Gregory Hammontree

Gregory H.

Astoria, NY

About Gregory H.

Gregory teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

As a younger brother at the age of five, I began studying the piano because my older sister did. After my foundation in music strengthened I fell in love with the trumpet. At first, each note took time to develop and I enjoyed the challenge. The trumpet allowed me to travel all over the Southeast later in life and even to China with a 1940's Radio Show. I enjoyed many top-level bands the kindled my love and passion for good music. I want to share that kindling with my students in a nurturing and guiding situation, just like my teachers gave me.
I used to go to lessons and become so motivated and inspired that I thought I could change the world. I always knew that I would want to give back exactly that. As my performance opportunities grew into venues like Churchill Grounds, The Rialto, and The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta and Radio City Music Hall, 54 Below, The Jazz Standard, Bowery Ballroom, Shapeshifter and Flushing Town Hall in New York, my fire for wanting to develop my teaching did also. I was always thinking back to what my old teachers gave me, inspiration. I then understood that inspiration is the key to success in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be something the student looks forward to every week. We will work through common method books and learn material that the student has an interest in. For example, some students want to learn to play high notes, a popular song, improvise, or write their own songs. I am a laid back guy, but I do expect effort in the lessons and at home. I believe whatever you put into music is what you get out of it, and I will inspire and motivate the student to get as much out of the lessons as they can. Students will create, with my advisement, and update short term and long term goals every few months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard or Piano and Music Stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should provide their instrument, instrument care products (valve oil), method books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz and classical music. I use many common methods depending on how the student tends to learn the best, and will even combine different methods if the student requires it.

Photos and Videos

About to perform at the Jazz Standard

Experience

Freelance Musician
Jan 2002 - Present
Greg Hammontree

Musician for hire

Education

Master of Jazz Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2012
CUNY, Queens College
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Georgia State University

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Employment of the Year Award
Dec 2012
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Music Scholarship
Sep 2010
CUNY, Queens College
Academic Scholarship
Aug 2005
HOPE Scholarship of Georgia
Music Scholarship
Aug 2005
School of Music Foundation Scholarship, Georgia State University
Music Scholarship
Jul 2005
Friends of Johnny Mercer Scholarship Foundation

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2012

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

18 Reviews on Gregory H.

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Nicolas Feb 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Greg is supportive, patient and has a great understanding of how to approach the student to make the lesson interesting.
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Donna Jan 29, 2017
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Greg loves music and inspiring others to love it too! While teaching music, he also teaches his students to work hard to reach their goals while having fun along the way. Awesome professional!
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Maceo R. Sep 8, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Greg has been great and very patient with our son. He is only 5 and half and has a lot of energy, but he has been able to focus and is really enjoying it.
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Andrew S. Sep 1, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Fantastic! Thank you!
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Chip S. Nov 25, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
We could not ask for more in a teacher. Gregory helped our son prepare for NYC high school auditions this year and he was extremely professional, a very, very good teacher and overall just a very nice person to deal with. He gets our highest recommendation.
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Vala P. Oct 9, 2015
· Piano · In home
Great bonding with a new student, engaging and encouraging.
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Ian S. Aug 26, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Great first lesson!
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Nathan R. Jul 25, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Greg was warm and just a pleasure.
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Nathan R. Jul 25, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Greg was warm and just a pleasure.
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Nicole B. Jun 24, 2015
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Gregory is an excellent musician as well as a thorough and patient teacher. As a colleague, I often consult with him on methods and curriculum, and I highly recommend studying with him.
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