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Music Classes Utica NY

See below to find music schools and music instructors in Utica that give access to music classes, along with music ensembles, early childhood music, music summer programs, percussion classes, guitar classes, piano classes, and guitar classes, as well as advice and content on learning music.

Irina Popov Piano Studio
(315) 272-7940
2101 Genesee St
Utica, NY

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Piano Lab
(315) 737-3162
3375 Oneida St
Chadwicks, NY

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Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY
 
gabriel j.
(877) 231-8505
west 84th street
New York, NY
Subjects
Piano, Music Performance, Music Theory
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Jazz, classical and latin.
Education
Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College - Jazz Piano Performance - 9/97-12/99 (Master's degree received) Vassar College - Music - 9/92-5/96 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Colin C.
(877) 231-8505
Woodpoint Rd
Brooklyn, NY
Subjects
Music Theory, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Songwriting
Ages Taught
5 to 99
Specialties
I myself am a Jazz guitarist, but teach and have much experience in many styles (pop, blues, jazz, rock, finger style etc.)
Education
Brighton Highschool - Math and Music - 1999-2003 (High School diploma received) Berklee College of Music - Performance/Guitar - 2003-2007 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Carmen Caramanica Music Instruction Studios
(315) 735-2737
52 Genesee Street
New Hartford, NY
 
Madison Oneida BOCES
(315) 361-5510
4937 Spring Road
Verona, NY
 
Hamilton College (Hamilton College - Music Department)
(315) 859-4261
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY
 
William Coppola
25-12 32nd Street Apt. 2
Astoria, NY
Instruments
Composition, Conducting, Ear Training, Euphonium, Guitar, Horn, Music Business, Other, Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Styles
Blues, Classical, Jazz, Kids
Experience Levels
Beginner, Intermediate
Rate
$40
Years of Experience
2 Years

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Matt B.
(877) 231-8505
W. 171 Street,
New York, NY
Subjects
Music Performance, Music Theory, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Ages Taught
1 to 99
Specialties
Stylistically, I am generally more focused in jazz styles. However, as a teacher and guitar player, I am well versed in several styles commonly associated with the instrument, including; rock & roll, classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, country, etc. Within each style that I teach, depending on the desired goal of the student, I couple the lessons with at very least a foundational approach to music theory as it relates to the style being taught.
Education
William Paterson University - Music Performance: Jazz Studies - 8/07-6/09 (Master's degree received) The City College of New York - Music Performance: Jazz Studies - 8/04-6/07 (Bachelor's degree received)
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TakeLessons Music Teacher

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Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces

Take A Breath, Listen To The Spaces
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

I was at the NAMM show recently, a massive trade show for musical products. If you've ever been into Guitar Center and witnessed that infernal noise made by guitarists and bass players 'trying out' instruments, then the NAMM show is that x 50,000. It can be hell, yet a necessary evil if you are in the business.

I spent some time walking around and of course made my way to many of the guitar and amp booths, after all it's always good to keep up with anything new and groundbreaking. I came across a few professional guitar players who had been hired to demonstrate guitars, and as good as these players were technically, there was always one aspect of their playing that stood out to me. I find this is the case with any guitar player that is not communicating. They play too much. Tons and tons of notes, in rapid succession, all brilliantly executed. But what is really being said? How can you enjoy music when you feel like you are having your teeth drilled?

Guitar players are notorious for doing this, simply because they can. If they were horn players things would be very different. You simply have to take a breath. Guitar players technically don't have to do this, so they don't, and as a result their music is compromised.

The first time I was aware of this was several years ago when I started using a digital vocoder. In order for the notes to be heard on my guitar, I would have to mouth something into the microphone to trigger them. Then of course you get to shape the sound with syllables and so on. I was in a rehearsal and my sax player said to me, "Chris you play different when you use that thing, because you have to take a breath". Perhaps that was a kind way of saying I sucked, but the talkbox thing was cool. It certainly struck a chord anyway. So from then on, and it took a while to really sink in, but I tried to really focus on phrasing. And not just as a guitar player, but compositionally, if my music doesn't breathe, I'm just not interested.

As jazz guitarists, there is a terrible tendency for us to play a lot of notes, firstly because the genre historically has given us permission to do so, and second, archtop jazz guitars don't generally lend themselves to sustaining notes, so in order to 'get over', guitarists fall into the trap of overplaying.

There are of course compromising situations which affect the way we play and it is important to be aware of these at the time. First, if you are taking a solo and the band behind you is not being particularly supportive, i.e.; playing busily and not listening to you, then this very often makes a player play more notes because they are fighting to speak, as it were. But if the band is just grooving, you as a soloist can play just a few notes and the spaces are music in themselves!

Another compromising situation might be a borrowed or rented amp that ju...

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