I have been teaching guitar and electric bass a long time at my studio on the upper Westside (10025). But because of the Pandemic I am only teaching online.Although I am a jazz musician/composer/ recording artist/ performer, author and journalist, I love teaching. I teach all genres and levels of music including improvisation, harmony, theory and composition etc. I may charge a little more, but many students come to me from other teachers because there is so much lacking in their musical education. All my lessons are customized to meet the students’ needs. I use all available tools such as, the internet, mp3's, pdf and customized each lesson for each student.
If you have time, please read an article I wrote for All About Jazz. It describes what’s important in a good teacher:
I love teaching
After years of being self-taught, I realized I wanted to take the next step and truly learn the instrument the right way. In just a month with Dom, it is clear that I chose the perfect teacher. His knowledge of guitar and experience in teaching has you learning to read sheet music and playing songs in just a few lessons. More importantly, Dom is encouraging and enthusiastic which inspires confidence in his students. He is patient, but continues to push you out of your comfort zone. It is clear that Dom cares deeply about the success of his students and I have developed a personal relationship that has me looking forward to the next lesson. March 22, 2017
*****I've been learning from Dom for a bit shy of two months now and have been loving every minute of it. While I'm a neophyte on guitar, my mother is a music teacher (guitar/piano/voice) and I grew up with vocal coaching at various levels, so I have experience with a variety of music training. I found Dom to be incredibly responsive; as other reviewers have touched on, he starts from the very beginning with vital information that I merely glossed over when self-teaching other instruments, but he will quickly amp up the pace of your lessons to your speed of learning. At this point, I leave each lesson feeling challenged, but I come into the next week with enough understanding to grow and meet the next batch. I'm also taking bass lessons with him once a month, and the sessions dovetail nicely into each other. He has a wealth of music history and experience at his disposal and you would do well to take advantage of that. Also, he has two of the sweetest cats I've come across in a while, so there's that.
If the student already plays, I evaluate what level the student is at and I build on that. Beginners I start at the beginning. Definitions, the parts of the guitar, the open strings etc.
I have a BS in Composition.
I have three books published under my name