regents Diploma
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
John Jay High School
Jul 2015
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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