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John L.
Hastings on Hudson, New York
Learn Piano and the world is your oyster
I teach piano in the same manner in which I teach every instrument. First I teach students the rudiments of the instrument. Also I teach them how to read and a bit of music theory. From that point I like to follow the students lead. They bring in songs that they would like to learn, or possibly how to play a certain style like Funk, or Blues, or how to approach a classical sonata. At every point I try to point out general aspects of music that need to be learned from the material that they choose.
About John L.

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me. Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds! I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists. It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pride myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me. I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it. *** Lesson Details *** My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically. I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician. In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be. And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student. *** Studio Equipment *** Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording. *** Travel Equipment *** As requested *** Specialties *** I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop. I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well. I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Teaching since 2003

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Masters in Jazz Performance 2022

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Teaches ages 4+

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John L.
Hastings on Hudson, New York
Learn Piano and the world is your oyster
I teach piano in the same manner in which I teach every instrument. First I teach students the rudiments of the instrument. Also I teach them how to read and a bit of music theory. From that point I like to follow the students lead. They bring in songs that they would like to learn, or possibly how to play a certain style like Funk, or Blues, or how to approach a classical sonata. At every point I try to point out general aspects of music that need to be learned from the material that they choose.
About John L.

Hello, Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me. Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds! I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great performing ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists. It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pride myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me. I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it. *** Lesson Details *** My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically. I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician. In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be. And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student. *** Studio Equipment *** Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording. *** Travel Equipment *** As requested *** Specialties *** I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop. I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well. I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 2003

Education

Masters in Jazz Performance 2022

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 4+

Speaks

Speaks French, spanish, french

Speaks

Has background check

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John is an awesome guitar teacher. learning acoustic guitar with him as a relative beginner serious about some fundamentals and theory even for beginners congenial guy, comfortable studio space for learning highly recommend him 👍

Posted Mar 12, 2022

The first lesson was great. John is a great communicator .

Posted Oct 19, 2019
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John is good teacher, I completely satisfied.

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Faculty
Aug 2015 - Present
Music Conservatory of Westchester
I teach classes in guitar, bass and basic musicianship.
Freelance Bassist
Jan 1993 - Present
New York and California
Education: Grove School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, 1991 San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 1995 B.M. in Jazz Performance (Magna Cum Laude) Private Instruction: Michael Moore (Bill Evans, John Scofield), Greg Jones (Bass Collective) John Clayton (Count Basie, Milt Jackson), Andy Gonzales (Fort Apache), Paul Gill (Elvis Costello) Carlos del Puerto (Irakere), Vanderle Peiria (Sabor Brasil) Teaching: Take Lessons, New York, 2010-Present Bass, Piano, Music Theory, (Nations most popular web site for lessons) Create, New York Public Schools- 2005-2006 Recorder, Ukulele, Guitar, Intro to Music Neighborhood Music And Arts, New York Public Schools- 2009 to present Recorder Performance: Fat Camp: ATA Theater, NYC, Feb-May 2012, Dodger Properties, Winner: best musical 2009 NYMTF Festival, Rock Musical. Perfecta Ekbo: Hi-Life, African Pop, Baltimore, Houston, Orlando, 2012 Adrienne Hindmarsh Trio: Jazz, American Popular Song, Pannama, Colombia, Caribbean, Fall 2011 Soul Station: Jazz Quartet performing the music of Hank Mobley Bassist, Little Branch, Bohemian Beer Garden, JELQ: Jazz Quintet, Standard and Original Jazz Music, Composer, Appearances: Hawiian Tropic Zone, Fat Cat, Smalls, Bohemian Beer Garden, New York CD: “Lend Me Your Ears” July 2009 Release Phil Stewart Trio: Mainstream Jazz, Bassist, Fat Cat, Little Branch, Toons, Carmine Grillo Trio: Standards, New York, Bassist, The 76 House, Private Events, NY Rita Harvey: CD recording, Home, Bassist, Broadway, Pop, NY, 2010 Legally Blond: Broadway Musical, Bassist, The Palace Theater, New York. Ongoing. 2007 Jersey Boys: Broadway Musical, Bassist, Vocals, Choreography, The August Wilson Theater, The Music of Frankie Valli, 2005 The J.A.P. Chronicles: Off- Broadway Musical, Bassist, One Woman Original Musical, Perry Street Theater, 2005 The Harbor Conservatory Band: Repertoire of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito Orchestras, Bassist, Appearances Lincoln Center and Spanish Harlem Festival, Ongoing Forever Plaid: Musical, Casino Rama, Toronto, Canada, RGA Productions/Casino Rama Entertainment, (ongoing) TV appearance (Good Morning Canada), 2006 John L.…. Julian Poe, Reading of show for NAMTP Convention, Jason Debord: Musical Director, 2006 Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway: Musical Review Concert Tour, Bassist and Arranger, 2006-2010 The Immigrant: Musical, Westport Country Playhouse, A New American Musical, Joanne Woodward, Artistic Director, 2004 The Full Monty: Musical, Snug Harbor Musical Theater, Original Broadway Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’: Musical, Fairfield Playhouse, Music of Fats Waller Annie: Musical, National Touring Production, (Appearance: San Diego Civic Theater) Son De Cali: International Touring Salsa Group, Norwalk Columbian Festival, Long Island Afro-Columbian Day, 2007 Make A Wish Foundation: 2005 Fundraiser, Seth Rudetsky Cady Huffman Band: (Tony Award Winner) Showcase, New York, Appearances: Birdland, Joyce Theater Jeff Barone Trio: Pop and Jazz, New York, Bassist, The Cambell Apartment, New York City Lawrence Welk Orchestra: Mid-Western U. S., Bassist Variety Show, (appearances: 15 US States) Radio Broadway: Rock and Roll Review, Left Field Productions Appearances: Barbados National Theater, Leanape Performing Arts Kolotov Mocktails: Mid-West/ New Orleans, Bassist, Composer (appearances: The Goat, The Players Club) La Onda Va Bien: New York City, Founder, Composer, Bassist Latin Jazz, Full length Original CD: La Vuelta, (appearances: Willie’s, Gonzales, 55 Bar, Time Out New York Awards, SOB’s, Bates College) Jack Cassidy Trio: Europe, Bassist, Jazz, R&B, Funk, (appearances: England, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Scotland,Ireland) Glad Tiddings Ensemble: New York City, House Bassist, Transcriber Christian Pop and Gospel Music, 2004-2006 Alagoas: New York City, Bassist, Brazilian Jazz, (appearances: Nascimento’s, Greenwich Art Council, Club Europa, Kavehaz, Salon De Mexico, Mamma Cassie’s, Tito Puente’s, Scopa) Salsa Ensembles: Chiemi Nakai Trio, Luis Reyes Quintet, Dekk Café Orchestra, Orchestra Kimbu, Septeto Mercancia, Ray Vega, Einstein Machado, Wednesday Harbor Conservatory Band, Sonido Amante, Victor Santos, Steve Pucci, Alma Negra, Orchestra Neuvo Millennio, Los Calientes, Ray Ramirez Orch., Latin Rhythm Devils, Mambo Maccocco, Junior Vega, Orchestra Un Classe Aparte, Hector Mantalvo The Theater in Old Town, San Diego, House Bassist, Musicals, 1996-1998 California: We Kinda Music: San Diego, Bassist Vibes/Steel Drums Quintet Jazz, Latin Jazz, 1997/1998 The Majestics: San Diego and Los Angeles, Bassist Original Blues and Swing, (CD: Dance Till Sunrise), 1996-1998 Seminars: Mexico Music: Ancient to Today, March 2002, Musical Director, NYC Public Schools American Jazz: From 1920-1970, April 2004, Musical Director, NYC Public Schools Freelancing: Kris Kaiser, Jordan Young, Ed Levy Duo, Danny Zolli, Sol Yaged, Erick Buckley, Norm Lewis, Lawrence Clayton, ,Jordan Young, Steve Blanchard, Robert Dusold, Capethia Jenkins, Brad Little, Chuck McKinnon Trio, New York Big Band (Joe Batagilia), Vito Diterle, Circle Square Music, Andy Frieberg, Jason Debord Orchestra, Joan Crowe, Heather Bennet, Issac Darche, Selah Sproul, Darrin Lyons, Eri Yamamoto, Fun For All, Enrique Haneine, Yardina, Daniella Mascoic, Jeff Gray, Cecilla Coleman, Andrew Green Trio, Seth Abrahamson, Chiemi Nakajima, Carmen La Voy, Collette Thompson, Randy Herman, Clint Didian, Micheal O’Leary, Victor Rindon, Harold Ousley, Grand Street Quartet, Mario Casanaves, Andy Nelson Trio, Matt McClane Quartet, Bill Humphries,Nick Damapolis, Grand Banks Trio, Robert Blumenthal Quartet, Wendy New, Pasion, Grupo TNT, Elite Entertainment, Princess Cruises Ryan Roger, Lawrence Ho, KMA Music, Rita Harvey, The Adventures of Flat Stanley, Makayla Bishop, Natalie Toro, Genteddy Music (Jingle House), Superunloader, Babblefish, Joy Eden Harrison, The Majestics, Hemisphere, John Kannis, Peter Pupping, Joe Luzzo, John Erickson Quartet, Conjunto Sublime, Don Pierce, Gustavo Casanave, Frankie Figueroa, Jack Spitz, Gabe Jodorkovsky, Six Pack Composing/Arranging “Huanayno”, Carlos Bernales, 2012 “Fat Camp”, Cast Recording 2012 “Lawrence Ho”, String Quartet Arrangements, 2012 “Larry Ellis”, As Long as I’m Singing, Arranger, 2010 “Side Shuffle”, Composer/Arranger, 2010 “Norm Lewis Sing Hits of the Crooning Era”, Arranger, 2010 “Rita Harvery” at Home”, Arranger, 2009 “The Rock Tenor”, Arranger, 2008 “Lend Me Your Ears”, Composer, original jazz CD, March 2008 “Kolotov Mocktails”, Composer/Arranger, September 2007 “100 Years of Broadway”, Arranger 2006-2007 “The Charlie Sarglioglu Show”, Arranger, October 2007 “The Bobby Beautiful Radio Show”, Arranger, December 2006 "Anywhere But Here", Soundtrack of Student Film, San Diego, 1994 , Music for Web Page, New York City, 1999 "Demented Mindz", Theme Song for Cable Show, New York City, 2000 “Criminal”, Soundtrack, 15 Minute Independent Film, New York 2003 Awards Outstanding Graduate, SDSU Music Department, 1995 Dean’s List: SDSU, Grove School, UC Davis Outstanding Musicianship, Pacific Jazz Festival, 1994 Academic Scholarship, SDSU, 1993 Music Scholarship, SDSU, 1993 Languages: French, Spanish, (Portuguese, Italian)
Masters in Jazz Performance 2022
Sep 2020 - Jun 2022
SUNY Purchase
Bachelors Of Music
Sep 1993 - May 1996
San Diego State Univ.
Jazz Performance
Sep 1993
San Diego State University
Electric Bass and Harmony
Jan 1990 - Jan 1991
Grove School of Music
French
Professional Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Bachelors Jazz Performance
Jun 1995
San Diego State University
Performance degree from 4 year major
Graduate Student of the Year
May 2022
SUNY Purchase
Most Valuable Soloist
Jun 1995
Berkely Jazz Fest 1995
BMI
Mar 2008
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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