Dom Minasi

New York, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My teaching stands out because I've been teaching for over 50 years and have taught 100 of students of whom have become professional musicians. I am respected throughout the world as a major player and I am a published author and journalist.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love teaching. I learn as much from the students as they learn from me. It is always a challenge to teach someone new.

Location

New York, NY 10025

Times hired on Thumbtack

20

Reviews

32 Reviews
  • Ricardo G. Sep 8, 2016
    Consider this
    To say that Dom Minasi is an unbelievably talented musician is to paint a fraction of the whole picture. Yes, the man thinks music with every single breath and feels it with every fiber of his being. Yes, he has deconstructed every standard jazz tune known to mankind, only to re construct his very distinctive own version. As a teacher, you would be hard pressed to find someone as invested as Dom in passing down "the tricks" to save you enormous amounts of time trying to figure things out otherwise. He has written so much literature about music, musicians, on every subject, he has taught for over 50 years, (50 YEARS!!) at all levels from young to old, beginners to pros, there is hardly an instance he has not experienced in teaching. I, for one, must be the worst student Dom has ever had, because I come to his lessons highly unprepared, but Dom still keeps drilling concepts and notions and makes and sends me videos, articles, references, anything that will get my butt moving, as well as helping me overcome my insecurities about playing the instrument. He essentially believes in his students and will stop at nothing to see them succeed (Very stubborn individual, this one). I have a lot to thank Dom for as a teacher, not to mention the friendship that naturally blossoms when you work with the man. Could not get a better experience than this. I better go practice now!
  • Gabriel B. Aug 20, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Richard L. Aug 15, 2016
    Hi Dom, In 1964, when I was 8 years old, I walked into Al Victors studio , rented a guitar and met you for the first time. You were my guitar teacher. I fondly recall playing " Red Roses For a Blue Lady", "Smile", " More", etc. and eventually you had be playing Granada and working with Arbans trumpet book. You were inspiring and an amazing guitarist not to mention very nice to me. I just wanted to let you know how those 3 years of lessons impacted my life and others . I did not pursue music but still keep playing guitar. My dad was a mailman and when I was 15 he died of lung cancer. I worked hard and became a physician . Graduated NYU med school, trained at Bellevue, New York Hospital and Brown. During med school lots of students would gather around and I'd play guitar, party and have a great pressure release as well as fun! Over the years I initially practiced pediatrics and the kids loved it when I'd play and for at least a moment help them forget their serious illnesses . I went on to practice Psychiatry and work with people with addictions. Even the toughest patient , most hurt souls and least trusting person respond when they hear C, Am, F and G. I have purchased a number of your recordings, still have your first albums at home and was thrilled to see how successful you've become. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks and what you taught me so many years ago has touched many lives . Thank you and best always, Richard
  • Ricardo G. Sep 8, 2016
    Consider this
    To say that Dom Minasi is an unbelievably talented musician is to paint a fraction of the whole picture. Yes, the man thinks music with every single breath and feels it with every fiber of his being. Yes, he has deconstructed every standard jazz tune known to mankind, only to re construct his very distinctive own version. As a teacher, you would be hard pressed to find someone as invested as Dom in passing down "the tricks" to save you enormous amounts of time trying to figure things out otherwise. He has written so much literature about music, musicians, on every subject, he has taught for over 50 years, (50 YEARS!!) at all levels from young to old, beginners to pros, there is hardly an instance he has not experienced in teaching. I, for one, must be the worst student Dom has ever had, because I come to his lessons highly unprepared, but Dom still keeps drilling concepts and notions and makes and sends me videos, articles, references, anything that will get my butt moving, as well as helping me overcome my insecurities about playing the instrument. He essentially believes in his students and will stop at nothing to see them succeed (Very stubborn individual, this one). I have a lot to thank Dom for as a teacher, not to mention the friendship that naturally blossoms when you work with the man. Could not get a better experience than this. I better go practice now!
  • Gabriel B. Aug 20, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Richard L. Aug 15, 2016
    Hi Dom, In 1964, when I was 8 years old, I walked into Al Victors studio , rented a guitar and met you for the first time. You were my guitar teacher. I fondly recall playing " Red Roses For a Blue Lady", "Smile", " More", etc. and eventually you had be playing Granada and working with Arbans trumpet book. You were inspiring and an amazing guitarist not to mention very nice to me. I just wanted to let you know how those 3 years of lessons impacted my life and others . I did not pursue music but still keep playing guitar. My dad was a mailman and when I was 15 he died of lung cancer. I worked hard and became a physician . Graduated NYU med school, trained at Bellevue, New York Hospital and Brown. During med school lots of students would gather around and I'd play guitar, party and have a great pressure release as well as fun! Over the years I initially practiced pediatrics and the kids loved it when I'd play and for at least a moment help them forget their serious illnesses . I went on to practice Psychiatry and work with people with addictions. Even the toughest patient , most hurt souls and least trusting person respond when they hear C, Am, F and G. I have purchased a number of your recordings, still have your first albums at home and was thrilled to see how successful you've become. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks and what you taught me so many years ago has touched many lives . Thank you and best always, Richard
  • Patrick B. Jul 7, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Dom has been absolute treat to work with. I have struggled to pick up playing the guitar for over 2 years but finally feel like I'm making progress and look forward to practising daily and learning more every week. Dom is kind, patient, and has an extensive and impressive background but remains humble throughout. Recommended!
    Replied to Patrick B. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thank You Patrick.

  • Alex R. May 26, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Great teacher, patient and very knowledgeable. Great Location
    Replied to Alex R. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thank You Alex..

  • Ali D. May 18, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Dom is a great teacher. He is very patient with someone who has absolutely no experience playing and is clearly very passionate about teaching!
    Replied to Ali D. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thank You Ali.

  • Felix M. May 11, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    I've been playing guitar for ten years but never learned how to read music or understand theory. Dom is everything you would expect from an excellent teacher. He is kind, patient, encouraging, and knowledgable. Whether you're a beginner or expert player, you can learn a lot from Dom.
    Replied to Felix M. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thank You Felix.

  • Rachelle R. Mar 11, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
  • Britta W. Feb 21, 2016
    Guitar Lessons (for children or teenagers)
    Verified Review
    I brought my 10 year old son for lessons with Dom about 6 weeks ago, and we have been very happy. Dom has been moving through one string of the guitar each week, giving L. time to learn the fingering and the corresponding notes. L. is now actually reading music and practicing on his own volition without me having to remind or nag him (mostly!) while he did take some lessons before, he didn't get this level of rigor or progressive movement from the beginning to playing of blues and rock and roll. Dom is very professional, communicative, and is a devoted teacher. I give him the highest recommendation.
    Replied to Britta W. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thanks Britt.

  • Joel B. Dec 24, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Dom is an excellent guitar teacher with tons of experience. He is extremely patient (which is important for me) as I go through my ugly duckling phase. He has also made theory interesting for the first time via his teaching method. I absolutely would recommend.
    Replied to Joel B. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thanks Joel..

  • Roshan P. Nov 10, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great guy and really willing to do what it takes to make the student a better player. Instructive and encouraging!
    Replied to Roshan P. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thanks Roshan

  • Christine A. Nov 7, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Dom is a great teacher. As an adult absolute beginner to guitar, I have found him to be encouraging, patient, kind, and nothing short of professional. I would definitely recommend him to a friend. Check him out!
    Replied to Christine A. - Dec 8, 2015

    Thanks Christine..

  • Angela H. Oct 18, 2015
    He's a very patient teacher, and supportive. Two qualities that are very important for beginners. He will push you if he thinks you can handle it.
    Replied to Angela H. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thanks Angela.

  • Wayne G. Sep 25, 2015
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Dom is a very professional and experienced instructor. He does not only teaches how to play guitar, but also teaches music concepts. He wrote his own book which is used as teaching material. As such, I learn guitar in a very systematic and professional way. As a beginner, I'm very satisfied with my progress so far.
    Replied to Wayne G. - Aug 10, 2016

    Thanks Wayne..

  • Brenda R. Jun 5, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Just in the short time that I have been taking lessons with Dom, it is very clear that he is a fantastic teacher and has an amazing amount of knowledge to share. He genuinely cares for his students, and is eager to help them become successful guitar players. I highly recommend Dom. His incredible musicianship, experience in the industry and his genuine love for teaching will make any student confident that they have chosen one of the best.
  • Drew H. Mar 24, 2015
    I looked around for a few days trying to find an instructor that was in the city and had experience. I found that with Dom, he is a great teacher and really passionate about music and teaching others. In the short time he has been teaching me he has helped me over come bad habits and pushed me, while still being supportive.
  • Barbara M. Mar 23, 2015
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    If you want to learn how to play the guitar from the ground up, understanding all there is to know how to play it properly and understand the language of the guitar, go to Dom. I've had only a few sessions and already I am able to read music, play some simple tunes and feel comfortable and at ease with the instrument. I am so glad I chose him from lineup of teachers that were referred. Thanks Dom!
  • George D. Dec 29, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I learned to read music notations and rhythms with Dom in barely one month. His teaching method is perfect and he's a great musician, I mean really great. I look forward for every week's course. I highly recommend him and can't wait for the next lesson!
  • Nixon H. Nov 18, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Dom is a funny, kind and inspiring teacher. He has pushed and encouraged me in a way that has greatly improved my focus and skills. Dom creates a pleasant atmosphere and I very much enjoy taking lessons with him.
  • Allison Z. Oct 13, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Dom is not only a great musician, but also an excellent teacher. He knows how to teach students with different levels (I am a beginner). He has patience and the price for class is fair. i strongly recommend him if you are looking for a guitar teacher.
  • Terence S. Jul 2, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I've only had 3 lessons with Dom so far, but I can tell you he is a great guy and a fantastic teacher. He's very organized in his approach to teaching, and I feel my guitar skills have improved quite steadily with him in a short amount of time.
  • Seth S. Apr 4, 2014
    Dom Minasi is the finest guitar teacher I have ever known. His knowledge of harmony and substitution is encyclopedic. You will learn more in an hour from Dom than from other teachers in six months.
  • Ian A. Apr 2, 2014
    I have been taking jazz guitar lessons from Dom for almost a year and a half now. His particular approach to teaching music is very refreshing from all others I've encountered before. Dom has a certain way of finding a student's particular sound on their instrument and personalizing each lesson to better bring out this sound. My experience so far has been completely positive and I look forward to more lessons.
  • Douglas C. Mar 31, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I've had an incredible learning experience with Dom. He is an extremely kind teacher who constantly provides you with encouragement, but also knows when to push. He teaches you how to be a complete musician and focuses on your weaknesses as opposed to "blowing smoke" so to speak.
  • Benjamin R. Sep 2, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had a very positive experience in my lesson with Dom. He was knowledgeable, committed to teach, and very kind. I came to Dom to learn Jazz guitar in particular, and I am looking forward to future lessons.
  • Alan T. Aug 25, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Learning a lot! more than i expected.
    Replied to Alan T. - Aug 25, 2013

    Thanks Alan..appreciate it.

  • Jackie R. Aug 15, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I had a very pleasant experience working with Dom. He is a great musican and knows theory very well. I was impressed with the patience he had with me and would definitely recommend his teaching methods to others. He is a very good teacher.
  • Melody H. Apr 29, 2013
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Learning guitar with Dom is something that I enjoy doing the most. He is very passionate about music, patient, and sweet; and all of these are contagious. If you are looking for a guitar teacher who teaches you to be a musician, Dom is the teacher you are looking for.
    Replied to Melody H. - Apr 29, 2013

    Thank You I appreciate it, Dom

  • Yani I. Jan 4, 2013
    I find the guitar lessons I have with Dom are very comprehensive and personable. He is very in detail and thorough. He makes sure that I know everything there is to know about playing guitar, before I attempt to play anything that's too advanced for my level. Location is relatively easy to get to, venue is comfy and classes are affordable.
    Replied to Yani I. - Jan 5, 2013

    Thanks..

  • Anthony L. Jan 4, 2013
    Dom is an outstanding musician and an outstanding teacher. He has been a professional musician his whole life and he is generous in sharing his knowledge as a teacher. He was able to assess my skill level at our first meeting and has developed the lessons to meet my specific needs. I highly recommend Dom as a teacher.
  • John V. Jul 7, 2012
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    Dom is my current teacher, I can only recommend him: beyond his wide knowledge and experience with music, he is a kind, fun, and patient person who makes it all easier for total beginner learning bass guitar like me. No hesitation here, if you are looking for a good teacher on the UWS he certainly is your go-to person.
    Replied to John V. - Jan 5, 2013

    Thanks

  • Frank L. Aug 1, 2011
    I took lessons with Dom 45 years ago. Even then he was a patient friendly guy who was not in a rush or pushing any kind of an agenda. There weren't too many young progressive teachers back then. He would recognize your abilities early and gear the lessons to your speed. I had a lot of fun with him every week and I learned serious guitar theory and technique. If my old man didn't take my guitar away till I finished medical school, I might've become a pro.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
It all depends on what level they are at.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Professional musician since 1957. Playing the guitar 67 years. Teaching since 1962. BS in composing from CUNY. Published four books on Harmony, Theory, Improvisation, and Ready Rhythms and a Jazz Journalist for All About Jazz
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Yes a standard price is $50 per lesson, which is an hour, but sometimes can run longer that I don't charge for. I am not a clock watcher. The lesson is finished when I am satified that students understands. I charge $100 for professional musicians.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I decided very young to teach. I wanted to give back. I had such good teachers, I wanted to pass that on.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Beginners to professional musicians
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check my website. You can learn all you need to know about me, my music and performances
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I am dedicated. I love my job and I have teaching since 1962 and I have a BS in musical composition from CUNY