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I´m a teacher and performer living in New York for 5 years now. In 2008, I finished my Master´s in Music at New England Conservatory, in Boston. Since I moved to NY, I have had the opportunity to perform at the most important jazz clubs in the city, and collaborated with a myriad of incredible musicians. I have toured all over Europe, the US, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, among other contries. In NY, I´ve taught privately as well as in schools. I have also lead workshops and clinics all over the world. Teaching has always been a passion for me. I love it, because I´m always learning!
Passionate about sharing my love of the guitar with students of all ages, I’ve been teaching for more than 30 years. A trained Flamenco guitarist, I found, at the tender age of 7, my passion when I heard the world-renowned Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Studying Flamenco since then, I began, during my teens, performing professionally and have had the honor of performing with such nationally known musicians as Billy Bang (legendary fiddle player), Willy Calhoun (Living Colour), Vassar Clements Band, Tom Chapin, Stanley Jordan, Buddy Miles, and Michael Powers. In high school, I enrolled in an Honors Musicianship class at the RiverDell, NJ, Senior High where I learned to read scores, conduct and identify multiple instruments, sight read, orchestrate scores and compose music. Following my true passion, I enrolled in the American Institute of Guitar (AIG), studying under the most sought after Flamenco guitar teacher for the past 20 years, Dennis Koster (author of Keys to Flamenco Guitar) and met the legendary Sabicas in person. At the same time, I began training in the Blues, educating myself on various styles and from various teachers, eventually going all the way to the tracks.
I studied music at William Paterson University, with a focus on music theory as well as the business side of the music industry. I began teaching in 2006, and it continues to be a wonderful journey. I enjoy inspiring, motivating, and encouraging each student to become acquainted with the instrument so he or she can become more skilled, technically sound, and creative. I've performed and recorded in many local Rock and Punk bands in NYC, and have performed many times throughout the Tri-State area. I'm skilled on the 6 string and 7 string electric guitar. I'm skilled at Piano and Electronic Synthesizers.
I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic instructor who loves giving people of all ages the gift of playing and performing music. I graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Guitar Performance in 2010. Music has been the biggest positive influence in my life and I have not been able to put the guitar down since I was 12 years old and first started to play. I am a working musician and you can usually find me gigging around the Tri-State Area with my band or with other various acts. If I am not gigging I am usually recording in my studio.
I have been teaching guitar since the age of 18. In my career I have had the good fortune of playing/touring with some of my guitar idols such as Albert King and Buddy Guy and also playing guitar for Grammy winning rock bands as well as my own band which was signed to Sony. I have retired from touring and now I'm an independent writer and consultant to all the major recording companies and work with Grammy winning artists and teach all levels of guitar. I am also a partner in a production company where I sign talent and develop and groom their skills with the ultimate goal of them making a living in the music business. When I'm not working in a Manhattan studio, I'm working in my home studio in Danbury, Connecticut where I write and rehearse and also teach my students. In my studio I have recording capability and a full back line of instruments etc. There's a photo in the photo gallery.
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At Musika, we appreciate that every student learns at their own pace. As such, the experienced teachers in our network produce customized guitar lessons specifically for the requirements of each individual student. Teachers can design lessons for any student, regardless of their age, experience, or ability. Some of the things students can expect to learn during their lessons are learning all the notes of the guitar, playing and rhythmic techniques such as fretting, fingering, and strumming, how to read musical notation and tablature, learning how to play a variety of different chords, such as open and barre chords, and music theory. Over time, as each student progresses, they will learn how to piece everything they have learned together, in order to form complete compositions. Students can learn to play their favorite songs, or even to write their own music!
Students are able to start taking guitar lessons with Musika at age 6. For students this young, we recommend that they start off by using a half-sized classical guitar with nylon strings. Students in this age group will start by learning to play simple melodies using the top strings of the guitar, and will be able to progress on to forming chords and playing more advanced songs by the age of 7-8 years old. Students are able to graduate to using a full sized guitar by ages 10-12, and will likely want to learn to play rock on an electric guitar.
The age of the student may determine what kind of guitar you should purchase. Younger students usually start with an acoustic guitar, either 1/2 or 3/4 size. Students 10 and up can usually play an electric guitar without much trouble, or feeling of being overwhelmed by the extra accessories such as cables, and amps. Most teenage students and many adults will want the sound of the electric - just make sure to speak with your teacher about what you need to get started.
We have many adult students taking guitar lessons for the first time. Guitar lessons for adults are tailor made for your own needs and skill level. After a few weeks, you will increase your finger dexterity and hand strength, which will help you achieve your musical goals.
Need to save time because of your busy schedule? Why not try in-home guitar lessons? A qualified instructor in our network can travel to you and provide excellent quality instruction in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Steve Newman
My daughter began learning sax in her school band, but she didn't begin PLAYING sax until she started lessons with Debra. From scales and exercises to actual pieces, Debra coached my daughter with real insight, sensitivity, and patience. Her knowledge of the instrument and feeling for music - along with her easy-going,"kid friendly" personality - make Debra the ideal teacher and musical mentor.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
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