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Bernadette T.

Lindenhurst, NY

About Bernadette

I am a NYS certified teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 20 years. I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college.

I am currently available to teach music theory, Guitar and beginner piano.

Incorporated in my system of guitar training work in music reading, music theory, fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques, and ear-training applicable to most contemporary styles of music.

Piano lessons are available wit concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and
music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed.

Within the first 2 months, beginning students will have learned the melodies and basic harmonies to simple songs including "Jingle Bells", "Ode to Joy" and "Love me Tender".

After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level. For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made.

For pick-style guitar, the books that I use include, (but are not limited to): Guitar for the Small Frye series by Dick Bennett, the Mel Bay series, The Hal Leonard Guitar Method as well as associated songbook supplements.

For for those students coming with prior music reading experience, the Dick Bennett Primer series and/or the Berklee Guitar Method is used.

For finger-style, the Mel Bay methods and/or the Aaron Shearer are
used.

Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique excersises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'.

NYSSMA training/coaching is available, with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place.

The student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own.

*** Specialties ***
Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; light jazz/contemporary style including chord-melody, and some classical technique.
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Gianna Z. April 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Just wonderful with my children very pleased
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Michaela Z. April 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's very patient I couldn't be happier
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BRIAN J March 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Bernadette is an excellent communicator .She provides an easy understanding of the lesson while making one feel very comfortable with her terrific energy. I highly recommend her.
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Bernadette T.

Bernadette T.

Lindenhurst, NY 11757
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY

About Thomas

Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and recently finished a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside
many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath, Rainbow) The Deep, Joe DeMaio (Rihanna, The Mystic) Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and many more!
Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Strings and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and I am very proud of the results I have achieved with every single student. Lessons are planned on an individual basis, in order to facilitate success for every student, based on their own needs, requirements, interests, and goals.

With me, students will learn Etudes, Scales, Pieces, and anything else they wish to know! (including instrument upkeep, music history, ext.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. I can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. I can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though I recommend the student have their own. I do own a travel drum set that can be transported to lessons upon request, but all drum students should own their own drum set to practice and perform on.

*** Specialties ***
I am experienced with Strings, (orchestral as well as electric guitar and bass), piano, and percussion.
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Douglass May 18, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Doug has special needs and sometimes has trouble focusing. Tom is very patient and works very well with him, he really enjoys and looks forward to the lesson and seems to be progressing well. Good communicator and always on time. Thanks a bunch :)
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Elora G. February 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is great. My 5-year old daughter took to him immediately, and while this was only her first lesson I already saw her interest sparked. He's not just a musician, but a true educator - which is crucial for kids of a younger age starting a new instrument.
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Ryan D. February 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My six year old son just started his lessons with Thomas, and so far it went very well. Thomas is very serious about music and uses his professionalism to take command of the lesson. My son tends to be hyper and may lose focus at times but Thomas was able to keep my son's attention and interest. So far so good!
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Thomas V.

Thomas V.

Massapequa, NY 11758
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starting at
$37.50 / 30-min
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Sara C.

Massapequa, NY

About Sara

If you want a piano teacher whose MAIN instrument is piano and not just a hobby, I'm the one to choose. I've been playing piano since I was 5 years old, started music theory/composition lessons at the age of 8, graduated from The Crane School of Music with a concentration in piano studying under Julie Miller, and have played in solo recitals, concerts, plays and have also professionally accompanied. I started my first NYSSMA at age 7 and have done all 6 levels (5 and 6 twice to keep up my performing skills). I have performed at venues including Queens College, Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick's Cath
edral, and numerous children's hospitals and libraries for free public recitals. My original compositions have won 1st place in the county, state, and country.

I'm an easy going person who loves to teach by making the process fun. I have taught private lessons for 8 years to all ages and levels. I have trained students for NYSSMA with great scores and also specialize in preparing for college auditions! Whatever your goal is, I can help you achieve it.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whatever your musical goal is, I will help you reach it and have a great time doing it. Lesson plans and techniques will be specifically catered to each student and how he/she learns best. Lessons will be laid back, yet challenging. I love to kid around, but I'm serious about making progress. I am a firm believer in playing what YOU want to play. I'm a patient person and I know how to work with various learning styles. I strongly believe that practice makes perfect!

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to your home, I require a full keyboard/piano with 88 weighted keys in a well lit and quiet room. Any books that I buy for lessons will be discussed with the student first and will have to be reimbursed.
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Ashley May 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Sara is a very helpful piano teacher! She was my keyboarding tutor in college. I was a Music Education Major with a concentration in Violin and was learning piano as a secondary instrument, not only to learn how to play it, but to be able to play and understand enough to one day be able to teach the instrument. I highly recommend a teacher like her for any student at any age looking to take piano lessons!
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David P May 11, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Sara has taught our daughter for several years now and she is an amazing piano teacher. She is passionate about music and that shines through in her teaching. She builds our child’s music strengths while keeping an enjoyable atmosphere by introducing elements of innovative and interesting styles of teaching. We are grateful for the caring, creative and challenging music education that our daughter receives at with Sara.
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Traci P May 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
As a new piano player, it was very important to me to find a teacher that was patient and kind. Sara was extremely patient with me as I learned new skills through her. She gave constructive feedback that didn't make me feel like an idiot. When I made mistakes she gently corrected me and urged me to keep going, which was really encouraging for me. While I am a novice, I've seen her repertoire and it is extremely expansive. I know she could teach anyone from a new to a more advanced player. Would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking to seriously improve their skills!
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Sara C.

Sara C.

Massapequa, NY 11758
(15)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Matthew M.

Huntington Station, NY

About Matthew

My father, Al Miller, was a prominent drum teacher on Long Island who taught hundreds of people throughout his career. My musical background began in the early 70's. From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. He entered me in the drum corps where I learned a lot about playing with other drummers and also entered me in various drum competitions. I came in first place in the state for the Louie Bellson National Drum Contest when I was 11, b
ut failed miserably when my sight reading was not good enough to get me to the next level. I worked real hard to get my reading up to par after that.

I received full scholarships to Berklee College of Music in Boston, North Texas State University and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, a truly great teacher. His instruction was so meaningful to me. I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Riley, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. Frank Bellucci was very helpful when I was experiencing pain in my right hand. There were many others including Mark Hymes for piano and Joe Cavallaro for vibraphone.

I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South America. Playing with BS&T was a great experience for me, and certainly taught me how to deal with different personalities.

I've always worked - playing (both club-dates and music that I enjoy), teaching and producing. I run a recording studio now, which is perhaps my favorite place to be. I'm in there as much as possible.

Most recently, I spent three years touring Europe with The Healers!, a hard hitting blues band from New York.

Since 2006, I've been producing music for the Oprah Winfrey Show. While her show was on the air, you would often hear my drumming during the "Bumper Music" section in between commercial breaks or during guest introductions. I've also played on some film scores including The Christopher Walken movie, 5 Dollars a Day.
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Ed P. April 24, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Met with Matthew at my home for my first lesson after an earlier phone chat to
discuss my background and goals.

Matthew is well spoken, motivated, friendly, and experienced in playing jazz, blues, and rock.

Lesson was a good sign of things to come. Matthew helped right away with a few tips on playing styles, kit setup, and hand grip to improve my speed and articulation.

Next few lessons will be addressing hand- foot independence and perhaps even a little jazz improve, or more advanced rock beats.

It was great to have a teacher like Matthew with both music education and field experience observe my playing and suggest improvements that work for max
effect! He's quite a drummer himself, and briefly sat on my set and illustrated a few concepts.
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Brian C. February 20, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Exceptional Teacher

Often an accomplished musician might not make the best teacher. Matthew, however, is both an outstanding teacher and musician. The son of a well known drummer/teacher, Matt has clearly learned what it takes to be a successful teacher himself. Coupled with his personal accomplishments as a drummer, Matt has what it takes to teach drummers at any level...novice to expert. I really enjoy my lessons with Matt and know that if I stick with his instructions, I will reach my goals.
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Matthew M.

Matthew M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Alice C.

Mineola, NY

About Alice

Hi my name is Alice and I have been teaching beginner/intermediate students for the past 4 years. I have been playing piano for the past 17 years and would love the opportunity to ignite your passion for playing piano! Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!
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Braxton S. April 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent! !
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Charlotte Miller March 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughters have really been enjoying their lessons with Alice thus far. She is patient with them as they are fairly young and easily distractable. This has been a great and introduction of the piano for them!
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Adrianna Z. January 29, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My granddaughter loves her piano lesson. She loves working with Alice, she says Alice is wonderful and patient and that's all I can ask for.
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Alice C.

Alice C.

Mineola, NY 11501
(3)
starting at
$45 / 60-min

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