John L.

Ridgewood, NY

$60/hr

Music Tutor - All styles

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Hunter College
Music
Hunter College
Master's

Education

Hunter College (Music)

Hunter College (Master's)

About John

Dear Potential Student,

My name is John, and I am a certified music teacher in the state of New York. I have an MA in Music Education as well as a BA in Music from Hunter College. I am a percussionist who can play and understand different styles and genres of music. I am well-versed in many styles. I've played in punk rock bands, marched in a professional marching band, played timpani in an orchestra, and have freelanced as a composer. I've written string quartets, piano pieces, percussion ensembles, and vocal works.

I believe music should be fun, and the few that can understand the ins and outs of music, have a better experience listening to music.
Dear Potential Student,

My name is John, and I am a certified music teacher in the state of New York. I have an MA in Music Education as well as a BA in Music from Hunter College. I am a percussionist who can play and understand different styles and genres of music. I am
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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Ridgewood, NY 11385
Background Check: Passed
History:
Music History
Music:
Composition (Music),
Drums,
Ear Training,
General Music,
Guitar,
Music History,
Music Production,
Music Theory, Piano,
Sight Singing, Trombone, Trumpet
Homeschool:
Piano

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Composition (Music)

I am a qualified tutor in composition because I have been composing different styles of music for a long time now. I have a few different compositions published - one solo piano piece, and two percussion pieces.

I compose with different computer programs while utilizing conventional methods learned in the classroom. Some programs I use and are familiar with are Digidesign Pro Tools LE 8, and Sibelius 7, all on a Macintosh iMac. However, nothing beats the good old staff paper, pencil and brain.

These programs have become an integral part of the composer's palette in recent years, and I believe students should be learning to compose with and without these programs.

Drums

I have been a drummer since I was born, but didn't pick up a pair drumsticks until 5th grade. Since then, I have developed many different styles of drumming that range from orchestral, chamber music settings, accompaniment with choral groups, marching bands, jazz, punk rock (my milieu), and the notoriously difficult style of John Cage.

I have been involved with a professional marching band for 10 years now as the snare drummer and have been in a rock band for 6 years now. Those would be my two longest involvements with the same group.

As of recent, I have been writing music for the snare drum, in the styles of marching cadences, and snare drum rudimental solo pieces. I've also been involved in the Hunter College orchestra, as a timpanist.

Ear Training

Everybody has experience in ear training and sight singing. You turn on the radio, iPod, record player, 8-Track, and you sing a long to a song. What you are doing is hearing, recognizing and playing back music. With a little more practice and understanding of chord recognition and intervals as well as rhythm, you can step up your game and be able to sing and tap with a little more enjoyment.

I've had at least two great ear training and sight singing teachers who have taught me wonderful techniques to associate intervals, pitches, chord sonorities and rhythms that will make things a lot easier to understand. Hint... having a piano helps.

General Music

I have a Master's degree in Music Education from Hunter College, with an equal focus on instrumental, vocal, and general music for grades K-12. I am a certified NY State teacher for Music K-12. I am a percussionist, and I play piano. In my student teaching experiences, I successfully taught for 6 weeks each in an elementary school and a high school, and I have a years experience observing and helping in music classes for grades 6-12.

Guitar

I am a Little Kids Rock instructor in my school. This means that I teach guitar by means of popular music. I have been teaching through this program for two years now. I have also been playing guitar for over 15 years.

Music History

Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Cage, Monteverdi, Chopin, Mozart, Schoenberg...

Where did the music come from and where is it going? That is the true question.

Being an undergraduate student, Music History has been a huge part of all my courses. Yes, I've had to take Music History I-IV, but even in my music theory classes, we've discussed particular styles and when they were historically popular or how these styles developed over time.

There are common themes within all the genres. Everything is carried over and reused.

I bet that made you start thinking of the music you listen to and where it came from...

Music Production

I am a professional, freelance, music copyist (which is a specialized area of music production that deals with producing sheet music for publishing, or performing purposes). I use Sibelius 7, which is one of the two industry leading computer software programs that produces sheet music. I have been doing this for 8 years, and I've had my work published in articles, books, and performed on the stage. I'm just finishing up a large-scale opera project that will be performed in New York.

Piano

As a certified music teacher, we are required to learn to play piano, and maintain an intermediate level of proficiency. I hold a Master's degree in Music Education from Hunter College, and I am also a composer, in which my piano skills are an aid for my compositions.

Hunter College
Music
Hunter College
Master's

Education

Hunter College (Music)

Hunter College (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

John will travel within 15 miles of Ridgewood, NY 11385.

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