Syosset, Home Instruction
I began my musical journey at the age of seven when I picked up my very first instrument. In my elementary school students were allowed to join orchestra in the third grade, and so I did. I played viola for one year until my interest turned to concert band. When I was given the opportunity I joined the school band and chose the trumpet, which I played from the fall of my fourth grade year until the day I graduated high school. As much as I enjoyed playing trumpet and had loved being a part of the symphonic and jazz bands, my interest in the guitar slowly began to take time away from all things brass. I started playing guitar at ten after being inspired by a few of my favorite bands, and the love for it has only grown over the years. I still remember my debut performance of ‘Crazy Train’ when I was 11 at my middle school shortly before summertime. I had the pleasure of taking private lessons with guitar guru Carmen Caramanica from age eleven until the time came to head to college at seventeen (I had a late birthday). His skill and wisdom combined with a heartfelt personality helped cultivate my skills as a young player and develop a deeper understanding of musicality. Some of my biggest jumps in progress were made under his guidance. Upon graduating, I found myself under the wing of Dr. Timothy Schmidt, former guitar instructor at Onondaga Community College. I studied classical guitar with Dr. Schmidt for two years upon graduating with an A.A.S. in 2012. I gained a great deal from Schmidt’s teachings, and to this day I practice his methods. My first semester at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam began in the fall of 2012. I became part of a trusted and supportive brotherhood of guitarists that is the Crane Guitar Studio. Dr. Douglas Rubio, Professor of Guitar at Crane, was a ‘Guitar Dad’ to all of us. We all became very close to him during our years as his students. Besides being an incredibly skilled player, Rubio had a connection with music of an impressive nature, and his lessons were prime examples of what it means to be a teacher of great measure. In the aftermath of my college graduation, I lived at home with my parents and worked full-time for about a year. In that time I was constantly practicing at home as well as attempting to connect with other musicians in the area. This past spring, I seized the opportunity to move out of the Utica area to Westbury, Long Island after finding a place to live. Around the time I had finished making the move, I was able to connect with iSchool Owner and Director Yi Qian and found myself interested in being a part of such a wonderful institution. It is a pleasure to be involved in a school that is home to exceptional teachers, exceptional staff, and an exceptional ideal. When I am not teaching I enjoy writing and playing with my band, being around my friends, visiting my family, and bodybuilding.
- Holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Crane School of Music: SUNY Potsdam
As an in-demand NY session musician, teacher, and bassist/guitarist, I have studied with many of the world’s top musicians. In addition to my studies at Berklee Music school and Boston College, I have had the pleasure of studying with industry legends such as Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, and Felix Pastorius.
My bass solo performances have been featured on popular bass websites www.notreble.com,www.forbassplayeronly.com, and Smart Bass Guitar. I have appeared on the Mike Huckabee show, recorded and performed with the Voice's Blessing Offor, appeared on Pix 11's "City Sounds", and most recently recorded on Alyson Stoner's song "Woman".
I have been teaching guitar and bass for the last 10 years on Long Island and in New York City. Currently, I can be seen performing as a soloist, providing bass lines in New York's premiere studios, and playing such NYC venues as Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge, and the Knitting Factory with his band Mama Juke and many other New York acts.
- Studied at Berklee Music School of Boston College.
As a young boy growing up in Argentina, I would often play soccer in the crowded city streets with my friends. It was there that I was first captivated by the entrancing and rhythmic sounds of the guitar as I witnessed an old man in a wooden chair play a traditional South American folk song to pass the time. I was taken by the music and in that moment, I knew what I wanted to do in life. However, my parents travelled often and I was unable to receive my first guitar till I turned 13. I started out learning to play rock, punk, and folk songs and as my talent grew, I developed a love for classical guitar performance. Today, I am a student at the The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase where I specialize in Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and contemporary South American music. I am also a scholar of world music history which I find equally captivating. I feel that, out of the many different instruments in the world, the guitar is the most eclectic in history and performance. Many different cultures utilize the guitar in a wide range of performance methods and techniques. I believe this is the true beauty and intention of the invention of music. Simply, a complex tool of self expression and individualism.
Regardless of the instrument you wish to play, you will surely develop skills that are beneficial in your everyday life because music is a confidence and character building activity. My goal for my students is to leave every music lesson with something new, from learning new practice methods, performance, and knowledge on the culture of music. It’s a privilege to experience music and an even bigger privilege to be able to teach it. I look forward to meeting you!
- Specializes in Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and contemporary South American music as a student of the SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory.
- World Music History scholar.
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.
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
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 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
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.