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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.
I am a passionate and energetic guitar teacher with five years of experience teaching in both group and private lesson settings. In addition, I have over eight years of experience working with children as a camp counselor and swim instructor. I genuinely love teaching children music and believe from my experience that learning an instrument can truly have a positive effect on a child’s social and intellectual maturation.
*IF YOU DON'T LIVE NEAR ME OR TRAVEL FREQUENTLY, I TEACH MANY STUDENTS ONLINE WITH SKYPE. IT'S A GREAT ALTERNATIVE AND WORKS WELL WITH PCs/MAC, TABLETS OR IPADS WITH A RELIABLE INTERNET CONNECTION.* I work with classical and acoustic players. For intermediate and advanced players, emphasis on sight reading/crossover styles is given. Group coaching for guitar with all combinations of instruments is available. I have a quiet rehearsal studio 3 miles west of Manhattan via NJ Transit #168 & 175. My early career as a concert musician began in the 1970s. I'm a working musician and musicologist/annotator, published at any given time in approximately 75-100 running technical and cultural publications. In early 2006, I was included in who's who in American Women and who's who in Education in America, and as of 2009, was included in the international who's who in Music. I attended Wittenberg University (sacred music) where I studied conducting and orchestration with John Williams and Ian Polster, New York University for humanities, and the Mannes College of Music (MM classical performance and theory) where I studied with Robert Secrist, Frederic Hand, Charles Kaufman, Julius Levine, Yakov Kreizberg, Leo Edwards and Marie Powers. *I am now also accepting a limited number of VOICE students. Skype lessons are most welcomed. **
I am a young Franco-American woman who has been devoted to music ever since I was three. I have been sharing my knowledge and passion for the past five years now, in private and group lessons. I am a performing artist who sings Jazz, French music, and indie rock music that I have composed myself. I have had the great experience of touring the US with my previous band, and participated to festivals such as South By South West, CMJ, Northside Fest etc. We have performed in venues in NYC such as Mercury Lounge, the Bowery Ballroom, and The Knitting Factory.
I have been playing guitar since I was 16 years old I've been playing music since I was 5 years old when I started playing the organ and the recorder. I continue to learn music and started playing a little bit of flute as I got older I also played drums in marching band in high school. I started teaching guitar when I was about 18 years old just so I could play with some friends who wanted to play but didn't know how to so I started teaching them and over time I realize that I was actually pretty good at teaching so I started teaching other people outside of my friends and started doing pretty good with it. Although I did go around touring for those years I would sporadically teach. After I stopped touring I started working in a music school teaching full time. Later on I started my education in education and started learning about what actually prevent a person from being able to learn. From learning about this I started to develop a new way of teaching which is far more effective than the way I was teaching before which even though there was nothing wrong with it. I wanted to improve on my ability to teach other people how to play and be able to break down to its simplest form in order for people to really understand. I had noticed that some people did very well with lessons and some people struggled trying to understand certain concepts in music, so by doing this unique study in education I was able to find what it was exactly that was that was sticking people and getting them to not understand what was going on and be able to unstick them from their confusion and be able to move them in their progress in their education and in their lessons. Since then I've noticed a huge difference between the way students were learning and the way they're learning now. The difficulties that people run into are usually pretty much the same and very easy to handle. Teaching guitar is a very rewarding job for me I love doing it and because of that it makes it more fun for the students and myself to enjoy each and every lesson.
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Students are able to start taking guitar lessons with Musika by the age of 6. Students of this age are advised to learn on a half-sized classical guitar with nylon strings, as it will be much easier to play. They will start by learning simple tunes on the top strings of the guitar. By age 7-8, students will have progressed on to learning to play chords and how to play and sing along to some of their favorite songs. At age 10-12, students are often able to hold a full size guitar quite comfortably, and may want to learn rock music on an electric guitar.
We recommend that students looking to start guitar lessons have a clear goal in mind - such as learning to play a few of their favorite songs. When you start lessons, your teacher will help you unlock the skills required to reach your goals. Keep in mind that you might not be able to start off with the exact song you want to learn - it could take months of study and practice to learn all of the notes and chords required to turn your dream into a reality.
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.
The teacher's in Musika's network plan guitar lessons with the specific requirements of each individual student in mind. During the course of their guitar lessons, students can generally expect to learn: how to hold, tune, and familiarize themselves with the components and notes of the guitar, basic playing techniques such as fretting, fingering, and strumming, and learning the various chord-types that they will need in order to play their favorite songs, such as power chords, open chords, and barre chords. Students will also get to learn music theory, and will cover such aspects as reading music, learning different scales, and how to apply these different elements together as part of a full composition. Students will learn the theory and techniques that underlie a wide range of musical genres, and will have fun developing their guitar playing during their lessons. Eventually, students will get to enjoy learning and playing along to their favorite songs!
If possible, it is beneficial for younger students to begin their learning on a smaller sized guitar. Half or three-quarter sized acoustic guitars are most suitable for young learners. Provided they are comfortable with holding the guitar, older students can start on an electric model. There are a range of different model guitars that are suitable for students, and can be found between the $150 to $200 price range. Remember though, that electric guitarists will need amplification and cables, which need to be purchased at additional costs. The best chance a student will have of liking and enjoying their guitar playing is to invest in good, high quality instruments, as they tend to be easier to play.
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
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.
Review by Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
Review by Anita
Our daughter has only been playing the piano since March. Tony replaced our other teacher who had a job transfer and could no longer teach. Tony is fun and encouraging. My daughter is playing Taylor Swift and Christmas songs and is playing the piano more than ever before. Very happy so far with Mr Tony
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 Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!