Noel Brennan

Noel B.

Brooklyn, NY
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About

Noel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6 to 65

Teaching since:
May 2002

Hello everyone and welcome!

My name is Noel B., and I am a musician living and working in New York City.

When teaching a new student I employ many different methods. To me, music is about playing with people. Its important to be able to play by yourself but there are things you just can't learn unless you play with people. I liken it to taking soccer lessons but never playing on a team. Also, its important to perform. All of my students are invited to perform at a venue with a grand piano that professional musicians in the city play. This really helps the students and I set goals, and achieve them. I also use some method books, theory and other things, but just making it about playing makes the lessons much much more fun and inspiring for the students.

I currently teach at two music schools apart from my Private studio. One of which is in Long Island. At this school I teach electronic music production w/ Ableton as a digital audio workstation. I also teach DJ/Turntablism along side DJ 4our 5ive (he has worked with Notorious BIG, Jay z, and is the current tour DJ for Lil Wayne). We have also started working together on performing at the venue near the school.

I hope to inspire others to pursue a musical life. No matter how serious and long, or short and light.

One of my ultimate goals in teaching is to help my students develop the skills and knowledge to not only be able to play well, but to also be able to teach themselves (and hopefully others in the future). Thank you for your time! Have a great day!

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Experience

Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Private Music Academy

Guitar
Bass
Tabla
Drumset
Frame Drum/World Percussion

Program Director
Jan 2014 - Present
Private Academy

I develop curriculum for as well as teach -

DJ
Turntablism
Scratching/Mixing
Electronic Music Production

Program Director
Jan 2014 - Present
Private Music Academy

I develop curriculum, program events and teach the following instruments.

Piano
Drums
Guitar
Bass
Recording Technologies

Music Instructor
Apr 2007 - Aug 2009
River Tree Arts

I led ensembles with multiple instruments. Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals and Drums.

I also was a private instructor on all instrument.s

Education

Masters Degree in Music
Sep 2011 - May 2013
New York University
Masters in Music
Sep 2010 - May 2012
New York University
Music Performance
Sep 2005 - May 2010
University of Southern Maine

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Masters Degree In Music
May 2011
New York University

Music Performance Degree
May 2009
University of Southern Maine

Awards

Promising Artist 2012
May 2012
Half Note Records
Promising Artist of 2011
Apr 2011
Half Note Records

Affiliations

Jazz Education Network
Jan 2009

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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3 Reviews

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Randy Aug 13, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Great lesson. Worked out a plan to accomplish my goals. Noel is amazing and multi-instrumentalist which helped to combine skills and a jam session into the lesson.

Chris M. Jul 8, 2014
Guitar · In studio

Simply put, Noel is a terrific teacher! I had the itch to pick up the guitar at 39 years old, and wanted to work with someone who had a laid back approach while still having the chops and the knowledge to offer some challenges. I was not disappointed!

Noel has an extremely diverse background in much that goes well beyond the guitar - He's an awesome drummer as well. This made the lessons even more interesting since he could offer perspective from the drummer's point of view, stressing how important rhythm is to becoming a solid guitarist.

On top of everything else, one of the things I like the most about taking lessons with Noel is that sitting down with him is like sitting in on a jam session - a pretty cool feeling for someone who's somewhat new to music, but has always wanted to learn.

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Nereida S. Mar 18, 2014
Piano ·

Great Teacher

My teacher is amazing. A master professional in his musical field. He teaches like he's done it for decades, even though so young. I would dare to say he can teach with his eyes close. I love all his teaching techniques, from theory to scale, to practicing the Hanon Studies, to ear training and on. I like how he plays along with me while teaching me a new musical score. He completely dedicated to teaching his student and making sure his pupil is satisfied with his performance. He'll even help you with preparing you for an recital or musical event. He knows how. I highly recommend for teaching any pupil from age 3 to 92. He'll ask me what I want to do next, and then we look for scores that I can learn according to my level.. He's attention to your needs as a student and works around it. I always look forward to going to my next lesson and see how I improved and what's new score he's prepare for me to learn.

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