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Donald's eclectic approach to music is one best described as unique. Raised in an environment where music was as much a part of life as breathing, Donald developed his musical identity like a child goes through his adolescent years. Growing up in the Ifa tradition, Donald’s first musical experience was with traditional “African Praise Music” playing the drums and singing. Later he learned to play the trumpet through the Cleveland Hts. School system and quickly gravitated toward jazz. By the age of 18 Donald had performed with Terence Blanchard, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Bobby Watson, and Winard Harper. After graduating Cleveland Hts. High and Cuyahoga Community College simultaneously, Donald was awarded a scholarship at the esteemed Oberlin Conservatory. There he studied with jazz greats like Marcus Belgrave, Billy Hart, and Gary Bartz. While pursuing his studies Donald continued to demonstrate his musical talents. He performed with such greats such as, Gerald Wilson, Billy Hart, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Heath, Eric Lewis, Frank Foster, Roscoe Mitchell, Donald Byrd and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra to name a few. It was at this time that Donald became aware of his gift for composition. He was commissioned to compose the piece Stark Winters for the independent film Man Cry. He also composed a four movement suite for the Jazz Heritage Orchestra entitled Spirit of New Orleans. Upon graduating from Oberlin, Donald furthered his education as a graduate student at Rutgers University. There he was mentored by, the legendary William Fielder. Since his move to New York City, Donald has had the honor of performing with such greats as Geri Allen, Victor Lewis, Frank Lacey, Michele Rosewoman, Cecil Brooks III, Mike Mossman, The Drifters, Eddie Palmieri, Conrad Herwig, and Frank Sinatra Jr. Donald, also will be in the new film by producer Michael Hausman (The Firm, Broke Back Mountain, Amadeus) called Downtown Express where his song Juanita from his new album The Mothers will be heard. In March of 2009, Donald released his debut album "Spiritualtiy" with his cutting edge band SIGHT. Here, he has revisited his spiritual roots, combining the music for the Orisha (African deities of the Yoruba people) and jazz. Each song on the album embodies different aspects of the Spirit, be it love, femininity, masculinity, aggression, destiny or wisdom. These energies represent different aspects of God, and through this music, the creator is praised. SIGHT has now recorded their second album that will be released in March 2011 called, "The Mothers".
I am a 20 year musician with 11 years teaching experience. Born and raised in New York City, I attended Laguardia high school for music and art and afterward Queens College majoring in music. My main instruments are Clarinet, Drums, and Saxophone, but i also have a strong background in Piano, Trumpet, and Flute. I enjoy writing music, writing books, and dancing.
I have a BM in Music Ed. I would describe myself as outgoing. I’m a K-8 Music Teacher working for the NYC DOE, and privately tutor students. I have NYS certifications in Music B-12 and Students with Disabilities 1-6. Currently, I am working toward my MA at Hofstra finishing my last class and beginning my thesis.
I am an experienced instrumental music teacher. I have a B.A. and an M.A. in Music Education from the Manhattan School of Music. I have worked as a professional musician and have been teaching music for many years. I played and worked in Tehran, Iran early in my career. I use the software "Finale" to create music for various uses. At my lessons I accompany my students on the piano. I have the ability to teach flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and drums. I believe that playing music is a joy.
Joe Pino, performer, composer, and educator, has always pushed for musical excellence. In May 2008, Joe earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the world-renowned music school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Years later, his talent has taking him far. His extensive performance career leads him into performing at some of the best concert halls and clubs around New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington D.C. The hard working Boston native stays busy with gigs and sessions around NYC, particularly in the Jazz scene. Joe’s reputation as a jazz trumpet player has also led him playing with well-known artists such as The Temptations, Morgan Heritage, The Happenings, and legend TV star, Vicky Lewis. Joe leads his quartet, organ trio, and freelances, which has gave him an extensive performing schedule playing at some of the greatest venues all over the country; Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, Summer Stage Central Park, The Mann Center, Smalls Jazz Club, The Garage, Why Not Jazz Room, Chris’s Jazz Café, Shrine, Silvana, Tea Lounge, Shape Shifter Lab, Piano’s Lounge, Treme Jazz and Blues Club, The Sugar Bar, Trumpets Jazz Club, Twins Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Fat Cat, House of Blues Foundation Room, Chianti Jazz Lounge, Ryles Jazz Club, The Zeiterion Theatre, and The Wilbur Theatre. Joe is currently playing 2nd trumpet in The National Broadway Tour of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway”. The show runs from October 2015 to July 2016 with performances throughout the country. Joe has also transcribed many jazz artists solos, one which is featured in a Bugles Media Publications Book called The Improvisation Style of Jim Rotondi By: Eric Siereveld. Performed and Studied with These Artists: Jim Rotondi, Brian Lynch, George Garzone, Matt Wilson, Livingston Taylor, Jeremy Pelt, Mark Walker, The John Hoppin’ Jazz Orchestra, The Hot Shim Sham Orchestra, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The Brooklyn Big Band, Oscar Stagnaro, Lin Biviano, Charlie Lewis, Jeff Galindo, Jeff Stout, Victor Mendoza, The Boston Horns, James Montgomery, Big Sam from Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Musical Theatre Productions: Gypsy, South Pacific, Annie, Hot Mikado, Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Once Upon A Mattress, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Curtains, Music Man, Oliver, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and The Pajama Game. Teaching: Joe has been on faculty teaching students all ages, private and group lessons for Berklee College of Music’s City Music Outreach Program, Music and Arts, Harborlight Montessori School, The Beverly Public School System, and online Skype lessons. Endorsements/Family of: Stomvi USA, Adams Musical Instruments, Torpedo Bags, and Wallace Brass Mutes.
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A standard trumpet includes many pieces: the rim, the cup, the mouthpiece, the shank, the leadpipe, the valve pistons, and the valve casings. We recommend that when you are purchasing your first trumpet that you visit a music store and speak with a trumpet expert. Prices for trumpets can vary widely, so it is best to have a budget in mind. The majority of students choose to rent a trumpet before purchasing. As the mouthpiece of the trumpet is a very personal part of the instrument, if you are renting, you will need to invest in the mouthpiece portion.
The teachers in our network can create a custom lesson and technique plan for each student. For the most part, lessons will focus on learning how to hold and care for the instrument, and prepare it for playing. Students will also focus on mouth position, breath support and the location of the valves. Sight reading along with music theory will also be taught.
Trumpet lessons in home are a convenient way to learn the instrument. In home lessons are structured the same way as in-studio and there is no additional travel time. The teachers in our network generally teach students one lesson a week, however frequency of the lessons can vary from student to student and may be scheduled based on recommendation of the instructor.
Our recommended starting age for the trumpet is 8 or 9. The instrument requires a good amount of lung capacity as well as physical strength in the muscles around the mouth. While a younger student could possibly be physically able to play the instrument, this is somewhat rare.
It is never too late to play an instrument. We have many adult students playing trumpet. Our teachers can work with you whether you are a beginner or advanced player. Many of our adult students notice significant progress in just a short time! It is important to practice every day between your lessons to notice the most progress.
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
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 Maria
My daughter has been taking piano lessons through her school district program for the last two years. She had learned a lot in that class but I noticed that she needed advanced classes at this point. After reviewing several websites I decided to enroll my daughter for the trial at MUSIKA. We got Mrs. Veronica B., and I am more than happy we got her as my daughter's teacher. Mrs. Veronica B. was very professional and very knowledgeable at the trial day. She was able to assess my daughter skill's level, and then she was able to give suggestions about how to improve those skills. My daughter has taken 5 classes with Mrs. Barker, and I can see she enjoys each class and she's improved a lot since day one. I can picture my daughter playing her favorites songs on the piano very soon!!! :-)
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
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.