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In high school and college, I took courses and obtained a degree in music. Now I teach music, and record and produce theme music and scores for films and podcasts.
I graduated from SUNY Purchase where I received my Bachelor's in Music Composition. I've performed all over the country with my original indie folk songs, mainly focusing my touring efforts on the SouthEast over the past few years. I've also worked with children in various settings for the past 15 years. I've worked in daycare, pre-K, have babysat, and have led my own original Music and Movement classes for 3-5 year olds. Most recently, I've worked with special needs high school students as a Teacher Assistant.
Hi, I'm Alan. I'm a music fanatic who's on a lifelong quest to share the joys and benefits of music with as many people I possibly can. Having witnessed first-hand the effects music can have on a person's ability to gain confidence, communicate, and engage with the world around them, I see music as more than just a fun thing to do, but as an essential element of building positive communities. Having performed and taught for many years, as well as having received my Bachelor's degree from New York University, I've been able to hone my skills as a musician and have become properly trained to spread my love of music.
I am an accomplished guitarist, singer/songwriter, bandleader. I've taught privately and group classes and know how to make it fun while learning how to play in a short time. You'll come away learning and excited about practicing. I was the Music Director at Camp Wayne for Girls running the rock band program. My class sizes ranged from 4-15 students.
I have been playing guitar professionally in the Long Island/New York area for many years. I graduated in 1981 from Five Towns College with an AA in Music. I was inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame in 2012. I specialize in Blues and Rock. I have shared the stage with many rock icons and have appeared on The Artie Lange Show, Wes Houston Presents, The Blues Warehouse, and Graveyard Blues. I have also performed at The Paramount in Huntington, The Emporium, The Hard Rock Cafe in NYC, Lucille's at BB Kings in NYC, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ, The Space in Westbury, The Paramount in Huntington, The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, The Patchogue Theater, The Long Island Blues & Jazz Festival, Hogs and Heifers, My Fathers Place, The Gramercy Theater, The Rainbow Room, The Cornelia Street Cafe, The Boulton Theater, The Barrier Beach Blues Festival, The Riverhead Blues Festival, Cedar Beach Blues Festival, Warwick Winery Blues Festival, Cha Cha's in Little Italy, The Edison Ball Room, The Mandarin Hotel, Club Helsinki in Hudson NY, and Hill Country BBQ in NYC. I have also played at Mr. Handy's Blues Hall, The Rum Boogie Cafe, and The Center for Southern Folklore in Memphis.
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Students can start their guitar lessons as young as 6 years of age. A half sized classical guitar will be easier to hold for young students, and nylon strings are softer on the fingers than steel strings. By the age of 7 or 8, most students are able to start forming chords, and can learn to play and sing along to their favorite songs. 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 will want to learn the electric guitar.
Beginners will start working on core skills such as fretting notes, strumming chords, and playing simple songs on one or more strings. Once students learn the basic open chords, they can begin to play their favorite songs! Teachers will cover sight reading, and music theory, and can even teach students how to compose their own songs. More advanced topics might include jazz or blues improvisation, guitar soloing, and/or classical guitar repertoire.
As a preference, younger students should start off by learning on a half size or three-quarter sized acoustic guitar. If they are able to hold it comfortably, older students could start off using an electric guitar. A brand new student model guitar can be purchased for about $150 to $200. An electric guitar will also need accompanying amplification as well as guitar cables, which will incur additional costs. It is important a student enjoys playing their instrument, so higher quality guitars are recommended as they are easier to play.
At Musika, we highly recommend that students looking to learn to play the guitar do so with a clear goal in mind. 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! Learning, developing, and improving technique, co-ordination, and theory can take time. With regular lessons and plenty of practice, you will gradually start to see improvements in your guitar playing, and will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
Save time by having a teacher come to your home! No need to pack up and transport your guitar between lessons, and no need to guzzle gas either. The instructors in our network provide a private, customized one-on-one lesson for each student. Your home will also be both a comfortable and safe environment for your lessons.
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Howard
We value Chelsea for the quality of her lessons, but also for the flexibility of her schedule. She has worked around family vacations, impromptu summer camps and the upcoming school year. Emily is better prepared to start middle school band this year due to flute lessons from Chelsea and we plan to continue the lessons for the foreseeable future.
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.
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 Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
Review by PJ Williams
My daughter, Valarie is one of the original members of the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble under the guidance of Aaron. He patiently worked with Valarie as well as the other five members individually and as a group to produce music that has been shared and enjoyed locally as well as nationally. He has the ability to seek out the strengths of each student while building confidence. Through his teachings, not only had Valarie learned how to produce and enjoy music, but also responsibility and so many life skills for everyday living.