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I'm 26 years old and live in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, NY. I love teaching music and am looking forward to teaching in the NY Tri-state area.
I have been a vocalist and a professional musician all of my life. I began taking professional music lessons at four years old, including voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, musical theater/performance art of all kinds, and stage development. Among performing, touring, recording and writing, one of my true passions is teaching music to others. I started my teaching career when I was 19 years old, and became certified by the incredible Dr. Scott Martin at the Academy Of The Arts in Denver. Shortly after, I became a finalist on Season 9 of American Idol. As a contestant, I worked with some of the finest industry professionals and honed my craft. Since then, I have been successful with many different projects, including my solo act “Swordsmith”; which will be releasing an LP next summer of 2015, and Denver indie-folk rock band “Varlet.” I have released multiple professionally produced full length records, been a guest artist on other friends’ projects, and have done several highly promoted U.S. tours, some alongside national/international acts. I have performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and my original music with Varlet has appeared in an ad campaign for Born/Born Crown Shoes. I have a song featured in the European soundtrack of award-winning independent film The Silent Thief. My latest release with Varlet, American Hymns, continues to receive national airplay on college radio and has received excellent reviews.
I am a native of Roma, Texas, a small town located in the far southern tip of the state. My music career initiated when my uncle, Jose F. Rodriguez, mentored me on classical guitar when I was 10 years old. My passion grew bigger by listening to recordings of the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and other prestigious orchestral ensembles around the world, so I finally decided to enroll as a student at Texas State University to study bass trombone under the guidance of Martin G. McCain. During my time at Texas State University, I have been invited to perform at national and international events such as the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Big 12 Trombone Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival. I have been named finalist for the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Big 12 Trombone Conference, the Texas State Trombone Symposium, and has won the “Woods/Kone” and Concerto Competition at Texas State University. I have also been featured as a soloist with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra and the Texas State Trombone Choir. I have participated in summer programs such as the Rafael Mendez Institute in Denver, Co., and was a featured musician at the Sea World Summer Music Program.
Music has been apart of my life since I was a baby, and I have always been drawn to its captivating allure. I started saxophone when I was eleven and began playing in jazz bands when I was thirteen. But it wasn't until my freshman year of college that my musical journey really started. While at the University of Wyoming, I was the lead alto in the top Jazz Ensemble for three years in a row, and I was in the top jazz combo both my junior and senior year. I was fortunate enough to share the stage with jazz legends such as Dave Douglas, Bob Mintzer and the Yellojackets, Eric Reed, and Dave Pietro. When I moved to New York, I was introduced to another world of music and jazz. Purchase College and the New York City jazz scene has introduced me to some of the greatest musicians in the world. I now perform in some of the Purchase College ensembles, and I lead my own Quintet made up of fellow Master's students that performs at Jazz Clubs in New York City.
Hi I'm David and I am a very enthusiastic music teacher; composer, musician and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music and have fun. I have 16 years of extensive experience ( B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. Middle Childhood / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA. I teach guitar lessons with learners of all ages, especially beginners, children, teens and adults. I offer customized lessons and use a gentle teaching style and have vast music experience that will surely energize and nurture any guitar player. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they are not overwhelmed. I currently work in our local schools and for 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an enrichment after-school guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In 1997 I won an award for the most improved studio composition student at Purchase College. For 12 years I have work in our Westchester schools as a teacher and have been fingerprinted and had a background check done so that I can work in the public school system in New York State.
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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.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home guitar lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
Our guitar students will typically 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 learn 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 aspects such 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!
Review by Jeremy
Dr. Nedra C is incredible. She knows her craft in and out, it truly shows in her teaching. As well, she cares a great deal about the student, and preps plenty of material outside of the lesson for those that she teaches. I've had many different music teachers and am aware who's talented and cares, and who isn't. Dr. Nedra C is true phenomenal, and any student would be lucky to have her.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
Review by Olivia
Andrew is very encouraging and uplifting, but also isn't afraid to tell you your weaknesses. Andrew also is super awesome with scheduling. Fits around your schedule all the time. He really knows what he is doing and can help you reach your goal in the time you would like to. Couldn't have gotten a better teacher, who continually helps me grow and pushes me.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
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 Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
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.
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