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Acoustic & Electric Guitarist,Composer & Music Educator. Craig's early music influence came from his family; he grew up with Mom's jazz, R&B and soul records and his brother's Rock & Roll albums. Craig started playing guitar at the age of 9. In high school Craig started performing live with his first rock & roll band. He attended Berklee College of Music and studied with private teachers and attended workshops with great musicians including. Dave Creamer, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and many more. For the next 25 plus years Craig has become one of the most versatile guitarists playing many styles including Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Latin, Jam band, rock and Pop music. You can find him playing intimate solo gigs, with orchestras and band in all types of venues. He has toured in Europe, central America, the Caribbean, Asia and the USA. Besides performances in his original bands he also has performed or recorded with great musicians including Jeff Andrews, Dave Creamer, Vince DelGato, Joe Deninzon, Mark Egan, Ian Froman, Hans Glawischnig, Craig Handy, Molly Holm, Carol Lawrence, Donny McCaslin, Aaron Minsky, Danny Paradise, Bill Rogers, Bobby Rydell, Paul Simon, Ben Vereen Michael Wilcox, Creatrix, Hexbelt, Rural Free Delivery and others. Craig has also been a guitar instructor since the mid 80's
For Beginning students I have my own book. It focuses on learning a song to play, clapping the rhythm to that song while writing the music notes and making the connections from notes to piano keys. As students progress we incorporate scales, and exercises from such books as Dozen a Day series and learning to compose a song or play a duet with the teacher.
Each student is unique, and each student requires own set of pedagogical material. There are many piano method books, exercises, and separate music pieces that I implement during piano lessons.
Any level of people, we start with warming up technique, which is most important process to maintain your geer healthy condition and funtional. And than, We'll do range improving exercises, Nasal-sound realizing exercises, Dynamic improving exercises and more. Every 3 weeks (approximately) we'll complete the tune and we'll record with my small camera so that YOU can be the listener and check your shape and singing style, and see what we could fix. And in case you're into Jazz, and you want to learn improvisation, we will practice improvisation with various exercises I got from all my teachers.
I am an enthusiastic performer and teacher and I am excited about sharing my knowldge of music and the drums. In 2015, I graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in jazz performance. I have enjoyed playing around the country with many accomplished musicians and I am passionate about sharing what I have learned with my students.
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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 Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
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 Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Jacob Solomon
Ileen is a very attentive instuctor. she is patient and works hard to see her student succeed. if a concept is unclear she expains it in other ways to ensure understanding. I would highly recommend ileen to students of all levels who want to learn guitar and music theory to thoroughly enjoy the instrument and music
Review by Roberta
My 4 year old son is quite energetic. Another piano teacher tried to teach him before Peter and could not get my son to listen to him at all. That teacher told me that my son had no interest and that we needed to wait before having my son take lessons. Peter started teaching my son a few weeks later. He quickly developed a great rapport with my son. I was astounded when my son sat down and listened to Peter during the first lesson. Peter has remarkable patience and is a natural working with children. He knows when to follow the child's lead. My son is very interested in how the piano works, so Peter takes the time to teach him about this. He is able to use my son's interests (superheroes, Lego, Star Wars, etc.) to refocus him back to playing the piano. Between lessons, he brainstorms on how he can teach my son better. For example, my son was playing the notes, but not understanding rhythm, so Peter looked into it and came back the next week with a new plan which helped. My son looks forward to his lesson every week. When he hears the doorbell ring on lesson day, he exclaims, "Yay! Peter's here!"
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 Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
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