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Hi my name is Aaron - I have been teaching privately for 7 years. I am 30 years old and love bringing the joy of music into peoples homes.
As a professional guitarist, Jeff is a finger-style acoustic guitar specialist. Some of his significant influences include James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Keb' Mo', John Martyyn, Eric Clapton, Marcel Dadi, and Jorma Kaukonen.As a music educator, Jeff created and instructed classes in pop songwriting, lyric writing, jingle writing and production that were offered at colleges, universities and private schools from coast to coast, including UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music.As a songwriter and composer, Jeff's compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting competitions including finalist selections in two national talent competitions: The Hottest New Artist Competition (in Virginia) and The Telluride Blues Festival's Acoustic Blues Competition (in Colorado). Jeff is also a former staff songwriter for a long-standing NYC music publishing company and has had a number of his songs and compositions featured in film, TV and other media.A reporter from patch.com recently described Jeff as "a consummate songwriter".As a vocalist, Jeff has a versatile, high-baritone/low tenor able to effectively deliver songs and jingles in a variety of styles including pop, rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, folk, children’s, etc. His voice has been recorded and featured in a variety of projects for projects ranging from industrials, children’s television programming, film and jingles.As a live music performer, Jeff has appeared in clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, music and arts festivals coast to coast, mostly as a solo performer (acoustic guitar and vocals). Repertoire varies from all original songs to a combination of original and eclectic cover tunes (running the gamut from Duke Ellington to Elvis Costello to Shania Twain to Alicia Keys).
Sean began formal training under Jorge Morel. Shortly after, he was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music where he earned a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance. While there, he studied with Oren Fader and Mark Delpriora. He also played in master classes for Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, David Starobin, and James Smith. He later went on to earn an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he pursued post-graduate studies. He has performed extensively throughout New York including a performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He performs extensively in a wide variety of musical styles from classical to rock. Sean also brings with him over a decade of teaching experience. He has taught applied guitar at Columbia University. He is currently on faculty for several music schools, in addition to teaching privately- maintaining an extensive and extremely talented studio. He believes that the guitar is unique because it can function in such a wide variety of musical styles. Any style can be explored with the intent of reinforcing competent and sound musicianship.
I'm a classically trained singer who became a self-taught guitar player. The only thing more fulfilling than writing and performing my own music is helping to share my love of music with those interested in learning. Yes, I was born without a right hand, but that has never stopped me in anything I do. I believe I bring a new perspective to students learning for the 1st time. "If they guy with one hand can play, what's stopping me?" I believe music should be a fun endeavor that takes love and focus to accomplish.
I am passionate about my music studies and enriching the lives of other people through music. I have recently moved to NYC to pursue a career as a professional musician and educator. I have recieved my masters degree from Northern Illinois University for Percussion Performance. I have frequent gigs with various performing ensembles throught the NYC area.
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For younger students, it is recommended that they use a half size, or three-quarter size acoustic guitar. Provided they are able to hold it comfortably, older students may wish to start out on an electric guitar. A reasonable price for a new student model guitar would be between $150 - $200, although for electric guitar players, an amplifier and guitar leads/cables will need to be bought separately at an extra cost. The higher the quality of the instrument, the easier it is to play. This will make learning and playing more enjoyable for the student.
Students are able to start taking guitar lessons with Musika at age 6. Students of this age will find it much easier to learn on a half-sized classical guitar with nylon strings, and will start their musical development by learning simple melodies on the top strings. As students advance, they will start to form a range of different chords and learn to play more challenging songs, usually by age 7-8. Often students will progress on to using a full size guitar by the ages of 10-12. During these years, students usually develop a taste for rock music and want to play the electric guitar.
Young children will start out by learning how to fret notes with one hand, and how to pluck or strum the strings with the other. This will allow them to play simple, familiar songs on one string. Students will also be taught to read music, and will eventually learn how to play the common open guitar chords. Once students are more familiar with the guitar fret board, they can start learning barre chords, movable scales, as well as get introduced to music theory. Advanced students might decide to study classical guitar repertoire, rock or blues solos, or even jazz improvisation.
Musika offers one-on-one, in-home guitar lessons that are designed specifically for each individual student. Whether your lesson takes place in a teacher's studio or at home, students will get the exact same lesson content, with the only difference being the location. Parents will find home guitar lessons a much more convenient option for their child, as it saves the time and costs of transporting their children to and from a studio. Younger students will find that learning to play the guitar in the comfort of their own home greatly benefits their development as they are learning in a supportive, secure, and familiar environment.
Whether your goal is to learn to play your favorite tunes, learn to compose your own music, develop a new technique, or just to play for fun, the experienced teachers in our network can help you make those goals a reality! Musika recommends that adult students begin lessons with a clear goal or two in mind, which can greatly help a teacher create a customized lesson plan just for your own lessons. By sticking to the teacher's lesson plan during your weekly practice sessions, you'll see faster results and have more fun while playing the guitar.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Pat
Henry has been a great piano teacher since I started lessons about a month ago, and he is helping me realize a lifelong dream. He is patient, plays beautifully, is easy to learn from and a very nice person. I took lessons as a child for a year or so, but never followed up over the years. I always said that I would once I retired and found the right instructor. That time is now. Thank you Henry and Musika!
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
Review by Jonathan
Angela is a phenomenal teacher. She is full of charisma and is a joy to work with. Most of my experience with her has been focused on working in the Alexander Technique and she seems very knowledgeable in this study. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student. I have seen myself improve dramatically in a few short weeks with her guidance (and much practice of course!)
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
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 Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.