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Norman delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been teaching other people to play musical instruments since I got home from my first guitar lesson, in a music store, in Rochester, NY. Teaching has always come very naturally to me. And teaching has become even more satisfying with the addition of years of practice, music and teaching degrees, and yes, more lessons, even for the teacher!

I love playing the guitar, but I love teaching and writing every bit as much. I’m looking forward to working with many new friends as part of the TakeLessons organization. Hope to see you soon!


Guitar and Ukulele Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present
Allendale-Columbia School

For the past four years I have been teaching guitar and ukulele in the Encore Program after school at Allendale-Columbia School in Brighton, NY.

Guitar Teacher (also classical guitar, electric bass, five-string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin, and ukulele)
Jan 2011 - Present
Pittsford, Music&Arts

For the past seven years I have been teaching at Pittsford Music&Arts, which I love. I am currently teaching guitar, classical guitar, electric bass, five-string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin, and ukulele to about 30-35 students per week, year round. I began with two students; after six months I had more guitar students than any other guitar teacher; after 12 months I had more students than any teacher in the history of the store.

Music&Arts is a 100+ store national chain, affiliated with Guitar Center and musiciansfriend.

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Guitar Teacher
Sep 1988 - Jun 2015
Hochstein School of Music and Dance

For 12 years (over a period of about 20 Years) I worked at Hochstein School of Music and Dance (Rochester, NY), teaching jazz, pop, folk, and classical guitar in private lessons, classes, and ensembles.

One of the largest community music schools in the U.S., Hochstein currently has over 2,400 students taking music and dance lessons each week.

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Instructional Designer, Technical Writer
May 1998 - Feb 2011
Xerox Corporation; Eastman Kodak; Johnson & Johnson

Experience as a corporate writer, writing and editing instructions, curricula, and technical documentation, and designing training for Fortune 500 companies in the Rochester, NY area.
• Clients included Xerox Corporation, Eastman Kodak, and Johnson & Johnson

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Classroom Music Teacher
Jan 1994 - Jun 1996
Rochester City School District

Three years experience teaching classroom general music in urban public schools. Taught grade levels, K-8.

Music Teacher, Computer Technology Teacher
Sep 1990 - Jun 1993
Diocese of Rochester

Three years experience teaching band, choir, guitar, classroom general music, and computer technology in urban and suburban private schools. Taught all grade levels, K-12.

Guitar Teacher
Jan 1983 - Aug 1988
House of Guitars

For five years I taught guitar lessons to 40 students a week at a local music store, at the height of the Heavy Metal boom. I would like to personally thank Led Zeppelin and Eddie Van Halen for helping me get the funds to buy my first house!

Guitar Teacher
Sep 1983 - Jun 1988
Diocese of Rochester

Five years experience teaching group guitar classes in 15 private elementary and middle schools in Rochester, NY, at one point reaching 225 students per week.


Private voice lessons
Nov 2017 - Present
Eastman School of Music (NY)
Master of Science in Instructional Design
Aug 1993 - May 1998
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
Basic Certificate in Technical Writing
Sep 1992 - May 1993
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
Graduate-level music education courses
Jun 1990 - Aug 1990
Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)
NYS Music Teacher Certification
Sep 1988 - May 1990
Nazareth College of Rochester (NY)
Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz
Sep 1974 - May 1981
University of Miami (FL)


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Robert Mager Criterion-Referenced Instruction Certification
Feb 1998
Mager Consortium (administered at Rochester Institute of Technology)

The Criterion Referenced Instruction (CRI) framework developed by Robert Mager is a comprehensive set of methods for the design and delivery of training programs. Some of the critical aspects include: (1) goal/task analysis -- to identify what needs to be learned, (2) performance objectives -- exact specification of the outcomes to be accomplished and how they are to be evaluated (the criterion), (3) criterion referenced testing -- evaluation of learning in terms of the knowledge/skills specified in the objectives, (4) development of learning modules tied to specific objectives.

Training programs developed in CRI format tend to be self-paced courses involving a variety of different media (e.g., workbooks, videotapes, small group discussions, computer-based instruction). Students learn at their own pace and take tests to determine if they have mastered a module. A course manager administers the program and helps students with problems.

CRI is based upon the ideas of mastery learning and performance-oriented instruction.

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