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Robert C.

Brooklyn, NY

$45/hour

Experienced, Professional, Mature Musician available for Tutoring

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About Robert

I'm a mature musician with thirty five years of professional performance experience, and twenty five years of teaching experience. I taught music for the New York City Board of Education at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, and at Flatbush Yeshiva also in Brooklyn New York. I have taught privately in three settings, in my home studio, traveling to and tutoring in private homes, and "one on one" lessons at established music stores.

In these multiple settings my students ranged in age from four years to seventy five years of age! Naturally my teaching approach varied based on students' age as well as their personalities and their degree of interest in learning. With the youngsters I am happy to work with the parents wishes and guidance. Teenagers usually have a desire to learn and I happily go along with their musical taste, but I also keep a watch out for the need to have a firm foundation in how music works! (music theory, ear training, standard notation as well as forms of notation such as "TAB" for guitar and bass guitar players). Adults are one of three types of students: beginners who have always wanted to play but never had the time, those who have played for years but never had formal training, and those who played in their youth but stopped and now want to begin again. I use a different tutoring approach in each case.

As a singing instrumentalist I've been so lucky! My Father sang in the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, singing seemed natural for me and as a child and teen I would sing in my room along with recordings from "West Side Story" to The Rolling Stones etc. my Dad would hear me in my bliss and sometimes he would burst into my room with lessons about the proper way to sing! How lucky for me, fond memories! When I decided to learn to play an instrument, ironically, it did not come naturally to me. It was hard work and I persisted. Later in life I realize this was good for my teaching methods, because I can empathize with struggling students. Would love to meet you and all the best!
I'm a mature musician with thirty five years of professional performance experience, and twenty five years of teaching experience. I taught music for the New York City Board of Education at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, and at Flatbush Yeshiva also in Brooklyn New York. I have taught privately in three settings, in my home studio, traveling Read more

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Travels within 5 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11209
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Music History

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Approved subjects

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Ear Training

Hi, thanks for your interest in Ear Training! This shows that you have reached a point in your musical studies where you realize the importance of ear training.
I earned a B.F.A. degree and ear training was a very important part of my studies. I taught for the New York City Board of Education for five years, in Private School for two years and for established music stores as well as private lessons in various settings for twenty plus years!
As musicians we train our hearing to recognize various elements of music by using exercises to build up our abilities to know and name these elements that make up music. For example: we should be able to recognize the sounds of intervals, half steps, whole steps, minor and major thirds, the perfect fourth, the tri-tone, the perfect fifth, minor and major sixths, major and minor sevenths, the octave etc. Also we need to hear the sound of harmony: is a chord: major, minor, dominant seven, major seven, diminished, augmented or one of the other chord types? We can learn to hear different Scales too. There are major scales, minor scales, the scales of the seven "Church Modes" and many more scale types that lend their sounds to jazz and modern classical music. The whole tone scale has a beautiful and distinct sound and the "Mother" of all these scales, chords and intervals is the chromatic scale!
I really enjoy teaching ear training (it is actually fun!) I would love to meet you!

Guitar

I taught music for the New York City Board of Education at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, and at Flatbush Yeshiva also in Brooklyn New York. I have played guitar and bass guitar for over thirty years. My teaching approach is combining fun with knowledge. This combination is a proven method!

Music History

I was fascinated by my music history classes in school, it opened up a new perspective on playing music! I will tutor in at least three stages leading to the area of music that is your primary interest.
We start with an over view of music from the "pre history" of civilization to the present. For example: What was the first musical instrument? (answer: the voice!) This was soon followed by rhythm instruments, starting with the use of sticks, logs, stones etc. creating beats that humans could sing, chant or dance to.
This leads us to Europe and what we call "Western Classical Music" covering at least a thousand years of how music evolved and changed. The main event of this period was between 1685 and 1750, the life of Bach. His contribution of "equal temperament" was so important that many that many musicians see classical music as "pre Bach and post Bach!"
Then we examine music of other cultures, every culture has it's classical music and it's modern music. I am very interested in how African music has influenced the music we hear today. Many musicologists believe that the only truly American Music is Jazz, Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll etc. Because of the slave trade bringing a huge African population to our country, their music influenced and evolved into the music we hear and love today! Fun fact: African rhythms have gender! Triplet rhythms are male and duple rhythms are female!
About me: I earned a B.F.A degree which included music history study. I taught for the New York City Board of Education for five years, private school for two years, established music stores and privately for twenty plus years! Music History opened up a whole new way of understanding music, it's great! Within my studies I learned not only a working overview of how we got to the music of today, but discovered so much music I was not aware of that I now love! Also along the way, I encountered priceless nuggets of musical facts and stories that I would love to share with you! Would be great to meet you! All the best! ~ Robert

Music Theory

Music Theory, piano, and studio experience are my expertise! Get back to me with any questions and for details!

Piano

I have taught piano for many years in various settings such as private lessons, music stores, private and public schools.
Piano is the foundation of all western music and was the first instrument I studied. In addition to being a pleasure to play, it opened the door to playing many other instruments!
I am happy to say I am approved to teach five subjects with Wyzant, and I find piano useful, if not a necessary aid in all five subjects!

Voice (Music)

There three main areas we must cover in tutoring voice. Establishing the range of your voice, developing pitch awareness and third, exercising the physical muscles we use to sing.
Vocal range: we find and note down the lowest note you can sing, and the highest note you can sing. I recommend the use of a piano, guitar or even an app that will produce sounds of notes we can refer to.
Pitch awareness: We develop the ability to hear a given pitch (note) and be able to sing that note with your voice. We continue with a study of intervals, the seven modes, singing and analyzing melodies, then we can apply this to your favorite songs!
Muscle exercise: There are many ways to exercise your voice, many singers call this "warming up" your voice. With these exercises we concentrate on the vowel sounds (a-e-i-o-u) as they are best to open up our voices.
About me: I taught music for the New York City Board of Education for five years, Private School for two years, established music stores as well as privately in various settings for twenty plus years. I earned a B.F.A. degree that included vocal training. Also, my Father sang professionally in the chorus with New York City's Metropolitan Opera! He was my first voice teacher! Sharing the gift of singing is a great pleasure for me! I'd love to meet you, all the best!

Cooper Union
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Other

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Cooper Union (fine arts)

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Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 5 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11209.