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My son has been taking guitar lessons with Nick from PVD guitar for a few yrs now and it has been the best experience for him. He continues to grow as a musican and loves his lessons.
I have found John to be courteous, patient and encouraging. He listens to and values student input. He establishes a lesson plan using the students preferred music genres. Lessons with John have been satisfying and fun.
Josh is very knowledgeable about music, which is fantastic. He also has great experiences that inform his approach and practice. It's a very comfortable space and easy to get to. I was a little unhappy by the amount of talking. He shared a lot more than I wanted, especially lectures around being a learner. I needed more opportunities to actually drum and do the movements - not write out music and listen to a teacher tell me about learning. I don't feel like I got $50 worth of practice and learning in because so much time was him talking.
Chris is very professional, responsive and friendly. My daughter can't wait for her next guitar lesson!
Excellent piano teacher, both my boys, 9 & 7yrs old enjoyed their lessons and made pretty good progress. Most of all, they enjoyed making music! Many thanks to a great teacher!
Chris is talented, kind, sensitive and flexible. She has shaped voice lessons for my child in a way that has encouraged her interest and cultivated her natural abilities. I wholeheartedly recommend Chris!
I began taking voice lessons from Peter Hostage in May and have been highly satisfied with my decision to do so. If you are considering taking music lessons with Mr. Hostage, know that you can expect a high level of professionalism, a relaxed atmosphere, and most importantly, quality musical instruction. As someone who began singing at an early age, I have had the opportunity to sing both individually and as part of numerous groups. In just three weeks Peter has introduced me to technique that I had not been exposed in my 10+ years singing. I am confident that continued lessons with Mr. Hostage will enhance my vocal ability. The lessons are definitely worth the investment!
Simona is my 5 year old daughter’s piano teacher. My daughter loves to go to her piano lessons because of Simona’s bubbly and friendly demeanor. My daughter has learned a lot from Simona. She now knows the difference between certain notes, the two different clefs and is still trying to master her sight reading skills. I love going to the lessons mostly because I get to hear Simona sing. That is a real treat! I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a piano or vocal teacher.
It was great to meet Christyn. She is very sweet and puts you at ease. I am looking forward to a continued working relationship.
I've been taking piano lessons with Josh for about one year now and I've seen enormous improvement in my playing. Josh is so thoughtful with his instruction methods and technique, it makes lessons with him feel so personal and customized. Like everything is designed for me and my own personal improvement. Taking lessons with Josh also makes me want to practice more than I've wanted to for any other teacher. It's because Josh is so invested in all of his students and really wants to see them grow and improve. That totally has a positive affect. Plus, he's so cool! We learn fun songs and really work hard all while hanging in a chill environment. With Josh the goal is learning and satisfaction. I promise you that if you take piano or voice lessons with Josh you won't be sorry. You'll actually be better for it.
Mark is an exceptional teacher. He has an immense knowledge of music theory and knows how to taylor his lessons to fit my skill and needs. I look forward to Mark's lessons because he always challenges me to learn something new and he makes it fun. Over the past 6 years he has brought my playing ability and music knowledge far past what i thought was possible. I highly recommend Mark for any music lessons, especially guitar!
Frank provided an excellent experience that I've never had before. I went to him for intermediate lessons on guitar improvisation. First he took my guitar and explained how to properly set up the little things I'd never think to adjust. Then he explained to me some music theory concepts that completely changed the way I thought about the fundamentals of music. The lesson ended with him giving me some very practical, feasible practice to do in my own time. He'd be worth the money just to hear him give a quick lecture on what music is all about. Also, check out his website - this guys clearly lives a life of creativity and pursues his curiosities. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking to step further into a life of music and self-expression.
He is real Patient and Understanding. He stayed for 45 minutes but I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
Trevor has a very broad musical experience to draw from and knows how to pace his teaching based off of my skill level/previous experience. The lessons and assignments are challenging but productive and fun. On top of that, he's friendly, easy-going, and flexible with scheduling. Would recommend!
Mr. Dennis has both the ability and patience to teach students of all grades and competency level. He makes learning fun and my daughter looks forward to her Sax lessons every week. Mr. Dennis pro-actively puts music ensembles together to showcase his students work and boast their confidence. He also suggests outside programs for the kids that both challenges their comfort zones and expands their musical horizons.
I teach guitar to any age and level; as well as music theory, composition and history. I also offer recording services and beginner lessons on piano, drums, hand percussion and violin.
Austin has been teaching since 2013 and has always been working to help his students succeed by teaching the nuances of phrasing and diction along with the basics of sight-reading. He holds a master's degree from New England Conservatory in vocal performance and a bachelor's degree in composition from LaGrange College. Austin is a kind but assertive teacher who takes pride in his student's achievements. He seeks to provide an environment for learning that all ages can enjoy.
Whole Music is a full-service music school and recording studio. We offer music instruction and development to students of all ages and ability levels. Private lessons, semi-private lessons, group classes and jamming workshops -- Jamshops -- are offered 6 days a week. A more intense artist development is also available for the highly motivated individuals seeking a professional music career. Instruction is offered in the following areas: * Guitar * Bass * Drums/percussion * Violin/fiddle * Voice * Piano/keyboard * Double bass * Mandolin * Cello * Octave mandolin * Steel guitar * Banjo * Harmonica * Ukulele * Dulcimer * Viola * Song writing * Harmony singing * Ear training * Rhythm training * Band ensemble * Composition * Arrangement * Music exploration * Theory * Audio engineering
Since 1993, our studio, formerly East Derry School of Music, has been offering first-rate and innovative music education. At Lets Play Music, your abilities and interests will drive your development as a visual artist or musician. Our instructors acknowledge that students have different goals, and our aim is to facilitate your strengths while offering a solid foundation in technique and theory. Lets Play Music makes learning an instrument enjoyable, and when students are having fun, they learn and practice more. Aside from private study with one of our friendly and knowledgeable educators, students can pick from various enrichment opportunities, such as duet, band, theory, song writing and sound recording classes, depending on their interests. When students are given the opportunity to play with others, music becomes more than just sitting in a room alone practicing. From making music with peers, lasting friendships and bonds develop. Reasons to choose Lets Play Music: * Our Student Achievement System assists students in setting objectives and earning recognition for their achievements * The teaching methods developed at our studios are published and sold worldwide * Group lessons are available to supplement private lessons * Two convenient locations with easy access from the greater Derry, Londonderry and Manchester area. * Opportunities for local performances, recitals, and the New England Music Festival and Competition participation. * Our professional, friendly instructors make learning music fun! In addition to music lessons, Let's Play music offers instrument sales and rentals.
For the teachers at RKO Music Studio, teaching isn't just a job, it's a passion! Seeing students make connections and thrive, as they develop their own personal sense of musicianship, is priceless; the rewards for both teacher and student are invaluable. Our goal as teachers is to help students develop a solid technical and musical foundation to empower students to get the most from their efforts. Teaching Philosophy We like to ask students two things: 1) Why do you want to learn music? and 2) What are you ultimately seeking to get out of lessons? These two salient questions form the basis of my teaching philosophy. While every student's answer is unique, the following points serve to show what is typically explored during lessons. Music As a Language Music as language is at the heart of our approach. At its core, music fundamentally strives to communicate its content to the listener or audience. Listening to and creating music, by nature, is wholly communicative and interactive. It is in this spirit that the various tools of langauge -- melody, harmony, phrasing and expression -- are explored. Rather than simply memorizing or playing by route, students learn to explore the the relationships found in music. This allows students to internalize the material, thereby empowering them to more completely convey and express musical content. Strong Technical Foundation A strong technical foundation is essential to solid musicianship and confident playing. Approached with a little ingenuity and a can-do attitude, students learn to utilize the muscles found in the upper arm, thereby taking the strain off of the wrist and hand. Playing from the arm allows for more flexibility in the wrist, consequently affording the hand and fingers greater dexterity, articulation, and overall aesthetic, expressive nuance. Personal Musicianship The playing, performing, composing, and study of music is a thoroughly human art. Because no people are exactly the same, each person brings something unique and original. Here, students are taught to "find their own voice" in a welcoming and supportive environment. A rich, diverse body of musical ideas and artistic perspectives is not only encouraged, but co-explored jointly. Personal musicianship is all about bringing you (ideas, notions, goals, etc.) to the fore. In conjuction with this, students are actively challenged to make judicious, deliberate choices regarding the "how and why" of musical interpretation and rendition. Different Learning Styles At RKO, we essentially "meet students where they're at"-- both discover and work with their learning styles, and develop their innate talent, so that they can get the best results possible. A good, successful teacher is always part psychologist -- getting into the students' thought-processes and figuring out what works, and what's holding them back. What to Expect From the Studio Our job is to help students realize their musical aspirations, whether it be in piano or composition. Every student is unique and brings different desires and challenges to the table. Our task is to help them best utlize their practice time and to get the most from their efforts. Ultimately, as with anything worthwhile, you get back what you put into it. Students quickly learn that even a little bit of work goes a long way! Practicing isn't a chore; effective practicing, however, helps to cultivate skills and ideas explored during the lessons. We only ask that students come prepared to learn and engage themselves in the process. Here, youll find what others are saying about Ryan and what you can expect from us at RKO: Ryan is the consummate professional. In the last 50 years, I have never met a more diligent, engaging, and inspirational instructor. Ryan effortlessly combines a love for his art with his expertise as a teacher. His appreciation for the music is contagious and he is devoted to making his students share in his excitement. He therefore allows the student to excel, enjoy, and master an art that may have otherwise seemed beyond their level of expertise. Ryan applies these techniques with punctuality, reliability, and accessibility. He is more than willing to accommodate my schedule, specifically when last minute changes require a change in time or venue. Most importantly, irrespective of ones skill level or individual goals, Ryan approaches his teaching with a dry wit and warm demeanor. I consider him both a teacher and trusted friend. - Dr. David Ryley, Student Ryan Ottaviano has been teaching my 8-year old daughter for about a year. In that time, I have seen a great change in her confidence and enjoyment of playing the piano. Ryan challenges her, treats her with respect, and holds her accountable for her practice and personal commitment to playing. He knows just how hard to "push" her so she can rise to the occasion. I would recommend Ryan to any parent/child who understands the "family commitment" to music. - Kathy Seero, Parent Ryan Ottaviano is by far the most insightful and imaginative musician from whom I have ever had the pleasure of learning. In addition to being an amazing composer, Ryan has an astonishing breadth of knowledge about music. He knows everything from the physical techniques required to play masterfully to the structure and theory of the music itself -- but just as importantly, he's able to convey his lifelong passion for music and the art of composition. As a child, I took piano lessons for 10 years and became a rather proficient reader of music, but never really evolved to the point of actually making music. When I started with Ryan, I was coming back to piano after a 30-year hiatus and was absolutely honored and delighted to be taken up by this energetic and enthusiastic young man who could show me how to not just play the piano with competence, but to actually become musical. While I'm not there yet, but Ryan has made an enormous difference in my belief that I could be one day. I would highly recommend him as a teacher to anyone who loves music and wishes to truly know it. -Catherine Willet, student I am a rather skeptical person, but I must admit that I am very impressed with both Ryan's teaching method and his dedication. I've been a musician for 15 years and have had many teachers over the years. However, none have displayed the aptitude and enthusiasm that Ryan does each lesson. I played piano for about 7 years before I began lessons with Ryan and have honestly made more progress in the past 9 weeks with Ryan then I have in the past few years. - Max Lewis Ryan as a Composer The music of Ryan Ottaviano is nothing short of genius. Piece after piece, Ryan shows his ability in not only technique, but connecting his deepest feelings and emotions into his music. Ryan is able to capture a single moment in life, and keep it alive in the melodies of his works. Although words cannot describe the emotional impact that Ryans music has on me, his music is simply, beautiful. - Jessica Sibelman Much of today's music is full of abstraction and a pseudo-intellectualism that borders on the ridiculous in order to maintain peer approval. Ryan's music achieves better aims. It is shamelessly human, always personal, full of color and beauty. The melodies are melodic; the harmonies harmonious. To play it is to be moved. --Alex McDonald, Julliard Pianist As a composer, Ryan is in a league of his own. His compositions sound classic yet original. He effortlessly combines years of formal training with innate musical talent to create timeless piece after timeless piece. At just 25, he is composing at a level that few composers ever reach. I truly feel honored to have the chance to work with him on a regular basis. -- Max Lewis
I am a 25-year old Berklee student (graduating in May), majoring in professional music with a minor in music education. I play guitar, bass, and piano, and am comfortable playing and teaching most styles. I can work with absolute beginners or more intermediate players who are interested in learning concepts of music theory, sight reading, voice leading, arranging, composition, etc. I charge $30/hour or $15/half hour for individual lessons. I can do group lessons for a discounted rate ($50/hour for two people or $65 for three if you want to bring a friend or family member along to learn). Students must provide their own instrument and keep it in playable condition. A guitar that is not properly maintained will hinder your progress. I teach you the skills you need to perform live, and I teach it by using music you like. Becoming a good musician is a lot of work, but it is supposed to be fun, and I will work with you to make sure your lessons are tailored to your interests and needs.