My mom is a professional violinist, and she encouraged me to study when I was nine years old, and although I found classical violin interesting, it did not totally captivate me. I started guitar shortly afterwards, with a folklore and classical guitarist, and it was nice, but something was amiss. So I forgot about playing for a while and took some time for myself just listening to music. Until, one day, I saw my cousin play. And he was strumming some serious rock chords! From then on, I fell in love with guitar, rock, and then all kinds of music.
I grew up in Argentina enjoying rock, then studying a lot of jazz, classical, and now I know that the best music style is the one that you love in every moment, so we don’t have to be afraid to switch around from one to another. During my journey, I even found the violin to be a beautiful instrument, and I spent a few years as a professional violinist as much as a guitarist. And while I was exploring music in all these different environments, I was also developing my love for the teaching career, which I started at fifteen years old.
While I was busy composing and leading my bands and projects, the opportunity came up to start performing on cruise lines, and this job allowed me to expand my career by moving to New York City. Here, I’ve had the pleasure to be in a community of diverse musicians who share their very different views with one another, and I am here to offer mine.
I am a lifelong student of music and for me, it is not just a career, it is a part of who I am. Like life, music always keeps us learning and searching for the next step. Music has made me who I am today and I cannot imagine my life without it.
At the age of five, I began playing drums when I got my Mickey Mouse drum set. (This is not just a saying it actually was a Mickey Mouse drum set...) I messed around here and there and wasn’t really a “drummer” until my friend in elementary school who played guitar asked me if I played an instrument. At the time, I was ten or so and hadn’t really taken any lessons, but I had played drums before, Mickey Mouse drums, so I just said, “yeah I play drums” and we just started jamming together playing punk rock.
When we began playing, it was very hard to make anything sound good because I had never played drums with anyone before. Luckily this friend’s older brother was a drummer, and he had some instructional videos laying-around. We watched them and I began teaching myself drums through the videos. It wasn’t long before I asked my parents for drum lessons and the rest is history. I have been studying and playing drums ever since. We continued to play music together, and I later went on to form my own rock band during middle school that went into high school, until I later went to college and discovered blues and jazz. I was lucky enough to attend Five Towns College where I acquired a B.A. in Music Business and later The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where I studied performance.
I was never the best test-taker in school and believe that I am a very visual learner. I am very empathetic to the learning process and love to introduce my students to new music that they have not heard. From my own learning and my teaching experience I understand that everyone has a different way of breaking things down so they can retain the information.
To me, music is a prime means of expression, communication and innovation. My passion for music blossomed when at the age of 12; I was driven to teach myself to play the drums. Not long after that, I also learned to play the guitar. Playing with a band just a few years later showed me how truly worthwhile it is to play as a group to work toward a collective goal. I have been a member of that band since 2013. Being a part of my band has offered me tremendous opportunities, such as playing at venues throughout Long Island, New York City and large music festivals throughout the country. I received my education from Nassau Community College, then, later, Nyack College in Music. While there, I studied other genres, such as classical and Jazz music. I had the opportunity to perform at the Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center in April of 2015 as the drummer of their Jazz ensemble. In teaching privately since 2013, I have developed my own approach that not only harnesses a love for music in my students, but a thorough understanding of how to produce music by means of extensive music theory training and ear training. My experiences as a musician only further my drive to teach others to love what they are learning and to never give up!
- Draws influence from hip-hop, jazz and rock and roll.
- Has performed in the Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center as part of Nyack College’s Jazz Ensemble
- Multi-instrumentalist music instructor.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, I fell in love with the sound of electric guitar after hearing Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. I immediately set out to replicate the sound and feel of the music and discovered that everything I love to listen to and play anything that has a connection to Blues. However, my tastes have also evolved, so that I now enjoy a variety of diverse styles that were originally connected to the blues, including rockabilly, swing, jump blues, jazz, and Jamaican ska. My favorite guitarists include Brian Setzer, Rev. Horton Heat, Cliff Gallup, Angus & Malcolm Young, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix, Ernest Ranglin, and Mark Ribbot.
In 1998 I moved to New York to realize my dream of playing with American musicians, learning new styles, and improving my guitar technique. I met and played with Ashantee, former vocalist with Temptations, and some other great performers. As part of City College curriculum I played and perform with the Latin Band under the guidance of Arturo O’Farrell. I recorded and played on many albums, lately concentrating on my own music.
I’m just as enthusiastic about performing music as well as teaching it, which was why I studied for a degree in music education. Being an experienced instructor, I understand the importance of recognizing students’ natural talents, and further develop them with strong technique in order to achieve their maximum potential.
- Studied Music Education
- Key influences are Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll
- Patient and Easygoing
I am a multi-instrumentalist music instructor by day, and an actively performing musician by night. Specializing in drum set/percussion, fretless electric bass, and guitar, I am comfortable playing and teaching concepts in multiple genres. My innovative, goal-based teaching style revolves around in-depth listening, efficient technique, expressive improvisation, as well as connecting theory to enjoyable songs. With over 8 years of teaching experience, I have worked with students ranging from ages 3 to adult, along with various special needs and handicaps. I firmly believe there is a method that will work for every student- it is my job to find it and put it to the test!
As the youngest in a creatively-inclined family, I have been involved with various musical ensembles since the age of 8. Graduating from Bayside High School in Queens, NY, I was an integral member of their jazz band, concert band, and percussion ensemble. I pursued an A.A. in audio engineering from CUNY Queensborough.
I am actively performing and recording in multiple bands, and can often be found on venue stages throughout the Tristate area. Some notable locations I have performed at include:
Disneyworld (Disney Magic Music Days), MetLife building, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Gramercy Theater, Irving Plaza, Highline Ballroom, Madison Theater, The Bitter End NYC, The Knitting Factory, among numerous others. I have also recently had the honor of teaching music overseas in Chongqing, China. The experience was absolutely incredible and a valuable asset to my teaching approach!
With all of these factors combined, the students also gain a hands-on approach to the art of entertainment. I have coached and accompanied hundreds of students (as young as 4) through the recital process, helping to bolster their self-confidence and skills along the way. My ultimate goal is to guide the students to develop a passion and respect for the art form, which will inevitably transfer to the world around them. Of course, having fun and making memories is part of the equation as well!
- Recently taught music lessons overseas in Chongqing, China
- Holds degree from CUNY Queensborough
- A Multi-instrumentalist music instructor
Music Director of iSchool Rockville Centre & Port Washington
When I was five years old I asked my brother for a Beatles record, only knowing they were the most popular band I’d heard of. He handed me John Lennon’s Imagine and I played it on my sister’s old 45 turntable. I can’t say I understood the meaning of the words but somehow the sound seemed perfect and through the power of music, the message hit me and I was moved to tears. This magic communication of the universal language we all share has been my focus ever since.
As a musician I began playing a drum I found in the garbage on the way home from little league when I eight, I banged along with records and began writing songs immediately. This helped lay the foundation for my teaching method, internalizing the rhythm. A couple of years later I started playing the guitar and my world really opened up. My first live performance was in 7th grade playing Pinball Wizard. I had to start the songs famous intro three times, but I did it then that magic took over. Through High school I began playing all the instruments I could get my hands on (percussion, piano, bass, trumpet, flute) and continue to play many of them professionally to this day. However, guitar has been my best friend and my focus throughout the years.
As an educator I hold a degree in Music Education from NYU and I am pursuing my MA in Musicology. I am a five year veteran of the NYC public school system and I believe teaching is my vocation, a serious endeavor to be balanced with play. One of my education heros, Lev Vygotsky, showed that students learn best at play in a socially directed environment through interaction with their peers, (one reason I am thrilled to be at the iSchool). Lessons are scaffolded with support of basic skills being addressed but exploration and creativity is owned by the student. Improvisation and/or composition is crucial to my method; their immediate byproduct is a fun lesson but the lasting effect is life-long self-esteem and confidence. I do my best to make this the environment. I am currently writing my own guitar instruction book Breeze Easy Guitar Method, Finger fret String slide: Connecting Shapes for Least Movement.
As a performing artist and writer I have been active as a band leader in rock, jazz and Latin ensembles, film & television scoring and musical theatre for the last 20 years. I lead my world rock and jazz band Nova Columbo. We perform throughout the east coast and Europe and have received two Billboard songwriting awards for this project. In the visual media’s I have received the award for Best Score at the NYU and Milan film festivals and I have written and directed both text and music for the stage. It is a privilege to share my theory and passion for this magical communication with talented young people. I look forward to teaching and learning from them.
- Holds a degree in Music Education from New York University
- Five Year veteran of the NYC Public School system
- Author of King Rhythm and the Good Nights of Beat, an imaginative curriculum composed to teach beginner musicians the essential fundamentals of music.
I started playing guitar seriously at the age of 12, my first influences being rock and metal. In my later teens, I became very interested in other music genres such as jazz, fusion and classical. I began my formal music education as a Classical Guitar performance major, ultimately obtaining a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. I am an enthusiastic teacher and enjoy communicating my knowledge of music to students. I often use examples of current popular music to teach fundamental musical concepts, having discovered that students are more responsive when they realize that their teacher is familiar with the music they enjoy. I am always gratified to see students’ reactions when they derive satisfaction and pleasure from a disciplined, learning musical environment. The road I have taken with music has been paved with many unexpected twists and turns. Throughout my many years of learning and making new discoveries, I have now arrived at a point where I am able to productively incorporate knowledge from various experiences with music and education into my own creativity and teaching. I never expect to stop learning or exploring new forms of music, and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm, valuable experiences and knowledge with my students.
- Holds a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music
- Classically trained on guitar with varying eclectic styles as other influences
- Author of two books
I was born and raised on Long Island and began playing music at the age of 12. Guitar drew my attention the most. I was a kid of the 90’s; it was grunge, rock, heavy metal that I loved and knew I wanted to play. Seeing bands perform on the largest stages, in front of thousands of people, I knew I wanted to be an entertainer.
I've performed with many bands, in all types of music from punk, to pop, to classical, to jazz. I graduated from Five Towns College and pursued a career as a professional musician and recording engineer. I have worked in world-renowned studios for artists including Jlo, Paulina Rubio, producers such as Lady Gaga's Red One, and engineers like Bruce Swedien, who made Michael Jackson's Thriller.
My love of playing, performing and teaching music was always my first passion, and that has brought me to the iSchool today, where I can share my knowledge and experiences with all those that I teach. (Rob N.)
- Holds a degree from Five Towns College
With the unique experience of having orchestrated music not only for drums, but guitar and vocals as well in an original band, I offer a distinct perspective when it comes to drumming.
While teaching music, I am easy-going and strive for inspiration. I value teaching multiple styles of music and appropriate technique, but am extremely adaptable and tailor my lessons to fit the interests of each student. In addition, I believe all students should understand how the drummer is more often part of a larger picture. To give students an appreciation of this context, I frequently play the guitar along with them during lessons. I believe this helps to develop a greater perspective of the music being played. (Not to mention the students invariably find it more enjoyable.)
My musical training began at an early age and includes classical studies with members of the NYC Metropolitan Opera, Binghamton, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras and various other notable artists. I also have an extensive academic background, acquiring a Doctorate degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University where I received the Stuart I. Gurman, MD Award, which is "given to that graduate of high scholastic achievement who best showed a continuous interest and activity in art, music, literature, or the public interest, realizing that living and learning go together."