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A music educator, pianist, and flautist, Caryn is a versatile music teacher specializing in styles ranging from contemporary music like pop, rock, ragtime, and jazz, to classical music. Caryn began studying piano at the age of 8. Caryn later pursued a music degree, receiving a Bachelors In Music from Middle Tennessee State University. During her time there, she worked for the MTSU Department of Music as piano accompanist and coach for vocal and instrumental masterclasses. In addition, she became a popular teacher at the university, teaching piano and flute lessons. Caryn also accompanied on piano and flute over ten musicals held by the MTSU theater company. Caryn began studying piano at the age of 8. Growing up in a musical household, she was surrounded by music lessons every day as her mother taught piano lessons in her home studio. Nowadays, Caryn teaches piano as well as flute lessons both in her studio in Bushwick as well as students' homes.
I am an experienced woodwind teacher and in the past seven years I have helped many students with their school music, audition materials, and/or music for pure enjoyment. I hold both my bachelor and Master's degree in music education and I've had many years of band teaching experience. I have been the member of several local symphonic band and pit orchestra of Long Island, NY region until 2011.
I have been teaching guitar since 2006 to students of all ages and skill levels. I grew up in a musical family. Both of my parents are amateur musicians. Growing up as a teenager in the 90's, I was steeped in the history of the guitar including classical, rock, and jazz music. I studied music performance in school and have been playing professionally since graduating from Rutgers in 2005. I enjoy sharing my passion for music with students and helping them achieve their goals as musicians.
Originally from Texas, Stan began his music education at an early age, studying piano with his father who was a professional jazz pianist. As a child his musical interests were greatly diverse, but he fell in love with jazz saxophone in high school. At age sixteen he began to play professionally and these early musical experiences led him to a career in music. He enrolled in Texas State University in San Marcos Texas and earned a B.A in Music Performance in 2001 studying saxophone with Dr. John Mills, a highly successful studio woodwind player, and piano with James Polk, former musical director for The Ray Charles Orchestra. It was during this time that Stan started giving private lessons at his former high school in New Braunfels, Texas. He moved to Austin and began private teaching at two high schools, Westlake and Round Rock and had many successful students. He also began to teach adults at this time whom he often met at his performances. In 2006, he moved to Baltimore and taught flute at Cockeysville Middle school as well as clarinet and saxophone for a company called Music and Arts. Also at this time, he was appointed as the full time music instructor at The Art and Drama Therapy Institute in Washington D.C., a private school for adults with developmental disabilities. This experience greatly expanded his understanding of how to better connect with students and to convey more than just the musical notation on the page to his students. In 2008, as his performance career accelerated, he moved to New York. While recording two albums for Sunnyside Records and touring the globe, he joined Musika and has taught extensively for them adults and children, saxophone, piano, clarinet and flute.
Half musician and half computer programmer, I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition. Since then I have been performing original electronic music in the greater NYC/Fairfield area. I've completed a CELTA certificate from Cambridge University and have adapted their teaching methods to that of the language of music. I develop my own software, synthesizers, and tools to assist me in my musical journey, and hopefully yours.
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Most students start out by learning to play on a keyboard or digital piano. The most reputable keyboards brands are Yamaha, Roland and Casio, and can be purchased from most good music instrument retailers. Students should look to buy a keyboard with 88 weighted keys, as this will most resemble the playability of a real piano. At a minimum, 61 keys will suffice for most songs and practice. Keyboards are portable and can be played with headphones, making them highly convenient for practice. That said, if it is within your means to buy an acoustic piano, it will provide the best learning experience.
The content of each lesson is determined by the ability and experience level of each individual student. For beginner students who are new to the piano, lessons will be devised to give students the fundamentals of good piano playing. Students will learn the correct posture, hand position, and fingering techniques for playing scales and chords. Intermediate players can start to increase their playing speed in order to perform runs, fills, and solos, they can broaden their chord playing to things like augmented and diminished chords, they develop their sight reading, learn music theory such as time signatures, and work on applying these skills to more complex compositions. Advanced players may want to study a particular genre or composer. Pianists who enjoy Classical music may like to study the compositions of Bach or Mozart, or maybe develop their Jazz or Blues playing. Teachers can also help prepare students for exam, auditions, performances, or recitals.
Piano lessons for children generally focus on learning the fundamentals of the technique of the instrument and learning to read music and rhythms. We suggest beginning piano lessons no earlier than age 4, due to the attention span of the child, as well as the strength they have in their hands for playing. Piano Lessons will offer an excellent introduction to learning music for a child. Music theory and musicianship skills will also be taught during the lessons. Piano lessons are a great choice for introducing the art of music to your child!
For adults who are looking to learn to play the piano, we recommend that they do so with some clear goals in mind. Maybe you want to learn to play some of your favorite songs, pass an exam, or write your own music. Whatever the aim, the experienced teachers in our network can help unlock the skills necessary to make those goals a reality. It can take time to develop the techniques and co-ordination required to play the piano to a competent level. However, playing the piano is a great stress reliever, keeps you mentally active, and can help with your hearing and fine-motor skills.
One-on-one piano lessons straight from the comfort of your own home is a great way to learn to play the piano. 90% of our students choose to take lessons from home, mostly due to the convenience of not having to make travel arrangements both to and from their lessons. This is great for parents and students with busy schedules. The content of home lessons is exactly the same as studio lessons, however, you will need to have a keyboard or piano at your home. Home lessons provide the best learning environment, as it is a comfortable, familiar surrounding for students to learn in.
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 Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
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 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!
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."