Jason Valesio of MusicTutorNYC (formerly MusicTutorLA) is a Brooklyn based music producer, composer, and teacher specializing in teaching a wide range of subjects such as songwriting, music production, mixing, piano for producers, music theory, and ear training, as well as offering music college preparatory counseling to those musicians hoping to attend a music college or pursue a degree in music.
As a music educator, Jason holds himself to the highest standard. Because of the great respect for music that he has and his belief that music teachers have a great responsibility, Jason sets a very high bar for himself to ensure that his students develop a thorough understanding of the material presented, learn quickly, and have fun in the process.
Jason believes that above all learning and playing music should be fun. And he puts great care into tailoring unique lesson plans for each student to ensure that this philosophy is never compromised.
If you would like to achieve a higher mastery of the music you play or create, or are just studying music as a hobby and looking to develop your skills, we would love to help you to deepen your musical knowledge, enhance your experience, and ultimately, to elevate your overall enjoyment of music in general.
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“For as long as I can remember, my life has revolved around music. Over the years, I have found music to be my greatest source of pleasure, inspiration, and wonderment. I believe that music has the power to enrich and nourish our lives in ways that few other things can. The best part about being a teacher is that I have the chance to pass on this love, appreciation, and enjoyment of music to my students, and with this sacred opportunity comes great responsibility.”
Founder of MusicTutorNYC
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When first starting to work with a new student, our teachers start by getting an idea of their previous music education and background, learning more specifically about what they want to learn and their musical goals and objectives for the near and distant future, and taking note of the kinds of music that they enjoy the most. Using that information, they are then able to create lesson plans that are specifically tailored to the needs of that student. Every student is unique, and our job as their teachers is to adjust our teaching style accordingly to ensure that they get the best training and instruction we can offer.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Our teachers are all graduates of Berklee College of Music with degrees in Composition, Songwriting, Vocal Performance, Piano Performance, Film Scoring, and Music Productiona and Engineering to name a few.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Lessons are $150/hour
How did you get started teaching?
Music Tutor LA was started in 2016 by Berklee College of Music Alumni with the idea that musicians working in the industry make the best teachers. Being one of the most highly regarded and unique music schools in the world, Berklee College of Music graduates are specially qualified to teaching a unique and adaptive brand of music lesson similar to the ever-changing, swiftly-evolving music industry of the times.
Indiviually our teachers have many years of experience teaching many different aspects of music.
What types of students have you worked with?
We work with students of all ages and levels of experience.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
We are very proud to say that we have helped a number of students recieve scholarships and gain acceptance into top tier music schools such as Berklee College of Music and USC Thornton School of Music.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
It is important for a student to find a teacher that they are comfortable with. Good chemistry is a must. Music is supposed to be fun, and if the student is not looking forward to every lesson with their teacher, they have the wrong teacher.
Communication between student and teacher is extremely important as well. The more questions a student can ask the better. A student should always be upfront about what they want to be learning and focusing on. That will help their teachers understand how to best help them.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
They should think about the kinds of music that moves, excites, and inspires them the most so that they can communicate that to their teacher. They should also think about whether music is just a hobby or something that they want to pursue professionally. If they have aspirations of becoming a professional musician, they should understand that it takes an enormous amount of dedication and perseverance to get to the professional level and the sooner they start the better. If a student explains this desire and commitment to their teacher, their teacher should be able to point them in the right direction, offer advice when needed, and work to always keep their best interests in mind.