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Steve is an accomplished and experienced professional guitarist/instructor specializing in the rock genre. He also has a background in blues, jazz, pop and R&B styles. Playing the instrument for 29 years (20 years professionally), Steve studied formally for 15 years with professional jazz guitarists Ed Capuano, John Olin and Mike Stern; active private instructor for 19 years with 12 combined years of teaching experience through various retail/commercial music centers in Northern New Jersey prior to 2008 relocation to Northern Westchester County NY. Steve currently logs in over 150 live performance dates with a variety of working bands throughout New York's Lower Hudson Valley region.
I'm a dedicated musician and nurturing teacher. I've been lucky enough to study with some wonderfully compassionate teachers and I like to think I've learned as much from them about music as I have about teaching. I graduated from the University of the Arts in 2011 with a degree in Percussion Performance. In 2012 I graduated from UArts (again!), this time with my Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies. I've been very lucky to be consistently performing and/or teaching since graduation. I've played for musical theater productions, jazz groups, wedding bands, original rock bands, etc. I'm comfortable teaching a wide array of styles, levels, and methods.
My teaching experience dates back to when I took a music class in my final year of high school. My music teacher saw that desire in me to learn and I began to share that passion with others. Throughout my studies in college I have taught students of all ages. Some in a private format and others in a group session. Every student learns differently and has different goals. I encourage all students to pursue what they love. Playing with different musicians has helped me appreciate all styles of music. Hopefully my experiences and knowledge will help students find their own path and enjoy the music they create.
I'm a passionate and motivated voice teacher who loves working with students of all ages and sharing my love of music and singing. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Vocal Major. One of the greatest experiences of my life as a musician was having the opportunity to perform twice at The White House for President Johnson with the University of Maryland Madrigal Singers.
I am a multi-instrumentalist teacher who loves bringing my experience on the bandstand and in the studio to students. I graduated SUNY Purchase specializing in jazz performance, have been on tour throughout the east coast and Midwest with 'The Element', and performed extensively in the Westchester and NYC area playing with 'Mokaad'. I have been fortunate enough to share the bandstand with greats such as Bernard Purdie, Charlie Lagond, and Gabriel Garzon-Montano. I have played professionally as a keyboard player and guitarist, and played bass and drums in a variety of studio situations.
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Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
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 Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
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 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 Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
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.
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