- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- June 2007
Hi everyone! I am a young, vibrant jazz guitarist recognized as an emerging talent on the New York jazz scene. I received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from New York University, where I studied with renowned guitarists Peter Bernstein, Randy Johnston, and John Scofield. During my time at NYU, I had the privilege of playing in the ensembles of Joe Lovano, Brian Lynch, Dave Pietro, Martin Wind, and Ralph Lalama.
I have performed in many venues across New York, including Smalls, Fat Cat, Jazz Gallery, Cleopatra's Needle, The Bar Next Door at La Lanterna, Caffe Vivaldi, and the famed Blue Note Jazz Club. You can currently catch me leading my own trio Fridays at Caravan of Dreams, a great vegan restaurant in the East Village.
I am an avid and passionate educator, teaching privately and having served as a music consultant at a Harlem charter school. I have also been a regular contributor to Jazz Inside Magazine.
*** Lesson Details ***
Everyone has what it takes to make beautiful, meaningful music. I believe that music is a language, albeit one that is universally spoken and understood the world over, that can be acquired through the proper understanding of musical grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. To this end, students not only gain a thorough grounding in the instrument of their choice, but also a deep understanding of music theory, note-reading, improvisation, rhythm, composition, and analysis. I will show you how to be your own teacher - the most important lesson of all - by showing you how to take what you learn in a lesson and manipulate it to meet your needs without end. Whatever your background - hobbyist or serious amateur, full-time student or working professional, young or old - I will provide a custom, individualized lesson plan to meet your specific needs and goals. My teaching method relies on patience, helpfulness, flexibility, and positivity - coupled with a big dose of passion about your musical journey - to help you succeed.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, amps, guitars, piano, media player
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a guitar. The student should provide amplification (if necessary), their own guitar, and a piano for piano lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz as well as classical theory and jazz theory.
Dealing with personal family problems. Dimitry is a great teacher. He rates five stars. I will continue the lessons in February. Shirlene Jackson