Noel Brennan

Noel B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Noel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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.

As a performer I have been fortunate to perform with legends such as John Scofield, Pascal Niggenkemper, Andy Milne, Dave Pietro, Dave Douglas and the list continues. These shows were at many first rate jazz clubs including: Blue Note, The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, The Tea Lounge, Tomi Jazz, Cornelia St. Cafe, The Falcon, Twins Jazz, Trumpets Jazz and many others. While receiving my Masters degree at NYU, I was also employed as an adjunct music faculty member.

In 2012 I was selected as one of Half Note Records musicians in the "Promising Artist Series." The award included responsibilities such as giving concerts and leading clinics.

In 2011, I was accepted as a disciple of tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee. This has also been an amazing opportunity. Chatterjee spends half the year residing and teaching in NYC. Just three blocks away, I am able to spend ample time learning from him. In the winter of 2013, I spent several months in India living the music. This included daily talim (lessons) from Gurujee as well as many all night concerts and sessions with local musicians.

Another interest of mine has been listening to and studying electronic music. Turntableism was a large influence. I have turntables and a sampler and have been working with them for years. It has been a great inspiration to follow in the footsteps of DJs including DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike and Q-bert.

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I am a consummate learner in my life. I am trying to create the best musical life for myself and those around me. My goal is to share the information I have been lucky enough to learn with other students in a relaxed, open and fun manner.

I hope to inspire others to pursue a musical life. No matter how serious and long, or short and light. The act of engaging one's mind in such an activity is very fulfilling for the mind and body. There is numerous statistical data on the positive outcome of the study of music. Engaging this creative portion of your mind is something that can only be done in such an activity. What better way to do this activity than with private instruction catered to the exact needs of the person. No matter what style of music it may be!!

I encourage children and adults to explore and experience music through movement, singing, playing instruments, and improvisation (creating music instantaneously). They explore and experience first by imitation, then by creation; they proceed from the part to the whole, from the simple to the complex, and from individual to ensemble experiences.

Music literacy is an additional goal, with singing and music reading central to its success. Children and adults learn to read, hear, and think music following a sequential program.

I also incorporate ear training, singing with sol-feg syllables and/or the rhythms of the drum, then improvisation with the material and eurhythmics. The eurhythmic component is the one that receives more attention in current application and is often incorporated in elementary general music. Paying attention to body movement on the instrument and learning from it improves the feel of music.

One major difference between myself and other music teachers is the integration of technology into the hands-on experience of a private lesson. I am currently using an online resource which all my students also can use. It is an online archive of all of the material taught in lessons.

How many times have you taken a lesson, taken notes, and by the time you have gotten home you forgot some of the major points of the lesson?? I know that I have! This resource maximizes your ability to get the most out of each lesson. Maybe you are more of a shy person as well and have difficulty performing the material in the lesson. This resource is also great for you because it gives you the time to repeat the idea from the lesson over and over while being in the comfort of your own room!

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!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Soundproof room w/ drum set seating for parents



Guitar Amplifier

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks. Guitar. Lesson Materials

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in percussion. I have a degree in classical percussion with a concentration in Jazz performance. This background covers a lot of the bases. I played snare pieces as well as mallet percussion (vibraphone, marimba), and timpani. My number one specialty however is drumset. I have experience in teaching and playing Rock, Jazz, Latin Music, Funk & R&B, Country, Folk, and Classical Indian Music.

I also played Guitar and Piano growing up. I took private lessons as well as learned music from recordings by myself. This skill is very helpful in playing any music and also composing.

I hope to share these special skills with you!

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Sep 2014 - Present
Private Music Academy

I teach the following instruments at the school.

Frame Drum/World Percussion
Pre-school music class

Program Director
Jan 2014 - Present
Private Academy

I develop curriculum for as well as teach -

Electronic Music Production

Program Director
Jan 2014 - Present
Private Music Academy

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

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


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


Limited Proficiency


Masters Degree In Music
May 2011
New York University

Music Performance Degree
May 2009
University of Southern Maine


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


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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Photos & Videos

Photo by Noel B.

Photo by Noel B.

Photo by Noel B.

Photo by Noel B.

Photo by Noel B.

Photo by Noel B.


2 Reviews

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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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